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John N. Knapp


John N. "Jack" Knapp, 93 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Jack may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at the St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

Services for Jack will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with his grandson, Rev. Ross Epping presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born February 21, 1925 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Mayme (Weber) Knapp Sr. He received his education in the Garryowen Country Schools. On June 15, 1950 he was united in marriage to Venita Casey at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area until retiring in 1985.

He is an Army Veteran, having served in World War II in the South Pacific as an Army Engineer.

He was a member of St. Jude's Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #538 for 70 years. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 + years and also helped to manage a hotel in Cedar Rapids.

He is survived by his wife, Venita Knapp of Cedar Rapids, IA; seven children, Maureen Ries (Dave McCabe) of Galena, IL, Debra (Bill) Schmelling of Cedar Rapids, IA; Gary "Morgan" (Sheila) Knapp of Cascade, Juli (Don) Vrotsos of Dubuque, Jacki Knapp (Bruce Woolfolk) of Cedar Rapids, Peggy (Ed) Epping of Atkins, IA, and Kelly Knapp of Marion; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard "Dick" (Betty) Knapp of Bernard; brothers-in-law, Leo Biehl of Maquoketa, Dell (Bev) Casey of Brentwood, CA, John Casey of Des Moines, Pat (Sharon) Casey and Chuck (Donna) Casey both of Cascade and three sisters-in-law, Cherri Wessels of Dyersville, IA, Gerene O'Brien of Monticello,IA and Gloria Casey of Mission, TX; and their family dogs, Max & Dolly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bob Knapp; a sister, Lois Biehl; two brothers, Robert Knapp and Billy (Janice) Knapp; three sons-in-law, John Burds, Ken Ries and Mike Maddigan.

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



Helen J. McDonald


Helen Jacqueline "Jackie" McDonald, 94, of Peosta, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018.

Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, IA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am at the funeral Home with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia, IA.

Jackie was born on November 21, 1923, in Georgetown, SC to Jasper and Janie Bell Johnson. She met her husband, William (Bill) McDonald, while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. They married on November 15, 1946 in Georgetown. Bill brought his southern belle bride to his hometown of Peosta, IA where they built a home and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents, 5 siblings and one son-in-law, Dan Melloy of Bernard.

Surviving are her 7 children: William (Diann) McDonald Jr., Janet (David) Bleymeyer, of Dubuque, Lisa Melloy of Bernard, Dennis McDonald, Carla (Mike) McCarthy of Peosta, Bruce (Jennifer) McDonald of Iowa City and Kris (Dirk) Smith of Cedar Rapids, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grand children and her only sister Amelia Blake of Georgetown, SC.

Jackie was an excellent seamstress and took great pride in her work. She was employed at Younkers in their alteration department for over 30 yrs. She loved dancing and music, always ready to hit dance floor. Jackie had a strong love of the beach and ocean where she grew up and visited there as often as she could.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Facility in Cascade for their care and compassion during Jackie's stay.



Gilman P. Budar


Gilman Palmer Budar, 79, of Dubuque, formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held. Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Gilman was born September 15, 1938 in Greenfield, MA, son of Richard R. and Dorothy (Palmer) Budar. He married Emily Kirby on June 6, 1959. His beloved wife preceded him in death March 9, 2001.

Gilman was a self-employed real-estate developer and interior designer, and founded Budar Advertising with his sister Valjeanne.

He was a yachtsman who excelled at sailing and racing, and was an active member of Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht Club. He was a longtime member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and was a winning race car driver. He consulted for and appeared in an episode of Hawaii 5-0 thanks to his racing experience.

He enjoyed playing cards and cribbage, especially in doubles with his wife Emily. Gilman was an excellent cook and won the Hawai'i State Chili Championship Cookoff. He collected anything frogs. Gilman served his country in the US Army National Guard for 6 years and served 6 months active duty. He was active in fundraising for organizations such as ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue (Hawaii Athletics) and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Gilman was very proud of his family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his children: Dorothy "Lee" (Jon) Budar-Danoff, of Columbia, MD, Valerie "Lacie" (Tom) Peckosh, of Dubuque, IA, Lillian (Gary) Budar-Krukoski, of Kingman, AZ, and Ramona "Jamie" (Kevin) Sergent, of Honolulu, HI; nine grandchildren, Noelani, Gilman, and Daniel Budar-Danoff, Emily, Carolyn, Jacquelyn, and T.J. Peckosh, and Nani and Kenzie Sergent; and a sister, Bonnie Branch, of Florence, MA. He is also survived by his cherished feline companion "Pussy Kat."

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard (Eve) Budar Jr, two sisters, Valjeanne and Dorothy, and a brother-in-law, Chuck Branch.

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

 



Dorothy C. McDermott


Dorothy C. McDermott, 95, of rural Bernard, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dorothy may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home, Cascade, where there will be a wake service at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, July 7th at the funeral home.

Services for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m., July 7, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, rural Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Philip Mensah Presiding. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

Dorothy was born on October 14, 1922 in Bankston, daughter of Irvin and Anna (Kiernan) Potts. She married Emmett McDermott on December 27, 1947 at the Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. The couple was the third generation to farm on their land near Bernard. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and Emmett were always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Prior to a lifelong career devoted to raising her family, she attended the University of Dubuque and was a teacher in the rural country schools in Dubuque County.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish in rural Peosta, and a member of its Rosary Society. She and Emmett founded the New Melleray Athletic Association providing baseball and softball team activities for the kids and people of the Holy Family Parish.

Dorothy enjoyed quilting, embroidering and praying. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one brother Gene (Jean) Potts of Asbury and five sisters-in-law, Kay Potts, Virginia Potts, Margie Sweeney and Irene McDermott all of Epworth, IA and Patricia Larkin of Bernard, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emmett A McDermott on Sep. 19, 2011; a son, Larry McDermott; a daughter-in-law, Sharon McDermott, one sister, Mary LaVon (Mark) Brown; and three brothers Gerald, Cyril and Warren "Buddy" (Shirley) Potts.

In lieu of flowers a Dorothy C. McDermott memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the staffs at both River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to Dorothy.

 



Mark D. Palmer


Mark D. Palmer, 62, of Dubuque died Tuesday, July 03, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer with his loving family at his side.  A memorial service will be held at 6 pm Friday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 5:45 pm.  

Mark was born August 17, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Elinor (Rubie) Palmer.  He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973 and on November 22, 1980, he married Nancy Roth at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.Mark worked at Georgia Pacific, then worked as a salesman for Geisler Brothers for many years.  

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dubuque Men's Association.  He enjoyed camping, boating and traveling on their motorcycle; but most of all, he loved being a grandpa to Brayden and Hadley. Mark will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Palmer of Dubuque; a son, Andy (Kayla) Palmer of Dubuque; and two grandchildren, Brayden and Hadley Palmer.He is also survived by two brothers, Steve (Linda) and David (Lisa) Palmer; two step-brothers, Craig (Kay) and Doug (Ellen) Peters; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Retha Palmer and a brother, Thomas Palmer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mark Palmer Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque as well as Dr. Hermann and his nurses and staff for their wonderful care.



Kenneth W. Kraus


Kenneth "Kenny" W. Kraus, 82, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at Finley Hospital, after a brief illness.

Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Msgr. James Barta will officiate. Inurnment will be in Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside, California. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. 

He was born on Oct. 20, 1935, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Martin and Lucile (Van Laar) Kraus. He married the love of his life, Julia "Judy" Connell, on Sept. 8, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo.  Judy preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2008.

Kenny graduated from Loras College in 1957 and attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1960. He returned to Loras College to teach Chemistry from 1960 to 2000. He retired as Professor of Chemistry and was appointed Professor Emeritus. During his years at Loras he was also called to serve in a number of administrative positions, including Assistant Academic Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, and Acting President. Teaching was his lifelong passion and he had the opportunity to teach many outstanding students during his career.

Kenny was dedicated to the Democratic Party for more than 40 years, and he volunteered for many Democratic candidates. After retiring Kenny enjoyed being an active volunteer at many organizations for a number of years, including the Dubuque Museum of Art, Resurrection School Library, and Serra Club.  

His wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren came first in his heart and he loved spending time with them and traveling with them.   

Surviving are his four children, Kevin (Barbara) Kraus of Decorah, Iowa, Kathy (Larry) Lievens of Hillsdale, Illinois, Ellen (Brian) Patch of Dubuque, and Ed (Judy) Kraus of Marion, Iowa; and nine grandchildren, Jeff (Tai), Scott (Julie), Megan, John (Lauren), Allison (fiancé Andy), Peter (Rachael), Felicia (Andrew), Tessa, Andrew; and seven great grandchildren, Hailie, Cooper, Sven, Addie, Eamon, Hope, and Juniper; and two sisters; Mary Ann (Vincent) Demuth of Waterloo, and Marjorie (Richard) Lynch of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jo (Richard) Corkery of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurrection Catholic Church and Loras College.

Kenny's family extends a special thank you to everyone at Finley Hospital and Finley Home Health Care for their excellent care.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 



Philip Harrison Lochner


Philip Harrison Lochner, 97, died early in the morning July 2nd at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. There will not be a visitation, but friends may greet the family following the service at the church.

Philip was born in Dubuque on May 23, 1921 to Harry J. and Frances (Schaefer) Lochner. He attended St. Mary's School and Columbia Academy and served in World War II, first with the Army's 94th division and later with the 9th United States Army Air Force Band in Paris, France.

As a youngster he played with the Reiner Band, the Dubuque Community Band and in the ROTC band at Columbia Academy. Philip also was a fine tennis player and loved cars, playing poker, boating on the Mississippi and enjoying steak frys in Eagle Point Park with friends.

Upon being honorably discharged from the service, he formed Dubuque Electric Motor Service, Inc. with his father and his younger brother, Harry. Philip was President until he retired in 1994. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Club of Galena, the American Legion, the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Midwestern Chapter and Resurrection Catholic Church.

He married Dorothy O'Leary Lochner, the love of his life, August 15, 1944 in Waycross, Georgia and they enjoyed 62 1/2 years together before Dorothy's passing in January 2007.

Though he was sometimes lost after losing Dorothy, he lived alone and managed all aspects of daily living on his own including driving until April this year. He was a neat, orderly man and people lined up to purchase his used cars when he traded them in every year or two as they were meticulous and well maintained.

Surviving are a son, Lawrence P. (Jeanine) Lochner of Peosta, IA; three grandsons, Thomas H. (Jill) Lochner of Saratoga Springs, NY; Daniel J. Lochner of New York City, NY and David O. Lochner of Minneapolis, MN; daughter in law, Barbara Lochner; a step grandson, Jeff Rawson of Wellesley, MA; a step granddaughter, Sandra (Tony) Stork of Altoona, IA; two great granddaughters, Ayden O'Leary Lochner and Ava Marie Lochner; three great grandsons, Blake, Gavin and Logan Lochner; two brothers in law, Harrison F. Lochner of Dubuque and William D. O'Leary of St. Augustine, FL, a sister in law, Jean McKay of Palm City, FL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his son, Donald H. Lochner of Dubuque and his sister Ardith Donovan of Dubuque.

Memorials may be sent to Resurrection Catholic Church or Dubuque Hospice. Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Dubuque Hospice which assisted him in his final days.



Paul F. Gavin


Paul F. Gavin, 71, of Dubuque, passed away at home on July 1, 2018.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale and also after 10:00 a.m. Friday until time of service.

Paul was born on June 28, 1947. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965 and attended Loras College, graduating with a degree in Business. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Glab, on March 7, 1970.

Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, stationed for 13 months in Korea. He received his Master's Degree in Education from UW Platteville and was a Guidance Counselor at Dubuque Senior High School, where he impacted thousands of students' lives through his hard work and tireless devotion for over 25 years. He also enjoyed his "retirement" as an Admissions Counselor at Clarke College.

In his younger years, Paul enjoyed playing basketball and riding his motorcycle. Throughout his life, he was an avid gardener and never needed a reason to bring his wife flowers. Paul was a very supportive and involved father who encouraged his children's passions. He spent endless hours and weekends taking his family camping and watching his children play sports or act in plays. Recently, the family celebrated a vacation together in Hawaii.
In recent years, golfing with his friends became one of Paul's favorite activities, and he traveled all around Iowa to hit a course. He enjoyed Indy car racing and looked forward to his Thursday nights at "Church" with the guys. Paul was a regular volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, where he gave guided tours through the gardens and occasionally helped in the gift shop with his wife. Paul loved music and enjoyed numerous concerts over the years; he was always jamming out to the classics.

His three grandkids, Zach, Ellie and Luke, were more important to him than anything. He loved nothing more than to talk with them, watch their activities, read to them at school, babysit them, and entertain them with his one of a kind sense of humor.

To know Paul 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; daughters, Emily Gavin, and Molly (Shawn) Hancock; his son Ryan Gavin (Katie McLaughlin); grandchildren Zach, Ellie, and Luke Hancock; sister Judy (Tom) Reilly; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Rita Gavin; a sister Joanne (Jim) Rogan; and mother and father-in-law Katharyn and Edwin Glab.

In lieu of flowers, memorials received will go towards planting a tree at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and to the Asbury Fire Department.



Alan Lee Schuster


Alan Lee Schuster, 63, of Peosta, Iowa passed away on June 29th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Alan was born on December 7th, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lorain and Lorraine (Ryan) Schuster. He married Linda Grothe on August 10th, 1974 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Alan started his career at 1st National Bank, continued with DuTrac for 30 years, then started EverGreen Construction as a family business. He was a member of Noon Optimist and Junior Achievement.

He enjoyed woodworking, camping with his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda; three sons, Jason (Jamie) Schuster, of Peosta, Brian (Anna) Schuster, of Dubuque, and Kevin (Aida Merdonovic) Schuster, of Peosta. Four grandchildren, Valarie, Carmen, Audrey, and Garrett.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents Lorain "Ray" and Lorraine along with his father-in-law William "Bill" Grothe.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center especially the ICU Doctors, nursing staff and Palliative Care Professionals for the care they gave Alan.



Doris M. Page


Doris M. Page, age 98, of Guttenberg, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Guttenberg Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Loren Hirschy officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Doris was born on March 4, 1920, in Campo, Colorado, daughter of August and Maude (Jenkins) Kroeger.

Doris was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bartholomew "Bart" Crimmins, in 1942, and they were blessed with 48 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on November 8, 1990. Doris was fortunate to go on and find love once again, at the fine young age of 72, with Raymond Leppert, and the couple was blessed to be granted with 9 years together before he too was called home ahead of her. Doris would find love yet once again, for the final time along her earthly journey, and was united in marriage to Clint Page. They would spend 10 years together before Clint was also called home ahead of her. Doris lived an abundantly full life with 98 years of joy primarily keeping her strong will and spirit alive. In her free time, Doris always enjoyed jumping in the car and hitting the open road; sometimes never knowing if she would be returning home that day, or just beginning a grand adventure which would take her to a different state to see new sights at the end of the day. Doris was also well known for her undeniable love of onion rings, and was able to regularly polish off an entire jumbo size order without much of a challenge. Our hearts ache today at the mere thought that our new reality doesn't contain another opportunity to see our beautiful Doris with a kleenex in her hand, or a toothpick at the ready. But, we know and trust that the Lord has her safely in His loving arms and she's enjoying quite a family reunion with all of her loved one's who've been called home already. We will miss you more than words could ever say Mom, and we are forever grateful that the Lord lovingly placed us into your care along the way. May God bless you until we see you again.

Those left to cherish Doris' memory include

her children,
Barbara Smith, Guttenberg, IA,
Linda (Jim) Nachtmann, Luxemberg, IA
and Jan Schafer, Garnavillo, IA;

11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren;

along with numerous step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bartholomew "Bart" Crimmins; her 2nd husband, Raymond Leppert; her 3rd husband, Clint Page; her son, Michael Crimmins; and a brother, Ted Kroeger.

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

 



Betty M. Conlon


Betty M. Conlon, 87, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Betty was born on July 27, 1930, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Dale and Lucille (Carr) Seeley. She married Francis C. "Fran" Conlon on July 31, 1948, in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on December 24, 2010. Betty worked for many years at Sentry Foods in Cuba City.

Betty and Fran had a mutual and devoted love for each other, always sharing life as a couple. Family was number one. They found pure delight in each one of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also enjoyed many years of Lions Club functions, including pin collecting. Bowling was a favorite activity for her, as well as staying fit with her daily three mile walks. She had an often spoken theory on life - "Oh well, there's always tomorrow. And if there isn't, I guess it doesn't matter." We've all lost a piece of our heart, but we know there's one happy reunion in heaven. Love you Gram!

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Jim) Kramer, of Lancaster, and Sue (Tom) Kramer, of Cuba City; three grandchildren, Jodi Fritz, Kandi (John) Resnick and Stacy (Terry) Terpstra; and nine great-grandchildren, Kirsten (Mundo) Cadena, Katie Fritz, Haley, Thomas and Faith Resnick, and Mati, Paige, Michael and Brooke Terpstra.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Lucille Seeley.

A Betty M. Conlon Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sister Maurine Therese Thiel, BVM


Sister Maurine Therese Thiel, BVM, 86, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 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 Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Maurine Therese volunteered as a special needs aide at St. Francis ES in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a primary teacher in Chicago; Lincoln, Ill.; and Kansas City, Mo. and a primary teacher aide in Norridge, Ill. She was a volunteer catechist in Waukegan, Ill. where she also volunteered for the BVM Associate program.

She was born on July 9, 1931, in Chicago to Max Joseph and Margaret Keating Thiel. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1949, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Br. Joachim Thiel, O.P.

She is survived by a brother Max (Joetta) Thiel, Killingworth, Conn.; nephews; a niece; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

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



Robert G. Schauer, Sr.


Robert G. "Bob" Schauer, Sr., of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of Dubuque American Legion Post # 6.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bob was born on April 11, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Samuel Scott and Gertrude (Cooper) Schauer. He attended East Dubuque schools, enlisting in the U. S. Navy on April 3, 1945. On November 24, 1949 he married his wife, Mary Lou Beitzel at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, where he remained a member for 69 years.

Bob was building superintendent at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club for 40 years, where he met many lifelong friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 510. He was a lifelong member of the Power of Prayer.

Our very own "Renaissance Man", Bob was gifted with many talents. Many that knew him commented "There wasn't anything he couldn't fix." An excellent carpenter, plumber and licensed electrician, gifted mechanic, family and friends were often recipients of his talents. He built his own home and built or assisted with many others.

He enjoyed a good game of cards, as well as duck hunting, fishing, bowling and golf. Bob had a unique sense of humor and left us with many humorous memories. Many of his witticisms continue to be repeated through his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Lou, children, Sherry (Gil) Hinz, Bob (Mary Kay) Schauer, Jr, Elizabeth (Carl) Heisler, Terri (Mike) Hesselman, Sam A. Schauer, Scott (Jane) Schauer, and Mike (Judy) Schauer; 26 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jean (Louis) Sigwarth, Pat (Ted) Lightcap, Elsie Beitzel, brothers-in-law, Pete Beitzel and Carl Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Sammy (4-years old), a sister, Delores Watson; his in-laws, Al and Stella Beitzel, Mary Jane Beitzel, Bob (Roseanne) Beitzel, Kate (Ike) Lakeman, Rita (Harry) Theilen and Alan Jackson.

Memorials may be given to the Power of Prayer or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate care and kindness. A special thank you to Dr. John Whalen and staff who lovingly cared for Dad these many years.

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



Gerald J. Hentges

Gerald J. "Smokey" Hentges, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Jerry was born September 25, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Lester and LaVerne C. (Kurt) Hentges. He received his education in the one room school house in Bernard, Iowa. Jerry worked through Area Residential Care for many years. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is survived by two brothers, Fred (Marion) Hentges of Peosta, IA and Pat (Mary Beth) Hentges of Bernard, IA; One sister-in-law, Sally Hentges of Asbury, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Dorothy Williams of Tucson, AZ.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois (Glen) Walling; one brother, Carl Hentges; one great niece, Kelsey Henneberry.

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



Robert Allen Cussen Jr.


Robert Allen Cussen Jr., 85, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Indiana, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, from complications of COPD.

A Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday, July 1, at the home of Rob Cussen, 7297 West State Route 16, Roann, IN., where friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service which will be at 2 p.m. Methodist Lay Leader Valerie Doud will officiate. Memorial Services will be also be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the picnic shelter across from Horseshoe Bluff in the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd, Dubuque, IA, followed by a celebration of life gathering. Military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. 

Robert was born April 18, 1933 in Huntington, IN, the son of Robert Sr. and Mana (Walburn) Cussen. He graduated from Central High School in North Manchester, IN in 1951. Robert served his country with the U.S. Airforce as a member of the Strategic Air Command from 1951-1955. He started out working for his father for Cussen Service Center in North Manchester, IN. He then started working for Peabody Seating (later Modernfold), and in 1978, he moved to Dyersville, IA , where he was employed with Modernfold until his retirement. He married Peg Loney on January 3, 1992 in Dubuque. 

Robert had an avid interest in the restoration of WWII and Korean Era Aircraft. He could often be seen driving around North Manchester in his vintage military Jeep. He loved nature, and volunteered at the Mines of Spain. Robert was a talented woodworker, making many birdhouses and birdfeeders for the Mines of Spain. He enjoyed playing golf, and his favorite drink was a very dry martini. He especially enjoyed picking out new wines to try with Kim, his step-daughter.

Robert is survived by his wife, Peg; his children, Rob (Nancy) Cussen of Roann, IN, and Shari (David) Foster of Indianapolis, IA; his step-children, Kevin (Diana) Loney of East Dubuque, IA, Kim (David) Pregler of Dubuque, and Brian (Stephanie) Loney of Hendersonville, TN; his grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, and Rachel Foster, Jason , Seth, T.J. and Chad Cussen, Gina Cussen Brault, Ryan, Mike, and Eric Loney, Justin Donovan, Rachael, Adam, and Sarah Loney; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Judy) Cussen of Overland Park, KS, and Kim (Krista) Cussen of Bloomington, IN; his in-laws; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved Shih Tzus, Moxy and Penny who are lost without him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Greg Taylor Cussen; and his daughter in infancy, Lisa Marie Cussen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CAF Red Tail Squadron, 971 Hallstrom Dr., Red Wing, MN, 55066 - www.redtail.org; or to Friends of Mines of Spain, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Verna J. Klosterman


Verna J. Klosterman, 96, of Dubuque, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 27 St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a scripture wake service will begin at 7 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 9:15- 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Verna was born on March 27, 1922, daughter of Frank and Amelia (Ovel) Osterhaus. She grew up on a farm near Bankston and attended grade school and high school at St. Clement's. She married LeRoy Klosterman on August 6, 1945 at St. Clement's Church. He preceded her in death in 1979.

During her marriage, Verna and Roy lived in Dubuque. She worked at JC Penney, Holiday Inn, and Donut Boy. She also cleaned homes for many Dubuque families.

Verna was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church for more than sixty years and was an active member of the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Carla) Klosterman, Roger (Kathleen) Klosterman, of Dubuque, and Peggy (Scot) Koren, of Las Vegas, NV.; seven grand-
children, Eric (Michelle) Klosterman, of San Francisco, CA, Sara (Matthew) Rauen, of Urbandale, IA, Matthew (Jenn) Klosterman, of Aurora, IL, Heather (Herschel) Day,
of Altoona, WI, Luke (Emily) Duenser, of Peosta, Anne (Michael) Osgood, of Dubuque, and Laura (Kyle) Rimoldi, of Las Vegas, NV; and eighteen great-grandchildren, Sophia and Evan Klosterman, Elizabeth, Annalise, and Samantha Rauen, Ethan, Kellen, and Emma Klosterman, Mason, Levi, and Lucy Day, Noah, Kennedy, and Karis Duenser, Elsie and Henry Osgood, and Amelia and Landon Rimoldi; a sister, Babe Kluesner of Farley; sisters-in-law Millie Klostermann of Epworth and Lori Klostermann of Dubuque.

Verna was preceded in death by her daughter Jean in 1965, as well as her parents, her stepmother, two brothers, Wilfred (in infancy), and Cletus, and three sisters, Clarinda Klostermann, Sylvia Breitbach, and Evelyn Friedman, and in-laws from the Osterhaus and Klosterman families.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate care and kindness.



Catherine B. Werner


Catherine B. "Cathy" Werner, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Catherine was born on October 18, 1951, to Paul and Mary Kramer. She was the only girl out of 9 children, which made her the incredibly strong women she was. She enjoyed going out on the river and cruising around in the 1964 MG convertible with her husband, Larry, before he passed in 2012. Anyone that knew Catherine, knew she had a heart made of gold. She always had a willingness to help others in need, and always ensured she took care of her family. She had more energy in her than most, and took passion in everything she did, including having the greenest lawn on the block. She was a diehard 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan.  

She is survived by her father Paul Kramer; daughter, Stacy Brown and granddaughter Brittany Harbert; along with six of her brothers, Jack, Steven, Paul, Ron, Terry and James Kramer. 

She was preceded in death by, her son Stanley Brown; her brothers Mikey and Mitchell Kramer; her mother Mary Kramer; and her loving husband Larry Werner.

The Family would like to thank the 3rd floor at Mercy Hospital for comforting Catherine and her family during this difficult time. 

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, June 29, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home inEast Dubuque, IL. Private family services will be held.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

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

 

 



Raymond James Bellmore


Raymond James "Jim" Bellmore, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, June 22, 2018, at Country Manor in Davenport, Iowa.

A private service with Natural Journey Farewell with Cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Raymond James Bellmore was born on January 28, 1931 in Clinton, Michigan, to Robert and Ruth (Buble) Bellmore. He was a 1948 graduate of Clinton, Michigan High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Petty Officer and Hospital Corpsman.

He married Janeane Davidson and to this union two children were born, Julie and Vickie. He later married Nancy E. (Scott) Jones in 1971 and she had four children, Carolyn, Mary, Melanie and Jodie.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, "Jim" became a tool and die maker working for Clinton Engines, Bendex and Caterpillar.

"Jim" had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Woodcarver's Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, wood carving, painting, and reading books. He loved dogs and had a special knack for birds.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Carolyn (Gerald) Laughlin of Maquoketa, IA, Jody (John) Unmuth of Appleton, WI, Julie Bellmore of Yukon, OK, and Vicki Bellmore of IA; a brother Don Bellmore of AZ; 16 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William, sisters Sally and Roberta, his wife Nancy on December 1, 2005, a grandson Jeffrey Caven, and daughters Mary Swett and Melanie Kirk.

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



Phyllis M. Green


Phyllis M. Green, 82, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at her home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phyllis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian burial for Phyllis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born February 10, 1936 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred and Loretta (Norpel) Schmitz. She graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa. On October 6, 1956 she was united in marriage to Gerald M. Green at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2016.

She is a member of St. Matthias Parish.

She is survived by eight children, Michael (Julie) Green of Cascade, IA, Mary Pat (John) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Dr. Anne Green of Iowa City, IA, Peggy (Rick) Eckstein of New Prague, MN, Bridget (Brian) Hilby of Dubuque, IA, Doug (Special Friend Annette Green) of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Tim) Dougherty of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sarah (Mike) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; 23 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 siblings, her twin brother, Phil Schmitz of Dyersville, IA and Dr. Jeanne (Tom) Moore of Carmel, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret Schmitz of St. Paul, MN, Ray Green of Peoria, IL, Karen (Paul) Schwagler of Zwingle, IA and Janet (Jim) Rigdon of Waterloo, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter Lisa Mary Green; a granddaughter, Maggie Emrich; one sister, Mary (Martin) Bohlke; two brothers, Dr. James Schmitz and Dr. John (Dorothy) Schmitz; two sister-in-law, Ann Schmitz and Bev Green; two brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Green.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Helping Hands for their compassion and dedicated care they have given to Phyllis over the past few months.

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



Robert P. Bowers


Robert P. "Bob" Bowers, 96 and 8/12, of Dubuque died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grand View United Methodist Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bob was born October 19, 1921 in Platteville, Wisconsin, the first son of Clifford L. and Myra V. (Power) Bowers. He started school at rural Liberty Ridge near Lancaster, Wisc. His family later moved to Montfort, Wisc., where he completed grade and high school. 

After spending two and a half years at Platteville Teachers College he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Artillery in the European Theater of operations, participating in five major battles including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes ("Battle of the Bulge"), Rhineland and Central Europe.

After thee years of Army service, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with an Electrical Engineering Degree in October of 1947.

He married Ardys L. Clifton on October 12, 1947 at Montfort, Wisc. One week later they moved to Dubuque, Iowa where he was employed at Interstate Power Co. for 39 years, attaining the position of Manager of Industrial Sales.

He was a member of Grand View United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #125 (Past Master), High Twelve, and Clinton Scottish Rites Bodies 32nd degree KCCH.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ardys; three sons, Colby (Darlene) Bowers of Peosta, Cary (Debra) Bowers of Vadnais Heights, Minn. and Craig (Nancy) Bowers of West Bend, Wisc.; a daughter, Ann Christensen of Arlington, Texas; eight grandchildren, Tim Bowers, Ken (Lisa) Bowers, Jerilyn Bowers, Tiffany (Jon) Keeth; Megan (Michael) Mulligan; Kailee (Brandon) Rehkamp; Craig (Emily) Graves and Kathryn (Omar) Madrid; and ten great grandchildren, Madeline, Collin and Kiera Bowers; Maxwell and Macie Keeth; Axel and Naya Madrid; Finn and Kellen Mulligan; and Aubrey Rehkamp. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Burda of Flossmoor, Ill.; and a sister in law, Patricia Bowers of Madison, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford W. Bowers and a sister and brother in law, Maryellen and Ron Barbian.

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

Memorials may be given to Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for their excellent care.



Mark H. Schuster


Mark H. Schuster, 68, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial for Mark will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Mark was born October 10, 1949 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, son of Howard and Delpha (Smith) Schuster. He is a graduate of Beckman High School in Dyersville, IA and Ellsworth Community College. He was united in marriage to Marie McDermott on August 28, 1970 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, IA. He was a Salesmen and a Computer Technician and worked for Crescent Electric Supply Company.

He was a member of Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He was one of the founders of the Dyersville Jaycees and was involved with the Boy Scouts program.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Schuster of Dyersville, IA; one daughter, Erin (Teresa) Gilbertson of Oregon, WI; two grandchildren, Teagan and Gracen Gilbertson; father and mother, Howard and Delpha Schuster of Edgewood, IA; four siblings, Randy (Deb) Schuster of North Buena Vista, IA, Mickey (John) McNulty of Ireland, Mary (Darrel) Willadsen of Oregon, WI, and Pam (Tony) Ostwinkle of Edgewood, IA; one brother-in-law, Dean Butler of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, Patti Butler.

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



John F. Perry

John F. Perry, 75, of Dubuque, IA passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque where a short service will be held at 12:00 p.m.

John was born on July 8, 1941 in Winthrop, IA the son of Percey and Mildred (Pope) Perry.

He is survived by his two brothers, Jim and Harlan Perry and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Richard Perry; and his former wife Martha.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas. the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave to John.



John F. Baker


John F. Baker, 74, of Dubuque died on June 15, 2018 at the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Mueller Memorial Chapel in Linwood Cemetery with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Military honors will follow accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

John Francis Baker was born July 17, 1943, in Dubuque the Son of Harry and Margaret (Shadle) Baker. John received his education from Sacred Heart Catholic and Dubuque Senior High Schools.

John was very proud of his military service in the US Navy and served on the USNS Henry J. Kaiser and USS John King from 1960 to 1964. He retired from John Deere Dubuque works in 1993 and was a member of the UAW Local 94. John married, "The love of his life," Rita A. (Koeller) on November 17, 1999.

During his retirement, he worked for I.W.I. and Fashion Touch Dry Cleaners.

John was a gentle giant to all who knew him and was most proud of his children, step children, grandchildren and step grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him most.

He is survived by his wife Rita, his son Jon (Kristie Kruser) Baker, his two daughters, Jody (Rob) Lenstra, and Jeanne (Tim Graybill) Saunders. His step children Deb (Michael) Clemens, Barb (Jeff) Potts, Steve (Jerry Hammel), Donna (Rod) Clemen and Kevin (Tracy) Koeller. His eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. His brothers Jim (Shirley) Baker, Jerry (Sherry) Baker and sister Elaine (Joe) Thurston, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Helen Kemp, and brother, Richard (Juanita) Baker.

In lieu of flowers a John Baker Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, his nurses, Chaplin Jim Mehltretter, Dr. Hillard Salas, close friends Mary Kaye, and Mike Hagar. A special thanks to their daughter-in-law, Tracy, for all of her care and compassion shown to John and Rita over the years.



John Anthony Jurisic


John Anthony Jurisic, 70, of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born on November 6, 1947 in Dubuque the son of John A. and Delaine (Avenarius) Jurisic. He worked at Fisher Cold Storage, the Dubuque Packing Co., FDL and Farmland Foods. He was a member of the UFCW local 150A. John was always ready to help anyone in need and was especially fond of his dogs.

He is survived by his siblings Donna (Ken) Hartung of Shullsburg, WI, Janice (Stan) Mahe, Sherry (Ron) Schmitt, Dennis (Peggy) Jurisic, and Rick (Traci) Jurisic all of Dubuque along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and great nephews Tyler and Ethan Walker, Evelyn Birch, and Adrian Jurisic Williams Jr. and a cousin Ruth Ann Jurisic.

In lieu of flowers a John Jurisic memorial fund has been established.



Ann D Mitchell


Ann D Mitchell, 93, of St. Catherine's, Iowa, passed peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center.

The Funeral Mass for Ann Mitchell will be on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will take place after the funeral mass in the St. Catherine's Church Cemetery, along side her husband of 67 years, Loras who passed away just 8 months prior. We know he is probably saying, "What took you so long Anne, I have been waiting for you." She must be so thrilled to be reunited with the ones who have gone before her, but she will be missed down here.

Ann Mitchell was born April 24, 1925 in Junction, Texas and married Loras Mitchell on December 1, 1951 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Ann was known as "Anne" to her husband and to many others as Mom, Mom Mom, Grandma or Grandma Great. She lived just over 93 years on this earth and that sure did allow a lot of time for some precious memories to be made!

The Dash-by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on their tombstone from the beginning . . . to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

She always had such a fun imagination; she was a woman ahead of her time. She was a determined self-starter, never afraid to embark on a new adventure: real-estate, dog grooming, tanning salon, raising ostriches, yes ostriches, to name just a few. Even in her later years she could still kick your tail in a game of euchre or hit you with a funny comeback when you were least expecting it, she was full of spunk and pizzazz and always ready with a witty comment.

Her biggest pastime was reading and her favorite hobbies include candle making, punch-work, crocheting, riding around her yard in the golf cart, tea parties with the granddaughters, euchre and the stories shared about her journey through life such as being a "Rosie the Rivetor" for ships in the Astoria, Oregon shipyard during WWII and as a young girl picking cotton in Texas after her family lost everything in the depression.

Mother will be a "traveling grandma" until she is reaches her final resting place beside our dad on June 23. She will be visiting some of her grandchildren, something that she wasn't able to do for a long time as her health continued to dwindle. Mother so loved her grandchildren and they loved her as well. Each one felt they were "The Special Grandchild" and each have many great memories of the time they shared together.

She is survived by her children Barb (Loras) Manders, of St. Catherine's, IA, Belva (Jeannie Costanza) Mitchell, of New Jersey, Pete (Julie) Mitchell, of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders, Shaina Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Pam (Mitch) Hayes & Kenny (Julia) Mitchell; 17 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Loras, son Darwin, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers an Ann Mitchell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Molly Manders, Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and comfort.



Greg R. Maulson


Greg R. Maulson, 67, of Dubuque passed away Monday, June 18th, 2018 at UIHC from complications of surgery.

As per Greg's wishes cremation was performed and there will be no public visitation or services.

Greg was born August 17, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of John & Evelyn "Peggy" Maulson. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968 and joined the Navy. He returned to Dubuque to graduate from the University of Dubuque in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree. On February 22, 1980 he married Paula Exstrom in Dubuque, they separated after 17 years of marriage.

Greg worked at Steel Warehousing as a Salesperson for most of his career. During retirement Greg enjoyed the company of his many friends. Greg loved telling stories to anyone who would listen. Some of his many passions included cooking, collecting anything he thought was collectable, attending to his flowers and his love of animals.

Greg is survived by his sister Joan (Gordon) Block of Asbury, IA, nieces Laura (Jon) Kramer of Peoria, AZ, Amy (Joe) Clasen of LaMotte, IA, great-nephew Ben Kramer & great-niece Morgan Kramer both of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank all of Greg's friends for being like a family to him. To honor Greg's memory please consider a donation of time or money to your favorite charity.



Phillip A. Rote


Phillip A. "Phil" Rote, 72, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Manor Care.

Friends may call from 10:30 am to noon on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, a prayer service will conclude the visitation with Pastor Don Jackson Officiating. Full military honors will follow accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans.

Phil was born on October 29, 1945 in Seattle, Washington the son of Marvin and June (Phillips) Rote. He served in the U.S. Navy for two tours of duty in Vietnam, and later worked as a police officer for the City of Rockford, IL. He moved to Dubuque and did security work where he met and married Ruth Rath on Sept. 30, 1998. Phil enjoyed watching reality TV and Military Movies in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife Ruth a daughter Tracie Rinaldo of Polo, IL, a grandson Nathan Rinaldo, three step children Daniel (Gina) Bonnett in Arizona, Timothy (Diana) Bonnett in Texas and Peggy (Rick) Stecklein of Dubuque; 6 step grandchildren, a brother Rod (Tracy) Rote of Marengo, IL, three sisters Grace Ellen (Dan) Reimer of Oregon, IL, Ruth Ann (George) Bower of Oregon, IL, and Jacqueline (Ralph) Plocker of Dixon, IL, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a Phil Rote memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all you did for Phil.



Albert David Dolan


Albert "Albie" David Dolan, 83, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the university of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew A. Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Albert was born August 14, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Albert and Marie (Basten) Dolan. Albert married Nancy Prevatt, the love of his life, on August 1, 1953.

Albert was a nature lover his entire life. He was an avid outdoorsman, who fished, hunted, trapped and cultivated a large garden and orchard.

He built much of the family home himself. He retired from Dubuque Packing Co. after 30 years of service at the age of 47. He spent his retirement doing all the things he so enjoyed, but what he loved the most was spending time with his family.

Survivors are his wife, Nancy; children, Vicki (Ron) Ludovissy, David (fiancé Debbie Linden) Dolan, Angel (Russ) Schwartz, Christopher (Dianne) Dolan and Albert (Gina) Dolan III; eleven grandchildren, Kelli (Basem Trados) Tigges, Natalie Tigges, Stephanie Tigges, Nicole Nees, Jack Dolan, Andrew (Kacy) Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz, Matthew (Tammy) Dolan, Melissa Dolan, Albert Dolan IV, and Ashley Dolan; seven great-grandchildren, Landon, Vivyana, Joseph, Talem, Will, Anna, Brentley; siblings, Beverly Kluesner, Jenny (James) Givens, Bobby Dolan; and brother-in-law, Victor (Loretta) Prevatt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Roger Dolan, Dory (Tom) Meyer, Denny (Betty) Dolan, and John (Sheila) Dolan.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

A thank you for his care to Tri-State Dialysis, especially Charlie and Connie and to Dr. John Whalen and staff.

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



Dwight N. Hopson


Dwight N. Hopson, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 20, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Dwight's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Dwight Neale Hopson was born on April 16, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa, to John William and Macel M. (Rockwell) Hopson. He was a 1958 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and married Lynne Morehead on October 8, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. To this union three children were born, Greg, Jon and Rich.

Dwight first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa until 1959. He then worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission until 1969, and from 1969 until retirement in 2006 he farmed in the rural Maquoketa area.

Dwight was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He had previously served as a committeeman for ASCS office for three terms, as well as a Trustee for the Farmers Creek Township for many years.

He enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping, card playing, and attending the Iowa State Fair every year for over 30 years.

Those left to honor Dwight's memory include his wife, Lynne Hopson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Greg (Kathy) Hopson of Las Vegas, NV, Jon (Michelle) Hopson of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich (Kelly) Hopson of Dubois, PA; 8 grandchildren, Justin, Brian, Sarah, Sam, Derek, Jake, Luke and Kyle; 2 great-grandchildren, Isabel and Ethan; a sister, Shirley (Tom) Feller of Maquoketa, IA; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Swanton of Goose Lake, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Duane, and a sister Meredith Swanton.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dwight N. Hopson memorial fund has been established.

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



John C. Bybee


John C. Bybee, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held at 12 P.M., Friday, June 29, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, with military honors.

John Calvin Bybee was born on June 9, 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa, to John Joseph and Joan (Finch) Bybee. He was a 1970 graduate of Davenport West High School where he excelled not only scholastically but athletically as a member of the track team. After high school he was called upon to serve his country with the U.S. Army. He received training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone as a translation specialist. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Iowa majoring in Spanish and Business before beginning a career in the plastics industry.

He first worked for Cadillac Plastic (later Sabic Polymershapes) in Davenport, Iowa as part of the sales/warehouse staff and then was promoted to branch manager transferring to Charlotte, North Carolina, and later to San Juan, Puerto Rico, retiring in 2015.

John spoke fluent Spanish and volunteered as an ESL tutor while living in Charlotte. He was an avid reader interested in politics, history, and economics. In his younger years he enjoyed league softball and had loved to golf prior to sustaining a shoulder injury. He moved back to Iowa in 2017.

Those left to honor John's memory include a brother, Dr. Jerald (Caroline) Bybee of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Annette (Michael) McMahon of Arvada, CO; and several nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and three aunts.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



William E. Olson


William E. (Bill) Olson, a long-time resident of Dubuque, died peacefully on Thursday, June 7 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, IA.

Per Bill's request his body was donated to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. There will be a visitation held at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road on Wednesday, June 27 from 5-7 PM.

Born in 1928 in Milwaukee, WI, Bill graduated from the University of Dubuque with a teaching degree and then earned his masters degree at the University of Iowa.
He met Barbara Dewey in the church choir at Westminster Church, married her in 1954 and had two children.

After running Olson's Toy and Hobby Shop with his father until 1963 he taught for many years in high schools in Whatcheer, Western Dubuque and Dubuque, IA, retiring in 1992. He then operated Bill's Sports Cards until completely retiring in 2000.

Bill loved golfing, stamp collecting and especially spending time with his friends and family, which included numerous animals. He was an avid Packers and Hawkeyes fan. 
After his retirement Bill volunteered at Finley Hospital.

He is survived by his daughter Sue (Hans) Becker and son Steve (Deanna) Olson as well as grandchildren Joseph and Ben Olson and Terry Becker, and great-grandchildren TJ, Savannah and Keatyn Becker.

He was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 63 years.

Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.



Dolly G. Palfrey


Dolly G. Palfrey, 88, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Lafayette Manor in Darlington.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bob Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Leadmine Primitive Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday before the service. Purple was Dolly's favorite color so we request you wear purple to her visitation and services.

Dolly was born on June 13, 1930, at home, Windy Point Road in Leadmine, Wisconsin, the daughter of James Luther and Grace Beatrice (Blinkensop) Rowe. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Fred "Stanley" Palfrey, on September 25, 1950.

Dolly was a long time faithful member of the Leadmine Primitive Methodist Church, where she served many years as a Sunday School Teacher and as the Church Treasurer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Dolly is survived by her children: Delva (Don Gille) Palfrey, of Shullsburg, Darleen (Ron) Scott, of Evansville, James (BJ Davidson) Palfrey, of Evansville, John (Becky Bass) Palfrey, of New Diggings, Joseph (Jackie Mortenson) Palfrey, of Muscoda, Daphne (Kenneth Hines) Stanek, of Muscoda, Doreen (Joel "JD") Doyle, of Shullsburg, Jerald Palfrey, of Muscoda, and Jay Palfrey, of Mt. Zion; 30 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews who were very dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; sons, Jeffrey and Jedwin; grandchildren Corinna Fecht, Toby Fecht, Joshua Pedley and McKenzie Foust.

The family of Dolly Palfrey would like to thank the staff of Lafayette Manor for the care and exemplary kindness shown.

A Dolly G. Palfrey Memorial Fund has been established.

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



James M. Molony


James M. "Jim" Molony, 85, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his home in Bernard, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. Funeral Services for Jim will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Jim was born November 13, 1932 at home in Bernard, Iowa, son of James A. and Mary (McCormick) Molony. He attended country school at Oak Grove #6. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1955 to 1957. He returned home to work on the family farm.

He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa, and his legacy will live on through the Molony Foundation.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Kathleen "Kay" Molony, and his goddaughter, Anastasia "Staci" Molony (Dave Klimek) both of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donnie Molony; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen.

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



William C. Short


William C. "Bill" Short, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A Natural Journey Farewell with Cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

William Charles Short was born on June 19, 1940 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Frank Delbert and Ruby Ellen (Price) Short. He was a 1959 graduate of Monmouth High School, then took an electrical correspondence course through DeVry Technical Institute. He married Lois Lorraine Feuss on September 19, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Glenn, Steve and Tonya.

"Bill" and Lois had lived in Moline, Illinois for a few years and he first worked at John Deere, then Ametek in East Moline, and later for Nickols Wired Aluminum in Davenport. They then returned to Jackson County and lived in Monmouth where he owned and operated Short Electric from 1971 to 1988. Lastly, he worked for HOOF Products, S & H Fabricating, Bundy, and then at the Maquoketa Care Center until retirement. They had lived in Maquoketa for the past eight years.

"Bill" enjoyed square dancing, horseback riding, mechanical tinkering, reading western novels, and helping friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lois Short of Maquoketa, IA; children Glenn (Jean) Short of Maquoketa, IA, Steve (Maggie) Short of Montezuma, IA, and Tonya (Brian) Current of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Nick Short, McKenzie Short, Amanda (Phil) Shinstock, Becky (Matt) Koch, Kristin Current, and Kaytlin Current; a great-grandchild, Emery Kay Shinstock; sisters, Darlene Wulf of Bremerton, WA, Mary (Don) Mitchell of Moline, IL, Pat (Bill) Pederson of St. Charles, MO, and Susan Bodenhofer of Monticello, IA; brothers, Wayne Short of IL, and Mark Short of NV; and a sister-in-law, Marian Short of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roger and F. David Short, a sister Alice Brown, and a grandchild Kayla Lorraine Current.

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



Mary F. Newman


Mary F. Newman, 70, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, June 18, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Benton with Pastor Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Primitive Methodist Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Mary was born on August 2, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of William and Birdie Lee (Bell) McCauley. She married Jerry L. Newman on September 16, 1967, at the Primitive Methodist Church in Benton.

Mary loved her grandchildren more than anything. She was all about family and would do anything for anybody. Mary was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Benton.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Robin R. (Timothy) McCaigue, of West Bend, WI; a son, Travis L. (Jodie) Newman, of Odenton, MD; a sister, Dixie L. (Albert "Doc") Paquette, of Shullsburg; a brother, William A. (Cathy) McCauley, of Benton; and five grandchildren, Madi, Riley, Tiernan, Cailyn and Keeley.

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

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



Juanita M. Slauson


Juanita M. Slauson, 88, of Coralville and formerly of Monticello died Sunday, June 17 2018, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery in Sand Springs at a later date.

Juanita Mae Rohrer was born April 23, 1930 to Robert and Etta M.(Crippen) Rohrer in Monticello. Juanita and Louis Slauson were united in marriage March 1, 1946 in Sand Springs. During their 70 years of marriage they enjoyed doing activities outdoors and being immersed with family and friends. She had an abundant love for animals of all sizes.

Juanita is survived by 3 sons: Lavern Slauson of Stone Lake, WI, Douglas (Jennifer) Slauson of Swisher, and Brad (Abby) Slauson of Monticello; 3 grandchildren: Lavender Mateos, Anne (Anthony) Schons, and Katie Slauson; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Joyce Tenley of Monticello; in-laws: Mary Slauson of Oso, WA and Jane Slauson of Webster City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2016, and six in-laws.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Mary E. Imbus


Mary E. Imbus, 64, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her son's residence following a six-year battle with stage four breast cancer.

Family and friends may gather from noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th, 2018 at her son's home at 14105 Barrington Drive, where a service of remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Mary was born on June 24, 1953 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Rita (Ronek) Huber. She attended Holy Ghost Grade School and graduated from Norway High School in 1971. She married Herb Imbus in 1974.

She is survived by her son Brian (Stacy Cockrell) Imbus and her daughter Kelly Imbus; granddaughters Aviannah, Jayda, and Jasmine; a grandson Brysen; her former husband Herb Imbus; siblings Denise (Don) Krug, Bill Huber, Jean Anne Grant, Karl (Traudl) Huber, Thomas (Kim) Huber, Paula (Jack) Pins, and her special friend and companion Bill Huseman.

She was preceded in death by a brother John in 1971, her dad Clarence in 1982, her mom Rita in 2011, and a grandson Tysen in 2010.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Imbus memorial fund has been established to benefit Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Engelman, the staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Edward R. Burroughs


Edward R. "Butch" Burroughs, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 15, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial will be held at 1 P.M., Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Edward Ray Burroughs was born on June 14, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to KennyRay and Nancy Jo (Current) Burroughs. He was a 1985 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then received his Associates Degree from Kirkwood Community College. He married Tara Wells on September 22, 2007 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To this union a child was born, Brooklynn.

Through the years "Butch" had worked various jobs including at Younkers, for the State of Iowa, Sam's Club in Cedar Rapids, and for the past ten years at Home Depot in the Human Resources Department.

"Butch" enjoyed Penn State football, watching Indy car racing, fishing, cooking with his smoker, bird watching, and restoring lawn tractors.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Tara Burroughs of Maquoketa, IA; daughter, Brooklynn Burroughs of Maquoketa, IA; his mother and step-father, Nancy and Bill Ruff of St. Peters, MO; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father.

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



Sister Ethel Dignan


Sister Ethel Dignan, BVM (Howard), 94, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Marian Hall.

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

Sister Ethel was a psychology professor and department chair at Clarke University in Dubuque and a psychologist at the Dubuque Community Health Center. She was a psychologist in Chicago, San Jose, Calif., and Los Gatos, Calif., where she also served as director of a mental health center. She volunteered in Hispanic ministry in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif.

She was born in Chicago on May 19, 1924, to Francis and Mary Jane Sullivan Dignan. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 14, 1950, from St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York City. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dee McMinn and Patricia Dignan; and brothers Thomas and Francis, both in childhood. She is survived by nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

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

 



Norman R. Granback


Norman R. Granback 70 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Memorial Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with Military Honors at 3:00 pm. conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Norman was born January 9, 1948 in Villa Park, Illinois the son of Edwin and Muriel (Lamble) Granback. He graduated from Elmhurst College in 1970. Norman married Joyce Kueltzo on June 7, 1969. He served his country in the US Army earning the rank of Sergeant. Norman worked for 30 years with Stouffer Hotels, 2 years with Lodging Hospitality Management, 2 years with Lodgian, 2 years with JQ Hammonds, and the last 11 years managing the Holiday Inn Dubuque for Kinseth Hospitality. He was a member of the Dubuque Noon Lions Club since 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; children, Daniel (Nicole Gauthier) Granback, Kristin (Ryan) Nurmela, and Kelly Granback; grandchildren, Jacob Gauthier, Sabine Nurmela, and Anja Nurmela; siblings, Larry (Frances) Granback and Vivienne Carlson; sister and brother in-law, Karen (Bob) Bergstrom.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother and father in-law, Elmer and Randi Kueltzo.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the Oncology Department at Finley Hospital and Dr. Herman and staff for his care during this time.

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

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



Timothy M. Murphy


Timothy Michael Murphy, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lake Bluff, IL at 3pm on Thursday, June 14th. At the time of his passing, Tim was surrounded by his four children, a few grandchildren, and several of his best friends. Tim succumbed to complications stemming from congestive heart failure.

Visitation will be held from 4pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 19th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home located at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Tim's funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church located at 1870 St. Ambrose with interment immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 10556 Military Rd.

Born in Galena, IL on January 14, 1934, Tim was a long time resident of Dubuque. He attended St. Michael's grammar school in Galena, a boarding school in central Illinois - as he could at times be a bit of a rambunctious young man - and Loras Academy for high school. After a few years at Loras College, he joined the Air Force and served in Korea, loading bombs on planes and managing the base's bar. He finished College, married Elaine, and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Tim was employed for over 25 years as an accountant at John Deere and later served for several years as a Development Officer at both Loras College and Mercy Hospital. Tim was also a passionate supporter of Catholic education, serving on the boards of both St. Anthony's and Wahlert high school.

Tim loved life and was a full participant. He was funny, liked manhattans, time with family and friends, and believe it or not Bruce Springsteen. He also loved sports and enjoyed debating politics. He spoke his mind and always "tried to do the right thing." In addition to a strong family life, Tim and Elaine were uniquely blessed with an abundance of very close family friends.

Together with their friends they attended countless Wahlert High School athletic and fundraising events over the years. Tim, Elaine, and friends also enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Europe. His favorite trips were to the great American West, where he enjoyed many visits to Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, and California. However, apart from his family and friends, central to Tim's life was his love for the University of Notre Dame. A passion he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Indoctrinated by his Irish immigrant father, Tim grew up a huge ND fan. He attended his first game in South Bend in November of 1949 - a 32-0 ND whitewashing of USC - and his last game in October of 2017 - a 35-14 throttling of NC State. But while football was the initial attraction, over time Tim's passion for ND grew into something much more meaningful. Ultimately Tim's love for the University was based on its Catholic character, strong moral center, its search for academic truth, and its high quality education. He saw ND for what it aspired to be: a place that educated the mind, body, and heart of people who were then sent out "to be a force for good in the world."

Tim has influenced hundreds of people of all ages from many places. The people and students he has impacted will continue to generate "ripples" that positively impact our world and their influence on others in turn will spread even more "ripples" of goodwill. Tim has left a proud legacy in this world and his impact will be felt for a long time. Similar to Elaine choosing her favorite time of year to pass, the family feels that it is especially appropriate that Tim chose Father's Day weekend to pass over to see his departed family and friends.

Tim is survived by his children Christopher Murphy (Catherine) of Lake Forest, IL, Maureen Quill (Michael) of Racine, WI, Megan Patel of Dubuque, and Molly Wallace of Wheaton, IL. Tim and Elaine have 11 grandchildren - Lauren, Caitlin, and Alaina Murphy; Mitchell, Murphy, Maiti, and Mairead Quill; Stella and Oscar Patel; and William and Dylan Wallace. Tim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his sister-in-law Nora Murphy of Hanover, IL. Tim was predeceased in death by his parents Michael and Loretta Murphy, his siblings Robert and Bertram, and his beloved wife Elaine.

The family is looking forward to celebrating Tim's life this Tuesday and Wednesday with family and friends. Please be prepared to share your best - and funniest - Tim and Elaine stories.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to have donations made to the University of Notre Dame to support the Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship for a young man or woman from the
greater Dubuque area. Donations can be sent to the below address. Please make the check out to the University of Notre Dame with a note in the memo line re: Timothy and Elaine Murphy Scholarship

Pam Mullin
University of Notre Dame
Development Office
1251 North Eddy Street
Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617



Bette Trannel


Bette (Vanderah) Trannel, age 92, of Bethany Home, Dubuque (formerly of East Dubuque and Sunset Park Place, Dubuque) passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2018at Bethany Home,surrounded by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, June 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, in East Dubuque, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, where the parish rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bette was born September 21, 1925 in East Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Henry and Mary (Houselog) Vanderah.  She married Arthur L. Trannel on September 18, 1946at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque; he preceded her in death on January 15, 1992.

She lived in East Dubuque all her life until she moved to Sunset Park Place, Dubuque, in 2006.    She attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from East Dubuque High School as valedictorian of her class.  Bette was a life-long member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer for many church and school functions.  

Bette was an inspiration for her family in her staunch belief and participation in her Catholic faith, in her strong work ethic, and in her commitment to education.  Bette's greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.  She was a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play basketball, baseball, softball, football, track, swimming, wrestling, rowing, and hockey.  She was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.  She enjoyed cooking and was best known for her homemade bread and pies.  She also enjoyed music, dancing, reading, traveling, bowling, golf, and was always ready for a good card game. 

She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by six sons:  James (Marie) Trannel, Joseph (Mary) Trannel, John (Mary) Trannel, and Jeffrey (Lauri) Trannel, all of East Dubuque; Jerald (Diane) Trannel of Batavia, IL; and Dr. Thomas (Dena) Trannel of Onalaska, WI; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Jacob Trannel; two sisters Anna (Howard) Metzger and Marie (Andy) Roth;  and seven brothers Eldon, Joe, Melvin, Merlin, Bob, Henry, and Leo "Babe" Vanderah. 

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for their loving and compassionate care over the last six years and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support and comfort her last few days.  Also, a thank you to the staff at Sunset Park Place for their wonderful care during the years she lived there. 

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

 

 



Darlene Langkamp


Darlene Langkamp, 88, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center Nursing Home in Dubuque, Iowa.
Darlene Helen Langkamp, daughter of Louis and Helen (Specht) Cornish, was born February 15, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa. Darlene attended Sacred Heart School and then completed her education at St. Joseph's Academy.

She married her childhood friend, Merlin "Mac" Langkamp, September 9, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. Darlene and Mac were truly a team; Mac was employed by Morrison Bros., and Darlene managed the children and household in addition to part-time jobs as a nurse's aid to elderly nuns in the convent and in the hot-lunch line at Holy Ghost School for many years. In the 1970's, the couple ventured into the apartment business and built two buildings with 19 units on the corner of Wildwood Dr. and West 32nd Str. They lived on the premises, which enabled them to know their tenants, many of whom became lifelong friends. In 2002, they sold the apartments and built their retirement home on Tiffany Dr.

Darlene always had a ready smile and was anything but shy; she made friends wherever she went. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital for over 20 years, in various departments. She and Mac were avid "garage salers" not only looking for bargains for themselves, but also for their children, grandchildren, and friends. Darlene's family was always her first priority; she would work tirelessly on their behalf and didn't hesitate to give them loving advice. Darlene's definition of cleanliness and organization was instilled in her early on - she "hoovered" every day, her windows didn't dare to smudge, and her "Junk Drawer" was very tidy. She was also well known for her German potato salad, cherry pie, and goulash - will anyone ever be able to master these family favorites again? She was always looking for ways to help someone; even after entering the nursing home - she was never happier than when she could make someone's day better and brighter. Darlene loved to play games with friends and family, but was never overly competitive; her aim was just to have fun together. Her story would never be complete without mentioning the "boat," the "track" and BINGO, she made friends at each of these venues and was always generous with her winnings. Darlene began her faith journey at Sacred Heart Church, after her marriage to Mac, they were members of Holy Ghost Church. In her elder years, she attended St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Her life was saturated by her faith - she never missed a weekend mass - even when on vacation and in her elderly years would attend mass three to four times each week. Hard-working yet playful; frugal yet generous, Darlene was full of life and that's what made her so complete and beautiful.

Her family includes her children: David (Shawn) Langkamp of Oskaloosa; Debbie Langkamp of Dubuque, and Cathy (David) Dillon of Dubuque; nine grandchildren: Linsey (David) Hoppestad of Adel, Andrew (Melissa) Langkamp of Oskaloosa; Bryon, Sarah, Josh (Anita Blackburn) and Scott Gansemer of Dubuque; Zachary (Danielle), Cory (Libby) and Samantha Dillon of Cedar Rapids; ten great-grandchildren: Nolan, Nicholas and William Hoppestad, Claire and Natalie Langkamp; Hunter Gansemer; Ashton, Jaxon and Tyson Mac Dillon; Logan and new Baby Boy Dillon, due in October. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Donnie and Jeanie Cornish; sister-in-law, Shirley Chapman; brothers-in-law, Harold Langkamp, and Arnold "Bub" Langkamp of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Tom (Phylis) Piehl of Atlanta, GA., and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Darlene was preceded by the love-of-her-life, Mac on Dec. 23, 2012, after 62 years of marriage.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held for Darlene at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3-7 p.m. at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, with a 3:00 pm Scripture Service.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Camp Albrecht Acres, 14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill, IA 52073.

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



Mildred A. Schlichte


Mildred A. Schlichte, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, June 18 from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Millie was born May 22, 1928, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of John and Catherine (Nurre) Klostermann. She married Alvin Schlichte on May 20, 1948, in Petersburg, Iowa. Together they raised their family and farmed near New Vienna/Bankston until moving to Dyersville in 1987.

Millie's faith was very important to her. Her biggest pride and joy are her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Kathy (Marty) Helle, Dianne (Ted) Kluesner, Deb (Loras) Digmann, John (Kelly) Schlichte, Ann (Todd) Kelleher all of Dubuque, Jeff (Teresa) Schlichte, of Peosta, Dan (Mary) Schlichte of Cedar Rapids, Margie Ament and Jim (Susie) Schlichte, both of Dyersville, and Pat (Donna) Schlichte of Hopkinton, 24 grandchildren: Jennifer (Dan) Smith, Chris (Michelle) Helle, Nick Helle (fiancé Alexandra), Greg (Ally) Schlichte, Brad (Shannon) Schlichte, Tim Schlichte (special friend, Thao Nguyen), Jamie (Chad) Saville, Nicole (Joe) Schmitt, Megan Freiburger (fiancé Nick Crow), Katie (Tony) Gerdis, Ellie Ament (special friend, Ted Tranel), Jill (Ben) Anderson, Michael (Jill) Schlichte, Julie (Joe) Gansen, Wes (Melissa) Digmann, Jonathan Digmann, Steven Digmann (special friend, Rachel), Kevin (Sara) Kloser, Lauren (Austin) Lloyd, Emily Kelleher, Kelsey and Karley Schlichte, Natalie and Aubrey Schlichte, 3 step grandchildren: Jason (Maria) Millage, Jill (Kevin) Luders and Jerry (Bonnie) Thompson; 28 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren; sisters: Jenny Conrad of Dyersville, Sr. Marian Klostermann, OSF of Dubuque, in-laws: Ardella Schlichte of Edgewood and Alma Willenborg of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin in 2009, son-in-law, Don "Pooch" Ament, 2 grandchildren: Jeremy Helle and T.J. Kelleher; siblings: Everett (Bernice) Klostermann, Zita (Clement) Lansing, Helen (Charles) Wessels, Dorothy (Allie) Olberding, Irvin Conrad, Walter (Helen) Klostermann, Donna (Bob) Juran,
in-laws: Clarence (Julia) Schlichte, Joe (Germaine) Schlichte, Lorraine (Mark) Pins, Elmer Schlichte, Tony Willenborg, Verna (Art) Klostermann, Bernard Schlichte,

The family would like to thank the Dyersville Bi County Ambulance Service, Hospice of Dubuque, and the Stonehill Care Center Staff. Also special thank you to Ellen, Angie and Janet, and John & Deb Denekas.

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



Phyllis A. Turnis


Phyllis A. Turnis, 69, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at her home in rural Bernard, Iowa, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phyllis Ann Small was born on February 17, 1949 in Clinton, Iowa, to Leslie Ernest "Ernie" and Evelyn Antoinette (Scheibe) Small. She was a 1967 graduate of Western Dubuque High School where she was the class Valedictorian. Two days after graduating high school, she began working in the Trust Department for American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque. She retired in 2004 after 37 years.

Phyllis married David H. Ruggeberg on October 18, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Scott and Amy. David preceded her in death on December 13, 1988. She married William C. "Bill" Turnis on August 22, 1992 at St. Patrick's Church at Garryowen.

Phyllis was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, riding ATVs, bowling, mushroom hunting, gardening, boating, watching her hummingbirds, attending her grandchildren's activities, and spoiling her beloved dog Cooper.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Bill Turnis of Bernard, IA; a daughter, Amy (Kevin) Gassmann of Holy Cross, IA; step-children, Jeff (Shirley) Turnis of Bernard, IA, Rick (Lucinda) Turnis of Cascade, IA, Deann (Rick) Bergfeld of Bernard, IA, Amy (Duane) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Brian (Nicole) Turnis of Bernard, IA, and Traci (Adam) Rollinger of Cascade, IA; 18 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Carol) Small of Bernard, IA, and Richard "Rick" (Tammie) Small of Bernard, IA; and a sister, Janice (Paul) Ruggeberg of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, a son Scott Ruggeberg on August 27, 1997, and a brother James Small on November 23, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis A. Turnis memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Kirkendall and Dr. Herman and staff for the wonderful care given to Phyllis and our family."

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



Alberta A. Roth


Alberta Ann (Burlage) Roth age 97, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Manor Care of Dubuque. She was born in New Vienna, IA, on October 7, 1920. Although she had always been told she was born on Halloween; we recently learned we should have been celebrating her birthday earlier in the month.

Alberta was a WW II War Bride. She married Arthur Roth Jr. on December 26, 1942, in San Antonio, TX. On January 11, 1943, Alberta received a telegram that he had been shot down over the English Channel and was either missing or presumed dead. Art survived and spent almost a year recuperating in London, England. As a war bride, Alberta lived in almost every state in the Union. The most challenging location was Death Valley, CA, as temperatures could climb to 122°. Art preceded her in death on December 13, 1995, after 52 years of marriage to his best friend and travel adventure companion.

Alberta loved beautiful clothes and had an eye for style. Art asked her if she would like to open a boutique, but her number one priority was raising her three children. Alberta had many other talents, as well. Her leadership qualities led her to be President of the Mother's Club and President of the Catholic Daughters of America. Alberta also loved to play bridge and was good at it! She played duplicate bridge and belonged to many bridge clubs. We would like to thank the women of her last bridge club for the kindness and patience they extended toward her as she became ill. Alberta also loved and was a talented golfer. In fact she celebrated her first hole in one on her 70th birthday.

These passions all drove Alberta, but her passion and dedication to the Catholic Church surpassed them all. She was a loyal parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker for over 50 years. She lived the teachings of the church in her everyday life by giving back to the community and volunteering thousands of hours in the community. She loved Dubuque! While Virginia was home to the rest of her family and held a special place in her heart, she proudly adopted Dubuque and loved telling people about the city, including how to spell it.

Most of all Alberta Roth was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was her most precious possession, and she was proud of each one of them for their own unique gifts. Alberta and Art had three children, Doris (Dan) Keyes of Madison, WI; Robert (Terri) Roth of Brentwood, TN; and was preceded in death by her youngest son Jerry (Beverly) Roth of Jefferson, SD. She is further survived by her grandchildren; Jeremy Roth, Kellye (Matt) Golden, Susan (Aaron) Shotland, Nicole (Chris) Roepe, Taylor (Meredith) Roth, Ali Roth and Logan Roth. Additionally, her great grandchildren who brought her so many smiles in her final years; Grace, Lucas, Emerson, Jacob, Danny and Natalie.

Of Alberta's nine siblings, Paul Burlage and Rita Nichols are still living in Virginia, and her brother-in-law Don Roth is in Arizona. Alberta also has many nieces and nephews, but we as a family want to especially thank her niece Dianne Blaser for extending her time, kindness, and assistance to Alberta during her illness when she was unable to have the independence she loved most of her life. We would also like to thank the staff at Manor Care, especially her nurse Luann and Dr. Andrea Ries, whose first patient was Alberta.

 Our mother was a sweet, generous and wonderful person and will be immensely missed. We find great peace in knowing that she will be reunited with her beloved Art and son Jerry and many other family members in Heaven, including her parents and siblings Alvera, Donald, Charles, Doris, Edwin, and Gerald.

Services will be held Saturday morning, June 16, 2018, at Saint Columbkille Church located at 1240 Rush Street, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be at the church from 10::00-11:00 a.m. and the funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m.  The family requests memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or a charity of your choice that would benefit children.

Please share your memories at http://www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

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

 

 

 

 



Ruth Ann Burdt


Ruth Ann Burdt, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:29 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Ruth will be honored with funeral services being held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends are encouraged to visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on March 25, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius and Dorothy (Hayes) Feldman. She lived her entire life in Dubuque, surrounded by loving family and friends. She married the love of her life, William "Bill" Burdt, on December 26, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church. The couple were blessed with 63 wonderful years of marriage and were the proud parents of eight children whom they adored, before Bill passed away on February 13, 2016.

Ruth was a devoted family woman. She cherished every opportunity she had to spend time with her family. These moments brought Ruth immeasurable joy, especially when her grandchildren were present. In addition to being a full-time wife, mother, grandmother, and devoted Catholic, Ruth spent over 20 years working as bookkeeper with Beecher's Company Inc. She was guided by her faith and took great pride in her long-time membership at St. Patrick's Church. For the last 32 years, Ruth baked a cake each week for the parish's Wednesday Night Meal.

Her family is both heartbroken and stunned by the all-too-sudden absence of Ruth from their physical lives. While the Lord has decided to take her home without warning, the family finds solace in knowing that she has been reunited with her husband, who she missed every day since his passing. Ruth's family expresses their love and their gratitude for the love and affection she showered them with over the 86 years of her life.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her children,
Cindy (Mark Wirth) White, Dubuque, IA,
William (Janet El Khatib) Burdt Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Cindy) Burdt, Dubuque, IA,
Nancy (Jim) Karrmann, Madison, WI,
Linda (Scott) Massengill, Summit, NJ,
Michael (Kendyll) Burdt, Denver, CO,
Dr. Mark (Julie) Burdt, Ankeny, IA
and Michelle (Victor) Cruz, Sheboygan Falls, WI;

18 grandchildren,
Anthony (Jennifer) White, Lindsey (Josh) Einsweiler, Greg (Lauren) White, Joe Burdt, Jr., Brian (Kristen) Burdt, Jeremy (Bethany) Burdt, Danielle Burdt, Sarah (Jeff) Wilczewski, Ashley (Andrew) Czech, Carter Massengill, Kayleigh Massengill, Makenzie Burdt, Madison Burdt, Lauren Burdt, Erin Burdt, Mallory Burdt, Makena Cruz and Mateo Cruz;

9 great-grandchildren,
Lily Tschiggfrie, Evalena Tschiggfrie, Dempsey White, Van White, Peyton Wilczewski, Zachary Wilczewski, Bentley Burdt, Aubrielle Burdt and Michael White;
and her siblings,
Donna Freund, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Kay Feldman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Sr. Nancy Feldman, BVM, Chicago, IL
and Helen McKain, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William F. "Bill" BurdtSr.; her brother, William Feldman; a daughter-in-law, Teri Burdt; and her brother-in-law, John Freund.

A Ruth Ann Burdt memorial fund has been established which will be given to St Patrick's Church.



Randy W. Edwards


Randy W. Edwards, 65 of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Randy's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, June 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Randy Wayne Edwards was born on April 3, 1953 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Wayne H. and Twila Jane (Howell) Edwards. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Karen Goldensoph and they were married for 15 years. They later divorced.

Randy first worked local factory jobs, and then was employed for 35 years with John Deere in Mt. Joy, Iowa until retirement.

Randy was extremely close with his sister Shawna. He enjoyed fishing, watching classic movies, morel mushroom hunting, and riding his motorcycle when he was able.

Those left to honor his memory include his sister Shawna (Russ) Hayward of Green Island, IA; a brother Kevin (Steve) Edwards of Greenfield, WI; step-children, Nathan (Amanda) Muhs of Clarence, IA, and Stacey (James) Skipworth of Oxford Junction, IA; 9 step-grandchildren; and his former wife, Karen Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Thomas C. Dolter


Thomas C. "Hawk" Dolter, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at home. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Thomas was born August 3, 1927 in Dubuque, the son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter. He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. He married Velma Langkamp on September 9, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2008. 

Thomas retired from the Dubuque Packing Company where he was employed for many years. He was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Thomas enjoyed golf, bowling, gardening, and making concrete garden art. He loved wintering in Yuma, AZ. Thomas was a loyal Democrat until the end of his life. 

Thomas is survived by his children, Judy (Dan) Vorwald of Bernard, Gary (Connie) Dolter of Dubuque, Jan (Pete) Hutchison of Urbandale, IA, Joyce Bottoms of Dubuque, and Jill (Paul) Reinke of Elkhart, IA; his grandchildren, Jeff (Krystle) Gard and their children Kai, Everest, and Byron; Paul Gard; Matthew (Jared Rogers) Dolter; Tiffany Woodward and her children Samantha and Katie; Kim (Justin) Russell and their daughter Hattie; Sarah (Bernie) DelCampo and their daughter Florencia; Jacob (Cathy Dolan) Bottoms; Stephanie and Samantha Bottoms; Aaron and Rachel Reinke; Todd (Kim) Kerkenbush and their children Alex, Ryan, Sean, and Luke; Chad (Kristi) Kerkenbush and their children June and Sylvia; and Gregory (Beverly) Gard; and  his in-laws, Delphine, Betty, and Judy Dolter, Lorraine (Herb) Hottenstein, and Bob Burbach.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Frank (Alma)Dolter , Rev. Robert Dolter,  Richard Dolter, James Dolter, Joseph (Rita & Rita) Dolter, David Dolter, Paul Dolter, Margaret (Lincoln) Steffens, Mary (Jim) Link, Ida Marie (Tom) Linden, Blanche Burbach, Clifford (Darlene) Langkamp, and Kenneth (Mary) Langkamp. 

