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Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee


Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Patricia was born on October 18, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herbert and Lorraine (Cushing) Becker.

Patricia was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who was fortunate enough to find her true love, Thomas J. Schnee. They would be united in marriage in 1951 and would be blessed with 19 wonderful years together, and 6 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her much too early in 1968. Patricia was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to raising and nurturing her family. She would also invest her time outside the home at Walsh's, eventually retiring as the Head of Housewares after 30 years of loyal service. She was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and her faith was continually a priority during her earthly journey. In her younger years, Patricia could often be found taking an eager spin around the roller rink or even enjoying a little live music with her friends at the Melody Mill. Throughout her entire life, she thoroughly enjoyed any chance to share her wisdom about college hoops and also any opportunity to savor God's majesty within the great outdoors. Whether a quiet afternoon simply soaking up the warm rays on her porch, or an exciting day out on the river with family; you could be sure Patricia's heart was content as long as the sun was positioned strategically overhead. In her later years, Patricia found great joy in the challenge of picking the fastest greyhounds of the day, but her greatest joy, and desire in this life, was to always capture as many hours as the day would allow with her deeply adored family. We mourn Patricia's absence from our earthly lives today, but we trust that she is finally at peace and know that she has waited ever so patiently to be reunited with her adoring husband, Tom.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her six children,
Kim Daykin, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Mary) Schnee, Dubuque, IA,
Vickie (Mike) Strub, Asbury, IA,
Robert Schnee, Dubuque, IA,
Lori (Pete) Schilling, Dubuque, IA
and Scott (Tami) Schnee, Dubuque, IA;

her eighteen grandchildren,
Matt (Rachel) Daykin, Melissa (Kevin) Cassill, Natalie (Mike) Horch, Nichole Schnee, Nina (Brendan) Kueter, Thad Strub, Jason Strub, Erin Strub, Tracy (Brad) Hess, Rachel (Chris) Bears, Dan Schilling, Kelsey Schilling, Emily Schnee, Sydney Schnee, Sam Schnee, Renee (Mike) Heller, Michelle Oliver and David Oliver;

her nineteen great-grandchildren,
Knox and Eloise Daykin, Jackson and Matthew Horch, Aleece Anglese, Elli Mae Lovas, Milo and Ivy Mae Kueter, Ryan, Brady, Katelyn Heller, Will Strub, Camden Walker, Brayden, Taylor and Harper Hess, Brayden and Aubrey Bears, Liam Wilson;

her sisters,
Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, Dubuque, IA
and Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau, St. Catherine, IA;

her sisters-in-law,
Babe Becker, Cedar Lake, IN
and Barb Becker, Bellevue, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Bob Jochum, Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Thomas; her sister, Lynn Jochum; three brothers, Jack, Don and Bob (Ann) Becker; and a son-in-law, Steve Daykin.

Patricia Elizabeth Ann Schnee memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Patricia's family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Patricia.

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

 



David L. Kirk


David L. "Dave" Kirk, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at home.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Dave was born on February 15, 1939, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard and Lorenza "Tiny" (Bergman) Kirk. He married Connie Tarrell on September 1, 1962, in Fennimore. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2004.

Dave owned Kirk's Sporting Goods and also worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works and Truck Country. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dave was an avid Badger, Packer and Cubs fan. He also loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports.

Survivors include his daughter, Jill (Fred) Kuhl, of Hazel Green, two sons, Brad (Kim) Kirk, of Milton, and Lance Kirk, of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Marietta Tarrell, of Fennimore; a sister, Faye (James) Meier, of Davis, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Paula) Tarrell, of Fennimore; and his grandchildren, Katelyn and Matthew Kirk, Dalton and Sydni Kirk, Morgan (Garrett Nagel) Kuhl and their son, Finley Nagel, and Madison, Jaxin and Briar Kuhl.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Pete Tarrell; a sister-in-law, Mary Baker; and a granddaughter, Bayli Jo Kirk.

A David L. "Dave" Kirk Memorial Fund has been established.

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



George A. Jenkins, Jr.


George A. Jenkins Jr., age 95, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:20 a.m., on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor George's life, private family funeral services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on July 28, 1921, in Farwell, TX, son of George and Minnie L. (Wesemann) Jenkins Sr.

George was born and raised as a proud young Texan. He would go on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during WWII. Shortly after he returned to the states, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Weber on March 5, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. George and Lorraine shared 57 wonderful years together and were blessed with 6 children before she was called home ahead of him on February 28, 2004. George was a naturally gifted mechanic who could fix anything set before him. He diligently invested his time and talents with several Ford dealerships over his 32 year career. He was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church and the V.F.W. Post #9663. In his free time, George thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with family and friends, around the card table, for some good wholesome fun and fellowship. George's 95 year earthly journey has come to an end today and he is gratefully once again reunited with his beautiful wife, Lorraine. We will miss him deeply and dearly, but in hope we discover true peace in knowing that his suffering is absolutely over now and we will thankfully all see him again in time.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his children,
Barbara (Thomas) Halverson, Middleburg, FL,
James (Monica) Jenkins, Geneva, IL,
Dr. Joseph (Sandra) Jenkins, Dubuque, IA
and Dianne (Kimberly) Mann, Worchester, MA;

his nine grandchildren;
Kristin (Tracy) Skaggs, Karen (David) Otto, Keith Halverson, Alex Jenkins, Derek (fiancée Emily Trapp) Jenkins, Kelsey Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Barbara Mann and William Mann;

and two great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn and Luke Otto.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Lorraine; two sons, George Jenkins III and John Jenkins; a sister, Margaret Woods; and a brother, Kenneth Jenkins.

A George A. Jenkins Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

George's family would like to extend a heartfelt and special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall, Dr. Meurer and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they have provided George.

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

 



Marie M. Goerdt Brueckner


Marie M. Goerdt Brueckner was born on March 7, 1919 and died on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the age of 97.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was the daughter of Joseph and Wilhelmina Koopmann Goerdt and married John D. Brueckner on August 15, 1942 in St. Andrews Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She graduated from Xavier High School and the State Teacher's College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls. For nineteen years, Marie taught school, twelve of those years as a third grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier School.

Marie was very active in church work through the Rosary Society as well as with the Girl Scouts. Over twenty years, she served on the Little Cloud Council Board and Established Camp Committee; was chairman of Dyersville's first fund drive and Troop organizer. She was also an assistant leader and provided the program change training.

She was a member of the ACCW American Legion Auxiliary, the Dyersville Golf and Country Club and a lifetime member of the CDA's.

She is survived by four daughters: Elaine (Jeff) George of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Cheryl (Mark) Wright of Manton, Michigan; Diane (Don Pirkl) of Victor, Iowa; Lynn (Dr. Greg) Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin; and one son, JC (Karin) Brueckner of Overland Park, Kansas. She is further survived by fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer (Ken) Ericson and Katie (Gus) Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Libby George (Jacob Parakilas) of London, England; Jadrian (Dan) Clark and Carolyne Rothrock of Portland, Oregon; David Rothrock of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Melissa Rothrock of Boon, Michigan; A.J. Pirkl of Victor, Iowa; Nathan (Brooke) Keeling of Middleton, Wisconsin; Marlie Keeling and Shannon(Edward) Pike of Austin, Texas; Max Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin; Riley and Jackson Brueckner and Ryan Seltman of Overland Park, Kansas; and seven great-grandchildren: Zanna and George Ericson and Winnie, Vivian and Leo Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Malia Rothrock and Cyrik Yonkman of Boon, Michigan.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 2, 2016; a daughter, Lisa; her parents, five brothers (Al, Clete, Bud, Brother Ed and Brother Art); two sisters, Oliva Krapfl and Helen Meyers; and a grandson, Michael George.

Memorial made be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.



Gerald L. Kopischke


Gerald L. "Jerry" Kopischke, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will be at Noon on Saturday at Woodville Cemetery, Waseca, Minnesota.
Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at St. Pater's Lutheran Church.

Jerry was born on August 23, 1931 in Waseca, the son of Adolph R. and Vivian A. (Walker) Kopischke. He was a graduate of Waseca High School, class of 1949, where he played football. Jerry graduated from Gustavus College with a degree in Physics and Math, where he also played football and played in the refrigerator bowl for Gustavus. Following his service with the U. S. Army from January of 1954 to September of 1955 during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Electrical Engineering Degree and later from the University of Iowa with an Industrial Engineering and Business degree.

On June 21, 1958 he married Barbara V. "Barb" Clasen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jerry was employed by Interstate Power Company from 1958 to 1997 and served on its Board of Directors. He was Vice President of Electrical Operations and was very proud to be a part of the Interstate family.

He was a member of American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque, the Dubuque Shooting Society - 660 Club, the Rotary Club of Dubuque, Owatonna Masonic Star # 33 and the Zuhrah Shrine of Minneapolis.

Jerry was an accomplished pilot who loved flying and was an avid skier. He was always up for a good time, spending many happy hours traveling throughout the world, including trips to Russia, Germany, England, Ireland, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. His sense of fashion included blue and green plaid and a wide variety of hats. He was not always patient and taught the parakeet to say "hurry up, Barbara" so he wouldn't have to. He generously shared every steak of the past 6 years with his little dog, Cooper. A favorite past time was watching sports and the East Dubuque Warriors were his favorite team.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara "Barb" Kopischke; four children, Karen Kopischke of Overland Park, Kansas, David G. (Diane) Kopischke of Centennial, Colorado, Leanne (Gary Keenan) Kopischke of Crystal, Minnesota and Sally (Darren) Sirianni of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Nick, Nathan, Dmitriy, Adam, Jeremy, Morgan, Kendra, Blaine (Carolyn) and Raychel (Russell); and a great-grandchild, Larson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, John Skelley; his siblings, Shirley Woyke and Jack Kopischke; and in-laws Jim and Sharon Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, a Gerald L. "Jerry" Kopischke memorial fund has been established.

Barb and family wish to extend many thanks for the care he received from the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.



Kristen E. Vogt


Kristen E. Vogt, 26, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 10, 2016 due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Visitation will be from 3 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 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am Thursday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kristen was born February 27, 1990 in Temple, Texas, daughter of Daniel and Tracy (Potter) Laughlin. She graduated from Andrew High School in 2008, La' James in Mason City with a diploma in message therapy, and Ashford University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She was currently working at Cottingham and Butler.

On September 19, 2015, she married the love of her life, Matthew Vogt at the Church of the Nativity.

Kristen was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed camping, spending time with family and playing UNO with her grandma at Christmas. She was also an excellent cook who loved cooking for her perfect little family.

Kristen is survived by her husband, Matthew Vogt of Dubuque; their son, William Vogt of Dubuque; her parents, Dan and Tracy Laughlin of Andrew; siblings, Sean, Cohl and Brianna Laughlin; Godson, Brayden Dononvan; maternal grandparents, Frank and Darlene Potter of Dubuque; paternal grandparents, Ken and Joyce Laughlin of LaMotte; mother in law, Dolores Vogt of Dubuque; father in law, John (Robin) Vogt of Portsmouth, VA; and a brother in law, Mike Vogt of Chicago; grandmothers in law, Judy Schiessl and Naomi Vogt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers in law, Fred Schiessl and John Vogt; uncle, Jim Potter and cousins, Scott Arensdorf and Jared Potter.

In lieu of flowers, a Kristen Vogt Memorial Fund has been established.

For futher information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Dorothy D. Wick


Dorothy D. Wick, 94, of Dubuque died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:45 tp 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dorothy was born on June 5, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Arendt) Dieterich.
On July 14, 1945 she married Warrington Wick at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Dubuque.

Dorothy taught home economics to junior high students at Washington Junior High for over 39 years. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, golfing, playing cards and being with her family.

Surviving are her three children, Kim (Michael) Fischer of San Antonio, Texas and their children, Joshua (Maggie) and Sarah; David Wick of Edina, Minnesota, and his son, Daniel; and Robert (Brenda) Wick of Stillwater, Minnesota, and their children, Elizabeth (Mark) Kauppi and Jordan; one great-grandchild on the way; and her close cousin, Arline Dieterich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warrington; and her brother, Roger.

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Wartburg Seminary or a charity of your choice.

Special thank you to the staff of Home Instead, Ed and JoAnn Herting and her close dinner friends.

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



Karel J. Reinert


Karel J. (Harry) Reinert, 73 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 5:15 a.m. Friday, September 9th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with burial service to follow at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Karel was born January 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Harriet (Gerndt) Harry.  Mrs. Reinert was a Registered Nurse, a devoted wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend to all she had come in contact with in her lifetime. Karel graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in1961. Then went on to The Finley School of Nursing to obtain her nursing degree. She cared for patients at Xavier Hospital of Dubuque, and when it was closed in 1981, joined staff at Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque Ia. She then became an outpatient visiting nurse for Mercy Home Care where she retired.

Karel also possessed many crafty skills like quilting, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. The one area that got her the most recognition was her cooking/baking touch. She would make cakes and frost to whatever fad and whim a person would think up. This earned her the nickname "The Cake Lady" and anyone who had the pleasure of receiving one of these cakes would only agree she was "The Cake Lady". All Karels talents aside, the one to matter most was that she cared. That means that whatever the reason you were touched by her you knew it mattered no matter how big or small the issue was. She had many attributes that make her a truly special and one of a kind lady. She will be missed but not forgotten.  

Karel married Mr. Joseph G. Reinert on July26, 1969. He died on January 20 1995.

Surviving Karel are her three children, Michael J. Reinert, David G. Reinert, and Karrianne J. Reinert. Followed by two very loved grandchildren, Andrew R. Reinert and Adam J. Reinert, born to Michael and Deanne (Behnke)
Reinert. Karel is survived by five brothers, Ted (Lynda) Harry, Gary Harry, Lloyd (Valerie) Harry, David (Myrna) Harry, and Brian (Kim) Harry. Two sisters Jackeye (Tony) Urbain, and Barbara (Hal) Burns. Along with many truly loved nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were her parents Lloyd and Harriet Harry, Duane Harry (Brother), Mary Kay Harry (Sister), and Malcom Grosshiem (Brother).

A Karel J Reinert memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to say Thank You to those who helped and provided that extra little touch to Karel to make everything easier. A second Thank you goes out to Pat, Nancy, Midge, and Virginia. Again to all Thank You so
Much.



Cynthia M. (Snyder) Ernst


Cynthia M. (Snyder) Ernst, 45, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2016 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Her beloved husband Tim was by her side as she walked to the Lord.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating and Rev. Scott Boone concelebrating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Cynthia was born on February 27, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Jerome and Marie (Puls) Snyder.

She graduated from Wahlert High School, pursued an engineering degree at Iowa State University, and earned her MBA from the University of Dubuque. She started her career at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, then moved back to the tri-state area to work at Honeywell, Eagle Window & Door, and most recently, John Deere. Everyone who knew Cynthia knew of her passion for the work that she did at John Deere. Other than her family, it was her pride and joy.

Cynthia married Tim in 2005 and they made many happy memories together. She enjoyed attending their kids' sporting events and was an active member of St. Joseph Key West Parish.

A devoted wife, mother, and friend, Cynthia enjoyed spending time with the people she loved. From cruises on the river to neighborhood spins on her golf cart, she always had a smile on her face and a friend by her side. Cynthia was a brilliant engineer, a proud Iowa State Cyclone, and an avid "P!nk" fan. She loved a good girls' night out and a successful shopping trip.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Tim; four children, Jared, Bailey, Jacob, and Cailyn; five siblings, Michael (Barbara) Snyder, of Overland Park, KS, Catherine (Christopher) Murphy, of Lake Forest, IL, Gregory (Kimberly) Snyder, of Milton, WI, Mark (Jennifer) Snyder, of Asbury, IA, and Dale (Renee) Snyder, of Peosta, IA. Also surviving are her in-laws, Herbert and Joanne Ernst; three brothers-in-law, Kevin (Connie) Ernst, Fran (Lisa Murphy) Ernst, and Mark (Julie) Ernst; and a sister-in-law, Julie (Joe) Bradley, all of Dubuque; along with many nieces, nephews, and dear girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Marie Snyder, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated healthcare professionals at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the radiology team at the Wendt Regional Cancer Center, and the Key West emergency responders for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, a Cynthia Ernst memorial fund has been established.



Francis William Keck


Francis William "Bill" Keck, 73, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Friends and family may gather from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Kristian Kincaid and Pastor Jesse Cearlock officiating. Military honors will also be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Bill was born on May 9, 1943, in Wahiawa, Oahu of the Hawaiian Islands. He is the son of Harold and Lucille (Opliger) Keck. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Sue Ann Turner, on March 17, 1963, in Amarillo, TX. Together they had three sons, David, Darryl, and Donald.

Following high school graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Monticello. He later settled in Dubuque where he was employed at John Deere and retired after 43 years. During those years, he was an active member of the UAW Local 94 and worked several years on the shop committee.

Bill was also a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge #4 in Potosi, Wisconsin. He served as Master Mason twice during his active tenure.

Those who were close to Bill knew him as a man always willing to help out a friend in need. He was a generous and charitable man with his time and money. He was never afraid to express his opinion - good or bad, right or wrong - you always knew what Bill was thinking.

Cars were a passion throughout his lifetime. As a young man, he loved fast cars. For many years, he raced in local drag races such as those at the Cordova Speedway. His love of cars also taught him a great deal about auto mechanics. This interest blossomed into a lifelong hobby of restoring vintage cars into custom hotrods. Bill and his wife Sue worked on customizing and restoring cars together as a mutual hobby. Their last two hotrod car restorations took home "Great 8" finishes at the prestigious Autorama Car Show in Detroit, MI.

Hunting was also an enjoyable pastime for Bill. He was an impressive marksman and he avidly hunted wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and pheasants.

He is survived by three sons, David & Julie (Joyce) Keck of Dubuque, IA, Darryl Keck of Dubuque, IA, and Donald & Missy (Gray) Keck of Dubuque, IA; his brother, Harold George Keck, Jr. of Goldsboro, NC; his sister, Sandra (Keck) Pilcher of Apex, NC; his father-in-law, Harlyn Turner of Dubuque, IA; and five grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, and Ashlynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann (Turner) Keck; his father and mother, Harold G. Keck and Lucille (Opliger) Keck; and a sister, Maxine Keck.