The family would like to thank Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Loetscher and Dr. Ringold, and Tom's wonderful neighbors and friends. 

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

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

 

 



Sister Janaan Hickie


SISTER JANAAN (CASSIAN) HICKIE, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:00 p.m., on June 11, 2018, at Clare House. To honor Sister Janaan Hickie's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the St. Francis Chapel. To honor Sister Janaan Hickie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the St. Francis Chapel, where a Funeral Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Hickie was born on March 9, 1931, in Graf, IA, daughter of Leo and Marie (Schmitt) Hickie.

She first entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1953, and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1959. Sister received her high school education at Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque, IA. She went on to minister in Iowa as a homemaker in Waterloo, Bode, Cascade, Ashton, and Ossian. In Dubuque, she continued her ministry at Mount St. Francis, Operation New View, the Head Start Program, and also created an outreach program known as "Junkin for Jesus."

Those left to cherish Sister Hickie's life include
her sisters,
Frances (Fran) Adams,
Mary Jo Herzog,
Leanne Horsfall
and Karen (Lynn) Kurt;

her numerous nieces and nephews;

and her Franciscan sisters, with whom she shared over 63 years of her life.

Sister Hickie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Leo "Bud" (Sue) Hickie, Jr.; and her brothers-in-law, William Herzog and Bernard "Bernie" Horsfall.

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

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

 



Shirley M. Averkamp


Shirley M. Averkamp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 5:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on September 15, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Vosberg) Meyer. She married Aloysius Averkamp on August 30, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 3, 1976. Shirley loved children and enjoyed reading to them and cooking for them at Immaculate Conception School. She loved to cook and will be remembered for her cooking. Shirley enjoyed Jeopardy, Bingo and loved hats. She enjoyed watching her children's and grandchildren's sports and was a fan of the Badgers, Packers, Wahlert Golden Eagles and Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include her children, Thomas (Karen) Averkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Terrance (Kim) Averkamp, of Iowa City, IA, Mary (Dan) Rygel, of Burlington, NC, Lawrence (Sally) Averkamp, of Park View, IA, Paul (Diane) Averkamp, of Dubuque, IA, Joseph (Suzanne) Averkamp, of Alexandria, VA, James (Jan) Averkamp, of Lakewood, WA, Lloyd (Chris) Averkamp, of Ironwood, MI, Lynn (Phil) Christensen, of Lacey, WA, Diane (Norm) Tougas, of Frisco, TX, and Karen Stewart, of Plano, TX; her sister, Mary (Fred) Gattas, of Upland, CA; her sister-in-law, Clotilda Muller, of Cuba City, WI; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jacob, Rollie, and James, and her sisters, Betty and Bert.

A Shirley M. Averkamp Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences for the family may be left at Shirley M. Averkamp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at home.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 5:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on September 15, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Vosberg) Meyer.  She married Aloysius Averkamp on August 30, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on August 3, 1976.  Shirley loved children and enjoyed reading to them and cooking for them at Immaculate Conception School.  She loved to cook and will be remembered for her cooking.  Shirley enjoyed Jeopardy, Bingo and loved hats.  She enjoyed watching her children's and grandchildren's sports and was a fan of the Badgers, Packers, Wahlert Golden Eagles and Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include her children, Thomas (Karen) Averkamp, of Cuba City, WI, Terrance (Kim) Averkamp, of Iowa City, IA, Mary (Dan) Rygel, of Burlington, NC, Lawrence (Sally) Averkamp, of Park View, IA, Paul (Diane) Averkamp, of Dubuque, IA, Joseph (Suzanne) Averkamp, of Alexandria, VA, James (Jan) Averkamp, of Lakewood, WA, Lloyd (Chris) Averkamp, of Ironwood, MI, Lynn (Phil) Christensen, of Lacey, WA, Diane (Norm) Tougas, of Frisco, TX, and Karen Stewart, of Plano, TX; her sister, Mary (Fred) Gattas, of Upland, CA; her sister-in-law, Clotilda Muller, of Cuba City, WI; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jacob, Rollie, and James, and her sisters, Betty and Bert.

A Shirley M. Averkamp Memorial Fund has been established. 

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



Mary M. Grace


Mary M. Grace, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 4:05 p.m., at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor and celebrate Mary's life, private family services will be held with Rev. Thomas F. McAndrew officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on June 20. 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John S. and Florence (Frost) Mayerle.

Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Grace, on November 3, 1945, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, and the two were truly blessed with 45 wonderful years together. Mary was a devoted and dedicated employee who earnestly gave 11 years of her working years at various doctor's offices around Dubuque, and another 31 years as a claims adjuster with the Iowa National Insurance Company in Cedar Rapids. She was a loving wife, a meticulous homemaker, and a graciously humble woman who thoroughly enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; especially anything related to music. Mary not only enjoyed singing in the church choir, but she also loved going out for an evening of dancing with John, seamlessly tearing up the dance floor every chance they had. Her faith was also a priority in Mary's life as she was both a long-time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, and a visibly outstanding example of her Catholic faith put into action daily. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear, sweet aunt, just days before her 100th birthday; but thankfully discover true comfort in the fact that she will be enjoying the century mark of her soul with her loving husband, John, in heaven, and no doubt dancing with the angels to the finest music an ear has ever heard. May God bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms Mary until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her nieces and nephew,
Marilyn (Michael) Cousins,
Rose (Charlie) Clasen
and Jim (Chris) Vosberg, all of Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Grace; and a brother, Kenneth Mayerle.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all of their wonderful, professional and tender care of Mary over the years.

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



Leon Kluesner


Leon Kluesner, 70, of New Vienna, passed away suddenly and peacefully with his family at his side Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Dyersville Fire Department will attend at 6 pm and the NV/Lux Fire Department will attend at 6:45 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor and Rev. Carl Ries will officiate.

Leon was born July 1, 1947, in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Rita (Pfeiler) Kluesner.  He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross and worked as a carpenter.  He married Zelda Willenborg on September 4, 1971, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa.  Together they moved to the Kluesner family farm east of New Vienna where they raised their family.

Leon was an active community volunteer, serving on several boards including the St. Boniface parish council and the Hennessy Catholic School Board, the New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire Department Board of Directors, the New Vienna Coop and New Wine Township Board of Trustees.

Leon enjoyed driving his John Deere on tractor rides, cruising in his classic car, trips to Branson, MO, playing euchre with friends, making sausage and growing potatoes and pumpkins.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren by giving them gator rides and making them woodworking projects.  He took great pride in caring for his family, friends, and the farm.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Zelda, 4 children: Jason (Sarah) Kluesner of Manchester, Keith (Andrea) Kluesner of Peosta, Carmen (Steve) Lansing of Dyersville and Tony Kluesner of New Vienna;  9 grandchildren: Spencer, Parker and Mackenzie Kluesner, Bodie, Kogan, Ahsha and Ahnya Kluesner, Blake and Trent Lansing;  siblings: Julia (Gilbert) Gaul of Farley, Earl (Kay) Kluesner of Luxemburg, his twin, Lyle (Pat) Kluesner of Boonton, NJ;  in-laws: Dennis (Carol Ann) Willenborg of New Vienna, Larry (LuAnn) Willenborg of Petersburg, Jerry (Sandy) Nickol and Grace (David) Nelson, both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Anselm and Mary Willenborg, a stillborn child, Kurt Francis, and a sister-in-law, Glenda Nickol.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or to the donor's choice.

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

 

 



Karen F. Birkel


Karen Frances Birkel, 60, of Dubuque formerly of Sherrill passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, additional visitation will be 9:00 am-10:00 am, Friday prior to Mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Sherrill.

Karen was born September 8, 1957 in Dubuque, daughter of Herman and Mary Lou (Schmitt) Birkel.  She attend a special education program at Audubon School. Karen loved family gatherings, spending time with nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She enjoyed putting together puzzles, word searches and listening to Polka and Country music. Karen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan and went to Cozy Corner regularly.

Karen is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Birkel; siblings, Philip (Punkie) Birkel, Dennis (Diane) Birkel, Nancy (Jim) Decker, Amy (Tim) Lahey, and Scot Birkel all of Sherrill; nieces and nephews, Corey (Kelly) Birkel, Andrea (Keith) Kluesner, Travis (Kimmie) Birkel, Amelia (Kevin) Schwers, Tammi (Trent) Weimerskirch, Nicholas (Kristi) Birkel, Aaron and Evan Decker, Drew, Ben, Claire, and Ty Lahey; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Brenda in infancy.

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

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



Nicola Cannavo


Nicola Cannavo, 84, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 surrounded by the family he loved. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, June 15 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nicola was born in Termini Imerese, Sicily on July 3, 1933, the son of Francesco (Concetta) Cannavo. His mother passing while he was young, Nicola helped support the family, setting the foundation for his work ethic. Nicola married Maria (Cirino) Cannavo on July 1, 1953 and they began their life together in Sicily. Nicola and Maria eventually made their way from Sicily to Connecticut where he started his family, working two jobs to make ends meet. Eventually they moved to Dubuque, IA where Nicola began work in a successful family owned restaurant. He was part owner of Marco's Italian restaurant, alongside his brothers, sister, and brother-in-law for 35 years. Nicola also loved to travel, next to his family his favorite thing in the world was the beach. He enjoyed laughing as he was known to be a jokester and loved to tell stories. Nicola would never cook at home as he cooked all day at the restaurant but he would always provide Maria his opinions at home for her cooking, all in good fun of course. Nothing was more important than family to Nicola and he was the rock that held it together, we will miss his smile, laughter and wisdom.

Survivors include his wife Maria Cannavo of Dubuque; three children Francesco (Tammy) Cannavo of Marion, IA and their children Angela (Tony), Nicolas, and Patricia; Leonardo (Theresa) Cannavo of Blue Grass, IA and their children Vincenzo, and Elizabeth; Lisa (Robert) Gassman of Dubuque and their children Noah, and Natalie ; two sisters Rosetta Cannavo and Carmelina Giunta; one brother Carmelo (Tanina) Cannavo; brothers and sisters-in-law Josie (Gino) Sileci, Frank Cirino, Philip (Nicolina) Cirino, Carmela Cirino, Giacomina Cannavo.

He was preceded in death by his sister Lina Saldi; a brother Giuseppe Cannavo; Sister-in-law Rosa Zanca; brothers-in-law Andrew Cirino, Louie Cirino and Marco Giunta; niece Patricia Cannavo; and two nephews Lenny Cirino and Lee Cirino.

A Nicola Cannavo Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Luther Manor Memory Care staff for their above and beyond care and compassion shown to Nicola and the family.

 



Melvin C. Langel


Melvin C. Langel, 85, of Dyersville passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Friday, June 15, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, June 16 from 8:30 - 9:30 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Mel was born September 19, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Clem and Leocadia (Thillen) Langel. He graduated from St. Boniface High School and Bayless Business College, and then entered the US Army and served in the finance department from 1953 - 1955 in Alaska.  He married Doris Krapfl on June 29, 1957, in New Vienna, Iowa.  Mel was employed as a service manager at various auto dealerships for forty years until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, American Legion Post 137 and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Douborg Assembly and Council 1734.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 61 years, Doris, 6 children: Ann Langel, Sharon Langel and Susan (Len) Uhal, all of Dubuque and Laurie (Jim) Hughes of Davenport, Mary Campbell of Dyersville and Joseph (Cheryl) Langel of Lakeville, MN; 11 grandchildren: Dr. Thomas (Kate), David (Leah) and Meghan Campbell, John (Patti), Katie and Joe Uhal, Benjamin and Abigail Langel, Michael, Elizabeth and Thomas Hughes; 3 great grandchildren: Samuel Campbell-Wise, Angela and Michael Uhal, a sister, Germaine Ungs of Luxemburg, and in-laws: Dorothy Langel of Luxemburg, Lester Dingbaum of Manchester, Gene (Betty) Krapfl, Alice Langel, Donna (Jim) Kluesner, Inez (Bernard) Kluesner, Marian Hermsen, Irv Borgerding, David (LuAnn) Krapfl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Elmer (Mary) Langel, Sally (Alvin) Wegmann, Lavern Langel and Virgie Dingbaum; and in-laws, Art Ungs, Francis Langel and Joyce Borgerding.

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

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

 

 



Sister Jeanne Granville, BVM


Sister Jeanne Granville, BVM (Suzette), 90, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Marian Hall Chapel, Dubuque, Iowa, followed immediately by a Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Jeanne was director of North Deanery Catholics elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and coordinator/director of social outreach programs in St. Louis. She was an elementary principal in Chicago; Calumet Park, Ill.; St. Louis; Crestwood, Mo.; and Jackson, Miss. She was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Maywood, Ill.; Round Lake, Ill.; and Hempstead, N.Y.

She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 6, 1928, to William and Mary Helen McKean Granville. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Mary Magdelen Parish, St. Louis, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Helen Bayless and Mary Elizabeth (Bette) Sly; brothers William and John. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Ann Schroeder


Ann Schroeder, 69, of Dubuque passed away after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at home while surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas Toale as main concelebrant.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ann was born July 27, 1948 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert 'Bob' and Bernice G. (Leicht) Wiezorek. She married John Schroeder, November 9, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company and finally at St. Patrick's Church where she found her true calling.  She was a familiar face to all parishioners at St. Pat's and had a smile for everyone who came to the rectory door. She will truly be missed.

Ann lived for her family. She hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the Wiezoreks and Schroeders every November in the home that she grew up in. She loved holidays with her children and grandchildren and created many traditions that will continue. She enjoyed regular dinner dates with her volleyball and bowling friends, fishing trips, and an occasional visit to the casino. Ann and John traveled to many family weddings throughout the country together. She was always up for a game of Euchre and proudly taught her oldest grandsons the game of cribbage. Some of Ann's favorite times were interacting with her grandchildren. She loved following Austin and Nolan at their sporting events, watching Lillian dance on stage, attending the Jackson County Pro Rodeo with Gavin and Coy, and a good game of "Come Find Me" with Corbin. Weekly Sunday night dinners were a special tradition with her children and grandchildren that they always looked forward to and trips to Chicago brought Ann so much joy. Ann was the "Queen Bee" of the family and will be missed beyond measure.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John, sons Bob (Greg Lyons), of Chicago, IL, Ron (Lisa) of Bellevue, IA and their sons, Gavin and Coy, and Jon (Natalie) of Asbury, and their children, Austin, Nolan, Lillian, and Corbin; four brothers, Bob (Chris), Ken (Sue), David (Peggy) and Billy (Carolyn) Wiezorek; sister-in-law Patty Wiezorek; brother-in-law Paul (Elyn) Schroeder and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Mike Wiezorek, her father and mother-in-law, Sam and Marie Schroeder; a brother-in-law, Duane Russow and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Lucas and Marion Russow.

The family would like to thank the staff at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Oncology departments and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie. Their loving care was comforting during this difficult time.  

An Ann Schroeder Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at hskfh.com 

 

 



Larry M. Steve


Larry Michael Steve passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 9, 2018 after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Born October 11, 1951 to Burt and Maxine Steve, Larry was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew him. Always quick with a joke or coining a unique nickname to people he met, Larry definitely made an impression wherever he was.

A graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Larry went on the attend Hawkeye Community College. In 1972, he married the love of his life, Marie Pregler. One year later, his daughter Angela (Pete) was born and in 1979 his son Chad (Jessica) was born.

Larry devoted his life to working at, and eventually owning, Burt Steve & Son Garage. Originally Center Grove Garage, Larry's father, Burt, moved and renamed the shop to include his son the year Larry was born, where it remains today.

Larry loved towing and trucking. He dedicated his life to helping people in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He was proud of sharing stories about his towing experiences. He also had an infinite love for truck shows - even entertaining the idea of "busting out" of the Iowa City Hospitals to attend one of his favorite truck shows. As much as he loved his career, he loved his grandchildren, Sophia, Scout, and Cash (whom he lovingly called 'the monkeys') even more - taking them on rides in the tow truck and hot rod, his most recent project. In addition, Larry enjoyed his daily breakfast 'dates' with his friends and the staff at McDonald's on JFK, both of the Sunshine Family Restaurants, and Panera.

In addition to his grandchildren, 'Tootsie,' as they lovingly called him, had a special love and bond with his sister-in-law (whom he practically raised and treated as his own daughter), Judy (Pregler) Thorpe and nieces Allie and Abby, who he treated as his own grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Chad (Jessica); grandchildren, Sophia Liesen, Scout, Cash Steve; sister, Sherri (Bill) Giesemann; sister-in-law, Judy Thorpe; nieces, Allie, Abby Thorpe, Emily (Giesemann) Van Wyk; and nephew, Jeremy Giesemann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Maxine (Nolan); wife Marie; and daughter, Angela.

Larry's family would like to thank the following special people in Larry's life for taking such amazing care of him during his brief battle with leukemia - April Till, Hospice of Dubuque - especially Edna, Iowa City Hospitals and staff, Mercy Hospitals and staff, as well as the many, many friends who took time out of their lives to visit Larry while he was undergoing treatment.

In lieu of flowers, a Larry Steve Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Daryl C. Seiler


Daryl C. Seiler, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daryl may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the Church.

Services for Daryl will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa, with military honors afforded by the United States Navy Honor Guard.

Daryl was born July 9, 1945 in Asbury, Iowa, son of Carl and Irma (Kuntz) Seiler. He is a 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, IA. He was united in marriage to Betty Schmitt on May 17, 1969 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. Daryl started out in the drafting department at John Deere. He retired after 30 years at John Deere from the Engineering Standards Department. He went on to be a tour ambassador for 18 years for John Deere.
He was a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Seiler of Dubuque, IA; one son, Dave (Kris) Seiler of Orlando, FL; one daughter, Sandy (Allan) Zuber of Walford, IA; three granddaughters, Ashley, Courtney and Kayleigh; one brother-in-law, Donny Schmitt of Epworth, IA; one sister-in-law, Joyce Schmitt of Epworth, IA; one Godchild, John Olberding of Dyersville, IA; and several aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; both sets of grandparents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Eileen Schmitt.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support they gave to Daryl.

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



Zada P. Maiden


Zada P. Maiden, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Finley Hospital. 

Private services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Zada was born August 15, 1935 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of Earl and Mary Shively. She married Benjamin "Bud" Maiden in 1964. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2011. 

Zada was proud to be one of the original thirteen women hired at John Deere Dubuque Works, and retired after 27 years of service. She was a member of UAW Local #94, and served on many committees and boards throughout the years. 

Zada enjoyed going to lunch with friends, playing bingo, crochet, macramé, canning and baking. Her lawn and landscaping were her pride and joy, and she was meticulous in caring for her home. She loved spending time at the cottage in Guttenberg where she and Bud fished. 

Zada was a dedicated homemaker, and spending time with family and friends was everything to her. Holidays at Zada's were a special time, and she would spend hours on her beautifully wrapped gifts with handmade bows and table décor. No matter what Zada was doing, she always put her heart and soul into it. 

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Linda Johnson, Michael Giellis, and Mark (Marisol) Maiden; her best friends, Barb Hackbarth, Vicky Nauman, , and Linda Ruble; her grandchildren, Benjamin Mark Bender, Darby Boettcher, Amber Vaske, Shawn Giellis, Ky Giellis, McKenna Giellis, Andrea Cardenas, and Benjamin Max Maiden; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heather.

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

 

 



JoAnn H. Hefel Kremer


JoAnn H. Hefel Kremer, 80, of Farley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at her home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of JoAnn may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday morning at the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born July 24, 1937 in Dubuque County, Iowa, daughter of Ben and Clara (Felder) Markus. On July 3, 1954 she was united in marriage to Louis Hefel at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1977. On August 3, 1979 she was united in marriage to Arnold Kremer Jr. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1996.

She was a bus driver for the Western Dubuque School district for many years.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society in Farley, Iowa. JoAnn enjoyed sewing and has made many quilts throughout the years. She also enjoyed cruising around in her golf cart, shopping with her sister Linda, baking cookies and was known for her apple dumplings. Jo Ann especially loved the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Lynn (Marvin) Hoffmann of Epworth, IA; four sons, Chris (Gail) Hefel of Farley, IA, Dale (Lu Ann) Hefel of Dubuque, IA, Mark Hefel and Jay (Brenda) Hefel both of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Dorrance (Ida) Markus of East Moline, IL, and Ron (Gloria) Markus of Dubuque, IA; two sisters, Linda Takes Davis of Cascade, IA and Mary Jane Boleyn of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Adelene Hefel of Dubuque, IA, Betty Hefel of Balltown, IA, Norman "Coosie" (Judy) Kremer of Cascade, Leonard (Mary Ann) Kremer, Roger (Nita) Kremer both of Dubuque, IA, Willard (Barb) Kremer of Bernard, IA, Lindy (James) Pfab of El Paso, IL, Joyce (Gene) Lochner of Key West, IA, Bob Langel of Dubuque, IA and Doris (Allan) Kremer of Epworth, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Alan Hefel on January 27, 1979; two brothers, LaVern (Vi) Markus and Ben (Mary Jane) Markus; one sister, Gerry Williams; brothers-in-law, Alan Boleyn, Larry Takes, Harold Davis, Phil Hefel, Tony Hefel, Marcellus (Viola) Hefel, Vince ( Lorraine) Hefel, Lawrence (Alice) Hefel, Bernard Hefel, Gene Hefel; three sisters-in-law, Hilda (Clarence) Wagner, Darlene (James) Reuter and Judy Langel.

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



Ruth A. Burlage


Ruth A. Burlage, 78, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Agrace Hospice in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on March 9, 1940, in Hazel Green Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of Melvin and Rita (Timmerman) Jansen. Her husband of 57 years, Richard F. "Dick" Burlage, preceded her in death on December 2, 2017. Ruth worked at Kendall Hunt Publishing for 32 years; starting as a secretary and retiring as Vice President of Production.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Mark) Pettera, of Prairie du Chien, WI and Michele (Dan) Ironmonger, of Oregon, WI; two sons, Kirk (Tricia) Burlage, of Oconomowoc, WI and Tim (Kim) Burlage, of Madison, WI; her sisters, Mary (Jim) Rettig, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lyn (Bill) Wagner, of Sun City West, Arizona, and Elaine (Jim) Droessler, of Cuba City; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green, Harry Burlage, Mary Jo Burlage, Jody and Orv Brothers and Jim "Moose" and Joan Burlage, all of Kieler.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian in 1971; her parents; and her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jeannie Hendricks, Jan and John Smith, Tom Burlage and Jack Burlage.

Special thanks to BeeHive Homes of Oregon, WI and Agrace Hospice of Fitchburg, WI for their loving care of Ruth.

A Ruth A. Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Betty A. Mullady

Betty Ann Mullady, 84, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2018 at 11:11pm.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, IA where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on August 13, 1933 in Silvia Switch, IA to John Beauchamp and Gertrude Johnson, and graduated from St. Raphael's Cathedral. She married Bernard "Bernie" Mullady in June 1956. She worked many fulfilling jobs throughout her life, most notably at St. Dominic Villa until her retirement in 2000.

Her life was filled with many pleasures, including: spending time at her cottage at Leisure Lake, IA; working in her garden; singing and dancing to Johnny Cash and Elvis (really, anything with a beat); and of course, laughing and telling stories at many family gatherings with Pepsi in hand. 

She is survived by her son, William "Bill" Mullady, and her daughter Barbara A. Mullady; her grandchildren Bernard T. Mullady (Katie Mcardle), and Alanna Mullady (Josh Boyer) of Chicago, IL, Joshua Mullady (Victoria Harris) of Omaha, NE, and Kaylyn "Katie" Mullady (Justin Paisley) of Dubuque; her great grandchildren who she adored, Sterling Mullady, Cody "C.J." Springer Jr, Xzayvior Paisley, and Annabella Paisley. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Mullen, her best friends Dorothy Kobs and Bev Tippe, plus many nieces and nephews whom she loved. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie Mullady; daughter Betsy Mullady; siblings Leonard, Pauline, William "Beans", Eldon, Theresa, and John; in-laws Jim and Pat Mullady, and Sis and Bud Laufenberg.

 Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support and care of Betty in her last weeks, with a special thanks to Peggy who spoiled her and Tracy her caring nurse.

 A Betty A. Mullady memorial fund has been established. 

 

 



Kimberly S. Apgar


Kimberly S. Apgar, 50, of Dubuque, IA passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 685 Fremont Avenue in Dubuque.

Kimberly was born on November 11, 1967 in Blue Island, IL the daughter of Richard and Katherine (Regan) Tempelman. She attended Hempstead High School. In 1994 Kimberly married David Apgar in Colorado Springs, CO.

She worked as a paraprofessional with the Dubuque Community School District and was actively engage in the LDS community. Most importantly she loved spending time with family and friends.

Kimberly is survived by her husband David; and children, Leah, Joshua, Damian, Quentin, Kathyrn, and Emma along with many relatives.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mohamed Milhem and Michele Freesmeier at UIHC oncology for their uncompromising dedication to curing cancer.

 



Joshua G. Stevens


Joshua Glenn Stevens, 26, of Dubuque, IA passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018.

A celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is assisting the family.

Joshua was born October 8, 1991, in Dubuque, IA the son of Jeff Stevens and Carlene (Howell) Hillard. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He joined the Airforce and served our Country proudly for 6 years. He ended his time in the Airforce in 2017 as Staff Sergeant. Before he enlisted Josh worked at Taco John's, and when he would come home to visit this was one of the first places he would stop not just to see past co-workers but to grab a bite to eat. He loved the food and would always say "there are no Taco John's down south so I have to eat it when I am home." Joshua enjoyed Karate when he was younger and playing baseball for the little league Cubs team. He had a great gift in math and built his first computer already by the age of 16. He loved gaming and bowling with his cousins Travis Stevens and Logan Stevens "the three Musketeers" and looked up to his coach Keven Stevens. He enjoyed listening to music, hanging out with friends and family and playing golf. He also enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. But mostly adored playing with his beautiful 21 month old daughter who meant the world to him. On April 25, 2014 he married the love of his life Elle Jordan Taylor (Keys) Stevens in Shreveport, LA.

Joshua was an amazing person who loved to share his knowledge with others, some say he was hard to get to know but those he let in, got to know how great of a person he truly was. He made many great friends during his time in the Airforce! Family would like to mention a few of them that were a big part of his life. William Glazer, Philip Joshua Hendricks, Brantly Riebe and Patty Chuenpreecha McLarty.

Survivors include his Wife Elle Jordan Stevens and Daughter Aris Marie Stevens both of Bernard IA; parents, Jeff Stevens "Broseff" of Dubuque and Carlene (Howell) Hillard (Lynn), of Bernard IA, maternal grandmother, Myrna Howell (David Harry), of Dubuque; maternal grandfather, Glenn Howell (Mary Birch) of Dubuque IA; Aunt & Godmother Gerry Becker; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Anna Stevens; paternal grandfather Francis Stevens; maternal great grandmother, Donna "Bingo Grandma" Howell; maternal great grandfather Carl Howell; maternal great grandparents Bill and Mildred Liqhttoot: great uncle Michael Howell; and Uncle Joe Walbrun.

A memorial fund has been established in Joshua's name and online condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

 



Donald Lynn Kritz


Donald Lynn "Don" Kritz 86 of Dubuque passed away Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 3 pm Sunday June 10, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Sr. Margaret Ann Kramer, PBVM officiating. Friends may call from 12pm Sunday to 3 pm. A short service will be performed at 2:30

Don was born on July 29, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of James Louis and Lola Anita (Lee) Kritz. He Graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949 and attended the University of Dubuque and Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and on June 14, 1958 he married Gloria Even at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church.

He started his working career as a young newspaper boy, later working at Landon Furriers and Lard Plastics, before he began his career at Dubuque John Deere as a Design Engineer where he worked until retirement in June 1986. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his garden.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Gloria, a daughter Kristin (Mark) Friederick of East Dubuque, a son Kyle (Lisa) Kritz of Dubuque, four grandchildren Mitchel and Jenna Friederick and Alexis and Anna Kritz, two great grandchildren Skyla and Sven Friederick, two sisters Carol Shaffer of CA, Joyce Moore of VA, and three brothers Roy (Judy) Kritz of AZ, and Roger and Paul Kritz both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother James Kritz Jr.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially the Emergency Room, ICU Unit and 5th Floor Medical unit along with Chaplin James Mehltretter, for all the care and kindness they gave to Don and his family.



Jack W. Kowalski


Jack W. Kowalski, 80, of Asbury, IA passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Andrew Marr officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque, where a parish wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Jack was born in Onekama, Michigan on October 30, 1937 the son of Frank and Hazel (Neilsen) Kowalski. He married Jean Klein on August 11, 1983 in Dubuque. Jack attended Lincoln Grade School and went to Manistee High School for a couple years before graduating from Onekama High School in 1955. "Go Portagers!" He lettered in track, baseball and basketball. After graduation from high school at the age of 17 Jack enlisted in the Army. He served with the 82nd Airborne in North Carolina then went with the advanced team for re-activation of the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell Kentucky. He was stationed in Korea for the remainder of his enlistment. After a couple months of being out of the service he reenlisted to start a career in weather. He served in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Greenland and Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. While in the service he played fast pitch softball for the post team as a pitcher and 3rd baseman in 6th Army Tournaments in Fort Louis, Washington. After 6 more years of military, a grand total of 8 years, 11 months and 18 days he was finally discharged. A lot of schooling was accomplished during the military along with many weather courses taken in colleges.

After his time in the service, he started civilian life. Jack took a position with the National Weather Service, Atlantic Weather Patrol which involved 3 or 4 civilians going out on Coast Guard Cutters to a certain location in the North Atlantic Ocean and giving guidance to Aircraft flying across the ocean and letting them know what their location was. After this was disbanded Jack spent time in Apalachicola, Florida, Lansing, Michigan and finally as Official in Charge of the Weather Service Office in Dubuque where retirement followed in January of 1993. After retirement he worked on the 1st gambling boat in Dubuque, the old Diamond Jo and then Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, IL. He followed the grandkids for 13 years to South Carolina before they moved back north to Dubuque.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean; two sons, Jeff (Paula) Hefel of South Carolina and Ryan (Jennifer) Hefel of Elgin, IL; three grandchildren, Lauren, Riley and Aiden and one grandson on the way; two brothers, Bob (Joann) Kowalski of Tampa, Florida and Frank Kowalski of Michigan, two sisters, Pat and Marilyn (Hogie) of Michigan and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathy; mother and father-in-law, Elmer and Lorraine Klein; brother-in-law, Jim Richard; and a nephew, Joe McDermott.

In Lieu of flowers and statues a memorial fund has been established in Jack's name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Betsy and Angela as well as Dr. Caceres and Jackie, Karen and Marv Freiburger for the wonderful care and support they have given to Jack and his family.



Richard Earl Hadley


Richard Earl "Dick" Hadley 74 of Durango, Iowa died Monday June 4, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be at 4 pm Saturday June 9, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from noon until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Dick was born on January 10, 1944 in Wisconsin the son of Aldon and Leona (Elleson) Hadley. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dick married Sharon Pregler on Oct. 23, 2000 in Dubuque.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co and FDL Foods for 36 years and later worked for Green Industrial Supply until retirement. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150A.

Dick loved the outdoors especially hunting, trapping, fishing and horseback riding.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, Daughter Victoria Lynn Hadley her three daughters and six Hadley grandchildren, step children Allan Dzaboff of Hazel Green, Dawn (Rodney) Schemmel and Donnie Dzaboff both of Dubuque, 6, step grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Chelsey, Courtney, Logan, Landon, and Sierra, three sisters Sharon (Donald) Martin of St. Catherine, Iowa, Phyllis (Virgil) Nihles of Highland, WI, Andrea (Donald) Ford of Montfort, WI and his little buddy Kolby.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics staff, especially the MICU West unit for all the care and kindness they showed Dick and his family.



Loretta M. Shanahan


Loretta M. Shanahan, 94, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Loretta was born in the 11th month on the 23rd day of the year 1923 in Temple Hill, Iowa the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Noonan) O'Connell. She attended one room schools in Jackson County and graduated from Saint Patrick's Garryowen High School in 1942. She later received her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque and taught in one room schools.

On August 2, 1947 she married Francis Shanahan at Saint Aloysius Church at South Garryowen. Together they ran service stations in Zwingle and later Dubuque on Dodge Street, Rhomberg Ave. and lastly on University Ave.

She was a member of the Power of Prayer and Saint Columbkille Prayer line and served on the Eminent Domain Committee.

She is survived by her children Jane (B.J.) Featherston, of Epworth, Julie Shanahan of Dubuque, Mike Shanahan and Bob (Becky) Shanahan both of Maquoketa, grandchildren Tara (Tim) Meyers, Bryan (Sarah) Featherston, Katie Featherston, Chris (Tanya) Shanahan, Nick (Andrea) Shanahan, Sam Shanahan, Baylor (Molly) Shanahan and Macklin Shanahan, 5 great grandchildren Madison, Thomas and Meredith Meyers and Paige and Drew Featherston, and a special niece Stacey (Erik) Hansen and their three children Justin, Emiley, and Caitlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, a son Jack, and siblings James (Maxine) O'Connell, Edward (Patsy) O'Connell, Eileen Fassbinder, Patrick (Margie) O'Connell, Eleanor (Charlie) Slattery, Rosemary (Ray) Asbury and a brother-in-law Connie (Estelle) Shanahan.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and kindness they gave to Loretta.



Francis V. Apel


Francis V. "Frank" Apel, Jr., 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away June 3, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday June 11th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. Family and friends may gather after 12:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until the time of service. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born April 20, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Francis and Angeline (Herkes) Apel. He received his education from Palmer Chiropractic College and Loras College. Frank served in the United States Navy attached to the Marine Corps Medics from September 1951 to April 1955. On June 9, 1956 he married Norma (Steger). He later retired from John Deere Dubuque Works.

Frank loved boating and the river, camping, golfing, woodworking, and playing cards! He was also a member of the American Legion-Dubuque.

Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years; daughter Carla (Tom) Hiatt; sons Francis (Judy) Apel, Jeffrey (Cindy) Apel, Steven (Pernilla) Apel; 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, two sisters Jan Eudaley and Diane Post and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son Kevin Apel, parents Francis and Angeline (Herkes), sister Norma Beam, brothers-in-law William Beam, John Eudaley, and Robert Post.

In Lieu of flowers and statues a memorial fund has been established in Frank's name.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Stonehill Care Center's staff, the Dubuque Fire Department and 911 Dispatch, Finley Emergency, and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids for their wonderful and kind care of Francis ("Frank").



Beverly J. Lepsch


Beverly J. Lepsch, 76, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Thursday, May 31,2018 at home surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday June 4th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home until the time of service.

Bev was born in September of 1941 in Dubuque, IA, to Robert and Dorothy Lepsch. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy high school, she went on to pursue nursing. Over the years she worked in many different places as an RN, including Minnesota and California. In her later years, she worked at the Nagle Center with Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

Bev was fun-loving and adventurous. She loved being a nurse, and had charisma and charm. She married Thomas R. Jungk in December of 1971 and they had 3 children. She loved to be outdoors and on the river. She was someone that others went to with their problems or for counsel, and was lovingly referred to as Nurse Bebe in family circles.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sherre' Jungk of Dubuque, IA and Lara Hunter of Mountain View, CA; two sisters: Judi (Dave) Strohmeyer, and Sue (Bud) Schultz; three grandchildren: Tina Tangi, Tessa Hunter, and Sarah Hunter; a great grandchild, Ezekiel Tangi Lopez and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Jungk, her former husband, Thomas Jungk, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials please be given to Hospice of Dubuque. They would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque, and also to Janie and Jennie Schadle, Pam Holzer, and Kathy Gorman for their friendship and care over the recent years.



Dale R. Mensen


Dale R. Mensen, 84, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a VFW service will be held at 7 p.m.. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, in Dyersville at St. Francis Xavier Basilica burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the VFW Post #7736 and the American Legion Post # 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dale was born May 4, 1934 in Dyersville, the son of Linus "Lee" and Valeria (Krapfl) Mensen. Dale served in Korea from 1956 to 1958. He married Wilma Helle on January 24, 1959 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Together they were dairy farmers until retiring in 2007.

Dale was a supporter of St Francis Basilica and Beckman High School. Dale valued family and enjoyed participating in gatherings, laughter and the occasional shot of whiskey.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wilma, children: Lu Ann (Randy) Lansing of New Vienna, Larry (Patti) Mensen of Dyersville, Nancy (Jerry) Marbach of Manchester, Mary Jo (Al) Eike of Hopkinton, Alan (Sue) Mensen of Dyesville, Karen Heiderscheit of Center Point, Keith (Sarah) Mensen of Dyersville, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one on the way, brother-in-law, Loyd Jasper of Dyesville, step mother, Jean (Goerdt) Mensen, of Dyersville, in-laws: Shirley (Leonard) Thein of Garnavillo, Jo Ann (Jerry) Cox of Champaign, IL, Louis (Betty) Helle, David (Leslie) Helle, Joe (Peggy) Helle all of Cedar Rapids, and Wayne (Kathy) Helle of Garnavillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Joe and Ardella Helle, son-in-law, Ron Heidercheit, grandson, Owen Heiderscheit, great grandson, Benjamin Brunsman, and a sister, Carol Jasper.

Memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Beckman Catholic School and Camp Courageous of Iowa.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Iverson and the staff at Grand River Medical Group, the staff of Dyersville Mercy Hospital, Oakcrest Manor and the Good Neighbor Home for the compassionate care given to Dale.

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



Steven M. Rohner


Steven M. Rohner, age 59, of California, formerly of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Santa Clara, California. To honor Steve's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating, followed by full military honors being accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Steve was born on June 11, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Matt and Mary Eileen (Conlon) Rohner.

Steve spent the majority of his earthly journey right here in Dubuque and was always proud to have been surrounded by family and friends on a daily basis, but to also have been in the 1976 graduating class of Hempstead High School. Steve would eventually go on to honorably serve his country, for 4 years, with the U.S. Marine Corps where he put his natural abilities to use even further while making many new lifelong friends along the way. Steve spent many years in the construction trades, but the primary days of his working career were invested within the many years he spent operating heavy equipment with the Iowa DOT. After moving to California though, Steve decided to devote the last 8 years of his earning potential with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco. In his free time, Steve enjoyed staying fit and continually faced the battle of aging head on by incorporating a little weight lifting into his day, hitting the trail for either a nice jog or a relaxing bike ride, or even jumping into the refreshing pool to get a few laps in if time permitted. But, what Steven really enjoyed, if truth be told, was any opportunity to jump on his Harley Davidson FatBoy and simply hit the open road. The freedom of two wheels beneath him, and the open air surrounding him at the end of the day, are where Steve truly found peace and serenity. Steve was also a very kind and generous man throughout his entire life and his most recent trip to Puerto Rico to help the rebuilding process is clearly evidence of a humble and caring man whose heart was always in the right place when it came to his fellow man. Steve's great sense of humor, his loving personality and his positive influence on the world around him will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We were absolutely not prepared to have to say "farewell for now" to Steve, but we trust that his soul rests safely in the arms of his Gracious Lord and Savior now, that he is beginning to play cards with his new inner group, and that thankfully we will all get to hear his hearty laugh once again when we also join him to begin our eternal walk with Jesus. God bless you Steve and thank you for all of the wonderful memories you leave behind for us to treasure!

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his daughter,
Emily Voshell, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Myah, Ayla and Elijah Voshell;

his siblings,
Dianna (Al) Bahl,
Mary Kay (Bill Moreland) Glaze,
Judy (Tom Lewis) Latham,
Jim (Mary) Rohner,
Dick (Joyce) Rohner
and Mike (Karen VanOstrander) Rohner;

many nieces and nephews;

along with his "California work family" and numerous friends in Dubuque.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters, Suzie Rohner and Debbie Rohner.

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



Laura Rosalia Carrier Sodawasser Heying


Laura Rosalia Carrier Sodawasser Heying, 96, passed to the Lord and angels from Hawkeye Nursing Facility on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. God watch over her and keep her in his love.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Friday June 8 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Laura was born on December 12, 1921 the oldest child of Lewis and Hilda (Felder) Carrier of Guttenberg, Iowa.
She was a hard-working wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived during the Great Depression doing with little to get by. While a young girl living in Guttenberg she graduated from St. Mary's grade school and high school. She sang in the school choir and worked at the button factory, punching buttons from river shells, along with helping her family of three sisters and two brothers with many chores. During these years she met Russell Sodawasser, her high school sweetheart, living also in Guttenberg.

She married Russell while in the army in July 1943 and lived in Guttenberg. Upon his return from service in WWII they lived in Dubuque, Waterloo and then returned to Dubuque. Born to this marriage were two daughters, Laura Lee and Jean Marie.

She worked at The Dubuque Stamp and then The Dubuque Pack for 29 years until the Pack closed its doors. While working at the Dubuque Pack she met many friends, which she stayed in touch with throughout the years. One of her favorite trips was to Hawaii with her lady friend, Mary Danzer.

Russell preceded her in death in May 1979. Laura and her daughters enjoyed shopping and going out to eat. Spending time with mom created lots of precious memories.
A few years after Russell's death Laura married Louis Heying. They traveled and enjoyed life together. He preceded her in death a few years after marriage.

We truly love our mom. We were like The Three Musketeers! We tried to do things as threesomes. Mom really enjoyed gambling and to this she had her name on a few tri-state billboards and also won a Cadillac at the Diamond Jo. In later years the Diamond Jo was known as her "fun" place.

She was known for her famous rhubarb pie and many delicious cakes and meals from scratch. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker!

Even in all years, mom enjoyed dancing and always had "heels" ready for a fun night out. She was a "classy" lady. To this we add "Hard working hands are now at rest"! Mom, we miss you terribly.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Laura Lee (Melvin Randy) Degenhardt and Jean McGeough; grandsons, Clayton (Tanya) Degenhardt, Eric (Abbey) Degenhardt, and Kyle McGeough; great- grandchildren, Gunnar and Chiara Degenhardt and Rosalyn and Gilbert Degenhardt; brother, Daniel (Rita) Carrier; brothers-in-law, Ray (Ruth) Kleinow, Wayne (Sandy) Sodawasser; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Carrier and Georgia Sodawasser; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Patricia Kleinow, Sr. Mary Ann Carrier, Winifred "Winnie" Fassbinder; and her brother, Jerome (Bud) Carrier; son-in-law, Gary McGeough; brother-in-law, Henry Fassbinder Jr.; a niece, Julie Fassbinder Sodawasser Zittergreen; many aunts and uncles; and in-laws, Albert (Florence) Sodawasser; Father Ardell Sodawasser, Della Rose Banwarth, Al and his son, Richard Sodawasser and Bob (Rita) Sodawasser.

A Laura Heying Memorial Fund has been established.

Our thanks to EMT's, Finley Hospital, and Mercy Hospital, Dr. Kris Nelson and Joan from Grand River Medical, Jill and the staff at Hawkeye Nursing Facility and h#mce_temp_url# for your kindness and care given towards mom and us during this difficult time.



Janet I. Miller


Janet I. Miller, 89, of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held Friday from 3-8 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church where a visitation will be held prior to mass from 9-10 a.m.

Janet was born February 22, 1929 the daughter of Sylvester and Ida (Fleege) Kluck. She graduated from Senior High School and went on to become a dental assistant after high school.

Janet taught swimming for the American Red Cross for 40 years. She enjoyed water skiing and was one of the founding members of the Dubuque Water Ski Club. She was also an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed camping. Janet loved sewing and upholstering old furniture as well and would sew for the neighbors and her family. Janet also volunteered for many years; she was a member of the United Methodist NOMADS for 12 years in which she worked on 51 projects. She had a passion for staying active and she was a member of several clubs which included her card, cribbage, and dominoes club, as well as her Wednesday morning coffee group, and her monthly women's Barn group. She loved spending time with her family, she loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much.

Survivors include her children Cynthia (Stephen) Chiavaroli (Ruprecht) of Massachusetts, Eugene (Chris) Muntz Jr. of Dubuque, Andrea (Dan) Walker of Illinois, and Scott (Mickey) Muntz of Dubuque; two sisters Hazel (Pete) Strohmeyer of Dubuque, and Mildred Schroeder of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Paul A. Ruprecht, Eugene C. Muntz Sr., Arthur Koch, and Clifford Miller; her son David C. Muntz; grandson Spenser C. Walker; three brothers Merlin P. Kluck, Roman Kluck, Elmer Kluck; and her sister Lorraine Stone.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their compassion and Care for Janet.



Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM


Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, 103, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Caritas Center.

Visitation will be 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel followed by the Sharing of Memories at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel cemetery.

Sister Ann Ida taught elementary school at Our Lady of Victory in Waterloo, Iowa. In Chicago, she was president and professor at Mundelein College, archivist at Loyola University, and teacher at St. Mary HS, St. Ferdinand ES and St. Charles ES.

Sister Ann Ida's remarkable resume includes nine categories of personal contribution to the well-being of the world at large. She served on various boards related to higher education, civic committees, accrediting teams, women's programs, and gave lectures to countless groups and interfaith communities. Recognition came through various awards including University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal and Who's Who in America and, earlier this year, induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Throughout her career, she received 26 honorary degrees and more than 28 prestigious awards for service in education or as an outstanding woman.

Sister Ann Ida was born April 2, 1915, in Chicago, to George and Hanna Murphy Gannon. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1932, from St. Jerome Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1940.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Margaret Mary Flau, Aileen Gannon, and Elizabeth Harrell; and a brother John. She is survived by a sister Joan Gannon, OSB, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 85 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Sherri Lee Tranel


Sherri L. Tranel, 47, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away Thursday May 31, at the Legacy and Living Rehabilitation Center.

Sherri was born in Craig, Colorado on February 6, 1971, the daughter of Roger and Bonnie Tranel. She graduated from high school in Gillette, Wyoming and moved with her parents to Iowa. Sherri became ill and returned to Gillette and was a resident of Pioneer Manor and The Legacy for the past 17 years.

Sherri is survived by her mother, Bonnie, of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of East Dubuque, IL; siblings Jeff Tranel (Vanessa) of Pueblo, Colorado; Lori Clikeman (Jim) of Gillette, Wyoming; Jody Wolfe (Stan) of Gillette, Wyoming; and Shawn Tranel of Grand Junction, Colorado; one niece; 6 nephews; and many relatives in the East Dubuque and Midwest area.

She was preceded in death by her father Roger Tranel, Grandparents: Cletus and Lydia Eckert, Ed and Lucille Tranel.

A visitation will be held at the Legacy Great Room on Friday, June 8, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Sherri would love for persons attending to wear something purple. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Legacy bingo, Campbell County Health Hospice, John Paul II Catholic School, or a charity of the donor's choice.



William D. Bailey


William D. "Bill" Bailey, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born May 28, 1932 in Chicago, Ill, son of Harold and Emma (Woodyard) Bailey. After serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, he went to work for Georgia Pacific, where he worked as a printing pressman for over 40 years.

On September 19, 1953, he married Mildred Dorschner at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. He enjoyed fishing, watching old movies on TV and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Bailey of Dubuque; sisters in law, Debbie (John) Ruh of Dubuque, Marie Strohmeyer of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Marjorie Bailey of Encinitas, California. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold James and Calvin Lee.

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

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or a veterans organization of your choice.

The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Runde and h#mce_temp_url# for their care. Also, a special thanks to Pastor Starr for her care and concern.



Mary Elizabeth Graham


Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Graham, 96, of San Diego, CA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on December 19, 2017 at Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, San Diego, CA.

A celebration of Betty's life will be from 10 -11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Betty was born on August 6, 1921 in East Dubuque, the daughter of Rueben L. and Dorothy T. (Davis) Graham.  She was employed as a legal secretary for over 40 years.

Survivors include nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.

 

 



Richard L. Nadermann


Richard L. Nadermann, 86, of Dyersville passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, June 5thfrom 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

 

Ric was born August 8, 1931, in Dyersville the son of Herman and Frances (Hermsen) Nadermann.  He attended country school east of town and Xavier High School returning to farming on the family farm.  He served in the Army from 1953 - 1955.   Ric and Alice Steffensmeier were united in marriage on May 7, 1957, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Together they continued to farm on the family farm.

Ric enjoyed getting into a good card game, especially Solo.  He liked listening to Polka music and went to lots of dances.  Family time was important to him whether it was working or socializing on a casual basis.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alice, 5 children: Doris (Kevin) Demmer of Dyersville, Steve (Sue) Nadermann of Delhi, Karen (Don) Ertl and Gary Nadermann, all of Dyersville, Lori (Dean) Helmke of Kenosha, WI; grandchildren: Brian (Lisa) Demmer, Heidi (Chris) Smith, Nicole (friend Ryan Plummer) Demmer, Doug Nadermann, Scott (Sarah) Nadermann, Tim Nadermann, Ben, Craig, Brad and Megan Ertl, Chad, Rachel, Jessica and Brooke Helmke; great grandchild, Madeline Smith; in-laws: Mary (Charles) Hellmann, Fred (Ann) Steffensmeier, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier, Gene Prier, Agnes Steffensmeier and Elaine Steffensmeier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Alfred (Vivian) Nadermann, Greg Nadermann and Gib (Marlene) Nadermann; parents-in-law, Emil & Monica Steffensmeier, in-laws: Florence (Joe) Meis, Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Lucille Prier, Eldon (Clara Mae) Steffensmeier, Art Steffensmeier and Don Steffensmeier.

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

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

 

 



Kathryn M. Meyer


Kathryn M. Meyer, 74 of Dyersville passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Kathy was born October 21, 1943, in Greeley, Iowa the daughter of Henry J. and Catherine (Drees) Billmeyer.  She graduated from West Delaware High School and earned an Associate Degree at Bayless Business College in Dubuque.  She married Kenneth Meyer on May 8, 1965, in Greely, Iowa.  Kathy worked with Alliant Energy for many years.  After retirement from Alliant she began working at Earlville and Worthington Catholic Schools, and then began volunteering at area Catholic Schools and church.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Rose.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ken, 4 daughters: Kim (Mark) Wingert of Cedar Rapids, Kristi (Gene) Niemer of Manchester, Karmen (Randy) Jernigan of Marion, Katie (Larry) Sadler of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Noah and Sophia Niemer, Allyson, Emma and Claire Jernigan, Jacob and Evelyn Sadler; in-laws: Jim (Sheila) Meyer of Dyersville, Harry Steger of Edgewood, Betty McLane of Dyersville, Joyce (Ron) Drey of Dyersville, Janice (Ron) Alfred of Ames, Helen Meyer, Dorothy Meyer and Pat Meyer, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Leo and Loretta Meyer, siblings: John J. (Marie) Billmeyer and Loma (Irvin) Kerkenbush; in-laws: Don Meyer, Loras Meyer, Dick Meyer, Stan McLane, Mary Jane Steger, John & Anne Meyer in infancy.

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



Carla Mae Geistkemper


Carla Mae Geistkemper, 71, of Earlville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at home in Earlville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 8-9 a.m. Monday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Carla was born February 1, 1947 in Dyersville, the daughter of Edmund and Modesta "Dessie" (Kerkhoff) Overmann. She married John Geistkemper on May 14, 1966 at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John, two daughters: Karen (Greg) Billick of Cedar Rapids, Michelle (John) Pasker of Earlville, five grandsons: Andrew and Caleb Billick, Joshua, Jacob, and Noah Pasker, three brothers: Gary (Carlyne) Overmann of Petersburg, Loras Overmann of Shellsburg, IA, Steven Overmann of Dyersville, in-laws: David (Judy) Geistkemper of Dyersville, Carol Grawe of Dubuque, Marilyn (Lyle) Andersen of Springville, Betty (Steve) Gassmann of Indianola, Jean (Jim) Woolf of Monticello, Joe (Barb) Geistkemper of Earlville, Tom (Nadina) Geistkemper of Blairstown and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her infant children Christine and Timothy, her parents, parents-in-law, Herman and Annetta Geistkemper, and a brother-in-law, Donald Grawe.

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



Gene A. Paisley


Gene A. Paisley, 72, of Rickardsville, IA passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Rickardsville.

Gene was born July 1, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John "Arnie" and Thelma (Rieselman) Paisley. He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa. After high school, Gene graduated from UW-Platteville. During this time, he also earned his private pilot's license. Flying became one of his favorite hobbies. Gene married Paula O'Rourke on May 8, 1971 at St Mary's Church in Dubuque.

Gene's love of trucks started at a young age. He was able to see his childhood dream of owning a semi come to fruition in 1978 as he and Paula started Paisley Trucking, Inc. Through hard work and dedication they were able to grow the company until his retirement in 2004.

Upon retiring, Gene spent much of his time on his childhood farm outside of Rickardsville and enjoying the company of his 9 grandchildren. Though the farm kept him busy, he was never too busy to take a grandkid for a tractor or gator ride.

Throughout his life, Gene was able to build a great marriage, raise four kids that adore him, run a successful company, teach his grandkids to love anything with wheels, surround himself with friends, and show the world you really can be happy every day.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Paula; his favorite daughters, Jennifer (T.J.) Bryant, Kim (Wayne) McDermott, Angie (Brett) Crosby; his favorite son, Jonathan (Jill) Paisley; and 9 grandchildren, Paisley, Katrina, Lexi, Alisha, Cole, Wyatt, Gavin, Owen, Theo.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Judy; and his mother and father in-law, Jeanne and Jim O'Rourke.

A special thank you to all the staff at the U of I Hospital and Clinics Burn Unit and the Sherrill Fire Department during this time.

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



Barry R. Riggs


Barry R. Riggs, 71, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday May 23, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.

Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A procession from the funeral home led by the Patriot Guard Riders will depart at 11:00 a.m. to Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel for military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Barry was born January 31, 1947 in Kentucky, the son of Reginald and Vivian (Klopfenstien) Riggs. At the age of 6 his family moved to Tucson, Arizona. He graduated in 1965 from Sunnyside High School in Tucson. That same year, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served until 1971, which included 2 tours in Vietnam.

Barry was employed by Peck Steel in Tucson, AZ and Gardner Machinery Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.

Barry is survived by his wife Edna (Clark) Riggs of Dubuque; his two children Michael (Christine) Riggs of Dubuque and Shawn (Chad) Gurley of Tucson; 2 step children Keith (Michelle) Dague of Dubuque and Anne (Kurt) Feldmann of Tucson; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers Gary and Kerry Riggs of Tucson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Reginald and Vivian (Klopfenstien) Riggs and his brother Terry Riggs.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, for the kindness and care they gave to Barry, as well as the support they gave to their family.



Melvin Gerald Spiegelhalter


Melvin Gerald "Buddy" Spiegelhalter, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on Saturday, May 26, 2018 surrounded by his family.

A memorial service and visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 31, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Buddy was born on April 19, 1948, in Dubuque, one of the five children of Melvin and Elizabeth "Betty" (Tuegel) Spiegelhalter. On August 16, 1969 he married Therese "Terri" Boge.

He formerly worked for the Dubuque Packing Co for 11 years where he gained his enviable butchering skills that would serve him well for many years in the restaurant business. He also spent a few years working at 3 in 1 Construction and Security Products of Dubuque. In 1998, he and Terri purchased Buddy's Clubhouse and have proudly run it ever since.

Buddy was an extremely talented man who could do almost anything and was very meticulous in the way he did it. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Dubuque and the 700 Club for several years. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, playing Euchre and Cribbage, bowling and collecting "Lionel" trains. He was an avid Cubs, Cowboys and Iowa Hawkeye fan and it was rare for him to miss a game. Boating on the Mississippi with his family and friends was a regular weekend activity that he loved. In Sundays past, he could be found racing his Camaro at Earlville with his sons and friends. He had a passion for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and enjoyed riding it whenever he could.

He was the type of man who was a friend to all and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years Terri and two sons, Steven and David (Amy) of Dubuque; his mother Betty Spiegelhalter; siblings Karen (Mike) Reiter, Rick (Shawn) Spiegelhalter, Tom (Shari) Spiegelhalter all of Dubuque; and Mark (Dawn) Spiegelhalter of Littleton, CO and 5 grandchildren Myrah, Clara, Ellie, Alayna and James.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin A Spiegelhalter and his in-laws Joseph & Clara Boge.

A special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman, Lauren White and all the staff at Mercy Medical Center/Medical Associates who helped care for Buddy. All your efforts and care were greatly appreciated by Buddy and his family.



Bailey A. Pasker


Bailey Austin Pasker, 26, of New Vienna passed away Monday, May 28, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, June 1, 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 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Bailey was born January 23, 1992 in Calhoun, GA the son of Ronald and Linda (Schmitt) Pasker. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the class of 2010 and attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. Bailey enjoyed building and working on computers, driving and listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and playing disc golf. He also enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool, drinking Blue Moon, having bon fires and creating artwork.

Survivors include his parents, Ron and Linda Pasker of New Vienna; paternal grandmother, Joan Pasker of Dyersville, maternal grandfather, Richard (Deb) Schmitt; siblings: Skyler (Amanda) Wachendorf, Shayna (Benny) Baltrotsky, Amanda Ingram, Chastin Yetman, Hunter Pasker, Tristen Pasker, aunts and uncles: Virginia White, Stormy (Paul) Olson, Gary (Tanya) Schmitt, David (Barb) Schmitt, Theresa Burns, Wanetta Sadewasser, Joey Schmitt, Lisa (Mike) Holtz, Travis Schmitt, Donald Schmitt, Glinda (Andre) Gomez, Carla (Derek) Damon, Rose (Oly) Olson, Dan (Kay) Pasker, Dave (Mary) Pasker, Rick Pasker, Diane (Mark) Elgin, Randy Pasker, Joyce (Larry) Naber, Janet (Jeff) Olson, Jeanne (JJ) Hefel, Pam (Randy) Demmer, and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Carolyn Williams, paternal grandfather, Urban Pasker, and great grandmother, Mary Williams.

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



Rita E. Holmberg


Rita E. Holmberg, 100, food editor, home economist, registered dietician, author and educator, died peacefully May 28 at Bethany Retirement Home in Dubuque after a short illness.

The daughter of the late William and Mary (Sullivan) Holmberg, she was born at home on South Locust Street in Dubuque on Jan. 22, 1918. After graduating from Senior Dubuque High School and Clarke College, Rita was accepted for a dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD where she completed her training to be a registered dietician. She served at the end of World War II in the Army Women's Medical Specialist Corps as a first lieutenant, using her dietician skills to treat sick and wounded soldiers in military convalescent facilities in North Carolina and Alabama. Over a long career as a professional home economist, magazine food editor, and author, Rita worked for Armor Foods Corp. and later McCann-Erikson Advertising in Chicago, IL, was named Food Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, and later became head of Consumer Service in the Peavey Corp. Research Center in Minneapolis, MN. Returning to Dubuque in the mid-1970s, she worked independently for many years as a free-lance writer, food consultant, college textbook author, and adjunct instructor at Clarke University.

A lifelong parishioner of St. Raphael's Cathedral Parish, where she served as a lector and Eucharistic minister, Rita also volunteered at the Roberta Kuhn Center and Marian Hall Infirmary at Mount Carmel motherhouse of the B.V.M. sisters. She was a volunteer and Friend of Dubuque Public Library. Her published works include Great Dishes from the Oven, a popular college textbook entitled Meal Management Today, and a personal memoir published in 2013 as By Fives to Ninety-five, plus many magazine articles and essays.

Rita is survived by one sister, Mary Walsh of Bridgeport, CT, plus 14 nephews and nieces and numerous grand- and great-grand nephews and nieces. Besides her parents, she is pre-deceased by her brothers, Father Loras Holmberg, William Holmberg and John Holmberg, and one sister, Helen Willis.

Friends may pay their respects Friday, June 1, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St. with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. The funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, celebrated by Rita's nephew and godson, Msgr. Christopher Walsh of Stamford, CT. Burial will take place immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services



Daniel P. Hahn


Daniel P. Hahn, 54, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. Celebration of Life will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church, 940 Walker St., Dubuque, conducted by Pastor Larry Stark.

Daniel was born July 18, 1963 in Mankato, Minnesota the son of Thomas and Ann (Kurkowski) Hahn. Daniel married Tara Stapleton on July 13, 1985 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a baker and restaurant owner, most recently he worked for Hy-Vee as a baker in Asbury. Daniel adored his grandson and spending time with him brought great joy to his life. He also enjoyed using his drones.

Survivors include his wife, Tara; children, Daniel (Ashley Weaver) Hahn and Calista (Dyson Wikert) Hahn; a grandson, Dyson; siblings, Jean (Marcin) Artim, David (Donna) Hahn, and Kathy (Mark) Clark; brother and sister in-laws, Connie (Steven) Stapleton-Little, Ted (Jackie) Stapleton, Sue (Marc) Hess, Anne (Dave Frommelt) Wimer, and Andrea (Jeremy) Berger; and numerous other relatives.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Marvin A. Tauke


Marvin A. Tauke, 84, of Dyersville, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate. American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Marv was born August 25, 1933 in Dyersville the son of Greg and Elizabeth (Osterhaus) Tauke. He graduated from Xavier HS and served four years in the Navy as a SeaBee. He married Leona Bockenstedt on Nov. 9, 1957, in Dyersville.

Marv joined Greg J. Tauke and Sons, an implement dealership. Marv and Dave eventually split ownership into Tauke Implement and Tauke Motors. Marv was later involved with several other businesses and investments such as Dairy Queen and Tauke Real Estate and Appraisal.

Marv was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734. Marv was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching and playing golf. He was a lifetime member of the Dyersville Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Leona, children: Mark Tauke of Dyersville, Mike Tauke of Delhi, Jack Tauke of Dyersville, Lynn (Mark) Mawe of Grinnell and Lisa (Barry) Klostermann of Dyersville; grandchildren: Jesse (friend Mitchell Boge) Tauke, Dillon, Jake and Wade Mawe, Paige, Bennet (fiancé Taylor Baumgartner), Brooke (friend Jake Westhoff), and Blair Klostermann; great grandchildren: Max Hanken and Bailey Boge;
a sister: Marjorie Torrance of Dyersville; in-laws: Alice Tauke, Lois Bockenstedt, Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt, Dennis (Judy) Boeckenstedt, Dean (Rosalie) Boeckenstedt, Blanche (Albert) Schulte, Ambrose Wegmann, Jean (Ken) Kramer and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges, and many nieces and newhews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jeffry James Tauke in 1979; siblings: Donna (Robert) McGuire, James (Arlene) Tauke, Dave (Joan) Tauke; in-laws: Tom Torrance, Theresa Bockenstedt, Leo Bockenstedt, Pat Wegmann, Marian (Allan) Koelker and Kathy Boeckenstedt.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Joyce C. Houston


Joyce C. Houston, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at 9 A.M., Friday, June 1, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Joyce Current was born on May 13, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Arlo and Winifred (White) Current. She was a 1962 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Y. George Houston on March 28, 1964 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Michael, Marcus and Michelle.

Joyce was a homemaker and had first worked at Jansen Nursing Home and Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. From 1992 to 1994 she worked in the housekeeping department at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, and lastly from 1994 to 2004 at WestWing Place in DeWitt.

Joyce enjoyed going to the casino, doing crafts, her Ipad, playing cards, watching "Days Of Our Lives", traveling, and attending family reunions. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, George Houston of Maquoketa, IA; children, Michael (Marion) Houston of Missouri, Marcus (Inge) Houston of Germany, and Michelle (and fiancé Craig Thines) Muhlhausen of Preston; 5 grandchildren, Matthew Houston, Melanie Starr, Marcus Houston, Lance Muhlhausen and Cale Muhlhausen; 3 step-grandchildren, Collin Thines, Kennedy Thines and Paige Thines; 5 great-grandchildren, Kameron Houston, Kristopher Houston, Aiden Meier-Muhlhausen, Lylah Starr and Sean Starr Jr.; a sister Sharon (Randall) Edwards of MO; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Delores) Current of Monmouth; sisters-in-law, Doris Current of WI, Laura Condra of AL, and Kate Condra of AL; and brothers-in-law, Gerald "Jerry" Willey of CO, and Marcus "Junior" Houston of AL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Connie Willey in 1998, an infant brother Richard, and a brother Darwin "Dart" in 2008.

"The family wishes to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County and Dr. Engelman and his staff for the wonderful care given to Joyce and our family."

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

 



Lucille M. Sirk


Lucille Madorin Sirk, age 94 years, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, May 26 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 31 at 11 AM at Temple Beth El, 475 W. Locust, Dubuque, IA conducted by Rabbi Jim Sagarin. A luncheon will follow. She will be buried at a later date next to her husband in San Diego, California. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucee was born June 18, 1923 in Tefft, Indiana She grew up in Chicago and went to Hirsch High School. She then spent one semester at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then transferred to the University of Illinois in Champaign, where she was introduced to Arnie Sirk. He was the love of her life. They married in December, 1943 and spent 61 1/2 very happy years together until he passed away in June, 2005.

From the time she got married, she committed herself to her husband and family. Arnie and Lucee had two children, Randy and Cindy (Pearce). After Arnie got out of the Air Force at the end of WWII, they moved to Chicago and raised their children there. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, Lucee became an amazing volunteer and philanthropist. She was a shining example of someone who cared about the underdog. She was constantly busy with family, extracurricular activities, and not-for-profit involvement.

She became very active in the National Council of Jewish Women and became president of the Chicago Chapter. Having not finished college, she decided in her 40's to go back to school and Lucee received her Bachelors degree at age 50.

In 1978, Arnie decided to move his business to Dubuque and so they moved to Galena and built a house on Pilot Knob. They really embraced living in the country, growing an extensive garden and canning their produce. Lucee continued her charitable efforts and was instrumental in the creation of the Family Center, a place for mothers and children to gather and learn in Galena.

When Arnie retired at 68 years old, they moved to San Diego, California. Oh what a wonderful life they had there. They made many new friends, got involved in the temple there, and loved that chapter of their lives.

At age seventy-five, she decided she wanted her nickname to be Lucee, not Lucy, and not Lucille! She was so vibrant, always thinking!

In addition to her involvement in volunteer causes, Lucee enjoyed participation in many activities over the years. She spent many years playing tennis and golf at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club and other places in Chicago and San Diego, and she loved to play bridge, especially duplicate. She and Arnie enjoyed traveling and went to many places around the world, including Africa, Korea, Thailand, Russia, and Australia.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Randy (Teresa) Sirk and Cindy (Brett) Pearce; and her grandchildren, Denise Mann, Brad Sirk, Erik Sirk and her step-grandson, Jim Mikel, Jr.; and her two great granddaughters, Taylor and Alexa Mann.

She was predeceased by her husband Arnie and by her step-granddaughter, Deborah Mikel Wood, in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Temple Beth El, P. O. Box 185, Dubuque, IA 52004-0185.

The family wants to express a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill who took such good care of Lucee for more than 3 years. And also a special thanks to the staff at Oak Park Place who were so kind to her for three years prior.

Her smile and loving personality will be deeply missed. We will cherish the memories of her.



Anna Mae Reiff


Anna Mae Reiff, 92 of Farley, Iowa, passes away at her home on Monday, May 28, 2018, she was reunited in heaven with her husband Robert.

Friends and relatives of Anna Mae may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 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., Friday morning at the Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born August 15, 1925 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Dr. Bernard H. and Mary (Shulte) Luehrsmann. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, Iowa and is also a graduate of the former Bayless Business College in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating she worked in her father and brother's medical practice. On September 14, 1948 she was united in marriage to Robert W. Reiff at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1988.

The couple owned and operated the Reiff Funeral Homes and Ambulance Service where she played an active role behind the scenes in both businesses. She devoted most of her time to raising their ten children. She enjoyed card games, bowling, and coffee with her friends. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing many games and ensuring their math skills thru card games.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's-Presentation Court #1460.

She is survived by nine children, Nola (Charlie) Nadermann of Delhi, IA, Bede (Dan) Willenbring of Dyersville, IA, Mavonne (Tom) Gansen of Peosta, IA, Robert Jr. (Mary Ann) Reiff of Independence, IA, Joseph (Peg) Reiff of Cascade, IA, Bernie (Debra) Reiff, Julie (Pat) Simon, Mary (Mike) Hoffmann and Sharon (Loren) Schmitt all of Farley, IA; a son-in-law, Robin Ragen of Ottumwa, IA; 43 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Rhonda Ragen on August 18, 2016; twin granddaughters, Jill Simon in infancy and Janelle Simon on February 26, 1993; a grandson, Chad Nadermann on September 9, 2014; a brother, Dr. Bernard C. (Blanche) Luehrsmann; four sisters, Irene Luehrsmann in infancy, Beatrice (Harold) Loes, Dorothy Luehrsmann and Stella (Schwartz) Pettinger; brother and sisters-in-laws, Julian (Luella "Babe") Reiff and Margene (Urban) Besler; and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Fr. Schueller, Sr. Sharon Kelchen, Hospice of Dubuque and all the in-home care givers and family who helped to fulfill her wishes to remain in her own home.

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



James W. Smith


 

James W. "Smitty" Smith, 79, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 26, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

According to Jim's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private family services will be Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was born on December 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Leonard and Frances (Hartmann) Smith. He was united in marriage to Joan Gansen in May of 1960, she preceded him in death. 

Jim retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 30 years of service. He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

He loved his family and lived life to the fullest.

Surviving are his children, Julie (Jake) Belken, Jean (Craig) Jackson, and Jim (Lisa) Smith; grandchildren, Jacob (Kim) Belken, Joey (Bridget) Belken, Alan and Matthew Jackson, Keith Smith and Kim (Brandon) Maro; great-grandchildren; his siblings, Joan (Dick) Czipar, Jean Reynolds, Bob (Judy) Smith, Pat and Tom Smith; step-children, Lynne, Connie and Steve.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan, a brother Mike and his ex-wife Judie Smith.

Jim's family would like to thank the Menominee-Dunleith first responders, the East Dubuque Ambulance and the Emergency Room personnel at Finley Hospital for their efforts and support, in our time of need.

 

 



Kevin M. Stuart


Kevin M. Stuart, age 59, of Peosta, was called home peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Kevin's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Kevin was born on October 14, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Beverly (Cable) Stuart.

Kevin enjoyed growing up in Dubuque, surrounded by family and friends, and was always proud to have attended Dubuque Senior High School. Kevin was a fun loving, tender-hearted, free spirit, who continually looked forward to any opportunity to make others laugh. In his free-time, Kevin was an avid sports fan and an afternoon of watching his beloved Indianapolis Colts play football was always an acceptable outcome for the day. We are definitely going to miss our dear Kevin, who we accept was destined to live his life to the fullest, with no apologies or regrets. His 59 years here with us were surely to short for us to feel comfortable with today, but we know that he is finally at peace from his recent health struggles, and we trust that the Lord has a plan in everything and thankfully He will provide faith and healing in time to help our hearts mend from this sudden and tragic loss. Thank you Kevin for the laughs, memories and stories which are uniquely yours, and we'll hold you safe in our hearts until we see you again in time.

Those left to cherish Kevin's memory include

his siblings,
Jeremy "Moose" (Katie) Stuart, Farley, IA,
Jodi (Steve Krier) Stuart, Dubuque, IA
and Brenda (Tim) Gerhard, Peosta, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Madalyn, Karli and Gavin;

his girlfriend of 30 years,
Christine Bushman, Peosta, IA;

her children,
Tiffani (Josh) Kauder, Cascade, IA, and their children, Devin, Aubri, Elijah and Wesley
and Jessica (Allen) Gilden, Dubuque, IA, and their children, Breana, Katelynn and Alissa.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents.

Kevin's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa Hospital for all of their kind and professional care of Kevin and his family.

In lieu of flowers, a Kevin M. Stuart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert P. Jochum


Robert P. "Bob" Jochum, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home peacefully on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Very Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:0p.m. Monday May 28, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Bob was born on February 17, 1933, in Dubuque, one of the eleven children of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 and on September 29, 1956 he married Lynn Becker who preceded him in death.

Bob worked for the former Saint Regis Paper Co and later for Georgia Pacific until his retirement as a supervisor. In his spare time he enjoyed wood working and being a great handyman. He was a Chicago White Sox and Green Bay Packer fan and a honorary Washington Redskins Fan.