The family wishes to thank the hospital staff at Finley Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2145 JFK Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001



Alan T. Kurt


Alan T. Kurt, 66, of Cascade, Iowa, died suddenly Saturday, September 10, 2016 p.m. at Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 8 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The services for Alan will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with Flag Presentation by the Cascade American legion Post #528. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born February 13, 1950 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Leo N. and Hilda M. (Manternach) Kurt. He is a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 13, 1987 he was united in marriage to Ronda (Breitbach) Topping at St. Martin's Church in Cascade.

Alan was a CNC Machinist and Programmer at Webber Metals in Cascade for 35 years until his retirement in Aug. 2011.

Alan's family was his greatest treasure. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his family. He had a passion for old cars and loved cruising with his friends. He was well known for his quick wit and sense of humor which he never lost even while battling Parkinson's and Lewy Body. Alan was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed.

He was a member of the National Guard for 6 years, a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Tri-County Cruisers.

He is survived by his wife, Ronda Kurt of Cascade, Iowa; two sons, Aaron (Debra) Kurt of Monticello, IA and Josh Kurt of Cascade, IA; two step-sons, Ryan (Amy) Topping and Tory (Abby) Topping, both of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, Kayla, Ashley, Lauren, Emily, Austin, Lilly, Trenton, Tanner and Adelyn; five sisters, Betty (Alan) Schockemoehl and Carol (Pat) Fenelon, both of Dubuque, IA, Alice (Tom) Fennell of Iowa City, IA, Donna Kurt and Linda (John) Kearney, both of Cedar Rapids, IA; two brothers, William Kurt of Arroyo Grande, CA and Loras (Joan) Kurt of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Travis, on November 22, 1996; two brothers, James Kurt and Patrick Kurt; a sister, Joyce Recker; his father-in-law, Elmer Breitbach; a sister-in-law, Pat Kurt; and a brother-in-law, Jim Recker.

An Alan T. Kurt memorial fund has been established.

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



Thor F. Holmgren


Thor F. Holmgren, 78, of Dubuque and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 9, 2016, at his home in Dubuque.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Thor on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Thor F. Holmgren was born on January 30, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Donald and Ruth (Deuser) Holmgren. He was a graduate of Shawnee Mission High School in Shawnee, Kansas and then the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy in 1967. He married Linda L. Sagers on April 16, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Jill and Jessica.

Thor had worked as a pharmacist for Carson Drug Store and Family Pharmacy in Maquoketa from 1967 until 1983. He then moved to Dubuque where he worked for Taylor Pharmacy which became Mercy Family Pharmacy from 1983 until retiring in 2012.

Thor enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing Euchre.

Those left to honor Thor's memory include his wife Linda Holmgren of Dubuque, IA; daughters Jill (David) Fagan of St. Paul, MN, and Jessica (Brad) Pihlstrom of St. Paul, MN; 3 grandchildren Molly Fagan, Ike Pihlstrom, and Stella Pihlstrom; a sister Karen Johnson of Wichita, KS; and a nephew David Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or the Humane Society of Dubuque.

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

 



Mary Klein


Mary (Gleason) Klein, 89, formerly of Duggan Drive and Oak Park Place, Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016 at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The rosary will be recited prior to Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Mary was born May 4, 1927 in Bellevue, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Powers) Gleason. She was educated at Visitation Academy, and went on to graduate from Mercy School of Nursing in 1948 with a Registered Nursing degree. She married Frederick Klein on October 11, 1974 at Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2010.

She was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity, where she was also a member of the Nativity Rosary Society. Mary was employed as a nurse for the Dubuque Packing Company, and then for the City of Dubuque, retiring after 23 years. She enjoyed reading, shopping, and participating in exercise groups.

Mary is survived by two nephews, David (Diane) Boardman of Dubuque, and their children, Allison Boardman of West Hartford, CT, and Kyle (Hayleigh) Boardman, of Cedar Rapids, and Mark (Deanna) Boardman, of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Bernice (Donald) Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of the Nativity.

Mary wanted to thank the staff at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center, and Dr. Brian Sullivan for all their care.

Online condolences may be left at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Lloyd A. Decker


Lloyd A. Decker, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Balltown, Iowa was surrounded by his family as he went home to heaven on Friday, September 9, 2016, exactly 35 years to the day of his son Donald's death.

Friends and relatives of Lloyd may call from 3 to 8 p.m., on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Lloyd will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2016 201 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Balltown, Iowa.

Lloyd was born January 5, 1938 in Balltown, Iowa, son of Roy and Anna (Pothoff) Decker. He received his education in the St. Francis Catholic School in Balltown. On November 29, 1958 he was united in marriage to Janice Farni at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2004. He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company, and later owned and operated Decker Auto Sales.

He enjoyed playing euchre, drinking beer, working on cars, hunting, fishing, country music and NASCAR, he was a devoted fan of Rusty Wallace. He had a special love for his golden retrievers, Peaches and Goof.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Balltown, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Dennis (Lori) Decker of North Buena Vista, IA, Debra (Bernie) Reiff of Farley, IA and Doris (Larry) Roeth of Dubuque, IA; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Schramm, Jacob (Sara) Reiff, Bobbi Jo (Joe) Duneman, Justin Otto, Michael Roeth, Samuel Roeth and Amanda Roeth; four great grandchildren, Owen and Landyn Schramm, GraceLynn and Auburn Reiff; one sister, Anna Mae (Donald) Brimeyer both of Dubuque, IA; and sisters-in-law, Edith Decker of Dubuque, IA, Mary Decker of Sherrill, IA, Pat Decker of Richardsville, IA, Doris Schueller of Denver, CO, Bill Cox of Dubuque, IA, Betty Lou Bell of East Dubuque, IL, Rita Dunn of Denver, CO, and Frank Donovan of CA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janice Decker, one son, Donald Decker on September 9, 1981, three brothers, Raymond and Alvin Decker and his twin brother Louis Decker; a sister, Delores Decker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold (Theresa) Farni, Jim Farni, Mabel Donovan, Eileen Cox, Dorothy (Ray) Paulus, Ken Schueller, and Louis Bell.

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



Maxine A. Beck


Maxine Adella Beck, 95, of rural Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, September 8, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private family celebration of Maxine's life will be held from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There are no public services planned. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Maxine Adella Kinrade was born on February 23, 1921 to Archie and Ruby (Brown) Kinrade on a farm east of Delmar in the same farmhouse that her father and grandfather were born before her. Because the horse drawn buggy carrying "Old Doc McCord" was delayed, the expectant father made the delivery! When asked if he was nervous, he replied, "Not at all because I have been a midwife for all the farmers in the area for their livestock for years".

Maxine had experienced the death of her mother at the age of 9 months and her paternal grandmother with whom she lived died when she was 4 years old. At the age of 5, she and her father joined another family which consisted of a new mom, Emily Coverdale Denger, and 2 brothers Art and George Denger. They moved to a farm southwest of Delmar and she resided there until her marriage to Warren Beck on November 30, 1940 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She graduated from Delmar High School in 1938.

Maxine was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Delmar area until 1953 when they moved to a farm near Andrew.

Maxine was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Jackson County Farm Bureau. She was very fond of doing yard work, and especially enjoyed listening and dancing to "Big Band Music" with her soul mate and best friend. Love of her family was the biggest joy in her life.

Those left to honor Maxine's memory include her children Jack (Mary) Beck of Maquoketa, IA, and Steve (LuAnn) Beck of Bellevue, IA; a daughter-in-law, Verla Beck of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, Richard (Martha), Melissa, Elly (Clint), Jacob (Helen), Jennifer (Chris) and Matthew (Scott); 9 great-grandchildren; a brother Rev. Alvern (Joan) Kinrade of Newton, IA. She was preceded in death by her father, her two moms, brothers Art and George Denger, her husband Warren on April 11, 1996, a daughter Kathy Jo in 1942 and a son Bill in 2010.

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

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

 



Raymond C. Grant


Raymond C. "Ray" Grant, 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 09, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Ray was born on October 21, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Mike O'Shea and Eva "Babe" Barker.  He was united in marriage to Jenanne Foht on August 6, 1958 at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Ray was a longtime employee of Tschiggfrie Excavating Company, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Operating Engineers' Local # 234 and a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Wesley Men's Group.

Ray loved hunting, fishing, logging in his younger years and morel hunting.

Surviving is his wife Jenanne (Foht) Grant; one daughter, Sharon (Tom) Harris of Cuba City, Wisconsin and one son, Russell (Linda Welp) Grant of Zwingle, Iowa; four grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Michael and Kelsey (Jamie); five great grandchildren, Alexis, Alana, Peyton, Aubrey and Adalee; one brother, Terry (Gail) Grant of West Union, Iowa; his in-laws, Norbert Foht (Shirley Kirkpatrick) of East Dubuque, Connie Nolan of Key West, Iowa and Jerry Foht of Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike O'Shea and Eva "Babe" Grant, his grandfather, Charlie Barker; two sisters, Jean Foht and Joan Ingles; and three brothers, John, Larry and Bob Grant.

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

 



Lisa S. Yarolem


Lisa S. Yarolem, 46, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Lisa on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Lisa Sue Bennett was born on May 8, 1970 to Roger and Carol (Starr) Bennett. She was a 1988 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School, and received her CNA. She then went to Capri College in Davenport. She married Randy Yarolem on July 30, 2011 at Eden Valley.

Lisa was a homemaker and had worked various jobs through the years including working as a receptionist at Super 8 in DeWitt, the Baldwin Gas Station and at the Drafthouse in Welton.

Lisa enjoyed mushroom hunting, road tripping, camping, bonfires, collecting elephants and taking pictures of everything. She adored spending time with Randy and the children and was excited about her first grandchild coming in November.

Those left to honor Lisa's memory include her husband, Randy Yarolem of Lost Nation, IA; children Christina Anderson of Davenport, IA, Amanda Anderson of Long Grove, IA and Marcus Anderson of Long Grove, IA; a step-son, Matt (Chelbie) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA; a foster daughter, Melissa Wiley of Davenport, IA; her father, Roger Bennett of Grinnell, IA; her mother and step-father, Carol and Mike Evans of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Brent Bennett of Davenport, IA, and Brian Bennett of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Angela Evans of Maquoketa, IA; a step-brother, Larry Knowles of IA; a step-sister, Bonnie Shelton of IA; and foster siblings Amy Wenndt of Lisbon, IA, and Tim Evans of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, her step-mom, Julie Bennett, and a son, Travis George Anderson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy a Lisa S. Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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



Gary L. Feldermann


Gary L. Feldermann, 70, of Galena, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Galena.

A celebration of Gary's life will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Galena Chapel, where a Memorial Service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Gary was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 8, 1946, the son of LeRoy and Bernice (Heim) Feldermann. He was a graduate of Galena High School, the class of 1964. He was united in marriage to Beverly Winter on June 8, 1973 in Galena.

Gary was employed at Kelly Springfield Tire Company in Freeport, retiring in 2001. He was a member of United Steel Workers Local #745 of Freeport and Ducks Unlimited.

He loved hunting, fishing,and restoring old cars.

Surviving are his wife Bev; two sons, Mike Feldermann of Galena, and Luke Feldermann (fiancé Shannon Bartell) of Lisbon, Iowa; and three granddaughters, Kali, Leia and Payton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Bernice; and one sister, Nancy Feldermann.

Bev and family wish to thank Dr. Michael Wells, the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and the special people who assisted our family, especially Alice Trebian, Mary Ann Smith, Allison and Raphine for the wonderful care provided to Gary.

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



Nancy Ann Forler


Nancy Ann Forler, 48, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Dubuque, passed away on August 13, 2016 from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident that occurred while she was walking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Nancy was born on April 16, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and attended Dubuque Senior High School and later Hempstead High School where she graduated in 1986. Nancy received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Dowling College, Long Island, New York and Phoenix University, Phoenix, Arizona respectively. She was pursuing her PhD in Education while also working as a Special Education and English teacher at Maryvale High School in Phoenix at the time of her death. She also previously taught in Long Island and Brooklyn, New York.

Nancy was a devout Christian, wonderful daughter, sister and friend to many people. She was a strong, independent woman who lived life on her own terms. Nancy very much loved children and her life's pursuit was spent caring for and educating children. She was brilliant intellectually and an avid reader and lifelong learner. Nancy enjoyed fitness activities, in particular 5k races that supported the Humane Society and efforts against breast cancer.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Patricia and Paul Kramer of Dubuque; sister Carleen Forler of Stuttgart, Germany; three brothers, Dan and wife Dawyna of Davenport, IA, Shawn and wife Carole of Canton, GA, and Glen Kramer of Waverly, IA; one nephew, Jacob Forler of Davenport, IA and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents William and Marion Wallace and Walter and Celeste Kramer.

Memorial gifts in Nancy's memory will be given to the special education program at Maryvale High School in Phoenix.



Thomas F. DeMoss


Thomas "Tom" F. DeMoss, Sr., 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 5 at home surrounded by his family after battling pancreatic cancer.

A public viewing and honoring of Tom's life will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Hoffman-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque.

Tom was born August 5th, 1955. He was known and loved by many in Dubuque, and surrounding communities, as a local businessman, friend, mentor and teacher. On a Sunday morning he could always be found with his clipboard in hand and warm smile to greet the friends and patrons at Village Inn.

After hours, he enjoyed time with his family, often taking the lead on family meals, as he was truly a "Master Chef" in every sense.

He also was also a master prankster, as many have experienced first hand by his light-hearted shenanigans. Tom had a great respect for nature and loved all things outdoors: fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, grilling, and many heart to heart conversations on the back patio in which his valued advice and vast knowledge of all aspects of life were revealed.

Tom was especially grateful for the time spent with his wife of 32 years, Kim, during which they would travel, laugh, and embark on various adventures.

Those who continue to honor Tom's legacy include the love of his life, Kim DeMoss, his children, Stacie DeMoss, Thomas (Krista) DeMoss Jr., Brad (Melissa Helmond) Bahnsen, Mindie (Edward) Adamos and Derick (Kristin) DeMoss; grandchildren Heath, Makayla, Macy, Gabriella, Abigail, Maranda, Mason, Ace and Lucy; mother Donna DeMoss; brothers Donald (Sylvia) DeMoss, Doug (Pam) DeMoss, Steve (Susie) DeMoss; sister Brenda (Tim) Groves; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph DeMoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established at Dupaco Community Credit Union for Thomas F. DeMoss.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Tony Heier ARNP and staff at Grand River Medical Group as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Zachary J. Sieverding


Zachary J. Sieverding, 28, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson as celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 8th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Zachary was born in 1987 in Dubuque, son of Gary and Dianne (Gerdemann) Sieverding. He was employed at Goodwill Industries.

Zachary brought much joy to many people. He was a friend to many people. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. His niece "San" was a joy to him. He always said "I love you" when someone would leave. He enjoyed wrestling, loved to dress up in costumes, was a Packer Fan and enjoyed the Blues Brothers, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Jimmy Buffett.

He is survived by his mother, Dianne; six siblings, Susan Sieverding, Kimberly (Troy) Steines, Jodi Sieverding, John (Tracy) Sieverding, Heidi (Adam) Sieverding, and Ashley Sieverding; his nieces and nephews, Christopher, Matthew, Alexander, Benjamin, Andrew, Blake, Kyle, Carter, Caleigh, and Thomas; two great-nephews, Shay and Sylas, and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a niece, Savannah "Sunny" Steines; his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Thelma Sieverding; his maternal grandparents, John "Jack" and Mary Gerdemann, and two uncles.

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



William C. Risser


William C. "Bill" Risser, 75, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 10, 2016, from the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, September 9, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

William Claypoole Risser was born on March 24, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dr. Clay K. and Ruth E. (Estey) Risser. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended and graduated from mortuary school in Milwaukee. He married Marilou Reichling on September 7, 1963 in Maquoketa. To this union two children were born: Alison and Cameron.

Upon completion of mortuary college, "Bill" worked for Hawe Funeral Home in Vinton, Iowa for a couple of years. He then returned home to Maquoketa where he worked for several years as a funeral director with the Carson family at Carson Funeral Home. He then purchased Bob's Floral Shop in Maquoketa which he later sold and it became what is known today as Brenda's Flowers. Lastly, "Bill" worked as kitchen designer for many years with Flick's Home Center in the Quad Cities until retirement.

"Bill" was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, the Saddlebred Horse Association where he had served as past president, and the Palomino Horse Association. He enjoyed horses, especially Parade Horses and American Saddlebred Horses. He loved his family and attending his grandchildren's school and sports activities, antiques and was a food connoisseur.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Marilou Risser of West Des Moines, IA; children Alison Risser Daurelle of West Des Moines, IA, and Cameron (Susan) Risser of West Des Moines, IA; 2 granddaughters, Shannon Daurelle and Haleigh Daurelle of West Des Moines, IA; and sisters-in-law Jeanne Risser of Overland Park, KS, and Mona Reichling of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert "Bob" Risser and a brother-in-law Charles "Chuck" Reichling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William C. "Bill" Risser memorial fund has been established.

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



Beatrice M. Nelson

Beatrice M. "Bea" Nelson, 97, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, September 3, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Beatrice's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, September 9, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Beatrice Margaret Wittrock was born on November 9, 1918 in Pipestone County, Minnesota to Otto and Ernestine (Agger) Wittrock. She lived most of her life in Iowa as a homemaker, and as manager of Parker's Shoe Department in Davenport. She also was a fine seamstress, both privately and at Ramey's Fashions in Davenport. She had lived on a farm in rural Maquoketa for the past twenty years prior to moving to Clover Ridge Place.

Bea enjoyed flowers, gardening, animals (horses, dogs and cats), reading and especially dancing.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Diane Wuestenberg of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Linda Barenthin of FL; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Stephen and Richard, 2 brothers, 1 sister and a son-in-law, Terry Wuestenberg.

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



Mary C. Sheehan


Mrs. Thomas E. (Mary C. Zimmer) Sheehan, 89, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday evening, September 4, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Friends and family may also call from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church.