He is survived by his siblings Patricia Schumacher, Carol Thul, Joan Wagner, and Gary (Donna) Jochum all of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, DeLee Jochum, of Dubuque, Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau, of Bellevue, IA, Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, of Dubuque, Betty "Babe" Becker, of Clear Lake, IN, and Barbara Becker, of Dubuque, a brother-in-law Gerald Meyer, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; siblings and spouses Mary (William) Fransen, Jeanne Meyer, Dorothy (Lyle "PeeWee") Reed, Leone (George) Reed, Wayne Jochum, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely, and Donnie in infancy; brothers-in-law David Schumacher, David Thul, John "Jack" Becker, Donald Becker, Robert (Ann) Becker, and sister-in-law Patricia (Tom) Schnee, along with several nieces and nephews.
A Robert P "Bob" Jochum memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to the staff at Bell Tower and No Place Like Home, and all others who helped care for Bob, especially his sister-in-law Jolene and nephew Nick, all your efforts, care and love were greatly appreciated by Bob and his family.



Robert E. Miller


Robert E. "Bob" Miller, 81, of Benton, WI, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Bob was born on December 15, 1936 in Iowa City, IA, the son of Nick and Charlotte (Droese) Miller. He was united in marriage to Alice L. Brokus on May 8, 1953 in Dubuque, she preceded him in death on May 22, 2013.

Bob was formerly employed at Alter Metals, Jacobsen Recycling and Dubuque Wilbert Vault Company.

He loved going to the casinos and purchasing lottery tickets.

Surviving are five children, Charlotte (Randy) Waterman of East Dubuque, Bonnie Miller of Guttenberg, Alice (Rick) Revenig of Dubuque, Linda (Nick) Martin, of Anamosa, and Robert E. "Bob" (Tressa) Miller of Benton, WI; 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 7 great- great-grandchildren; his siblings, Betty Billmeyer, Marion Wiezorek, Jean Rubie, and Ron Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jack, Don, Ed, Jim, and Jane Palm.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL, is serving the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.



Vincent F. Brimeyer


Vincent F. "Vince" Brimeyer, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Vince's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. To celebrate Vince's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Vince was born on June 27, 1930, in Balltown, Iowa, son of Alphonse and Eleanor (Hansen) Brimeyer.

Vince grew up, surrounded by family and friends, in beautiful northern Dubuque County. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army for over 2 years with the 389th Construction Engineer Battalion in Dubuque, and served another 2 years active duty as a Motor Sergeant, from January 1953 to December of 1954, with the 5th Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Regiment, in Augsburg, Germany. Vince was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on Honor Flight #9, in May of 2015, with his son Jeff. He was raised with the values of honesty and diligence, alongside a strong work ethic, and put those character traits to use as a child on local farms during the summer, and working side by side with his dad in the shop in Balltown. He then spent 3 years at the Avalon Garage before finally starting at Clemen's Motors, as a repair technician, working his way up to the position of service manager before he had invested over 23 years of his working career with them. And finally, Vince would earnestly devote his last 15 years of work to the John Deere Dubuque and Horicon plants as a mobile equipment supervisor/senior engineering analyst, until his eventual retirement in 1988. Vince wasn't all work though, providing for those he loved in his personal life was the reason for the work. He was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Alice Klein, on September 25, 1951, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. They were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before Alice was sadly called home ahead of him on August 29, 2011. He and Alice lived a rich and abundantly full life and were proud to have accomplished visiting all 50 states with family and friends throughout the years. In his free time, Vince enjoyed sitting down to watch his Cubs take the field, or the sights and sounds of a NASCAR race on a sunny day, and was even fortunate enough to have attended the Indy 500 3 times, as well as the Brickyard 400, to watch his favorite drivers, A.J. Foyt and Jeff Gordon, in person. He and Alice also spent as much time as they could in the great outdoors, fishing poles proudly in hand; a love which they've continued to pass down to their children and grandchildren today. More than anything though, Vince was a family man through and through. In his later years, Vince always looked forward to any opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; listening intently to all of their stories of daily life all while joyfully watching them attain what he knew to be the magnificent milestones of growing up. He was also very active with several groups around town, including the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, the John Deere Retirees Association, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Vince's faith was also a very important aspect of Vince's life, and he not only tried to live the Christian life by example, but was also a long-time and faithful member of the Church of the Nativity. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, and positive role model to all who knew him. But, we do find peace in knowing that in time the pain will begin to heal, and thankfully we find comfort in trusting that not only will we all be reunited again one day, but that Vince and Alice are finally doing a little catching up as their eternal union begins.

Those left to cherish Vince's memory include

his children,
Pamela (Steve) Dobbins, Milan, IL,
Janelle (Steve) Pregler, Dubuque, IA
and Jeffrey (Laurie) Brimeyer, Independence, IA;

his grandchildren,
Jason Dobbins, Jami (Marcus) McQueen, Zachery (Delaney Jansen) Brimeyer, Megan (Johnathon) McGhee, Brandon (SaRee) Pregler and Michelle (Brian) Huss;

his great-grandchildren,
Marcus, Mariyah, Maliyah and Makiyah McQueen, Jeremy and Oliver McGhee, Nolan and Sienna Pregler and Aleah and Raena Huss;

his siblings,
Ralph (Evie) Brimeyer, Bettendorf, IA
and Margie Huber, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Lucille Brimeyer
and Jane Brimeyer, both of Dubuque.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Brimeyer; a grandson, Jeremy Dobbins; his siblings, Robert Brimeyer, Lester Brimeyer. Willard (Rita) Brimeyer, Francis Brimeyer; and a brother-in-law, Ron Huber.

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

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



Grace M. Kagel


Grace M. Kagel, age 89 years, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:25 a.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. To celebrate Grace's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born on May 23, 1929, in Hopkinton, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Mary (Grace) Ament.

Grace grew up in the Worthington area, with her 4 brothers and dear sister, where she would eventually graduate from St. Paul High School before beginning to work on her Bachelor's Degree at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, and then finally achieving her Master's Degree in Education from Western University in Macomb, Illinois. She would go on to invest over 51 years of her time and talents as a special education music teacher in Dubuque, Waterloo and Remsen, Iowa, and Peoria, Illinois. Her love for music and working with some of the Lord's most precious children brought her true satisfaction and contentment throughout the entire journey. Grace was devoted to her faith life from a very early age and was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque for over 20 years. In time, Grace would also find love in her personal life at home and was united in marriage to John "Jack" Kagel on May 19, 1973, at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria. The couple was blessed with 36 wonderful years together, before Jack was sadly called home ahead of Grace on February 1, 2010. When Grace wasn't at work, she could regularly be discovered at home with either a crochet needle, or a good book in hand. Grace was definitely a people person and any opportunity to make the world a little better place was never lost on her. Her genuine personality, and love for her fellow man, were continually on display and easily leave behind a legacy which all who knew and loved her can retain through these difficult days ahead. The Lord was generous in giving Grace 89 years, plus 1 day, here on earth and we are forever grateful for her vibrant and gracious presence during that time. We will miss Grace more than she could possibly know, but we are joyful that she is now, once again, reunited with her loving family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Grace's memory include

her brother,
Wilfred (Mary) Ament, Decorah, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Nina Ament, IL
and Irene Ament, NV;

and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John "Jack" Kagel; and her siblings, Leo (Joan) Ament, Donald (Beth) Ament, Leonard (Ophelia) Ament and Pauline (Richard) Guise.

Grace's family and friends would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Luther Manor, for all of their wonderful care, concern and support of Grace. And a very special thank you to her Dubuque Angels; Rachel, Bev, Mike and Mary Pat, Bill and Sue, and Karlyn for all of their loving care, time and devotion to Grace.

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



Della E. Jaeggi


Della E. Jaeggi 106, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 261 Owen Ct., passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at The Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 28 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.

Della was born on October 13, 1911 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dewitt and Lena (Dale) Kelley. She married Frank Jaeggi on September 13, 1931. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1985.

Della was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, baking, going for long car rides and fishing - especially in Minnesota. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her children, William (Phyllis) Jaeggi of Dubuque, IA and Rose (Jake) Frank of Mason City, IA; grandchildren, Mark (Karen) Jaeggi, Christine Tigges, Laurie Tschiggfrie, Kevin (Cheryl) Lehnen, Paul (Kristy) Dean, David (Kay) Dean, Marilyn Housner, Rita (Kurt) McMahon, Jake Frank Jr., Brenda, Dawn, Kandi, Kim and Ronnie Frank; numerous great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law Darlene (Donald) Dean; her grandson James Dean and her granddaughter Kathy Kelly.

Della's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Toni, Payton and Will and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.

Memorials will be given to Della's favorite charities.



Mary Janice Knapp Manternach


Mary Janice Knapp Manternach, 85, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away peacefully Monday, May 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends and relatives of Janice may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 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 after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Services for Janice will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.

Janice was born January 15, 1933 in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Joseph W. and Virgina C. (McCabe) Federspiel. She graduated from the former St. Patrick's High School in Garryowen, Iowa.

On August 28, 1951 she was united in marriage to William P. Knapp at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in South Garryowen, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1995. On November 22, 1996 she was united in marriage to Orland "Bub" Manternach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. He also preceded her in death on June 11, 2005.

Janice was a strong, proud, and faithful farmwife for nearly 40 years before she started her second career working for the Sisters of Charity BVM at Mt. Carmel.

Her main focus in life was to care and pray for others in her family, always wishing prosperity and happiness for each and every one of them. Cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, or any team her kids or grandkids were a part of was one of her favorite pastimes. She loved to travel including a memorable trip to the Vatican in Rome with her son, trips to Hawaii and Alaska with Billy and the many adventures with Bub near the lake in Texas. Janice was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish.

She is survived by seven children, Rick (Mary) Knapp of Dubuque, IA, Mike Knapp of East Dubuque, IL, Kayla (Mike) Melloy of Coralville, IA, Ken (Kim) Knapp of Fayette, IA, Tom Knapp (Dr. Al Martin) of Denver, CO, Lori (Tony) Lust of Coralville, IA and Beth (Tom) Duccini of Dubuque, IA; six step-children, Eric (Susan) Manternach of Cascade, IA, Terry Manternach of Elgin, TX, Charles (Mary) Manternach of Elkhorn, NE, Linda (David) Stoverink of Carthage, IL, Diane (Dave) Boardman of Asbury, IA, Lori (Jeff) O'Brien of Cascade; one step-son-in-law, Randy Kurt of Kansas City, MO; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Curoe of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-daughter, Amy Kurt; one step-daughter-in-law, Kathy Manternach.

In lieu of flowers a Mary Janice Knapp Manternach memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeffrey C. McDermott


Jeffrey C. McDermott, 55, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at home, surrounded by family, after battling Squamous Cell Carcinoma since November of 2016.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jeff was born November 13, 1962 in Dubuque, son of Clement and Imelda (Decker) McDermott. He was a graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School and the University of Dubuque.

On October 11, 1992 he married Pam Hubert at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He was a loving husband and father, and doting grandfather endlessly devoted to his family.

He was a chef at Timmerman's Supper Club for over 30 years and was a product support analyst at Change Healthcare (McKesson Relay Health). He enjoyed skiing and golfing.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Pam McDermott of Dubuque; two daughters, Emily (Nathan) Roberts of Iowa City and Megan (Brandon) Valentine of Dubuque; granddaughter, Temperance Valentine; three siblings, Nancy (Chuck) Ashelin of Dubuque, David (Marilyn) McDermott of Dubuque and Wayne (Nancy) McDermott of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Special thanks are extended to the family's caring neighbor, John Kirk.



Aurora P. Vander Meulen


Aurora P. Vander Meulen, 5 month old daughter of Curtis Gilbert and Melina Vander Meulen, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Friday, May 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Aurora's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Aurora's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Aurora was born on December 3, 2017, in Dubuque, daughter of Curtis Gilbert and Melina Vander Meulen.

Our hearts are beyond broken today with the realization that our beautiful Aurora has been called home much too early for our minds to even comprehend. The five months the Lord was gracious enough to share her with us were beyond words. Her contagiously happy smile every morning, her joyful eyes followed up with a perfectly timed pouty lip when necessary, the tender touch of her little hands against your skin, and the essence of innocence she displayed so naturally will always hold a special place in our lives. Sadly, there are only the memories that remain which will allow us to feel her in our days now, and the mere thought of that is almost more than we can bear. Thankfully though, we are able to find peace in the fact that we trust the Lord has a plan in everything, and we also know that Aurora went straight from our arms to the loving perfection of her Heavenly Home. We will miss you everyday we're apart Aurora and thank-you for the beautiful love you shared while you were here.

Those left to cherish Aurora's memory include

her parents,
Melina Vander Meulen and Curtis Gilbert, Dubuque, IA;

her brother,
Payton Healey, Dubuque, IA;

her maternal grandparents,
Russel Vander Meulen, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn (Joe) Pray, Necedah, WI;

her paternal grandparents,
Neilda Howell, Dubuque, IA;

and her aunts,
Kylee Vander Meulen, Des Moines, IA
and Danielle (Eric) Carmen, Fort Dodge, IA.

Aurora was preceded in death by her great-grandparents; and her cousin, Bentley Randall.

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



Timothy James Widmeier


Timothy James "Tim" Widmeier, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 19th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:45 p.m.

Tim was born in August 11, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Mark Widmeier and Biddy (Evans) Ramstedt. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1974, and in 2002 was a Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Dubuque where his major was Special Education, Multiple Categories.

He married Victoria Lorenz on August 9, 1975 at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta.

Tim was a self-employed flooring installer from 1975 to 1993; Special Education Teacher from 2002-2009 at Hillcrest School in Dubuque and from 2009 to 2018 he was manager of Widmeier Flooring and Furniture in Dubuque.

Tim was a devoted family man, he lived for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a great story teller and a friend to all those who knew him, he could carry on a conversation with anyone.

Tim enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family and a great game of golf. Tim never worried about "who" was right, he always concerned himself with "what was right". The most special characteristic of Tim was that, without exception, he always saw the very best in everyone.

He is survived by his wife Victoria; his children, Joseph (significant other, Rachel Erschen Kluck) Widmeier, Jamie (Jay) Blake, Jill (Jason) Conrad, Nicholas (Fiance Laura Borley) Widmeier, and Katie (Bob) McDermott. Grandchildren, Cody, Colton and Marisa Widmeier, Whitney and Austin Putchio, Michael, Jessica, and Johnny Blake, Dayton and Lillian Weldin, Joseph Grobstick, Christian Kemp, Carter Widmeier, Dalton and Chloe McDermott; his Godchildren, Sarah Fischer and Hannah Widmeier. His mother Biddy Ramstedt, and his brother Michael Widmeier both of Dubuque along with numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his father Mark Widmeier, stepfather Dr. Ron Ramstedt, M.D., his sister Anne (Widmeier) Wallace and brother John R. Widmeier.

Memorials in Tim's memory may be made to Hillcrest Family Services, 2005 Asbury Road Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ramabadran in the Cardiology Dept., Dr. Brian Sullivan in Internal Medicine, and Dr. Honorio Caceres all with Medical Associates in Dubuque; the entire medical and nursing staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, especially Dr. Travis Snyders. A very special thank you to Julie Carroll-Petrarca, RN, for her unconditional love, support, commitment and nurturing guidance to our entire family as we navigated the heartbreaking journey.



Helen E. Rubie


Helen E. Rubie, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2018 at home.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of service.

Helen was born on July 7, 1938 in Georgetown, WI the daughter of Edward and Louise (Scharff) Hamilton. She graduated from Cuba City High School in 1956. On July 19, 1958 she married Arthur Rubie in Dubuque, Iowa.

Helen was a stay-at-home mom until 1980 and she then worked for the Telegraph Herald as a Librarian for 20 years.

She spent her life doting on her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed going to their sporting and music events along with baking their favorite cookies. She was an avid reader, Chicago Cub fan, and card player. She loved watching "her" birds and animals and enjoyed her many family vacations across the country. Helen was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Arthur "Buzz" Rubie; her children, Michael (Bonnie) Rubie, Diane (Dale) Reuter, Patrick (special friend, Laurie Meyer) Rubie, and Suzanne (Stephen) Gassman. Grandchildren, Andrew, Zachary and Elizabeth Reuter, Jeromy (Deidre) and Mitchell Rubie, and Brook and Cooper Gassman. Siblings, Donald Hamilton, Leonard (Janet) Hamilton, and Virginia Bertram.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Kenneth Hamilton; a still-born daughter; several brothers and sisters-in-law and her mother and father-in-law.



Joan R. Murphy


Joan R. Murphy, 78, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m., Monday, May 21 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where a visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

Joan was born on May 27, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Della (Lebben) Barrett Sr.

She married Robert Murphy on November 26, 1956. After 13 years of marriage Robert preceded her in death in August of 1969, leaving her to raise their 5 children. Providing for her family while being a young widow was her greatest accomplishment.

After Robert's death Joan met Lefty Dalsing, with whom she shared 30 years. Together they owned and operated the Chateau Supper Club. They enjoyed spending winters in Texas, where they made many friendships. Lefty preceded her in death in February 1999.

Joan enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Kim (Mitch) Reed, Tim "T.J" Murphy (Laurie Chapman), Chris (Russ) Reed, Jeff (Teresa) Murphy and Billy (Lynn) Murphy, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Shelly, Bob, Randy, Alicia, Katie, Amy, Kimmie, John, Cory, Amanda, Kelly, Lindsey, and Rob; 23 great- grandchildren; sister, Joyce Helling; sister-in-law, Nita Barrett, all of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Dick Murphy, of Osceola, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Tony Murphy; her parents; brothers, Billy and John Barrett; sister, Shirley (Vincent) Scardino; brother-in-law, James Helling; sister-in-law, Patty Murphy and her nephew, Tommy Murphy.

A Joan Murphy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, Angela, Linda, Jan and Cindy, Dr. Janes, and her special care givers, Jessica and Connie for proving comfort and care to mom; and to her special neighbors and friend, Gwenie, for always looking out for mom.



Ralph J. Ernst


Ralph J. Ernst, 73, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.
Visitation 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Members of American Legion Post #787 will meet at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Ralph was born on November 2, 1944 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Orville M. and Marie H. (Till) Ernst. He graduated from Marquette High School in Bellevue. Ralph served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1965 - 1967. He married June "Bonnie" Splinter on July 8, 1972 at Nativity Church in Dubuque, IA.

Ralph was a member of Local #94 U.A.W. and American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque. He retired after 33 years from the John Deere Dubuque Works.

Ralph and Bonnie were caretakers at the East Dubuque Cemetery for 15 years. He loved to hear and tell good jokes, play golf, take care of his immaculate lawn at home and also enjoyed watching the Cubs, Packers and Bears with his wife by his side. Ralph loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years; his children, Cindy (Jeff) Apel of East Dubuque, Jeff Driscoll and (special friend Angie) from Louisiana, Lisa (John) Mueller of Farley, IA, and Tanya (Pat) Schilling of Dubuque; three grandsons, Jake Schroeder of Dubuque, Joe Apel of Germantown, MD, and Michael Atchison of Dubuque; great-grandaughters, Ava and Audrey; and one great grandson, Kellen; his siblings, Juneva Sagers, Cleo Manning, and Annaclete (Julius) Nimms all of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews; his in-laws, Edward Splinter, Brenda Halfhill and David "Pete" Splinter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jerry Manning; niece Chris Manning; sisters-in-law, Doris Splinter and Debbie Levins; brother-in-law Mike Levins; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ed and Dorothy Splinter; great nephew, Nick VanOstrand and great niece, Donna Splinter.

Ralph's family would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Officer Kyle Huseman and the East Dubuque Area EMTs for their quick response and compassion.

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



Marijo M. O’Brien


Marijo M. O'Brien, 95, of Dubuque died Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

Marijo was born on March 21, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph D. and Mary A. (Fleming) Martin. She attended Trinity High School in Oak Park, Il and the University of Iowa where she met her husband, Dr. Stephen A. O'Brien. They were married on May 4, 1946.

She was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital, active in Theresians and the Sunshine Circle service group as well as an avid golfer and bridge player.

She is survived by her children, Kathy of Oak Park, IL, Steve (Alice Kilgo), David (Nancy) of Dallas, TX, Molly (Bill Beyer) of St. Louis Park, MN, Sheila (Michael Kelty) of Oak Park, IL, and Meg Northey (Tom) of Oak Park, IL; her grandchildren, Sean (Carrie) O'Brien, Shay and Bridget O'Brien, Kelsey and Dannel Beyer, Kiernan and Griffin Kelty, Kirby, Liam, and Henry Northey; her great-grandchildren, Nico and Isabela O'Brien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Stephen A. O'Brien in December, 1968 and her sisters, Jeanne Martin and Helen McManus.

The family would like to thank her incredible caregivers, Kathy and Angie whose devotion allowed Mom to be in her home and to Hospice Care of Dubuque for their compassionate care as well.

In accordance with her wishes, Marijo's remains were sent to the University of Iowa Medical School as part of the Deeded Body program. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The University of Iowa - Deeded Body Program, 1-402 BSB, 51 Newton Road University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.



William J. Hennings


William J. "Burt" Hennings, 56, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at the funeral home.

Burt was born William Joseph Hennings on April 16, 1962 to Wayne and Jeneene (Hines) Hennings. On November 29, 1986, he married Mary Peterson at the Dubuque Boat Club.

Burt was an avid outdoorsman who loved to be fishing and hunting when he wasn't working and if he was working, he was thinking about it. His biggest accomplishment in his fishing career was a walleye tournament where he and his brother-in-law, Billy Peterson, finished "in the money".

Burt was a family man to the core. He loved his family with all his heart and would do anything for them. He loved being a "Papa", he loved his wife Mary and all his children and grandchildren so much. Burt was such a kind hearted man, a big ole teddy bear. Burt also enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Dubuque Boat Club. He was also a football fan, We know he'll be rooting for the Packers from above. Burt will be greatly missed by so many and we know he is still with us.

Burt worked at Addoco Inc. for many years as a fork lift operator.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Mary; his children Mike (Brenda) O'Toole, Heather (Ray) Lara, John (Alyssa) Hennings and Jessica (Mark Kohn) Hennings; his grandchildren Madaline, Autumn and Lauren O'Toole, Mackenzie, Kyler, Noah and Abby Lara, Jordan, Juliyanah and Hadlei Hennings and Aubreigh Cockrell, Antonia, Alexandria and Ava Naab, and Brianna King; his mother Jeneene Hennings; his siblings C.J. (Debbie) Hennings, Shelly Holland, Kevin (Lynn) Hennings and Jack (Yolanda) Hennings; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Peterson Jr., William (Linda) Peterson, and Vicky (Arnie) Henry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews on the Peterson side.

He was preceded in death by his father Wayne Hennings; his grandmother Rita Hennings; his; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Joann Peterson, brother-in-law Dan Holland; his nephew Austin Hennings; and many other aunts and uncles.

A William J. Henning's memorial fund has been established.

Burt's family would like to thank Billy Peterson, and the first responders at Addoco, Inc. and the nurses and doctors at Unity Point Finley Hospital ER and ICU for their compassion and unending efforts in helping Burt.



Lucille M. Donovan


Lucille M. Donovan, 92, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on May 15, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lucille was born on October 3, 1925 in Jackson County the daughter of Matt and Mary (Sterbenz) Gregorich. She married Arnold J. Donovan on November 28, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Garryowen. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2000.

She was an active lifelong member of St. Patrick's Garryowen, where she was on the Altar and Rosary Society.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, going down to the farm and a half of glass of beer.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Fred (Elvira) Donovan, of DeWitt, Tom Donovan, of Milan, IL, Paula Strang, of Phoenix, AZ, Janet (Jerry) Feeney, of Dubuque, and Steve (Shannon) Donovan, of Tipton, IA; her son-in-law Norman Ottman. Sixteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. One sister Rita Hoffman, of Freeport, IL and 2 sisters-in-law Lois Donovan, of Bernard and Delores Gregorich, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arnold; a daughter Mary Lou Ottman; six brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Garryowen Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the Memory Unit at Grand Haven Retirement Community in Eldridge, Iowa for all their loving care, kindness and friendship they gave to Lucille.



Dennis L. Volkert


Dennis L. Volkert, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 15th, 2018 at home with family by his side.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 12:00 p.m. Saturday until time of service.

Dennis was born on October 30, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clifford and Ivyl (Beerman) Volkert. He graduated from Senior High School and served in the US Army and was honorably discharged on October 25, 1978.

He married Tina Breitbach on April 11, 1987 in Dubuque and worked for United States Postal Service until retirement.

Dennis loved spending time with family and friends, playing golf, reading, and taking walks by the Mississippi river.

He is survived by his wife Tina; three children, Angel (Grant) Crow, of Prole, IA, Devin Volkert, of Pahrump, NV, and Brooks Volkert, of Norwalk, IA. Two grandchildren Aaylah and Easton Crow, of Prole, IA. His mother Ivyl Volkert; brothers Ron (Dianna) Volkert, Terry (Bev) Volkert and Ken Volkert, all of Dubuque; along with nieces, nephews, in-laws and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford; father-in-law Alfred Breitbach and mother-in-law Betty Breitbach.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Herman and his staff for all the wonderful care they gave to Dennis.



John R. McCorkle


John R. McCorkle, aged 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully in the Lord surrounded by family, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 18th at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa from 4 - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. preceding the service. Funeral service is Saturday, May 19th, 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. A graveside service will be held at Linwood Cemetery after lunch.

John was born February 21, 1930 in Pipestone, MN. On August 28, 1949, John married his high school sweetheart Doris Schlapkohl in Pipestone. John served in the Korean War and then attended the South Dakota School of Mines on the GI bill where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1959.

John and Doris then moved to Dubuque, Iowa with their three small girls, to begin his long and loyal career with John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

John and family were charter members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, involved in church activities his entire life. He led a full and faithful life enjoying church, camping, golfing, travel with Friendship Force, and creating works of stained-glass. 

John is survived by his wife Doris of 68 years, daughters Carene (Ray) Baslee of Texas, Denise (Daryl) Seaman of Colorado, and Renee (Dale) Lutzen of Missouri; grandchildren Mallory (Devin) McDonald, Cara (Michael) Weaver, Hannah (Alan) Waulet, Gregory (Christa) Seaman, Laura (Rev. Jeremy) Richert, Kate Elahi, and Kianna (Tony) Elahi-Gedwillo; and great-grandchildren Jane and Adam Seaman.

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

The family thanks Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, Rev. Jesse Cearlock, and their many friends and family who have shared their love and concern. John will be missed by all, yet we rejoice in the knowledge he is safe in Christ's arms.



Alvin C. Wernimont


Alvin C. Wernimont, 67, of 2722 Bankston Dr., died Monday, May 14, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Alvin was born on December 19, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Walter and Lois (Gilligan) Wernimont. He attended St. Columbkille Elementary until 8th grade, and for the last few years he loved to attend concerts, Grand Parent's Day, or any event there with his grandson Jackson. He also attended Dubuque Senior High School for a few days, but then someone told him what to do and that was the end of that.

Alvin didn't need a degree to be successful. He was a legend in the swimming pool business where he worked for most of his life, most recently as the founder of Alvin's Pool and Spa in 1999. Everyone knew Alvin, but many probably didn't even know he had a last name. And everyone that knew him had a story about him. He truly loved the work and the people. His customers became his friends and he could talk with them for hours. He was an extremely hard worker - he worked 7 days a week in rain, snow, or blistering heat to get the job done right. He had a sharp mind and loved to fix things and solve problems, although his methods may have been unconventional at times. In the end, Alvin left this world doing what he loved - working on a swimming pool.

Alvin should have written a book about his life, but it probably wouldn't be fit for publishing. In his younger days, he enjoyed bowling, gambling, motorcycles, demolition derbies, speeding and general mischief. He had an exterior of steel but inside he was not nearly as tough as he acted. He eventually settled down, and some of his greatest joys were taking Jackson shopping for Nerf guns, doing burnouts for Ben, and letting them both drink Mountain Dew and do anything else their mother disapproved of.

Surviving are his daughters Katie (Andy) Thomas of Dubuque and their sons Jackson and Benjamin and Sadie (Jeff) Fick of Mason City and their daughters Delia and Brenna; his significant other Deb Callahan and her daughters Carrie (Jon) Welu of Dubuque and Laurie Callahan of Galena, IL; 7 grandchildren; his siblings Linda (Lynn) Johnsen of Lodi, WI, Sandi (Bob) Johnsen and Jim (Rhonda) Wernimont both of Dubuque, Kenny (Karen) Wernimont of Davenport, IA and Tom Wernimont of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews, including his favorite nephew, Travis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Albrecht Acres where he took care of the pool for many years for only the satisfaction of seeing the campers enjoy it.

Alvin's family wish to thank Katie Harris and the staff at Mercy Medical Center ER for their care, compassion and support. They would also like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries and Dr. Martin Bagby for their excellent care along the way- there is no doubt that he spent a few extra years with us because of you.



Gloria L. Furrow


Gloria L. Furrow, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gloria Lee Rockwell was born on June 2, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Forrest and Maxine (Shady) Rockwell. She attended Maquoketa schools and was part of the 1964 graduating class from Maquoketa High School. She married John E. Furrow on April 21, 1963 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one son was born, Brian.

Gloria had most notably worked with her mom at Rocky's Café in Maquoketa for many years. She had also worked for a short time as a vet assistant at Colonial Terrace in Dubuque.

Gloria had been an avid bowler for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, loved dogs, and was a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Those left to honor her memory include a niece, Becky (Harlan Jr.) Doty of Dubuque, IA, and 2 great-nephews, Jake and Luke; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on August 21, 2001, a son Brian on June 7, 2004, 3 infant sisters, a sister Marilyn Davison on August 16, 2014, and her beloved dog Pepper.

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



Rita A. Johns


Rita A. Johns, age 85, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:50 p.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Road, with Pastor Billy Carter and Tony Johnson officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rita was born on July 27, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Teresa (Duschen) Tschiggfrie.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and would go on to complete her entire 85 year earthly journey right here in God's country. She eventually met her soul-mate, John Johns, and the two were united in marriage on December 31, 1949, at the Church of the Nativity. They would be truly blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 4 lovely daughters, before John was sadly called home ahead of Rita on June 22, 2008. Rita fully embraced her role as wife, mother and homemaker; faithfully caring for her husband and children and always keeping meticulous care of their home. She was an absolute natural in the kitchen and everyone always looked forward, not only to the delicious meals she prepared daily, but especially to the sweet treats for dessert which she was famous for. Rita enjoyed spending time doing the simple things in life; such as tending to her bountiful garden, creating her next latch hook masterpiece, curling up with a good book, keeping her mind sharp working on her latest word search, or even finally earning her G.E.D. while still in her early 50's. She was also known to enjoy a spirited game of Euchre with family and friends, as every true Dubuquer does from time to time. Above all though, family was what brought the most joy into Rita's days. She looked forward to every opportunity to spend time with John and the girls, and when the grandchildren came along you would be hard pressed to find a more doting grandmother. Rita's faith was also a very important aspect of her life, and her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior were continually reinforced with her faith family at Grace Baptist Church. Our hearts and minds are deeply broken today by the sudden physical absence of our dearly sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we know and trust that Rita's soul now rest safely in the loving arms of her Creator and that her and John have now begun their beautiful eternal courtship. Thank you Rita for all of the love, lessons and life you shared with us while you were here and may we carry your legacy forward with pride until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her children,
Mary (Paul) Swartzel, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Jeff) Chiott, Dubuque, IA,
Laura (Tony) Johnson, Dubuque, IA
and Toni (Robert) Backes, Peosta, IA;

her grandchildren,
Chad (Naomi) Johns, Angela (Pete) Román, Adam (Josie) Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Tabitha (Alex) Stuart, Brooke (Tim) Leonard and Ben (fiancé Katelyn Short) Backes;

her great-grandchildren,
Kristopher, Raeann and Lila Stuart, Brooke and Aidan Román, Landon, Lauren and Logan Leonard;

her brothers,
William (Janet) Tschiggfrie, Veronia, OR
and Eugene (Carol) Tschiggfrie, Slidell, LA;

a sister-in-law,
Phyllis Tschiggfrie, Asbury, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Johns; and her siblings, Ardelle (Richard) Genthe, Thomas Tschiggfrie, Kenneth Tschiggfrie and Ray Tschiggfrie.

In lieu of flowers, a Rita A. Johns memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Rita's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Stonehill, for their kind, attentive and professional care of Rita, and her family.

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



Jerry McCord


Jerry McCord, son of Donald and Mildred (Lex) McCord passed from this world on April 29, 2018 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS. He was a resident of Alton, KS.

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He spent 10 years in the Army and did 3 tours in Vietnam and was very proud of his service to his country.

Jerry was a true cowboy and spent most of his life on horseback. He was the huntsman for clubs in Michigan and Virginia. He also worked for two major ranches in Colorado. He and his family moved to Kansas after he retired from the cowboy life. In Kansas, he was an over-the-road truck driver until his retirement.

His major interests in life were his family, horses and dogs, hunting and fishing, cooking, and his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sandra (Riedi) McCord and their son Sam McCord of Alton, KS; a son Jeffery McCord; and 2 grandsons, Yann McCord and Nils McCord all of Germany; 3 sisters, Marie (George) Yeager of Brookfield, NH, Cindy (John) Bailey of Independence, KY, and Jennifer (Ronald) Tigges of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews, one of whom he had a special connection with, Mitchel Tigges of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mildred (Lex) McCord and his Father and Mother-in-law, Charles and Alice (Schepple) Riedi.

He is loved and missed more than words can say. Until we meet again my Love.

 



Donald O. Scheibe


Donald O. "Don" Scheibe, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Donald Otto Scheibe was born on December 29, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to George Otto and Adele (Bartels) Scheibe. He attended the Little Red Schoolhouse and later graduated from Maquoketa High School. He married Vera Harriett Ringen on June 12, 1953 in Preston, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Steven and Mark.

Don was a farmer who farmed with his wife Vera, first south of Maquoketa, and in 1962 they purchased a farm west of Maquoketa. As lifetime farmers and partners, they farmed together for over 60 years.

Don was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Through the years Don had been actively involved with the Jackson County Cattlemen and the Jackson County Pork Producers, and had helped young kids getting started with 4-H. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, morel mushroom hunting and attending grandkids' sporting events. He was a collector of steins and coins, and had raised purebred Duroc hogs and Charolais cattle for many years.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his children, Steven Scheibe of Fairview, TN, and Mark (Milissa) Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Bryan Scheibe of Smyrna, TN, Emily Scheibe of Nashville, TN, Zachary Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters-in-law, Lois (Richard) Schnoor of Maquoketa, IA, and Janet (Charles) Hindley of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Walter, an infant sister Ruth and a sister Evelyn Small, and his wife Vera on January 29, 2017.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donald O. "Don" Scheibe memorial fund has been established.

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



Dianne M. Fritsch


Dianne M. Fritsch, age 51, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 7:00 a.m., on Friday, May 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dianne's life, private family funeral services will be held. To celebrate Dianne's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dianne was born on August 18, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leroy and Eunice (Wolbers) Bastian.

Dianne enjoyed her youth growing up in Dubuque and learned very early in life the value of faith, family and friends, along with the love and respect required to properly care for them all. She eventually found the love of her life, Douglas Fritsch, and they were united in marriage on May 28, 1988, at St. Joseph Church in Key West. The two have been blessed with almost 30 wonderful years together, and 3 undeniably adored sons, who are their pride and joy. Dianne was naturally gifted and personally driven within to always maintain excellence in all she was involved in, or put her mind to. This trait would definitely shine through as she committed the last 17 years of her working career to the Dubuque Community School District in the Hempstead High School Cafeteria. Dianne not only shared her baking talents at work, but her abilities were first and foremost nurtured in her kitchen at home. Dianne was an excellent cook and a talented baker who always made sure that her boys favorite desserts would be ready and available for them just because she felt like treating them to another special moment and memory created especially by Mom. Dianne was also a very faith-filled Christian woman who possessed an incredible inner strength and trust in her Lord and Savior. In her free-time, Dianne enjoyed hitting the trail for a long walk, spending a little time with her 4-legged canine friends, pulling up a chair to the card table to see who was going to have the best cards that day, watching her boys play football, as well as spending Sunday afternoons with her family watching her beloved Kansas City Chiefs take the field. Above all though, Dianne's family was her world. She was a kind, caring, sincere, humble and loving wife, mother, sister and friend who always put others first and never expected anything in return. The legacy of love Dianne leaves behind will be seen in the generations yet to follow her, and we are forever grateful for the time the Lord was generous enough to share such a rare gift with us. We can all agree that 51 years with Dianne could never be considered enough, but we can also agree that 51 years with Dianne were more abundantly full of love that most people could ever experience in an entire century of their own lives. We will miss you Dianne, we love you more than words can say, and please know and accept that all of our lives are beyond blessed simply because we knew you!

Those left to cherish Dianne's memory include

her loving husband,
Douglas Fritsch, Asbury, IA;

her sons,
Dr. Jesup Fritsch, Davenport, IA,
Bryer Fritsch, Iowa City, IA
and Layton (Allison) Fritsch, Iowa City, IA;

her parents,
Leroy and Eunice Bastian, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Pam (Charlie) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Ryan (Tracy) Bastian, Hiawatha, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Dawn (Jerry) Christensen, Naples, FL
and Lisa (Dr. Silvanus) Udoka, Greensboro, NC.

Dianne's family would like to extend a special thank you to her favorite physician, Dr. Monga, and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Engelman, and the staff at Medical Associates, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dianne, and her family. We also want to thank Dianne's countless friends for all of their love and support along this difficult journey.

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

 



Robert N. Bechen


Robert N. "Nubbins" Bechen, 85, of Cuba City, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning at the church. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on September 12, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Emil S. and Edna (Frantz) Bechen. He married Carol Herrig on October 7, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death. Bob then married Ann (Kennicker) Ernst on October 31, 1964, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2014.

"Nubbins" worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for forty-four years, and then in retirement was a farmer on their "Roadrunner Farm" located on Louisburg Road. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors and belt buckles. He also enjoyed going to Daniel's Lounge for lunch and a few beers.

Survivors include his step-son, Duane (Betty) Ernst, of Cuba City; three grandchildren, Vicki Redfearn (fiancé, Donnie Wand), Scott Ernst, and Jason Ernst; a great-grandson, Wyatt Redfearn; three brothers, Raymond Bechen of Dubuque, Joe (Ellen) Bechen of Dubuque, and Ed (Lorraine) Bechen, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents and both of his wives, "Nubbins" was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Eugene.

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

 



Valita M. Bradley


Valita M. Bradley, 85, of Zwingle, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Genesis Hospital, Davenport.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in St. Donatus. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of service.

Valita Marie Bradley was born March 28, 1933 in Bellevue, IA, the oldest daughter of Alvin and Marie (Sanders) Felderman and graduated from Andrew High School. On September 1, 1952 she was united in marriage to Richard S. Bradley of Zwingle, where the couple farmed together. She loved her family and enjoyed dancing with Richard, gardening, baking pies, and quilting.
Valita was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, LaMotte, and participated in the ELCA women's group.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; four children, Marilyn Bradley, of Dubuque, Janell (Richard) Wampler, of Minneapolis, Karen (Scott) Buechler, of West Des Moines, and Kathy (Greg) Blum, of Zwingle; four grandchildren, Eric and Josh Blum, and Michael (Robyn) Wampler and Stephen (friend Jennifer) Wampler; two great-grandchildren Phillip and Bradley Wampler; and a sister Norla Bormann of Zwingle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother Loren Felderman; and an infant daughter Eileen.

Memorials may be made to Area Residential Care or to Valita Bradley Memorial Fund.



James Loetscher Paisley

James "Jim" Loetscher Paisley, age 93, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Graveside services will be 9 a.m., Saturday, May 19 in Linwood Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

He was born August 16, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the eldest of three children of Lewis C. and Evelyn L. Paisley.
Jim graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1950.

He served in the US Navy in WWII as an electronics technician aboard the USS Samar, an engine repair ship that saw service in the final days of WWII and the post-war period.

Jim's career began with General Electric Corporation in Erie, Pennsylvania followed by a thirty year tenure with Hughes Aircraft in Culver City, California, where he led purchasing negotiations with the US government.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Thomas Paisley and Janet Paisley Smeltzer.

He is survived by nieces, Stephanie McCoy and her husband, Dan and their sons; Nina Hoban; nephew Schuyler Smeltzer and his wife, Judy, and their daughters; brother-in-law, Carl Smeltzer, Jr.; sister-in-law, Sherril Paisley and various cousins.

Jim was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.



Dorothy M. Reed


Dorothy M. Reed, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:55 a.m., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born May 17, 1934, in Dubuque; one of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum's 11 children. She married Lyle V. Reed on September 27, 1952, and they started their beautiful family.

She was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished by her many family and friends. "Do," as she was called by her beloved husband of 50 years, Lyle, was the rock of her large family, quick witted, and made homemade chocolate candy like no other.
She was very involved in many aspects of the Dubuque community and enjoyed every minute of it. She had a special place in her heart for the St. Mary's Catholic Church community, serving as President of the rosary society, a volunteer tutor at St. Mary's elementary school and their girls volleyball coach. She and her sisters were founding members of the Women's Recreation Association and played together on a competitive volleyball team. She served as Vice President of the executive committee board and was the volleyball chairman. Decades later, you could occasionally hear a nonchalant comment about all of the trophies they won. Dorothy was an amazing seamstress, making her kids' clothes through the years and even wedding party gowns for several nieces and grandchildren.
Dorothy and Lyle had seven wonderful children, and they were her greatest joy. After her children started school, Dorothy went to work at the Walsh Stores, where she was an institution in the Domestics department until her retirement. She lived a wonderful, full life, surrounded by family, enjoying crossword puzzles, sketching, reading, traveling with her husband and siblings, gardening, decorating for the holidays, and making special food for her family. Dorothy inspired multiple generations of young women to be smart, strong, and independent; her legacy continues on through their tenacity and successes.

Loved ones who will miss her until they meet again include

her children,
Terry Reed, Springfield, IL,
Peggy (Richard) Herbst, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas (Nancy) Reed, Dubuque, IA,
David (Robin) Reed, Center Point, IA,
Patrick Reed, Rockford, IL,
Karen Reed, Connecticut
and Ryan (Jane) Reed, Arlington, VA;

her 15 grandchildren,
Josh Ballard, Brittany (Chamo) Perez, Heather Green, Matt (Kelly) Herbst, Ben (fiancé Maggie Graham) Herbst, Amy (Dave) Reed-Flanagan, Nick Reed, Anthony Reed, Andrew Reed, Tonya Hinton, Zachary Reed, Kris Reed, Alicia Reed, Brandon Reed and Jordan Reed;

her 19 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert Jochum, Dubuque, IA,
Patricia Schumacher, Dubuque, IA,
Carole Thul, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Wagner, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Donna) Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

her sister-in-law,
DeLee Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Gerald Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Loved ones who cleared the path for Dorothy are her parents; her husband, Lyle "PeeWee" Reed; a grandson, Joshua Reed; her siblings, Mary (William) Fransen, Jeanne Meyer, Leone (George) Reed, Wayne Jochum, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely and Donnie, in infancy; her sister-in-law, Lynn Jochum; her brothers-in-law, David Schumacher and David Thul, and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for their loving and wonderful care of their mother for the past two years, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all that they do.

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



Eva J. Schneider


Eva J. Schneider, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home on May 9th, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 14th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of the service.

Eva was born on August 5, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Theodore and Delores Olds. She attended Senior High School and then went to Dubuque Beauty Academy.

Eva owned and rode many horses over the years. Her favorite horse was an Appaloosa named Casey that she rode for 25 years. She was a member of the Tri-State Boot Scooters, All Stars Country Dancers and the Dubuque Country Saddle Club.

She is survived by her husband Frank; two daughters Kathy Walker and Dianne Schneider; one grandson Bill Walker, and two great grandchildren Brandon & Alec.

She was preceded in death by her father Theodore Olds and her mother Delores Clary; her step father Vird "Shorty" Clary; one sister Nancy Schneider.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Tammy M. for all their wonderful care they gave to Eva.

In lieu of flowers an Eva Schneider memorial fund will be established.



Henry J. O'Connell


Henry J. "Hank" O'Connell, 91, of Bankston, Iowa, was born into eternal life with Jesus Wednesday, May 10, 2018 at his home in Bankston, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Hank may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m, and a KC Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Services for Hank will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating and assisting Deacon, Dan O'Connell. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa.

Hank was born August 17, 1926 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Henry V. and Geneieve (Kennedy) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Clements High School in Bankston, Iowa. On May 21, 1949 he was united in marriage to Lois Keleher at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 21, 2016.

He was a member of St. Clement's Parish in Bankston, Iowa. Hank was also a member of the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001 and the 4th Degree Dubourgh Assembly #1573.

Hank was born and raised on his family farm and he continued the family farming tradition by taking over the Heritage farm and raising his own family on the farm. He was very proud of the Heritage farm and his Irish heritage. He loved to share his song about his Shillelagh stick to bring a smile to those he met. He could always tell a good joke to watch people laugh.

Hank was known for his neighborly ways and was called upon to help many of them. One neighbor recalls having Dad offer his barn as a place to keep his car ready to go first thing in the morning. When a crisis called he was one of the best to help out.

He also embraced the latest technology. He would tell how he was one of the first to have actual turn signals on his car. He got his children involved in looking for "Sputnik" traveling across the night sky while lying in the grass on the front lawn. Later he was one of the first with a cell phone and computer, which became a challenge for his son when he was called upon to become the "IT guy".

He is survived by his four children, Sherry (Greg) McGinn of Dubuque, IA, Kim (Paul) Forsberg of Santa Clara, CA, Daniel (Ellen) O'Connell of Bankston and Jack (Peri) O'Connell of Bankston, IA; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Harrold of Palmer, IA and Mary Lou Korte of Fort Dodge, IA; two brothers-in-law, Keith (Lois) Keleher of Palmer, IA and Paul Benson of Des Moines, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Kathleen O'Connell in May 1961; two sisters, Mildred O'Connell and Rosie (Bernard) Burds; one sister-in-law, Naida Benson; two brothers-in-law, Owen Harrold and Robert Korte.

Henry J. "Hank" O'Connell memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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



John J. Otting


John J. "Popper" Otting, 59, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away at home surrounded by his family Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 1:50am.

Friends and relatives of Popper may call from 4-7pm, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass for John will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa at a later date.

John was born on February 13, 1959, in Monticello, Iowa, son of Wilbur "Bill" and Madonna (Stecklein) Otting. He graduated from Cascade High School. He married Lisa (Kremer) Otting on April 24, 1982, and together they had 4 children. He worked at Modernfold for 32 years, where he retired in 2016.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his 4 grandchildren. On warm days, his tunes could be heard blaring out of his windows. Rarely was he spotted without an Iowa Hawkeye logo as he was an avid fan of all things Hawkeyes. Fishing was one of his favorite hobbies and he spent many weekends with his son and brother on the Mississippi.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa.

Those left to continue his musical legacy, are his four children, Aaron (Kelly) Otting in Worthington, IA, Ashley Otting (Nate Hall) of Dyersville, IA, Callista (Brandon) Gibbs of Dubuque, IA, Jackie Otting (Alan Utria) of Iowa City, IA; four wonderful grandchildren, Lucy, Ben, Evan and Alaina; four siblings, Nancy (Carl) Dolphin, Steve "Otto" (Cindy) Otting, Jeff "Rocks" (Linda) Otting all of Cascade, IA Russ (Kay) Otting of Peosta, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Madonna, and his step-father Roger "R.L" Tucker.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to our Hospice of Dubuque staff. We want to thank Edna and Peggy for their compassionate care provided to our Dad.
GO HAWKS

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



Richard Cyril Konrardy


Richard Cyril Konrardy, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Placid. The family request that visitors wear camouflage to honor Richard's memory.

Richard was born on March 12, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Leona Konrardy. He resided in Dubuque until 1970 where he and his family then moved to Colorado. He returned to Dubuque in 1996 where he shared 22 years with his wife Mary Lou.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. Richard was a US Army Veteran, a valued member of the Dubuque Fellowship Club, an avid sportsman, and gardener.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou; his children, Shadrick (Kathleen), Kimberly, Daniel, Kyle, Karl, Breann (Klade), Jeffrey (Dawn), Lynda (Roger), Jody (Tim); 22 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. His brothers Phillip, Gene, Gerald, Roger, Neil and Lloyd; his sisters Norma Jean and Marie. His best friends Doug and Big Dog, and faithful companion "Taz".

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Casper in infancy and siblings Linda, Sheila, Marvin and Kenneth.

The family request no flowers; donations may be made to the Richard Konrardy memorial fund and the Dubuque Fellowship Club.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics especially Tayler and Jess in the ICU Unit; the Dubuque Fire and EMS, Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room staff in Dubuque, Air Care 3, and Leonard Funeral Home for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Richard and his family. Also, a special thank you to his friends in sobriety at the Dubuque Fellowship Club.



Michael C. White


Michael C. "Mike" White, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Mike's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Michael Curtis White was born on May 30, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa, to Dale and Patricia (Clark) White. At an early age his parents divorced and his mom met and married Tom Straub who became like a father to him. Mike was a 1976 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy receiving an honorable discharge. He married Coni J. Risinger Hart on June 20, 1997 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mike was a welder by trade and had worked various jobs throughout the years most recently from 2003 to present at John Deere in Moline, Illinois.

Mike was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed collecting coins, playing Texas Holdem, and going to flea markets, auctions and estate sales. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Coni White of Maquoketa, IA; his mother and father, Pat and Tom Straub of Maquoketa, IA; children, Janelle (Allen) Weimerskirch of Cedar Falls, IA, Ed (Kathy) Hart of Johnson Creek, WI, and Rusty Hart of Prescott, WI; 8 grandchildren, Lekeisha Weimerskirch, Hali Weimerskirch, Emma Weimerskirch, Kelcey Omeig, Libby Omeig, Brian Omeig, Eddie Hart, and Lucas Hart; brothers, Steve (Diane) White of Vermont, IL, and Joe (Rosie) White of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Sue (Mark) Pothoven of Pella, IA, and Lynne (David) Dubert of Odgen, IA; and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Dale D. White and a brother Tommy Straub.

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.



Loren J. Fischer


Loren J. Fischer, age 65, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 7:07 a.m., on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Desert Spring Hospital, Las Vegas, NV, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Loren's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Loren's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Loren was born on May 22, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son of Roger and Mary (O'Brien) Fischer.

Loren was a very talented and hard worker who devoted 32 years of his working career as a welder at John Deere Dubuque Works until his long-awaiting, and yet pleasantly early retirement in 2005. Upon leaving Deere's, Loren would soon search for a manner in which to spend his free hours, and would thankfully discover a brand new circle of friends in the Dubuque Senior High School lunch room whom graciously welcomed him in immediately. He would go on to invest yet another 10 years of his time and talents with the lunch ladies and provided not only a little muscle for the heavy lifting, but also a joyful co-worker who was simply happy to be keeping busy while helping, talking and listening. But, when Loren wasn't at work, he was easily found by the side of his beautiful bride, Laura Tindell. They were united in marriage on June 9, 1989, in Dubuque, and the two have been truly blessed with 28 years together, sharing countless adventures and experiences, all while creating an abundance of memories along the way. When the couple weren't out embracing the wind in their hair while riding their Harley with friends, Loren and Laura could be found traveling extensively around the United States; always in search of a little history whenever possible, but never to focused on learning something new to enjoy a little downtime on their yearly trips to Florida. In his younger years, Loren enjoyed a crisp morning of pheasant hunting, a sunny afternoon of fishing, or even the occasional exciting evening of Bingo. The Bingo bug would carry on throughout Loren's life and his drive to not only win, but maybe even level the playing field from time to time (if a sweet treat was involved) became quite evident at the annual Family Thanksgiving Games. Loren was a good and decent man, the kind there just simply aren't enough of in this world today. A solid provider, an honest soul, an adoring husband and a good friend to all (who didn't just naturally annoy him). The world is a lesser place today because of the sudden absence of Loren from our daily lives; but we understand that the well fought battle with cancer is finally over, his soul now rest in absolute perfection within the loving hands of our Lord and Savior, and that all who knew and loved Loren thankfully retain countless stories to share until we are reunited once again. Thank you very much Loren for setting such a fine example of a real man along your journey and may we all be blessed enough to follow your lead for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Loren's memory include

his loving wife,
Laura Fischer, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Dawn Bernhard, Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Justin (Arellhi) Pregler, Miranda Bernhard, Zach Pregler, Alec Frey and Samantha Frey;

a great-grandson,
Jaxon Pregler;

his sisters,
Lynn (Doug) Glandon, Sigourney, IA
and Laura (Paul) Ernst, Minneapolis, MN,

his sisters-in-law;
Nancy Dolce, Stevens Point, WI,
Linda (Mike) Pluemer, Dubuque, IA,
Sandra Feehan, Dubuque, IA,
Diane (Don) Pettengill-Tindell, Mt. Pleasant, SC,
Susan Winters, Aurora, CO
and Tanya (Dave) Wilson, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers-in-law, Howard Dolce and Jim Feehan.

Loren's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and Tony Heiar, and their nurses and staff, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Loren and his family.

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



Timothy J. Leibold


Timothy J. Leibold, 57, of Dubuque died Monday, May 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in a construction accident.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tim was born June 30, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Melvin and Virginia (Smith) Leibold. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1979, where he played football for four years.

On September 8, 1984 he married Laurie Peter at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Tim worked for Patrick T. O'Dowd Inc for nearly 40 years as a foreman, where he poured many many yards of concrete, said a few of his favorite "F" words, but made many friends and collected a lifetime supply of Bard Concrete tee shirts and hats. He also enjoyed playing in the snow while snow-plowing for both Apel Paving and CK Construction for many years.

He took great pride in the many Ford pickup trucks he owned over his lifetime and made a weekly trip to get them washed (let's be honest, sometimes twice). He had a great sense of humor and was active in the Boy Scouts Nativity Troop 10, Tri-State Saddle Club and several horse-show communities with his daughter although he compared horse showing to watching paint dry (kidding of course) and was the best "horse show dad". He enjoyed going to the cabin, riding ATVs and spending time with his wife and grandson, Lane.

He is survived by his kind and overly-patient wife whom he loved dearly, Laurie Leibold; his one and only favorite yet sometimes gray-hair causing daughter Amy Leibold (Phillip Mitchum) and the sweetest of all his grandson, Lane Leibold; all of Dubuque; five siblings, Tom (Zelda) Leibold of Davenport, Iowa, Terry (Joan) Leibold of Dubuque, Kathy "Kat" Leibold of Dubuque, Krista Beidler of Rockford, Ill, and Karla Durgin of San Angelo, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father in law and mother in law, Donald and Margaret Peter; and brothers in law.

A Timothy Leibold Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque first responders, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center ER and Jones Regional Medical Center, the staff of University of Iowa Air Care and the many family and friends who have offered support during this time.



Alan Z. Applebee


Alan Z. Applebee, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Soldier's Grove, Wisconsin. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Alan Zane Applebee was born on January 3, 1955 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to Royden Morris Sr. and Edith Irene (Strahl) Applebee. He grew up in Wisconsin and was a graduate of North Crawford High School in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

Alan had worked for O'Reilly Auto Parts and most recently for Baron Auto Parts, both in Maquoketa. He had also been a bartender at the Maquoketa Country Club for several years and delivered pizzas for Happy Joes.

Alan enjoyed being outdoors doing anything such as hunting, fishing and mushrooming. He also enjoyed his El Camino car. Through the years he had lived in Wisconsin, Florida, and for the past 20 years in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Lucas Applebee of Soldiers Grove, WI, Jennifer Applebee of Gays Mills, WI, Alan Applebee of Maquoketa, IA, and Aaron Applebee of Muscatine, IA; 4 grandchildren, Cam'ron, Denisis and Luca Applebee, and Barney Conner; brothers DaLee (Phyllis) Applebee of Evansville, WI, and Stanley Applebee of Viroqua, WI; sisters, Charlotte Applebee of Janesville, WI, Diana (Tod) Christianson of Soldiers Grove, WI, and Mary Applebee of Janesville, WI; and his former girlfriend, Shirley Risden of Maquoketa, IA, and her children, Valerie (Craig) Williams of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Lonnie) Howell of Bernard, IA, CJ (Carrie) Risden of Maquoketa, IA, and Elijah, Cameron, Jaden and Jacob Risden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Harlean Miller, and brothers Paul, Royden Jr., James and Charles.

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



Sister Rose André Koehler, BVM


Sister Rose André Koehler, BVM, 92, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2018, at Marian Hall.

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

Sister Rose André was principal at St. Anthony ES in Dubuque. She taught elementary school and/or was principal in Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Butte, Mont.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Stockton, Calif. She was teacher aide/tutor in Montgomery, Ala.

She was born in Boone, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 1925, to Andrew and Christina Gossman Koehler. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1943, from Sacred Heart Parish, Boone. She professed first vows on March 19, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Firmin Arthur; and sisters: Genevieve Kiddie, Roberta Finch, Mary Anderson, and Rosellen Koehler, BVM (Jean Christine).

She is survived by nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online. Make a donation in Sister's honor.

Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy. 35N, E. Dubuque, IL 61025 is in charge of arrangements.



Harlan J. Hazer


Harlan J. Hazer, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Chandler, Arizona.

A memorial service celebrating Harlan's life will be held at 7 P.M., Friday, May 18, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa, at a later date.

Harlan J. Hazer was born on October 3, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Clarence and Elda (Marcus) Hazer. He was a 1958 graduate of Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte, Iowa. He married Doris Flenker on July 10, 1965 in Otter Creek, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Brian, Dave and John.

As a young man, Harlan farmed with his dad on the family farm, but his true passion started when his uncle Joe Marcus showed him how to drive a semi. He then became an over the road owner-operator for over 40 years of Hazer Trucking.

Harlan grew up in the Otter Creek area until retiring to Maquoketa in 2007 and spending the last five winters in Arizona. In retirement, you could find Harlan fishing at 6B's, riding his 3-wheel bike or attending his grandchildren's activities. He was a devoted grandfather that often enjoyed having pizza on the porch with the grandkids.

Those left to honor Harlan's memory include his wife, Doris Hazer of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brian (Jen) Hazer of Bernard, IA, Dave (Kim) Hazer of Maquoketa, IA, and John Hazer of AZ; 7 grandchildren, Morgan Hazer of Bernard, IA, Colton Hazer of Iowa City, IA, Kailie Hazer of Davenport, IA, Faith Hazer of Bernard, IA, Jake, Jarod and Jordan Hazer of TN; a brother Al (Lois) Hazer of AR; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Mary Kay Flenker of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death his parents and an infant sister Joan Hazer.

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



John Luher


John Luher, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Fred Schueller officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in British Hollow Cemetery, Potosi, Wisconsin. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 23, 1940, in British Hollow, WI, son of Robert Frank and Martha (Gillilan) Luher.

John honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in Germany for 2 years. His patriotism would carry on throughout his entire life, and his love for God, country, freedom, family and friends would all be tied for first and second places most days. John was a dedicated and hard working man who invested over 34 years at John Deere Dubuque Works, until he finally retired in 1999. John was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, MariLynn Tranel, on December 13, 2013, in Dubuque. The cute couple would quickly find many common interests to share their time together with and easily bring joy into one another's life over the past 4 years. John generally enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors; whether it be tending to his expansive garden and apple orchard, heading out during morel season, sitting in the tree stand waiting for the perfect buck to happen by, or sitting out on the ice, or under the sun, with a perfectly baited fishing pole in hand trying to land the biggest catch of the day. John also had a thirst for knowledge and always enjoyed reading, keeping up with the current news and politics, as well as any opportunity to recapture a little history. John was also quite the card shark, and to willingly sit down at the table with him was not just considered an automatic loss, but also dramatically increased your likely-hood of sitting in the direct line of fire of a spirited conversation, and maybe even a few one-liners followed up with a hearty laugh. John was undeniably the living embodiment of a good and decent man; his natural drive to put other's before himself, care for his friends and neighbors, and even spoil the family pets simply because he could were continually on display throughout his entire 77 year earthly journey. We will miss John more than he could ever imagine, and our hearts and minds will ache for more time than we can hope to bear; but we find some peace in knowing that John is home now, resting from his labors in his eternal estate while waiting in perfection for us to join him. Thank you John for all of the love, wisdom and the wonderful example you leave behind, we will treasure them all each day we're apart!

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife,
MariLynn Luher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
John (Kris) Luher, New Hartford, IA,
William (Tara) Luher, Boone, IA,
Anne Luher, Dubuque, IA,
Andy (Rachel) Tranel, Mukwonago, WI
and Tina (Johnny) Sindahl, Kernersville, NC;

his grandchildren,
Trevor Payne,
Kaitlyn and Natalie Akers,
Kennedy, Sage and Emersyn Tranel
and Jake, Turner and Charlie Sindahl;

his sister,
Dolores Barrette, Clinton, IA;

his 1st wife,
Kathryn Luher, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and his 8 siblings.

John's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Finley Homecare, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of John, and his entire family.

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



Glen N. Milligan


Glen N. Milligan, age 87, 12 hours short of his 88th birthday, of Dubuque, who resided with his son, Jim, was called home peacefully at 11:36 a.m., on Monday, May 7, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Glen's life, funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Glen's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 11, 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.

Glen was born on May 8, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Harold and Mildred (Hocking) Milligan.

Glen was a proud life-long Dubuquer, who honorable served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Joanne Crippes, but sadly she was called home ahead of him in 1985. Glen was blessed and fortunate enough to find love once again with Mary Hildebrand, and they were united in marriage on August 2, 1985, in Dubuque. Glen was a very dedicated and hard worker who not only put in over 31 years as a machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Works, but also found the time and energy to work nights at the Dubuque Packing Company for 14 of those years before he finally retired. Even after retirement, Glen quickly discovered he couldn't sit still and found spending another 5 years at Medical Associates was a good way to utilize some free-time. Glen was a very active gentleman when it came to faith, community, co-workers, family, friends and comrades. He was a long-time and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church, along with the U.A.W. Local #94 Retirees, V.F.W. #9663 of Dubuque, the Forty & Eight Club, a 50 year member of the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps, the Eagles Club, and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, where he was a loyal member of the funeral detail. Glen also generously gave of his time as a Member of the Governors Volunteers and the Mercy Hospital Volunteers. There is absolutely no denying that Glen was always happiest when he was serving others. Glen was a happy, honest and humble man who continually led through his actions. His impact on the Dubuque community, and the world around him in general, was always positive. Our hearts break at the mere thought of his absence from our daily lives, but we know and trust that he's at peace with our loving Creator now and that all the love Glen shared during his 87 year earthly journey was definitely not in vain. Thank you Glen for all of the wonderful memories you leave behind which will thankfully bring us true comfort until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Glen's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Milligan, Dubuque, IA;

6 children,
Deborah (Harry) Saunders, Dubuque, IA,
Teresa (Dan) Turnmeyer, Dyersville, IA,
Tom (Cathy) Milligan, Dubuque, IA,
Jim Milligan, Dubuque, IA,
Sue (Ellen) Milligan, Dubuque, IA
and Rita (Mike) McCarty, Dubuque, IA;

11 grandchildren;
Brad (Heather), Brett, Bryan, Tyrell, Stephani (Mike), Shane (Joelle), Sheyanne (Chuckie), Matthew, Mitch (Nicole), Travis (Mariah) and Joshua;

14 great-grandchildren;

and his sisters,
Katy (Bruce) Pfalzgraf, Dickeyville, WI
and Joan (Albert) Reuter, Valley Head, AL.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Joanne Milligan; a sister, Carol (Jerry) Cole; and a step-son, Dale Larson.

Glen's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for their caring, professional and compassionate care of Glen, and his entire family.

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

 



Darlene Lucille Becker


Darlene Lucille Becker, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed peacefully on May 4th, to join loved ones waiting for her in heaven.

Those loved ones included her husband of 50 years, Roger Becker; her parents Ralph & Marcella (Hanson) Kremer; her brother Gene Kremer; her sister Mary Kay Kremer; her brother Ralph Kremer and his wife Regina; as well as her son-in-law Randy Mills. Numerous other family members on her husband's side of the family also proceeded her in death as well.

Those that are left behind to grieve her loss and miss her dearly include her children and their spouses: Vickie (Rick) Mills; Daniel (Sue) Becker; Wade (Carla Pfab) Becker; Brenda Mills; Glenn (Lori George) Becker; Doug Becker; Larry Becker; Lisa (Tom) Droullard; Rory (Jenny) Becker; and Angi (Darren) McCarthy. She was smitten with her grandchildren and they adored equally as much. Her grandchildren include: Nathan Mills; Jeremy & Amanda Becker; Kristen (Joe) Parks; Janelle Anderson; Michael Mills; Andrea, Nicholas, & Molli Becker; Zachary & Corey Droullard; Jessica (Travis) Meier; Brianna (Cody) Brimeyer; Justin Becker; and Alex, Carter, & Gavan McCarthy. And as if that many grandchildren to love her wasn't enough, she was doubly blessed with great grandchildren as well. Her great-grandchildren include: Brooklyn; Madison; Connor; Kameron; Trenton; Aydin; Xzavier; Damari and Romalyn.

Darlene left an impression on those she met. She never was in shortage of conversation and made new friends wherever she went. Her personality shone brighter and stronger than her tiny 4'8' stature. She loved being a social butterfly and looked forward to getting out and about as well as having visitors, especially in her last year of life when the independence she so loved alluded her. She had great love for her family and was devoted to taking care of them in any way she could. This also extended to others she cared about. She was a kind soul with a big heart. Don't let that fool you though, those that knew her also knew she was spunky and would give you her opinion if you wanted it or not. As much as we never wanted to admit it, she was often right. Her strong will, determination, and tenacity was as clear as a bright blue sky. If you miss that, you won't have to look far, as this is something she passed on to her 10 children. She knew a lot about a lot and in a true old-fashioned way tried to solve problems and fix things on her own, with her own hands, skills, knowledge, and life experience. There were many things she loved in life, but her grandchildren and great grandchildren took the cake. She lit up whenever she seen them and had a special bond with each and every one of them. She could always make someone smile, whether it was through chatting with them or making them laugh. I think we are all going to miss that laugh and that smile. She was many things to many people. So much so she had various nicknames from different people including: Ma Becker, Cotton Candy Grandma, and Doctor Darlene. This little lady was so much more than we can encompass in words.

In true Darlene form, she desired no wake or funeral service. Her wishes are being honored with a private burial ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery for her children and grandchildren. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

If you knew our mother, you would know that she left a lasting impression. Thus, we cannot leave it at that and must celebrate who she was with memories and stories. The family would like to invite all who knew her to a celebration of life ceremony on Saturday June 23rd at the Eagles Club on Century Drive anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their special care of our mother and support of our family.



Robert Joseph Burns


Robert "Bob" Joseph Burns, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Manor Care.

Services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at GracePoint Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Dana Perreard will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Bob was born February 25, 1930, in East Dubuque, the son of Thomas and Bess Burns. He attended Dubuque Senior High School. Bob married Jennie Udelhofen on August 13, 1949.

He was an independent auto mechanic, an employee at Bacon Veneer, and an independent log hauler.

Bob enjoyed music, cars, and boating. He loved spending time with family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jennie Udelhofen Burns; three children, Karen (Doug) Storlie of Dubuque, Dennis (Myles Slavit) Burns of Miami, FL, and Joseph (Mary) Burns of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Matt (Anne) Storlie of Eagan, MN, Greg (Jeanne) Storlie of Lakeville, MN, and Scott Storlie of Apple Valley, MN; and three great grandchildren, Jonah, Kate, and Emma Storlie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Harold Scharff; and four siblings, Tom "Alan," Mary, Beatrice, and Betty.

Memorials may be made to the family.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Manor Care; the 2nd floor staff at Mercy Hospital; Dr. Tom Sinsky; and Dr. Preeti Joseph for their care of Bob.

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



Joseph M. Bowerman


Joseph M. "Joe" Bowerman, age 63, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 11, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Joe was born on October 22, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, son of Biays and Lois (Powers) Bowerman.

Joe was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1972, and in true patriotic fashion would immediately join the Marine Corps after graduation. Joe would go on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Marines Corps for 6 years, and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserves, where he spent another 20 years until his eventual retirement from the military in 2001 as a Senior Chief Construction Mechanic, CMCS. During his service, Joe was able to not only visit many of the bases stateside, but he also had the opportunity to make it to Japan and Puerto Rico. He continued to enjoy getting together monthly, with his fellow comrades from the Seabees, to swap stories and solve the world's problems without any interference from outside forces. Joe was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jane Hartmann, on October 2, 1976, at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with 41 wonderful years together, and 4 adored children. Joe was undeniably raised with a strong work ethic and after serving active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, he continued to put his talents to great use in the maintenance departments at Sears Auto Center, and Loras College, until his final retirement from the working world in 2008. Joe also used his considerable skills to work on his beloved 1968 Dodge Dart, always keeping it in tip-top shape and spending "countless hours" working on his full-body restoration. His spiritual faith was of the utmost importance to Joe also as he was a long-time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, and continually strived to be the best man he could be while trapped in his earthly temple. Joe and Jane also enjoyed traveling extensively and loved to share the photos, souvenirs and stories they collected along the way with family, friends and anyone with an open ear. Without a doubt though, spending time with his family was the one thing which brought Joe the greatest joy throughout his life; and when the grandkids, and great-grandkids starting coming along, his joy was abundantly doubled. We are deeply saddened with the loss of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, but take comfort in knowing that Joe is finally free of the health challenges he has faced so gracefully the last 2 years. Joe, you were an excellent example of what it means to be a true leader and patriarch of such a loving and extensive family, and we will diligently carry those lessons forward with us until we see you again!

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his loving wife,
Jane Bowerman, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Donald "Don" (Tracy) Bowerman, Fort Worth, TX,
Jennifer Reif, Dubuque, IA,
Nick (Mady) Bowerman, Dubuque, IA
and Katie Jo (Tom) Besler, Dubuque, IA;

7 grandchildren,
Debbie (Mark) Allen, Collin Bowerman, Sam Bowerman, Christian Reif, Ethan Reif, Brock Reif and Morgan Quick;

a great-granddaughter,
Ashley Allen;

his siblings,
Stephen (Janet) Bowerman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Mary Bowerman, Tacoma, WA,
Paul (Stacie) Bowerman, Wilmington, NC,
Beth (Ken) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Rich (Jennifer) Bowerman, Hendersonville, NC
and Pete (Sue) Bowerman, Makanda, IL;

his several nieces and nephews;

and his dear and special friends,
Vince Conner, Doris Hannan, Lisa Williams, Janet Quick and Maurna Stover.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws, Don and Mabel Hartmann.

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

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



Mary Kay Leytem


Mary Kay Leytem, 77, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:30 pm Scripture Service, additional visitation will be 9:15 am - 10:00 am, Friday prior to Mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Mary Kay was born July 8, 1940 in Dubuque the oldest child of John J. and Lenore M. (Knockel) Leytem. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and worked at various places over the years, until retiring from A.Y. McDonald.

Mary Kay always enjoyed the Cat Fish Festival and enjoyed being around her family.

Survivors include her siblings, Jeanette Loso of Rockford, IL, Jane (Garth) Tomkins of Asbury, Connie Kemp of Mesa, AZ, Madonna (Roger) Sopha of Arlington, WI, Sue (William) Davis of Durango, Luellen Swan of Asbury, Lynn (Richard) Koos of Peosta, William Leytem of Dubuque, John "Whitey" (Lois) Leytem of Asbury, and Daniel "Joe" (Maureen) Leytem of Asbury; also surviving, numerous nieces and nephews.

May Kay was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Michael Leytem; nephews, Steven and John Tomkins, Matthew Sofa, in infancy a nephew Jordan Sopha and a niece, Lori Kemp; brother in-laws, Loras Kemp and George Swan; a great niece, Laura Tomkins; and longtime friend, Donna Ginter.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial find has been established in Mary Kay's memory.

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



Emery Meeker Jr.


Emery "Fred" Meeker Jr., 90, of Dubuque, IA passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Hillcrest Luther Manor in Dubuque, IA.

Friends and relatives of Fred may call from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA. The Reiff Funeral Home of Epworth, IA is in charge of arrangements.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Robin Luckey presiding. Burial will be held at Highview Cemetery in Epworth, IA, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650.

Fred was born January 9, 1928 in Tulsa, OK, son of Emery "Fred" and Elma (Stanzyk) Meeker Sr. He is a 1945 graduate of Lena High School in Lena, IL. He is also a 1955 graduate of Bayless Business College which was in Dubuque, IA. On July 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ardrith A. "Ardie" Allen. He was employed with the Illinois Central Railroad for 42 years as a telegrapher and Agent Yardmaster.

Fred was an Army Veteran, serving in the Korean Was from 1951 to 1953 as a Radio Operator for the Peace Convey using international code and was present at The Peace Treaty and exchange of prisoners at Panmunjom in July of 1953.

Fred enjoyed cutting firewood, working on the apartments and square dancing. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, the American Legion John White Post #650, the Highview Cemetery Association and the Epworth Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife Ardrith "Snowball" Meeker; his children Paul (Lorie) Meeker and Robert Meeker; a granddaughter, Arleta Meeker; a brother, Harold Meeker; a brother-in-law, Marvin (Rosemary) Nickol; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by a son, Dennis Dean Meeker on January 30, 1956; his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Arnold and Minnie (Nickerson) Allen; his sisters-in-law Arlene A. Nickol, Beth Meeker and Betty Meeker.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hospice of Dubuque, Hillcrest Luther Manor Care Center or a charity of your choice.

A special "Thank You" to Cozy Corner, Hillcrest Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Thomas Sinsky, Medical Associates and family and friends for the good care Fred received.

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



Francis J. Reinert


Francis Joseph "Frank" Reinert, 84, of Dubuque died Friday, May 04, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 8 pm with a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded.
Francis was born January 27, 1934 to Anselm and Henrietta (Deppe) Reinert of Petersburg, Iowa. He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. He served in the Army in Germany 1956-1958 in the 5th Infantry, 8th Division Hq Co and band. He married Mary Theresa Kraus on April 20, 1960 at Immaculate Conception Church, Sand Springs, IA. She preceded him in death February 20, 2004.

Francis was a member of Local #289 Dubuque Musicians Association, Clarence Zahina Band, Frank Barry Band, and the Music Masters Band. He retired from Peoples Natural Gas Co after 31 years and was a member of Gas Workers Local 402. He worked as a yardman for Ed and Joan Tschiggfrie for 21 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years and the Northeast Iowa Boy Scouts Council for 42 years. He served as Scoutmaster of Resurrection Troop 91 and was an Order of Arrow Vigil member and advisor. During his years of involvement in Scouting, Francis was honored with receiving; George Meaney Award, Award of Merit, The St. George Emblem, The Founders Award and The Silver Beaver. He was fortunate to be able to go on Honor Flight VIII in 2013. He enjoyed woodworking, crafts and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Theresa Schreiber (Bill Howard) of Williamsburg, VA, Robert Reinert (Jill Connors) of Dubuque, IA and Carolyn (Paul) Herman of Peosta, IA; his grandchildren Maria (Luke) Sulentic of Algona, IA, Stephanie (Steven) Cook of Gilbert, AZ, Matt (fiancé Ariel Clark) Herman of Peosta, IA, Courtney Herman of Peosta, IA, Nick Reinert of Omaha, NE, and Aubrey Reinert of Cedar Rapids, IA; and two great grandsons, Peyton and Graham Sulentic of Algona, IA. His siblings, Margaret (Bernard) Monaghan of Manchester, IA, Cecelia (Don) Lueck of Dyersville, IA and Agnes (John) Coakley of Kansas City, KS; Sisters-in-law Ann (Boeckenstedt) Reinert of Dyersville, IA and Janaan (Smith) Kraus of Monticello, IA; Brother-in-law Carl (June) Kraus of Worthington, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Ann (1944) and brother Alfred (2014), brothers and sister-in-law Victor (Janice) Kraus and Walter Kraus.

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

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Skilled Care Unit, Roots, Resurrection Choir members. The family would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to long-time friend and band member Otto Krueger of Dubuque, IA.



Janette M. Strang


Janette M. (Kirby) Strang 74 of Peosta died Friday, May 4, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Janette was born May 24, 1943 in Hopkinton, daughter of Paul and Helen (Haas) Kirby. She was the only girl in a family with six children. She married Joseph Strang on November 25, 1961 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, Iowa, he passed on June 21, 2007. Janette worked at Kmart for many years, she also owned and operated the Double J Bar for 30 years. Jan loved the people she got to know as friends at the Double J Bar and became well known for her delicious sloppy joes and broasted chicken; a person never went hungry with Jan around. Jan enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, reading, family get togethers and watching her grandchildren in whatever endeavor they were involved. While always a sweet and kind person, she had no problem taking your money in Euchre, Pinochle, Poker...sitting down and playing cards for a few hours was her idea of a good time. She will be missed and will miss her card partners in crime.

Survivors include her two sons, Brad (Kim) Strang of Dubuque and Brian Strang of Dubuque; her three daughters, Cindy (Tom) Steffens of Peosta, Sandy (Jeff) Urbain of Peosta, and Sarah (Edward) Maloney of LaGrange, IL; twelve grandchildren, Nathan and Nicole Strang, Krystal Hesseling, Billy Patrum, Jessica Fleckenstein, Molly and Michael Steffens, Rachel Millman, Chad and Katelyn Urbain, Samantha and Joseph Maloney; six (almost seven), great-grandchildren, Addelyn, Kaylee, Paige, Carter, Dylan, and Ayden; four brothers, Alan (Lorna) Kirby, Kenneth (Sandy) Kirby, Ronald (Kathy) Kirby all of Strawberry Point; and Thomas (Dorothy) Kirby of Monticello.

Janette was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years; her parents; a brother, Robert Kirby; and her daughter in-law, Cindy Strang.

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

The family would like to thank Jim and Kim Koetz for their spiritual support of Jan the last months of her life and the staff at Finley Hospital who supported Jan. Jan's family would also like to thank, her good friend, JoAnne McGuire for her help over the last several months.

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



Alan W. VanOstrand


Alan W. "Web" VanOstrand, 51, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident near Luxemburg, IA.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a Christian Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Deacon Tony Kepplerofficiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Alan was born on December 6, 1966 in Dubuque, IA, the son of J. Wade and Marilyn (Doser) VanOstrand.  He attended East Dubuque High School.  Alan married Debra Leppert on December 8, 2017 in Dubuque, IA.

Alan was a manager at Miracle Car Wash.

Surviving is his wife Debra; two children, Uriah and Olivia; three step-children, Emily Leppert, Brittany Walters and Tori Walters; five step-grandchildren; his mother, Marilyn VanOstrand; his siblings, Terry, David (Deb), Todd (Laurie), Kirk (Michele), Brian (Lisa), Jody (Chad) Clikeman, Joe (Angie), and Jon (Darcie); his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Dorothy Leppert; sister-in-laws, Theresa (Dave) Hughes and Laura (Jason) Sindahl; numerous nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Dana VanOstrand.

He was preceded in death by his father Wade and two nephews, Nicholas VanOstrand, and Jason Wanke.

In lieu of flowers an Alan W. VanOstrand memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Joan P. Lawler


Joan P. Lawler, 70, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joan may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Wednesday at the church. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

A Mass of Christian burial for Joan will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding and Rev. Richard Kuhn concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Joan was born May 5, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Merlin J. and Jean (Wilkinson) Connolly. She received her education from the Casey's School through the 8th grade and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1965. Following graduation she worked at Xavier Hospital until going to nursing school at Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport, Iowa where she graduated with her LPN in 1969. After graduating she returned to Xavier Hospital and worked until 1974. On December 27, 1975 She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Lawler at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Peosta area. Joan was a Nurse at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa for 15 years until her retirement.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Peosta, Iowa and past president of St. John's the Baptist Alter and Rosary Socety and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Joan was a first responder for Centralia - Peosta Fire Department for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Lawler of Peosta, IA; five children, Jeff (Colleen) Lawler of Peosta, IA, Tim (Terri) Lawler of Dubuque, IA, Rick (Sue) Lawler of Epworth, IA, Shelly (Jeff) Wolf of Peosta, IA and Dan (Cori) Lawler of Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren, Dallas (Ben), Becky (Jake), Garret, Jesse (Kara), Cody (Cali), Austin, Levi, Hannah, Alex, Amya, Keyonna, Noah and Ryley; 5 great grandchildren, Colton, Nate, Caden, Reece and Tatum; three sisters, Madalyn Schilling, Doris (Ronald) McAuliffe, Marla Baumgartner all of Peosta, IA; one brother, Ronald (Linda) Connolly of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kevin J. Lawler on November 22, 1988; and a sister-in-law, Mary Connolly; brother-in-law, James Schilling and many aunts and uncles.

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



Terri Ann Conner


Terri Ann Conner, age 52, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. To celebrate Terri's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Terri was born on April 4, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Lorraine (Rokusek) Kleinschrodt.

Terri was united in marriage to the love of her life, Mark Conner, on September 25, 1999, at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. The loving couple has been blessed with 18 years together, and 2 adored children. Starting in 2004, she began working at Dubuque Internal Medicine and was able to earnestly share her "sometimes overly organizational skills" with many co-workers and friends for almost 12 years until her health restricted Terri from continuing on a daily basis. Terri was also a great lover of the outdoors; whether it was a weekend of camping at Waupeton with the family, enjoying a lazy day under the sun out on the pontoon boat, relaxing with her canine companion Lucy by her side, or hitting the open road with Mark on the Harley for the day to enjoy the wind in her hair, anytime Terri was outside in the fresh air, she was surely smiling. Above all though, family was always the most important aspect of Terri's life and nothing could ever bring her true joy like a little personal time with the grandkids. Sadly, the last few years have presented a series of health challenges for Terri to face. But, in true Terri fashion, they were all faced with the courage and positive spirit of a real fighter. She never gave up, always kept those around her positive and her attitude through it all has been nothing short of a real life inspiration of the type of character we'd all wish to possess through even the toughest days along our earthly journey. We will miss Terri more than words could ever possibly depict, and only time and faith can possibly heal our hearts now; but we are forever grateful for the 52 years the Lord shared Terri with us, the beautiful memories and wonderful example she leaves behind, along with the knowledge that Terri is not only reunited with her Dad once again, but also gets to spend a little quality time relaxing with her other favorite canine companion, Lucky.

Those left to cherish Terri's memory include

her loving husband,
Mark Conner, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Leland (Megan) Conner, Dubuque, IA
and Amanda (Daniel) Wallin, Dubuque, IA;

her 5 grandchildren,
William and Camden Conner
and Travis, Derrick and Amelia Wallin;

her mother,
Lorriane Kleinschrodt, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Kevin and Kimberly;

and also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terri was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kleinschrodt.

Terri's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, the Oncology Department, along with the nurses and staff on 4th Floor at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Terri. The family would also like to extend a very special thank you to Terri's long-time and dear friend, Deb Newcomer, for always being there through each and every day.

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



Robert P. Thill Sr.


Robert P. "Bob" Thill Sr. 85 of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday May 7, 2018 at St Joseph the Worker Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military rites accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday May 6, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Bob was born on June 13, 1932 in Hanover, IL the son of Hilbert and Dorthea (Lombard) Thill Sr. Bob served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War. He married Betty Gansemer on April 27, 1963 at St Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He worked for many years as a ready-mix truck driver for Dubuque Ready Mix and for Molo Ready Mix. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #421. Bob later worked driving Shuttle Vans for Heartland Medical Transport and for several Dubuque care facilities.

Bob enjoyed being outdoors, working in the garden, watching the birds and taking a ride on one of his tractors. He enjoyed doing woodworking, and being Mr. Fixit with baling wire; more of an artist with it.

He is survived by his wife Betty; six children Penny Thill, Robert Thill, Jr., Marty Thill, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder, and Kerry (Rob) Rogers; 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; his sister Kay Pink of Monroe, WI, and brother Thomas (Mick) Thill of Baraboo, WI, and his good friends Thomas & Del Rose McGraw, and Dennis & Linda Noel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jerry Thill and two brothers Donald and Hilbert Thill Jr.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope and his nurse Lori, Dr. Michael Ward, Hospice of Dubuque, and especially his granddaughter Tana Thill for all the great care they gave to Bob over the years.



Marilyn Jayne Houtakker


Marilyn "Jayne" Houtakker, 75, of Cuba City, WI, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery in Dickeyville. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Church where the parish and Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jayne was born on February 1, 1943, to Charles and Geneva (Schmitt) Arlen in Graf, IA, the 3rd of 15 children. She graduated from Senior High School; then was employed at Dubuque Community Schools and John Deere Dubuque Works.

She married the love of her life, Gerald F. Houtakker, on August 22, 1964. They moved onto the family farm in Cuba City where they raised their five children.

Jayne was known for her love of flowers and gardening, dahlias being her favorite. Cinnamon rolls, divinity pie and cherry dessert were the most requested homemade treats from the grandchildren. Spending time with her siblings was important; a highlight was baking sour cream cookies at Christmas with them.

A favorite winter hobby was picking out walnuts and playing Crazy 8 and Rummy with her grandchildren. Together as a couple Jerry and Jayne enjoyed being a part of the same euchre club for over 50 years. Jayne touched many lives through her strong work ethic, caring heart and generosity.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald; children, Tammy (Shane) Marti, David (Joni) Houtakker, both of Cuba City, Tina (Doug) Williams, Mount Horeb, WI, Lisa (Jamie) Kumhala, Oshkosh, WI and Jennifer (Ryan) Downey, Williamsport, MD; grandchildren, Samantha, Kayla, Jessica and Benjamin Marti, Cody and Cheyanne Houtakker, Rachael, Alexander, and Elijah Williams, Katelyn, Joshua and Emma Schuttenhelm, Jay and Brody Kumhala and Jack Downey; siblings, Rosene Moreland, Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Glenn) Stoner, Charlottesville, VA, John (Dana) Arlen, Wilton, IA, Richard (Caroline) Arlen, Boise, ID, Connie (Allan) Connolly and Cindy Bartels, both of Dubuque, IA, Darwin (Becky) Arlen, Hartford, NY, Charles (Julie) Arlen, New Vienna, IA, Denise McNatt, Cary, IL, Christina (Bruce) Dokkebakken, Big Lake, MN, Russell (Karen) Arlen, Dubuque, IA, Audrey Zankle, Woodstock, IL, and Mary Monroe, Davenport, IA; brother-in-law, Bill Ament, Epworth, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Julie Ament; and brothers-in-law, Francis Moreland and Robert Bartels.

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



Prosper Hammerand


Prosper Hammerand, 82, of Sherrill, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at United Methodist Church, Sherrill, with Rev. Emily Blue officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Prosper was born March 1, 1936 in Sherrill, the son of Gilbert and Selma (Hartbecke) Hammerand. He married Karen M. Kupferschmidt on June 15, 1963 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on December 12, 2006. He served in the Army National Guard with the 133rd Infantry, 34th Division for eight years.

Prosper spent his life farming in Sherrill, first on the farm he grew up on, and later with his wife Karen on his own farm. He could fix anything, and made sure his four daughters knew how to change a flat tire. Prosper also worked as a rural letter carrier for 27 years, retiring on March 30, 1996, and was a member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association.

His faith and church were very important to him, and he was a lifetime member of Sherrill United Methodist Church, where he held many positions, offices, and served as a lay speaker for many years.

Prosper was a devoted husband and father who loved his family and provided for them all his life.

Prosper is survived by four daughters, Connie (Pat) Hennings and Cindy Reding, both of Dubuque, and Julie (Karl) Buerger and Diane (Jeff) Miller, both of Farley; nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Audrey, and Susan Reding, Chelsea (Eric Gleason), Sean, Josh, and Tyler Buerger, and Samantha and Alyssa Miller; three siblings, Virgil (Luella) Hammerand of Sherrill, Phyllis Remakel of Dubuque, and Delight (Delbert) Brimeyer of Dubuque,two siblings-in-law, Lynn and Gary (Mary) Kupferschmidt, both of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers-in-law, Vince Remakel and Edward "Kenny" Kupferschmidt.

Memorials may be made to the Prosper Hammerand Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank everyone who contributed to Prosper's care over the last few years.

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



Gloria L. Jacobson


Gloria L. "Tootsie" Jacobson, 77, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

Gloria was born on May 31, 1940 in Dubuque the daughter of John H. and Violet (McKeown) Morton.

Gloria loved her family and had a special love for animals. She loved her interior decorating and beautiful things.

She is survived by her daughters, Sue (Mike) Herrick and Kelly (Scott) Miller; sisters, Rita M. Hicks and Marylou Morton; six grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and three special friends, Mary Gordon, Patricia Rodriguez and Shirley Dunne.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl "Jake" Jacobson; daughter, Kimberly Kiefer and son Dave Jamison; brothers, James "Jim" Morton and Wayne "Buddy" Morton; and a sister, Darlene Nauman.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care they gave to Gloria especially her nurse Shirley.



Richard D. Paar


Richard D. "Dick" Paar, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:15 p.m., on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Dick was born on May 27, 1937, the youngest of 11 children, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Victor and Marie (Berg) Paar.

Dick was a proud life-long Dubuquer who naturally developed his character, learned the value of hard work, and understood the concept of love and respect for family and friends all by the time he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was also a very patriotic gentleman who honorable served his county with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a longtime member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Dick was united in marriage to Loretta Weires, on July 29, 1981, in Dubuque, and the two were truly blessed with 36 wonderful years together. Dick would invest almost 40 years of his working career as a lineman with Northwestern Bell and was forever grateful to be able to find a nice balance in life between work, family and fun. In his free-time, Dick enjoyed spending time at the bowling alley perpetually working on his 300 game, chasing that ever elusive hole-in-one under the warm summer sun, or casually moving the pegs around the cribbage board with family and friends. Dick also enjoyed traveling to Florida with Loretta every winter, definitely missing their family during their stays, but gratefully welcoming the opportunity to get away from the cold, snow and ice all while comfortably embracing the warmth of the southern climate. Above all though, Dick loved to be in the company of his family! They absolutely meant the world to him and an hour of playing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren always brought an extra bright smile to his face. We are deeply saddened today with the new reality we must face without Dick's physical presence in our daily lives, but we know that he's in a much better place now and we trust that the memories he leaves behind will bring us some peace until we meet again. Thank you Dick for all of the love, laughs and lessons you shared throughout your 80 years and may your legacy of integrity carry on throughout generations to come. "I loved you every day and I'll miss you every day!"

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Loretta Weires Paar, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Angela Walden, Henderson, NV,
Pamela (Phil) Williams, Henderson, NV,
Daniel (Hallie) Paar, Dubuque, IA,
Neal (Debra) Paar, Homassa, FL,
James (Carol) Rowell, Colorado Springs, CO,
Jannell (Gary) Borgstahl, Dubuque, IA,
Michelle (Ric) Schickel, Dubuque, IA
and Amy (Tom) Correll, Dubuque, IA;

his 20 grandchildren;

his 8 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Arlene Reisen, Dubuque, IA,
Joan (Bill) Herrig, Dubuque, IA,
Bill Paar, Fairfield Bay, AR
and Bob (Sue) Paar, Sylmar, CA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Pat Paar,
Maxine Paar,
June Paar
and Millie Paar.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren; his siblings, Art Paar, Donald Paar, Walter Paar, John Paar, Fred Paar and Marion (Leroy) Hefel; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Paar; and a brother-in-law, William "Buzz" Reisen.

Dick's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dick and his family.

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



Veronica E. Gogel


Veronica E. Gogel. 98,of Worthington, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Veronica may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial for Veronica will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

She was born April 29, 1920 in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Schultz) Foxen. She received her education in the Holy Cross country schools. On April 29, 1946 she was united in marriage to Thomas Gogel in Holy Cross, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 1, 1991. The couple farmed together in the Worthington area. She was also a great homemaker.

She loved making quilts, playing cards and doing puzzles.

She was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington, Iowa, and was also a member of the Parish choir.

She is survived by four children, Virginia (Clem) Henry of Marion, IA, David (Judy) Gogel of Dyersville, IA, Jerry (Mary) Gogel of Bettendorf, IA and Terry (Connie) Gogel of Freeport, IL; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; 2 sisters-in-law, Germaine Foxen of Luxemburg, IA and Romilda Westenhofer of Louisville, KY; and a brother-in-law, Andrew "Jack" Gogel of Mariah Hill, IN.

She is also preceded in death by one son, Larry Gogel on August 20, 1951; five brothers, Joe, Louis, Leonard, Emmett and Clarence Foxen and one sister, Lorraine Foxen.

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

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Shady Rest Care Center and the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Allison,



Kathleen M. (Currie) Kiefer


Kathleen M. (Currie) Kiefer, 84, of Asbury, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection. Friends may call from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, May 4, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a parish scripture service at 7:00 pm. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Kathleen was born April 9, 1934, in San Antonio, TX, daughter of Paul W. and Margaret M. (McCall) Currie. Kathleen graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Belleville, IL. She married Edward H. Kiefer, November 26, 1955 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville.

Kathleen was also known as Kathy by friends, and Katie, Kate, and Kiki by her family. She was also fondly called the "Lege" (short for "Legend") by her son. She was a volunteer at the Resurrection School Library, enjoyed reading, eating out with the family, attending the grandchildren's activities, cake decorating, sewing, knitting, working with ceramics, and shopping at Younkers. Kathleen always enjoyed doing sparklers with her family during the 4th of July. She was funny, sweet, and generous. Kathy was a member of Mother's Club, Classy Red Hatters Club, Catholic Daughters of Americas Court #1287 of Dubuque, and she was a 50 year member of Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving are her husband, Edward H. Kiefer of Asbury; children, Ann (Alan) Kirschbaum of Bloomington, WI, Eddie Kiefer of Eagan, MN, Karen (Frank) Kilcoyne of Lancaster, WI, Cheryl (Tom) Hilby of Cuba City, WI, Janet Kiefer and Mike (Wendy) Kiefer, all of Dubuque; ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Brianna) Kirschbaum, Nathan Kirschbaum, Andy (Charlotte) Kilcoyne, Amanda (Justin) Abing, Alyssa Kilcoyne, Adam Hilby, Katie Hilby, Emily Hilby, Ella Kiefer, and Anthony Kiefer; three great grandchildren Hunter Abing, Haileigh Abing, and Hannah Abing. Kiki is also survived by her two sisters, Barbara Cogan of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Helen (Jim) Mennes of Miami Shores, FL; a brother, Jack Currie of Louisville, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Patrick Currie, and a niece, Chrissy Mennes.

Memorials may be made to the family for later donation to Kathleen's favorite charities.

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



Merwyn R. Ellis


Merwyn R. "Skinny" Ellis 93 of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 J.F. Kennedy Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Skinny was born on July 8, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Glenn V. and Cecelia M. (Pauly) Ellis. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942. On June 18, 1946, Skinny married Bette J. Paisley at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on September 14, 2006.

He was a Boy Scout leader for over 40 years and proud that he had over 80 Eagle scouts in that time period. He received two scouting awards for service, the Silver Beaver and the St. George Awards.

Skinny started his appliance service career as service manager at Montgomery Ward in the 50's and later started Ellis Appliance in 1972. He was known to be able to repair anything.

He was a Master Gardener and did volunteer work for the Iowa State extension office. He was a lifetime 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 510 and a member of the local musician union. Skinny played saxophone with dance bands in Dubuque with many dances at the Melody Mill. He enjoyed his monthly lunches with his class of "42".

Surviving are his children, Robert (Judy) Ellis, William (Mary) Ellis, Judith (Dennis) Bemboom and Peggy (Gary) McGraw all of Dubuque, Sue (Ron) Bergfeld of Clive, IA, Cathie (Dale) Bemboom of N. Buena Vista, IA and Tom (Christy) Ellis of Dubuque. 15 Grandchildren, Scott, Chad, David, Amy, Stacy, Josh, and Arron Ellis, Mara McGrath, Steve and James Bemboom, Julie Russell, Dr. Jennifer Mohr, Jeremy McGraw, Cindy Winston and Lisa Vento; 25 great grandchildren and one on the way; his brother, Keith Ellis of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bette, a grandson Alan Bergfeld and a brother, Robert V. Ellis.

A Merwyn R. Ellis memorial fund has been established.

The Ellis family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their constant care and support.



Delbert J. Sendt


Delbert J. "Del" Sendt, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of East Dubuque, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday April 29, 2018 at Manor Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday May 4, 2018 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Delbert was born in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Albert and Mary (Jackoniski) Sendt. He married Kay Mitchley on June 23, 1962. She preceded him in death on April 6, 2015. He worked for Celotex Corporation for 15 years. He then finished his career as a tour bus driver with Iowa Coaches and Tri-State Tours until his retirement.

He was involved in the East Dubuque Cub Scout Program, the East Dubuque Little League program, was a past member of the East Dubuque Warrior Booster Club and a proud member of the East Dubuque Fire Department where he served for 26 years.

Delbert enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing euchre, watching sports and camping.

Delbert is survived by his five children, Lemmie (Joe) Reiss of West Allis, Wisconsin, Dave (Janie) Sendt of East Dubuque, Dan (Missy) Sendt of East Dubuque, Mary (Don) Wendel of LeClaire, Iowa, and Adam Sendt of Dubuque. He has eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Suzy), and Alison Reiss, Jon (Missy) and Tyler (Alexandra) Sendt, Michael and Matt Sendt, Andrew and Lucas Wendel. He also is survived by sisters Mary (Bob) Heim and Ellen (Paul) Largent; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Charlene Sendt, and Joan Mitchley; brothers-in-law, Dale (Sue), Erv (Janet) and Mark (Helen) Mitchley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Kay; two brothers Darrell and Duane; and his father and mother-in-law Erv and Dolores Mitchley, Sr.

In lieu of flowers a Delbert Sendt memorial fund has been established.

Delbert's family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Manor Care.



Gloria J. Wilson

Gloria J. Wilson, 87, of Dubuque died Friday, April 27, 2018 surrounded by family at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 4, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Thursday and from 10-11a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Gloria was born on January 9, 1931 in Dubuque the daughter of Ralph and Alma (Brun) Musfelt. In High School, she worked 2 years at Kresge's dime store. She graduated from Senior High School class of 1948 then went to work for the phone company "on the switchboard".
She married Harvey E. Wilson in 1950.

In 1965 she started working for Hartig drug for 13+ years and the Census Bureau.

Gloria enjoyed collecting owls, playing games and watching her "story" between 11 am and noon every day. Her family took yearly trips to Little Sand Lake, Minnesota.
She enjoyed the outdoors and going for walks or taking a scenic drive.

Attending all activities at Stonehill, she especially loved music programs and loved having visitors. She had a sweet tooth and would keep it satisfied with ice cream and Hershey kisses, 9 kisses per serving.

Surviving are her children, Pam Buttikofer, David (Carol) Wilson, Kim McNally, Kevin Wilson, Jeff (Tammy Barnes) Wilson; daughter-in-law, Patty (Pat) Barry; grandchildren, Michael (Stacy) Francois, Kelly (Teena) Francois, Nicole (Chris) Frommelt, Emily Wilson, Kellen Wilson, Erin (Colin) Butler, Kara McNally, Ben (Kayla) Wilson, Nick (Brenda) Wilson, Sam (Krystal) Wilson, Justin Wilson, Eric (Dwijavanthi) Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Lexi Wilson, Nate (Tia) Wilson, Tara (Kevin) Powell, and Corey Wilson; 22 great- grandchildren, Harper, Amos, Alyssa, Olivia, Iris, Reid, Gracie, Felix, Milo, Isabelle, Clara, Lyla, Everly, Hadley, Mia, Nayanthara, Kailee, Kaden, Jaxson, Ryleigh, Madison, and Lily and a sister, Sharon (Tom) Weber, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and son, Mark "Willie" Wilson.

A Gloria Wilson Memorial Fund has been established.
Gloria's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Stonehill for their friendship and care. Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for your care and concern.



Elizabeth Ann Wilson


Elizabeth Ann Wilson, 37, took her last breath on Earth and first breath in Heaven on April 20, 2018.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Basilica.

We wish we could say something beautiful, but it wouldn't do justice to how beautifully she lived her life. Liz received her devastating diagnosis April 20, 2014, and fought like a champion in her battle with lung cancer to the very end, never complaining and always smiling. She even selflessly comforted others.

Liz was born in Huron, South Dakota on January 22, 1981. On her 8th birthday, her parents Steve and Ann Salter moved her and her siblings to Dyersville, IA where she attend St. Francis Xavier Elementary and graduated from Beckman Catholic High School in 1999, with BFF Beth Wagner. She received her Associate of Applied Sciences in Allied Health from Kirkwood Community College in 2004. While working at rehab center in Ankeny, IA she met the love of her life who swept her off her feet to Tucson, Arizona. She continued her education towards her Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in rehabilitation services while raising two children and providing exceptional patient care as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received Rehabilitationist of the Year honors in 2009, from Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. She was preparing to begin her Master of Occupational Therapy studies when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Liz was a loving, passionate wife and mother. She enjoyed golfing, riding dirt bikes, Disney movies, and taking her rescue dogs Maggie and Arlo to the dog park. She loved spending time with her family and friends with a cold beer, and she especially enjoyed watching her children excel in academics and athletics.

Those surviving Liz knew she was in a win-win situation. She was either going to be cured of her cancer, or was going to be in Heaven with Jesus. She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Steve Wilson, and two children, Brody (8) and Stevie (7), of Marana, Arizona. She is also survived by her parents, Steve and Ann Salter, of Dyersville, IA; her father Steve Axtman, of California; her in-laws, Jim and Ellen Wilson, of Mexico, MO; siblings, Nick Axtman (Trang) of Des Moines, Iowa, Ellyse Ungs (Matt) of Dyersville, IA and Elliot Salter (Olivia) of Dyersville, IA; her sister-in-law Susan Walters (Craig) of Corpus Christi, TX; her BFF Beth Wagner of Ankeny, IA; grandparents, Jim and Janice Rounds, and Shirley Salter of Huron, SD; and her six nephews: Kenneth, Noah, Kasper, Brady, Oliver, and Tyler; and her five nieces McKenzie, Isabella, Peyton, Allie, and Olivia.

Funeral Arrangements in Dyersville and Celebration of Life in Arizona.

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



Eileen M. Putchio


Eileen M. (Thiltgen) Putchio, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

A funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Ressler officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 8:00 p.m.

Eileen was born on May 28th, 19??, the daughter of Melvin and Mildred (Thul) Thiltgen. She married Ty Putchio in 1962 and worked aside him in the family business. She looked forward to her daily lunches with Ty and their trips to Branson.
Eileen was avid in volunteering; she volunteered at Birthright for 35 years, Hospice for 9 years, along with time at Mercy Medical Center and donated her time and clothes to the veterans.

Eileen enjoyed many things; attending water aerobics at the YMCA with her friends, dancing to live country music at the Hideaway in Wisconsin with her husband and friends, her Tuesday prayer group, and visiting her kids out of town in Texas and Minnesota. Most importantly, Eileen put her family first, IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION! She was a GREAT LADY.

She is survived by her husband Ty; her children, Rick (Leslie) Putchio, of Texas, Russ Putchio of Minnesota, Randy (Danette) Putchio, of Dubuque, Rhonda (Tony) Grooms, of Minnesota, Ryan Putchio, of Dubuque, and Renee (Mike) Clark, of Dubuque. Her grandchildren, Susana and Eileen Putchio, Kelsey (Ben) Olejnik, Rachael and Ty Putchio, Andrew, Brian (fiance Rachel), Megan Hayes, Whitney, Austin and A.J. Putchio. Chloe and Nora Clark; one step-grandchild Lexi Clark; two great-grandchildren, Aria Hayes and Callahan Olejnik. Brothers and sisters, Don (Peg) Thiltgen, Ron (Candy) Thiltgen, Connie (Carl Severson) Makovec, and Dan (Nacline) Thiltgen; her in-laws Donna and Larry Walter, Charlie & Mary Lou Putchio and Larry & Patty Putchio, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tom; her in-laws Doris & Gus Putchio, and a nephew Dan Walter and a niece Mary Putchio.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Oncology Dept. staff at Medical Associates, especially Jenny; and to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful they gave our wife and mother.

In lieu of flowers and gifts Eileen wanted donations made in her memory to Hospice of Dubuque, Birthright, the Veterans or to Albrecht Acres.



Thomas D. Turner


Thomas D. Turner, 62 of Dyersville, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville with and a Sons of American Legion service held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born October 1, 1955 in Dubuque the son of Donald and Arlaine (Fenelon) Turner. He married Karen Brimeyer on May 13, 1978 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. Tom was a Beckman graduate with the class of 1973.

He was an avid Packers, Cubs, and Hawkeyes fan. Tom was a wonderful and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and brother. He enjoyed family time, especially with his three grandchildren, Olivia (O), Greyson (Buddy), and Jordan Thomas (Little Buddy).

Tom was a long time employee at Mr. Lock and Key and currently employed at Inventory Trading Company. Tom was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, children: Sara (Justin) Koester of Cedar Falls, Megan (Kyle) Reeves of Dyersville, 3 grandchildren: Olivia Koester, Greyson and Jordan Thomas Reeves, sister, Mary C. Herbers of Dyersville, in-laws: Roy Schindler, Mary Lou (Roger) Meyer, Joanne (Tom) Oberbroeckling, Judy (Dick) Boeckenstedt, Kenny (Dottie) Brimeyer, Darlene (Larry) Boeckenstedt, Marlene (Jerome) Errthum, and Steve (Bonnie) Brimeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Ray and Alvina Brimeyer, siblings: Donna Jo Turner, Ruth Ann Schindler, in-laws: Pat (Clark) Lange and Kathy Brimeyer.

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



Christopher J. Stewart


Christopher J. "Chris" Stewart, age 38, of Asbury, and formerly of Waterloo, was called home at 9:25 a.m., on Monday, April 23, 2018. To honor Chris' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Chris' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Chris was born on June 11, 1979, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of David and Cynthia (Aird) Stewart.

Chris attended St. Anothony's Elementary School and was a proud graduate of Stephen Hempstead High School, Class of 1998. After graduation, Chris was fortunate enough to spread his wings and live in Colorado for ten years, taking full advantage of the outdoor activities the mountains provided. He would eventually return home to Iowa, going to work in the HVAC industry in Waterloo. He went back to school at Hawkeye Community College for Heating and Cooling. After school, he recently returned to Dubuque to be closer to family and went to work for Geisler Brothers. Chris loved his family and his love for them was always on display, especially when playing with his nieces and nephew. He was always looking for fun ways to make them laugh and earn himself the title of "favorite uncle". He was a big supporter of his family in all they were doing and took a genuine interest in everyone. Chris who was often known as "Stew" was a loyal friend, everyone could always count on him anytime they needed something. His infectious smile and outgoing personality was known to all who met him. Some of Chris's favorite things were, rock climbing, fishing, camping, dirt racing, NASCAR, and anything outdoors. He also loved animals, art, and music, especially his favorite band Tool. Our hearts are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear son, brother, uncle and friend. We take some comfort in the fact that he is now reunited with all of our loved ones called home ahead of us and is awaiting the day when we will all be reunited in Eternity.

Those left to cherish Chris' memory include

his parents,
Dave and Cindy Stewart, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Jeff (Jaime) Stewart, Mableton, GA,
Jenny (Tim Turner) Stewart, Dubuque, IA
and Carrie (Travis) Kraus, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephew,
Ella, Lily and Alex Kraus and Olivia Turner;

his girlfriend,
Janelle Spiegelhalter, and her children, Asbury, IA;

and his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alfred and Bernice Aird; and his paternal grandparents, James and Evelyn Stewart.

Chris' family would like to thank the Dubuque County Sheriff Department, for their compassionate and professional care of the family, as well as Lance Wieskamp, for all of his support and kindness which was instrumental in helping Chris to maintain his sobriety for the last 5 years.

A Christopher J. Stewart memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities, AA and the Dubuque Humane Society.

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



M. Nancy Loes


M. Nancy Loes, 85, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Nancy may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Nancy will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 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 September 29, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Grace (Nolan) Knepper. She is a graduate of St. Martin's High School in Cascade.

On August 1, 1959 she was united in marriage to Robert Loes at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1985.

She was employed at Ramm and Kurt Drug Store in Cascade for 47 years until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Loes and one son Nic (Diane) Loes both of Cascade, IA; two grandchildren, Megan and Ellie Loes; her stepmother, Virginia Knepper of Cascade, IA; and three brothers, Allan (Barbara) Knepper of Pewaukee, WI and Steve Knepper and Gary Knepper both of Cascade, IA; a sister-in-law, Fern Loes of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Rob E. Loes on October 11, 2009 and a brother, Nick Knepper October 25, 2008.

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



Sally L. Cashman


Sally L. Cashman, age 81, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sally's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Sally's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sally was born on February 11, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Gregory and Lucille (Fath) Meyer.

Sally was a lifelong Dubuquer, who worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for a couple of years until she finally met her soul-mate, Cletus "Blackie" Cashman, and they would soon begin their own family together. They were united in marriage on June 9, 1956, at St. Patrick's Church, and the two were truly blessed with 61 years together, and 6 absolutely adored children. Sally undeniably embraced her full-time role as wife, mother and homemaker, and everyone close to her whom she spent her entire life nurturing will always remember all of the committed love and devotion she so naturally spread, not only upon them, but also upon so many others throughout the world around her. In her free time, Sally enjoyed grabbing her bingo dauber and spending an evening with her sisters, sitting down to watch her Cubbies take the field, trying her luck around the card table with Sr. Dorothy and her card club friends all while sharing her witty sense of humor in between shuffles, or even the countless lazy days of relaxing out at Lake Delhi for over 30 years while surrounded by family and friends. Sally was a friendly, honest and faith filled woman who continually made a positive impact on the world around her. Her absence from our physical lives today leaves a terrible ache within our hearts and minds which only time and faith could ever begin to heal; but we are forever grateful for the treasured memories she leaves behind and find comfort in knowing that she's once again reunited with her son, Gary, and they are now able to catch up on their new eternal perfect world and can wait patiently together for us all to join them in our time. We miss you Sally, we love you deeply and dearly and thank you very much for the wonderful example you lived while the Lord was kind enough to share you with us for 81 years.

Those left to cherish Sally's memory include

her husband,
Cletus Cashman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Gail (Carl) Anderson, Little Rock, AR,
Gregory (Ann) Cashman, Bernard, IA,
Guy (Julia) Cashman, Columbia, MO,
Grant Cashman, Dubuque, IA
and Gina (Rob) Wildman, Potosi, WI;

9 grandchildren,
Nicole (Duane), Sarah Beth (Casey), Laura (Adam), Mary (Tony), Justin (Ashley), Jesse, Taylor, Kyle (Leah) and Spencer;

4 great-grandchildren;

and her sisters,
Sandy Henry, Dubuque, IA
and Sue (John) White, Dubuque, IA.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Gary Cashman; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Cashman; and a brother-in-law, John Henry.

Sally's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Sally, and her entire family.

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



Steven Werner


Steven “Steve” Werner, 34, of Dubuque, and formerly of Cottage Grove, MN, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018.

Memorial Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Steve was born June 22, 1983 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Dan and Lugene (Menard) Werner.  He married his high school sweetheart, Krysta Pawlenty on August 29, 2006. 

Steve joined the Army on July 17, 2007 as a proud 19D Cavalry scout, serving almost 8 years and deploying with the 6th Squadron 8th Cavalry Regiment of 4th Brigade Combat Team 3rd Infantry Division 3 times. Steve was an invaluable asset and everyone's best friend, his indomitable spirit and ability to make anyone laugh carried his team through more times than can be counted. Steve's awards include the Combat Action Badge, 3 Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, 2  Meritorious Unit Citations, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Drivers Mechanics Badge. “Until Valhalla brother, we will see you on the Fiddlers Green.”

Following his honorable discharge in 2015, Steve was employed at Menards. He earned his EMT certification, and began working at Paramount Ambulance in August of 2017, a job he loved. Recently, he had joined the Peosta-Centralia Fire Department as a volunteer. 

Steve was a fantastic chef, and earned a degree from Le Cordon Bleu. He worked at many high end restaurants in the Minnesota area, and could always be counted on to make “fancy” food for his friends and family.  Steve was very creative, and enjoyed sketching, drawing, and most recently woodworking. He also enjoyed hunting and got very excited for 4th of July fireworks. Steve loved his children, and enjoyed taking his son Kaden duck hunting.  

Steve is survived by his wife, Krysta, of Dubuque; his children, Kaden, Rilan, Nolan, and Gracen; his parents, Dan and Lugene Werner, of Cottage Grove, MN; his sister, Krissie (Tim) Thrush of Woodbury, MN and their children, Kiley and Timmy; his parents-in-law Leroy and Carolyn Pawlenty of Peosta; and many other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 

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



Sharon Ewert


Sharon Ewert, 71, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Memorial Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace from Hospice of Dubuque officiating. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the funeral home.

Sharon was born July 7, 1946 in New Hampton, IA, the daughter of Bill and Loretta (Brincks) Hruska. She married Lawrence Ewert on April 1, 1967 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2011.

Sharon graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964, and continued her education in Library Science. Sharon was employed as an executive secretary for Charles Kintzinger at Kintzinger Law Firm, and later as a librarian at Carnegie Stout Public Library, retiring in the mid-2000's.

Sharon enjoyed crochet, music, and reading. She loved children, and especially loved her "granddog" Ember. Purple was her favorite color.

Sharon is survived by her son, Lawrence "Larry" Ewert Jr. of Dubuque; her sister, Mary (Dave) Puetz of Bernard; her brother Harold Hruska of Dubuque; her in-laws, John (Sharyn) Ewert, Cindy (Dennis) Cottrell, Laura (David) Bourquin, Kathy Ewert, and LaVonne Ewert; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Lawrence Ewert Sr., .she was preceded in death by her parents; her parents in law, John Sr. and Sylvia Ewert; and her in-laws, David and Daniel Ewert, and Sandra Diane Ewert in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sharon Ewert Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. Mark Hermann and staff; Dr. Jill Powers and staff; Sr. Alice; and the staff at Finley Hospital 5 North. 

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



Brian R. Beadle


Brian R. Beadle, 58, of Galveston, TX formerly of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the UTMB Hospital in Galveston. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday May 1, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview funeral Home and Crematory 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with a prayer service following at 7:00 pm.



Nancy C. Sullivan


Nancy C. Sullivan, 84, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Nancy may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 10 a.m, Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial for Nancy will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 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 August 5, 1933 in Cascade, Iowa, Daughter of William L. and Florence I. (Dunn) Kauder. She received her education from St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On October 22, 1955 she was united in marriage to Richard L. "Dick" Sullivan at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 17, 2018.

She is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by five children, Shawn (Mark) Curoe of Aurora, IL, Tara (Jim "Jake") Noonan of Cascade, IA, Lisa (Tom) Roth of Bellevue, IA, Bridget (Mike) Rea of Cascade, IA, Ryan Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA; 15 grandchildren, Cameron and Cale, Brynn, Blaine and Kaleb, Nicole, Megan and Rachel, Calvin, Colin, Claire, Chloe and Corinne, Ethan and Rylan; 13 great grandchildren with three more on the way; one sister, Lois (John) Sullivan of Cascade, IA three sisters-in-law, Rita Kauder and Joan Kauder both of Cascade, IA and Diana Kauder of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert and Phyllis (John "Skip") Dolphin; three brothers, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder; one sister-in-law, Norma (Robert) Kurt.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Shady Rest Memory Care Unit, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette Mausser, Sherry Kelchen and the Reiff Funeral Home for all the care and support they have given to Dick and Nancy and their family.
In Lieu of flowers a Nancy Sullivan memorial fund has been established.

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



Mairlyn E. Higgins Blok


Mairlyn Elaine Higgins Blok of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on a beautiful spring day on Friday, April 20, 2018 to the loving comfort of singing provided by Hospice caregivers.  A tribute to her life is planned starting with visitation Tuesday, April 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 J.F.K. Road, in Dubuque.  Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 starting at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, with Rev. Thomas Shinkle officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. 

Mairlyn was born on December 25, 1933 in Farley, Iowa the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reimer) Rowe.  Each Christmas would be a double celebration in honor of the birth of Christ and the birth of a truly beautiful woman loved by her family and many, many friends.

Mairlyn graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1952.  She married Warren C. Higgins Sr. June 25, 1953; he preceded her in death in 1979.  For several decades she voluntarily organized memorable reunions and events for her classmates.  In 1998 she retired from Finley Hospital after 28 years of service as Executive Assistant to the President and Human Resources.  Mairlyn was a hard worker who also took part-time positions to help make ends meet while raising her sons on her own.  A few of those employers through the years included JoAnn's Dress Shop, the Sunflower Dress Shop, and the Redstone Bed and Breakfast. For 30 years Mairlyn also served as part-time Executive Secretary to the Dubuque County Medical Society.

In July of 1985 Mairlyn married Cleland Noah of Santa Rosa, CA.  They enjoyed a loving union for only two short years due to a short illness that took his life in 1987.  During that time they traveled and enjoyed life to the fullest.

In May of 1997 she once again found happiness and love and married Robert W. Blok of East Dubuque, IL.  He preceded her in death in 2016.  For nearly 20 years they traveled and attended social and volunteer events with their wide connection of friends.  She would often organize large group events for shopping and to attend plays throughout the Midwest.

A critical auto accident in 2011 nearly took her life, but her faith was insurmountable.  Her inspiration during the hardest times came from Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".  She was eventually able to walk again in 2013 after several surgeries, however, a double stroke eventually placed her into 24-hour care for the remainder of her life.  We wish to thank the staff of Good Samaritan Society of Davenport, IA, The Village of Legacy Point of Waukee, IA, and Suncrest Hospice of West Des Moines for their care and attention to her needs.  

Her love for family kept her strong.  Mushroom-hunting outings and years of month-long summer trips to Minnesota will be remembered by her sons.  She will also be remembered for her deep love and attention to each grandchild, insisting that she spend personal time with each of them.  It was her mission to take each of them to Disney World even when she could barely afford it.  She had no greater joy than to see her family members succeed in their own unique ways, and for them to find happiness in their lives.  She made great effort to be as involved as possible in her family's lives.  Her earthly presence and love will be missed by us all, but we know she will be watching over us until we all reunite in Heaven one day.

Surviving are her children; Warren (Julie) Higgins Jr. of Fremont, NE and their children Brad Higgins (Alexandria Cudworth and son Elijah) and Michelle (Reece) Kresser and son Benjamin; Paul (Tracy) Higgins of Flower Mound, TX and Brett (Diane) Higgins of Van Meter, IA and their children Boyd (Katie) Higgins and son Jack, and Jenna (Ryan) Boll.

The youngest of her siblings, Mairlyn was also preceded in death by brothers John (Pat) Rowe, and Laverne (Marion) Rowe, and sisters Betty Lou (who died as an infant), Edith (Edward) Kunau, and Esther (Howard) Walter.  

As avid supporters of many causes, Mairlyn was especially fond of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in support of helping find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  Memorial donations will be collected and submitted in her honor.  Checks may be made payable to Brett Higgins - all proceeds will be submitted to JDRF in Mairlyn's honor.  Because JDRF is a 501(c)(3) organization, proceeds will be doubled through employer matching by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.  Thank you FHLB of Des Moines.  

 



Judith A. Wand


Judith A. Wand, 77 passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 30 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 Sunday, April 28, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Judith was born on February 27, 1941in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Boren) Kies. She graduated from Visitation Academy and started working immediately at American Trust & Savings Bank. She met and fell in love with her future husband, Donald W. Wand who also worked at the bank.

Don and Judy started dating in December 1961 and were married on September 8, 1962 at St. Anthony's Church where she was a member from 1959 until her death.

She left her job at the bank in July of 1963. Their first son, Michael was born in March of 1964; Steven in April 1966; Christopher in December 1967; and finally a daughter, Lisa in March 1971.

Judy was very involved at her children's schools as a homeroom mother, carpooling on outings or wherever they needed. She was also a Cub Scout den mother for six years.

She enjoyed league bowling in her younger years, doing crossword puzzles, crafts, reading and watching her Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings.

She went to work on the public school lunch program once all the kids were in school. Then she worked at a dress shop for a couple of years until it closed and finished her working years at Sears, retiring in 2002.

Don and Judy took some wonderful trips with the AmeriClub. They traveled to the east coast a couple of times, to England, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland.

They also took wonderful trips with their children to Disney World, Sea World, Six Flags, New Salem and Springfield Illinois and many trips to Adventure Land with her sister and family. They both enjoyed going to the Casino's.

She is survived by her four children, Michael W. Wand, Steven R. Wand, Christopher J. (Wil Hatchel) Wand, Lisa (David) Gatena; grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Wand- Cooley, April Wand, Alexis Wand, Olivia Wand, and Max Gatena; Step- grandchildren, Aaron (Kara) Gatena, Ryan (Jennifer) Gatena, Madison Gatena; step- great- grandchildren, Kinley and Thomas Gatena; brother-in-law, Steven (Julie) Bartmann; many nieces and nephews; two former daughters-in-law, Marlene Wand and Mary Wand who she was still friends with to the end.

Judy was predeceased by her parents, Robert E. Kies Sr., 2008, mother, Virginia, 1996; husband,  Donald, 2008; brother, Robert E. (Anne, 2011) Kies Jr., 2013; sister, Barbara (Gail Olson, 1971) Olson Bartmann, 2001; father-in-law, William Wand, 1976; mother-in-law, Lillian Wand, 1989; sister-in-law, Irma (Kenneth, 2003) Heim, 1985; and sister-in-law, Eulalia Wand, 2007.

A Judith Wand memorial fund has been established with proceeds to be donated to her favorite charities.

Judith's family extends a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and the staffs at Grand River Medical Group and Mercy Hospital for their care and support.

 

 

 



Gene E. Ranney


Gene E. Ranney, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Wednesday April 25, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be from 9 to 12 pm Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd with funeral service to follow at 12 pm.

Gene was born March 28, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Gene and Philipine (Dirosario) Ranney. Gene married Barbara (Lebben) on May 26, 1996 in Bullhead City, Nevada.

Gene worked as a film editor for various studios including 20thCentury Fox, and Universal Studios for 40+ years. He was passionate about the film industry as he worked his way up from the bottom starting in the mailroom when he was 17. He was an avid memorabilia collector as well, he collected radios, baseball cards, movie posters, and his latest collection was guns. He loved tinkering with guns taking them apart and putting them back together. Gene was an excellent cook, he was famous for his spaghetti and meatballs that was always a hit at family dinners and get togethers. He was a member of the California national Guard where he was deployed in 1971 for the Watts Riot. Gene also worked and managed the Elk's Lodge #279 for 3 years in Dubuque. He loved to play golf and enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends on the golf course. 

He is survived by His wife Barbara; two children Kristina (Eric) Harding, Pamela (John) Merrigan; four Step-Children Steve Whiteside, Jeff Josephsen, Rick Josephsen, and Daniel Josephsen; four sisters Mary Irvin, Sandra Ward, Shirley Torp, and Barbara Tucker; brother Michael Ranney; 11 grandchildren; 4 Great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Philip and Bill Ranney.

Memorials may be made out to the Gene E. Ranney Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care for Gene.

 

 



Robert C. Lehman


Robert C. (Bob) Lehman, 89, of Dubuque died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 W. 10th Street, where visitation will also be held Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 am.  Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League in the church courtyard following the funeral service.  

Bob was born December 18, 1928 in Des Moines, son of Ralph and Florence (Hildreth) Lehman.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

On June 21, 1955, Bob married Joann Van Zomeren at Eden Reformed Church, Herman, Minnesota.

Following his graduation from Colorado State University in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Bob began his career with John Deere Waterloo Works.  In 1968, he transferred to Dubuque and continued working there until his retirement in 1984; with a year long transfer to Europe in 1982.  

After his retirement, Bob and Joann traveled throughout the world.  They wintered in Green Valley, Arizona where Bob volunteered with the GVR computer club.

Bob was always very mechanical and began building his tool collection at the age of six.  While he worked at John Deere, and after his retirement, he owned a building where he converted many vans.  He built his largest project, a motor home that was later donated to Camp Courageous.  He could take any vision and turn it into a reality.   

Bob was a loving and caring family man.  He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Joann Lehman of Dubuque; three children, Mary (Merlin) Santjer of Dubuque, Linda (Regis Rusnock) Lehman MD of Ames, and Sharon (Tom Burt) Jones of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Megan (Matt) Geerts of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew Santjer of Iowa City, Erin Lehman Gamble of Ames, Jesse Lehman Gamble of Iowa City, Paul (Holly) King of Valdosta, Georgia, Bethany (Michael) Lancaster of Cedar Rapids, Rachel King VanderGaast of Cedar Rapids and Rebekah (Heath) Tuma of Fordham, Norfolk, UK; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Lehman.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Camp Courageous or Bethany Home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for their excellent care.

 

 



Steven D. Manthey


Steven D. Manthey, 33, of Dubuque passed away Friday, April 20, 2018.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.  

Steven was born January 27, 1985 in Dubuque, son of Greg "Skip" and Laurie (Boots) Manthey.

He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 2003 and has been employed with Guardian Industries in DeWitt for 10 years.  

He was an avid Atlanta Falcons fan and always looked forward to family vacations to Hawaii.  He especially enjoyed dinner at Eichman's on Friday nights with family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Greg "Skip" and Laurie Manthey of Dubuque and a sister, Debbie (Paul) Gauger of Wausau, Wisc.  He is also survived by his aunts and uncles; Scott, Tim and Sharon Manthey of Dubuque. Joy Manthey and Cindy Williams of Houston, TX.  And Cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Dewain and Lila (Briggs) Manthey, Clarence J. and DeAnne (Bartmann) Boots; and uncles; Bob Williams and Jim Boots. His uncle, Wayne Manthey went to be with him on April 23, 2018.

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Eugene J. Ahmann


Eugene J. Ahmann, 81, of Farley, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gene may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Monday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial for Gene will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch presiding. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born February 28, 1937 in Farley, Iowa son of Clem and Marie (Soppe) Ahmann. He is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's School in Farley, Iowa. On September 9, 1961 he was united in marriage to Helen T. Duggan at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2008.

He loved fishing, fishing and even more fishing, and listening to Johnny Cash. He was well known as the "Music Man" at Stonehill Care Center as he often shared his love of country music with the other residents. He is an Army Veteran, having served from November 14, 1955 to September 12, 1957. He farmed in Bankston and was also employed at FDL Packing Company in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was a member of St. Clement's Parish in Bankston, Iowa and the Knights of Columbus Council #2001.

He is survived by nine children, Vicky (Larry) Hubanks of Epworth, Bill (Barb) Ahmann of Naples, FL, Mary Lou Flury of Epworth, Joe (Donna) Ahmann of Cedar Rapids, Barb (Bill) Nauman of Farley, Tom (Kelly) Ahmann of Marion, Anne Ahmann (& friend, Mike Meier) of Lancaster, WI, Mike Ahmann (& friend, Kari Kugler) of Waterloo, Matt (Angie) Ahmann of Epworth; 22 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ann Shaw of Dubuque, Nancy Dolphin of Farley, and Mary Jane Ahmann of Dubuque; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mae Elgin of Dyersville, Don Duggan of Dubuque and Bill (Jane) Duggan of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Ellie Ahmann, a son-in-law, John Flury; 4 siblings, Jim (Shirley) Ahmann, Kay (Ken) Boge, John Ahmann and Joan Ahmann in infancy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Link, Dallas Dolphin, Reece Shaw, Ann and Bill Weber, Jack Duggan and Jeanie Duggan.

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



Delbert L. Pillard


Delbert L. Pillard, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 26th, 2018 at home.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Del was born on August 21, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Louis & Mary (Murphy) Pillard. He married Rita Schmitt on September 4, 1948 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on October 18, 2004.

Del was a lifelong member of St Joseph Church, Key West and the Key West community. Del and Rita owned Dels TV all their working days and we're proud small business owners. Del would take a call day or night, even Christmas, to help someone with their television woes. Dels strong work ethic and dedication to integrity set the tone for his family. And his family was everything to him, he never missed a game, a concert, or a grandparent's day.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He is now reunited with Rita, they were very proud of the life and family they created together. He was so sad to lose his oldest son Joe unexpectedly last fall, their shared passion for the Cardinals was a thing to behold, go Cards! Goodbye dad, grandpa, great grandpa and friend. You lived a long fruitful life and you will be missed.

Del is survived by his children, Brian (Jenni) Pillard, of Dubuque and Laura (Terry) Dement, of Cedar Rapids; his daughter-in-law Sheila Pillard, of Dubuque; along with 8 grandchildren, Amy Studier, Jim Pillard, Anne (Mark Trocinski) Pillard, Ted Pillard, Nick (Julie) Pillard, Ben Pillard Zach Pillard, and Avery Dement; five great grandchildren, Harper, Charlie, Mitch, Madeline, and Henry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Rita and his son Joe, a son in infancy, and his sister Lucille.

We would like to thank Sheila, Del's daughter-in-law for the extra love and care she gave dad.



Charles E. Wernimont


Charles E. Wernimont, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on April 26, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 30th, 2018, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Charles Edward Wernimont was born in Dubuque, Iowa on August 22, 1934, the son of Cyril ("Cy") Wernimont and Mary (Cavanaugh) Wernimont. Charlie lost his mother, Mary, at age 5 and was raised by his father and his aunt (Aunty) Elizabeth. He attended Buncombe School in rural Dubuque County through 8th grade. Thereafter he worked on the family farm and on neighboring farms until 1957 when he left for the service. Charlie took a 3 day train ride to California where he met up with his company of 192 men and they took one of United Airlines first flights overseas. The flight was 33 hours to Japan and then a 3 day ship ride to Korea where he served his country in war for 16 months until, one day on the 38th Parallel, he received a telegram and he was called home due to the failing health of his Aunty. In addition to his duties as a soldier, Charlie served as an altar boy and worked with the Army chaplains, a privileged opportunity that he really enjoyed.

Charlie had met Gladys Denlinger at the Melody Mill prior to his deployment however they did not have a chance to date. He thought of Gladys much, however it was not until he returned from his service that they had their first date. Charlie enjoyed the dances at Melody Mill, their various nights out at the Grand, A&W and the Monte Carlo in his blue, two door 1959 Chevy Biscayne. In 1961 Charlie and Gladys were married and they spent the next 57 years together as a dedicated husband and wife. Charlie was proud of Gladys and how she managed to shoot bales in the wagon with the kicker baler and how she operated the D17 Allis on the farm. He was the proudest man in the country to have a wife who balanced family with bringing in the crops. Most importantly he admired Gladys' gentle way with our family and how she always managed to stay calm and brave on the outside through the tough times of life.

Charlie is widely known for his kindness, gentleness and compassion (he is often referred to as one of the nicest people on earth) as well as those kind blue eyes. He had generations of work ethic forged by generations of farm culture. When combined with Gladys' strong work ethic and sense of humor, these traits created children of which Charlie was very proud.

Surviving Charlie, in addition to his wife Gladys (Denlinger) Wernimont, are Ronald (Ronnie) Wernimont (Amy), Diane Miner (Dave), Kevin Wernimont (Jennifer), Donna Busch (Flint Drake), Kenny Wernimont, Joyce Cravens (Shane), Joanne Reynolds (Shawn) and Julie (Buddy) Wernimont. Charlie is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Ryan (Molly) Wernimont, Brianna Wernimont, Jake (Ashleigh) Miner, Brandon Miner, Alyssa Miner, Mackenzie Wernimont, Myles Wernimont, Mitchel Wernimont, Jalee Frommelt (Cody Leib), Cody Frommelt, Alea Frommelt, Lucas Busch, Adam Busch, Jayda Reynolds and Holland Reynolds. Charlie also has two great grandchildren, Mason & Gavin. Charlie has a surviving sister Liz Decker and brother-in-law Hubert Decker. Charlie also is survived by Gladys' siblings, Luann Weber (Milton), Marilyn Bergfeld, John Denlinger and Clair Denlinger. Charlie has many surviving nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Charlie was an infant son, Bobby Wernimont, his sister, Mary Decker and brothers-in-law, William Decker, Ralph Bergfeld and two sisters-in-law, Carol Clemens and Ruth Denlinger.

Charlie most recently worked at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and retired at the age of 79. Charlie often commented that this was his most rewarding job, bringing him much joy. He looked forward to going to work each day and the fun he had with co-workers, students and guests of Holy Trinity. Charlie loved time with his family, going for drives and following the various construction projects around the Dubuque area.

Prior to his death, Charlie expressed to his family that he wanted his obit to express gratitude and love to his wife, Gladys. Her support and love as a wife and friend were invaluable. Those who knew Charlie wish to express gratitude to him. A life of service to his country, a reputation for hard work and kindness, a loving and supportive wife and a family that had the privilege to call you our Dad and Grandpa. You were our treasure and we have been blessed. Dad, on earth you were so humble. You had a tough journey in life and yet you always managed to say, "It will be ok". We love you Dad. Fly High in Heaven.



Genevieve M. (Goldsmith) Olberding


Genevieve M. (Goldsmith) Olberding, 87, of Dyersville, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018, at her home in the presence of her sons.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be recited at 4 pm. Visitation will continue Monday morning 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, April 30, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gen was born March 22, 1931, in Earlville the daughter of Arthur and Minnie (Melchert) Goldsmith. She graduated from Earlville High School in 1948. She then attended Mercy College of Nursing in Dubuque, graduating in 1952, and then worked at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI until 1955. Gen also worked at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque from 1955 - 1987 and then Medical Associates from 1984 - 1996, completely retiring in 1996.

She married Raymond Olberding on November 28, 1957, in Earlville and he preceded her in death in 2015.

Gen was a member of the CD of A, American Legion Auxiliary, Resurrection Choir, Hospital Auxiliary, Mercy Alumni and she also volunteered at Mercy Hospital.

Survivors include two sons: Scott (Debbie) Olberding of Lena, IL, and Mark Olberding of Miami, FL, two grandchildren: Jacob and Brooke Olberding; siblings: Betty (Hank) Ehrlich of Dyersville, Nellie (Bob) Krapfl of New Vienna,; in-laws: Bernie Nefzger of Earlville, Marjorie Olberding, Don (Darlene) Olberding and Eileen Olberding, and special nephew & niece, Ken & Lois Olberding.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, siblings: Margaret (Clem) Kapler, Delores (Ed) Nefzger, Mary (John) Kupferschmidt, Mildred (Larry) Kramer, Floyd (Marie) Goldsmith, George (Laura) Goldsmith, James (Bertha) Goldsmith, Fred (Darlene) Goldsmith, Arthur Goldsmith Jr.; in-laws: Gerald (Erma) Olberding, Bob Olberding, Mercedes (Gilbert) Singsank, Germaine (Joe) Schlichte, Catherine (Jim) Griffin and Delbert Olberding.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Chad M. Breen


Chad M. Breen, 46, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at 8:10 p.m. on April 24, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30th, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Chad was born on December 12, 1971 in Dubuque, IA, son of Michael Breen and Bonnie (Sabers) Breen. Chad graduated from the University of Northern Iowa.

He married Chris (Urbain) Breen on June 9, 2001, together they had three children, Hayley, Nathan and Natalie. Chad founded Breen Financial Services Inc in 2002. He was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a member of the NFLPA. He built his career connecting with athletes across the U.S.

Chad was a positive, strong, courageous man who always put his family first, including the family dog, Blitz. He was an avid sports fan, with a special love for the Chicago Bears and White Sox. Sports was a love he shared with his children, often playing ball, hoops, or watching a game together. But Chad's favorite was watching and coaching their games. Friends were also very important to him. His positivity and his infectious smile drew people to him. His joking manner and ability to bring laughter wherever he went will be fondly remembered.

Chad was a transplant survivor, receiving a liver on December 18, 1997. He was grateful to have 20 additional years to build his family, never forgetting the selfless gift of his organ donor family. Chad participated in several Transplant Olympic Games with Team Iowa, gaining meaningful friendships and fun memories. He appreciated the support received from this inspiring transplant community, including the Iowa Donor Network.

Surviving are his wife, Chris; their children, Hayley, Nathan and Natalie Breen; mother, Bonnie (Sabers) Breen; father Michael (Mary) Breen; sister, Jodi Breen King; step sister, Aimee (Troy) Long; father-in-law Mick Urbain; brothers-in-law Rick (Laura) Urbain and Randy (Janet) Urbain; nephews, Alex Breen, Jayden King, Brandon (Katy) Urbain, and Nick and Zach Urbain; niece, Savannah King; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Alverna (Carroll) Breen; maternal grandparents, Floyd and Cecilia (Ruden) Sabers; mother-in-law, Shirley Urbain; uncles, James Breen, Michael Sabers and Harold Helbing; and cousins, Patrick Breen, Dawn Jellison, and Dale Sabers.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support. Special thanks to the medical team at University of Iowa Hospital, especially Dr. Michael Voigt, Dr. Henning Gerke, Nurses Mary Jeanne (MJ) Perino-Phillips and Gretchen Warkentin, and the many other doctors and nurses that cared so well for Chad over the years. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Wu, Chad's transplant doctor.

In lieu of flowers, a Chad M. Breen memorial fund will be established or donations can be made to the Iowa Donor Network.



Armella Anna Meyer


Filled with grit, grace, humor and uncompromising determination until the end, we lost our gentle mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend on April 25, 2018. After 97 years of a well loved and worn heart, Armella Anna Meyer passed away peacefully at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30. A visitation will also be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Armella was born on January 26, 1921 to Edward and Avalona (Stillmunkes) Link. She grew up on a farm in rural Balltown, the oldest of five siblings. On August 16, 1945, Armella married Emil Meyer and together they raised six children in Dubuque.

Armella worked at Kretz's Restaurant in her younger years and did housekeeping for many families in the Dubuque area until retirement. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society, Dubuque Lifetime Center, and many different euchre card clubs.

Armella loved to dance in her early years at Melody Mill, play euchre (because she was very good at it!), listen to Danny O'Donnell and go on family picnics at Eagle Point Park. Lawrence Welk was one of her most favorite Saturday night TV shows. She was skilled in cross-stitching and was always busy with numerous projects. Most precious were her cross-stitched Christmas ornaments she made each year for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gardening was one of Armella's favorite past times, her peonies and African violets were beautiful. She canned tomatoes, peaches and her favorite rhubarb jam, and was amazing at baking coffee cake, homemade bread, snickerdoodle cookies and banana cream pie.

Surviving are her children, James (Norma) Meyer of Kailua Hawaii, Tom (Kathy) Meyer of Dubuque, IA, John "Jack" (Ann) Meyer of Asbury, IA, Karen (Steve) Plein of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Karen) Meyer of Menominee, IL and Jeff (Sheila) Meyer of Dubuque, IA; 15 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; her sister, Luella (LaVern) Pape; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Link, Lucille Link and Arnold (Shirley) Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emil Meyer on May 3, 1982; her parents Edward and Avalona Link; her mother and father-in-law, George and Susan (Lucas) Meyer; her brothers, Lavern Link, Norman (Joann) Link and Delbert Link; her brother and sisters-in-law, Irene (Donald) Link, Dorothy (Cletus) Fincel and Melvin (Millie) Meyer.

In lieu of flowers, a Armella Meyer memorial fund has been established.

Special thanks to the staff of Hawkeye Care Center for all the loving care Armella received these past 3 years, especially Jill, Amanda, Sherri, Jason, Chris, Nadine, Amy and Julie. Also, a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care.



James Friederichsen

James "Jim" Friederichsen, 77, of Delmar, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A natural farewell with cremation has taken place. No formal services are planned at this time.

A complete obituary may be seen online, photos viewed and condolences left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

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



Beverly J. (Furlong) Ready


Beverly J. (Furlong) Ready, 80, of Asbury, loving mother, grandmother, and devoted wife went to heaven on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Church of the Resurrection conducted by Rev. Joseph Hauer. Friends may greet the family 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, April 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 pm. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Beverly was born November 27, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Francis and Bernice (Stecklein) Furlong. She graduated from the Visitation Academy. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Mother's Club, Asbury Fire Department Woman's Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Eagles Asbury Auxilliary, volunteered at Resurrection Church, and worked at Sundown Ski Resort for 25 years.

She married Frank J. Ready on November 16, 1957 at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2004.

Beverly is survived by her children, Robert (Laurie) Ready of Peosta, Thomas (Vivian) Ready of Asbury, Judith Keller of Dubuque, Susan (Scott) Faulkner of Dubuque, and Ann (Eric) Taylor of Charleston, SC; her 17 grandchildren, Bob Jr. (Sara Schueler), Joe, Scott (Lauren), and Dan (Mary) Ready, Emily (Geoff) Rands and Alex Ready, Matthew (Carolyn), Frank, Nicholas, Zachary Jacobson, Molly (Eric) Klossner, Dustin (Cassie Hereim), David and Melissa (Joseph Kramer-Griesinger) Splinter and Ashley and Taylor Ivey; 6 great-grandchildren, Lukas, Diana, Bentley, Blake, Alivia, and Rocco; two brothers in law, Patrick (Shirley) Ready and Michael (Jane) Ready, both of Asbury; a special nephew Steve (Laura) Furlong.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank J. Ready; siblings, Richard, Donald, and Michael Furlong; a granddaughter, Amanda Jacobson; and her best friend, Shirley Bahl.

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

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

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



William C. George


William C. "Bill" George, 93, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 24, 2018, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, April 27, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

William Clyde George was born on February 17, 1925 in Colchester, Illinois, to Clyde Ralph and Neva Anna (Hancock) George. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from High School. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He married Althea Gnade Campbell on May 20, 1972 in Rock Island, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2014.

Bill had worked in maintenance for Standard Oil Company traveling all over Eastern Iowa for 37 years until retirement.

Bill attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his children Clyde (Lorraine) George of CO, Douglas George of CO, Mary Jo (Tanner) Lovisone of CO; a step-daughter, Shirley (Rev. Dr. Jack) Reents of Ocala, FL; 7 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 14 step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Robert George, Mary McKinney, Betty (Gene) Johnson, and Anna Mae Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Althea, a son Martin, a step-daughter Janet, and a brother Lloyd.

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

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



Rita Mae Martin


Rita Mae Martin, 82, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Services for Rita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in St. Aloysius Cemetery in South Garryowen, Iowa.

Rita Mae was born July 3, 1935 near Bernard, Iowa, daughter of John G. and Ella (Moorman) Kurt. She attended school in rural Jackson County. After graduation she worked for various families in their time of need. On January 31, 1959 she was united in marriage to John W. "Billy" Martin by Rev. James Cassidy. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1988.

The couple farmed together in partnership in the daily farming activities, with Rita doing all the bookkeeping activities. After Billy's death on May 11, 1988, Rita continued to farm and do the bookkeeping, as well as cleaning for several households and the Bernard Telephone company for 18 years before retiring in 2011.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan for many years.

She is survived by six children, Susan (Doug) Petersen of Spragueville, IA, John (Kathy) Martin, Patricia (Gerald) Driscoll, David Martin (Marcia Martin) and Thomas (Shelley) Martin all of Bernard, IA and Loras (Lisa) Martin of Charlotte, IA; 15 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Donovan of Bernard, IA and Sr. Mary Kurt-RSM of Cedar Rapids, IA; and four brothers, Charles (Kit) Kurt and Earl (Louetta) Kurt both of Cascade, IA, Tom (Rita) Kurt and Pete (Mary Jane) Kurt both of Bernard, IA; two sisters-in-law, Marie Kivlahan and Murilla Gehl both of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Daniel and Mary (Stanton) Martin; five siblings, Germaine (Harlan) Bechen, Henry Kurt, Dorrance (Betty) Kurt, Sr. Bernice Kurt-R.S.M. and Jane (Lloyd) Steffen; her brothers and sisters-in-law, J.C. Donovan, Joe (Kathleen) Martin, Madonna (Gene) Redmond, William Kivlahan and Richard Gehl.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given in memory of Rita Martin to the Diabetes Foundation or St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. 

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



Donald J. Hoffman


Donald J. "Bear" Hoffman, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:18 p.m., on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bear's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. Donatus Church, 97 First Street East, St. Donatus, with Rev. Philip Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bear's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Donatus Cemetery.

Bear was born on August 6, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gerald and Mary (Murphy) Hoffman.

Bear was born and raised in the Dubuque area, and honorably served his country with the U.S. Army as a radio operator during the Vietnam War. He was very proud of his time in the service and was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 273 in Bellevue. After high school Bear also attended carpentry school, and would put the skills he acquired there to good use in the construction industry for most of his working career, as well as creating beautiful pieces for his home. In his younger years, Bear traveled extensively, but he would eventually return home to his native Dubuque, and meet and marry the love of his life, Margaret "Margie" Ginter-Landolt, on March 17, 2011, at his beloved Massey Station. Bear was ecstatic that he not only found a loving partner in Margie, but also gained 3 daughters and several grandchildren, who became his pride and joy. When he wasn't busy playing with the grandkids, Bear could be found out in the garden tending to his fruits and vegetables or weeding his beautiful flower beds. He had a green thumb that was undeniable, and some even said with his talents "he could grow a rock". Bear had a kind and giving nature and was always willing to go above and beyond, whether it be lending a helping hand or simply sharing his blessings with others. We are deeply saddened that Bear has been called home to Heaven. We will miss him tremendously, but take some comfort in the fact that he is now at peace, and free of the health issues he has handled with such grace these past few years. We will miss you Bear, and look forward to one day being reunited with you in Eternity.