Mary was born on December 18, 1926 in Bellevue, Iowa, the daughter of George and Susan (Till) Zimmer. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, the class of 1945. Mary was united in marriage to Thomas E. Sheehan on February 19, 1949 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked together with her husband Tom at Sheehan Shell Station and Sheehan Insurance, both in East Dubuque. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

She loved bowling, golfing, cooking, their winter trips to Texas and traveling in general. Mary enjoyed time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. Mary was very devoted to her faith.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas E. Sheehan; four children, Daniel E. (Donna) Sheehan, David G. Sheehan, Debra A. Heitkamp and Denise M. Sheehan, all of East Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, Tom (Lynn) Sheehan, Tina (Scott) Diercks, Terri (Steve) Ludwig, Tony (Stacy) Sheehan, Tonia (Jamie) Sieverding, Tim Sheehan, Tracy (Adam) Lange and Troy Sheehan, Dr. James (Carolyn) Sheehan, Kelly (Nick) Stubbe, Rob (Amy) Sheehan, Keri (Brian) Gockel, Chelsea (Spencer) Kirschbaum and Elise Sheehan and grandson-in-law, Greg Weiland; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Clara Zimmer of Dubuque, Iowa and Sister Miriam T. Sheehan, OSF, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five children in infancy; three grandchildren, Todd, Tiffany and Infant Sheehan; and great-grandchildren Joseph Sheehan, Babies Gockel, Baby Sheehan, Baby Sieverding and Baby Stubbe; siblings Adella (Mike) Remakel, Isidore (Louise) Zimmer, Vincent Zimmer, Sylvester "Dolly" Zimmer, Florence (Carl) Flogel and Mary Margaret Zimmer; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oswald and Elizabeth Sheehan; her in-laws, Mary (Vern) Hutchcroft, Cletus (Eugenia) Sheehan, Clifford (Marie) Sheehan and James (Delphine) Sheehan.

Tom and family wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially the ER Dept., ICU, 3-West, and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their Wife and Mother.

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



Richard Link


Richard "Dick" Link, 82, formerly of 3074 Kaufmann Ave, Dubuque, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on December 20, 1933 in Dubuque, son of Joseph P. and Marie (Richard) Link. He attended St. Columbkille's Parochial School from elementary through high school, where he excelled at basketball and had the pleasure of being on the team that won the district championship.

On May 11, 1963, Dick married Mary Catherine Stejskal in Cresco, Iowa. They were blessed with four children. She preceded him in death in 2009 after 46 years of marriage.

Dick worked for the US Postal Service for over 32 years. After retirement, he worked part time delivering prescriptions. Dick was a devout Catholic and active member of Resurrection Parish. He was a member of Lacoma Golf Club in East Dubuque and was very proud of his four life-time "hole in one" shots. He was an avid fan of the Packers and Cubs, and a serious Euchre player. Dick especially enjoyed children, and was proud of his children and each of his ten grandchildren. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family and friends, his smile, and quirky sense of humor.

Dick is survived by his son, Steve (Jean) Link of Dubuque; three daughters, Dianne (Paul) Willging of Albany, IL, Karen (Scott) Gray of Arizona, and Martha (Patrick) King of Waukee, IA; four siblings, Lois (John) Drexler, Phillip (Barbara) Link, Joe (Connie) Link, and Ginny (Dick) Meyers; sister in law, Mary Link; grandchildren, Ashley and Casey Link; Jeff, Jake and Abby Willging; Adam and Ryan Gray; and Will, Alex, and Colin King; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother Jack Link; nephew, Greg Link; and great nephew, Derrick Drexler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Alzheimer's Association.

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



Marie F. Junk

Marie F. Junk, 80, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport. Per Marie's wishes, private family committal services will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born March 12, 1936 in Bettendorf, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Nellie (Dubovsky) Fotakis.

She is survived by three children, Cherokee (Bill Christian) Laws of Portland, OR, Gary L. Andrews of Salt Lake City, UT and Teri (Kevin) Paulsen of DeWitt; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two spouses, Gene Andrews and Veryl Junk; and a brother, Adam Fotakis.

For Further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Wayne E. Reicher


Wayne E. Reicher, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:00 a.m., on Sunday, September 4, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Wayne's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 9, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Wayne's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. and a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Wayne was born in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Edward B. and Millie J. (Willenborg) Reicher.

Wayne moved to Dubuque at a young age and developed his fundamental foundations of faith, family and fun. He went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Naval Reserve and the National Guard. After his discharge from the Army, Wayne moved back to Dubuque and met the love of his life, Rita Gulyash. They were united in marriage on November 22, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 57 wonderful years together and five sons. Wayne proudly invested 30 years of his working career with Dubuque John Deere Works until his retirement in 1988. Wayne was a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. He was also a member of the U.A.W. Retirees, the V.F.W. and also a charter member of both the #327 Experimental Aircraft Association and the Snomad Ski Club. Flying was definitely a passion in Wayne's life, as he would devote years of his time and talents to flight instruction and competition aerobatics with an International Aerobatic Championship in 1979. Wayne was also an avid skier who found great joy in instruction, ski patrol and downhill racing. And finally, if Wayne wasn't flying or skiing, he could surely be found sitting in his boat with his favorite fishing pole in hand. Wayne has lived a full and abundant life and the memories, and legacy he leaves behind will surely impact the world for years to come. We find peace in knowing that, even though he's gone home ahead of us, we trust that he'll be waiting there with open and comforting arms when we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Wayne's memory include

his loving wife of 57 years,
Rita Reicher, Dubuque, IA;

five sons,
Randall (Pamela) Reicher, Mineral, VA,
Barry (Diana) Reicher, Nixa, MO,
Dennis (Jennifer) Reicher, Littleton, CO,
Edward C. (Deborah) Reicher, Mantorville, MN
and Timothy (Sheryl) Reicher, Highlands Ranch, CO;

twelve grandchildren,
Heather (Devin) Jensen, Josh Reicher, Cecelia Reicher, Victoria Reicher, Jake Brown, Lindsey (Hayden) Griggs, Kathleen Reicher, Rachel Reicher, Madeline Reicher, Molly Reicher, Christopher Reicher and Lilly Reicher;

a great-granddaughter,
Avery Jensen;

and a sister,
Carole Martin, Dubuque, IA.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Norma (Bob) VonAh and Darlene (Norman "Lefty") Stierman; and a brother-in-law, Jim Martin.

Wayne's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Wayne and the entire family.

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

 



Nicholas L. Schmitz


Nicholas L. "Nick" Schmitz, age 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:49 a.m., on Saturday, September 3, 2016. To celebrate Nick's life, family and friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Nick was born on August 15, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leroy "Ben" and Rosemary (Basten) Schmitz.

Nick honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nick would next return back to the states and begin his working career among various businesses in Wisconsin, Montana, Florida and Virginia. His faithful work with the spinal cord patients at the V.A. Hospital in Richmond would eventually earn him multiple recognitions for his generosity. He would finally return to Dubuque to be closer to family in April of 2014. Nick was a good and decent man who could easily be discovered cheering on his Packers on game day, diligently shuffling the deck at his monthly poker games, or even enjoying a little venture down to the casino to try his luck out that day. Nick proudly possessed a plethora of useless information, which he was always willing to share with anyone who would have enough curiosity, and the patience to have a seat and listen. Nick has been taken from us quite suddenly, and the loss of one more good story telling session will surely be felt.

Those left to cherish Nick's memory include

his six siblings,

Steve (Lynn) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Schmitz, Milltown, MT,
Libby (Wayne) Sides, Cuba City, WI,
Joe Schmitz, Falls Church, VA,
Mike (Deb) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA
and Rob Schmitz, Kuwait;

he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sandy Schmitz; two brothers, Ben and Rick Schmitz; a nephew, Joshua Schmitz; and a sister-in-law, Linda Schmitz.

In lieu of flowers, a Nicholas L. "Nick" Schmitz memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Anita K. Gilles


Anita K. (Herting) Gilles, 88, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 6th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Anita was born March 25, 1928 in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Michael and Leona (Roling) Herting. She married John D. Gilles November 28, 1946, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2006.

Anita was a devoted wife and mother and was employed at the Visitation Convent. She was a member of Nativity parish, was involved in the Rosary Society, the Women's Guild, and served as a Sacristan. She was also a member of the A.C.C.W. and Catholic Daughters of America.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Donald J. Gilles, of East Dubuque, IL, John M. (Dawn) Gilles, of Sioux City, IA, Scott A. (Carla) Gilles, of Guttenberg, IA, Peggy A. (John) Tucker, of Strawberry Point, IA, Gail M. (Troy) Johnson, of Maquoketa, IA, Joanne M. Gilles, of Shawnee, OK, Mary K. Flatt, of Cambridge, WI, Christy L. Luster, of Dubuque, and Sara Jo Gilles, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; her siblings, Emil H. (Darlene) Herting, of Dubuque, Nancy L. Steffen, of Dubuque, Loras M. (Claire) Herting, of Maquoketa, Mary J. Duschen, of Dubuque, Judith M. Herting, of Dubuque, and Linda L. (David) Mizaur, of Fyre Lake, IL; a sister-in-law, Carol Herting, of The Villages, FL; a brother-in-law, Jack Neyens, of Marion; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, William "Billy" Gilles; a daughter, June Gilles; a grandson, Nicholas Klauer; a son-in-law, Randy Flatt; sisters, Janet Neyens and Luetta Herting; sisters and brothers-in-law, Norma L. (Walter) Krug and Helen E. (Jim) Love; brothers, Vern W., Earl and James Herting; and brothers and sister-in-law, Henry N. (Carol) Gilles; Buzz Duschen and Ken. E. Steffen.

A special thank you to Dr. Honorio Caceres and Dr. Mark Janes for their care.

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

 



John A. Schueller


John A. Schueller, Sr, 83, of rural Menominee, Illinois passed away Friday morning, September 2, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 5, 2016 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

John was born on February 11, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Robert J. and Helen M. (Kunlow) Schueller.  He was united in marriage to Betty Blume on February 11, 1961 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed as a truck driver first for Walt Burds Trucking at Peosta, Iowa and later for Briggs Transportation.  John also farmed in Menominee Township. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and was a former member of General Drivers' Local # 421.