Those left to cherish Bear's memory include

his loving wife,
Margie Hoffman, Dubuque, IA;

his daughters,
Christine Ginter, Dubuque, IA,
Angela (Nick) Bibb, Dubuque, IA
and Alecia Landolt, East Dubuque, IL;

his grandchildren,
Sasha Ginter, Jacob Ginter, Dillon Ginter, Andrew Oslac, Amber Oslac, Ella Bibb and Evan Bibb;

his siblings,
Connie (Al) Rowell, Dubuque, IA,
Richard "Byrd" (Diane) Hoffman, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis "Chink" (Kim) Hoffman, Engelwood, CO,
Kevin "Putter" (Cathy) Hoffman, Dubuque, IA
and Kathy (Ed) Michel, Bellevue, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bear was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ronnie Hoffman in infancy.

A Donald J. "Bear" Hoffman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Bear's family would like to thank Dr. Chesney, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, attentive and compassionate care of Bear and his entire family.

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



Leon H. Batteram


Leon H. "Bud" Batteram, 88, of rural Hazel Green, WI, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away suddenly at 9:31 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Bud was born on May 5, 1929 in Dunleith Twp. of Jo Daviess County, the son of Henry and Gladys (Brauhn) Batteram. He was a 1947 graduate of East Dubuque High School where he was on the Warrior's baskeball team that were champions two years in a row.

He was united in marriage to Lorraine Kraft on February 18, 1950 in East Dubuque. She preceded him in death on May 21, 2011.

Bud was employed by Interstate Power Company for 42 years as a lineman and supervisor, retiring in 1991. He also farmed with his two sons, Bruce and Reid, in rural Hazel Green.

He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local #263. Bud loved tinkering in his shop and gardening. He and Lorraine enjoyed camping and traveling with their fifth-wheel camper to various parts of the Midwest and Western states.

Surviving are five children, Bruce (Dianne) Batteram of Hazel Green; JaNae (Lawrence) Kreul of Cambridge, Wi; Reid (Mary Carol) Batteram of Hazel Green; Alisa (Curt) Miller of Cascade, IA; and Annette (Matt) Lewis of Dubuque, 9 grandchildren, Angie, Amy, Heather, Karmen, Christopher, Brittany, Zachary, Kelsey, and Madeline; 8 great grandchildren, Dax, Kyra, and Trygve, Barbara, Olivia, Dahlten, Hailey, and Evie; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Hughes of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gladys; and his wife, Lorraine.

Memorials may be given to a charity of one's choice.

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



Paul A. Ruh


Paul A. Ruh, Sr 75 formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Memorial Visitation will be 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Friday, April 27, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 2:00 pm Prayer Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born February 1, 1943 in Dubuque the son of Earl and Mary (McFadden) Ruh. He retired in 1999 from John Deere Works Dubuque after 38 years of service. Paul enjoyed golfing, bird watching, boating, fishing, and spending time on the lake in Arkansas after retiring. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his children, Timothy Ruh, Debbie (Mark) Ferguson, P.J. Ruh, Jennifer Ruh, Thomas Ruh, and Melissa Ruh; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, Emily, Corey, Maizie, Justin, Alexis, Sairah, Sophia, Lillian, Eliyas, Evelyn, and Jairus; a great-grandson, Jayleon; siblings, Roger Ruh, John (Debra) Ruh, and Richard (Chris) Ruh.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services



Shirley M. Regan


Shirley Marie Regan, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Shirley was born on June 13, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Mary Cherrier. She graduated from Immaculate Conception in Dubuque and in her younger years she was an award-winning roller-skater.

She married Julian "Jukes" Regan on June 9, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa. They spent 53 fun filled years together.

Shirley was a loving homemaker and after the kids were older she worked at Younkers in Dubuque as a Customer Sales Associate.

She was a member of the Dubuque Land Campers Club where she made many lasting friendships.

She enjoyed walking at the mall with her sister Jeanette, camping, traveling with Jukes in the RV, family vacations, and fishing with the crew in Minong, WI. For over fifty years her and Jukes had their monthly card club with their lifelong friends. She loved to sing and dance and always had a smile on her face.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother and grandmother; her family came first, she loved to get everyone together for family celebrations.

She is survived by her three children, Mary Kay (Mike) Webb, of Dubuque, Dianna "Diane" (Tim) Riniker, of Durango, and Dave (Dawn) Regan, of Dodgeville, WI. Eight Grandchildren, Jennifer, Russell, Matthew, Emily, Ashley, Brock, Maxwell, and Aubree along with 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Julian "Jukes" Regan; two siblings, Jeanette (Jack) Murphy and William (Jean) Cherrier.
In lieu of flowers a Shirley M. Regan memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Katie G. for all the wonderful care they all gave to Shirley.



Virginia Pregler


Virginia Pregler, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Luther Manor. Services will be private for family, with burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Virginia was born April 12, 1931 in Anniston, AL, the daughter of Calvin and Cordelia Williamson. She married Richard K. Pregler on June 2, 1951 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2008.

Virginia's achievements were many, including winning the National French Horn contest in 1948, and playing for President Truman at age 17. She was employed at Dubuque Container and at Faber's Music, retiring in 1962. Virginia enjoyed gardening, music, sewing, and stitchery. She was a devoted wife and mother, and cared for 157 foster children throughout her life.

Virginia is survived by her children, Richard (Marie) Pregler, Donald Pregler, David (Patty) Pregler, and Judy Thorpe.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Marie Steve.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Grand Meadows for their excellent care of Virginia.

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



Cindy L. Henning


Cindy L. Henning, 63, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City.

A Memorial Visitation will be Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road with sharing of memories at 7:00 p.m.

Cindy was born October 6, 1954 in Missouri, daughter of Robert and Helen (Tutor) Henning.

She was employed at NICC as a tester for the past nine years.

She enjoyed reading and being with her grandchildren.

Surviving is a son, Ray Henning and a daughter Heather Henning; five grandchildren, Mason, Aiden, Braelyn, Kinley and Lydia; her parents; and three sisters, Kathy Stumpf, Connie (Dean) Oberbroeckling and Keri Henning.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie and and her grandparents Marjorie and Wylie Tutor and Minnie and Albert Henning

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

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

 



Ronald G. Wintermote

Ronald G. Wintermote, 60, of Dubuque passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital Dubuque.

Visitation will be 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ron was born December 12, 1957 in Dubuque the son of Richard and Barbara (Lynch) Wintermote. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Ron married the love of his life Theresa White on March 24, 1979.

He most recently worked for Stetson Building Products.

Ron loved spending time with his grandchildren and making them breakfast. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and always enjoyed having family and friends over to enjoy the games. Ron and Tess played on many co-ed softball and volleyball teams overs the years. He enjoyed all sports and participating. Ron always had a smile and hug for everyone. Ron was a very giving man and was always eager to help others. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Tess; their children, Alexx (BJ Maloney) Wintermote and Cody (Ellie Freiburger) Wintermote; 3 grandchildren, Lucy, Theo, and Violet; siblings, Pamela Mickelson, Marsha (Dickie) Chapman, and Sandy (Jim) Griebel; father and mother in-law, John (Sue) White; and numerous other relatives.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother-in-law, Marlene White.

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

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



Heather Marie Feldman


Heather Marie "Doobie" Feldman, 49, of Dubuque passed away at Finley Hospital, Saturday evening April 21, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26th. at Resurrection Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road where the parish wake service will be at 7 p.m.

Heather was born on January 30, 1969, the daughter of Don and Shirley (Larkin) Feldman in Dubuque, Iowa.

Heather was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend to many. While Heather may have been the baby of the family, she was also the matriarch. Her sense of humor and laughter will be treasured by all who knew her.

Her joy of working with people and children were reflected in her years working at the Wedding Chapel, Soiree and most recently Dubuque YMCA/Finley Daycare.

Those left to honor her memory include her father, Don, her siblings; Londie Brauer, Sue Feldman, Kim Feldman, all of Dubuque, Gina (Mark) Truninger of Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Tanya) Feldman of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd (Dawn) Feldman of Omaha, NE, Tammy (Curtis) DeWulf and Tracy Feldman of Madison, WI, her nieces and nephews; Amanda (Bill) Coakley, Rachel Kane, Derek (Aria) Truninger, Matthew (Randi) Truninger, Conner Feldman, Curt DeWulf, Stephen DeWulf, Carson Feldman, Hunter Feldman and Spencer Feldman, her great nieces and nephews; Kaelynn Kane, Cooper Kane, Olivia Coakley, Addison Coakley, Isabelle Coakley, Lenox Truninger and Owen Coakley, her aunt Shirley Smith of Ely, Iowa and her beloved dog, Bubbles.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Shirley and two brothers; John in infancy and Timm "T.D."

A Heather Marie Feldman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. T. Khan of The Finley Heart Center, the staff at Finley ICU and Emergency Room and the Dubuque Fire & Paramedics.



Ruth Ann Herbst

Ruth Ann Herbst, 83, of Dubuque died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:15a.m., Wednesday at the church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth was born on June 6, 1934 in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Roeth) Bewer. She married Allen H. Herbst on Sept. 25 1954 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Ruth is survived by her son, Mark Herbst, of Centralia; nephew, Jim (Vickie) Amos; and niece, Cathy Amos.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Rose Mary Amos.

A Ruth Ann Herbst Memorial Fund has been established. Special thank you to Paramount Ambulance.



Kenneth H. Gassman


Kenneth Harold Gassmann, 77, of Bull Head City, Arizona and formally of Manchester, Iowa passed away of natural causes February 13, 2018 in Bull Head, Arizona.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  In remembrance of Ken, anyone wishing to attend Saturday evening mass can attend at 5 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa.

Ken was born October 11, 1940 in Petersburg, Iowa the son of Aloysius and Leonette (Kluesner) Gassmann.  He married Jacqueline Jaycox in 1963 and they adopted two beautiful children, but later divorced.  After graduating from high school he worked for Orkin pest control, and as a shoe salesman.  He also held various jobs including a general manager for the Manchester Golf & Country Club in Manchester, Iowa from 1968-1981, then from 1981-1985 general manager of the Resort Hotel La Casa del Zorro Borrego Springs, California, from 1985-1988 owned and ran Mort's Menwear in Borrego Springs, California and lastly, from 1988-2003 he was a food services director for the Borrego Springs Unified School District, Borrego Springs, CA.  Ken retired in 2004 and moved to Laughlin Nevada and although retired, he worked for WACOG headstart program in Bull Head City, AZ from 2006-2013 when he decided to completely retire.

Ken was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Bull Head city Arizona and an active member of the National Guard from 1963-1969.  He enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

Survivors include two adopted children: Tyler (Marian) Gassmann of Masonville, IA, and Tara Gassmann of Marion, IA, 4 grandchildren: Emily, Gage, Lauren and Mason Gassmann, siblings: Betty Gotto of Epworth, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Mary Agnes (Jim) Schnier of Bellevue, Connie Lueck of Mineral Point, WI, Lyle Gassmann of Dubuque, Gerald (Jerry) Gassmann of Bettendorf, in-laws: Marge Gassmann of Dubuque, Bev Gassmann of St. Landry, LA, Robert Fitzgerald of Dyersville and Betty Gassmann of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Mitchel Gassmann in infancy, siblings: Marvin (Pat) Gassmann, Eileen (William) Besler, LeRoy Gassmann, Robert Gassmann, John (Gracie) Gassmann, Sylvia Fitzgerald and in-laws: Paul Knepper, Sylvester "Butch" Gotto, Merle Lueck,

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

 



Marie A. Miller


Marie A. Miller, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Marie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. A private burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Marie Alice Gade was born on August 23, 1928 in Nashville, Iowa, to Harry and Lillie (Frandsen) Gade. She grew up in Chicago where she graduated from high school. During the summers she would visit her family in the Nashville, Iowa area and that is where she met her future husband, Alfred Dee Miller. They were married on August 25, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Carol, Andrew and Adam.

Marie was a wonderful mother and housewife who helped farm with her husband in the Maquoketa area. She enjoyed gardening, and loved to travel and spend time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Carol (Profian) Desuza of Greenwood, IN, Andrew Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Adam (Karen) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Harry and Lillie, her step-father Anders Anderson Sr., a brother Anders Anderson Jr., and sisters Thyra Kleinsmith, and Elaine Freeman on April 17, 2018.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marie A. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas Haas


Thomas "Tom" Haas, 67, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on March 20, 1951, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, son of Wilbert "Bill" and Rosemary (Mussmann) Haas.

Tom spent his younger years growing up in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family, making countless friends along the way, and all while obtaining his education at Sacred Heart Catholic School and Wahlert High School, until he eventually graduated in 1969. He would go on to work at H&W Motor Express, and also found the opportunity to own and operate the Chorale Club Tavern for awhile. But sadly, after his surprisingly failed audition with Chippendales, Tom reluctantly became a very talented, and self-taught artist with Advanced Designs, where he faithfully devoted over 40 years of his working career as a graphic designer. Tom was also a devoted member of the Moose Lodge #355, where he happily and graciously drank all of the drinks which others were generous enough to buy in honor of his grand presence! In his spare time, Tom enjoyed casting a baited hook under the sun, venturing into the timber for a good day of hunting, joining his friends for an evening of league bowling, gathering all of the trump cards just waiting to call Euchre, a wind free day of chasing skeet across the skyline, spending a sunny day on the links chasing a little white ball around, watching his favorite race car driver take first place, and any chance to see his Cubbies or Da Bears take the field. Tom was also gifted with a wonderful sense of humor which routinely had all of those around him not only smiling, but a regular belly laugh was not uncommon if Tom was involved. Sadly, the Lord has decided to call our Tom home today, and with him go pieces of our hearts which only he can care for until we see his amazing smile once again. We will miss Tom more than he'd ever imagine, but we take comfort in knowing that he's reunited with our Dad playing perfect games of cribbage together with no cheating allowed. We are also forever grateful that now he and Patrick Swayze are able to perfect their dance routines, that other "treasure collectors" around town will finally have a better chance at making a great deal on the rarest of finds in their own minds, and that Mom will not have to threaten to call the orphanage anymore when Tom's not behaving! We miss you dearly Tom, thanks for all the love, laughs and memories.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his mother,
Rosemary Haas, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Kathy (Pat) Chamberlain, Rochester, MN,
Pam (Steve) Hiatt, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Annette) Haas, Dubuque, IA;

because of his uncanny resemblance to Uncle Buck, Tom was beloved by his nieces,
Julia Haas, Rachel Klein, Chelsea Fulton and Tessa Hiatt and his 3 great-nephews and 6 great-nieces;

and his friends which were like family,
Becky and Pete Kretz.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert "Bill" Haas; and a sister in infancy, Patricia Ann.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Engelman at Medical Associates, and the staff at Stonehill Care Center.



Bonnie R. Dee


Bonnie R. Dee, age 81, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:07 p.m., on Friday, April 20, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Bonnie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bonnie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 26, 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.

Bonnie was born on March 6, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ralph and Stella (Stecklein) Huber.

Bonnie was very proud to have spent her entire life as a Dubuquer; surrounded by family, eventually meeting the love of her life and raising a family of her own, along with making countless friends during her 81 year earthly journey right here in God's country. Bonnie and Elmer "Dick" Dee were united in marriage on June 27, 1964, and they were truly blessed with 24 years together, and 2 wonderful daughters, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on October 7, 1988. Bonnie was a continually committed and hard worker who faithfully invested over 19 years as a CNA at both Stonehill Care Center and St. Dominic's Villa, and would even go on to devote another 26 years of her working career with Honkamp Krueger, until her well earned retirement had finally been achieved. In her free-time, Bonnie always enjoyed the challenge of a good crossword puzzle, earning a triple word score on her scrabble board, finding a worthy competitor for the cribbage board, the joy of placing the final piece in her current jigsaw puzzle, discovering a little time for relaxation in her comfy recliner with her trusty remote within arms reach, or even sitting down around the table with her card club friends with whom she spent over 53 years talking, teaching and trumping, all with a contagious smile worn proudly upon her face. Our hearts ache at their core today with the undeniable reality that our dear Bonnie has spent her last opportunity to actively adore and appreciate her deeply loved family and friends. She thankfully leaves behind an abundance of beautiful memories to help heal and mend our broken hearts for now, and we pray we'll find peace in time by trusting in the fact that Bonnie and Dick will both be waiting with open arms when, in due time, the Lord inevitably decides it's our time to join Him, and them once again. Thank you very much Bonnie for all of the love, lessons and patience you've shared along the way and know we'll never forget your light which shown so vividly within the lives of all who knew and loved you!

Those left to cherish Bonnie's memory include

her daughters,
Lisa Dee, Galena, IL
and Lori (fiancé Jeff Meyer) Duve, Farley, IA;

her grandchildren,
Palmer Montgomery, Kurt Montgomery, Zacceri Montgomery, Clay Duve, Samantha Duve, Kyrstin Duve, Matthew Behnke and Emma Behnke;

her great-grandchildren,
Mason, Carter, Haylee, P.J. and Stella;

her siblings,
Maryelle Huber-Paredes, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Doris) Huber, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Trish) Huber, Davenport, IA
Randy (Jane) Huber, Davenport, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Marge Huber, Dubuque, IA
and Mary Huber, Houston, TX.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer "Dick" Dee; her son-in-law, Tim Duve; her brothers, Ronald Huber and Wayne Huber; and a nephew, Rick Huber.

Bonnie's family would like to thank Dr. Kristin Nelson, and Dr. Victoria Famuyide at Grand River Medical, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional, kind, compassionate and attentive care of Bonnie, and her entire family.

 



Rodney Allen Said


Rodney Allen Said, 70, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home in Peosta, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rod may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Rod will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schuller Presiding and full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137. Burial will be held at a later date.

Rod was born July 11, 1947 in Clinton County, Iowa, son of Vern and Silvia (Teeters) Said. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. On July 24, 1982 he was united in marriage to Jean Casel in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rod served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Helicopter Pilot. He is a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He loved spending time with his family and friends especially golfing with his friend Bill Barton. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and hanging out with his Legion friends, specifically his friend Kenny Olberding.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Said of Peosta, IA, four children, Chad Said of Wilton, IA Chandra Said of Wilton, IA, Kari Frommelt of Canton, MI and Keasha Said; 11 grandchildren; two siblings, Gary Said and Deloris Bendixen both of Maquoketa, IA; two sisters-in-law, Linda Said and Donna Said both of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Amy Rausch; one grandson, Hunter Michael Frommelt on April 8, 2016; two brothers, Don Said and Ronnie Said; one sister, Betty Wirth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Sylvester J. Otting


Sylvester J. "Fess" Otting, 66, of Dubuque died Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Fess was born May 16, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emil and Annamae (Jackson) Otting. He married Peggy Carroll on May 9, 1970 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

He lost both his legs in Viet Nam while serving in the US Marine Corps. Upon returning from Viet Nam, he worked for Dubuque Wilbert Vaults.

Fess took everything life threw at him in stride. He enjoyed bowling, the outdoors and was a Cubs and Bears fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Otting of Dubuque; two children, Dwayne (Suzanne O'Neil) Otting of Cascade and Michelle (Frank) Montoya of Glendale , Arizona; six grandchildren, Madison Heim-Otting, Lane Otting, Emma Otting, Erica Montoya, Alexis Montoya and Jaden Montoya; a great grandson, Ryker Fagan and two former daughters in law, Sherry and Tera. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Weber of Hazel Green, Wisc., Elizabeth "Betty" Otting of Waterloo, Emil (Ruby) Otting, Jr. of Dubuque, Margaret (Johnny) Maize of Oklahoma, Raymond Otting of Dubuque, Rosemary Heim of Dubuque, Racheal (Jim Lorence) Bartle of Dubuque, Phillip (Melissa) Otting Potosi, Wisc., Grace (Michael) Brade of Dubuque, Helen "Pixie" (Mark) Mitchley of Dubuque, and Christine (Kevin) Light of Rewy, Wisc and many nieces and nephews.

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



Germaine E. Weber


Germaine E. "Gigi" Weber, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:42 a.m., on Friday, April 20, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gigi's life, funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Gigi's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Gigi was born the 7th of 9 children, on August 25, 1926, in Farley, Iowa, the 5th daughter of George and Bertha (Beckman) Oberbroeckling.

Gigi was united in marriage to the love of her life, John "Jack" Weber, on May 28, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. The two were blessed with 55 years together, and 2 adored children, before Jack was called home ahead of her, almost 7 earthly years to the day for their eternal reunion this morning, on April 21, 2011. Gigi was raised with a strong work ethic, and she would diligently put those lessons to use at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years until her well deserved retirement eventually arrived. Gigi was an active, faith filled woman who always enjoyed spending time with her friends at her beloved St. Mary's Church, as well as social gatherings at the Moose Lodge. In her free-time, Gigi could often be found decorating, making sure everything was in "just the right place" in her tidy home, religiously manicuring her perfect lawn, practicing her throwing technique for the Jack's Trucking Team at the bowling alley, or creating a delicious meal and sweet treats for her family to enjoy around the dinner table. Gigi was also a talented quilter who has created countless treasured keepsakes for family and friends over the years. She and Jack also traveled extensively for most of their lives and loved any opportunity to soak up the sun, sights and sounds in any new destination. However, beyond a doubt, spending time with her family brought Gigi the greatest joy imaginable. She looked forward to any opportunity where family bonding and memories could be created, especially if doting on her forever precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren could be achieved. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but we thankfully discover comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with her beloved Jack, once again, and that the Lord was gracious enough to share our wonderful Gigi with us for 91 years.

Those left to cherish Gigi's memory include

her children,
Sandra (Steven) Rackis, Iowa City, IA
and John "Bronco" Weber, Dubuque, IA;

3 grandchildren,
Jordan (Melissa) Weber, Dubuque, IA,
Gina Weber, Dubuque, IA
and Colin Rackis, Iowa City, IA;

and 2 great-granddaughters,
Breelyn Weber, Olivia Germaine Weber, and another baby on the way.

Gigi was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John "Jack" Weber; and her 8 siblings, Lucinda Clemens, Viola Bowling, Helen Parker, Virginia Lopez, Mary Schmitt, Donald Oberbroeckling, Arthur Oberbroeckling, George Jake Oberbroeckling Jr.

A Germaine E. "Gigi" Weber memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Gigi's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their wonderful care and helping to keep her comfortable in her final days. Also, a very special thanks to her loving granddaughter, Gina, who has made it possible for Gigi to remain in her home, she loved so much, over these past few years.

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



Richard G. Lund


Richard G. "Dick" Lund, 77, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home in Andrew, Iowa.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Richard Gene Lund was born on August 16, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, to John Edward and Clara Pauline (McConkey) Lund. He was a 1958 graduate of Andrew High School and always remained close with his classmates.

He married Margaret Ann Gerlich on August 22, 1959, in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union three children: Julie, Janet and Jean.

Dick first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as an inspector for 20 years. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for three years on the assembly line, and lastly for Andrew Meats for over 17 years.

Dick was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, and the Jim Beam Club of Cedar Rapids. He had formerly served as a volunteer fireman on the Andrew Fire Department, and as a former Andrew City Councilman.

He enjoyed traveling with Margaret and going on bus trips with favorite places being Branson and the Smokey Mountains. He especially loved spending time with his family and always looked forward to the Andrew class reunions.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Margaret Lund of Andrew, IA; children, Julie (Randy) Kirk of Bellevue, IA, Janet (Todd) Treat of Andrew, IA, and Jean (Craig) Luna of Clarksville, TN; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Lillie Hancock of Bellevue, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Clara and Thelma, and brothers John Jr., Lewis, Hubert, Leslie and Ronald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard G. "Dick" Lund memorial fund has been established. 

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



James P. Link


James P. "Boinger" Link, 55, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, while doing what he loved, trucking, in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 pm Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  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 am Monday, April 23, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born August 1, 1962, in Dubuque the son of John and Mary Susan "Susie" (Danz) Link.  Jim attended Beckman Catholic High School.  He married Judy Lueck on May 10, 1986, in Dyersville.  With his brothers, he co-owned & operated Jack Link Truck Line.  Jim enjoyed boating, camping, car cruises, but most of all he enjoyed the loves of his life, Judy and his children.  Everywhere Jim went he was sure to have everyone laughing.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Judy, 3 children: Ryan (Dina) Link of Farley, Lindsey Link (fiancé Jeff Eschbach) of California, Rachel Link (friend Nick Fallon) of Dyersville; siblings: Mike (Ann) Link, Bill (Connie) Link, Chris (Nicole) Link and John (Emily) Link, all of Dyersville; parents-in-law, Don and Cecilia Lueck of Dyersville,

in-laws: Kathy (Carl) Wessels, Dan (Lynne) Lueck, Jim (Mary Kay) Lueck, Chuck (Lynn) Lueck, Tim (Amy) Lueck and Kevin Lueck all of Dyersville, Tom (Gerrie) Lueck and Ken (Lynn) Lueck, both of Cedar Rapids, and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Link in 2007.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Georgia Jean Olds


Georgia Jean Olds, at the age of 65, lost her long battle with cancer on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at home in Dubuque, Iowa with her beloved Husband, Paul, by her side.

According to Georgia's wishes, no public visitation or service will be held. A private burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Georgia was born on July 27, 1952, the daughter of Floyd and Violet (Baker) Bennett, in Dubuque, Iowa. Georgia met the love of her life, Paul S. Olds, at Dubuque Senior High School when she was 15. They married at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, Iowa, on September 5, 1970. They would go on to share and celebrate over 47 devoted years of marriage together.

Georgia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1970. Over the next 21 years she would live with her loving husband in Patuxent River, Maryland; Guantanamo Bay Navel Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and Rantoul, Illinois; and eventually moved back to Dubuque after her husband retired from the Navy in 1991.

Above all else Georgia loved to make people smile, she was a caring giving person who never said 'no'. Her, husband Paul fondly says, "She was the toughest women I know, she was the center piece that held everything together and was the driving force that always got things done. She was the type of woman that gave everything and would always sacrifice her own needs for others. She is deeply loved and will be missed by her loved ones and all that knew her."

She is survived by her husband Paul, two sons, Anthony "Tony" (Kristina) Bohr, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jonathan "Jonny" Olds of Ingleside, IL. Three grandchildren, Jacob Bohr currently serving in the Air Force, Brandon Olds currently serving with the United States Marine Corps and Avija Olds. Her siblings, Irene (Bill) Jackson, Floyd Bennett, and Nancy Funk all of Dubuque, Phillip Bennett and Elisabeth Bennett of Iowa City, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Violet Bennett, and her sister, Patricia Bennett.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers a Georgia Olds memorial fund will be established.

A very special thank you to Melissa, Amy C. and Julie of Hospice of Dubuque.



Harold L. Durkop


Harold L. Durkop, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Crestridge Care Center.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 25, 2018. A private burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, at a later date.

Harold Leon Durkop was born January 23, 1929 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Fred A. and Vivian B. (Brown) Durkop. He attended elementary school at Elwood, Iowa and then country school near Iron Hill through the 8th grade. He enrolled in the Adult Education Program at Maquoketa High School and earned his high school diploma in 1973 .

He married Donna Merlene Clark, September 28, 1952, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Dennis, Debora and Cheryl.

Harold and Donna first farmed south of Baldwin, then for Frank Hansen near Elwood. He later worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa before moving to Delmar where he ran the corn sheller for Delmar Grain & Feed until 1966, followed by 2 years with Welton Elevator. From 1968 until retirement in 1988 he was employed with Caterpillar Tractor at Mt. Joy, Iowa. In retirement, he manned Bowman's Car Wash, helped out at Everett Mattox Auctions, and lent a hand at harvest time for brother-in-law Kelly Keeney.

He enjoyed home carpentry, tinkering with lawnmowers, and gardening. Harold and Donna visited many states during their travels. They were Dade City, Florida snowbirds from 1991 to 2010.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his children, Dennis, Debora (Dan) Holm, and Cheryl; 4 grandchildren, Amy Hayward, Troy (Kit) Hayward, Maria (David) Hong, and Myling Durkop; 2 step-grandchildren, Marty (Jennifer) Holm, and Eric (Ashley) Stoltz; 2 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Luella (Kelly) Keeney of Delmar, Iowa; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norma and Glen Bormann of Andrew, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna on November 15, 2013, and a sister and brother-in-law Lola and Bill Felderman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold L. Durkop memorial fund has been established.

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



Vida Shireman


Vida Shireman, 90, of Dubuque, IA died on Tuesday, April 17, at Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 20th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Vida Jean Lewis was born on February 18, 1928 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Roy and Blanche (Whitehead) Lewis. She grew up in Durango and Dubuque, IA and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. In 1943 she married Bernard John Shireman. They were together 48 years when he preceded her in death on September 24, 1991.

Vida was always an outdoors person until her health prevented her from pursuing her favorite activities: horseback riding, fishing, camping in their motor home, morel hunting in the spring, berry picking in the summer, and walnut gathering and bittersweet hunting in the fall. Vida especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they returned that love. She was "Grandma Vida" not only to them but also to many other children in her life. Her banana bread was especially loved by these kids (as well as many friends and family).

Vida is survived by her three children: Jean (Tom) Schwartz of Dubuque; Gayle (Don) Clasen of
Bernard, IA; and Dan (Joan) Shireman of Bernard, IA. Seven grandchildren: Joe (Amy) Clasen of LaMotte, IA; Christina (Dwight) Nyquist of Rock Island, IL; Scott (Jacki) Clasen of LaMotte, IA; Jaime (Lance) DeClue of Steelville, MO; Chris (Nancy) Germain of Buffalo, IA; Jessica (Jake) Kendall of Marion, IA; and Brittney Shireman of Cedar Rapids, IA. Eight great grandchildren: Michael Germain of Davenport, IA; Corey Clasen of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mercedes Nyquist of Rock Island, IL; Dakota DeClue of Steelville, MO; Dalton and Carter Clasen of LaMotte, IA; and Hayden and Harper Kendall of Marion, IA. Her siblings James (Anna Mae) Lewis of Dubuque, and Marla Nelson of Sun City, AZ.

Vida was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Loreen Digmann, brothers Bill and Charlie Lewis, her great grandson Nicholas Germain.

The family would like to express their thanks to Stonehill Care Center, her friends at Alverno Apartments and her longtime friend, Lulu Hohmann.



James M. Rohl


James M. "Grizz" Rohl, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Grizz" on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

James Michael Rohl was born on July 18, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Ronald Ray and Irene Grace (Goldammer) Rohl. He grew up in Illinois where he proudly earned the Eagle Scout rank and graduated from Downers Grove South High School. Following graduation, "Grizz" had worked in the printing industry as a service manager for many years. He moved with the love of his life, Janice, to Iowa in 2007 and found that this was the place where he belonged.

"Grizz" loved everything outdoors, country living, motorcycle riding, his tractor, flying his drone, and model airplanes. He had an incredible love for animals and was a phenomenal cook who enjoyed eating as much as cooking.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Janice Caine of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Josh (Julie) Caine of Oswego, IL, and Jessica (Nick) Caine of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jacob and Jonathan Caine; his parents, Ronald and Irene Rohl of Downers Grove, IL; a sister, Carol (Amy Coe-Rohl) Rohl of Boston, MA; and 2 nieces, Abigail and Caroline. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association Inc., P.O. Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205-5071. You may also donate by calling them at (800) 601.0613 or online at www.ecaware.org.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Elmer L. Olsem


Elmer L. Olsem, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on September 21, 1928, in Garnavillo, the son of August and Anna (Harter) Olsem.

Elmer attended school through eighth grade in Garnavillo. On April 14, 1953, he married Wilma Reth at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Masonville. Three children were born to this union. Elmer farmed with his wife in rural Colesburg and drove truck for several years for New Vienna Feeds.

Elmer enjoyed playing cards and fishing. He also spent a great deal of time in his shop on the farm. However, he most cherished being a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wilma of Manchester; his children, Jerry (Mac) Olsem of Greeley, Jim (Liz) Olsem of Lisbon, and Linda (Ken) Nixon of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Hoeger of Holy Cross; and many nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, August and Anna; and four siblings, Laurita Oldfather, Mildred Petsche, Arnold Olsem, and Marvin Olsem.

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

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, with Reverend John Haugen officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, with a Scripture service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call one hour before Mass on Saturday at the church.

Interment: 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Berniece M. Kieler-Kaiser


Berniece M. Kieler-Kaiser, 88, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the funeral service.

Berniece was born on November 29, 1929, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Martha (Schmitz) Abing. She married Edward "Eddie" Kieler on September 13, 1949, at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson. Eddie died on February 9, 1981. She married Eldon Kaiser on February 23, 1990. Eldon died on June 23, 1995. Berniece worked at the Dugout Supper Club from 1965-1969, at Country Heights Supper Club from 1970-1991, and at Roshek's Bridal Alterations Department for six years.

Survivors include her children, Dwaine Kieler, of Oregon, WI, Mary Jo Kieler, of Brookfield, WI, Sharon Kaiser, of Dubuque, and Lori (Dave) Freese, of East Dubuque; her stepdaughters, Joan (Matt) Kieler, of Sinsinawa, and Mary Jo (Dave) Brant, of Kieler; her sisters, Marie Herrig, of St. Donatus, IA, Irene Seng, of Potosi, Luella Brandt, of Kieler, Betty (Jim) Jungk, of Dubuque, Doris (Bernard) Hentrich, of Hazel Green, and Margaret (Joe) Hentrich, of Belmont; a brother, Irvin (Katie) Abing, of Potosi; eleven grandchildren, Eddie Kieler, Rachel & Ben Kieler, Austin Kieler, Kari Niedermaier, Kristin Kaiser, Kayla Strei, and Travis, Cole, Lance and Kelsey Freese; ten step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Paulette Abing, of Potosi, Bernadette (Don) Williams, of Lancaster, Sr. Angeline Kieler, of Milwaukee, Louise Kieler, of Dubuque, Sue Wedig, of Belmont, and Ruth Kieler, of Platteville; and a brother in-law, Dan Joyce, of Lancaster.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin Kieler on October 21, 1999; and three brothers, Cyril (Florentine), Leo and Richard Abing.

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



George Erwin White


George Erwin White, 81, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before services on Saturday at the church. The Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Reverend Phil Rogers officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born on June 9, 1936, in Manchester, the son of George T. and Louiemaude (Harmen) White. He was raised and educated in the area. Following his graduation from Manchester High School in 1955, George worked at the city service station and drove semi.

George married Virginia Morley on his twenty-first birthday, June 9, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. In 1960, George began his career at Bennett Explosives as an explosives expert. He retired in the late 1990s.

George was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Manchester. He and Virginia were members of the Mountain Doers Camping Club, traveling to many states over the years. George had also served on the Delaware County Conservation Board and the Fish and Game Club Board.

George loved spending time with his friends, being outdoors, and gardening. He also enjoyed doing word finds and playing cards and dominos. He cherished time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia White of Manchester; his children, Deb (Gary) Gibbs of Manchester and Scott (Crystal) White of Williamsburg; five grandchildren, Kayla (Corey) Hood of Manchester, Becca Gibbs of Marion, Morgan Gibbs of Manchester, and Abigail White and Caroline White, both of Williamsburg; three great-grandchildren, Millie Jones and Aubree and Grayson Hood; three sisters, Eleanor Williamson of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Florence Parrott and Helen (Cliff) Cole, all of Manchester; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Doug White; his brothers, Bill White, Ted Williams, Walter White, and David White; three sisters, Etta Ballard, Mary Porter, and one in infancy; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

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



Floyd W. Feldmann


Floyd W. Feldmann, 84, of Edgewood, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at Edgewood Convalescent Home, Edgewood.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Friday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, St. Luke's Catholic Church, Hopkinton, with burial in the Hopkinton cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Rev. John Kramer will officiate with Rev Paul Baldwin concelebrating.

Floyd was born March 30, 1934 in Hopkinton the son of Anton and Isabella (Jaeger) Feldmann. He married Rita (Thole) Feldmann on May 23, 1998 in Sand Springs. Floyd served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a life member of the Edward E. Lake VFW Post 7736 of New Vienna.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Rita, step children: Margie (LeRoy) Helle, Marilyn (Joe) Willenbring, Lois (Gene) White, Arnold (Carmen) Feldmann, Linda (Mark) Opat, Joyce (Tom) Nefzger, Connie (Rodney) Nefzger, Mae (Kelly) Salow, 29 step grandchildren, 46 step great grandchildren, 2 step great great grandchildren, siblings: Jerome Feldmann, Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Les (Joan) Feldmann, Elmer (Dorothy) Feldmann, Dave (Sandy) Feldmann, Irvin Feldmann and Tony (Joyce) Feldmann, Loras (Mary) Feldmann, Jerry (Barb) Feldmann, Dan (Barb) Feldmann, sister-in-law, Leanna Feldmann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Paul Feldmann, Theresa (Leon) Burkle, in-laws: Mary Jane Feldmann, step son, Dale Feldmann,

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



Lois Irene Jensen


After a long struggle with Alzheimer's, Lois Irene Jensen, age 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, IA with her two eldest children by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at Grand View United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Shinkle officiating. A visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m., Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Lois was born on September 25th, 1930 in LaCrosse, WI to Kenneth and Marguerite (Dikeman) Kemper. In 1946 she stole the heart of James "Jim" Jensen with her charms and upon his return from the Marine Corp they were wed on July 16th, 1948 in the University Chapel at The Wesley Foundation in Madison, WI.

Lois was a devoted wife, loving mother, and doting grandma who would do anything for her family and friends. She enjoyed reading and houseplants. Lois was known by many for her excellent cooking skills. She made a mean Southern fried chicken and her pies were outstanding. She spent hours each year making gift boxes filled with her homemade cookies and candies. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes and costumes for family members. Lois was extremely talented with a crochet hook. She made exquisite baby blankets for all her grandchildren and her nieces and nephews children.

In addition to raising her four children, she went to Fennimore Vocational College and then worked as a secretary at LCC, Inc and Wisconsin Job Service in Lancaster, WI and also at Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, NE.

Lois is survived by her husband, Jim; her children: Dean (Lori), Barb (Dwayne) Holliday, Donald (Josefa), and Laura (Larry) Salopek; her grandchildren: Javier, Alex (Lily), Dean, Adam, Mitchel, and Katie; and great grandson, Felix.

Lois was preceded in death by her siblings: Phyllis Garthwaite, Joyce (Gerald) Pluemer, and Wendell "Butch" Pien.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy Hospital and Oak Park Place in Dubuque for the tremendous care and compassion shown to Lois and her family.



LeAnn D. McCallister


LeAnn D. McCallister, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of LeAnn's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.

LeAnn Dawn Meade was born on December 16, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ronald and Anita (Powelka) Meade. She was a 1975 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later AIC in Davenport for Accounting. She married Richard "Dick" McCallister on November 18, 2000 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

LeAnn was always busy and had worked various accounting and bookkeeping jobs throughout the years, sometimes for multiple companies at the same time. Some of these jobs included working for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe in Maquoketa, Alter Trading in Davenport, Dairy Queen, PMW in Maquoketa, River Service Co. in Maquoketa, Lemke Electric in Park View, and serving as the city clerk for Delmar and Welton, and as the Welton Township Clerk. She recently had started her own bookkeeping business, McCallister Bookkeeping and Payroll Services, and also continued as the bookkeeper for Advantage Electric in Moline, McCallister HVAC in Maquoketa and the City of Welton.

LeAnn loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She had a willing heart and was always ready to help whoever needed it. Additionally, she enjoyed collecting hummingbirds and she and Dick were caregivers to Helen Hute for many years.

Those left to honor LeAnn's memory include her husband, Richard "Dick" McCallister of Maquoketa, IA; children, Eric (Sarah) McAvan of Eldridge, IA, and Brandon (Lacey) McAvan of Elwood, IA; a daughter-in-law, Jenny (Randy) Schulz of Park View, IA; 6 grandchildren, Jackson, Lily, Hailey, Logan, Emma and Kinsley; siblings, Wendy (Dennis) Scott of Maquoketa, IA, Daylyn (Kris Heinemann) Meade of Sebastopal, CA, Diane (Vic) Rathje of Amana, IA, and Ramona (Wayne) Moon of Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant twin brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LeAnn D. McCallister memorial fund has been established.

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



Michael Strowmatt


Michael Strowmatt, 70, of Edgewood, Iowa passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at his home of natural causes.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday April 20, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and military honors to follow.

Mike was born October 25, 1947 in Carlinville, IL, the son of Charles and Fannie "Bonnie" (Kilgore) Strowmatt. Mike was a United States Marine and served his country honorably. He married Tonia Little on July 5, 1967 in Carlinville, IL, and later divorced. Together they had four children.

Mike later met Carol Driscoll and together they shared 26 memorable years. He worked at Lynch Livestock and Dyersville Sales Company for many years. He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. In his younger years he enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing. Mike spent his spare time socializing with friends in the local bars. His daily routine included cross word puzzles. Above all Mike was proud of his children and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include fiancé, Carol Driscoll of Dyersville, children: Natalie Hand of Oglala, SD, David (Kandy) Strowmatt of Cedar Rapids, Todd Strowmatt of Shawnee, OK, Nathan (Jennifer) Strowmatt of Bryan, TX, step-children: Melissa (Daniel) Gamboa of Mesa, AZ, Tara (Gino) DeBernado of San Jose, CA, Chad (Melissa) Driscoll of Dubuque, Vanessa (Brad Staner) Driscoll of Cascade, Sara (Steve Allen) Driscoll of Peosta, 16 grandchildren:
sister: Pam Park of TN, in-laws: Joan (Russ) Pettinger, Tom Wilgenbusch both of Dyersville and Dennis Wilgenbusch (Kimberly Gonner) of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Samuel Strowmatt.

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



Robert C. Sheehan


Robert "Rob" Curtis Sheehan of Dubuque IA, born June 23 1983, gracefully concluded a journey of heroic proportions on April 14, 2018, having battled cardiac angiosarcoma for the past three years. Cardiac angiosarcoma, an exceedingly rare and aggressive malignancy, occurs in only 0.0001% of the population and leaves those affected with an average survival time of a mere six months. Rob's incredible feat of survival was, to those fortunate to have known him, clearly the result of his insatiable hunger for life and the immense love he shared with his family and friends. Beginning in childhood, Rob's precocious sense of humor attracted admirers and forged friendships from all walks of life. The grandson of Dubuque historian Gordon Kilgore, Rob inherited a love of Dubuque and an appreciation for the people of the Tri-State area. Professionally, Rob found great joy in serving the customers of Richardson Motors and previously Runde Chevrolet. Above all, Rob's true passion in life was his role as father and husband. Rob cherished nothing more in life than the ability to spend time with his loving wife and daughters, to cause a smile to grace their faces and occasionally vex them. Exceedingly passionate for every holiday, Rob cherished the opportunity to connect with family and friends while expressing his love of life and all the wonder it provided. As is typical of the hero's journey, Rob came into his own during his battle with the most ultimate of foes. Despite being informed by the foremost experts and the latest statistics that he faced certain and imminent death, Rob gratefully rose each morning for three years radiating unfathomable positivity, courage, endurance and strength that will forever serve as humbling examples for all who had the privilege of bearing witness. Characteristic of his generous nature, in passing Rob provides us all a final precious gift...the next time you feel that you cannot possibly go on, that a challenge it is too tough or your goal is unrealistic, remember Rob and know that you will go on, that no challenge is too great nor goal unachievable. Rob attended St. Mary's Elementary School East Dubuque IL, Washington Jr High and Hempstead High School.

Surviving is his wife, Amy, two daughters, Stella and Sophia Sheehan; his father David Sheehan; his mother, Joyce (Brian) Kilgore-Carlin; brother, Dr. James (Carolyn) Sheehan; sister, Kelly (Nick) Stubbe; his paternal grandfather Thomas Sheehan; mother and father-in-law, Jeff and Linda Schadl; a brother-in-law, Tim Schadl; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandmother, Mary Sheehan; his maternal grandparents, Marilyn Kilgore and Gordon Kilgore; and a maternal uncle, Curtis Kilgore.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3680 Asbury Road where the service will be at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a future time

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

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



Jeanette Emma Miller Gibson


Jeanette Emma Miller Gibson, 93, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call at Trinity United Methodist Church one hour before the funeral service which starts at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cass Township Cemetery - Strawberry Point, Iowa.

She was born on March 11, 1925, near Elkport in Clayton County to Mike and Alta May (Smock) Miller. She attended country school in Cass Township and graduated from Strawberry Point High School.

Jeanette married Emory Christensen in 1945, and together they had four children. The couple later divorced. In 1956, she married Melvin Miller. Three children were born to this union.

Jeanette was a group leader and dealer for Stanley Home Products for many years. She also worked at Operation New View as an outreach representative for 13 years. She retired from that position and relocated to Ledyard. She helped to establish and then worked for Iowa Lakes Community College's Kossuth County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) for three years. Jeanette received the Female Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 1989 for her efforts on behalf of R.S.V.P.

Jeanette was a former member of the Pythian Sister's Lodge in Manchester, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Modernettes Club in Ledyard. She was also named Senior Advocate for Kossuth County for several years and was elected to the Older Iowan Legislature, serving four years during the early 1990s. She chose to retire in 1991 after marrying Russell Gibson.

Later, Jeanette left retirement behind and went on to work at the Blue Earth Landscape & Greenhouse and Elmore Nursery making Christmas Wreaths, at Seneca Foods as a cook at their canteen in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and as a cook for Dan's Ledyard Café. She retired for the last time at age 83 and lived in her own home until 2013 when she moved to Lincolnwood Assisted Living in Edgewood and to the Edgewood Convalescent Home in October 2017.

Jeanette enjoyed baking cookies for her children and grandchildren. She also stayed busy vegetable gardening and camping, and she loved to care for her flowers and plants and created a butterfly garden. In 2006, Jeanette published a family cookbook. All copies quickly made their way into the homes of friends, family, and neighbors.

Jeanette copyrighted "Grandma's Lullaby" in 2006 - a song she wrote when one of her children was a baby. During her winters spent in Arizona, Jeanette realized a couple of her life's ambitions by learning to paint on canvas and to play the organ. She won numerous ribbons at the Fairbault County Fair, including Grand Champion for her painting entitled "Mom's Roses." Copies of her paintings have been made and shared with her children and grandchildren. She also made "Violet," a porcelain doll, to add to her existing doll collection. In 2015, she wrote a book entitled Things I Remember for her family, which highlights her memories from childhood. Even with so many accomplishments in life, she still felt that her greatest accomplishment was her family.

Jeanette is survived by her seven children, Connie Hilsenbeck of Davenport, Nancy (Jim) Vavricka of Cedar Rapids, Jimmy (Joyce) Christensen of Elk Run Heights, Karen Lee of Perry, and Merri Bohnenkamp, Mike Miller, and Jeff Miller, all of Manchester; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Verla Schultz of Edgewood.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Gibson; three sisters, Shirley Ann "Pat" Galloway, Helen Downey, and LaVaune Feulner; two brothers, Homer Miller and Mike Miller, Jr.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.

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



Naoko Crippes


Naoko Crippes, 83 of Dubuque passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Naoko was born April 20, 1934 in Karafato, Japan. She married Robert ‘Bob' Crippes, November 19, 1968 in Japan.

Naoko grew up in Japan. She enjoyed going to the casinos and play the slots. Also, traveling to South Dakota with her husband. In her younger years she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Surviving are her husband Robert ‘Bob' Crippes; a sister-in-law, Rita (David) Birch, of Dubuque; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond (Connie) Crippes, of Kieler, WI; five nieces, Laura Crippes, Jill Crippes, Kim (Joe) Schmelz, and Theresa Birch, and Cheryl (Matt) Schromen; one nephew, Tony Birch; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one infant child.

A special thank you to the staff in the ICU Department at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for the care of Naoko.

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



John H. Uthe


John H. Uthe, 71, of Fairplay, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at home from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 526 of Hazel Green.

Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

John was born on February 6, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Melvin and Helen (Bonnet) Uthe.  The family lived on a farm in rural Hazel Green, WI.  John graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964.  After graduation, he served in the U. S. Army from 1966 - 1968 during the Vietnam War.  He married the love of his life, Joyce DeMuth on September 21, 1968.  The couple had two children, Mark & Brian.

During his lifetime John worked at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years, until his retirement in 2004. He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94, and a member of American Legion Post # 526 of Hazel Green. After retirement, he worked part-time at Top Notch Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical.

He was an avid Badger and Packer fan.  John loved playing golf with his wife Joyce and friends. John enjoyed playing cards with his buddies, and BS-ing at the Barge.

He loved hunting with his sons, brother, and grandsons.  When it came to the girls though, it was more of a hot chocolate and donuts kind of hunting morning. John was not a frequent fisherman but he was always there to teach the grandkids how to hook a worm and touch a fish.

His grandkids admired his contagious belly laugh and never left the house with an empty stomach or without a new story about the good ol' days. John's grandkids were his pride and joy. Any minute he was able to spend time with them he did.  There was not a day that went by that he didn't see his two youngest and take them for a golf cart ride around Fairplay. John left his family with many great memories that we will cherish forever.

Surviving is his wife Joyce; sons Mark (Julie) Uthe and Brian (Jessica) Uthe both of Fairplay; seven grandchildren, Cassie Jorgensen (fiancé, Michael Foley), Courtney Uthe, Briana Uthe, Hunter Uthe, Dillon Uthe, Colton Uthe and Kylie Uthe; one sister, JoAnne (Don) Gibson and one brother, Dale (Vicki) Uthe, all of Hazel Green; as well as seven brother and sister-in-laws, Mary Jane (David) Busch, Richard (Mary Jean) DeMuth, Betty (Don) Dreessens, Jim (Diane) DeMuth, Eunice (Bill) Oster, Tom (Sandy) DeMuth, Joe (Janice) DeMuth; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Helen, his infant brother Carl, and his father-in-law Clarence & mother-in-law Evelyn DeMuth.

In lieu of flowers, a John Uthe memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Dale LeRoy Chally


Dale LeRoy Chally, 84, passed away peacefully Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018, surrounded by his huge, loving family.

Visitation will begin at 10 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave NE in Marion where a funeral service will commence at 12:00 Noon. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Rev. Jody Skogen will officiate and the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Army Honors Detail will accord military honors.

Dale served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict. He started raising his family in Plano, Illinois, and ended up in Monticello, Iowa. Dale was a "jack-of-all-trades". He owned and operated many businesses during his life, including a car sales lot, an excavating business, an auto repair shop and the Millhurst Resort campground in Illinois. He ended his careers as a farmer. His children and grandchildren learned many useful talents from Dad and Grandpa.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife and soul mate of 63 years, Joan Chally, his children: Rod Chally (Jan Jemison), Robin (Earl) Basham, of Cedar Rapids, Tamie (Wendell) Singsaas, Fontana CA, Todd (Teresa) Chally, Anamosa, Lori (Bill) Johnston, Karen Chally, Cedar Rapids and Scott (Patricia) Chally, Monticello; his grandchildren: Jerod (Lindsey) Chally, Jesse (Michelle) Coohey, Justin Coohey (April Valentine), Zantz McConnell (Julitta Weber), Kimberly Brewer, Jason (Christine) Brewer, Cole Singsaas, Heather (Joshua) Sproston, Jennifer Chally (Tony Puetz), Erika Chally, Joanie (Cliff) Hedlund, Cody Johnston (Haley Gillen), Tyler Johnston (Sara Hedlund), Logan Johnston, Alex, Nicholas, Christian, Janik, Vanessa & Dominik Chally and Stevie Neilson; 21 great grandchildren; his sisters: Darlene Brugh, June Thompson; his brother Leonard Jr. (Leora) Chally; a brother-in-law, Louis (Terri) Stemmet; and his puppy dog, Molly.

He was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Leonard & Bertha (Lundy) Chally and sisters, Vivian Walker & Barbara Johnson.

His family would like to deeply thank the staff of St. Luke's Hospital, Unity Point Hospice and Pastors Jody & Gordon for all of their around the clock support.

Memorials can be made in Dale's honor to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave NE, Marion IA 52302.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Joseph L. Knox


Joseph L. "Joe" Knox, 81, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at UW-Hospitals and Clinics.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on March 21, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Jesse and Mary Ann (Glasker) Knox. He married Carol Peacock on August 2, 1958, in Galena, Illinois. Joe worked in the mines until serving in the US Army. After returning he worked as a carpenter for 50 years for Carpenters Union #678.

Joe enjoyed watching Badgers, Packers and Brewers on TV. He also enjoyed gardening, bowling and Sunday afternoon joy rides. Joe loved to tinker; there was never a project he was afraid to take on. He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was everyone's friend and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Deb (Jack Carrington) Burlison, of Dousman, WI, and Pam (Jason) Mootz, of Cuba City; two sons, Dennis Knox, of Cuba City, and Tim (Chris) Knox, of Oregon, WI; a sister, Adeline Gibbons, of Cuba City; a brother, Jim (Carol A.) Knox, of Cuba City; seven grandchildren, T.J. (Nicole), Jen (Matt), Krystal, Bart, Blake, Natalie, and Nicole; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Brielle, Aleria, Brayden, Camden and McKinley "Sissy".

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mable Knox, Lillian (Norbert) Kowalski and Mary Ann Shaffer; a brother, Willis (Helen) Knox; a brother-in-law, John Gibbons; and his father and mother-in-law, Al and Fran Stotmeister.

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



Peggy Ann Dannatt


Peggy Ann Dannatt, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 16, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until 11:15 A.M. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Peggy Ann Wallroff was born on February 12, 1951 in Cascade, Iowa, to Charlie A. Wallroff and Ruth H. (Lazenby) Wathier. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married William L. "Bill" Dannatt on September 9, 1988 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2003.

Prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Peggy had worked as a waitress and cook at various restaurants in Maquoketa, Ottumwa and Clinton, sometimes working three jobs.

Peggy was a past member of the Maquoketa VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and had served as a past president of the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and the Clinton AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo and Yahtzee. She especially enjoyed all holidays and spending time with her family. She was an avid collector of rabbits.

Those left to honor her memory include her sisters, Linda Campbell of Maquoketa, IA, Janet (Gene) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA, Mary (Don) Brooks of Maquoketa, IA, and Gerry Wallroff of Des Moines, IA; brothers-in-law, Weaver Crouch and Dennis Glaser; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant brother Albert Wallroff, a brother-in-law Larry Campbell, and sisters Hazel Crouch and Connie Glaser.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Peggy Ann Dannatt memorial fund has been established.

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



Donna Boll


Donna "Mick" Boll, 80, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born December 1, 1937 in Dubuque the daughter of William and Dorothy (Haupert) Radloff. She married Sylvester J. Boll on June 21, 1958, he passed on January 10, 2004.

Donna worked at the Dubuque Packing House, Galena Glove & Mitten, Dubuque Community Schools, and Walsh True Value over the years.

She was an avid Cubs Fan, Chicago Bears Fan, enjoyed a trip to the casino, and bowling. Donna enjoyed playing cards with her friends at the Rose, and going out to eat with her bowling friends. She found the greatest joy spending time with her great grandson, Cayden.

Survivors include her children, Donald Boll and Suzanne (Richard) Roussel; granddaughters, Lindsay (Nick) Rozinek and Melissa Roussel; great-grandson, Cayden Rozinek; a step-brother, George Brandel, Jr.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 infant sons, Joseph and William; and a step-brother, Robert Duehr.

The family would like to thank the staff of ICU Mercy Hospital for her care.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mellita Virginia (Hanten) Pommerich


Mellita Virginia (Hanten) Pommerich, 81, passed away surrounded by loved ones on April 10 at Assisi Village in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mellita was born at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on February 27, 1937 to Salome (Walsh) and Raymond Hanten.
Mellita attended St. Joseph's School in Key West; Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque; and Clarke College, where she graduated with honors. She taught elementary school for five years in Rockford, Illinois and Dubuque Public Schools.

On August 22, 1964, Mellita married Robert Pommerich, a Loras College professor, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. After living in Madison, Wisconsin, while Bob was in graduate school, they returned to Dubuque and settled at 1150 Edina Street where they reared four children.

Mellita came from a musical family. She was the drummer in the seven-piece Hanten Family Orchestra, which played for weddings and dances in area venues in the 1950s. She also enjoyed playing the piano, especially by ear, in the company of friends and family. Together she and Bob fostered a love of music in their children. They attended concerts in Dubuque and afar, and they were season ticket holders for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (in which their daughter performed). She and the family used to present musical programs in nursing homes. In recent years, Mellita entertained residents and guests at Assisi Village with her broad repertoire on the piano.

In her earlier years, Mellita was active in the Loras Faculty Wives organization and with the Stonehill Care Center Auxiliary. She and Bob enjoyed playing bridge and were regular partners at the Dubuque Area Lifetime Center. Mellita liked traveling to visit her children and their families. She once voyaged by ship to Europe with her mother, and she and Bob especially savored touring in England and Greece (where their son's family was living).

Mellita is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Bob, and by four children and five grandchildren: Karen (Mike Hosford) Pommerich of Swannanoa, North Carolina; Jim (Finola Keohane) Pommerich and their children Liam, Tara and Rory, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mary (Skip Kadish) Pommerich of Marina, California; and John (Karen Saxer) Pommerich and their children Earl and Raymond, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mellita is survived by four siblings: Geri (Tom) Goodman, Loras (Pat) Hanten, and Dan (the late Barb) Hanten, all of Dubuque; and Gene Hanten of Lodi, California. Mellita also is survived by eleven nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3 PM - 7 PM on Friday, April 13 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Saturday, April 14 at Church of the Nativity with Monsignor James Miller presiding. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Condolences may be offered at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Clarke University, the Dubuque Rescue Mission, or the Sisters of St. Francis.

The family would like to thank the staff of Assisi Village and Dubuque Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.



Tom and Mary Lou Aird


Heaven gained two very special angels on April 7, 2018. Thomas M. "Tom" Aird, 62, and Mary Lou Aird, 60, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin passed as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident while visiting family in Tennessee. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery in Dickeyville.  Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City before the services.

Tom was born September 9, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Arthur and Rose Marie (Gagne) Aird. He grew up in the Hazel Green area and attended Southwestern High School. Mary Lou was born July 7, 1957, in Cuba City, WI, the daughter of Robert "Bob" and Darlene (Droessler) Lange. She was a proud lifelong resident of West Lane, and attended Cuba City High School. Tom and Mary Lou were high school sweethearts and were married on February 28, 1976. Tom and Mary Lou settled on West Lane and raised three children while Tom worked at the Cuba City School District for 30 years and Mary Lou worked at Honeywell in Galena for 33 years. Both had just recently found their dream job of being retired and full time grandparents.

Tom and Mary Lou cherished their family more than anything in the world. Their family went far beyond what most call family, as they had so many close friends. Their favorite people in the world however, were their grandchildren. If Tom and Mary Lou were not home, you could almost guarantee they were somewhere chasing one of them. Mary Lou and Tom were amazing grandparents. They spent their time wisely as all the grandchildren have special memories of them. When asked what was the most special, they talked about sneaking out for ice cream (if grandma wasn't watching), early morning fishing...the earlier the better, Johnson Lake, Northerns the size of the kids, the many adventures with the porcupines, and the cabin...they all loved the cabin. Desserts will never be the same and some of their moms are going to have to learn to cook now. The fishing boat, which Mary Lou did more reading than fishing in. Raised as a dairy farmer's daughter, she never cared much for milk but loved her wine.  She was the only grandma they knew that enjoyed sledding as much as they did, and she could sit and listen to them play the piano and sing "you are my sunshine" for hours. Tom's love for the outdoors has been passed along to the next two generations. Grandpa was a hunting buddy to all. Some of their best trips resulted in snacks and stories but no shooting. Tom was also notorious for teasing, but secretly they loved it. There wasn't a ref around that was safe from Mary Lou and if they were not doing their job she'd let them know. Her voice could always be heard and the mandatory two arm hug after every competition will be fondly missed. Their unconditional love for anyone they came in contact with, has taught us all how to love no matter what, and they leave behind a community who they loved so dearly.

Tom and Mary Lou are survived by their three children, Michael (Amanda) Aird, Darlington, WI, Sarah (Jeremy) Wagner, Mondovi, WI, and Matthew (Misty) Aird, McKenzie, TN; Tom's mother, Rose Marie Aird, Rolling Meadows, IL; their eight grandchildren who were their pride and joy in life, Ethan and Eli, Brandon, Cody, and Anna, Maggie, Zach, and Gracie; Mary Lou's brothers, Rick (Mary Kay) Lange, Prairie du Chien, WI and Kevin (Jean) Lange, Dickeyville, WI; Tom's sisters, Sue (Bob) Heller, Munford, TN, Blanche Hough, Katy, TX, and Nancy Pelletier, Darien, IL; and Tom's brother, Kenny (Cindy) Aird, Cuba City. They were preceded in death by Tom's father, Arthur; Mary Lou's parents, Robert "Bob" and Darlene; and their nephew, Jeremy Heller.

A Thomas M. "Tom" and Mary Lou Aird Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may be sent to 837 Valley View Court, Darlington, WI 53530. 

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



Bonnie L. Brimeyer


Bonnie L. Brimeyer, age 59, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:40 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family, following a lengthy battle with neuroendocrine cancer. To honor Bonnie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bonnie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 

Bonnie was born on March 12, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clifford and Doris (Ritt) Brimeyer.

Bonnie surely enjoyed growing up in Sherrill and was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 1977, and later in life even went on to earn her bachelor's degree in accounting from Clarke College in 1999. She was a diligent and devoted worker at Flexsteel who just recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with all of her friends she's made over the years. In her free time, Bonnie enjoyed traveling extensively whenever the opportunity would present itself and was thankful to be fortunate enough to see both Alaska and Hawaii firsthand. She also thoroughly enjoy quilting and has created many beautiful keepsakes, and made countless treasured friends throughout her journey in the sewing community. Bonnie's faith was also very important to her as Bonnie was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. The most important aspect of Bonnie's life though was definitely her family. She was always there for anyone who needed a little moral support, and also graciously played the most wonderful role of "Aunt" the world has ever seen. Bonnie's impact on the world around her is undeniable. Whether within her circle of family, friends, or even with her furry felines; Bonnie had enough love and devotion to fill a lifetime of memories to be cherished by all whom she leaves behind today. We will miss our dear Bonnie, her radiant smile, along with her endearing typical red-headed character traits; but we know and accept that the Lord has decided to allow Bonnie to finally quit fighting cancer to join Him, and her father, in a glorious state of perfection where she can wait peacefully for her loved ones to eventually join her again one day.

Those left to cherish Bonnie's memory include

her mother,
Doris Brimeyer, Sherrill, IA;

her siblings,
Diane (Harold) Breitsprecker, Jr., Dubuque, IA
and Paul Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA;

2 nephews,
Chad (Angie) Breitsprecker
and Nathan (Lisa) Breitsprecker;

and 5 great-nephews,
Lane, Tate, Ian, Danny and Tommy.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Brimeyer.

A Bonnie L. Brimeyer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Bonnie's family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Medical Associates, Mercy Hospital and UIHC in Iowa City, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and Amy, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care. We would also like to thank Bonnie's Flexsteel family for all of the love and support they've provided throughout her 4 year battle. May God bless you all for your kindnesses!

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



Susan K. Gregory


Susan K. Gregory, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Susan's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Susan Kay Gregory was born on January 9, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Arthur "Red" and Dorothy (Duhme) Gregory. She was a 1976 graduate of DeWitt High School and while in high school had worked at Martha's Café in DeWitt. Following graduation, Susan worked at ADAC and later DAC, Inc., both in Maquoketa.

Susan was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed board games, cards, puzzles, and was a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Those left to honor her memory include her brother James "Jim" Gregory (and his girlfriend Carol Schwien) of Delmar, IA; and her very, very special friend and significant other, Duane Westphal of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved dogs Hawkeye and Dusty.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com



Melvin E. Zmudka


Melvin E. Zmudka, 89, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Melvin may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Mass of Christian burial for Melvin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born May 7, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Anthony and Rose (Brzozonaski) Zmudka. He received his education from Holy Ghost Catholic Schools in Dubuque, Iowa and St. Patrick's Schools in Garryowen, Iowa. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving most of his time in Germany. He was proud to serve his country alongside his fellow comrades. His love for his country continued on after the army by serving in his local Legion, VFW and AM Vets Post. Melvin farmed all his life in Bernard, Iowa.

Melvin was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa. He was also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 and the AM Vets Post #62 in Andrew, Iowa.

He is survived by many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Tony, Alex and Pat Zmudka.

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



Stephen J. Knipper


Stephen Joseph Knipper, 68, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Hospice House in Hiawatha. He was born on March 7, 1950, in Edgewood, the son of Raymond and Betty (Martens) Knipper.

Stephen graduated from Ed-Co High School in 1968. He was united in marriage to Susan Shea. Three children were born to this union. They resided in Manchester, where Stephen worked at United Building Center. The couple later divorced.

Stephen was an avid ice fisherman. He loved spending time with family, especially his children and granddaughter.

Survivors include Stephen's mother, Betty Knipper of Edgewood; his two sons, Stephen (Amy French) Knipper Jr. of Wadena and Shane (Kat Richman) Knipper of Marion; one granddaughter, Isabella Knipper; and three siblings, David (Ann) Knipper of Melcher, Marilyn Sundermeyer of Edgewood, and Dennis (Annette) Knipper of Edgewood.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Knipper, and his daughter, Sharon Knipper.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, with Reverend John Haugen officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call one hour before Mass at the church on Monday.

Inurnment at a Later Date: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Angeline (Arvanitis) Rittenburg


Angeline (Arvanitis) Rittenburg, 88, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 12:00 pm (noon), Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St. Family will greet friends 10:30 am until service times on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Angeline was born June 8, 1929 the daughter of George P. and Edna (Borek) Arvanitis. She married Everett C. Rittenburg on October 30, 1949; he passed in 1989.

Survivors include her sons, Kurt (Carol), Karl, and Kenton Rittenburg; grandchildren, Christina (Rob Candiano) and Kathryn (Chris Tobin); great-grandchildren, Lani, Matthew, Lena, Daisy, and Morgan; siblings, Dorothy Kobs, and Deana Gulyash; 2 nieces, 2 nephews; and several great nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece.

Angeline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother in-laws, Clarence Kobs and Ronald Gulyash.

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

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



Jeanette M. Bettcher


Jeanette M. Bettcher, 85, of Dubuque died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held.
Jeanette was born December 16, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of Henry and Mabel (Hedrick) Gottschalk. She married her childhood sweetheart, LeRoy Bettcher on January 21, 1950 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 17 years, before opening Longhorn Saddlery with her husband in 1968.

Jeanette was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved, and excelled at, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed bowling and horseback riding.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Bettcher of Dubuque; a son, James "Jim" Bettcher; two grandchildren, Travis Bettcher and Chelsea (Meg) Mitchell; a sister, Irene "Toots" Herbst and a sister in law, Dorothy Gottschalk, all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in law, Leesa Bettcher; a brother, Earl Gottschalk and a brother in law, Leo Herbst.
Memorials may be made to Jeanette Bettcher Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health ER and ICU as well as the first responders with the Asbury Volunteer Fire Department.



Betty Jean Bell


Betty Jean Bell, 89, of Hanover, Ill. died Friday, April 06, 2018 at Galena Strauss Care Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born August 18, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Grace (Redmond) Reisen. She married Robert Bell on September 11, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1994.

Surviving are two daughers, Diana (Ted) Spas of Missoula, Mont., and Kathy Mulholland of Hanover, Ill.; a son, Robert "B" (Amy) Bell of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Scott (Beth Ann) Mulholland, Michelle Mulholland, Theodore "Teddy" (Hanna) Spas, Jesse (Jackie) Bell, Johnathon (Brittany) Wachter and Courtney Hicks; six great grandchildren, Chelsey Smith, Ashley (David) Albrecht, Abigail Mulholland, Noah Folks, Garrett Mulholland and Brooklyn Hicks.

She is also survived by a brother, Joe (Janaan) Reisen, of Zwingle; a sister, Shirley Kempter of Richarson, Texas and a sister in law, Jean Reisen of Zwingle.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Debra Sue Bell; a son in law, Robert Mulholland and a brother, Richard "Bud" Reisen.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



David J. Mescher


David J. Mescher, 82, of Monticello passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm and a family rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning at St. Luke Catholic Church prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton with burial at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

David was born in Dyersville the son of Henry and Mathilda (Koopmann) Mescher. He married Janet A. Werner on January 28, 1961, in Sand Springs. She preceded him in death in 1997. He later married Jean A. Tschantz who also preceded him in death in 2010. He worked at Energy Manufacturing for nearly 35 years.

Survivors include his children: Andrew (Tara) Mescher and Lori (David) Nightingale, both of Monticello, and Michael (Lorraine) Mescher of Swampscott, MA; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson; a special friend, Lila Joslin of Manchester;
siblings: Alfred "Fritz" (Jeanette) Mescher and Richard (Jean) Mescher both of Dyersville, Gilbert (Bernice) Mescher of Farley, Robert (Lou Ann) Mescher of Strawberry Point, Armella Phillips of Fly Creek, NY; in-laws: Jacqueline (Arnold) Merkes of Manchester, Susie (Ron) McDermott of Mt. Vernon, IA, Richard (fiancé LaVern) Werner of Richland, MO, Pat (Marilyn) Werner of Hopkinton, Robert (Cheryl) Werner of Grimes, Ed (Sue) Werner of Epworth, and Steve (Linda) Werner of Dyersville and Beth Whisler of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, one son, Christopher Mescher, siblings: Louis, Harry, Clarence "CJ" and Bill Mescher, Viola Mescher, Alice Althoff, Marie Kramer and Rosemary Nelson; parents-in-law, Rose and Bill Werner, and a brother-in-law, Dan Werner.

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

 



Becky L. Welter


Becky L. (Schoenauer) Welter 58 of Sherrill passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Memorial Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 468 Balltown Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 468 Balltown Rd. Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Becky was born November 11, 1959 the daughter of Robert and June (Hicks) Schoenauer. She married Eugene Welter on November 18, 1980 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Becky helped her husband start Welter Painting and was a farm wife for 22 years before working at Dubuque Senior High School for 13 years and the last 7 years at Irving Elementary where she loved being with her school kids. She loved music, taking pictures, dancing, fishing, hunting, traveling, and spending time in the kitchen. Becky mostly enjoyed helping others and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Eugene; children, Rob (Renee) Welter of Waverly, Holly (Steve Kamp) Welter of Farley, and Jason (Ashley Green) Welter of Cascade; 11 grandchildren, Connor, Nolan, Taylor, Bennett, Marshall, Carter, Reegan, Carley, Piper, Quinn, and Harrison; her mother in-law, Anna Mae Welter; siblings, Jackie (Jim) Gronau of Dubuque, Vickie (Bruce) Wagner of Dubuque, and Bobbie Lynch of Idaho; brother and sister in-laws, Darlene (William) Mauss of Dubuque, Vern (Rose) Welter of Sherrill, Tom Welter of Farmington, Minnesota, Barb (Steve) Schmitt of Coralville, and Joan (Lee) Hoerner of Epworth.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents and her father in-law, Ralph Welter.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.



Timothy M. Horsfield


Timothy M. "Tim" Horsfield, 64, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on April 5th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 9th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Reverend Dr. Lillian Daniels officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. John's Cemetery, Placid. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.
Tim was born on February 26, 1954, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque the son of Walter M. and Cecelia E. (McDermott) Horsfield.

He attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Western Dubuque High School both in Epworth, and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, in Johnston.

He married Kevin S. Firnstahl on April 1, 2011 in Dubuque.

Tim was the City of Dubuque Parking System Supervisor from 2001-2017; he also was the Loras College Director of Campus Security from 1993-2001; City of Minneapolis, MN, Communications (911) Specialist 1991-1993; Hennepin County, MN Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sheriff 1989-1991; St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center Director of Parking & Grounds Maintenance 1986-1989; FDL Foods, Inc., Corporate Director of Security 1983-1986; Dubuque County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff 1975-1984.

Tim's first love was law enforcement. His snarky sense of humor made us laugh and laugh at ourselves. He loved his dogs, camping in the RV, and rooting for any team playing against the Packers. Our gratitude goes to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, Epworth Fire Department, and the doctors and staff of the UIHC Holden Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Center for their valiant efforts.

Tim is survived by his husband Kevin S. Firnstahl, of Dubuque; his sister Janann (Ken) Krapfl, of Monticello; brother's, Pat (Verla) Horsfield, of Epworth; Erwin "Red" (Joyce) Horsfield, of Epworth; Ronald (Judith) Horsfield, of Epworth; Dale (Jolene) Horsfield, of Ft. Meyers, FL; his sister-in-Law Elizabeth (Michael) McCann, of Vergas, MN; brother-in-Law David (Julie) Firnstahl, of Amery, WI; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Tim was precededin death by his parents; his sister Lois Kluesnser; two brothers in infancy Leo and Phillip Horsfield; his father-in-Law Ramon Firnstahl and mother-in-Law Marilyn Firnstahl; brothers-in-Law Donald Kluesner, Stephen Firnstahl, and Corey Firnstahl.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Holden Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244.



Sharon A. Dunne


Sharon A. Dunne, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 9th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Sharon was born on July 9, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Maxine (Henneberry) O'Connell and grew up on the family farm in rural Otter Creek. She attended rural school in Jackson county and graduated from Aquin Catholic High School in 1968.

She worked at Xavier Hospital from 1968 to 1969 as a nurse's aide in the nursery. She then worked for Flexsteel Ind. for 37 years until retirement. After retirement she worked at Hy-Vee Grocery on Locust Street where she was awarded Employee of the year.
She was united in marriage to David P. Dunne on October 25th, 1969 in Garryowen, Iowa. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, member of the Catholic Daughters and also the Steelworkers Union.

Sharon enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs; but she mostly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband David P. Dunne; two children, Shane (Kris) Dunne and Jodi (Dan Feller) Dunne. Her grandson Tyson Dunne and granddaughters Rylie Dunne and Emma Feller. Her siblings, Suzanne (Tom) Stecher, Mary Vince, David O'Connell, Loras (Shelly) O'Connell, Sara (Loras) Huilman, and Colleen Kafar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law Thomas Joseph Dunne Jr., and sister-in-law Karla O'Connell.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, and a special thank you to her sister Mary O'Connell for all the loving care they all gave.



Donald J. Rock


Donald J. "Rocky" Rock, 88, of Benton, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at his daughter's residence in Orange Beach, Alabama. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Donald was born on January 8, 1930, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the son of Abner and Florence (Alderson) Rock. Donald was raised in New Diggings where he and his twin sister, Dolores, started school at the age of four. He later graduated from New Diggings High School in 1948. He was an outstanding basketball player in his day and was a member of the New Diggings Midgets Basketball Team that went undefeated three years in a row. Donald served in the United States Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion with an honorable discharge in 1952.

Donald was united in marriage to Carolyn Ethel Solem on July 6, 1957, at the Masonic Temple in Evanston, Illinois. He worked at Willowa Engineering Company in Galena, AY McDonald in Dubuque, and then worked at John Deere Tractor Works in Dubuque where he retired in 1987. Donald also helped on the Coulthard family farm for over 50 years.

Donald was a member of the Benton Fire Department, the Galena Elks Club, the Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #6 and a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club. He was the longtime coach of the Womens Benton Merchants Fast Pitch Softball Team, played on the Old Timers Mens Slow Pitch Softball Team and was a longtime member of Rocky's Bar Bowling Team. Donald was also a member of the Old Timers Basketball Team where he was known for his hook shot and free throw shooting. He was a long time White Sox fan, a Detroit Lions fan and a lifetime fan and supporter of the University of Kentucky. On November 17, 2010, Donald was commissioned a KENTUCKY COLONEL by the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Donald spent 32 years as a winter resident (snowbird) of Gulf Shores and later Orange Beach, Alabama, where he enjoyed the warmer winters and met many new friends.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Linda (Paul) Ponder, of Orange Beach, AL; grandchildren, Travis (Robyn) Ponder and Kinsey (PJ) McInerney; great-grandchildren, Lydia and Lucy McInerney and Dylan and Ethan Ponder; a twin sister, Dolores Hutchinson, of Platteville; a nephew, Joe (Julie) Thompson and a niece, Carolyn (Harold) Ensch, both of Shullsburg; and some dear cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; his parents, Abner and Florence (Alderson) Rock, his father and mother-in-law, Lavern and Julia (Johnson) Solem; a sister, Betty (Rock) Thompson; and a nephew, Jerry Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Shawnee Cemetery Association, 2311 Shawnee Road, Shullsburg, WI 53586.

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



Charles J. Wichmann


Charles J. "Chuck" Wichmann 86 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospital Clinics with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at his side. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, April 9, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd with a 5:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Charles was born on June 24, 1931 in Homestead, Iowa the son of John and Helen (Vogt) Wichmann. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years during the Korean War. Charles married Marguerite Dusterhoft in 1954 and they celebrated 63 beautiful years of marriage. He attended Cedar Rapids Business College and after moving to Dubuque attended Loras College.

Charles worked for Goodyear Tire Company and Bridgestone Tire, retiring at 71. He was a member of St. Anthony's Parish, Knights of Columbus, and was an usher at church for many years. Charles was a member of the American Legion, volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum, member of Speak Easy Toastmasters where he won several trophies. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, loved golfing, bowling, boating, and wood working.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite; children, Judy (Rick) David , Kathy Meyer, John (Sue) Wichmann, and Dennis (Colleen) Wichmann; 6 grandchildren, Chris David, Melissa (Tracey) Johnson, Derek (Cheri) Wichmann, Stephanie Wichmann, Crystal Chew, and Kaysha (Tyler) Schmidt; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Bob and Larry (Kay Beth) Wichmann; and a sister-law, Mary Aliene (Dick) Sadler.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Chad Meyer; sister in-law, Wynona Wichmann; and his mother and father in-law, Louise and Clarence Dusterhoft.
Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony's Parish or Dubuque Arboretum in Charles's memory.

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



Nora R. Gierens


Nora R. Gierens, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:05 a.m., on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nora's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Nora's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Nora was born on August 9, 1940, in Paris, Illinois, daughter of Archie and Carrie Elizabeth (Blodgett) Hickel.

Nora was born and raised in Paris, Illinois, before eventually moving to Dubuque and putting down roots of her own and raising her family. She was a very hard worker who put her natural talents and abilities to use first, as a waitress and housekeeper at the Chateau, and lastly with the housekeeping team at the Diamond Jo Casino; where she would invest over 20 years of her time until her well earned retirement had finally arrived. In her free-time, Nora enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; such as taking a leisurely walk on a beautiful day, or curling up comfortably on the sofa to watch one of her favorite tv programs. She also had a great love and affinity for angels and dolls and was continually on the lookout for another piece to add to her ever-growing collection. Nora's faith was very important to her also as she was a devoted and long-time member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Most of all though, she loved to spend quality time with her family and friends and any chance to congregate with them brought Nora great joy within the confines of her heart and mind. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our dearly sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, but gratefully discover some comfort in the fact that her loving memories will carry us through the sorrowful days ahead, and the knowledge that we will all eventually be reunited again, one day, in our eternal home in heaven.

Those left to cherish Nora's memory include

her children,
Robert Bradley (Taci) Phillips, Chesapeake, VA,
Cindy Jo (Tim) Hansen, Plainfield, IL,
Marshall (Denise) Gierens, Elgin, IL
and Tammy (Chad) Olson, Stockton, IL;

10 grandchildren,
Eric (Sarah) Gierens, Vincent (Danielle) Gierens, Alek Hayes, Austyn Hayes, Andrew Hayes, Avery Hayes, Arianna Hayes, Madison Olson, Chelsea Olson and Walker Olson;

5 great-grandchildren,
Raelynn Gierens, Toby Gierens, Chance Gierens, Noah Gierens and Levi Gierens;

and her sisters,
Judy (Ronald) Smith, Paris, IL
and Emma (Steve) Franklin, Japan.

Nora was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 sisters, Rosalie Bennett and Patricia Copsy.

A Nora R. Gierens memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Nora's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of their kind and professional care of Nora and her family.

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



Everett M. Mattox


Everett M. Mattox, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Everett's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Everett Monte Mattox was born on June 11, 1931 in Merna, Nebraska, to Everett Monte and Viola Pearl (Sells) Mattox Sr. He grew up in Broken Bow, Nebraska and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, earning an honorable discharge.

He married LoVanna Schoenherr in 1954 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Julie and Victor. Lovanna preceded him in death in 1961. He later married Wilma Drake in 1964 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, and they divorced after 25 years of marriage. To this union one child was born, Shawn.

Everett was a farmer and had managed Wyoming Ready Mix for several years. He most notably was known for operating Mattox Auction Service from 1956 until 2012, and feeding people through his "Sand Prairie Farms" business for many years.

Everett was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, the Jackson County Pork Producers Association, and in 2014, he was chosen to go on the Quad Cities Honor Flight. He was an accomplished carpenter, enjoyed coon hunting, and was a collector of crocks and coffee pots. He truly loved what he did and believed that work was his hobby. He thoroughly enjoyed feeding people through his produce business.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Julie (Don) Davis of Eldridge, IA, and Shawn (Chantelle) Mattox of Bozeman, MT; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a brother Steve Mattox of Callaway, NE; and sisters, Hazel Close of Boise, ID, and Judy (Ray) Lunkowitz of N. Platte, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lovanna, a son Victor, brothers Jack, Cecil and Lyle Mattox, and sisters Mabel Ellingson and Ruby Plambeck.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Everett M. Mattox memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald D. Drish


Ronald Dean Drish, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Ronald was born on July 6, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Marion and Audrey (Harvey) Drish. He married Janice Roddick on November 27, 1958, she preceded him in death on April 8, 2006. He served in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne.

Ronald farmed in the Zwingle area and later worked at Dubuque John Deere retiring in 1992. After retirement he worked for Norton News. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and was an active member Dubuque Eagles Club where he served as past president.

He enjoyed sports and golf, and in his earlier years he played baseball, and coached his five boys in independent league ball. He was a founding member of "The dirty dozen golf League" and will be remembered for his Karaoke singing.

He is survived by his five sons, Dennis (Esther) Drish, of Texas, David (Barb) Drish, of Mississippi, Danny (Carolyn) Drish, of Anamosa, Duane Drish, and Douglas Drish both of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; a brother Fred (Ann) Drish and a sister Punky (Bowdy) Stecklein.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janice and a sister Darlene.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schoppe and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital especially Diane for all the care they gave to Dad.



Violet Mae Mescher


Violet "Vi" Mae Mescher, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Violet's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with her son, Rev. Michael Mescher, and Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Violet's life, family and friends may visit from 11:30 a.m., until 12:30 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.

Violet was born on February 23, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Rentzsch) Holl.

Vi was fortunate to have spent the majority of her earthly journey right here in the Dubuque area. After completing her education, Vi eventually met the love of her life, Allen Mescher, heading north on a train in Texas during WWII, and the pre-destined loving couple were finally united in marriage on November 13, 1948, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 69 wonderful years together, as well as 4 truly adored children, before Allen was sadly called home ahead of her on November 29, 2017. Vi was the proud owner of Vi's Nutrition Store for over 22 years and found great joy in promoting healthy living through many family, friends and clients over her career. Vi was also steadfast in her devotion to her faith, Lord and Savior and not only prayed daily, but also a long-time member of her beloved St. Anthony's Church and the Catholic Mother's Study Club. But, let it be known that when Vi wasn't working at the store, writing her latest "Quotable Quotes" Column for the T.H., or spending her time with church activities, she was continually discovering her true purpose in this life; loving her family. Vi's commitment to those she cared for was never going to be doubted by anyone who truly knew and loved her. Some of her favorite family times involved the many cherished camping adventures the family would endeavor upon throughout the years. Every trip was a new experience for all involved and the memories which still remain will continue to provide comfort for those whose hearts are aching today. We search for heavenly peace within our pain of loss today, but we accept that our beautiful Vi's time with us, here upon this earth, was to cease when God would inevitably decide to call her home. We are grateful that our loving soul-mates, Vi and Allen, did not have to endure too much time separated from one another and that now their eternal union in the perfection of true agape love awaits. We sadly shed tears as our hearts and minds begin the necessary healing process for those of us left behind, but in time we will surely accept the truth, and find the comfort, in the fact that Vi is resting comfortably from her labors, safely in her Heavenly Father's arms, and only awaits patiently for our eventual arrival to one of the most glorious of family reunions one day.

Those left to cherish Violet's memory include

her 4 loving children,
Rev. Michael Mescher, Tama, IA,
Dr. Scott (Claudia) Mescher, Hibbing, MN,
Sally (David) Mescher Allen, Littleton, CO
and Alice (Fred) Altmix, Nashville, TN;

her 7 grandchildren,
Meredith (Colin) McCowan, Emily (Nathan) Wirkkula, Craig (Sara) Mescher, MD, John Allen, Tatyana Allen, Caitlyn (Andrew) Boza and Evan Altmix;

her great-granddaughter,
Cora Boza;

her brother,
Joseph (Connie) Hall, Jr., Sun City Center, FL;

her sisters-in-law,
Rose Johanningmeier, Dubuque, IA,
and Marion Mescher, Melbourne, Australia;

her brothers-in-law,
Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, IA
and Bill Pauling, Escandido, CA.

and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Alice Pauling; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond (Fran) Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Elmer Mescher and Donald (Betty) Mescher and Elmer "Moe" Johanningmeier.

A Violet Mae Mescher memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed to her favorite charity.

Vi's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for all of the kind, caring and professional care they have provided to Vi, and her entire family throughout the years.

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



Donald Allen Freese


Donald Allen Freese, 50, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 in an auto accident in Wisconsin.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street where friends may call from 10 a.m. to1 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Donald was born April 9, 1967 in Dubuque, son of Allen B. and Janice J. (Clough) Freese.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985. After high school he worked alongside his parents at their family business, Nu-Way Cleaners, and more recently as a union carpenter.

Don was a free spirit person who loved being with his family and friends and making the party last. He had a way about him that you would be immediately drawn to him. That contagious grin and his ways with words he could charm his way out of most things. He was kind-hearted, generous, easy to talk to, and a loyal friend. He was an avid Viking and Chicago Cub fan and enjoyed setting off fireworks whenever and where ever he could.

Surviving are three children Nicole (Shane) Clemens, Kamber Freese, and Dawson Freese, all of Dubuque; a grandson, Prestyn; two granddaughters, Serenity and Temperance; his mother Janice Freese, of Bellevue, IA; three brothers, Tom Freese, of Las Vegas, NV, Jim Freese, of Dubuque and Bob (Patty) Freese, of Marion, IA; a sister, Julie (Craig) Weiner, of Dubuque; an aunt, LaVonne "Bonnie" Thurston, of California; an uncle, Duane (Donna) Clough, of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Freese, and his aunt Sharon (David) Jaeger.

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

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



Gale D. Hixenbaugh


Gale D. Hixenbaugh, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services located at 3860 Asbury Rd. Military honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 11:30 am.

Gale was born on April 28, 1930 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Henry Clyde and Jessie (Steele) Hixenbaugh. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1948. Gale married Susan Bruckshaw, his wife of over 40 years, in 1951, and served in the US Army from 1951 - 1953 during the Korean War.

After receiving a degree from Iowa State University in Aeronautical Engineering, Gale worked for Convair in San Diego, CA before moving to St. Louis, MO, where he worked for McDonnell Douglas until he retired in 1995.

Gale moved to Dubuque, Iowa, shortly after retiring to be closer to his family. Most of his days were spent with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending the Dubuque Symphony, listening to classical music, and challenging his mind with both crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include his children, Lisa (Brad) Brissey of Dubuque, Iowa, and John Eric (Susan) Hixenbaugh of Bettendorf, Iowa and three grandchildren, Ashlyn, Amanda and Ariella.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings (Leon, Harold and Joe Hixenbaugh, Ruth Clark, Eloise Dobbs, and Clydene "Peg" Hindley, and Susan Bruckshaw (Hixenbaugh, Aldrich).

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



Evelyn L. Arensdorf


Evelyn L. Arensdorf, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 3, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Evelyn Leona Kinyon was born on June 1, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Vernon and Mabel (Clark) Kinyon. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married James Sylvester Arensdorf on August 31, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Renee, Dawn and James.

Evelyn first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time, then Maquoketa Care Center, and lastly as a childcare provider at Sunshine Daycare in Maquoketa for over 20 years.

Evelyn enjoyed flowers, Sunday drives, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and playing "Words With Friends" on the computer with family.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband James Arensdorf of Maquoketa, IA; children, Renee (Gordon) Waite of Chandler, AZ, Dawn (Tom) Christiansen of Copperas Cove, TX, and James (Suzanne) Arensdorf of Cypress, TX; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Derek Arensdorf, and a brother Lloyd Kinyon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Evelyn L. Arensdorf memorial fund has been established.

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



Alan Von Ah


Alan Von Ah, 57, of Shawnee, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Kansas University Medical Center. A visitation to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203.

Alan was born October 12, 1960 to William and Dorothy (Schmitt) Von Ah in Dubuque, Iowa. Alan was an Iowa state chess champion in high school. He excelled at video games and was the 1990 Nintendo World Championships Kansas City 18 & Over Champion. He was an amateur magician and loved performing magic tricks for children and adults. He was a professional poker dealer at Harrah's North Kansas City and was an avid poker player. He had a great love of NFL football, in particular the Minnesota Vikings, and he was The Prognosticator. He loved listening to music, reading books and watching movies. He was interested in politics, was a great patriot, and he loved his country.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents. Alan was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Farley) Von Ah, children, Holly Von Ah and Christopher Von Ah, sisters, Connie (John) Patrick, Tammy Von Ah, and Tracy Doyle, brothers Lance (Diane) Von Ah and Bruce Von Ah.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.



Mackenzie K. McArthur


Mackenzie K. McArthur 16 of Asbury passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 as a result of a car accident. Visitation will be 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Funeral Service.

Mackenzie was born June 16, 2001 in Ames, Iowa the daughter of Michael and Sheila (Adair) McArthur. She was a junior at Dubuque Hempstead High School and worked at Best Western in Dubuque. Mackenzie enjoyed being around friends, hiking, outdoors, animals, and feared nothing.

Survivors include her father, Michael McArthur; her mother Sheila (Robb Harter) McArthur; siblings, Mitchel and Madi McArthur, Mackenzie, Brock, and Brayden Harter; paternal grandfather, Darrell McArthur; maternal grandmother, Peggy Spore; aunts and uncles, Steve, Al (Michelle), Annette, Darren (Becky), Aric (Heather), Tina, Niki (Terry), and Gabe (Anne); numerous cousins, and other relatives.

Mackenzie was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Irene McArthur and her maternal grandfather, Jerry Adair.

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

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



Mathilda M. Kloser


Mathilda M. Kloser, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:38 p.m., on Monday, April 2, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mathilda's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Mathilda's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Mathilda was born on April 9, 1939, in Guttenberg Iowa, daughter of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Juran.

Mathilda was united in marriage to the love of her life, Herman Kloser, on August 2, 1958, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, IA. The two have been blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 4 adored children. She was a devoted full-time wife and mother, who took great pride in caring for her home and family. Mathilda was also a very faith filled woman who was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. She always appreciated the simple pleasures in life such as tending to her bountiful flower gardens and plants, or even just enjoying a little serene time watching the birds and woodland creatures outside her window. Her greatest joy in life however, came from all the precious time she was able to spend with her beloved family. We are deeply saddened today by the loss of our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, but discover peace in knowing that we will all one day be reunited with of our loved ones who have been called home ahead of us. We thank you Mathilda, from the bottom of our hearts, for all the love, lessons and memories you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Mathilda's memory include

her husband,
Herman Kloser, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Edward (Bette) Kloser, Darlington, WI,
Paul Kloser, Dubuque, IA,
Roger Kloser, Dubuque, IA
and Patricia (Curt) Kirschbaum, Hazel Green, WI;

a granddaughter,
Rachel (Daniel) Schmitt, Platteville, WI;

a sister-in-law,
Virginia Juran, Holy Cross, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Donny (Dorothy) Wolf, Dubuque, IA.

Mathilda was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Madonna (Fritz) Roling, Rosemary (Bud) Gibbs, Anthony Juran, Robert (Donna) Juran, Bill Juran, Delores Wolf and Joseph Juran.

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

Mathilda's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Mathilda, and her family.

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

 



Marie K. Kunkel


Marie K. Kunkel, 91, of Davenport, formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Jersey Ridge Place in Davenport, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 5th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Andrew Mensah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on September 15, 1926, in the township of Jamestown, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Wiederholt) Placke and was raised on her parents' farm in Wisconsin. She married Kenneth Kunkel on May 31, 1948 at St. Joseph's Sinsinawa.

She worked as a seamstress for Roshek's Department store for more than 30 years.

Marie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 1954, and was a very religious woman.

Surviving are her daughter, Kathy Schroeder, of Davenport, IA; four grandchildren, Angela (Jared) Smith of Manhattan Beach, CA; Katie (Nick Seacord) Schroeder, of Kansas City, MO; Amy (Matt) Sweeney, of Davenport, IA; and Kenny (Stephanie) Schroeder, of Eldridge, IA; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Eileen Placke of Dickeyville, WI; Dorothy Kunkel of Kieler, WI; and Rose Ann Kunkel of Dubuque, IA; three brothers-in-law, Ralph Kunkel, John (Pat) Kunkel, and Floyd (Darlene) Kunkel, all of Kieler, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Kunkel, in 2012; a daughter, Linda Lou, in 1982; a son-in-law, Michael Schroeder, in 2017; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Merlyn) Wolter; sister, Rosaline Edwards; brother, Vernon Placke; mother and father-in-law, Kilian and Angeline Kunkel; brothers-in-law, Donald Kunkel, Gerald Kunkel, Eugene Hornbeck, and Gilbert Vaassen; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Kunkel, Rita Hornbeck, and Marian Vaassen.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.



Edwin O. Klaas


Edwin O. "Ed" Klaas, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 1st, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 6th, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Ed was born on February 6, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Paul and Ida (Schroeder) Klaas. He married Patricia Thoma on October 20, 1956 at St. Donatus Catholic Church.

He is a United States Army Air Force Veteran. He farmed and worked at John Deere in Dubuque until his retirement.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, and the UAW Local 94. He was an active member in the parish and the choir of Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, St. Mary's Dubuque and lastly at the Cathedral.

He enjoyed square dancing and spending time with his family. He could be found checking up on the farm daily.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; two sons Joseph (Jodi) Klaas and Kenneth Klaas; his son-in-law Randy Smith; grandchildren, Jami (Dave), Josh (Loni), Victoria, Nate, Sawyer, and Savanna. His great grandchildren Justin, Ashlee, Skyler, Libbie, Bryson and Elise. One sister Ethel Schroeder and one brother Phil Klaas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Pam; brothers Oscar and Paul; sisters Dorothy, Mary and Edith.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals who cared for Ed.



Kenneth D. Davison Jr.


Kenneth D. Davison Jr., 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Kenneth on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date.

Kenneth Dean Davison Jr. was born on February 10, 1933 in Lebanon, Missouri to Kenneth and Thelma (Beagle) Davison. He was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Margaret Kay Burmahl on September 16, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Daryl, Kathleen and Darby.

Kenneth was a lifetime farmer in the Maquoketa area and had worked as an inspector at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and mushrooming.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Daryl Davison of Maquoketa, IA, Kathleen (Bill Marousis) Stoll of Maquoketa, IA, and Darby (Teresa) Davison of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Richard "Dick" (Karen) Davison of Maquoketa, IA, and William "Bill" Davison of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret on January 28, 2004, a sister Mary Davison, and a brother John "Jack" Davison.

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

 



Harlan J. Knuth


Harlan J. Knuth, 91, of Dubuque, formerly of Rockford, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Rockford.

Harlan was born August 9, 1926 in Luana, Iowa, son of Werner and Elsie (Lenth) Knuth. After graduating from High School, he served in the US Navy. He worked at Carter Craft Inc, retiring in 1991.

He married Arletta Torrey on July 2, 1955. She preceded him in death in 1995. He married Georgia (Kaufman) Derby in 1997.

Harlan was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia of Dubuque; three sons, Harlan (Susan) Knuth of Rockford, Ill, Mark (Carla) Knuth of Madison, Wisc., and Bruce (Kasie) Knuth of Oconomowoc, Wisc., Three step children, Steve (Cindy) Derby of Dubuque, Laura Derby of Dubuque and Kim Moorhead of Pensacola, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren, a brother, Werner (Jacki) Knuth of Owatonna, Minn.; a sister, Marie Rommel of North Ridgeville, Ohio; and a sister in law, Kathy Knuth of Glencoe, Minn.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Knuth.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque (hospiceofdubuque.org).

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



Charles H. Burkart


Charles H. Burkart, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:30 a.m., on Friday, March 30, 2017, at home. To honor Charles' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Charles' life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 5, 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.

Charles was born on May 8, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Elmer N. and Helen D. (Paar) Burkart.

Charles grew up in Dubuque and attended Loras Academy before finally becoming a proud graduate of the 1st class at Wahlert High School. Charles went on to next honorably serve his country with the U.S. Air Force, during the Vietnam War. He was eventually united in marriage to his soul-mate, Frances Schmitt Paisley, on June 14, 1975, in Dubuque. The two were graciously blessed with 40 wonderful years together, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on September 9, 2015. Charles had a strong work ethic, which he put to good use with Eagle Window and Door for 7 years, Inland Molasses for 12 years, and finally another 9 years with Regis Paper Company, before he finally retired. He was always very proud of his service to our country and was a long-time member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. He was also honored to be involved with the Republican Party for many years, and was even fortunate enough to be voted Treasurer during his service. In his free time, Charles thoroughly enjoyed listening to music, traveling the world in search of a new experience, and sitting down to read a good book, always eager to expand his wealth of knowledge about world history and the railroad. Our hearts ache today with the loss of Charles from our daily lives, but we know he is once again spending time with Fran and that all of his earthly struggles have ceased, only to be replace by absolute joy, perfection and love. Thank you Charles for all the memories you leave behind; we'll absolutely cherish them until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Charles' memory include

his sister,
Karen Schwendinger, Epworth, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Rosemary Burkart, Morris Plains, NJ;

his 5 step-children,
Thomas J. Paisley, Dubuque, IA,
Karen S. Potter, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel J. Paisley Sr., Lexington, KY,
Pamela M. McDaniel, Madison, WI
and Gregory G. (Mary) Paisley, Dubuque, IA;

12 step-grandchildren,
Lee (Mari) Potter,
Shelby (Tony) Bellomio,
Stephanie (Billy) Dean,
Stacy (Tim) Welu,
Daniel (Ann) Paisley Jr.,
Robert Paisley,
Edward Flattery,
Brittany McDaniel,
William Paisley,
Samuel Paisley,
Sara (Tim) Biang
and Lynn (Jonathan) Anderson;

many step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren;

and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances "Fran" Burkart; a brother, Raymond Burkart; a brother-in-law, Thomas Schwendinger; a step-grandson, Rob Potter and a nephew, Thomas Burkart.

Charles' family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Above and Beyond Hospice, Home Instead, and his wonderful neighbors, Jason, Beth, Anna and Evelyn, for all of their loving care and support.

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

 



John T. Burlage


John T. Burlage, 82, of Monticello, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 700 East Oak St in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be recited at 3 pm and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:15 - 10:15 am at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 4700 Valley Farm Rd, in Central City prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Central City with burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Castle Grove.  Rev. Wayne Droessler will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team.

John was born on January 8, 1936, to Lawrence and Frances (Kurt) Burlage in Monticello, Iowa.  He graduated from St Mary High School in Cascade with the class of '54 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he spent four years.  On June 3, 1961, he married Doris Domeyer at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. 

John, with his wife by his side, raised their family on their farm in Castle Grove west of Monticello.  Later in life he enjoyed driving truck and talking about his adventures.  He had a special passion for his beloved pygmy goats and could watch and talk about them for hours.  They brought him nearly as much joy as his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, Doris.  His children:  Cheryl (Rodger) Sill of Stanley, IA, and their children: Tom, Will, Sam and Aly; Peter (Holly) Burlage of Plano, TX and their children: Sydney and Addisyn; Daniel Burlage of Marion, IA; Carla Burlage of Ankeny, IA and Dawn Burlage and special friend, Brett Swift, of Cedar Rapids, IA; siblings: Grace Tallman of Davenport, IA, Robert Burlage of Monticello, IA, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Oklahoma City, OK and Don (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.  In-Laws: LaVerne "Bud" Domeyer of Petersburg, MaryLou Gravel of Dyersville, John (Shirley) Domeyer of Holy Cross, Peter (Clairce) Domeyer of Dubuque and Rita Domeyer of Dyersville as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick, his parents and his brother, William "Bill" Burlage, as well as many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

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

 

 



Joel M. Dexter


Joel M. Dexter, 61, of rural Schapville, IL, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 30, 2018 of an apparent heart attack due to possible inhalation of smoke from a controlled burn in rural Scales Mound, IL.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville, with Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating. Burial will be in the Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Church. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

Joel was born on March 28, 1957 at Watertown, WI, the son of Pastor John Paul and Shirley (Capper) Dexter. He was united in marriage to Deborah J. Zander on December 11, 1994.

Joel was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 1975. He then graduated from Wartburg College. Joel lived the past 20 years at Urbana, IL, before recently moving to Schapville and purchasing his childhood home. 

Joel was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at Schapville. He retired from the Illinois State Geological Survey. From 1974-1980 Joel worked in Jo Daviess County as a hired farm and township road employee. He was a freelance photographer 1976-present; a volunteer at Camp New Hope for campers 8 years old and above with developmental physical disabilities, Mattoon, IL; a Principle News and Feature photographer for the Journal Gazette, Mattoon, IL, 1980-1988; a published author of photographic journal books: Galena and the Land that Time Forgot, 1993, Bob McElwee and Joel Dexter; For Everything There is a Season: The Land and People of Rural Illinois, 1994, Joel Dexter; scientific photographer at the ISGS, 1988-2008; Prairie Research Institute (home to five scientific surveys of the state of Illinois including IL Natural History, IL State Archaeological, IL State Geological, IL State Water, IL Sustainable Technology) photographer and assistant under Director and Founder, 2012-2016.

Joel was a "social butterfly," who loved taking pictures, talking and visiting with people. His mentor in photography was Archie Lieberman. He loved music and shared his musical ability on his guitar, playing and singing at church.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah "Debbie," his mother, Shirley (Gary) Lane, three brothers, Jeff Dexter, Josh (Jane) Dexter, and Jay (Linda) Dexter; three nieces, Carlie (Zach) Dexter, Casey (James) McCartney, and Jessica (Jared) Grant; grand nephews, Coy and Hunter and another on the way; sister-in-law, Victoria (Edward) Zander and their son, Robert (Kelsey) Zander; and several aunts and uncles; and a very close friend, Esther Lieberman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pastor John Paul Dexter, infant daughter, Elizabeth Anne Dexter, and his in-laws, Robert L. and Betty P. Zander.

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



Darlene E. Wedewer


Darlene E. Wedewer, 83 of New Vienna, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018, at home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. 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. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Darlene was born on July 14, 1934, to Edward and Mary (Fangmann) Kern in Dyersville. She married Howard "Bud" Wedewer on August 16, 1950. Together they raised 7 children on their farm Northwest of New Vienna. Darlene's hobbies included gardening, playing cards, quilting, cooking, fishing and traveling. Her passion was taking care of her grandchildren and spending time with her children and friends. She was a member of the VFW Legion Auxiliary and St. Boniface Parish and its Altar Rosary Society.

Darlene is survived by her seven children: Diane (Larry) Kloser of New Vienna, Gary (Carol) Wedewer of New Vienna, Carl (Michelle) Wedewer of North Buena Vista, Lynn (Matt) Linder of West Des Moines, Ron (Tirzah) Wedewer of Manchester, Vickie (Bud) Feldmann of Dyersville, Kenny (Krystal) Wedewer of Key West, Dubuque, 17 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, special friend, Bob Fitzgerald of Dyersville, siblings: Dale (Donna) Kern of Des Moines, Bob Kern of Santa Theresa, Mexico, Dorie Ruppenkamp of Iowa City, Art (Lois) Kern of Dyersville, Leon (Marilyn) Kern of New Vienna, David (Jeanette) Kern of Cedar Rapids, Linda Kern Garbisch of Kailua, HI, and Rick (Terry) Kern of Minneapolis, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, a sister in infancy, Judith, and brother-in-law, Don Ruppenkamp.

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



Rosalinda M. Wubben


Rosalinda M. Wubben, 91, of Scales Mound, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish and St. Ann's Society rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Rosalinda was born on May 28, 1926 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Mensen) Middendorf. She was united in marriage to Leo G. Wubben on May 6, 1947 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee. He preceded her in death on November 4, 1971.

She was a farm wife, who enjoyed quilting, the newborn animals, working in her garden, reading and playing cards. Rosalinda was a member of Nativity BVM Church and the St. Ann's Society at Menominee and Holy Trinity Church and its Altar & Roary Society at Scales Mound.

Surviving are eight children, Marilyn (Bill) Reed of Scales Mound, Judy (Dan) Webster of Shullsburg, WI, David (Twila) Wubben of Mason, City, IA, Richard (Lois) Wubben of Menominee, Mary Carol (Reid) Batteram of Hazel Green, WI, Beverly (Jeff) Leahy of Shullsburg, Daniel (Betty) Wubben of Hazel Green, and Karen (John) Wienen of Scales Mound; 23 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two on the way, her brother, Walter (Marceline) Middendorf and sister-in-law, Jane Middendorf, both of Menominee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cecelia; her husband Leo; two grandchildren, Ryan Wubben and Lindsay Wubben-Simonini; her siblings, Barney, Oscar, Elmer, Henry, Rita and Tony.

A special thank you to the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community nurses and staff for the wonderful care given to our Mom.

A Rosalinda M. Wubben memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald F. Bliss


Ronald F. "Ron" Bliss, 71, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, March 29, 2018, in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Ronald Frederick Bliss was born on October 7, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Frederick and Arlene (Current) Bliss. He was a 1964 graduate of Andrew Community High School and then served six years in the Army Reserves. He married Carol Jean Graves on April 3, 1966 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Alan and Kim.

Ron first worked for McMurray Farms, then Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and later for International Harvester. He lastly worked as a truck driver for Darling (formerly National By-Products) in Clinton for over 44 years, retiring in 2012.

Ron was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. He loved the outdoors and would go fishing any chance he could. He also enjoyed racecar driving for 14 years, playing softball, and coon hunting. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago sports teams including the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Black Hawks.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Carol Bliss of Andrew, IA; children, Alan (Lisa) Bliss of Andrew, IA, and Kim (Troy) Hingtgen of Andrew, IA; 3 grandchildren, Ashlee (Keith) DeMoss, Ryan Hingtgen and Cale Hingtgen; 2 great-grandchildren, Jadyn DeMoss and Kamryn DeMoss; a brother, James (Cindy) Bliss of LaMotte, IA; a sister, Diane (Rick) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one infant son, Chad Ronald Bliss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald F. "Ron" Bliss memorial fund has been established.

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



Geraldine A. Behrend


Geraldine A. Behrend, 93, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of Geraldine's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Geraldine Ann Clapp was born on December 11, 1924 in Toronto, Iowa, to Daniel and Magdelina (Kent) Clapp Sr. She grew up in the Toronto area and married Leonard L. Behrend on February 28, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey. To this union five children were born, Charlotte, Bill, Lou, Rollie and Betty. 

Geraldine raised a family and worked various jobs throughout her life, most notably as the "famous pie maker" at WAKA Restaurant in Maquoketa.

Geraldine was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. She enjoyed feeding the birds, especially cardinals, and cooking, sewing, embroidering quilts, and playing the organ. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Charlotte (Allen) McCloy of Monmouth, IA, Bill (Ann) Behrend of Sioux Falls, SD, Lou (Carla) Behrend of DeWitt, IA, Rollie (Kay) Behrend of Calamus, IA, and Betty (Rich) Priester of Cedar Rapids, IA; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and her husband Leonard on February 23, 1994.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Activities Department at the Anamosa Care Center.

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



Craig Taylor

Craig C. Taylor, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on March 28, 2018. There will be no services. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.



Neil Thomas Anderson


Neil Thomas Anderson, 46, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Medical Associates Clinic in Galena, IL.

A private celebration of Neil's life will be held at a later date.  Interment will be in Shepherd of Hills Lutheran Cemetery, Schapville, IL.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Schapville, IL.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

Neil was born on December 20, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of George and Carol (North) Anderson.  He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 1990.

Neil was united in marriage on October 5, 2002 to Lori Stoewer-Phillips. He was a farmer and was a partner in Anderson Acres since day one.

Neil's passion was his family, farm, and friends.  Everyone knew Neil by the signature black cowboy hat and cowboy boots.  He loved to spend time fishing, being with his cattle, and four wheeling.

Surviving is his wife Lori and children, Derian, Jalen, and Maddison, whom he loved spending time with; his father, George; brother, Carl Anderson, and daughter Taylor; and two nephews he loved like his own, Cyleand Clint Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol J. Anderson; grandparents, Bob & Marie North and Marvin and Elaine Anderson, a brother, 

Dennis and aunts, Peggy, Diane and Marian.

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

 



Peggy S. Hanniford


Peggy S. Hanniford would like to let you know that her work here on earth is done.  She has retired this place!  More on her retirement and relocation in a moment, first here are some important details.

To celebrate Peggy's life (that important dash between the dates), friends may greet the family from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday March 31, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  There will be a service immediately following at 3:00 p.m.  The Rev. Ms. Karen Candee of Summitt UCC in Dubuque will officiate.  Burial of cremains will occur in a private ceremony later. 

And now, the rest of the story...

On March 27, 2018 Peggy took mortal leave of her residence in Dubuque, Iowa.  Born on November 22, 1945, she was with us an impactful 72 years when she received a call from the angels. It seems The King wanted her to come home and join His Easter celebration.  Fitting, as spring and Easter were two of her favorite times of the year. 

It's an appointment from which she will not be returning.  And she apologizes for that inconvenience.  Not really.  Would you?  This opportunity comes with some BIG PERKS like being in the blessed presence of Jesus and a reunion with family (her dad and mom!) and friends.  Laughter, love, reading to her hearts content, and her favorite MUSIC are guaranteed.  Although she will miss her son Chef Patrick's cooking, the food in Heaven is tasty and a soul never gains an ounce!

If you didn't know Peggy, you missed someone special.  She was blessed with copious amounts of love; genuine to a fault; a gentle Christian soul; a deeply devoted daughter; a loving, giving, and comforting mother; a sassy but tender big sister; a dedicated teacher and Head Start Director at Operation: New View Community Action Agency (38 years!); a true and loyal friend; and a beautiful grandmother.  Peggy would tell you always say please and thank you....be kind and people will like you better.  And never stop smiling.

Just when she thought she was too old to fall in love again, she became a grandmother, and her five grand-angels (Claire, Bella, Will, Olivia and Kate) stole not only her heart but enriched her life more than words can say.  She always maintained that her greatest treasures called her Mema.

To the ones she loved the most: her beloved sons; her daughters-in-law (the daughters she always wanted and finally got); her grand-angels; The Brothers; and her many nieces and nephews, and friends - don't cry because she's gone.  instead, celebrate her life, warmth, wit and wisdom, her laugh and that infectious smile (she loved to draw smiley faces) that she shared while she was with you.

Although she is gone, she's never far away.  Look for her when the sun rises over the mountains in Montana, or a beautiful evening sunset over a northern Minnesota lake, see her beauty in the earliest spring tulips and daisies to the fall mums. And if you're lucky (or special) she'll be that beautiful cardinal outside your window. 

Love you forever; from here to infinity, mom, sister, grandma (Mema) and friend!

She is survived by her beloved sons Michael and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Hoffman) Hanniford of Altoona, Iowa, Patrick and daughter-in-law Jennifer (Juergens) Hanniford of Dubuque.  She was the proud grandmother of Claire, Isabella, Will, Olivia, and Kate Hanniford. In addition, she is survived by her brothers Donald (Laurie) Potter II of Cook, Minnesota, Gregg Potter of Florence, Montana, Mark (Robin Steinkraus) of Polson, Montana, and Cort (Lynn Bradley) Potter of St. Ignatius, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents Donald and Dorothy Potter.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Victoria O. Famuyide, DO and her staff for the wonderful pulmonary care they provided as Peggy learned to live with COPD. The family would also like to thank the medical staff at Grand River Medical Group, Finley UnityPoint, the ICU staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Manor Care in Dubuque. Your skilled and tender care gave us the gift of time.

 

 



Miranda Fredericksen


Miranda "Mandy" Fredericksen, 43, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, IA.



Loras A. Soppe


Loras A. Soppe, 76, of Cascade Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Loras may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friends and relatives of Loras may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Services for Loras will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding,with Flag Presentation afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Burial will be held at a later date.

He was born September 8, 1941 in Placid, Iowa, son of Reynold Henry and Albertha K. (Kelchen) Soppe. He received his education in the rural Placid area country schools. On January 15, 1966 he was united in marriage to Erma Theisen at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peosta, IA. He was employed with Steger Construction and also owned and operated Sups Repairs.

He was a member of St, Matthias Parish in Cascade, IA. He is an Air Force Veteran, having served from 1959-1962.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Soppe of Cascade, IA; four children, Christina Soppe of West Union, IA, Michael Soppe (& Merill Guarneri) of Calmar, IA, Jacqueline Goedken of Two Harbor, MN, and Jeremy Soppe of Cedar Rapids, IA ; and a daughter-in-law, Carina Soppe of Lamars, IA; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; seven siblings, Louis (Jeri) Soppe of Monticello, IA, Leo (Donna) Soppe of Cascade, IA, Connie (George) Helle of Anamosa, IA, Diane (Al) Nerney of Oxford Junction, IA, Carol Oberbroeckling of Farley, IA, Beverly (Dave) Holz of Dubuque, IA and Deborah (John) Steger of Dyersville, IA; and a sister-in-law, Doris Soppe of Dyersville, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Chris Soppe on June 18, 2016; one brother, Andrew Soppe in 1988; one brother-in-law, Bill Oberbroeckling in 1996.

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



Roger H. Kunde


Roger H. Kunde, 63, of Bernard, IA passed away March 26th, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 31st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will take place at St. Theresa's Cemetery in La Motte, IA. Visitation will be on Friday, March 30th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, and after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Roger was born on January 3rd, 1955, the son of Harry and Anna (Miller) Kunde in Maquoketa, IA.

Roger was the rock of our family. He did everything he could for all of us. Family meant everything to him. He started Roger's Auto Salvage in 1981, from there he bought North End Wrecking Inc. in 2001. In 2005 he rekindled his love of farming, and built over 1000 acres. He bought Wenzel Towing in 2012 to keep the Legacy of Jules Wenzel Sr. going, the same year he started Watershed Cafe. He was also a member of the Hawkeye Vintage Machinery Association. He love to work, when one project was done, it wasn't time to rest, it was time to start another.

He will be forever remembered by his partners Lois and Joan; his children, Scott (Karrie Thole) Kunde, Jodi (Chad Knight) Kunde, Deven Kunde, Nathan (Rachel Miller) Kunde, and Jerad (Liz Theisen) Kunde; grandchildren, Hailey, Lexi Jo, and Parker, who will continue to build his dream. He is also survived by his brothers David (Donna) Kunde, Gary (MaryAnn) Kunde, Steven (Joan) Kunde, Randy (Samantha) Kunde; his sisters MaryAnn (Russ) Wenger, Kathy (Roy) Snook, Alice Jean Kunde, and Amylou (Dale) Barglof.

Preceded in death by his brother Timothy and his parents Harry and Anna Kunde.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in his name.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Bernard Fire and Rescue Department for their care.



Stephanie C. Deutsch


Stephanie C. Deutsch, 49, of Dubuque passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 11 a.m. Deacon Jim Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Stephanie was born September 14, 1968, daughter of Wayne and Ileane (Baumgartner) Deutsch Sr.  She received her Master's Degree in Community Health Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Clarke University, Dubuque. Stephanie was devoted to her career as a counselor, and she enjoyed the opportunity to help others. She loved the great outdoors, and especially loved riding her bike and kayaking. Stephanie enjoyed adventures with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was deeply loved and will be missed.

She is survived by her daughters Heather (Timothy) Ricklefs, of Titonka, IA and Megan (Dennis) Tarasi, of Terre Haute, IN; two grandchildren, Tyson Ricklefs and Michaela Tarasi; her mother Ileane Deutsch, of Dubuque;  brothers, Wayne A. (Nadine) Deutsch Jr. and Erich (Jessica) Deutsch, both of Dubuque; and her nieces and nephew, Madelyn, Gwen, and Korbin Deutsch.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father Wayne Sr.; and a brother, Michael Deutsch.

Memorials may be made to the National Parks Foundation.

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

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

 

 



Paul A. Stevens


Paul A. Stevens, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa and Cameron, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

A Natural Journey Farewell with Cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Among survivors include his wife, Donna Ward Stevens of Dubuque, IA.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Paul A. Stevens memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Steven P. Breuer


Steven P. Breuer, 53, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, March 24, 2018, at his home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Steven's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture Service will be held. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9:30 A.M. until service time at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Steven Patrick Breuer was born on August 14, 1964 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Wilfred Paul and Marcella (Weber) Breuer. He was a 1983 graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School and then attended Hawkeye Tech and later Sheldon Lineman School in Sheldon, Iowa. He married Debbie Faye Chipman on September 24, 2005 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Steven, who was affectionately known as "Steve", "Jinx" or "Brew" was a Journeyman Lineman for over 30 years, currently working for M.J. Electric.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed Trout fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, watching old western movies on television and reading old western books. Additionally, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Debbie Breuer of Baldwin, IA; step-children, Tom (Sarah) Spleas of Hales Corners, WI, Christina (Joseph) Holthaus of Greendale, WI, and Nicholas (Mallory) Chipman of Wauwatosa, WI; 5 step-grandchildren, Emily, Ben, Alex, Nicholas and Zach; five brothers, John Breuer of Jesup, IA, Rick (Angie) Breuer of Waterloo, IA, Jim (Lucy) Breuer of Waterloo, IA, Joe (Carolyn) Breuer of West Union, IA, and Pat (Starla) Breuer of Fredonia, KY; nine sisters, Barb (Steve) Schmit of Elkhorn, NE, Bonnie (John) Gorman of San Diego, CA, Nancy Kreger of Raymond, IA, Teresa (Charles) Lauterbach of Pleasant Hill, IA, Frances (Mike) Miller of Robins, IA, Joan (Rick) Budde of Waterloo, IA, Donna Timmer of Waterloo, IA, Carol (Steve) Gleaves of Houston, TX, and Martha Breuer of Poway, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Dan Breuer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Steven P. Breuer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Cecilia T. Collins


Cecilia T. Collins, 80, of Walford, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque entered eternal life Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cecilia was born February 18, 1938 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, daughter of Vincent and Catherine (Kieler) Loeffelholz. In 1964 she married James W. Collins in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death in October of 2003.

She worked as a cook at Lady of Lourdes for 17 years. She was a Girl Scout leader for four years and loved to quilt and crochet. She only had one daughter; however, she raised several. She helped raise her brothers and sisters at a young age and she babysat for several years. She was loved, and will be missed by, many. She was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

She is survived by a daughter, Kelly (Jeffrey) Pottebaum of Walford, Iowa; three granddaughters, Carolyn, Colleen and Catherine Pottebaum; three brothers, Tom (Connie) Loeffelholz and Fidelis (Nancy) Loeffelholz, both of Platteville and Vincent (Sally) Loeffelholz of Cuba City; seven sisters, Bernadette (Don) Williams of Lancaster, Agnes (Norb) Fritz of Lancaster, Felicia Schmitt of Platteville, Imelda (Bob) Hying of Potosi, Madonna (Mick) Whitaker of Potosi, Mary Lou (Harvey) Kruser of Potosi, and Ruth (LaVern) Wiederholt of Cuba City; a brother in law, Don Novotney; sister in law, Mary O'Hara and brother in law, Michael Collins and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Jane Novotney; brother in law, Leo Abing; brother in law, Jack O'Hara and sister in law, Maureen Collins.

In lieu of flowers a Cecilia T. Collins Memorial Fund has been established.

For Further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Richard W. Yerke Jr.


Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr., age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:20 a.m., on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Rich's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Rich was born on June 19, 1959, in Boscobel, WI, son of Richard W. and Betty L. (Zwolanek) Yerke Sr.

Rich was born and raised in Wisconsin and traveled the country before finally settling in the Dubuque area. Rich would happily find love with Marjorie Engling, and the two would blend their families together, becoming united in marriage on August 6, 1983, at Eagle Point Park, going on to enjoy 34 wonderful years together. To say that Rich was a, "Jack of all Trades", would be an understatement. Throughout the years he would devote his time and talents as a lifeguard, a clam diver, a car salesman and an auto mechanic; there wasn't anything he was afraid to try. In his free time, Rich could be found playing a relaxing game of cribbage, trout fishing on the river, or simply relaxing in his favorite easy chair watching Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, or just about any Classic Western known to exist. Sometimes the tv watching would become quite spirited if he was watching his beloved Green Bay Packers take on a worthy opponent. Without a doubt though, the activity Rich looked forward to most was the time he spent camping with his family and friends, surely enjoying the great outdoors while getting to savor a little quality time with his grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but thankfully we discover some comfort in the fact that he is now free of all of his health issues that have plagued him these past few years. We are forever grateful for the abundance of memories Rich leaves behind and we will definitely treasure them all until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Rich's memory include

his loving wife,
Marjorie Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Jeremy (Shannon) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Chad Engling, Asbury, IA,
Tanya Yerke, Dubuque, IA
and Dana (Joe Kress) Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 grandchildren,
Kelsey Engling, Kaitlyn Engling, Brandon Engling, Amelia Engling, Natalie Engling, Ashlyn Engling, Trevor Boyd, Isaiah Boyd, Elijah Boyd, Ciara Boyd, Leyla Kress, and Ella Kress;

2 great-grandchildren;

and his 6 siblings,
Crystal (Skip) Peters, Ripley, OH,
Tina Yerke, Mineral Point, WI,
Vicky Yerke, Cuba City, WI,
Tana (Al Atkinson) Schallenberger, Beloit, WI,
Lisa Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI
and Brian Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and an uncle, Kenneth Yerke.

In lieu of flowers, a Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Rich's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Rich, and his family.

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



Martin J. Kruse


Martin J. Kruse, 77, of Petersburg died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 23rd 2018.

Friends and relatives of Martin may call from 2:00 to 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 27th as well as 9:30-10:30 am on Wednesday, March 28th at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, IA with Fr. Phil Kruse presiding. Burial will be held in the parish cemetery.

The son of Emil and Hyacinth (Bruggemann), Martin was born July 14, 1940, in Petersburg on the family farm. He attended SS Peter & Paul Catholic School in Petersburg. Following his 8th grade graduation, Martin began a lifetime journey of farming. He married Joann Ries at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sands Springs, on June 11, 1963, and together they farmed and raised their family.

Martin's true loves were his faith, family, farming, friends and fishing. As a lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic church, Martin served on numerous church and school boards and could always be found in the front row of the parish auction. He dearly loved his family and shared their passions for agriculture, his grandchildren's ball games and the family's Minnesota fishing trips for 40 years. Martin will be remembered most for his passion for farming, wearing pin-striped bib overalls and having a red hankie in his pocket. Martin loved driving red tractors and looking at his black cows. For 59 years, he made it clear to his family that it was his job to plant and combine the crops. He was so proud of the numerous awards he and Joann won throughout the years, especially Master Pork Producer and Distinguished Dairy Family. For 60 years, the highlight of many weekends was playing poker with his forever Petersburg friends.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, Joann; children: Mike (Lois) Kruse of Petersburg, Karen (John) Olson of West Des Moines, Steve (Dena) Kruse of Petersburg, Kathy (Tom) Neuberger of Davenport, Mark (Rachel) Kruse of Earlville, Sara (Randy) Sievert of De Pere, WI; grandchildren: Mitch, Logan and Kael Kruse of Petersburg, Ben, Sam, Jake and Ellie Olson of West Des Moines, Isabell, Maddy and Aden Kruse of Petersburg, David and Lucy Neuberger of Davenport, Mason Kruse of Earlville and Isaac and Ian Sievert of De Pere, WI; siblings: Sr Bertha Kruse, OSF of Dubuque, Gene (Betty) of Colesburg, Fr. Phil Kruse of Bellevue and Al (Wendy) Kruse of Colesburg; in-laws: Angie Kruse-Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, Charles (Gerry) Ries of Shellsburg, John (Ruth) Ries of Hopkinton, Mary (Ralph) Brown of Edgewood, Frank (Cheryl) Ries of Hopkinton, Kathy (Jerry) Becker of Dyersville, Fred (Sandy) Ries of Central City, Ed (Eileen) Ries of Hopkinton, Janet Thomas of Cascade, Merle (Sue) Ries of Bernard, Marge (Larry) Gaul of Strawberry Point and; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Pat, parents-in-law: Alphonse and Gertrude Ries; in-laws Bill (Elsie) Ries, Wally and Rita (Larry) Ries-Hartung.

The family would like to thank all the special care givers of Helping Hands, Hospice staff of Regional Medical Center and Dr Nicole Salow for the compassionate care he received.

Memorials are preferred to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church's restoration fund.

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



Edwin F. Hageman


Edwin F. Hageman, 92 of New Vienna, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  The VFW Post 7736 and American Legion Post #137 will have a military service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:45 a.m. 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. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery, military honors will be accorded by the VFW and American Legion.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Ed was born on March 10, 1926, to Otto and Theresa (Recker) Hageman in New Vienna. He married Inez Lechtenberg at St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, IA on October 15, 1955.  Ed fought in the Korean War and spent seven months on the front lines in a foxhole during the cold winter months with no change of clothes.  Ed was injured during that time and spent 3 months in the hospital.  He earned a SWIA, Purple Heart and a Bronze star for his bravery.  Ed was a member of the VFW, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and the American Legion.

Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez, children: Michael Hageman of New Vienna, Anne (Leon) Meyer of Monona, Greg (Amy) Hageman of the Quad Cities; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; siblings: Walter (Irene) Hageman of San Diego, CA, Julius (Betty) Hageman and Eileen Hageman both of Dyersville, in-laws: Jim Hesselman of Niwot, Co, Kathleen Hageman of Dubuque, Veronica Hageman of Dyersville, LaVerne Hageman of  Forida, and Irenus (Marcia) Lechtenberg of Bloomingdale, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandchild, Nora Babcock, siblings, Urban Hageman, Delores Bierman, Joseph Hageman, John Hageman, Cindy Hageman, James Hageman, Joan Hesselman and a brother in infancy, Charles, and a brother -in-law, Leon Lechtenberg.

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

 

 



John Francis Bamrick, Ph.D.


John Francis "Jack" Bamrick, Ph.D., 91, of Rochester, MN and formerly of Dubuque, peacefully passed from this world on Friday evening, March 23rd, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Visitation is will be from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be on Thursday, March 29 at 11:30 am at Sacred Heart cemetery, Rockwell, Iowa with military honors accorded by the Rockwell American Legion.

John was born in Dougherty, IA on December 15, 1926, to Martin ("Jimmy") and Bridget (Gallagher) Bamrick. John was one of nine children, born and raised on the family farm (Siblings: Martin, Mary, Joe, Richard, Helen, Rose Ann (Bridget), Marge and Paul). He attended primary education at a one-room schoolhouse, and secondary education at Sacred Heart Academy, Rockwell, IA, graduating in the class of 1945. Following high school, John served in the U.S. Army (1946-'48) and was stationed in Frankfurt Germany, where he decoded encrypted messages. Through the support of the GI Bill, John was able to attend Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and graduated in the class of 1953 with a B.S. (Major in Biology). John received his M.S. from Marquette University, 1955, and a Ph.D. (Zoology) from Iowa State University in1960.

John married his true love, Eunice Ermer, on Dec 29th, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell, IA.

John's career at Loras College (his 2nd true love) began in 1956, when he joined the Faculty in the Biology Department. Early in his career, John enjoyed summer research and educational opportunities at Iowa State, Ohio State, Oregon State and Colorado State Universities, and, later in his career, a sabbatical at Iowa State (where he was sure to take in a Cyclone athletic event or two). John was an enthusiastic supporter of Loras College athletics- go DuHawks! While working at Loras, he served on a committee to support a coeducational campus, which became a reality in the Fall of 1971. John inspired countless students to go onto careers in medicine and research.

John loved Loras students and his fellow faculty members. He frequently enjoyed a round of golf at Lacoma, travels abroad, and most especially, visits to his ancestral home of Ireland with his wife and daughters. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Iowa State Cyclones. He tipped a cold beverage at the DuHawk Den, and enjoyed a good Manhattan at the Moracco on Friday evenings.

John is survived by Eunice, his wife of 61 years, and his children: Margaret (Brad) Yocum, Jane Hein, and Tom (Deb) Bamrick. John was adored by his 6 grandchildren: Timothy (Maddi), Stephen (Alejandra), Marlee (Will), Wyatt, John and Elyse. John's siblings, their spouses, and in-laws will miss him dearly.

A memorial in John's name is set up at Loras College to support scholarships for female students pursuing a degree in Science.

A heartfelt "Thank You!" goes out to the staff of Seasons Hospice, Rochester, MN, the nursing staff at Shorewood Commons Assisted Living, and to Dr. Juan Bowen (Mayo Clinic) for supporting and guiding us through the final chapter of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather's life.



Charles Pierce


Charles "Chuck" Pierce, 78, of Cascade Iowa, passed away, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Chuck may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a KC Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends and relatives may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, March 26th at the Funeral Home.

Services for Chuck will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 26, 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 March 9, 1940 in Temple Hill, Iowa, son of Charles and Ruth (Ball) Pierce. He received his education in the Temple Hill area schools. On June 20, 1970 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Lewis in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 3, 2013.

Chuck farmed his entire life in the Temple Hill area. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and visiting with family and friends. He truly enjoyed his time spent with the grandchildren and the traditional family get togethers, he took extra efforts to make sure everyone was at the Christmas eve get together.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930.

He is survived by one brother, Chancy (Roberta) Pierce of Montana; one sister, Mary (Herb) Heim of Dyersville, IA; two step sons, Donnie (Rosie) Topping of Onslow, IA and Denny (Rose) Topping of Dubuque, IA; one daughter-in-law, Joanie Topping of Cascade, IA; 11 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Kenny Lewis and Terry (Linda) Lewis both of Monticello, IA, 1 sister-in-law, Donna (Steve) Koob of Monticello, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one step-son, Thomas Topping; 4 brothers in law, Ron Egger, Carl Gudenkauf, Carl Merfeld and Maynard Lewis; and 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Gudenkauf, Peggy Merfeld and JoAnn Egger.

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



Wallace E. Soenksen


Wallace E. "Wally" Soenksen, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for One Last Party® celebrating "Wally's" life from Noon to 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center. A private burial will be held from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wallace Eugene Soenksen was born on October 8, 1932 in Elwood, Iowa, to Eugene and Berniece (Hamilton) Soenksen. He grew up in Elwood and attended Elwood schools through the 8th grade. He married Thelma I. Slaughter on May 12, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 31, 1988.

"Wally" first worked as a farmhand to families around the Elwood area. He then began helping Blaine Bock with the wrecker service at Dude's 66 and later Bock's Texaco. When Blaine and Mary started farming in 1972, Wally became their right hand man and has been a part of their family ever since.

"Wally" was a member of the Buckhorn Community Club. He enjoyed fishing, going to the casino boats, having a good card game at McDonald's, and his morning coffee group at River Village. He especially enjoyed his "road trips" with his special friend Larry Fuller.

Those left to honor his memory include a brother, Harvey Soenksen of Maquoketa, IA; a special friend Barb Graves of Maquoketa, IA; and his adopted family, Blaine and Mary Bock of Maquoketa, IA, Michele and Kevin Foley and their children Devon and Ryan of Boston, MA, and Marisa and Matt Hefner and their children Jack and Jace of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Beulah and Lulumay, and 1 infant brother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wallace E. "Wally" Soenksen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Doris M. Pitz


Doris M Pitz, 86 of 2700 Matthew John Drive, formerly of 1320 Cummins Street, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City. Services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30 pm.

Doris was born on June 9, 1931 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Josephine (Nauman) Anthony. In growing up and working on the family farm, she knew a better life was awaiting her and took a taxi-cab from Sherrill to Dubuque where she began employment at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co . It was there that she met and married the love of her life, Walter Pitz on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1956 at SS Peter & Paul Parish in Sherrill, Iowa. Throughout her life, she worked as a bartender (where she developed her sharp wit), Loras College and Jocille's Fashion Corner. She was very generous with her time and helping others. Volunteering and giving back to the community was extremely important to her. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Nativity bingo and parish festivals, and countless charitable organizations and events. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity in which she was very involved.

Doris was a wonderful and abundant cook. The door was always open and an extra plate set at the table. She loved to entertain and share stories, but most of all she loved time spent with her family. She enjoyed playing euchre several times a week with her friends at Eagle Pointe Place, was a huge Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed country & western music which she would play all hours of the day. She loved attention and we loved to shower her with it.

She is survived by her husband Walter "Wally" Pitz and daughter Michelle (Jay) Johanningmeier both of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in law Geri Anthony of Dubuque, IA; Jane Anthony of Dyersville, IA; Mary Jane Anthony of Holy Cross, IA and Carol Anthony of Kieler, WI; brother-in-law Dorrance Pitz of Dubuque, IA; extended family members Kris Latham and Mark Johanningmeier both of Dubuque, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marla in 1986, her parents, brothers Wilfred, Herbert, Jack (Doris), Melvin, Charles, James, and Merlin, sister-in-law Loretta Pitz and brother-in-law Ronald Pitz.

A Doris Pitz memorial fund has been established.

 



Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Quere


Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Quere, 82, of Dubuque died Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road where visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus.

Ralph was born to Walter and Helen (Czar netski) Quere on Sept. 26, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, joining sisters Arline and Joyce. He graduated from John Marshall High School and received a NROTC scholarship to Princeton where he graduated in 1957 with a degree in history. He married Janice Meeter where Ralph served his Navy years. In 1960, Ralph entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Ralph and Janice were parents to 6 children, John, David, Cynthia, Paul, James, and Jennifer. The first three preceded him in passing along with Janice. After graduation in 1964, the family moved to New Jersey where Ralph began doctoral studies in historical theology at Princeton Seminary and Jan tutored math. They left Princeton in their Volkswagen Bug in 1967 for Dubuque for a teaching position at Wartburg Seminary and parish ministry at St. John's in St. Donatus and St. Paul's in LaMotte. Ralph received his doctorate in 1970.

The children attended Hempstead High School where Jan taught math. They attended Concordia, Luther and Wartburg colleges during the 1980's. Janice was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2003, at which time Ralph retired from his full-time teaching at his beloved Wartburg Seminary. Janice died in 2008. Ralph continued to contribute to Wartburg Seminary through emeritus teaching and also was active in the Lutheran Church, and especially St. Peter of Dubuque.

Any memorials may be sent to Wartburg Seminary or St. Peter Lutheran in Dubuque.

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

 

 



Kathy M. Hefel


Kathy Mae Hefel, 61, of East Dubuque, IL passed away surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Unity Point - Finley Hospital.

Funeral service for Kathy will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may visit on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Kathy was born July 29, 1956 in Dubuque to James "Jiggs" and Beverly (Wenzel) Maus. She married the love of her life Dan Hefel on September 28, 1973 at Holy Ghost.

They were blessed with 44 years of marriage.

Kathy was a unit secretary at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for 38 years.

She enjoyed time with her family, grandkids, and time at the track. She will be remembered for her laugh, quick wit and her Bloody Mary's. Kathy was a true friend to many.

She is survived by her husband Dan; her devoted children Jolene (Jason) Timmerman, Nicole Hefel, Danielle (Mike) McGurn, and Brian Hefel and special granddaughter, Samantha Fries. Grandchildren, Austin and Tyler Timmerman, Kristin, Abigail and Sophia Fries, Annika Hefel and Peityn McGurn. Siblings, Mike Maus, Luann (Steve) Hurst, Peggy (Mark) Bagstad, and Billy (Angie) Maus. Her in-laws Richard (Mary Ann) Hefel, Donna (Vern) Husemann, Marvin Hefel, Eldon (Janet) Hefel, Laurinda Hefel OSF, Delaine (Joe) Gartner, Doris (Terry) Gartner, Russ (Chris) Hefel, Debbie (Richard) Folk and many nieces and nephews.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, mother and father-in-law Harold and Lorraine Hefel, sister Debbie Brown, and in-laws Dixie and Jerry Rapp, Eileen Hefel, and Hal and Judy Hefel.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

A very special thank you to her medical team Dr. Kirkendall, Dr. Schope, and Dr. Khan.



Howard F. Higley


Howard Franklin Higley, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2018. Following his wishes, private family services were held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in June close to what would have been his 96th birthday which will include family and friends.                                             

Howard was born in Dubuque on June 11, 1922, to Howard Woodruff and Margaret (Fosselman) Higley. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Howard enlisted in the army during WW ll, and completed training for the signal corp at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S. D.

He achieved the rank of Sergeant while serving in the Army signal corps in both the European and Pacific theaters of war, and completed his education with a Bachelor degree from the University of Dubuque. 

He married Joan K. Curtis, Dec 30, 1950, in front of the fireplace of their newly built home. Howard and his brother John and their partner Ed Meyer owned Higley Meyer Electric Company.

Howard and Joan instilled a love of the outdoors and nature in their three children, Howard Roy, Mary Jo, and Jan. He and Joan enjoyed their cottage at Fentress Lake and took their children on numerous car trip adventures all over the United States and Canada. They also traveled with the Iowa Mountaineers and hiked locally with the Mississippi Trails Club. Howard, as a 53 year member, held the title for most lifelong hikes for several years. After their children were off to college Howard and Joan traveled the world over with the Iowa Mountaineers, and attended numerous Elder Hostels. Howard traveled Europe, climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Machu Picchu in Peru, toured Egypt and the Holy Land, Russia and even got to Cuba. For many years he and Joan wintered in McAllen, Texas and helped across the border with Children's Haven International, where they sponsored a young girl, Nora Rios (Gonzalez) who is now married with children of her own and thought of Howard and Joan as beloved grandparents. Howard was always busy, trying new activities and was very artistic and creative; painting, sketching, sculpting and exploring modern art. He was an avid reader, reading 2 or three books a week, mostly historical nonfiction. He was a lover of dachshunds with his latest, Flash, who followed him around the house and slept "right under his arm" each night. 

Howard was on the ground floor of helping organize the Dubuque Historical Society and the Friends of the Mines of Spain. He was a member of the Board of Four Mounds, a volunteer with Friends of Carnegie Stout Library and active in the Rotary Club, Dubuque Businessmen's Association, and Dubuque Audubon Society. He was a longtime member, of Gracepoint Presbyterian church, (formerly, Third Presbyterian church).

Howard was a beloved father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in- law, and friend, who will be truly missed by all who loved him. We will remember his wonderful smile, his boundless energy and his zest for life. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan, brother John Higley, and sister and brother- in-law Marge and Dick Schaefer, sister-in-laws and brother-in -laws, Judy (Curtis) and George Meyer, Joyce (Curtis) and Bob Wollschlager, Janet (Curtis) and Bill Marshall, Bernie and Albert Curtis, brother-in-law, Bob Jaeggi, and granddaughter, Jillian Zivojnovich.

He is survived by his three children, Howard Roy (Louise Katz) Higley, of Mountain View, CA, Mary Jo (Barry) Shear, of Hazel Green, WI. Jan (Clark) Zivojnovich, of Dubuque, grandchildren, Adam, Grant, Danny (Mandi Flick) Zivojnovich, Tom (Danika) Zivojnovich. Alex Shear (Amanda Montufar), Matt Shear (Danguole Abierne), Johanna (Adam) Swartzendruber, Gailan (Eric) Hoffer, Nathaniel Higley, and Sara Higley,  sisters- in-Law, Joan G. Higley, Jeanie Jaeggi, and Jane Leibold. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the wonderful, loving care from caregivers at "No Place like Home" and to Danguole Abierne.

 

 



William Misko


William "Bill" Misko, 88, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018. Visitation will be Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm at the funeral home, with military rites immediately following at the chapel at Linwood Cemetery. 

Bill was born on June 22, 1929 in Martins Ferry, Ohio to Sam Sr. and Tessianna (Gudza) Misko. Bill proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as a weatherman and earning the rank of Staff Sargeant. Following his discharge, Bill attended The Ohio State University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 1957. While a student at Ohio State, he met his future wife of 54 years, Constance "Connie" Walters. They were married in Cleveland, Ohio on December 18, 1954. Connie and Bill moved to Iowa in the late 50's and had resided in Dubuque since1963. 

Bill was a meat grader for the Dubuque Packing Company for over 20 years. He then worked as a meat grader for the US Government, grading and ensuring meat safety for public school lunches. After retiring, he begrudgingly joined Connie on trips to Europe, Russia and Alaska, as well as numerous bus trips around the United States, where it turned out he very much enjoyed himself. 

Bill was a member of the Dubuque Garden Club and was an early volunteer for what became the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, where he planted many of the trees and plants that are still appreciated today. When his children were young he enjoyed putting them to work in the garden and taking them fishing. He looked forward to taking his family on annual trips to destinations across the United States, usually pulling the family camper behind. Bill loved talking about the weather, his days in the Air Force, the best route to take to any destination, his fruit trees (especially pears) and his garden, but the great love of his life was his family, for whom he would and did do anything. 

Bill is survived by his four children, Aleeda (Terry) Duggan of Dubuque; Craig (Cathy) Misko of Prior Lake, MN; Doug (LeAnn) Misko of Chicago, IL and Eric (Stephanie) Misko of Dubuque; grandchildren Connor and Aleece Duggan; Kyle, Tyler and Nicole Misko and Ariel Ebersviller and Blake Misko; great-grandchildren Gracie Olsen and Owen, Evalyn and Ivan Ebersviller; a sister, Olga Heslop and companion Colleen Van Dee. He was preceeded in death by his wife Connie; his parents; four sisters, Olga Misko (in infancy), Katherine Dona, Ann Misko and Rose Yandora; and four brothers, Steve (in infancy), Sam Jr., Peter and Henry "Andy" (Doke) Misko.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's honor to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847 or the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Bill's family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and especially those on 3 North, for their wonderful care of Bill for the past ten months. Bill's family would also like to thank his companion Colleen for providing Bill with a great deal of happiness during the last part of his life.

 

 

 



Vernon J. Becker


Vernon J. Becker, 87, of Hopkinton, Iowa, passed away at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vernon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 6: p.m., the Dyersville American Legion Service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd at the funeral home.

Services for Vernon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He was born November 13, 1930 in Dyersville, Iowa son of Reynold and Erma (Gudenkauf) Becker. He received his education in the Hopkinton rural country schools. On September 6, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mae E. Horsfield at St. John's Catholic church in Placid, Iowa, She preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. He farmed his entire life in the Worthington area.

He was an Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, IA a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and a member of the Knights of Columbus -Dyersville Council #1734 and a member of the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. He also served on the Swiss Valley Ag Board for many years.

He is survived by five children, Maribeth (Pat) Potter of Cascade, IA, Mike Becker of Hopkinton, IA, Steve (Sheila) Becker of Dyersville, IA, Rita (Jerry) McClain of Bondurant, IA, Sue (Dan) Tauke of Dyersville, IA; 13 grandchildren, Jeremy (Julie) Potter, Jason (Jenn) Potter, Kinsey, Lucas, and Logan Johnson, Natalie Becker, Aaron (Erin) Becker, Stephanie Becker, Brandon and Blake McClain, Matt, Mitch and Nate Tauke; 10 great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Carrie Johnson-Becker of Hopkinton, IA; 5 siblings, Therese Melchert of Robbins, IA, Ethel (Kenny) Hosch of Monticello, IA, Gib (Helen) Becker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Janet Marbach of Manchester, IA, and Virginia (Bill) Uhlenkamp of Prairieberg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Kay Becker of Hopkington, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenny Becker; and 2 brothers-in-law, Vernon Melchert and Jack Marbach.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Manor care in Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Vernon.

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



Sheila Dolan


Sheila Dolan, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25  at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 1 p.m. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Sheila was born November 29, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Elmer and Alo (Hamann) Thompson. She graduated from Senior High School and worked for her parents at their grocery store and at Luigi's Pizza House.  She married the love of her life, John Dolan on August 16, 1958.  He preceded her in death on January 15, 2018.  

Sheila loved her morning coffee and word search puzzles.  She proudly displayed the American Flag in front of the house in honor of her father, she was a great baker,  enjoyed visiting Eagle Point Park with her husband John, she wholeheartedly loved her family and cherished taking care of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, the Kunkel kids and the family pets.

Sheila is survived by two children, Kim (Jim) Dolan-Backhaus of Hustisford, WI and Patrick Dolan of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Nicole Schueller of Brookfield, IL, Ashley (Ryan) Nyhus of Verona, WI, and Austin (Erin Rebholz) Nicholls of Sandy Springs, GA; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Schueller, Caidence and Wesley Nyhus; and her sister Jannan (Tom) Pauly.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; Elmer and Alo Thompson.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.  