John loved gardening, a good game of euchre, tractor pulling, cutting wood and riding the four-wheeler.

Surviving is his wife Betty; nine children, Mary Lou (Dan) Fitzgibbons, Connie (Bob) Wemett) Schueller both of East Dubuque, John Schueller, Jr of Dyersville, Iowa, Mark (Debbie) Schueller of East Dubuque, Joyce (Mark Sarazin) Schueller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, Daryl (fiancé Lois Green) Schueller of East Dubuque,  Diane (Chris) Kennedy of North Dakota, Bob (Missy) Schueller of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Richard (Cindy) Schueller of Galena, Illinois; 14-Grandchildren, Alex, Stuart, Carson, Carter, Kaylee, Nate, Dakota, Hunter, Megan, Ricky Jr, Tim, Hanna, Lainey and Aidan; one great-grandchild Landon; his siblings, Jim Schueller of Durango, Iowa, Marian (Francis) Koetz of Centralia, Iowa, Darlene (Francis) McDonald of Asbury, Iowa and Ruth Leibold of Peosta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Wayne "Bud" Schueller and one sister Virginia Banwarth.

Betty and family wish to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, the staff and nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and a special thank you to his granddaughter Alex Burrows who sat with her grandpa to the end and did not leave his side to take care of him and guide him to the other side.

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

 

 



Maryalice Williams


Maryalice "Mercy" Williams, 89, of Dubuque died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center after a long battle with cancer. A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 8, at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Mercy was born December 12, 1926 in Chicago, daughter of Robert and Mary (Norman) Walsh.

Mercy loved the variety of her life. She always treasured her family, and worked as an executive secretary for 37 years. She sang all of her life, and when she was 18, she auditioned and won the chance to by an understudy for the Lyric Opera. She studied voice privately for five years and at Yankton Conservatory for four more years; performing opera roles and singing for over 100 weddings and funerals.

When cancer struck, she lost her singing voice and decided to become a church Lector. She was a Stephen Minister for five years, and then a befriender at Resurrection Church, and she loved every minute. Before she died, she told her family that her life has been full, challenging, and most satisfying thanks to all the people she has met and served.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Terry) Leahy; sons, Robert (Wendy), Paul, Jr. (Suzanne), and Aaron (Connie) Williams; her grandchildren, Bridget and Kevin Leahy; Isaac and Elyse Wheaton-Williams; Danielle, Jamie, and Blake Williams; and Justin and Josh Berres; and one great grandchild, Hailey Berres.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Williams; and a brother, Robert Walsh.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Resurrection Church.
For more information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, and the Church of the Resurrection for all their care.



Margaret L. White


Margaret (Peggy) Louise White, of Worthington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Peggy was born on May 8, 1941, in Ryan, to her parents, Stella (Lyness) and Louis McEnany.  She started school in Lamont and graduated from Winthrop High School. Peggy graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing at Mount Mercy College with a BS in Nursing in 1962.  Peggy worked as a nurse at various Eastern Iowa facilities throughout her career.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Ken) Schuyler of Germantown, WI, her son-in-law, Bill Rolfes of Petersburg, IA, her grandchildren, Nicki White (fiancé Nick Klein) of Waterloo, IA, Dani and Sydney Schuyler of Germantown, WI, and Adam Rolfes of Petersburg, IA, a brother, Jim (Audra) McEnany of Marion, IA, a brother-in-law, Mel (Becky) Gerard, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim Rolfes, her parents, Stella & Louis McEnany, a sister, Linda Gerard, a brother, Terry McEnany, and a nephew, Jeremy Gerard.

Peggy's wish was to have a small, graveside service in lieu of a formal wake and funeral.  The services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

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

 

 

 



Catherine A. Van Etten


Catherine A. "Anne" Van Etten, fondly known as "Mrs. V.", passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services at the age of 86.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Chuck Layton officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Anne was born on August 22, 1930 in Blandinsville, Illinois, the daughter of Leo and Catherine "Pat" (Pittenger) McKone. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Home Economics and began her life of educating others in Havana, Illinois. It was there that she met her "love", Arnold J. Van Etten. Together they taught, went back to school, and found their forever home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mrs. "V" taught in the Dubuque Community School System for over 30 years, educating students in sewing, cooking and life in general. She was an enthusiastic, creative and dedicated teacher, who made each student her focus.
Anne supported, enjoyed and participated in a wide variety of groups through the years. She shared her leadership and service talent with PEO, Bridge Club, Hempstead Booster Club, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, VNA Jr. Board and the retired "Jones" teacher gang.

Anne will continue to touch the lives and be celebrated by her family which includes her "love", Arnold J. Van Etten of Dubuque; Julia A. Van Etten, Hudson, WI, Gregory D. Van Etten, Lenexa, KS, and Jennifer K. (Dennis) Hammel of Fairfield, IA; grandchildren, Vanessa (Chris) Patton, Reason and Madison Davis, Griffin, Riley and Olivia Hammel; Anne was awaiting her first great- grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Grace Bowers.

Anne's family wishes to deeply thank all of the caretakers at ManorCare, who are like second family, for their perseverance, humor, encouragement, gentle hands, and love that has been shared with Annie and her family.

In lieu of flowers an Anne Van Etten memorial fund has been established to be distributed to her favorite charities.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is assisting the family.



Edward Kenneth Kupferschmidt


Edward Kenneth Kupferschmidt, 69, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Edward was born on September 24, 1946 in Dubuque, the son of Edward L. and Leona (Cullen) Kupferschmidt. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964. Edward served his country from 1965-1967 in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

On April 26, 1975 he married Lynn Wirzbach at Immanuel Congregation UCC. Edward was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years until his retirement in 2008.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94, Tri State Vietnam Veterans Association and a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed playing his lucky numbers for his lottery tickets, hoping for the big winner, cheering on the Cubs, car racing and football.

Surviving are his wife, Lynn; brother Gary (Mary) Kupferschmidt; brother-in-law Prosper Hammerand; nieces Katie, Megan, Connie, Cindy, Julie, and Diane; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Karen Hammerand; and father- and mother-in-law, Karl and LaVonne Wirzbach.

An Edward Kupferschmidt memorial fund has been established.

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



Jean E. Runde


Jean E. Runde, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 1st, 2016 at home.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6th, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 5th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jean was born on June 12, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Richard and Florentine (Reding) Davis. She married William "Bill" Runde in 1953 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2010.

Jean was an active member of Sacred Heart and most recently Resurrection Parishes. She worked as an associate in the Dubuque Community School District for years in numerous positions and just loved working with the kids. The last several years she volunteered at Marshall School and again, just loved working with the kids. She was like a grandmother to each one of them.

Jean was an avid sports fan, always cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball and the Green Bay Packers in football. She enjoyed all the different playoffs and would always be involved in some kind of playoff pool! She just really enjoyed sports overall. She really enjoyed all of her outings with her former classmates and great friends.
She was a great family person and loved getting together with family and friends. Especially the grandkids and great grandkids! She was not only a great Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, she was a best friend to all of us.

Surviving are her six children, Ken Runde, daughter-in-law Cindy Runde and Mike (Tina) Runde, all of Dubuque, Dick (Sandy) Runde of Sherrill, Iowa, Nancy (Todd) Robertson and Bill (Mary) Runde, both of Dubuque, and Dan "Buck" (Shawn) Runde of Sherrill, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Jane Davis of Dubuque of Dubuque.

She preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; her five brothers and sister, Richard (Alice) Davis, Evelyn (Ted) Martin, Ken (Barb) Davis, Joe Davis, Jim (Joanne) Davis and Father Charles Davis.

In lieu of flowers, a Jean E. Runde Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Emergency Services team for their care, kindness and compassion to Jean and her family.



Joe "Jude" Sweeney


Joe "Jude" Sweeney, 81 of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Friday, September 02, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7th at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jude was born on April 4th, 1935 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Joseph and Irene (O'Brien) Sweeney. He married Lois Manders on January 28, 1956 at St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen. She was the love of his life and they spent over 60 wonderful years together.

Jude was a heavy equipment operator for 58 years and was a member of the Operating Engineer's Local 234. He was part of two card clubs and was a parish member at the Church of the Resurrection.

He enjoyed helping others and was known by many as "Poppy Joe". He lived to work and loved spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed for all his kindness, generosity, volunteer work and his mischievous sense of humor. Joe was a proud Irishman and loved by all.

He is survived by his wife Lois; children, Tammie (Bryan) Aivazian, of Casper, Wyoming, Sandy (Wes) Siebe, of Peosta, Tara (Steve) Sisbach, of Peosta, Jill (fiancé Joe Ungs) Sweeney-Keil, of Dubuque and Julie (Lyle) Daughetee, of Robins, Iowa. Grandchildren, Tristan (Sam) Waters, Grant (Kathrine) Aivazian, Reed (Meggie) Aivazian, Hannah (Brig) Moore, Alyssa (Alex) Wiezorek, Mackenzie Keil, Logan Daughetee, Kennedy Jo Keil, and Aaron Daughetee. 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Sr. Marian Sweeney, PBVM of Dubuque and Lu Roth of Sun City, AZ and a brother Ray (Chris) Sweeney, of Ronoke,VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law; Louis and Bendina Manders and a grandson Chad Sisbach.