Thank You to Hospice of Dubuque, Scott. And special thanks to Home Instead Senior Care, Brittany, Julie, Michelle and Sharon.

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

 

 



Richard L. Sullivan


Richard L. "Dick" Sullivan, 85, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dick called from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service was held at 2:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial for Dick was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Mass servers were Brianna Koppes and Carter Green. Lectors were Cathy Knuth and Claire Brown. Eucharistic Ministers were Kathy Beck and CeAnn Brickley. Placing of the pall was done by Shawn Curoe, Tara Noonan, Lisa Roth, Bridget Rea and Ryan Sullivan. Giftbearers were Cameron Curoe, Brynn Kolpin, Nicole Roth, Calvin Rea and Ethan Sullivan. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.
Casketbearers were Mike "Curly" Takes, Ed "Weaver" Manternach, Tim Gehl, Mark Knuth, Kelly Sullivan and Ted Green.
He was born October 27, 1932 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Leo and Virginia (Smith) Sullivan. He received his education from St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On October 22, 1955 he was united in marriage to Nancy C. Kauder at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Dick served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Dick's family owned and operated the Cascade Pioneer for many years.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. He is also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 and a former member of the Cascade Jaycees where he served as past president.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Sullivan of Cascade, IA; five children, Shawn (Mark) Curoe of Aurora, IL, Tara (Jim "Jake") Noonan of Cascade, IA, Lisa (Tom) Roth of Bellvue, IA, Bridget (Mike) Rea of Cascade, IA, Ryan Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA; 15 grandchildren, Cameron and Cale, Brynn, Blaine and Kaleb, Nicole, Megan and Rachel, Calvin, Colin, Claire, Chloe and Corinne, Ethan and Rylan; 13 great grandchildren with two more on the way; one brother, John (Lois) Sullivan of Cascade, IA; three sisters-in-law, Rita Kauder and Joan Kauder both of Cascade, IA and Diana Kauder of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Norma (Robert) Kurt; two sisters-in-law, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert and Phyllis (John "Skip") Dolphin; three brothers-in-law, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder.

In Lieu of flowers a Richard Sullivan memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arnold Peter Weirup


Arnold "Arnie" Peter Weirup, age 90, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at his home.

A memorial service celebrating Arnie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Buckhorn Cemetery, with military honors.

Arnold was born March 7, 1928 to Peter and Elsie (Weede) Weirup on the family farm in rural Maquoketa. He married Lois Darlene Campbell June 8, 1952 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. This last year they celebrated 65 years of marriage. To this marriage was born Rhonda, Peter, Merle, Jeffery and Arnold.

Arnie graduated from Elwood High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War and had to leave the service early to come home because of a family emergency. Recently, Arnie had went on the Quad City Honor Flight to DC.

He and Lois made their home on the family farm where he continued to farm, raise cattle, sheep, pigs and later added horses. Later in life he and Lois delivered the Quad City Sunday paper and he was a meter reader for Rural Electric Company.

Here are words that describe the man Arnie was; hard worker, lived simply, laughed, loved much, spoke kindly, cared deeply, expected little and gave generously. He will be missed by those who called him husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

Left to share his memories are his wife, Lois of rural Maquoketa; 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; nieces, nephews and cousins; Leland Bachtell and many more extended families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Elsie; two sisters, Orvilla Weirup and Helma (Paul) Heeren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Courageous, Hospice of Jackson County or Buckhorn Cemetery. Cards and memorials can be mailed to: 11300 1st Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060.

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



Stanley W. Hewitt


Stanley W. "Stan" Hewitt, age 76, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:50 p.m., on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Stan's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Stan's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 and the D.A.V.

Stan was born on July 22, 1941, in Auburn, California, son of Varro and Goldie (Downing) Hewitt.

Stan chose to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army for over 21 years of his life; proudly retiring as Master Sargent upon completing his duties. After his retirement from the military, Stan would continue to put his years of experience to work as a guard at the Anamosa State Prison for another 15 years, and yet another 6 years as a guard at the Federal Building in Dubuque, until his eventual permanent retirement finally arrived. He would meet, and eventually marry the love of his life, Carolyn Noel on May 11, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two would be blessed to enjoy almost 20 wonderful years together. Stan's military career was always of the utmost importance to him and he was a faithful member of several organizations including the D.A.V., the V.F.W., and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, where he was a trusted member of the funeral detail. When Stan wasn't devoting his time with his military friends, he could easily be found spending time with his family. An afternoon of spending time with the grandkids, or even an evening of trying his luck at the casino with Carolyn by his side, were always considered to be a good use of valuable time to Stan. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, but take comfort in the knowledge that he now lies in a renewed state of perfection, free from the physical limitations which he has battled these past few years, and is at everlasting peace with his Lord and Savior awaiting our joyous reunion one day. Thank you Stan for your commitment to our nation, your family and community; you've surely left a fine example for us all to follow along our journey.

Those left to cherish Stan's memory include

his loving wife,
Carolyn Noel Hewitt, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Sandee (Richard Becker) Hewitt, Shellsburg, IA;

his step-daughter,
Laura Koppes, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Reba Detweiler and Maurissa (Robert) Jacobus;

his step-grandchildren,
Corey Koppes and Tawnie (fiancé Max Eisbach) Koppes;

his great-grandchildren,
Iris Detweiler and Baby Elliot Jacobus due in June;

his step great-grandchildren,
Matix, Evelyn and Onyx Koppes;

his siblings,
Wanda (Bill) Williams, California,
Kathleen (David) Hayes, Oregon
and Carol (Bob) Edwards, California;

several nieces and nephews;

a brother-in-law,
Richard (Char) Noel;

a sister-in-law,
Betty Christ, Dubuque, IA;

a close family friend,
Hazel Jones, South Carolina;

and his faithful canine companion,
Holly.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Harold (Helen) Hewitt, Kenneth (Beverly) Hewitt and Clyde (Hazel) Hewitt; his in-laws, Wilfred (Marie) Noel; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary (Charlie) Spielman and Mary Ann Noel; a brother-in-law, Tom Christ; and his close friend, Levis Jones.

In lieu of flowers, a Stanley W. "Stan" Hewitt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite local military charities.

Stan's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care of Stan, and his entire family.

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



Richard J. Meyer


Richard J. Meyer, 85, of East Dubuque passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Bell Tower Retirement Home in East Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and family may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.  Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Richard was born on July 29, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Blanche (White) Meyer and graduated from East Dubuque High School.  He served our country with honor in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star in the Korean War.  He married way out of his league to Rosita Welp on April 16, 1955, and had four children. 

Richard retired as a tool and die maker from Flexsteel Industries.  He loved putting puzzles together, playing euchre, the casino, traveling and sports, especially the World Champion Chicago Cubs.  He was also active in St. Mary's church.

Richard was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was also the nicest guy you would ever want to meet and had a sense of humor that was appreciated by all who met him. 

He is survived by three children, Deb (Terry) Temperley of East Dubuque, Dave (Debbie Schmitz) of Grayslake, Illinois, and John of Dyersville, Iowa; six grandchildren, Luke and Brian Temperley, Molly Dallman and Joel Meyer, Natalie Meyer and Alicia Fortney; eight great-grandchildren and a special lady, Diane Buhr of East Dubuque.

Richard was welcomed to heaven by his wife Rosita, son Joel, parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

The family would like to thank the special people of Hospice of Dubuque especially Shirley, Amy, and Ryan, as well as the angels at the Bell Tower Retirement home.  They also request that no flowers be sent.

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

 

 



Leon A. Cummer

Leon A. Cummer, 82, of Dubuque formerly of Balltown, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 468 Balltown Rd. conducted by Rev. Michael Schueller. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, March 19, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service, additional visitation will be 9:00 am-10:00 am, Tuesday at the funeral home prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery in Balltown with Military Honors.

Leon was born January 16, 1936 in Balltown the son of Louis and Barbara (Link) Cummer. He served in the US Army 1958-1960.

Leon worked on a number of his in-laws' farms growing up prior to his military service. Leon worked for Georgia Pacific for 45 years, retiring in 1998.

He enjoyed hunting, was an avid Cubs Fan, enjoyed time will all his families, helping out others, and spending the winters in Arizona.

Survivors include siblings, Evelyn Specht, Lucille Brimeyer, and Bill (Marge) Cummer; brother in-law, Vic Leibfried; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Norbert (Laverne "Honey" )Cummer, Lorene (Arnold) Gansemer, Marie (Donald) Hannan, Marcella (Norbert) Schueller, Dorothy (John) Markham, Myrtle Leibfried, and Florence (Cyril) Habel; brothers in-law, Glen Stoffel, Robert Brimeyer, and Jack Specht.

Special thank you to Jack and Judy Gansemer for your care of Leon over the years.

A memorial fund has been established in Leon's memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Dolores M. Apel


Dolores M. Apel, 99, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home peacefully on March 15, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 19th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service time at 4:00 p.m.

Dolores was born on June 27, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Mary (Hillard) Herber. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated High School from Immaculate Conception Academy.

She married John Apel on May 23, 1940 at Sacred Heart Church. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1987.
Dolores worked at her father-in-law's grocery store, Apel's Market and then Grandview Drug for 20 years. She also volunteered in Pastoral Care at Mercy Hospital for 25 years retiring at the age of 95.

She was very proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very excited for her first great great granddaughter to be born in June and another great grandson to be born in August. She was also a very special Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Dolores was vibrant, kind and caring; she will be missed dearly. Love you so much Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma!

She is survived by her daughter Kathie (Jerry) Westhoff, of Asbury, Iowa; her son Tom (Diane) Apel, of Lisbon, Iowa; grandchildren, Steve (Cindy) Westhoff, of Dubuque, Kris (Jeff) Ward, of Marion, Iowa, Joli (Tom) Smith, of Spring Hill, FL, Paula (Jeff) Sears, of Solon, Iowa, and Rebecca Apel, of Atlanta, GA.; great grandchildren Zach (McKenzie Bries) Westhoff, Madison (Levi Jasper) Westhoff, Tanner (Kelly) Sprague, Brayden (Cara Reilly) Sprague, Elyse Ward, Courtney Smith, Ryan Sears, and Braydon Sears.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband John; her siblings and their spouses Peter (Dorothy) Herber, Art (Theresa) Herber, Viola (Raymond) Nicks, Fred (Ann) Herber, Arnold (Eunice) Herber, Mildred (Fergus) Gallagher, Herb (Ruth) Herber, Mary Rita (Robert) Zehentner, two sisters in infancy Evelyn and Eleanor; her in-laws, Arthur and Hazel Apel, and sister-in-law Juanita (Elmer) Nadermann.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Angela Ries and her staff for the wonderful care they provided our mother, along with the medical staff at Mercy Medical Center.



Gerald A. Singsank


Gerald A. Singsank, 89, of Dubuque and formerly of Luxemburg passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6 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, March19, 2018, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Gerry was born July 16, 1928, in Luxemburg the son of Clement and Grace (Thillen) Singsank. He married Helen "Maizie" Klein on Oct. 15, 1952, in Rickardsville, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Singsank home farm near Luxemburg until moving to town. After that he began working at John Deere Dubuque Works until he and Helen opened Singsank Upholstery in Luxemburg. He also worked other various jobs such as a farm hand among road construction flagging and Fuller Brush sales.

He was a devoted husband for 65 years, a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather who also enjoyed playing cards; however he didn't enjoy losing to Helen at Cribbage. He also enjoyed visiting with anyone, gardening and being on his lawn tractor. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734 and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, 3 shildren: Janet Singsank of New Vienna, Lori Connolly of Marion and Pat Singsank of Burlington; grandchildren: Rachel Besch, Melissa Kauder, Matt (Kristi), Logan (Courtney) and Quinton Hoefler, and Carrie (Doug) Jackson; 6 great grandchildren: Lauren, Ava and Erica Jackson, Declan Kauder, Liam and Emma Hoefler, Aden, Blake and Waylon Besch, a sister, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville and a sister-in-law, Jane Singsank of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Joe Singsank, a grandson, Eric Connolly, siblings: Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Dr. Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Marce (Harry) Steffen, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank, and Mae (Alphonse) Pasker; and a brother-in-law, Alver Dingbaum.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor, especially Tom and Ashley for their compassionate care till the very end, and Betsy and Nicole with Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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



Donald J. Hesselman


Donald J. Hesselman Sr., 96, of Dubuque passed away on March 13, 2018 at his home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. No public visitation will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born July 3rd, 1921 the son of Gus and Pauline (Permantier) Hesselman. He graduated as part of the Class of 1939 from Loras Academy and married Mary Anderson 5 years later on September 26, 1944. During his life he was employed through Anthony Auto Sales, Wilson Bros., and Turpin Dodge.

Don served as a member of the United States Army during WWII, during this time he was awarded a Bronze Star and served in European Theater.

Don was a great husband of 73 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He always put his family above all else.

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Don (Gwen), Hesselman, Steve (Becky), Hesselman, Mary Gereau, Mark Hesselman, Mike (Terri) Hesselman, Elizabeth Hesselman, Tony (Jill) Hesselman, Jane Scarlino, Ann (Dave Heller) Volkert, and Julie (Dave) Naumann,; 27 grandchildren, and 42 great grandchildren.

He was met in heaven by his parents, as well as his sisters, Margaret Koester and Jean Day.

In lieu of flowers a Donald Hesselman Memorial has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque.



Connie L. Krause


Connie L. Krause, 67, of Holy Cross, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her home in Holy Cross, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Connie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born October 6, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Glen and Lucille (Cummer) Stoffel. She is a graduate from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth and Capri College in Dubuque. On September 4, 1971, she was united in marriage to Gary Krause at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She worked as a Cosmetologist and in the beauty supply industry until her retirement.

Connie loved spending time going to her grandchildren's sporting events. She enjoyed reading and country line dancing.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Rickardsville, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Krause; two children, Lori (Mike) Pfeiler and Tim (Kelly) Krause all of Holy Cross, IA; four grandchildren, Riley and Regann Pfeiler and Jadyn and Max Krause; her mother, Lucille Brimeyer of Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Dave (Kay) Stoffel of Sherrill, IA and Joe Stoffel of Rickardsville, IA; three sisters, Pat (Tom) Ellwanger of Dubuque, IA, Deb (Ken) Kipper of Dubuque, IA and Jodee (Jack) Theisen of Holy Cross, IA; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Phyllis) Krause of New Hampton, IA and Tom (Mary) Krause of Dubuque, IA; and her granddog, Myla.

She is preceded in death by her father, Glen Stoffel; her step-father, Robert Brimeyer, mother and father -in-law, Walt and Bertie Krause.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Dr. Schope and the Hospice of Dubuque Staff for all the wonderful care they gave to Connie, also thank you to Brother Stephen Markham for all the prayers and visits he had with Connie.

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



Sr. Joan Newhart, BVM


Sister Joan Newhart, BVM (Joan Michael), 89, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away March 13, 2018, at Marian Hall.

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

Sister Joan taught at Columbus HS in Waterloo, Iowa. She taught secondary school in Chicago and Mundelein, Ill.; Lead, S.D.; St. Louis Mo.; and Bogotá, Colombia. She served as Mundelein College director of academic computing and coordinator for Loyola University Chicago Computer Center. She volunteered for many years as a congregational and high school computer consultant in the Chicago area and Dubuque.

She was born in Oak Park, Ill., on March 21, 1928, to George and Pauline Burns Newhart. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Catherine of Siena, Oak Park. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, George Robert (Bob) Newhart and his wife Virginia Quinn, Los Angeles; sisters Pauline (James) Quan, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Virginia (William) Brittain, Naperville, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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

Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy. 35 N, East Dubuque, IL is in charge of arrangements. 

 

 



Richard C. Kirmse


Richard C. Kirmse, 84, of Dubuque died Monday, March 12, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Richard was born December 26, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Milton and Rosella (Keller) Kirmse. 

After graduating from Dubuque Senior High, Richard worked as a butcher until 1956, when he entered the US Navy. Upon returning from the Navy, he worked as a butcher, retiring from the Dubuque Packing Company.

He was an avid boater and was a charter member of the Mid-town Mariners Yacht and Boat Club. He also enjoyed traveling in his 1928 Mercedes with Motor Iowa, then in his convertible with Open Air Tours.

He is survived by a daughter, Kim Riley of Albany, NY; grandson, Parker (Katie) Riley of Charlton, MA, and granddaughter, Taylor Riley of Albany, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-dad, William Templer.

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

The family would like to thank Cathy Sutter, Kevin Menning, Leonnard Panthier, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their care.



Mary Kay Schwind


Mary Kay Schwind, 78, of Dubuque died Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Kay was born January 28, 1940 in Dubuque, daughter of Francis "Frank" and Edith (Capesius) Schwind. She graduated from the Visitation Academy and attended Clarke College.

After working at American Trust and Savings Bank, she went to work for the American Red Cross where she was the director for 25 years. After her retirement from the Red Cross, she helped SASC set up a halfway house. She then worked at the Diamond Jo Casino.

She was a very active person who enjoyed cross country skiing.

She is survived by a sister, Ann (Tom) Kearney of Asbury; sister in law, Cheryl Schwind of Dubuque; 11 nieces and nephews, John (Lisa) Schwind, Terrence Schwind, Jeff (Christine) Schwind, Tim (Martha) Schwind, Beth (Ken) Kluesner, Mike (Kari) Schwind, Nancy (Dennis) Sabers, Pat (Mary) Kearney, John Kearney, Jim (Nancy) Kearney, and Susan (Jeff) Gourley; many great nieces and nephews and three great-great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Schwind.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Genesis Hospital, Clarissa Cook Hospice House and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.



LaVern A. Pfiffner


LaVern A. Pfiffner, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Dubuque Specialty Care. To honor LaVern's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 19, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

LaVern was born on May 2, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Phillip and Catherine (Wolter) Pfiffner.

LaVern was proud to have been born, raised and live in Dubuque his entire life. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII, as an electrician. Upon his return home, LaVern would diligently put those skills to good use at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods, and finally at the Dubuque Greyhound Park, until his well earned retirement. When LaVern wasn't working, he could easily be found catching up with his favorite reading material of the week, listening to a little music while relaxing, or extensively traveling the globe in search of his next great memory. LaVern also had a fulfilling home life and was united in marriage to the love of his life, Kathleen Murphy, on July 12, 1947, in Dubuque. The couple was blessed with 40 years together, and 4 children, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on June 30, 1987. Thankfully, LaVern would find love again with Veronica Thill Steuer, and the 2 were united in marriage on May 12, 1990. Sadly, she was also called home ahead of him earlier this year on January 19, 2018. LaVern was a faith filled man who was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We are saddened today at the sudden departure of LaVern from our earthly lives, but we give thanks for the 91 wonderful years the Lord was kind enough to share LaVern with us and we will surely treasure all of the memories he leaves behind until we meet again.

Those left to cherish LaVern's memory include

his children,
Robert (Ann) Pfiffner, Long Grove, IA,
Linda Krabacher-Bennett, East Dubuque, IL,
Kathy (Alan) Ernzen, Dubuque, IA
and James (Michelle) Pfiffner, Davenport, IA;

8 grandchildren,
Lisa (Russ) Hoerner, John (Ressie) Krabacher, Amy Soppe, J.C. (Nellie) Pfiffner, Zach (Megan) Pfiffner, Katie (Justin) Pfiffner, Rachel (Joey) Moeller and Anna (John) Pfiffner;

12 great-grandchildren,
Bryce, Alex (Dana), Kayla, John Carlos, Lexi, Alexandria, Addy, Judy, Iris, Wyatt, Mason and Adler;

his nephews and niece; 
Patrick Glynn, 
Michael (Laura) Glynn,
and Susan Erickson;

his step-children,
Donna VonFumetti, San Diego, CA
and Terrance (Linda) Steuer, Dubuque;

10 step-grandchildren;

12 step-great-grandchildren;

and a step-son-in-law,
Homer Weber, Cuba City, WI.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Kathleen Murphy; his 2nd wife, Veronica Pfiffner; a son-in-law, Jack Bennett; a grandson-in-law, Todd Soppe; a step-daughter, Janice Weber; and a step-son-in-law, Gary VonFumetti.

A LaVern A. Pfiffner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

LaVern's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Lavern, and his family.

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



Vincent G. Remakel


Vincent G. "Vince" Remakel, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 11th, 2018 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Vince was born on October 13, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Michael and Adella (Zimmer) Remakel. He married Phyllis Hammerand on December 2, 1961 at the Church of the Nativity.

He was a loving and caring man who always loved a project. He selflessly helped his children and neighbors with their homes and their cars, oftentimes without even being asked. Vince was a blood donor for over 40 years.
Vince was a proud Engineman E7 Chief Petty Officer in the United States Naval Reserves and served for 32 years.
He worked for the American Red Cross Blood Bank of Dubuque for 20 years. Prior to the Red Cross he worked for Dubuque John Deere and the City of Dubuque at the Water Plant. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Dubuque Land Lords Association.

Vince is survived by his wife Phyllis; six daughters, Becky (Joe) Richardson, Penny (Joe) Bughman, Kathy (Richard) Buhman, Kelly (fiancé, Kenneth Olsen) Kirkpatrick, Debby (Rusty) Behnke, and Laura (Gary) Michael. Twelve grandchildren, Joe Jr., Amanda, Tim, Erin, Abbey, Kailey, Zachary, Hunter, Turner, Ryan, Matt and Brianna. Two sisters, Maryann Miller, of Omaha and Suzanne (Lance) Hurst, of Sun City, AZ; one brother Thomas (Rosemary) Remakel, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law Joan Remakel, of Dubuque and brother-in-law Bill Lawler, of Peosta; Brothers-in-law Virgil (Luella) Hammerand; Prosper Hammerand of Sherrill; and sister-in-law Delight (Delbert) Brimeyer of Dubuque; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Robert and Ronald Remakel; a sister Patricia Lawler; brother-in-law Wayne Miller and a sister-in-law, Karen Hammerand.

Memorials may be given to the American Red Cross.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman and staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Vince. The family also wishes to thank daughter Becky Richardson and granddaughter Kailey Buhman who are nurses and cared for Vince in his final days.

Someone once told Vince... "There is a special place in Heaven for a man who lived with seven women!" We couldn't agree more!



Ruth C. Smith


Ruth C. Smith, 97, of Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA, formerly of Fairplay, WI, passed away Sunday evening, March 11, 2018 at Stonehill.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends is after 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on July 30, 1920, in White Oak Springs Township of Lafayette County, WI, the daughter of Clarence and Marie (Swanson) McCoy. She lived on the family farm until the age of 18. Ruth graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1938. She then attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, graduating in 1940 and worked for Federal Discount Corporation for a number of years.

Ruth met the love of her life, Eugene Joseph Smith and they were united in marriage on May 16, 1944 while he was home on furlough. They had three wonderful children: Sandra, Richard and Bruce Smith.

She liked to read books, watch her birds outside, go fishing, and working in her garden, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Bob) Baumel of Albany, WI, her son Richard "Dick" (Alice) Smith of Newnan, GA; grandchildren, Brett (Ann) Cox, Chad Cox, Amy (Steve) Koeller, Scott (April) Smith, Jamie Smith, and Rick (Elizabeth) Smith; great grandchildren, Whitnee Hale, Macie and Maddie Cox, Lindsey, Alyssa, and Ryan Koeller, Ella and Harlee Cox, and Aubree Smith; several nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law, Kate McCoy of Cottage Grove, WI.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Marie; her husband Eugene J. "Gene" Smith; her son Bruce J. Smith; her siblings, Florence (Norman) Kittoe, Alberta (John) Leitzinger, June McCoy, Vivian (Charles) Herbst, Gordon (Cleone) McCoy, Robert McCoy, Delbert (Margaret) McCoy, and Leonard McCoy.

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

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the excellent care given to Ruth.

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



Phyllis M. McNett


Phyllis M. McNett, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018.

Funeral services will be noon, Saturday, March 17 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a visitation will be held after 10a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Cuba City.

Phyllis was born on December 23, 1936 in Cuba City, Wisconsin the daughter of Guerdon and Virginia (Pearce) McNett. Phyllis graduated from Benton, WI High School.

She worked 2 months shy of 45 years at the Dubuque Packing Company.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling, playing cards, going out to eat with her friends and family, getting her hair done and going to the coffee shop. She had many dear friends, especially, Joyce.

Phyllis was fond of and generous towards her 19 nieces and nephews.

Phyllis is survived by her siblings, Keith (Helen), of Platteville, WI, Stanley (Dorothy), of Mountain View, AR, and Janet McNett of Evansville, WI; and sisters-in-law, Elsie McNett of Freeport, IL, LouAnn Scholl of Westminster, CO and Judy McNett of Fruitland, FL. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Howard "Skeets" Phoenix; and brothers, Jerry, Royce, Roger and David.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher and Hospice of Dubuque.



Frances M. (Casanova) Wittstock


Frances M. (Casanova) Wittstock, 99, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 6th, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 9:00 am - 9:45 am prior to Mass at the Church. Internment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Local arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Frances was born September 21, 1918 in Trempleau, Wisconsin the daughter of John and Isabelle (Stoffel) Casanova. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1936.

Frances married John "Joe" Wittstock on November 11, 1940 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Joe passed on June 20, 1988.

She owned and operated Leiser's Super Club with her husband in Dubuque from 1957-1978.

After leaving the restaurant business Fran enjoyed volunteering and traveling. Traveling through Alaska was one of her favorite trips. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital, volunteering more than 10,000 hours. She especially liked knitting little stocking caps for the new babies. She also volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum. She loved spending time visiting her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Keith (Cheryl) Wittstock of Laramie, WY and Sandra "Sandi" Wittstock of Davenport; grandchildren, Andrea (Alex) Salvo, Christine (Michael) Gray, Mark (Jennifer) Wittstock, James (Jodi) McCauley, Jennifer (Ed) Kuyper, Colleen (Mike) Skolrood, and Joseph (Brandy) McCauley and 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Terry; a great-grandchild, William J. Gray; siblings, Clarence Casanova, Laura Breuer, Lucy Connor, Delphine Casanova, Joseph Casanova, and Eunice Dolter.

A memorial fund has been established in Frances' memory for Stonehill Nursing Home.

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



Evelyn R. Strohmeyer


Evelyn R. "Evie" Strohmeyer, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Finley Hospital, with her children at her side.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Deacon Bill Maus will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Evelyn was born June 22, 1930 in Turkey River, IA, the daughter of Patrick and Lucille (Ferris) Barry. Evelyn married Anthony "Knute" Strohmeyer. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1971.

Evie was a devoted and loving mother and homemaker. She had a passion for music, especially Country & Western. In her younger years she sang with her brother Jim at Melody Mill, and she was excellent at yodeling and square dancing. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, and taking walks. Evie was a fan of Lawrence Welk, Hee-Haw, and The Big Bang Theory.

Evie is survived by five children, Tom Conlan of Dubuque, Jeff (Norina) Strohmeyer of Boulder, CO, Sue (Mike) McCarron of Dubuque, Shelly (Moe) Lowlaki of Centennial, CO, and Scott (Terra) Strohmeyer of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; her brother, Jim (Pat) Barry; and her sister, Virginia Link, both of Dubuque. 

Evie was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bob McCarron; three brothers, Al (Rita), Lyle (Mary), and Jack Barry; and a brother-in-law, Roger Link; and her first husband, Vince Conlan. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evelyn Strohmeyer Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Finley; and the staff at Stonehill who were so kind and compassionate to Evie. 

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



Mary K. Sharkey


Mary K. Sharkey, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 30th, 1940, the daughter of Henry & Melita (Krier) Faulhaber. She married George Sharkey on November 27,1960.

Mary enjoyed planting her flower garden every year, playing cards with special friends, going shopping and to the Casino, and sewing for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed bus trips and family trips, as well as going out to eat with family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband George; her son George Jr. (Julie), and her daughter Michelle. Five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her brothers John (Rose) Faulhaber & Jim (Jill) Faulhaber; her sister-in-law Carole Faulhaber, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tony.

The family requests no flowers.



Buena Ruth Ryan


Buena Ruth "Bunny" Ryan, 100, of Eagle Point Place, Dubuque passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

At her request, she donated her body to the University of Iowa Anatomy Department. There will be no public services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is assisting the family.

She was born on February 17, 1918, in Topeka, Kansas to Ray and Violetta (Huffine) Irwin. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque.

Bunny had two wonderful husbands. Her first was Kenneth Murwin, whom she married in 1939. They raised two children before he died in 1971. In 1976 she and Edmund Ryan were married. They lived in Florida for several years before moving back to Dubuque. Ed died in 2001.

Bunny led an active, full life, as a member of Dubuque Golf and Country Club, where she developed many lasting friendships. She was a member of First Congregational Church, serving as a Deaconess and President of Women's Fellowship. For several years she directed a variety of fashion shows for J.F. Stampfer Department Store, giving many young women their first taste of modeling. She enjoyed family, cooking, reading and shopping.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda (Tony) Klostermann, of Dubuque and her son, Michael (Carol) Murwin, of West Des Moines, IA; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ava McFarlin of Bettendorf, IA.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



John H. Weets


John H. Weets, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6:15 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, with a celebration of life service beginning at 6:30 P.M. A private burial will be held at a later date from the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

John Henry Weets was born on March 20, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry and Edith (Edwards) Weets. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant. He had also received the Korean Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the United Nations Service Medal.

He married Mary Ann Larkey on January 2, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Following his military service, John returned home and began a 40 year career with the Maquoketa Municipal Electric Utility Plant. Thirty-four of those years were spent as Power Plant Superintendent and 6 years as the Utility Manager. He retired in 1994.

John was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, and a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. He enjoyed camping and traveling, tinkering on cars, crafts and woodworking. In retirement, John and Mary spent winters in Mission, Texas for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Ann Weets of Dubuque, IA; children, Dennis (Marsha) Weets of Monument, CO, Kathy (John) Lee of Prairie City, IA, Lori Weets of Dubuque, IA, Karla (Wilhelm "Will") DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, and Gary (Dawn) Weets of Platteville, WI; 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Paula, a brother Max, and a sister Eunice "Sue" Davison.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John H. Weets memorial fund has been established.

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



Sharon A. (Bonnet) Snyder


Sharon A. (Bonnet) Snyder, 68, of East Dubuque, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at home with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. 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 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. There will also be a visitation on Thursday morning from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.

Sharon was born on October 29, 1949 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Ralph H. and Dolores "Dee" (Maus) Bonnet. She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1967 and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master's Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

She taught different elementary grades for 34 years, but primarily was a 6th grade teacher, and loved every minute doing so. She retired from the Galena Middle School in 2014.

Sharon enjoyed reading, cooking and gardening. But most of all she loved time spent with her grandkids. She was a former member of St. Michael's Church in Galena and its guitar choir.

Surviving are four children, Brad (Rina) Snyder of Warwick, RI, Dr. Michael (Kathy) Snyder, M.D., of St. Louis, MO, Amanda (Michael McDonald) Lee of North Liberty, IA, and Matthew (Lindsay) Snyder of Stoughton, WI; 12 grandchildren, Ethan, Nina, David, Bibiana, Gaby, Lilly, Teddy, Ava, Nya, Ryan, Gavin and Luke; her sister, Pat Bonnet of East Dubuque; her aunt, Leona "Pete" Ginter of Kieler, WI, and uncle, Wesley Hoots of Rock Island, IL; and numerous cousins and friends.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and the Carbone Cancer Center at U.W. Hospital, Madison, for the excellent care provided to our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, a Sharon A. Snyder memorial fund has been established.

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



Darlene M. Thomas


Darlene Marie Thomas, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at home.

Family and special friends are invited to a committal service at 11:30 a.m. on March 23rd, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Interment will follow, where her family will reunite Darlene with her husband, Mark on the 21st anniversary of his death. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

She was born on December 15, 1948, in Dubuque the daughter of Charles and Elaine (Tigges) Kruser. She married Mark E. Thomas, September 10, 1966, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She was employed at Flexsteel Industries prior to reaching retirement.

Darlene enjoyed spending time with family and playing bingo with her mother, daughters and eventually her grandchildren. Since retirement she particularly enjoyed playing cards, doing puzzles and trips to the casino with her parents, spending time with grandchildren, and playing with her 4-legged furry friend, "Mikey", who she adopted just a couple of years ago. She became the primary caretaker of her parents as their health declined and was such a loving person with a huge heart. She always welcomed you at the door with open and loving arms, a caring smile, and fed you until you were uncomfortably full. She will be sadly missed by family and friends and is now reunited and back in the comforting arms of her loving husband and parents.

She is survived by 2 daughters - Tracy (Richard) Stoppelmoor of San Antonio, TX and Linda (Paul) Schroeder of Dubuque, IA; 4 grandchildren - Corey Wainwright and Brandon Stoppelmoor of San Antonio, TX; and Holly Schroeder and Mason Schroeder of Dubuque, IA; Siblings - a sister, Shirley Boland of Amarillo, TX; and three brothers, Charles (Wilma) Kruser of Dubuque, IA; Raymond (Linda) Kruser of Janesville, WI; and Terrance (Rio) Kruser of Federal Way, WA

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elaine Kruser; her loving husband, Mark Thomas; mother-in-law, Helen (Ulrich) Thomas; and father-in-law, Donald Thomas, Sr.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established and can be directed to the care of Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA 52003.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cao and Dr. Ricketts for their persistence in trying to find ways to help Darlene through her medical journey and to Ennoble Manor who graciously welcomed Darlene when visiting her parents while they resided there. A special heartfelt thank you from Mark and Darlene's daughters to the Leonard Funeral Home team for their assistance in bringing their parents together again.

The family would also like to thank those special and close friends of Darlene who comforted her, took the time to have a cup of coffee and chat, and most importantly looked after her for the last 20 years following her husband's early death.

 



Gregory Shireman


Gregory "Shifty" Shireman, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at Manor Care.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gregory was born on October 20, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Norman and Mary (Ede) Shireman. He graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque.

For over 30 years Shifty worked for the Walnut Tap and for over 25 years worked at the Bridge Restaurant. He was an extremely hard worker.

He was a member of Bunker Hill Golf Course for many years. Golf was his passion and he was also an amazing skier.

Greg Shireman, also widely known as "Shifty" was notorious for his work ethic, his love of golf, and his recipe for his Walnut Crushers that he served at the Walnut Tap for 30 years. He also had a great passion for cooking at the Bridge Restaurant. However, there was no stronger love than what he felt for his family, especially his 8 grandchildren.

Shifty is loved by all and will always be remembered.

He is survived by his sons Jeremy (Khi) Shireman, Zach Shireman and Ben (Natalie) Shireman, all of Dubuque. Eight grandchildren, Joslyn, Brooklynn, Kylie, Dane, Wyatt, Isla, Cayden and Zoe. His siblings, Christine Shireman, Ricky Shireman, Theresa Shireman and Karen (Jeff) Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Martin Shireman.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care and their entire staff! They were amazing! Also, to all our family and friends for all of the love and support you gave.

"The Man. The Myth. The Legend."



Robert Barner


Robert "Tony" Barner, 37, of Dubuque, was called home on February 28, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday March 10, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 12 p.m.

Tony was born November 1, 1980 in Chicago, IL, the son of Robert Harrison and Catherine Barner.

Tony was an avid poker player who could often be seen at the Mystique Casino. He enjoyed cooking, anime, and Batman.

Tony was a devoted father who loved spending time with his kids. He was everyone's best friend and confidante, always there to offer advice (good or bad). Tony was the life of every party with his amazing sense of humor and his charming and addictive personality. Tony was very handsome and he knew it! He never missed a chance for a selfie.

He is survived by many friends who were like family to him. Tony is also survived by three children, Giovanni, Te'ana, and Xavion; his lifelong best friend and mother of his children, Misty Barner; his siblings, Stephen (Kailee) and Dorian (Lisa) Harrison, both of Dubuque, Jewel (Larry) Polson, and Willie and Wayne Alexander, all of Des Moines; his niece Ava; his nephews Sean, Jayden, Dorian Jr., Roman and Raiden; and a sister in law Holly Livermore. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ayende Nelson; and his best friend, Brian Otting.

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



Dorothy I. Noonan


Dorothy I. Noonan, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at WestWing Place in DeWitt.

A private burial will be held at the Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dorothy Irene Noonan was born on June 30, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Michael Joseph and Martha Alverna (Burrows) Noonan. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Dorothy had worked as an office assistant for an auto glass company in Davenport for many years. In retirement she had been a caretaker for a friend.

She loved dogs, enjoyed traveling and going to the casino.

Those left to honor her memory include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

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



Roy A. Frandsen


Roy A. Frandsen, 93, of Baldwin, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 5, 2018, at his home.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A 10 A.M. Knights of Pythias service will be held. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.

Roy A. Frandsen was born on October 17, 1924 in Nashville, Iowa, to Carl Peter and Florence Bethelda (Scott) Frandsen. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1941 at the age of 16. He then attended one year of college at the Maquoketa Junior College before entering the military and serving his country admirably in the U.S Army.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge he moved to Chicago where he met the love of his life, Vivian Marie Vandertuin. They were married on November 21, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and to this union three children were born, Martin, Roice and John.

Following his time in the military Roy began a six year career as an engineer working for Benedix in Davenport, Iowa. During this period Benedix had a private contract with NASA and Roy worked on the Apollo program. He then worked at Cartridge Pak and later Michel's T.V. and Appliance in Maquoketa for approximately three years. For many years Roy had also owned and operated Roy's T.V. Repair Shop in Baldwin. Lastly, he worked as a rural mail carrier in Maquoketa until his retirement in 1990.

Roy was active in the Maquoketa community with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he served as a past Master and later became a 32nd degree Mason and also joined the Scottish Rites, Yorkrite and KAABA Shrine. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Maquoketa where he served as a past Grand Chancellor. Some other memberships included the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. 

Roy enjoyed golfing and had been a longtime member of the Maquoketa Country Club golfing until age 90. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing and in his younger years, archery.

Those left to honor Roy's memory include his wife Vivian Frandsen of Baldwin, IA; children, Martin (Ardith) Frandsen of Bettendorf, IA, Roice Earles of Maquoketa, IA, and John (Lerna) Frandsen of New Carrollton, MD; 4 grandchildren, Aaron, Kristin, Ian and Dane; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Art (Karen) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA and Larry (Joyce) Frandsen of DeWitt, IA; and sisters: Velma Witt of Denver, CO, and Ione (David) Nelson of Eldridge, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul "Buster" Frandsen and Harvey Frandsen, and 4 sisters, infants Viola and Lorraine, and Ruby Voss and Irene Kleinsmith.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roy A. Frandsen memorial fund has been established.

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



Scott A. Barten


Scott A. Barten, 48, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

A celebration of Scott's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Scott Alvin Barten was born on July 14, 1969 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Alvin Elmer and Vera Elaine (Bock) Barten. He was a 1987 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. He married Veronica Staner on January 23, 1999 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Scott worked in the automotive industry for over 25 years. Prior to becoming disabled, his last employment was as an auto technician for Thiel Motor Sales in DeWitt, Iowa.

Scott enjoyed every minute at any dirt track race across the Midwest with family and friends. After racing himself, he enjoyed helping his step-son Travis, and son Michael race around eastern Iowa. You could always find him at the Yankee, Supernationals, and any USMTS race. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor Scott's memory include his wife, Veronica Barten of Maquoketa, IA; son Michael (and his girlfriend Courtney Raes) Barten of Coralville, IA; a step-son, Travis (Brittani) Law of Mooresville, NC; his parents, Alvin and Vera Barten of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Lori (Marvin) Massey of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Scott A. Barten memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary C. Block


Mary C. (Burgmaier) Block, 81, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born July 10, 1936 in Platteville, Wisconsin the daughter of John and Frances (Kass) Burgmaier. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. Mary married Donald R. Block on February 8, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he passed on December 22, 2005. She was a cook at the family restaurants and a homemaker. Mary enjoyed baking, gardening, spending time with family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Chicago Cubs Baseball, and BINGO. She really looked forward to listening to the Big Broadcast on Sunday night, and had many of her own radio shows on tape that she enjoyed listening to. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Rosary Society.

Survivors include her children, Donald J. Block, Daniel J. (Barb) Block, John M. (Dawn) Block, and Christine (Bill) Gross; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren (one on the way in June); and a sister, Hilda Zenner.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Special thanks to her wonderful care team at Dubuque Specialty Care, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Liabo

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

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



Patricia Ann Kohler


Patricia Ann Kohler, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be held Saturday March 10, 2018 at GracePoint Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m., burial will be at Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery. Family and Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Patricia was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 19, 1927 to Walter and Daisy (Shaw) Waller.

Patricia graduated from Senior High School in 1945 and worked many jobs. She loved working in the gift department at Stampfers and working at the Christian Book Store, but the job she loved the best, was all the work she did for her church, GracePoint Presbyterian. She was very devoted to her church.

Pat was an animal lover, especially her cats, she also loved her flowers and could make anything bloom.

She is survived by three sisters, Gail Dame of Silver Spring, MD., Sandra (Gary) Becwar of Glen Haven, WI., and Sharon (David) Becwar, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kohler; her parents, Walter and Daisy Waller; her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kay Waller; brother-in-law, Robert Dame; nieces Lydia Becwar and Samantha Lattimer.

In lieu of flowers, A Patricia Kohler Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill and to Dr. Mark Runde and his staff for the care and love they gave Patricia. Also to the members of GracePoint Church who gave her so much love and help.



James F. Ludescher


James F. "Jim" Ludescher, 77, of Dubuque died Monday, March 5 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where the visitation will be held from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Jim was born November 16, 1940, in Dubuque, son of John and Ruth (Peters) Ludescher. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1958. He worked at his father's grocery store/soda fountain (Johnnies) from 1955 until he entered the Navy in 1960. Upon returning from the navy, Jim resumed working at the store until it was sold in 1970. He then worked at Myers-Cox until 1994; he was an antique dealer and certified appraiser from 1970 to 1997, and worked at Bishop's from 1997 until his retirement in 2003. He later drove cars for Anderson Weber.

Jim was affectionately known as "Jimmy Holiday' by his family and friends as he would travel from house to house during the holidays, always with a smile and bottle of Asti-Spumonti in hand. Jimmy was known to travel the little league circuit as a superfan to watch the games of his great-nephews; he held a spot at the Althaus bowling nights and card games where he was affectionately one of the family; and for decades was a regular at his favorite restaurant, Marco's, where he knew their family tree as well as his own. Jim held unique passions: he previously owned Appaloosa Show Horses that he stabled at his brother's farm; he had a great interest in history especially the 18th century and had a passion for Native American culture. He traveled the country exploring and learning about his interests and made many friends along the way. Jim would take baking requests for family parties and birthdays and deliver a tub of cookies or bars, a hit among all who received his treats. Jim could frequently be quoted as saying, "To put it bluntly..." but there was nothing blunt about Jim. His stories were detailed and always laced with kindness and a positive tone, which is how he lived his life. It is fair to say he led a life of adventure. While a lifelong bachelor, he had deep love for family and friends, and enjoyed lunches with his niece, Heidi.

He is survived by his brother, John "Jack" (Barb) Ludescher, and his sister, Mary (Harry) Althaus, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews Mark, Chris (Heidi), Tom (Sandy), Susan (Steve); and Mikayla (Matthew); great nieces and nephews Jessica, Jon, Erin, Jack, Morgan, Lauren, Lindsey, Rob, Piper, Brayden;  and great great nieces and nephews Owen, Mia, Layla, Blake, and Deklan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family gives special thanks to the staff at Stonehill and Mercy Medical Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their tender loving care. A special thank you to Dr. Holm and her staff for the "above and beyond" attention and care they gave Jim during his battle with leukemia.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Hospice of Dubuque.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Mary Ellen Schlueter


Mary Ellen "Ellen" Schlueter, 88, of Dubuque died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ellen was born April 8, 1929 in Dubuque, daughter of Arthur and Rita (Ryan) Walsh.  She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1947.

On May 9, 1959, she married Robert L. Schlueter at Nativity Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death on January 16, 2016.

Ellen worked at American Trust and Savings Bank until her marriage.  She was an active volunteer for the Mercy Service Club for over 50 years, until 2010.

She is survived her children, Steve (Cathy Healey) Schlueter of Dubuque and their daughter, Jenny (fiancé Jack Flanigan); Barbara Schlueter and her son Matt (Samantha) DeMoss and daughter, Brianne Schlueter, of Dubuque; and Sarah (Jeff) Foxen, and their son Ben Foxen and daughter, Grace Foxen, of Waukee, Iowa; and great-grandson, Mason DeMoss and great-granddaughter, Elliana Jo DeMoss.

She is also survived by her siblings, Sr. Catherina Walsh BVM and Michael (Mary Alice) Walsh; and in laws, Geraldine Walsh, Jane Ross, Rosie Schlueter, Bernie (Judy) Schlueter and Helen and Ed Hood.  She is also survived by 67 nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Jim Walsh, Mary Ann Pufahl, and Kathy Walsh and in laws, Werner Pufahl, Merle "Bud" Ross, John and Pat Schlueter, Tom and Dorothy Schlueter, Leo and Judy Schlueter and Joe Schlueter.

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

Memorials may be made to the Ellen Schlueter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Mohr and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care.

 

 



Jesse A. Bartels


Jesse A. Bartels, 44, of Durango, Iowa, died suddenly on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Rachel, stepdaughters Sophie, Gracie, and Lillie, and his mother, brothers, and extended family. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College.  Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville.

Jesse was born October 10, 1973, in Dubuque, IA, son of Robert and Cynthia (Arlen) Bartels.  Jesse graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. 

In true Jesse style, he married his loving wife, Rachel, in an informal backyard ceremony on July 2, 2010, in Peosta, IA. Even after a short engagement, Jesse knew he wanted to be a part of the lives of Rachel and her girls.

Jesse owned and operated Bartels & Company, an electrostatic painting company, and One Mean Bean, a coffee business he ran with his younger brother, Dustin.  Jesse was a tireless worker, had old-man strength in spades, and possessed a sneaky wit.  Jesse was a skilled carpenter, having made many wonderful pieces of furniture for his friends and family.  He bled Dodger blue and was an avid Packers fan.  He especially adored his stepdaughters, his nephews, and nieces.  Jesse died while working on home improvements in anticipation of the birth of his niece.  Jesse was very caring and generous to family.  He had a special bond with his cousin and workmate, Alex Zankle.

Finally, Jesse loved and adored his stepdaughters.  He took them in as his own.  He enjoyed making them laugh by having karaoke contests with them and parading around the house in his cowboy hat while dancing.  He enjoyed playing catch with them and he even went as far as going out to buy them the "perfect bat." He was goofy, playful, and very protective of them.      

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife and stepdaughters; his mother, Cynthia Bartels, of Dubuque, IA; siblings, Betsy (Jeremy) Tupper, of Farmington, MN, Ben (Jenn) Bartels, of Cascade, IA, Dustin (Kirstin) Bartels, of Dubuque, IA.  Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Kathy (Dan) Schmit, of Dubuque, IA, Ken (Cathy) Schmitt, of Guttenberg, IA; sisters-in-law, Heather (Brian) Ehlinger, of Davenport, IA, Sarah (Cory) Clasen, of Peosta, IA,  Ami (Chad) Guler, of Hazel Green, WI, Caitlin (Jason) Olsen, of Waunakee, WI, Angie (Nick) Naseman of Colorado, Marcy Tierney of Blair, NE; brothers-in-law, Josh Lynch of Dubuque, IA and Eric Schmit and Wesley Schmit of Omaha, NE; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Mary Bartels; maternal grandparents, Charles and Geneva Arlen and sister-in-law, Sam Lynch.  Finally, he was preceded in death by his beloved father and best friend, Robert (Bob) Bartels.  Rest in peace, Jesse. We love you.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jesse's name to the Glaucoma Research Foundation or University of Iowa Children's Miracle Network. 

 

 



Dennis D. Duhme


Dennis D. Duhme, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Dennis Darrell Duhme was born on May 4, 1950 in Savanna, Illinois, to Melvin Arlo and Georgia Carol (Tegmeier) Duhme. He was educated in Andrew Schools for six years prior to moving to Morristown, Minnesota where he graduated from Morristown High School. He married Loly Fajayan on October 7, 1985 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Andrew and Alex.

Dennis had farmed and milked cows in the Otter Creek area for many years and also worked in the maintenance department at WALMART in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Dennis enjoyed fishing and gardening and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Loly Duhme of Maquoketa, IA; children, Andrew (Brandi) Duhme of Blue Grass, IA, and Alex Duhme of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kaylynn, Korbin and Brylee; brothers, Dale Duhme of Sioux Falls, SD, David (Beverly) Duhme of Morristown, MN, and Mike Duhme of Otter Creek, IA; sisters, Darlene (Steve) Luther of Waseca, MN, and Janice (Toby) Wilke of Maquoketa, IA; and his step-mother, Lois Jean Duhme of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dennis D. Duhme memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mrs. Elsie Unsen


Mrs. Elsie Unsen, of Dubuque, went to be with her family in heaven on March 4, 2018 at the age of 100 with family by her side.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born in South Dakota to Andrew and Elizabeth Puetz and she was the 8th of 9 children. She moved to Dubuque on her own at the age of 18 in 1935. In 1940 she married Raymond Unsen and they had 7 children.

She worked in the food industry most of her life. Some of the places were Dubuque County Home, Luther Manor, Finley Hospital and John Deere. She semi-retired in 1980 and went to work at Mario's for 12 years, retiring fully at the age of 75.

She loved to play cards and going out to eat with family and friends and gambling with her daughter on Thursdays.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Frommelt, Richard (Diana) Unsen, Beverly De Mesquita, Darlene Unsen, Paula Unsen all of Dubuque and Denny (fiancé Barb) of Colorado. 10 grandkids, 17 great-grandkids and 14 great-great grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; her husband; her parents; sisters and brothers and her granddaughter Dawn.

She was very well loved and will be greatly missed.

Thank you Hospice of Dubuque for all your support during the past 2 weeks.

A very special thanks to mom's caregiver Mandy on her awesome care of mom for the past year. Mom loved her like one of the family.



Norm P. McCormick


Norm P. McCormick, 79, of Monticello passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home after a 10 month illness.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate and the Monticello Drill Team will accord Military Honors at Church.  Norm will return home for burial at St. Joseph Paint Rock Cemetery in Harpers Ferry at 1pm Friday, March 9.

Norm was born March 17, 1938, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa the son of Frank and Lucille (Boardman) McCormick.  He graduated from Waukon High School in 1956, and served in the US Army from Aug. 27, 1957, until Aug. 22, 1959, in the United States and 20 months in Germany.  After returning home, he graduated from meat cutting school in Toledo, OH and spent his next 16 years working for Nash Finch Company as a meat cutter/manager in the Me Too Stores in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Marion and Dubuque.  In 1976, Norm moved his family to Monticello where he was co-owner and then owner of McCormick's Locker in Langworthy, Iowa for 13 years.  After closing the locker, he worked for Menasha Corporation/Orbis for 14 years until retiring in 2003.  He continued to work seasonally at Newhall Locker in Newhall, IA until his illness struck.  Norm was a member of the Iowa Meat Processing Association for 42 years.

Norm married Peggy Livingston on Oct. 6, 1962, at St. Joseph Paint Rock Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, and would have celebrated 56 years together this October.  Together they had 4 children: Steve (Barb) McCormick, Mike (Diane) McCormick, Jeff (Trish) McCormick and Beth (Dean) Cox, and 11 grandchildren: Josh, Jason, Jordan, Bryce, and Sonya McCormick, Kaleigh (Adam) Stecklein, Cole-Schmid McCormick, , Kelsey, Ellie (deceased), Reese and Kyle Cox, and a great granddaughter, Lexi McCormick.

Family, hunting and fishing were Norm's life.  After his family his Beagle's came in second.  Having never missed a school or sporting event for his kids, he rarely missed grandchildren's events either.  A proud Grandpa he was!

Norm is leaving four siblings: Fern Corrigan, Dolores Fish, Don (Barb) McCormick and Earl (Helen) McCormick; in-laws: Bob Livingston, Jean Livingston, Cathy (Steve) Piersch and Julie Heying.

Preceding him in death are his parents, his parents-in-law, Leo and Ruth Livingston, a granddaughter, Ellie Ann Cox, and in-laws: Mark Corrigan, Earl Fish and Jerry Livingston.

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

 

 



William C. Sawatzky


William Charles Sawatzky gained his precious wings on March 2nd 2018. He was born on January 10th 2017 to Derek Sawatzky and Kelly (Jobgen) Sawatzky.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at the church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Will was a sweet baby with bright blue eyes and a smile that would melt anyone's heart. He didn't have a meal he didn't love, except peas, and his favorite were Lolly's cheesy eggs. He loved spending his time playing hockey with his big brother Declan, and would cheer for whoever scored. He recently found a new love for show choir and would do a little "hoot" when he heard a good song. He loved to joke around and would do a fake fall that put everyone on their toes but ended with the sweetest giggle.

Will was adored by so many, especially his other "Grandmother," Ann Bahls, that cared for him every day. She knew him so well, she always made sure to have his breakfast ready before he got there, and knew to always feed him first before the other kids, if she were to forget he would make sure to remind her. He will also always have a special place in the hearts of his godparents, Abby Jones and Jeff Sawatzky.

Will is survived by his father Derek, mother Kelly, big brother Declan, Grandparents Corey and Kim Sawatzky, Uncle Jeff Sawatzky, Great Grandparents Dean and Virginia Remy, Great Grandparents Jake and Wanda Sawatzky, Grandparents Mark and Arlene Jobgen, Uncle Todd and Aunt Kassie, Aunt Sue (Jobgen) Rudiger, cousins Beckham Abbott, Charlotte Jobgen, Tanner and Bryce Rudiger, and a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents Jack and Marlene Bishop, Great Grandparents Charles and Rita Jobgen, and Great Grandparents Sever and Charlotte Anderson.

We would like to express a special thank you to the Dubuque County Sherriff's department and the Asbury Police Department for their assistance.



Lucille Ellen Sorensen


Lucille Ellen Sorensen, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, March 10, 2018, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucille Ellen Meinke was born on July 24, 1925 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Louis C. and Thelma M. (Staman) Meinke. She attended Elwood school and upon graduation enrolled in Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI). She married Richard "Dick" Sorensen on July 23, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2003.

Lucille had taught in various school systems including Bellevue, Elwood and Maquoketa until her retirement.

She excelled in 4-H activities in Clinton County as a young girl, and later was involved in 4-H Junior Leaders, which was a part of the 4-H program in Jackson County.

Lucille was very active in the Jackson County Historical Society and their genealogy department for many years. People would often call on Lucille for history facts and figures concerning events, people, family ties, etc., of the area.

Lucille is survived by two nephews, Lynn Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul Tonderum of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, and a sister Evelyn Tonderum.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Historical Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Cyril J. Gansen


Cyril J. "Cy" Gansen, 91, of Peosta died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at (time). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery.

Cy was born July 8, 1926 in Dubuque, son of William and Marie (Theisen) Gansen. He graduated from St. John the Baptist Catholic High School. He married Jane Delaney on August 11, 1948, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. She preceded him in death on January 24, 2014.

Farming was his passion and he farmed in rural Peosta until he was 87 years old. He was a member of Peosta Knights of Columbus Council 5513. 

He loved to go dancing with his wife, Jane, at the Melody Mill. He also had an interest in John Deere tractors and going to parades.

He is survived by six children, Judy (Bob Smith) Callahan of Dubuque, Daniel (Barb) Gansen of Peosta, Thomas (Mavonne) Gansen of Peosta, Larry (Mary) Gansen of Dubuque, Dale (Tammy) Gansen of Dubuque and Mike (Becky) Gansen of Epworth; 17 grandchildren, Lisa, Allen, Nicole, Luke, Terry, Tracy, Kelly, Dan, Jenna, Nick, Jesse, Sara, Callie, Candy, Christy, Joe and Rob; 38 great-grandchildren, and four siblings, Francis Gansen, Marylou McFadden, Melita (Ray) LaPoint, and Shirley (Roger) Eppler.

He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Florence Delaney and Bernard, William and Edward Gansen.

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



Kenneth J. Siegert


Kenneth Joseph Siegert, age 80, died on March 4th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, with a Wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Born November 4, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, he was the son of the late Walter and Clara (Kress) Siegert.

Ken was the Director of Purchasing for Phoenix Chemical in East Dubuque for more than 35 years. He and his wife Maureen owned Shamrock Imports in Dubuque for 32 years and they hosted tours all over Europe, with a focus on Ireland. He was a recipient of the Irish Presidential Award for contributions to Irish Tourism.

He was very active as a community leader with the Dubuque Jaycees (President and Lifetime Member), Dubuque County Fair Board (President and Honorary Director), Cable Car Association (President), the Dubuqueland Irish, the Irish Hooley (Founder) and many other charitable organizations.

He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959 and was stationed in Korea.

He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, golfing, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Maureen (Corcoran) Siegert; along with six children; Keven and Debi (Smith) Siegert, James and Lora (Richardson) Siegert, Patrick and Sheila (Spielman) Siegert, Noreen (Siegert) Fitzpatrick (Special friend Ron Welter), Ann (Siegert) and Pat Schroeder, Michael and Judy (Murphy) Siegert; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three siblings, Shirley Bergfeld, Bill and Janet Siegert, Jeanette and Gary Fagan; and many other loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law John Bergfeld and his son-in-law Robert Fitzpatrick.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for their loving and professional care. Special thanks also to Tom and Chappy for their numerous rides, friendship and support.



Irvin L. Wallroff


Irvin L. Wallroff, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Irvin's life was at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. There was no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Irvin Leon Wallroff was born on March 5, 1947 in Cascade, Iowa, to Owen and Sibyl (Carpenter) Wallroff. He had four children: Tonia, Craig, Chad and Leah.

Irvin had worked for Hoof Corporation and Earles Concrete in Maquoketa. He loved fishing, playing cards, and driving on gravel roads for sight-seeing.

Those left to honor Irvin's memory include his children, Tonia (Paul) Velte of Rogers, AR, Craig (Irene) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Leah (fiancé David Creger) of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, Vurt (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Chad, a brother Alva Shady, and sisters Carole Dodds and Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Irvin L. Wallroff memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Norman F. Duehr


Norman F. Duehr, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:25 a.m., on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Norman's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Norman's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Norman was born on September 1, 1928, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, son of Frank and Josephine (Trierweiler) Duehr.

Norman was an honest and kindhearted man who was raised with an undeniable love for family and a strong work ethic, which was greatly appreciated by his employer, R.S. Bacon Veneer. Norman was also blessed with a deep connection to his Catholic faith, and was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. When Norman wasn't working, he thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with current events by reading the newspaper every morning, or even capturing a little serenity in his evening by just sitting down and watching his favorite tv shows. Norman was a wonderfully unique man who definitely blessed all whom were fortunate enough to know and love him throughout his life. He continually set a remarkable example for all by truly appreciating the simple pleasures in life and keeping an easy going disposition no matter what the day brought his way. We are deeply saddened by the passing of such an amazing gentleman, but thankfully we find some comfort in the fact that he is now at peace with his parents, and brothers, Herb and Dick, awaiting our eventual arrival one day to visit with him again at his Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Norman's memory include

his nieces and nephew,
Kathy (John) Kapparos,
Jim (Sue) Duehr
and Karen (David) Roth, all of Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Eileen Duehr, Dubuque, IA;

and several cousins.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Herbert and Richard Duehr; and a great-niece, Kaitlin Roth.

A Norman F. Duehr memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Norman's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Norman, and his entire family.

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

 



William D. Meissner


William Donald (Bill) Meissner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Bethany Home.
Services will be held Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 immediately following. A visitation will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Bill was born October 11, 1931, in Dubuque, the son of Wendell and Dorothy (Zogg) Meissner. Bill graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949, where he was a member of the Football All-Conference Honor Roll. In 1952 Bill joined the U.S. Army, serving in Korea as a Radar Operator. In 1953 Bill married the love of his life, Monica Galliart, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bill was a city and over-the-road truck driver for more than 40 years at Dohrn Transfer and Consolidated Freightways, earning safety awards as a Million Mile driver. He was an avid boater and fisherman, and many Sunday afternoons were spent on sandbars in the Mississippi River. In his retirement Bill volunteered for 18 years for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and was a board member of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ where he indulged his love of gardening by tending the grounds. He loved the Eagle Point neighborhood and could often be seen on his bicycle making sure the River was still running. More than anything, he loved his family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Monica Meissner, of Dubuque; children, Laurie (Jim) Birch, of Dubuque; Mark (Beverly) Meissner, of Milton, WA; Lynn (Gregory) LeBlanc, of Dubuque, and Paul (Nancy) Meissner, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Chris (Crystal) Birch of Olive Branch, MS, Lee (Jodi) Birch of Parkersburg, IA, Sarah (Jake) Leytem, of Dubuque, Jessica (Garrett) Freiburger of Dubuque, Ryan (Lynette) Henson of Spanaway, WA and Clarice LeBlanc of Dubuque; 9 great-grandchildren, Joshua Birch, Abigail Birch, Matthew Birch, Tyler Birch, Katelyn Brokus, Madelynn Leytem, Zoey Henson, William Freiburger, and Joseph Freiburger.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness, compassion and generous care in this difficult time.



George B. Pickup


George B. "Skip" Pickup, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 3 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

George Bert Pickup was born on March 5, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to George and Virginia (Sweeney) Pickup. He was a graduate of North Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 30, 1958 he was united in marriage to Shirley Lueck and four children were born to this marriage: Beth, George, Sue and Lori. Shirley preceded him in death on April 25, 1993. He later married Linda Swanson Sturtz on February 25, 2006. He added two more children to his family, Darci and Tyler.

George was a pharmaceutical sales representative for McKesson Corp. for over 40 years. He enjoyed his job very much, meeting many pharmacists that became his dear friends. He maintained contact with his coworkers and his customers for many years even after he retired.

George was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He loved watching his grandchildren's activities and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He also enjoyed playing golf, bocce ball and cards, both in Maquoketa and Florida. He was a social person who loved visiting with all of his friends and family from near and far, and every gathering he was known for saying, "I love this whole atmosphere."

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Linda Pickup of Maquoketa, IA; children, Beth (Mark) Hillebrand of Maquoketa, IA, George (Cathy) Pickup of Delmar, IA, Sue (Scott) Toy of Long Grove, IL, Lori (Stuart) Swanson of Galt, IA, Darci (Kary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA, and Tyler (Katie) Sturtz of Marion, IA; 13 grandchildren, Zach Hillebrand, Tyler Hillebrand, Carolyn Pickup, George "Gus" Pickup, Adelai Swanson, Celeste Swanson, Lilian Swanson, Delia Swanson, Alex Becker, Ashley Becker, Abe Becker, Avery Sturtz, and Kendall Sturtz; two nephews, one niece and many dear friends and classmates.

He was preceded his father, his mother, two sisters, a brother, his wife Shirley, and a grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a George B. "Skip" Pickup memorial fund has been established.

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



D. Mardell Blaine


D. Mardell Blaine, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Mardell's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 3, 2018 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Donna Mardell Everman was born on April 29, 1930 in Corydon, Iowa, to John Franklin and Donna Mae (Hilliard) Everman. She was a 1949 graduate of Allerton, Iowa High School. On November 25, 1949 she married John E. "Ted" Blaine in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 21, 2016.

Mardell was dedicated to her family, and was a loving wife and mother. Ted and Mardell enjoyed fishing early in their marriage and they shared the love of gardening, playing cards, checkers, and traveling. She was known as a wonderful cook, baker and dessert maker. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, where she was a greeter, committee member, and volunteered for church events. She especially cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Mardell's memory include her children, John Blaine of Missoula, MT, Brenda (Scott) Banker of Clinton, IA, and Jill Blaine; 2 grandchildren Jennifer (Tyler) Doran and Alex Banker; 2 great-grandchildren Blake and Olivia Doran; a sister, Helen Wyatt of Corydon, IA; and 2 special nieces, Jerry Castor and Joan Langloss, along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John E. "Ted" Blaine, brothers Gerald and Jack, and sisters Fern and Wanda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a D. Mardell Blaine memorial fund has been established.

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



Gilbert N. Billmeyer


Gilbert N. Billmeyer, 91, of Dubuque died Tuesday February 27, 2018.

Funeral Mass will be Friday March 2nd at 10am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. In keeping with Gilbert's wishes, there will be no public visitation. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert was born December 6th, 1926 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Caroline (Birner) Billmeyer. After graduating from St. Columbkille's, He joined the Navy and later worked at John Deere until retirement.

He married Maureen Blocker on June 13, 1953 at Nativity Church.

He was a loving husband and father and was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He is survived by four children, Thomas Billmeyer of Dubuque, Richard Billmeyer of Irvine, Calif., Mary Beth Rupert of Naperville, Ill., and Colleen (Troy) Martens of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Neal and Stuart Tjon-A-Joe and Zoey Billmeyer; 2 step-grandchildren Mitchell and Miles Martens of Cedar Rapids, IA and a sister, Jeanette Smith of Johnston, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maureen Billmeyer, a daughter, Carol Tjon-A-Joe; his brothers James Billmeyer and Richard Billmeyer and a sister, Mary Gebhard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation We Care c/o Veterans Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd., Suite 1, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Ronald Marbach


Ronald Marbach, 76, of Dyersville, formerly of Worthington, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ron was born November 5, 1941 in Maquoketa, the son of Joseph and Marie (Ahern) Marbach. He married Marjean Hess on September 5, 1962 in Worthington. Ron and Marjean farmed the family home place for 40+ years. Ron also worked at Lumber Specialties for 15 years.

He was a volunteer fireman and first responder with the Worthington Fire Department for 20 years. Ron enjoyed playing softball, woodworking and taking care of his lawn. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Marjean, 2 daughters: Mary Jo (Chris) Piper of North Liberty, Lois (Mike) Faley of Jackson, WI, 3 grandchildren: Mike Faley Jr. of Des Moines, Brittany Faley of Iowa City, Megan Faley of Dallas, TX, sister: Kathleen (Allan) White of Worthington, in-laws: Janet Marbach of Manchester, Patricia (Richard) White of Worthington, and Deanne (Gary) Lammers of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Ray and Irma (Funke) Hess, and brother, Raymond Marbach.

Ron's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

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



Mrs. Bernard (Anita Timmerman) Heileman


Mrs. Bernard (Anita Timmerman) Heileman, 83, of Dickeyville WI, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, with her family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Anita Rose was born on January 14th, 1935 near Louisburg, WI, the daughter of Delvan and Irene (Wiederholt) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bernard A. Heileman, on Tuesday, June 4, 1957 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Anita had a green thumb and enjoyed nurturing a variety of indoor & outdoor plants. She also enjoyed bowling, music, sewing, painting, crocheting and knitting. She was exceptional at baking sweets, her pies being a work of art. She enjoyed vacationing with her family and life-long friends and spending time with her beloved family and wonderful neighbors. She loved children including but not limited to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Anita was formerly a bank teller at Tri-State Bank of East Dubuque and Potosi State Bank of both Dickeyville and Potosi in addition to being a home maker and wonderful mother to her six children. Anita also taught painting classes at C & G Figurines.

Surviving is her husband Bernard Heileman and children Gary (Karen) Heileman of Sun Prairie, WI; Rick Heileman of Louisburg, WI; Sheila (Vince) Madama of Roscoe, IL; Roxane (Kevin Hafkemeyer) of Sherrill, IA; son-in-law Travis Franzen of Hazel Green, WI; and siblings Eldred "Gus" (Alvina) Timmerman of Cuba City, WI and Jeanette (Faber) Runde, of Kieler, WI.; 11-Grandchildren, great grand-children, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Phil Runde; son Daniel "Boone" Heileman; and daughter Cheryl Franzen.

The family would like to thank the wonderful compassionate staff of both Iowa City Hospitals and Home Care Select.

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



Debra J. Avenarius


Debra J. (Hayes) Avenarius, 64, of Dubuque peacefully passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018 while she was comforted and held by her immediate family at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the funeral home. Her final resting place will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Deb was born July 12, 1953 in Dubuque the daughter of Jerry and Joann (Rossman) Hayes. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971 and then worked at Molo prior to marrying Mike Avenarius on December 9, 1972.

Deb was a homemaker, a loving in-home daycare provider and also enjoyed being an Avon Representative.

She truly loved and enjoyed all of her special times with her grandkids, nieces, nephews and her daycare children. Deb especially enjoyed going to BINGO with her sisters and had many fond memories of fun times together.

Survivors include her husband, Mike; their son, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius of Dubuque; 3 grandchildren, Clara Avenarius, Kiernan Shaffer, and Kayla Shaffer; siblings, Mike (Patty) Hayes, Karen Kutsch , Jeff (Carolyn) Hayes, Lynn (Tom) Dotterweich, Jerry Hayes, David (Penny) Hayes, and Jim Hayes; in-laws, Michele (Mike) Schetgen, Mark Avenarius, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius; and many nieces and nephews.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jerry Hayes; and her father and mother in-law, Clarence and Ellie Avenarius.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and concern during these final days after her very courageous and long struggle with MS.

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

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



Richard I. Wohlgamuth


Richard I. "Duke" Wohlgamuth, 85, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at his home encircled by loved ones.

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

Richard Ivo Wohlgamuth was born on July 14, 1932 in Lima, Ohio, to Ivo and Gertrude (Lippus) Wohlgamuth. He attended school in Ohio and served in the U.S. Army from July 1949 until receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1956. He married Vivian "Vickie" Miller who was the mother of all of his children. She died in a car accident in 1969. He later married Lori Swalwell on June 2, 1979 in Bellevue, Iowa.

"Duke" had worked various jobs throughout the years, starting first at Willey's Overland Motors in Toledo, Ohio. He then owned and operated Duke's Standard in Bellevue, and later as a mechanic for Joe Martin Auto in Maquoketa. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and upon its closing he became the maintenance person at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and the Andrew Jackson Care Center. He had also served as the Andrew Town Marshall and as a Special Deputy for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

"Duke" was a member of the Joinerville Boat Club, Andrew Fire Department, and a 46 year member of the Bellevue American Legion Post #273. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, horseshoes, softball, bowling, darts and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lori Wohlgamuth of Andrew, IA; children, Dick (and his wife Cheryl) Wohlgamuth of Panora, IA, Kim Wohlgamuth of FL, Lindy McGranahan (Frank) of Eldridge, IA, Cindy Higgins of Eldridge, IA, and Dixie (and her husband Bob) Merritt of Ottumwa, IA; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dave, Bruce, Barb and Lee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Vickie, a brother Tom, and sisters Dorothy and Jane.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.

"Duke dearly loved his family and friends and loved spending time with them. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Herman, Tony Heiar and the entire Grand River Medical Group Oncology staff, and Hospice of Jackson County for their excellent care and support."

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



Victoria M. Skoff


Victoria M. Skoff, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Granite Falls, Washington, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

Victoria Marie Skoff was born on July 7, 1953 in Clinton, Iowa, to Francis and Germaine C. (Goettsch) Skoff. She married Archie Frets on August 9, 2003 in Granite Falls, Washington.

Victoria was a 1971 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then received her Associate of Arts degree from Kirkwood Community College in 1981, a Medical Assistant degree from Hamilton Technical College in 1991, and in 2001 a Radiology Tech degree in Bellevue, Washington.

Victoria had worked in the medical field throughout her life. She first worked for Tipton Family Medical Clinic in Maquoketa, then Lowden Family Medical Clinic, and later the Wagner Foot Clinic. She currently was the owner and operator of Compliant Care (Chiropractic billing specialists) in the state of Washington.

She was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed working on the computer, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her mother, Germaine "Geri" Lawrence of Maquoketa, IA; her son, William "Bill" Skoff of Seattle, WA; her husband Archie Frets of Granite Falls, WA; siblings, Nin (Doug) Flagel of Maquoketa, IA, Eunice O'meara of Maquoketa, IA, John (Ann) Skoff of Bellevue, IA, and Joe (Sue) Skoff of Mt. Vernon, IA; a sister-in-law, Linda Skoff of Preston, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her father Francis, brothers Tony and Marty Skoff, and a nephew Francis J. "Frank" O'Meara.

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



Evelyn Katherine Miens


Evelyn Katherine (Ahlschlager) Miens entered God's Garden in Heaven on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 9:00 AM with family and care givers present. She spent the last 8 years in her own apartment in the home of her grandson, Tim, and good friend/caregiver, George, at 16992 Middle Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

A Dubuque service will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until time of service. A Sioux City service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at the Meyers Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Avenue where visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service. Entombment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.

Evelyn was born on June 30, 1916, at home near Balaton, Lynd Township, Lyon County, Minnesota, youngest child of George & Mary (Tiedje) Ahlschlager.