"The Road to Heaven will be Clear".



Jane A. (Gabriel) Hallahan


Jane A. (Gabriel) Hallahan, 92, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, August 29 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30 am Tuesday, September 6 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tuesday, September 6 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jane was born September 7, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of Theadore and Ethel (McCraney) Gabriel. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. Jane married Joseph Gilbert Hallahan on April 18, 1942; he passed on March 29, 1993.

She worked for Denny's Lux Club for many years, volunteered at the Arboretum, Holy Ghost School and was a mentor at the school. Jane worked the Bingo at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, volunteered for Albrect Acres and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Joseph "Joe" (Jean) Hallahan; grandchildren Ann Hallahan and Robert (Karen) Hallahan; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and 9 siblings, Sid, Jack, Barney, Wayne, Helen, Virginia, Joyce, Willard, and Ted.

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

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



Irene M. (Cain) McMahon


Irene M. (Cain) McMahon, 89 of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at home.

Funeral Mass will be 9:00 am Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday, September, 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 6:00 pm Scripture Service; additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Irene was born June 19, 1927 in Balltown, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Stoffel) Loch. She married Allan Cain in 1946. She married Michael McMahon in 1970.

Irene was a waitress in the restaurant industry. She was employed at Rosheks Packet Room, The Bridge Restaurant, and then at Tots Tap.

Surviving are a son, James Cain, of Cape Canaveral, Florida, two daughters, Judith (Curtis) Gaherty and Kathleen (Patrick) Murphy, both of Dubuque; grandchildren Dawn Vevera, Ryan and Keefe Gaherty, Gina Bell, Tara Robinson, Allan Cain, Mitchell and Nathan Gaherty, Kayle and Ryland Murphy; great-grandchildren MaKenzie, Morgan, Gage, Dylan, Katelyn and Jaxon Gaherty and T.J., Brandon and Katie Bell, and Grace Vevera; step-children Sharon Keena, of Rockford, IL, Mike (Mary) McMahon, of Arizona, and Patrick McMahon, of New Mexico; a sister, Lucille Helbing, of Platteville, WI; and sisters-in-law Jeaninne Cain of Muscatine, IA, Mary Jane Cain, Sally Cain and Rita Loch of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a grandson, Gavin Murphy; a brother, Mathias Loch; a sister, Marie (Harold) Parker; brothers-in-law Robert Cain, John Cain, LeRoy Cain, Donald Cain and Burt Helbing; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Marie and Gus Meloy, Margaret and Dale Chambers, Wilma and Melvin Hingtgen, Agnes and Joseph Huseman.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, Emily, and Jennifer for your care. The family would also like to thank Lori and her friends at Alverno for your caring support during this time.

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



Adella V. Lahr


Adella V. Lahr, 93, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg, died Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville surrounded by her children and her devoted husband of 64 years, Clarence.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Adella was born October 14, 1922, in Petersburg, Iowa the ninth child of Louis and Anna (Meyer) Willenbring.  Adella was raised and went to school in Petersburg.  She married Clarence Lahr on Sept. 25, 1951, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for a time in the Worthington area until making their home in Petersburg.  In 2006, they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.  Adella was an avid crocheter, and loved to play cards, dominos and jig saw puzzles.  She was a wonderful cook and made the best chicken, roast and apple pie.  She was a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence, 3 children: Elaine (Lester) Stoffel of Morton, IL, Loras (fiancé Kate Jones) Lahr of Dyersville and Barb (John) Ronnau of Stilwell, KS; 9 grandchildren: Tammy (Adam) Gurewitz, Becky (Troy) McKnight, Tim Stoffel, Jesse (Sam) Lahr, Justin (Rosanne) Lahr, Travis (Sidney) Lahr, Aaron Lahr, James (special friend Adrian House) Ronnau and Shannon (fiancé Dustin Smiers) Lahr; 9 great grandchildren and one expected in January; in-laws: Mary Jane Felton of Cascade and Alvin "Bud" Lahr of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: John (Hilda) Willenbring, Albert (Stacy) Willenbring and Lawrence "Sonny" (Verna) Willenbring; 5 sisters: Frances and Leona Willenbring, Rose (Anton) Mormann, Irene (Frank) Sassen and Tillie (Lawrence) Rolfes;  Parents-in-law: Nicholas J. and Mary Lahr; brothers and sisters-in-law: John Lahr, Joe (Isabelle) Lahr, Al (Germaine) Lahr, Nick (Mary Jane) Lahr, Veronica (Henry) Russ, Margaret (John Russ and Tom) Oehler, Loretta Lahr, Rose (Wally) Nehl, Joe Felton and Theresa (Jerry) Goedken.

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

 

 

 



Gerald T. Swift


Gerald Thomas "Jerry" Swift, 92, of Bell Tower Assisted Living, East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home at 1:58 p.m., on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer's. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jerry was born on May 1, 1924, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, son of Claude H. and Elizabeth M. (Hora) Swift. On May 5, 1924, he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church at St. Patrick Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1935, the family moved to Marshalltown, Iowa, where his parents eventually opened a barber and beauty shop.

Jerry was an avid trumpet player; he played 1st chair trumpet in his high school band, was a bugler in the Boy Scouts and appointed the official battalion bugler in the U.S. Army. While in junior high and high school, he was offered to join one of the leading orchestras of the 1940's; however he turned that down as he was convinced that the United States would be at war soon and he was hesitant to make a commitment to the orchestra knowing the potential of war.

He volunteered for the draft and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division and joined the 114 Regimental Combat team as a part of the Battery C, 217th Field Artillery Battalion. His specific assignment was in the communication section. After two years of dedicated service in France, Germany and Austria, Jerry was finally honorably discharged from his nations call with three Bronze Stars to his name.

After the war, Jerry was united in marriage to Norma Jean Bryant of Clemons, Iowa, on May 1, 1948, at St. Mary's Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. Shortly after, he attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1960, he was employed by Caradco, where he held many leadership positions. After the door plant closed and relocated, he was employed by the City of Dubuque as a Housing Inspector until his eventual retirement in July of 1989.

Jerry was not only a Scout Master for Table Mound Troop 69, but he was also a charter member of that troop. He taught religious education for many years at St. Raphael Cathedral of Dubuque where he was also an usher. In September of 2013, he was fortunate to be able to go on the Honor Flight departing out of Dubuque, Iowa.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years,
Norma "Peggy" Swift, East Dubuque, IL;

his eight children,
John (Janine) Swift, Davenport, IA,
Thomas (Carol Copeland) Swift, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick (Sandra) Swift, Leavenworth, KS,
Charles (Debra) Swift, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Jay) Powers, Menominee, IL,
Angela (Steven) Kramer, Rio Rancho, NM,
Sara (Dennis) Morrison, Farley, IA
and David (Pam Jentz) Swift, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Kim Swift, Sierra Vista, AZ;

fourteen grandchildren,
Charles Swift, Thomas Swift, Steve (Susan) Swift, Jamison (Fiancé Stephanie Townsend) Swift, Michelle (Fiancé Rafael "Ralph" Ramirez) Swift, Melissa (Jon) Lyon, Emily Powers, Jacob Powers, Christopher Kramer, Jessica Kramer, Janelle Morrison, Maria Morrison, Nolan Morrison and Andrew Swift;

eight great-grandchildren;

many step grandchildren;

 

and two nieces,
C. Jeanne Peters and Catherine Callies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Swift; a sister, Evelyn Pike; and a brother, Rev. Robert Swift.

Jerry's family would like to thank the nurses, CNA's and administration at Bell Tower Assisted Living, not only for the loving care they provided during his two year stay, but also for accommodating the family in the most gracious ways during the final weeks and hours of his life. The family would also like to thank the many nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and finally the entire staff at Dubuque County Veteran's Affairs for all of their help, compassion and care.

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

 



Joseph J. Walbrun


Joseph J. "Joe" Walbrun, 68, from Bernard, IA peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by his wife and family on August 30th, 2016 at 6:40pm.

Joe was born on February 21st, 1948 in Dubuque, IA to John C. Walbrun and Eleanor F. "Freckles" Young. Joe was a graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque, IA and served his country in the Navy from 1968-1971 on the USS Saratoga during the Vietnam War.

Joe attended vocational training school at Hamilton Technical School for Electrical Engineering. Joe dedicated 31 years of his life to working at John Deere, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Good Guys Car Club and UAW 94 Local Chapter for Veterans.

Joe was married to Karen A. Stevens of Dubuque, IA on January 6th, 1984 at the University of Dubuque's Blade Chapel. Joe and Karen shared 32 blissful years of marriage together.

Joe was a free spirit on an adventure throughout his entire life. He was a lover of all living things and exhibited passion in all that he did. He was a wanderer on the water, whether it was on a houseboat on the Mississippi River or on a pontoon floating on Leisure Lake. He loved animals fearlessly, both domestic pets, especially his four-legged children, and exotic eagles. He was one-of-a-kind and lived by his own rules: shirtless and shoeless.