On October 29, 1936, in Elk Point, South Dakota, Evelyn married Harry Miens, the love of her life. Evelyn met Harry in Worthington, Minnesota, while she served as a housekeeper and caregiver to the Jack C. Boote family. Harry preceded her in death on March 3, 1996.

Evelyn shared her talents, skills, and love as a housekeeper; homemaker; member of church circles and committees; Sunday School teacher; Brownie leader; hospital aide; ceramicist; and gardener. Her love of irises lead to her long-time membership in the Roving Garden Club (75 years) and the Siouxland Iris Society. Her gardens of irises served as the setting for weddings, family gatherings, and bus tours. She and Harry were featured in Country Woman magazine. Evelyn was the last remaining member of the garden club.

Evelyn's strong faith in God made her a model Christian. She read the Bible daily and read many inspirational poems and books. She left this world as a 22-year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (LCMS) and a 60-year member of Calvary Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Sioux City, Iowa, where she appreciated the comfort given by Pastors Kapanka, Schoop, and Travis.

Following Harry's retirement from the Sioux City Sanitation Department and Payless Cashway, they traveled to the places they dreamed of: Holy Land, Egypt, Norway, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Australia, Switzerland, and Denmark. Following Harry's death, Evelyn traveled throughout the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Iowa. In March of 2016, Evelyn traveled through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia to Disney World in Florida to celebrate her 100th birthday a few weeks early.

In her move to Dubuque in 2010, she was a supporter of the Bell Tower Theater, enjoying the musical and comedy performances. She had two iris beds made with bulbs from her Sioux City gardens. She learned how to play Apples to Apples and was quite good at convincing her partners that her choices were the best. She enjoyed dressing up and going out with her special friends to eat. Her favorites were the best fried chicken in town at Timmerman's Supper Club in East Dubuque, Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme pie at Village Inn, and chicken wings from Jack's Chicken Palace in Dubuque. She enjoyed rides through the countryside to check on crops throughout the year as well as trips down to the lock and dam to watch the barges move through, people out on the river in their boats, to see the birds, and to watch for eagles.

At home, she enjoyed watching the birds outside her living room window. She was blessed with many cardinals, blue jays, finch, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Baltimore orioles, and many more. She had many feeders which were filled daily. Squirrels, possum, and raccoons were not her friends. She had been blessed a couple of times by a deer or two outside her window.

Challenged with a severe hearing loss, Evelyn kept up with the news by reading the Sioux City Journal as well as watching the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 news casts with closed captioning. She was a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with John Cena as her favorite. She enjoyed the music of the Gaither Family and Danny O'Donnell. (She cranked the sound high and appreciated closed captioning.) She gradually shifted her interests to Rick Steves' Europe, Andre Rieu concerts, and country music shows.

Those left to honor Evelyn's life are her daughter, Debbie (Marlan) Anderson, Sioux City; grandchildren, Marsha (Dale) Miller, Valpariaso, IN; Dan (Dawn) Krom, Woodbury, MN; Paul (Edie) Krom, Pittsburgh, PA; & Tim Krom, Dubuque, IA; great grandchildren: Michael Krom & Michelle Krom, Pittsburgh, PA; Keri (Tim) Miller, Kouts, IN; & Erin Miller, Winston-Salem, NC; and great-great grand-daughter: Natalee Miller, Kouts, IN. Many special friends will miss their dear friend.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bell Tower Theater Endowment Fund, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, to the Dubuque Lutheran School Tuition Assistance Fund, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002, or to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002.

The family wishes to thank many people who touched Evelyn's life while in Dubuque: Primary Caregiver - George Wm. Holland; Special Friends - Lorraine Brennan, Gertrude Klinge, Anita Eggers, Phil Marzen, Sue Riedel, Suzanne Blum; Home Care Givers - Mary Ann, Mary, Joan, Colleen, Linda, Michelle, CheyAnn, and Christine; Kathy, Kim, and Carolyn at the Stardust Beauty Salon; Dr. Ryan Stille and Staff at Medical Associates; Dr. Peggy Mulderig and Staff at Medical Associates; Dr. Jennifer Schope and Staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine; Wendt Regional Cancer Center - Dr. Bobby Koneru, Mary Carol, Julie, Laura, Mary, Theresa, Charlye, Rebecca, Taylor, Chris, Elayne, and Mike; Asbury Hy-Vee Pharmacy Staff; the Kuttler Dental Team at Fountain Park; Steve at Carter Hearing Aid Center; and Melanie, Stephanie, Suzanne, Jan, Shirley, and Sharon of Hospice of Dubuque.



Catherine Gottschalk


Catherine "Janaan" Gottschalk, 82, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA, on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Janaan was born on September 30, 1935 in Dubuque to Edward and Lucille (Weber) Traut. She married Raymond "Sonny" Gottschalk, Sr. and they lived in Dubuque before moving to a farm west of Zwingle, Iowa in 1969. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Janaan was an excellent seamstress and quilter and was a long-time member of Cable Car Quilters Guild and was also involved with the Bellevue Quilts of Valor. For many years Janaan and Sonny owned and operated Pape's Shoes & Shoe Repair in downtown Dubuque.

Janaan is survived by her three children: Mary (Terry) Gordon of Dubuque, IA, Vickie (Ronnie Snyder) Gottschalk of Wyoming, IA, and Ray "Bouck" (Lisa) Gottschalk of Maquoketa, IA. She also is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, plus one sister, Margaret "Peg" Meyers of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny; her parents Edward and Lucille Traut; brothers George and Frank; and sisters Eleanor Vorman and Mary Ansel.

In lieu of flowers, a Catherine Janaan Gottschalk Memorial Fund has been established.



Jeanne M. Randell

 

Jeanne M. (Sheean) Randell, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 4:07 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 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 no public visitation.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Jeanne was born in East Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Estella (Leibold) Sheean.

She was a graduate of St. Mary's Grade School and East Dubuque High School. Jeanne was employed at Ann Chapman's in Galena, IL, until her retirement.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

Surviving is her sister, Violet Sheean of East Dubuque; nieces, Jacqueline (Frank) Meyer, Ada Hale, Pamela Sheean, Debra (Jack) Tully, and Dona Oberfoell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jack, Patrick, and Corrine DeGear.

Memorials may be given to the Jo Daviess County Workshop in Galena, IL, and St. Mary's Parish, East Dubuque.

"Special thanks to David for all of his help."

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

 

 



Bette L. Weidenbacher


On Friday, February 23, 2018, Bette L. (Ellwanger) Weidenbacher of Dubuque passed away at the age of 89 years old. Bette will forever be remembered by her daughters, Kim (Kurt) Lange of East Dubuque, IL and Vicki (Mark) Weidenbacher-Hoper of South Beloit, IL; grandchildren, Alex, Cody, Jake, and Jade; a sister in-law, Lois Ellwanger; her cat, Tiger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Milton Ellwanger, Lorraine (Clair) Davis, and Jane (Rost) Kaune; in-laws, Elsie (Andy) Schumacher, Wesley (Lucile) Weidenbacher, Rayse (Pete) Weimerskirch, and Charles Weidenbacher.

Family will greet friends from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 3860 Asbury Road with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Bette was born on August 24, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Harry and Louise (Stallman) Ellwanger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1946. On August 26, 1961, Bette married Eldon E. Weidenbacher at St. Anthony's Catholic Church; he passed on January 31, 1996. She worked for Interstate Finance Corporation, Union-Hoermann Press and finally Nacos & Puff C.P.A. before retiring in 1993. Bette enjoyed spending time with her family, going to plays, reading, dominos, and line dancing. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum, was a member of R.S.V.P., Country Steppers, DucPaco line dancing, and the Red Hat Society.

The family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern during this time.

Memorial donations in memory of Bette can be made to Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Theodore C. Miller


Theodore C. "Ted" Miller, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 23, 2018, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in celebrating Ted's life from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Theodore Clare Miller was born on December 19, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norman and Alverda (Carter) Miller. He attended Bridgeport and Maquoketa schools. He married Elizabeth Anne Clark on February 22, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Andrea, Malise, Salina and Shalan.

Ted had first worked for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for nine years, then Hayes Bros. Dairy in Maquoketa for 15 years, and later painted houses with his wife Anne for two years. Lastly he worked for Campbell Cleanup and Ruff N' Ready in Maquoketa for 25 years.

Ted was a member of the Izaak Walton League and the Jackson County Historical Society. He enjoyed fishing, hunting in his earlier days, going on walks, feeding the birds, and his garden. Additionally, he loved history and reading about it. He was a social person who looked forward to going for coffee with his buddies each day.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Andrea (Dan) Foley of Twin Lakes, WI, Malise (Rick) Usher of Delmar, IA, Salina (Dave) Durr of Solon, IA, and Shalan Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (John) Gebhart of Quincy, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Elizabeth Anne on April 26, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theodore C. "Ted" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ruth V. Kruse


Ruth V. Kruse, 86, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Bethany Home. Visitation will be held Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 -11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Ruth was born August 15, 1931 in East Dubuque the daughter of William and Ruth (Werner) Adams. Ruth graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1950, which is now known as the Shalom Center. The next year she married the love of her life Elmer Kruse on November 10, 1951 at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. Elmer preceded her in death on September 28, 1992. Ruth was employed with the Dubuque Community School District as a Secretary at Sageville school where she worked for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed tending to her garden, and canning the foods she grew. She also loved to bowl and was a member of two bowling leagues at Creslanes. Ruth was an active member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ for years as well. Her faith allowed her to support many organizations in the community such as Goodwill, Albrecht Acres, and Camp Courageous. Ruth was a generous and kind woman who was always happiest when she had busy hands helping others through their struggles or just offering a kind word. Spending time with family is what Ruth held closest to her heart. She was always there at the drop of a hat and you knew you could count on her for anything.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Carole (Paul) Porter of Dubuque; Bruce A. (Mary) Kruse of Robins, IA, Jeanne (Gary) Snyder of Hazel Green, WI, Arlene (Richard) Courtade of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren Gretchen (Josh) Kanas, Bryan Porter, Kara (Sara) Montgomery-Porter, Carissa Kruse, Kimberly (Aaron) Fitch, Quinn Snyder, Kristina Snyder, Addison Redfearn, Amon Redfearn, Keenan Redfearn, Winifred Redfearn, Mamie Redfearn; and 6 great-grandchilldren Zachary Pust, Brennan Kanas, Opal and Otto Montgomery-Porter, Ellie Lentz, and Olive Fitch

She is preceded in death by her husband Elmer Kruse, her parents, and her in-laws.

Memorials may be made out to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their generous care and Compassion.

 



Shella Kobza


After a courageous battle with breast cancer for several years, Shella Kobza, 84, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, with her dedicated son, Daryl at her side.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Shella was born on January 24, 1934 in Beech Bottom, West Virginia the daughter of, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz. She attended Wellsburg high school in West Virginia, class of 1951, where she played women's basketball, played piano and sang, participated in many missionary camps and was lead majorette in the marching band.

In 1954 she graduated from Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing, The Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Mother Hospital of West Virginia. She started her career in nursing at Wheeling Hospital and eventually became house supervisor.

She met the love of her life, Frank Kobza in Wheeling, West Virginia. The two were married on November 3, 1956 and moved to Gary, Indiana.

In 1963 they moved to Dubuque where her husband owned Stampfers Shoe Department and she worked at Finley Hospital in the nursery until retirement.

Shella was very active in the Dubuque Women's Club, serving and chairing several projects and fund raisers. She produced and edited the first TV Christmas Program for the Dubuque Women's Club.

Shella was also involved in St. Anthony's Church. She worked and chaired several programs and Fall Festivals.

She was a talented artist, working with watercolors, oils and acrylic. She attended many art classes at Mt. Carmel. She had a love of gardening and enjoyed working in her rose garden with her husband, Frank. She won numerous awards for her roses, including her and Franks pride and joy, the ribbon for Best of Class- Tri state Garden Club at the show at the Dubuque Arboretum. Her roses were showcased in many shows at the Arboretum. Shella also enjoyed cooking and baking cookies, especially during the Holidays.

Surviving are her two sons, Daryl Kobza, of Dubuque and Detmer Kobza, of West Burlington, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her parents, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz.

A Shella Kobza Memorial Fund has been established.



Anna Mae Powers


Anna Mae Powers, 89, of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at UnityPoint Health- Finely Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 26 at Resurrection Catholic Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Mae was born on November 8, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Esther (Fransen) Reiter. She married James K. Powers Sr. in 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a housekeeper at Americana for many years until retiring in 1987.

Anna Mae was a woman of very few words but stern in her thoughts and beliefs. As she and Jim started their family, they enjoyed camping and started out the old- fashioned way and progressed to purchasing their motor home. Together they traveled the country and visited many sites and state parks.

She was a quiet individual and enjoyed baking and needlework. However, her greatest enjoyment would find her on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the bingo hall or an occasional visit to the casino.

As soon as the air had the warmth of the spring she could be found daily sitting on their front deck with Jim at the home they have lived in for 61 years.

She is survived by her husband, James; children, William L. (Bonnie) Powers, James K. Powers, and Lori (Vincent) Tillman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Billy Powers, of Dubuque, Lisa (Cornelius Johnson) Powers, of Chicago, IL, Jacey (Brian) Shea, of Belmont, WI, Paige Powers, of Chilton, WI, Michael (Keri) Tillman and Tracy (fiancé Steve) Tillman, all of Dubuque, and Thom (Sheri) Wasmund, of Lena, IL; 8 great- grandchildren; siblings, LaVern (Gayle) Reiter, Virginia Lyons, all of Dubuque, and Carol Godwin, of Galena, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Merlin (Janaan) Reiter, Leroy Reiter, in infancy, Orvetta Reiter, Jeanette Reiter and Marion (Homer) Jewell; brothers-in-law, Francis Callahan, Lacy Godwin, Bob Brotheridge and LeRoy Lyons and two nieces, Susan and Linda Lyons; mother and father-in-law, William and Lucille Powers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Jo) Powers, Rosemary (Lloyd) Valley and Larry (Carmen) Powers and a niece, Michelle Powers.

An Anna Mae Powers Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 5th floor nurses, doctors and staff at Finley Hospital, especially Nurse Chrissy and Dr. Boone, Deacon Jim and Mary Schmidt at Resurrection Church and to the EMT and first responders for their exceptional care and compassion.



Helen L. Metcalf


Helen L. (Roth) Metcalf, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, follow a sudden illness, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 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 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Helen was born on October 2, 1939 in East Dubuque, the daughter of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth.  She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1958.  Helen was united in marriage to Ronald Metcalf on November 23, 1968 at St. Mary's Church.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 2014.

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its' Altar & Rosary Society. Helen was employed at Frommelt's, later known as Rite Hite in Dubuque for 18 years.

Helen was known for her big heart, and putting others first before herself.  She enjoyed shopping and traveling with friends and relatives, going to the movies, car rides and out for dinner with her grandchildren, and the special times spent with Abigail and her great granddaughter, Lilly Ann. Helen loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events and cheering them on.  "Her pride and joy, and the apple of her eye was her great-grandchild, Lilly Ann".

Surviving is her son, Bradley J. Metcalf of East Dubuque; four grandchildren, Abigail (fiancé Jordan Block), Samuel, Isabel and Laila Sue; one great grandchild, Lilly Ann Metcalf-Block; her sister, Darlene Gibson; inlaws, Margie Roth, Lois Roth, Ed Splinter, and Victoria Metcalf all of East Dubuque, and Jean (Derald) Schrobilgen of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine & Freda; her husband, Ron; a daughter, Sara Ann Metcalf on September 17, 2008, siblings, Johnnie Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Amby, Louie, Wayne, Don and Edward Roth; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard & Helen (Maury) Metcalf; and sister-in-law, Doris Splinter.

In lieu of flowers, a Helen L. Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Carla J. Rhomberg


Carla Jean Rhomberg, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

According to her wishes no public visitation or service will be held. Carla didn't want anyone crying over her, she wanted her family and friends to remember her memories and celebrate her life. Her youngest daughter Suzanne along with her siblings will be planning a celebration of Carla's life on her birthday, May 8th. Any questions please feel free to call 563-542-6662.

She was born on May 8, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Edith (Larson) Cupps. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and in 1966 married Ronald L. Rhomberg in Dubuque. She worked as a waitress, a housekeeper and an in-home care provider.

Carla loved Christ, spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed teaching her grandkids different crafts. She also enjoyed sewing, reborning dolls, and doing crafts along with spending time with her pigs, Benny, Jake and Rosie.

She is survived by her husband Ronald; her children, Suzanne (Gary) Miller-Rhomberg, Angella Rhomberg, Tonya (Paul Stant) Kieler, Stacy Rhomberg, Sean Rhomberg and Jonathan Rhomberg. Grandchildren, Dylan and Michael Dean, Cash Yeoger, Tony Shaffar, Trenton Avenarius, Ashley (Jessica) Yoeger, Shauna Ray Peterson and Stormy Yeoger; two great granddaughters Haylee and Malinda Peterson. Siblings, Wendy Mullen, Bonnie Fink, and Chris Cupps.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Ronald "Boy" Rhomberg; a grandson Daniel "D.J." Peterson; siblings, Albert (Jenny) Cupps, David and Leroy Cupps; Sandy Kuhn and Judith Cupps.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Leonard Funeral Home. A special thank you to her husband, children and grandchildren for caring for Carla at home and having her last days be as best as they can be.

A Carla Jean Rhomberg memorial fund will be established and memorials may be sent to 2675 Kerper Blvd.



Edna M. (Hawe Haynes) Hammerand


Edna M. (Hawe Haynes) Hammerand, 95, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 26, 2018 at Center Grove United Methodist Church in Dubuque. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Edna was born May 31, 1922 in Dubuque County the daughter of Robert and Wilhelmina (Wall) Hawe. She married Warren Haynes and later married Alfred H. Hammerand on August 6, 1977; he passed on September 14, 2001.

Edna was a school teacher first in a country school in Delhi, Greeley and finally in the West Delaware School System in Manchester before retiring.

She enjoyed flowers, going to auctions, garage sales, dancing and playing euchre.

Survivors include her daughters, Janice (Don) Dehn of Manchester, Julie Kremer of Clinton, and Joyce (John) Flanagan of Ryan; 6 grandchildren, Heather Davis, Deidra (Robert) Hundley, Tracy (John) Boardman, Paul (Amanda) Dehn, John (Krista) Flanagan, and Matt (Windy) Kremer; 12 great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Anita (Danny) Gouge of Bristol, Florida; 3 step-grandchildren, Rod ( Amy Smith) Hammerand, Rick (Sandra) Hammerand, and Jimmy (Mia) Minton; 1 4 step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 brothers, Elmer (Gladys) Hawe and Robert (Mary) Hawe; 2 step-sons, Merlin and Melvin Hammerand.

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

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



Robert F. Fisher


Robert F. "Bob" Fisher, 95, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on November 6, 1922, on the family farm, the son of Fred and Bess (Michael) Fisher.

Bob graduated from Edgewood High School on May 22, 1940. He then worked for a couple years before enlisting in the United States Army. He honorably served his country during World War II, landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day Plus 3 and participating in the Battle of the Bulge.

On June 1, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Rayma Pilgrim in Earlville. Two children were born to this union. The couple farmed, living south of Strawberry Point for a year before moving north of Edgewood. Bob also worked as a clerk at the Edgewood post office and as a substitute rural mail carrier. In 1958, Bob and Rayma bought the home farm northeast of Edgewood. They moved to town in 1978.

The couple were members of Trinity United Methodist Church. Bob served as commander of the Edgewood American Legion Post #512 for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythian and a former board member for the SilverEdge Cooperative and Clayton County Farm Bureau. Bob also served as a Lodomillo Township Trustee and Township Clerk and received the Retired Dairy Producer Award.

Bob loved to fish. He was the grandkids biggest fan when they showed dairy cows at the county and state fairs. Most of all, Bob cherished time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rayma of Edgewood; his children, Bonnie (Steve) Sanders of Dubuque and David (Mary) Fisher of Edgewood; six grandchildren, Amanda Sanders (Bryant Tanguay), Mark (Sarah Borchart) Fisher, Chris (Lara) Sanders, Craig (Morgan) Fisher, Gina (Josh) Mashek, and Tyler Fisher; five great-grandchildren, with another baby due in August; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Keltner of Edgewood.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Fisher; his sisters, Teresa Mrazek and Irene DeLaHunt; his father- and mother-in-law, Ralph and Luella Pilgrim; and a brother-in-law, Robert Keltner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Edgewood Veteran's Memorial Fund.

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

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating.

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Edgewood.

Interment With Military Rites: Edgewood Cemetery - Edgewood, Iowa

 



Beatrice M. Payne


Beatrice M. Payne, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 20th, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensa officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass.

Bea was born on November 6, 1928 in Wisconsin the daughter of Virgil and Juanita (Alderman) McCollough. On October 17, 2003 she married John "Jerry" Payne at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She retired from the Dubuque Packing Company after 28 years. After retirement Bea went to school to become a cake decorator. She specialized in wedding cakes and even made her own wedding cake.

Bea was a loving mother who raised her six children on her own. She was the rock of the family, and was an amazing grandmother and aunt.

Bea enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and attending the casino on Saturday's with her son Ken and his wife Maureen. She loved to travel, and she spent winters in Texas for the last 13 years. Her greatest trip experience was traveling to Ireland where she was able to Kiss the Blarney Stone.

She is survived by her husband Jerry; her children, Gloria Harrison, Kathryn Luher, David (Gayle) Erickson, and Daniel Erickson all of Dubuque. Jerry's children, Alice Pregler, Jim (Jenny) Payne, and Steve (Kathy) Payne. Five grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and 4 step great grandchildren. Her siblings, Lyle (Jean) McCollough, Betty (Orville) Taylor, and Carol (Red) Auderer. Her brothers and sisters in laws, Tim (Myra) Payne, Ray (Colleen) Payne, Mary Johnson, Ann (Jack) Ginter, Ellen (Dave) Willis, Sheila (Larry) Blatz, Betty Payne and Karen Payne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Ken Erickson, two daughters Barbara Erickson and Sandra Kay Erickson; siblings, Jack McCollough, Larry McCollough, and Patricia McCollough; brothers-in-law Jack Payne, Billy Payne and sister-in-law Rita Ambrosy.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and to her doctor Sara Loetscher for all their wonderful care they gave to Bea.



James E. Walsh


James E. "Jim/JE" Walsh, 91, of Dubuque, reached his eternal destination surrounded by his wife and children Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Grand Meadows.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:00 am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be Thursday 3 to 7 pm with a wake service at 6:45 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

James was born January 8, 1927 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Rita (Ryan) Walsh. While attending Loras Academy Jim was active in the ROTC. After graduation from high school Jim enlisted in the US Army and served in the Philippines during WWII. He attended North Dakota State, Kansas State and Loras College.

Jim married his best friend and love of his life Geraldine Roethig on October 16, 1948 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Together they had nine children - just enough for him to field his own baseball team which is always a bonus to a diehard Cubs fan.

Jim recognized the importance of family time. He loved caring for his dream home and could be found every Friday riding the John Deere as he and his children manicured the 5 acre lawn. Saturdays he was often armed with the chain saw as he groomed trees and shrubs. The Sunday ritual included piling all of the kids into a station wagon for a ride around the city and county. Even after the kids left home, Jim and Geri could be seen cruising in his red convertible. Jim always enjoyed hosting large get-togethers and barbeques at the house. Any time he had a family gathering he would start up a football, baseball or basketball game for the grandkids. After the games ended he would hook up the wagon to the tractor and give the youngest children rides around the yard.

Jim raised his family on a firm well-balanced foundation of the importance of family, work, service, and sports. His final legacy will be the lessons he taught us about loving life, embracing change and confronting adversity. 

Jim took great pride in his role at Bird Chevrolet Company beginning in 1947. He served as President of the company from 1968 to 2008 and Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2015. Jim truly loved the business and had a true passion for the automobile business. He could usually be found meandering around the show room floor greeting potential customers and joking with the old familiar faces. He knew the value of his employees, chatting with them to find out about their lives and problems. Jim always had a quick wit, and laughter often punctuated those conversations. Along with his time at Bird Chevrolet, Jim served on the board of the former First National Bank. 

This desire to serve others was another key element in Jim's life, which led him to become active in many aspects of his community. Among the many organizations he was a member of were The American Legion Dubuque Post 6, Knights of Columbus, and the Dubuque Lions Club. He also served as president for the latter. Jim was also actively involved with Project Concern in Dubuque, the Boys Club where he served as president, and Junior Achievement. He was a member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, Thunder Hills Country Club and the Dubuque New Car Dealers Association. Jim was the driving force, founder and past president of the Westside Business and Professional Mens' Association. Recognizing the importance of his faith in his life, he became a Charter member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Jim enjoyed a good round of golf with his friends or family. He also loved watching all sports as well as playing them. As an avid Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed using his season tickets to attend multiple sporting events. Family vacations were often planned around the Chicago Cubs baseball schedule.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Geraldine Walsh of Dubuque, nine children, Tim (Connie) Walsh, David (Judy) Walsh, Jane (Chuck) Northup, James A. Walsh, Mike (Christine/Tina) Walsh, and John (Renee Wedewer) Walsh, all of Dubuque, Kathy (Rick Venable) Brothers of Pleasant Valley, IA, Tom (Carman) Walsh of Iowa City, IA, and Mary (Mike) Hermansen of Shorewood, MN; 20 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three siblings, Michael (Mary Alice) Walsh, Ellen Schlueter and Sr. Catherina Walsh BVM.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Ann Pufahl and Kathy Walsh, two brother-in-law's Werner Pufahl and Bob Schlueter.

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

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials will be distributed to Jim's favorite charities. 

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Runde and his staff for their compassionate care and attention. A special thank you for the staff at Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Jim and the support they gave to the family.



Sucyn A. Tenney


Sucyn "Sue"A. Tenney, 86 of Dyersville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Sucyn's family services are private.  A Memorial service for Sucyn are pending at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dyersville. 

Sucyn was born August 28, 1931 in Albert Lea, MN the daughter of Albert and Selma (Anderson) Ehlert.  She married Harold D. Tenney on September 24, 1949 in Spring Valley, MN.  She was a waitress in many area restaurants.  She collected teddy bears.  She was a very cheerful person who had a strong spirit.

Survivors include her 4 children: Julie Tenney of Dyersville, Robert Tenney of Dyersvlle, Barbara (Henry) Mills of Forest City, Jefferey (Lori) Tenney of Vinton, 5 grandchildren: Shay Tenney, Hattie Mills, Thomas Mills, Ian Tenney, Kyle Tenney and brother-in-law, John Steffen of Farley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold in 1999, daughter-in-law, Darlene Tenney in 2008, granddaughter, Lisa Tenney, siblings: Barbara Steffen, Wally Ehlert and Mary Ehlert.

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

 

 



Dorothy N. Maiers


Dorothy N. Maiers, 85 of Dyersville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.  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 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dorothy was born June 7, 1932, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Irene (Koelker) Dingbaum.  She married Merlin "Dixie" Maiers on April 14, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville.  He preceded her in death in 1977.  She remained on the acreage near Worthington until she moved to Dyersville in 1983.  She waitressed at the Cardinal Lounge and the Shot Tower Restaurant, worked as a CNA at the Dyersville Hospital and was a cashier at Theisen's in Dyersville for 22 years until her retirement in 2002.

Dorothy was an avid card player and enjoyed going to the casino.  She was proud to have been able to put her children through Catholic Schools and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Diane (Steve) Seim of New Richmond, WI, Karen Maiers of Stillwater, MN, Jolene (Jon) Feltz of Beaman, IA, Wayne (Kelly) Maiers of North Liberty, IA, Bruce (Gail) Maiers of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jason (Michelle) Maiers of Manchester, IA, and Dennis (Shawn) Maiers, Kyle (Robyn) Maiers and Jeff (Tricia) Maiers, all of Dyersville; 18 grandchildren: Becky, Nicki, Josh, Mariah, Chapin, Adeline, Jessica, Jeremiah,  Jenna, Michael, Sage, Heather, Nicholas, Tyler, Sarah, Chance, Tori and Mia; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings: Lester Dingbaum of Manchester, Veryl Voss of Guttenberg, Rita (John) Garside of Dubuque, and a sister-in-law, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merlin, siblings: Alver Dingbaum, Julie (Leo) Gerken and Therese (Bill) Gibbs; in-laws: Anthony Voss, Virgie Dingbaum, Norma (Fred) Wessels and Gladys (Virgil) Knipper.

We would like to thank the staffs of Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

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

 

 



Frederick Charles Smith


Frederick Charles Smith, 88, of Dubuque, returned home on Monday, February 19, 2018. He has escaped the confines of his imprisonment with Alzheimer's disease. Fred was a friend to all and an enemy to none.

Fred is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Joyce, and their son, Kevin (Tessa) Smith.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 22, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Fred was born in Garden Grove, IA, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Stiles) Smith. He was the oldest of three sons, and was preceded in death by his brothers Richard and Bert. Though growing up in meager surroundings, his mother's influence as a teacher formed Fred's ambition for studies. He excelled at Garden Grove School and was president of his graduating class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953. He served in Mannheim, Germany as part of the Psychological Warfare Department. He often reminisced about his younger, single days with his comrades-in-arms in Germany where he often said he "fought the war with a pencil". After his discharge, Fred returned to Iowa where he attended Iowa's Teacher College (University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, graduated in 1955, and later obtained his Master of Arts in Education in 1960.

After graduation, Fred met, courted, and married Joyce (Teeple) of Waterloo in 1957. A year later, their son Kevin was welcomed into their lives.

He taught elementary school in Garrison, IA and then moved and lived in Tripoli where he split his time working as Principal at Tripoli and Fredericka Elementary Schools. Fred sought and received a position with the Dubuque Community School System, and the family moved to Dubuque in 1966. In Dubuque, Fred served as Principal for Audubon (1966-1968) and Eisenhower (1968-1984). He retired as Principal from Marshall in 1991.

Fred loved his community, his fellow teachers, and the students. He was an engaged and fair Principal. He cared for the well-being and the future of his students and teachers, and at times went out of his way to help a struggling co-worker or student. After his retirement, it was not unusual to hear his hearty laugh when he was approached by past students and co-workers who would recall the experiences they shared.

Fred loved to fish and as a Dubuquer, loved his Euchre. Keeping involved with the schools, for twenty-five years Fred was a lineman for the football games held at Senior High. And for several years you could find Fred and Joyce kicking up their heels to big-band music at the Cock'n Bull. His most cherished were his wife and son, but he also loved his Boston Terriers, of which he owned five over the years: Lady, Princess, Angel, Molly, and Sadie. And let's not forget the Hawkeyes; Go Hawks!

Fred will be missed but is now free of the earthly binds. He is with his family, friends, and Boston Terriers. I can now hear his laugh that has been silent for too long. Fred is also survived by his step-grandchildren, Kyoko (Christian) Felland and Kalen (Randi) Bales.

Kevin and Joyce would like to thank everyone at Hawkeye Care Center for all their hard work and care over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, all gifts will be donated to Alzheimer's Association.

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



Doris O. Weis


Doris O. Weis, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, February 16, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Doris will be held at 3:30 P.M., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2:30 P.M. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Doris O. Jessen was born on March 31, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Hans and Lulu (Taylor) Jessen. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Marvin J. Weis on July 7, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doris was a homemaker and had worked for Howard Woods at Iowa Production Credit Association in Maquoketa as a secretary and office assistant for several years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, the Joinerville Boat Club and the Maquoketa Garden Club.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Marvin J. Weis of Maquoketa, IA; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Davis of Metairie, LA, Coletta Littell of Eldgridge, IA and Velma and Dale Hovey of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Francis Wygie Jessen and Arlene Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris O. Weis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



C. Howard Rogers


C. Howard Rogers, 81, of Cascade, IA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his home in Cascade, IA.

Friends and relatives of Howard may call from 11 to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, IA, where arrangements are pending.
Services for Howard will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, with Sr. Jane Rogers and Sr. Marlene McDonnell presiding. Burial will held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Howard was born September 5, 1936 in Monticello, IA, son of Charles and Margaret (O'Shea) Rogers. He received his education from country schools and St. Martin's Elementary and graduated from St. Martin's High School. Howard served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.

On September 7, 1963 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Fisher in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ottumwa, IA. 

He was a lifelong farmer and he also worked for Robertson Seco for 25 years until his retirement.

Howard loved helping others, taking them to doctors and dialysis appointments. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years. He was an avid Notre Dame Football and Chicago Cubs Baseball fan. Howard was a wonderful storyteller and enjoyed telling stories to his family and friends. He enjoyed playing poker and bowling.
He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post # 528 and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Rogers of Cascade, IA; two children, Bernadette (Pete) Merchlewitz of Fountain City, WI and their son, Sean Merchlewitz, Michael (Tien) Rogers of Claymont, DE and their children Kevin and Jared Rogers; 3 step-grandchildren, Jana (Kellen) Haynes, Jacob (Sarah) Merchlewitz and Josh (Special Friend Nikki) Merchlewitz; 6 step-great grandchildren with one more on the way in May; one sister, Sr. Jane Rogers of Dubuque, IA; two brothers-in-law, Carl Fisher of CA, and Tom Fisher of Ottumwa, IA; one sister-in-law, Andrea (Special Friend George Hopkins) Dalbey of Ottumwa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Winfred and Hazel Fisher; two sons, Sean Rogers on May 10, 1972 and Kevin Rogers on November 24, 1996; one brother, Leo Rogers; two sisters, Patricia Rogers and Annabelle (Jim) Cigrand.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The family would like to give a Special Thank You to the Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela for all the wonderful care and support they have given.

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



Lynn L. Disney


Lynn L. Disney, 85, of Grinnell, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, Iowa.

A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, February 23, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lynn Lamont Disney was born on January 4, 1933 in Wellman, Iowa, to Lester and Opal (Green) Disney. He was a 1950 graduate of Wellman High School and then received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a Double Major in education from Iowa Wesleyan University in 1954. He then received his Masters in 1963 from the University of Iowa with additional postgraduate studies being done at Western Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa and Bemidji State College. He also enlisted in the Army Reserves serving for nine years. He married his college sweetheart, Norma J. Topp on June 26, 1955 in Radcliffe, Iowa, and to this union two children were born: Brian and Rhonda.

Lynn spent over forty years in education serving as an instructor, coach and administrator. He taught his first nine years at Keota, Keswick and Ainsworth. In August of 1963 he began a 32 year career with the Maquoketa School District. From 1969 to 1983 he was the Assistant Principal at the Maquoketa Middle School, and from 1983 until retiring in 1995 he served as the Principal. Lynn and Norma also owned and operated "Disney's Shoe Barn" in Maquoketa for 7 years.

Through the years Lynn had served on many educational and community boards some of which included the Maquoketa Education Association serving as a past president, Iowa Education Association, School Administrators of Iowa Area IX, Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM serving as a past Master, and the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Lynn enjoyed serving on committees, showing horses, playing any card game especially Euchre, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing, and attending grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor Lynn's memory include his children, Brian (Bonnie) Disney of State Center, IA, and Rhonda (Galyn) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; 4 grandchildren, Joseph (Brittni) Disney, David Disney, and Teresa Disney, and Trey Gohlmann; 2 great-grandchildren, Bailey and Brody; a sister, Loretta (Don) Gardner of Washington, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Carole Topp of Radcliffe, IA, and Mary Lou Topp of Hubbard, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Ray, and his wife Norma on May 13, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lynn L. Disney memorial fund has been established.

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



Alicia Rose Vandermillen


Alicia Rose Vandermillen, 26, of Dubuque, IA became an angel on February 16, 2018. The University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City took exceptional care of Alicia before she surrendered to compilations from Pneumonia. The family would like to thank them and the staff of the Finley Hospital in Dubuque for their excellent care.

To celebrate Alicia's life, you are welcome to pay your respects from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with a short memorial service to follow at 7pm. There will be a private burial ceremony held on Wednesday morning at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Alicia's precious life began on October 3, 1991. She was born in Dubuque to Mike Vandermillen and Kelly Uhlrich who will always thank God for the privilege of being her parents.

Though she was brilliant, she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School by the skin of her teeth after being bribed by her mother with a trip to Mexico. She played by her own rules and knew she could wrap anyone and anything (including her diploma) around her finger with one flash of her beautiful smile. That's our girl.
Beyond that smile, captivating eyes, and incomparable beauty, Alicia was born with more compassion then could ever be taught. She was adored by all those that she had the pleasure to care for as Certified Nursing Assistant. The crankier the patient, the more of a challenge, the more determined Alicia was to win them over. And she always did.

Alicia was fiercely loyal, remarkably compassionate, determined, stubborn, loving, and of course a force to always be reckoned with - she was truly her father's daughter. Alicia had an unwavering love for every animal and as much candy as she could get her hands on. Alicia enjoyed shopping and while she had enough clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry to outfit half of the country, she always seemed to find another reason to "pop some tags".
Alicia loved her family unconditionally. She was affectionately called "Bear" by her Daddy who was her ultimate protector and champion. Her momma Kelly was Alicia's biggest fan and in reverence, Alicia would scold anyone using the Lord's name in vain. Her stepdad Greg instilled a love for both the American Flag and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Alicia was a favorite of her grandparents and had a special bond with her Aunts Lynda "Nina" and Melissa.

The love of her life, her best friend, and partner in crime was her brother, Michael Henry. And vice versa, as evidenced by the tattoos they each bear of the other's name. Michael gave her two beautiful nephews, Jace and Liam. No one will ever be able to replace the huge spot in his heart he has for her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Mike Vandermillen and Kelly and Greg Uhlrich; her beloved brother Michael and his sons Jace and Liam; and step-brother Dakota. Alicia's Grandparents are Larry and Rose Abresch, Joe and Sandy Vandermillen and step-grandpa Paul Uhlrich. She is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins who loved her so very much.

Alicia was met in heaven by her Uncle Kenny, Aunt Beth, Great Uncle Ray and Greg's mom Pat.

In lieu of flowers please be kinder than necessary to everyone you meet, regardless of their circumstance, and especially if they are Grandpa's age. That's what she would have wanted.

Tough it out, that was Alicia's attitude. It is our wish for all who read this to not take for granted the smallest sign of a true illness and please go to the Doctor. Even the strong fall.



Raymond F. Vincent


Raymond F. "Ray" Vincent, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 a.m., on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Ray's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ray was born on May 19, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Alfred P. and Irene M. (Stuart) Vincent.

Ray was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1965. He would go on to work in manufacturing, primarily as a supervisor, until his automobile accident in 1981. Ray would sadly not return to the working world, but instead began enjoying the more simple pleasures in life. After moving to Dickeyville in the mid 1980's, Ray quickly discovered a little trip over to McDonald's in Platteville for coffee could easily brighten his day. Stopping at the wayside along the way back to work a few puzzles and check his lotto tickets would also break up the day in a satisfying way. He definitely enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, always had a comment to be shared whenever he felt it was needed, and really just took every opportunity to be the Ray he wanted to be. Our hearts are heavy today with the physical absence of Ray from our daily lives, but we know that he has had a long and bumpy ride along his 70 year earthly journey and that he can finally enjoy true peace and perfection. May God bless you Ray until we meet again, and thank you for all the memories you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Ray's memory include

his siblings,
Carol (friend Ron) Keller, Potosi, WI,
Patrick (Karen) Vincent, Sturtavant, WI
and Karen O'Rourke, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Irvin "Butch" Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Jeanne (Carl) Klaeska, Jr., Rose Valentine and Marie Vincent; and 2 brothers-in-law, Roger McIntyre Sr. and Ron McIntyre Sr.

In lieu of flowers, a Raymond F. "Ray" Vincent memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ray's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care for their kindness and professional care of Ray, and his family.

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



Sr. Isabel Miller

Sister Isabel Miller, BVM (Acarda), 96, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Feb. 17, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a community prayer and funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Isabel taught elementary school in Waterloo, Boone, Des Moines, and Council Bluffs, Iowa; Chicago, Maywood, and Rock Island, Ill.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Butte, Mont.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Clarksdale, Miss. She was learning center teacher in Muscatine, Iowa, and volunteer in Chicago.

She was born in Davenport, Iowa, on Aug. 5, 1921, to Nicholas and Anna Scheckel Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Mary Parish, Davenport. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Norman and James Miller; and sisters Genevieve Miller, Mildred Johnson, and Anna Marie Langenecker. She is survived by a brother, John (Charlene) Miller, Davenport; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 78 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Constance L. Saffran


Constance Lee "Connie" Saffran, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 17, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Family and friends may gather from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Connie was born on August 31, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Milo and Rosemary (Westercamp) Weber. She married George Saffran on June 26, 1962 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 29th, 2018.

She worked at Marian Hall at Mount Carmel until her retirement.

She is survived by her three children, Karen (Ron) Barker, George (Stacy) Saffran, and Steve (Janie Berendes) Saffran. Grandchildren, Lindsay, Laura, Amber, and Lacey. Great grandchildren, Jayden, Jeep, Ella, Lucy, Lydia, Addyson, Evie, and Charlie. Siblings, Randy (Chub) Weber, Sandy (Dick) Ansel, Danny (Marianne) Weber, and Janelle (Dennis) Duwe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother Ronnie Weber.

The family wishes to thank the UW Madison Hospital doctors, nurses and staff for all their wonderful care they gave to Connie.



Daniel G. Dalsing


Daniel G. Dalsing, 63, of Platteville, WI, formerly of Kieler, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Our House Assisted Living Center in Platteville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Donald Lange concelebrating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018 and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Dan was born on January 19, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Cletus H. and Frieda (Ihm) Dalsing. He graduated from Southwestern High School in Hazel Green, WI.

Dan worked at Timmerman's Supper Club for many years, and then worked at Kirchoff Distributing Co., now called 7-G. He really enjoyed being one of their "Fans".

He is survived by his sister Mary Kay (Bob) Helbing of Platteville; his sister-in-laws, Lorraine Dalsing, Peg Dalsing and Donna Dalsing; and 10 nieces and nephews and their families.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Frieda; brothers, Ken, Clete and Jim; sister-in-law, Jane (Dominy) Dalsing; and a nephew, Kent Dalsing.

In lieu of flowers, a Dan Dalsing memorial fund has been established.

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



Marion E. Hosch


Marion E. Hosch, 87, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, February 16, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marion may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2017, at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call on Wednesday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marion will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at St. Martins Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

She was born March 11, 1930 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. She received her elementary education at Bones Prairie Country Schools and graduated from the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade. She was united in marriage on September 27, 1951, to Robert P. Hosch at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She worked for Ensign Coil in Cascade and ERTLS and Scale Models in Dyersville and retired in 1991.

Marion had a love for cooking and enjoyed plants, flowers and completing crossword puzzles.

She is a member of St. Matthias Parish. She was a leader for the Girl Scout - Brownies for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Robert P. Hosch of Cascade, IA; four daughters, Ruth Green of Cascade, IA, Karen (John) Pearsall of San Diego, CA, Ann (Mark) Holmes of Dubuque,IA and Carla (Ron) Hoffman of Cascade, IA; 8 grandchildren, Abby and Andrew Green, Kirsten Kirkpatrick, Owen and Aaron Holmes, Max, Haylee and Trace Hoffman; 10 great grandchildren; Five Siblings, Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch and Wilfred (Rita) Kleitsch, all of Monticello, IA, Edwin and Irvin Kleitsch both of Cascade, IA; one sister-in-law, Sr. Jane Hosch of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Hosch, one son-in-law, Thomas Green, one brother, Carl (Mary) Kleitsch; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doloris Kleitsch, Verna Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Alve Onken, Pauline (Mel) Green, Mary Alma Hosch, Edward Hosch, James Hosch and Charles Hosch.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of River Bend Retirement Center, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and support they gave to Marion.

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



Melvin L. Schmidt


Melvin L. Schmidt, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at home, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Melvin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Melvin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Melvin was born on October 30, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Reinhardt and Helen (Doerr) Schmidt.

Melvin started working at the age of 15 with the Dubuque Packing Company, as a ham boner, where he would remain a loyal employee for the next 46 ½ years of his life, until his well earned retirement which finally arrived in 1989. Melvin and Ora Miller were the true definition of childhood sweethearts and soul-mates; finding one another at the innocent young age of 12, while ice skating at Comisky Park in December of 1940. They developed their friendship over the years, and eventually were united in marriage as husband and wife on June 18, 1949, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Melvin built his bride a brand new home and together they filled it with love, and 9 adored children, who always knew they were his whole world. Melvin also had an adventurous side; he loved boating on the Mississippi River, camping with family every weekend, and traveling the country in his Winnebago. He was quite proud of holding the record for buying the most brand new Winnebagos off the assembly line; 11 in total. Melvin took great joy in taking his family and friends, his beloved Shih-poo, Isabelle, and any extra kids lucky enough to have the chance to ride along, to all 50 states, almost every National Park, and multiple visits to Florida and Disney World along the way. In their later years, Melvin and Ora would enjoy their status as snow birds in Yuma for over 25 years; throwing horseshoes, dancing, swimming, attending concerts, making countless memories and many new friends along the way, all the while soaking up the warm Arizona sun. Melvin was always the life of the party, serving up his famous Waterballs and Tanqueray Gin, all the while showing Ora his everlasting physical affection through each and every day. Ora meant everything to Melvin, and he loved her passionately for 68 ½ years. All of the memories we created will last a lifetime, Dad taught us all so much and he will continue to inspire us all. Melvin was undeniably the kind of man we all strive to be, and he did it so gracefully with such a natural ease and kindness that very few of us actually possess. We will miss you everyday, and at every family gathering Melvin, but thankfully we discover real peace in our trust that the Lord definitely has you tucked securely in His loving embrace and that we will all be reunited again one day for the greatest family reunion ever.

Those left to cherish Melvin's memory include

his loving wife,
Ora Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 children,
Terry (Sandi) Schmidt, Apple River, IL,
Deborah (Mike) Hoppmann, Dubuque, IA,
Tim (Barb) Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Vickie Parsons, Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Sheri) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Paul (Martha) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Sandy (Bob) Hunt, Bellevue, IA
and Lora (Todd) Perkins, Peosta, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Liane Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

26 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild;

and his siblings,
Jannan Hancock, Dubuque, IA,
Marion Richey, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Harold "Bud" Schmidt, Kansas City, KS.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Schmidt; a grandson, Justin Schmidt; a great-grandson, Christian Lyons; a sister, Helen (Ray) Hintgen; a brother, Ray Schmidt; a son-in-law, Jim Parsons; a sister-in-law, Vernetta Schmidt; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Hancock and Bob Richey.

A Melvin L. Schmidt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Melvin's family would like to thank Dr. Whalen, the staff at Tri-State Dialysis, and all of the care givers at Home Instead, for taking such wonderful care of Dad.

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

 



Julita M. Kinley


Julita Marie (Koch) Kinley, 52, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 surrounded by her family. To honor Julita's requests a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Julita was born on June 15, 1965 in Dubuque to Joseph and Janet (Birch) Koch. She married John Kinley May 14, 2004.

Julita was a master of many talents. Cooking was one of her greatest passions. She had many interests and hobbies which included, using her artistic abilities, spending time with her family, and riding the motorcycle with her husband.

Julita was a guiding light for people in their struggles. Her door was always open to anyone in need. She used the wisdom that she learned to create a beautiful life that she was proud of.

Becoming a grandma changed her life in an unparalleled way. From the moment each child was born, they knew that their MoMo loved them unconditionally.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband and soulmate, John, their Chihuahua Izack; her children, Andrew (Sara) Hanselman, Marianna (Joshua) Smith, and Ivy (Justin) Tott; her grandchildren and the lights of her life Alex, Matthew, Alice, Adele, Charlee, and Iris; her siblings, Pete, Paul (Sandy) Koch, Anna (Ted) Gulhaugen, Mary Jaeger, John Koch, Jim (Sharon) Koch, Matt (Diana) Koch, Mike (Peg) Koch , Rose (Zeke) Zimmerman and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Janet (Birch) Koch; brother, Andrew Koch; sister-in-law, Sonja Koch.

A Julita Kinley Memorial Fund has been established.



Richard Daughetee


Richard Daughetee, 70, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at home.
There will be no services. Arrangements were entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Dick was born November 16, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Andrew and Roselen (Sparks) Daughetee. He married Linda Eastman on July 27, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on June 15, 2007.

Dick was employed as a medical records driver for Medical Associates. After his retirement, he worked as manager and groundskeeper of Ferring Mobile Home Park for nine years. Dick was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing and camping at Backbone State Park. He enjoyed sitting outside and socializing with the neighbors at the trailer court. Dick was a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather who would do anything for his family. "Thanks for the last jab, Dad".

Dick is survived by two sons, Mike (Mary) Daughetee of Dubuque and Mark Daughetee of Cuba City, WI; his daughter, Kim Dunivan of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Ethan Daughetee, Dusty Sharkey, Amelia, Chloe, and Olivia Dunivan, and Jakaya Quire; two great grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Lynn) Daughetee of GA; and his in-laws, Howard Eastman Jr., Jim (Mary) Eastman, and Ellen Eastman-Shipe, all of MD.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard Jr. in 1972; his parents; his sister, Fern (Ed) Breitspecker; and two sisters-in-law, Shelley Kress and Judy Eastman.

Memorials may be made to the Richard Daughetee Memorial Fund.

Special thank you to Dick's daughter Kim for going above and beyond to provide Dick with loving care; and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Katherine J. Elsner

Katherine J. Elsner, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Katherine's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, February 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the mass beginning at 10 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

 



Pauline Crimmins


Pauline "Polly" Crimmins, 93, of Dubuque, formerly of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Polly's life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church.  Burial will be in Our Lady of Good Hope Cemetery, Miamisburg, OH. next to her husband and infant son. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Polly was born October 31, 1924 in Benton, WI. daughter of Jacob Laurence and Mary Ellen (Dunn) Foht.  In 1953 she married William Crimmins in Cuba City, WI. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Prior to becoming a full time loving mother and home maker, Polly was employed at the Battery Factory Dubuque. In 1990 Polly moved back to Dubuque living with her daughter Jeannie and son-in-law Joe for the past 28 years.

Polly was a devout Catholic and loved doing all her volunteer work at Kettering Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of Good Hope Church and School in Miamisburg, OH. She loved her family and attending ALL family gatherings.? She was a very witty, little lady who enjoyed making people laugh.  She loved reading, shopping and was a true fashion bug! She especially loved adding to her purse, boots and high heel collection, CONSTANTLY! One of her favorite past times was going out to lunch or dinner and having her "special" glass of wine. And WOW…incredibly, she was a triumphant survivor of breast cancer for more than ten years! God bless her!

Those left to cherish Polly's memory include two daughters, Jeannie (Joe) Beckmann of Dubuque and Susan (Joe) Amsler of Miamisburg, OH; seven grandchildren, Sean and Troy (Lisa) Haley, Chris (Michelle) and Chad Amsler, Aaron, Erica (Jim O'Connor) and Julie Tyler eight great grandchildren, Mason, Malakhi, Aleea, and Kylee Haley, Zach and Leah Amsler, and Brayden and Maddie Tyler; along with many loving nieces and nephews throughout our great country.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her daughter Connie Tyler and infant son William Michael.? Polly was also preceded in death by four sisters Eleanor, Jeannette, Marie, and Jody. And two brothers Larry, and John "Casey" Foht. Four more siblings died at birth.

In lieu of flowers, a Pauline "Polly" Crimmins Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding compassion and care of Polly.



Leonard H. Wynkoop


Leonard H. Wynkoop, 91, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6:45 P.M. on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, with a celebration of life service beginning at 7 P.M. A private burial will be held at a later date from the Cady Cemetery, rural Wyoming, Iowa.

Leonard Henry Wynkoop was born on October 31, 1926, in DeWitt, Iowa, to Bernice (Quick) and Leonard Henry Wynkoop, Sr. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Wallace and Amelia Wynkoop. He was a graduate of Delmar High School where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Jane Sleeper. They were married on June 15, 1947, in Delmar, Iowa, and to this union five children were born: Marianne, Brenda, Susan, Todd, and Timm.

Leonard was a farmer all of his life and was known as "Scoop" by many of his friends. In Delmar, he also worked as a butcher. He moved his family to Wyoming, Iowa, in 1958, and later to what became the family farm. He also worked part-time for 25 years at the United Livestock Sale Barn in Maquoketa. After "retiring" as a dairy farmer, he raised and sold registered Paint horses and Boer goats.

Leonard and Jane were lifetime members of the Baldwin Saddle Club. He was also a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Cedar Valley Coonhunters. They were both very involved in community projects and they made a difference!

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jane Wynkoop of Clarence, IA; three daughters, Marianne (Vern) Oepping of Estes Park, CO, Brenda Degner of Muscatine, IA, and Susan Hellmer of Plymouth, WI; two sons, Todd Wynkoop (Sue) of Clarence, IA, and Timm Wynkoop (Lori) of Oxford Junction, IA; Grandchildren: Mark (Jean) Tasker and their children Hunter and Evan; Michelle Tasker; Angela (Jay) Degner-Tuffing; Matt (Tiffany) Degner and their children Emily Degner, and sons Tyler and Trevor Miller; Travis (Jessica) Hellmer; Stacey (Riley) Williams; Lacey Wynkoop; Lindsey Wynkoop; Tara (Steve) Weir and their children Chloe, Cooper, Keegan and Kaitlynn; Dana (Jeramie) Ellefson and their children Jordyn and Payton; and Erin (Nick) Brus and their children Mason and Noah; Also surviving is Leonard's aunt "Auntie" Evelyn Griebel.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and paternal grandparents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wyoming Betterment Committee, Wyoming Museum, the Midland Fire Department or Ambulance Service, or the Wyoming Library.

Leonard's family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff at Clarence Senior Living for their loving and compassionate care of Leonard.

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



Bernard E. Necas


Bernard E. Necas passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller Officiating. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born the son of Frank and Mary (Sir) Necas on August 15, 1933 in rural Lime Springs, Iowa. He attended a one room country schoolhouse K thru 8th grade. In 1951 he graduated from Lime Springs High School. Bernie married Floriene Roethler at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, Iowa on June 17, 1958. Bernie graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1960.

He served two years in the Army during the Korean War Era and was a member of the adjutant General Corps and assigned to 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters Company at Fort Benning, Georgia as a Personnel Management Specialist.

After the military, Bernie taught school at Andrew, Iowa, worked for the State of Iowa Social Welfare Department and worked for the City of Dubuque Engineering Department for 30 years.

Bernie enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, and listening to polka music. While quite proud of his Czech heritage he was forever proud of his Country and of our Armed Forces. A long-time member of the American Legion Post 6, Bernie served as a past Commander of the Post on several committees and was a member of the Post 6 Funeral Detail since 1996 and served as Commander of the Detail from 2000 until 2015 when his health prohibited him from continuing his passionate service. He also volunteered at Finley Hospital and drove the DAV van to Iowa City.

He is survived by his wife Floriene; son Bruce (Marie) Necas and their children Blair and Lindsi; his daughter Jill (Todd) Link and their children Collin, Connor, Tanya and Blake Necas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank and Leslie; sisters Helen and Mary; and his son, Brian.

We pay our most sincere respects and appreciation to an honorable fallen husband, father, grandparent, friend, and veteran.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Church of the Nativity or a Veteran Organization of your choice.



Bette Schrobilgen


Heaven became a little brighter on February 13, 2018, when it welcomed Bette Schrobilgen, 76 years old, of Dubuque. She passed away at home in the loving care of her husband and three sons. We know she is looking down on us with her beautiful blue eyes and wide smile, as we continue to feel the love she was always quick to share. Her passing was abrupt, but her life was well-lived.

Visitation will be Sunday, 2/18 /18 from 1:00-4:00 at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. 
Mass will be at Resurrection Catholic Church Monday 2/19/18 at 10:30 followed by a reception at The Moracco Supper Club. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Bette was born in Lafayette, IN on November 30, 1941, and later her family moved to small-town Iowa Falls, IA. It was in Iowa Falls where she lived an idyllic childhood on the Iowa River. She played flute in the high school marching band and orchestra, where she learned to love music.

Bette went to nursing school in Dubuque, and she began her nursing career as an RN at Mercy Hospital. A devoted mother, Bette worked 3rd shift at Mercy to guarantee a parent would always be home during the day when her family was young. Finally, after her death, she is now able to catch up on the many hours of lost sleep.

Later Bette earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Arts, switched employment to Amicare and retired as a case-worker at Scenic Valley Agency on Aging. Through her work she was able to care, nourish and touch many patients with her nurturing manner.

During Bette's first years in Dubuque, she met the love of her life, Dale Schrobilgen, at a beer party hosted at his parents' house while they were away. Although his parents may not have been happy about the party, Dale became the luckiest guy by winning Bette's heart on that night. With genuine and abiding love, they were married in Germany and began a life together that would last 54 years. And it is this example that their teenaged children would turn to when reminding their parents that good things can happen when you bend the rules.

In addition to the accomplishment of raising 4 incredible children: Greg, Dan, Jill and Scott (not necessarily listed in order of most incredibleness), Bette was also blessed with 2 daughters-in-law, Kathleen (Sheehan) and Jodi (Reck), and one son-in-law, Bill Raine. Bette also had another remarkable family member, Imal Pedriana. Imal came from Niger, Africa at 14 years old in 1992, lived with Greg and Kathleen, has been a cherished family member ever since, and is now married to his wife Katie, and father to 4 beautiful boys. Imal became Bette's 5th child and the youngest brother to all of her children, and the family continues to grow.

But Bette was most proud of her 8 beloved grandchildren: Malachy, Erin, Rory, Grace, Nate, Ava, Maren and Nora . Seeing her grandchildren always brought a beaming smile to her face, and the time spent with them was priceless.

Bette loved music and gardening. In earlier days with her young family, 8-tracks and albums played continuously on the console stereo, while musicals were a joy to her in later years. The garden that graces Bette and Dale's yard on Asbury Rd. is their labor of love. With subtle insight into what to plant and where to plant it, Bette cultivated a radiant garden, with a richness seen in the faces of her flowers that matches the depth of the enduring love rooted in her family, her legacy inspiring us to share love, be compassionate and embrace life's journeys.

Bette is survived by her brother, George (Wilma) Oswald Jr and her sister, Carole Schultz as well.

She is preceded in death by her only daughter, Jill Raine, her parents (George W. Oswald and Gertrude N Neidhardt) and her brother-in-law, Randy Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials or donations to Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hskfh.com.



Joan A. Lasche


Joan A. Lasche, 82, of Earlville, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2018, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Joan was born January 21, 1936 in Earlville, Iowa the daughter of John and Rose (Roling) Fessler. She married Earl Lasche on July 7, 1953 in Ryan and later divorced. Joan cared for children in her home daycare. She was an avid card player and did many embroidery projects.

Survivors include her 6 children: Carol (Martin) Ries of Dyersville, Doris (Michael) Ries of Dubuque, Linda Baker of Solon, Dave (Penny) Lasche of Bettendorf, Connie (Terry) Domenick of League City, TX, Kevin Lasche of Earlville, 13 grandchildren: Stacey, Cindy and Jessie Ries, Dawn Blaser, Chad (Becca) Ries, April (Ryan Dolan) Ries, Justin Ries, Brandon, Joshua and Dillon Baker, Aubrey Lasche, Heather and Michael Domenick, 8 great grandchildren: Sienna, Kaitlyn, Ember, Ashlynn, Ava, Kenrick, Caden and Braydon and her sister-in-law: Barb Fessler of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Janet Lasche-Bolen, siblings: Catherine (Bob) Reittinger, Rita (Bob) Bremer and Herb Fessler.

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



Melvin J. Hammerand


Melvin J. Hammerand, 85, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque. Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Melvin was born November 19, 1932 in Dubuque the son of Alfred and Eliza (Smith) Hammerand. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and then served his country in the US Army 1953-1955. Melvin worked at the Dubuque Packing House for 31 years.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, an avid outdoorsman, especially fishing and hunting. Melvin enjoyed going to auctions, baking, gardening, woodworking and going to the farmers market. He always enjoyed his daily walks down Grandview Avenue overs the years.

Survivors include his sons, Rod (Amy Smith) and Rick (Sandra) Hammerand; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; step-mother, Edna M. Hammerand; a sister, Anita (Danny) Gouge; a nephew, Jimmy (Mia) Minton, Jr.; 2 great-nieces; 3 step-sisters, Janice (Don) Dehn, Julie Kramer, and Joyce (John) Flanagan; and numerous other relatives.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin; a brother in-law, Jimmy H. Minton, Sr.; and his wife, Teresa (Bannon) Hammerand.

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

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



Patricia Ann Kemler


Patricia Ann Kemler, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 17, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, February 16, 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.

Patricia was born March 24, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of Earl and Wilhemina (Lei) Rapp. She married Harold F. Kemler on April 18, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2003.

Prior to becoming a full-time mother, Patricia was employed at the Battery Factory, where she met many friends.

Patricia enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time outside. She looked forward to participating in the weekly ice cream day at Luther Manor. In her younger years, Patricia and Harold enjoyed roller skating. She was an avid shopper, and Harold would wait patiently for her on a bench.

Patricia is survived by five daughters, Jane Kemler of Dubuque, Linda (Ron) Jump of Moline, IL, Sandra Kemler, Karen (Tom) Shaffer, and Connie Kemler, all of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Chris) Brown, Michael (Caelae) Jump, McFeely (Jen) Jump, Chrissy (Mark) Besler, Kate (Ed) Trujillo, and Andrew and Benjamin Shaffer; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn (Elmer) Engling, and Jeanne (Gerald) Fudge, both of Dubuque; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Rapp of Dubuque. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Eileen (Joe) Bellings; four brothers, Earl (Myra), Robert, John (Lillian), and Gerald (Dixie) Rapp. 

Memorials may be made to Luther Manor, or to the Veteran's organization of the donor's choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor, especially nurse's aide Diane; her daughter Karen for her loving care of Patricia; and her granddaughter Chrissy for always being there.

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



Ronald Duster


Ronald Duster, age 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 12, 2018, at home, with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, with Fr. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Ron was born at home in Holy Cross, Iowa to Edwin Michael Duster and Rita Catherine Freiburger Duster. Ron has 2 sisters, Darlene (Jim) Mullen, Rosemary (Elmer) Arensdorf, and 3 brothers, Roger (Carol) Duster, Bob (Mary) Duster, and Gary (Patti) Duster. He loved his childhood, and spending time with family & friends. Some of his favorite childhood memories include the time he spent on family farms, and building a car with his dad and brothers when they were young.

He married his high school sweetheart, Susan Paar, and they had 3 children; Laura (Jason) Ozenkoski, Lisa (Geoff) Barklow, and Brian (Stacey) Duster. In the coming years their lives were blessed with 8 grandchildren: Codey (Tiffany) Ozenkoski, Jake Atchison, Whitney Barklow, Noah Barklow, Keagan Duster, Payton Duster, Jaylen Duster, and Rylin Duster and 3 great grandchildren; Grayson and Remy Ozenkoski and Ada Atchison.

Ron graduated from Senior High School in 1962. He worked at Renier's in his younger years and then retired from John Deere at the early age of 49 after 30 years. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 94.

Once he retired, he and Sue took to the road in their RV where they enjoyed traveling, snow birding in Arizona and Florida for many years, and meeting new friends from across the United States.

Ron's wife, children, and grandchildren were the joy of his life. His love for sports lived on through his kids and grandkids. Through the years he enjoyed coaching children in little league, watching his kids and especially his grandkids play sports. When they weren't playing, he could be found cheering on the East Dubuque Warriors, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs or his favorite NASCAR drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Sr, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He also enjoyed his own reserved seat at the stock car races at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and the Farley races. He always loved a good hand of Euchre, game of Rummikub and enjoyed gambling at the boat!

Ron was always a very handy guy and could build or fix anything needed. No project was ever too big; he built the second home he and Sue lived in with their kids. Ron loved cars but his pride and joy was building his 1940 Ford Pickup and taking it to car shows. His pick-up won several awards throughout the years at the car shows.

Ron lived a very large life, always had his family at his side and the enjoyment of many great friends, especially Pat Dillon, Lynn Tharp and Darel Hilkin who are just like family.

Being a good husband, dad, and grandpa were the most important things he did, and it remained so until his last day with us. He doesn't want his family and friends to mourn his passing, he wants us to hug our family and friends, tell them we love them every day and enjoy life!

Ron has joined his mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, uncles, aunts, and cousins in God's Kingdom where he will continue to watch over us until we are all reunited.

We would like to send a very sincere thank you to Dr. Kristen Nelson and her nurse Joanie Hoppman, Patty Copeland with Finley Homecare and Kristen, Melissa and Peggy with Hospice of Dubuque for your continued support, compassion and care you gave Ron and his family.

In lieu of flowers a Ronald E. Duster memorial fund has been established.

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



Sharon L. Heller


Sharon L. Heller, 81, of Dubuque passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Sharon was born on July 20, 1936 in the Twin Cities, daughter of Harold and Mamie (Reid) Lorenz. After graduating from Lion's Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, she received her BA and master's degree from the University of Iowa. She taught special education at the University of Iowa Hospital School. 

On August 13, 1960, she married Dr. Joseph Heller at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. They enjoyed 53 years of married life until Joe's death on June 1, 2013. In 1964, they moved to Dubuque where Joe started his pediatric practice at Medical Associates.

During the 1970's, Sharon served two terms on the Dubuque Community School Board. She completed her final term as president. Also, Sharon was employed by the Department of Human Services as a Volunteer Coordinator for Information and Referral. In 1984, they relocated to Mesa, Arizona where she taught pre-school. They spent their retirement years in the Tampa, Florida sunshine.

Sharon enjoyed furthering her education, reading, shopping, volunteering and was a wonderful gardener, growing many award-winning roses. Her gardening skills earned her the opportunity to be a test grower of new roses for Jackson Perkins. She and Joe supported their daughters in their love of raising and showing American Saddlebred horses. She had a passion for her pets especially her pugs. She was a proud, loving mother to of her four daughters, "The Heller Girls" and their families.

She is survived by four daughters, Julie (Larry) Vogt of Dubuque, Joy Carlson of Dubuque, Kathy (Franc) Djennas of Maui, Hawaii, and Karen (Anthony) Monaghan of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; grandchildren, Austin (Mallory Schmid) Vogt, Sydney Carlson (fiancée, Cameron Sohl), Jessica (Michael) Djennas Vasquez and Liam, Aidan and Claire Monaghan and three great grandchildren, Aizlyn, Mikie and Roman Vasquez. Susan Stanley Hamilton, a special niece who has spent extra time with Sharon.
She is also survived by her twin sister, Karon (Dr. John) Stanley of Kansas City; a sister in law, Dr. Mary Ann Lorenz of Manchester and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her oldest grandson, Grant Vogt; her brother, Harold Lorenz; sister, Patricia Chantry; brother in law, Dr. William Chantry, and sister in law, Floy Lorenz.

Memorials may be made to the Miracle League of Dubuque in honor of her lifelong love of helping individuals of all ages with special needs.

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

The family would like to thank Medical Associates Dr. Jennifer Mohr and staff, Kelly Hall McMahon, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, as well as the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding compassion and care.



Thomas A. Ries


Thomas A. Ries, 65, of Farley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, with Deacon James Kean Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born November 25, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LuVerne and Madaline (Allen) Ries. He is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. On November 25, 1972 he was united in marriage to Ellen R. Ehl. He was employed at Eagle Supermarket in Dubuque, Iowa.

He enjoyed camping, playing cards and especially spending time with his granddaughters.

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

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Ries of Farley, IA, two sons, Steven (Sandi) Ries of Dubuque, IA and Dave Ries of Macomb, IL; one daughter Melissa Sarazin of Farley, IA; 2 granddaughters, Dylan and Natalie and a grandson to arrive in June; two sisters, Sue Ann Davis of FL and Andrea (Fred) Steffensmeier of Farley, IA; two brothers-in-law, Bill (Myriam) Ehl of Flower Mound, TX and Dan Ehl of AZ; a sister-in-law, Mary Armbruster of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, LeRoy Ries, Vernon Ries, and Loras "Chief" (Betty) Ries.

The family of Thomas would like to thank the Farley Emergency Medical Services, Tri-State Dialysis and the Drs. And staff at Finley Hospital for all the wonderful care given to Tom.

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



Gerald W. Doyle


Gerald W. Doyle, 88, passed away Sunday, February 11th, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 16th, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until time of mass Friday at the church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald was born at home in Dubuque, IA, on October 12th 1929, the youngest son of Joseph and Rachael (Barry) Doyle.

After graduating from Dowling High School in Des Moines, IA, Gerald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. Upon his return home, he married his sweetheart, the girl next door, MaryAnn Theiler. He then moved on to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and later his Master's Degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. For over 30 years, he served as a District Supervisor for Vocational Rehabilitation for the State of Iowa.

Gerald enjoyed music, reading, and traveling with his wife. He was an active member of the Dubuque Men's Choir as well as the St. Patrick's and Cathedral Choirs. He was also an avid reader of topics from politics to historical fiction, and could frequently be found in his favorite chair either with his nose in the daily newspaper or listening to an Iowa Hawkeye game.

He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, MaryAnn (Pat); as well as his children Mark, Susan, Tim (Angie), Patrick, and John (Carrie). He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and his sisters Kathleen Doyle, OSB of Duluth, MN, and Veronica Benetti, of Belmond, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his son-in-law Dan Black.

In lieu of flowers a Gerald W. Doyle memorial fund will be established.



Earl J. Brehm


Earl J. Brehm, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly from north of Centralia, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2018 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Earl may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the church. Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Services for Earl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding, Rev. Richard Kuhn concelebrating, Deacon Dan O'Connell assisting. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Earl was born on December 17, 1924, at Lore, north of Asbury, to Theresa (Schiessl) and John L. Brehm. Earl was the oldest of 10 children and grew up in Lore and rural Peosta, helping his dad on the family farm.

On May 3, 1950, Earl married Esther Ann Koch of Hickory Valley at St. Boniface, New Vienna. They raised 10 children on their dairy and hog farm north of Centralia: Ken (and the late Connie) of Holy Cross; Mary (Paul) Mausser, of Epworth; Fritz (Carol), of Placid; Tom (Molly), of Placid; Jack (Dianne), of Peosta; Carl (Debbie), of Rickardsville; Mike (Sara), of Peosta; Ann (Brian) Ruden, of Dubuque; Steve (Sharon), of Centralia; Susan Brehm (Kevin Doolan), of Chicago; and special family Sandy and Jerry Powers and their children.

Earl and Esther were blessed with 55 grandchildren and (at last count) 66 great-grandchildren. Family was the joy of Dad's life. He never passed up a chance to rub the head of a little nütnik, butter a cracker, read about going downhill through a chicken yard, lend a hand, or eat . . . anything, but preferably something sweet. His characteristic words often funnily come out of the mouths of those grandchildren and little great-grandchildren, and he regularly imparted some bit of wisdom without quite telling you what you should do.

Also surviving are Earl's siblings, Marion Connolly, of Dubuque, Rita Ernst and Clara Ernst, of Bellevue, Paul, of Dubuque, and Kay (John) Gaul, of Peosta; as well as a brother-in-law, Tom (June) Smith, of Caledonia, Ill., and sisters-in-law Mildred Wente, of New Vienna, and Dorothy (Bob) Pitz, of Epworth.

Earl was a man who lived his faith every day and prayed at Holy Family New Melleray, Annunciation Catholic Church in Lattnerville, and St. John the Baptist, Peosta. He read anything and everything he could get his hands on-from Louis L'Amour to the great classics-and enjoyed cracking black walnuts for the family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons, Davy and Earl, a brother, Bill, three sisters, Helen Steffen, Theresa Smith, and Margaret Brehm, and his well-loved brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.

The family is deeply grateful for the loving care provided to Dad by No place Like Home over the past several years and in particular those who went well beyond to comfort and encourage him and respect his dignity: Dianne Stecklein, Tom Lentner, Steven Kingsolver, Jan Thomas, and Ann Schaal. We cannot thank you enough.

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



Kenneth J. Dietz


Kenneth J. Dietz 83 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m.; Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with Military Honors. Family will greet friends from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service.

Kenneth was born April 28, 1934 in Dubuque the son of Clarence and Christine (Koster) Dietz. Kenneth served his country in the US Army 1954-1956 before being Honorably Discharged. He married Sylvia J. Herbst on October 8, 1960 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Asbury. Kenneth was a truck driver for Ruan and for Milligan Brothers retiring in 1991. Ken enjoyed playing euchre, and horseshoe. He was a Cubs fan and loved Nascar racing. He was a member of Resurrection parish and Teamster's Union Local 421.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; children; William (Maria) Dietz, Beth (Guy) Parkin, Patrick (Rene) Dietz; grandchildren, Curtis (Rebecc