Joe is survived by his wife; Karen A. Walbrun, who lovingly called him "her rebel without a cause"; a daughter; Niki Walbrun, two step-children; Michelle L. (Susan Kelly) Mulgrew and Randall J. (Bari) Richter, three grandchildren; Stephanie L. (Cody) Kalvig, Garrett and Paul Richter, one sister; Betty M. (Bob) Cromartie, one brother; John M. Walbrun, and three nieces and nephews; Matthew Cody, Lauren Wilson, and Dakota Smith.

Joe is preceded in death by his father; John C. Walbrun and mother; Eleanor F. "Freckles" Walbrun.

Joe requested there would not be a wake or funeral in his memory, but a Celebration of Life gathering in his hand-built sunroom in his home, on Saturday September 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorials can be made in care to Karen Walbrun to be distributed to Joe's favorite local charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mohammed Milhem, his amazing staff and all of the caring staff in the cancer center at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Hospice of Dubuque, and Leonard's Funeral Home



Gerald H. Dean

Gerald H. "Jerry" Dean 69 of Dubuque, died Monday, August 29, 2016. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Private committal services will be held.

Jerry was born on May 14, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Grace Dean. He married Carm Correll.
Surviving are his wife, Carm of Dubuque; his children Ken (Stephany) Dean, Amy (Gary) Hantelmann, Shawntel Schmitt all of Dubuque, Dennis (Corrinna) Dean of Zwingle and Daniel Dean of Dubuque. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque Staff.

The family request no flowers, memorials may be given to the Gerald H. Dean memorial fund.



LaVerne D. Jackson Klein


LaVerne D. Jackson Klein, 91 formerly of 485 North Grandview, Bell Tower and lastly of Stonehill passed away at 12:05 am Saturday August 27, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, September 2nd at Grandview United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

LaVerne was born on July 10,1925 on a farm in Zwingle where she grew up. She is the daughter of Lewis and May (Niensteadt) Denlinger. She graduated from Zwingle High School.

She married Eugene "Gene" Jackson in 1947, he preceded her in death in 1964. She then married Terry McConnell, he preceded her in death in 1981. She later married Ambrose Klein in 1982 and he preceded her in death in 2009. After the passing of her first husband Gene, LaVerne worked part time jobs at Stampfers, Penney's and Sears. She was a member of Summit Congregational Church and lastly a member of Grandview United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, living in Texas in the winter, crocheting, cooking, dancing, talking to people wherever she was. She enjoyed listening to her son-in-law Jim playing music with the Country Deputies Band and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Gene) Wilkerson, of Jackson, MI, Donna (James) Pfeiler, of Peosta, Iowa. Grandchildren: Christina (Marc) Mclntrye, of Grass Lake, MI, Michelle Triplett, of Wedowee, Alabama, and Donna Marie (special friend Allan LeGrand) Chambers, of Bellevue, Iowa. Five great grandchildren, Dylan and Blake Chambers, Cali (Cody Hudson) of Georgia, and Brycen and Preston Mclntrye. Two great great grandchildren Brayden and Krimson Hudson.

The family wishes to thank her doctor of many years Dr. Viner and his staff, her best friend Phil at Bell Tower and staff, and the staff at Stonehill. A warm thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate care to LaVerne and her family.



Donald E. Hamill Sr.


Donald E. Hamill Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Crystal Lake, IL.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Friends may also greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald was born February 25, 1937 in Germfask, Michigan, the son of William and Elizabeth (Morden) Hamill. He married Janice A. Sevey on June 23, 1963 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hanover, IL. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2013.

Donald served his country with the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in 1967. He earned his B.A. in accounting from Austin Pea University in Clarksville, TN. He was employed at Interstate Power for over 30 years, retiring as the VP of Budgets and Regulatory Affairs.

Donald loved being active outdoors golfing, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed going on vacations with family and friends, and especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Donald (Wendy) Hamill Jr. of Marengo, IL, William Hamill of Johnsburg, IL, Mark (Kelly) Hamill of Lakeville, MN, Paul (Vicki) Hamill of Crystal Lake, IL, and Annette (Tom) Kelly of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; his brother Harold Hamill of Brighton, MI; a sister-in-law, Judy Kennedy of Hanover, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Linda Schnurer.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Finley Hospital and Sunset Park Place in Dubuque; and Kindred Hospice and Fair Oaks Care Center in Crystal Lake, IL.

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



Namie A. Sheldon


Namie A. Sheldon, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:09 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Namie's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, with Pastor Thomas C. Shinkle officiating. To celebrate Namie's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Namie was born on February 27, 1934, in Hokkido, Japan, daughter of Shirokichi and Miyo Aoki.

Namie was born and raised in Japan and would eventually meet, and fall in love with, Richard Sheldon. They would be united in marriage on March 25, 1957 in Tokyo, Japan. Their union would be blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 2 deeply adored sons. Namie was a proud homemaker who discovered the precious gifts of nurturing and caring for her family. Her uncanny ability to make her home a sanctuary of love and adoration was truly a natural God given talent in which all whom held a special place in her heart would learn to appreciate. In her free-time, Namie would find great joy in creating her newest project with her favorite knitting needles, heading off to the bingo hall with numerous lucky daubers in hand, or even spending a little time out on the boat just soaking up the warm sun as her bobber counted away the hours. But let it be known that on Thursdays, as tradition would dictate, Namie could be found trying her luck at the loudest slot machine with a stack of coins just waiting for their chance to make her smile. She was a longtime and faithful member of Grand View United Methodist Church and her devotion to her eternal destination was never in question. We grieve today, as Namie's sudden absence from our lives has become a sad reality we must face. But we know that the 82 years she was among us, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind, will carry us through until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Namie's memory include
her loving husband,
Richard Sheldon, Dubuque;

her adoring sons,
Timothy (Leah) Sheldon, Dubuque
and Donald Sheldon, Kansas;

her four treasured grandchildren,
Bryce, Brittany, Ryan and Blaine Sheldon;

and her loving family in Japan.

Namie was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

A Namie A. Sheldon memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Namie's favorite charities.

Namie's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and ManorCare for all of their care and support.

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



Janelle M. Kutsch


Janelle M. Kutsch, age 51, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Janelle's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Janelle's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janelle was born on December 18, 1964, in Dubuque, the precious daughter of Harold and Vivian (Allen) Kutsch.

Janelle was a determined and delightfully happy girl throughout her entire 51 year earthly journey. Her joy was contagious and an abundance of smiles and hugs were never far behind when Janelle walked into the room. She would faithfully invest over 10 years of her time and talents at McDonald's, helping keep the front lobby organized and running smoothly. When Janelle wasn't at work, some of life's more simple pleasures would easily find their way into her day. An ice cold Diet Pepsi, a dish of delicious ice cream or a healthy serving of warm meatloaf would always inject a little extra "I'm happily content" into her smile. Janelle also enjoyed a regular session of watching her favorite movie, Grease; a lively opportunity to show off a few of her dance moves; and her yearly trips to Minnesota to cast her line into the water in hopes of catching the next big one. Janelle was dedicated to sharing her love with the world around her, and was always ready to let you know the day that gift began. But we now find ourselves traveling through today with only the wonderful memories, and examples, she leaves behind. We are blessed to have had Janelle touch our lives in so many ways and trust that she is going to be waiting for us all with big hugs when we finally meet again.

Those left to cherish Janelle's memory include

her siblings,
Robert (Jan) Kutsch, Lakeland, FL,
Sheila (Doug) Kruser,
William Kutsch,
John Kutsch,
Melvin Kutsch,
Donna (Jeff) Phillips,
Marvin (Nancy) Kutsch
and Jolene (Doug) Wareham, all of Dubuque, IA;

and she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Janelle was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ann Marie Kutsch; and a brother, Allan Kutsch.

A Janelle M. Kutsch memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Janelle's favorite charities.

Janelle's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Sunnycrest for the care and devotion they graciously gave to Janelle and her loved ones.

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

 



James C. Hynes


James C. "Jim" Hynes, 79, of Dubuque passed away at home on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016, at St Joseph Key West Catholic Church, with Msgr. Richard Funke officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of mass.

He was born in Dubuque on March 1, 1937, son of James W. and Marie (Pins) Hynes. He graduated from Loras Academy, class of 1956, and attended Loras College. He married (Judith) Lorene Wilcox on May 5, 1995 at the Little Brown Church.

He was a policeman with the City of Dubuque, retiring after 36-1/2 years. He then worked for Dubuque County for 6 years with Courthouse Security.

He was a kind and gentle man who was blessed with a multitude of friends. He enjoyed traveling, camping, family reunions, working around his home, and ICE CREAM. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #4236, La Motte-Key West; he and Lorene were Treasurer of the Iowa Good Sam RV Club; members of Key City Sams, & Tri State Sams camping clubs. He was a volunteer on the Special Olympics Winter Games Committee. He loved to travel, having visited Ireland, Germany, Hawaii and Alaska. He enjoyed spending the last 14 winters in the Rio Grand Valley where he coordinated the bike club in the RV park, and traveling throughout the country in their 5th wheel trailer.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Lorene; daughters Deborah, of San Antonio, Pam (J.D.) Campbell, of St Louis, Lisa Hynes, of Lakeville, MN, and Lora (Jason) Schrock, of Portland, OR; grandchildren Myles, Samantha, Nicole, Kate, Brady & Beau; sisters Betty Moran, of Rock Island, & Kay (Tom) Hochberger, of Dubuque; sister-in-law Joan Hynes, of Iowa City; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James R. Hynes and sister Mary Gassman.



Gertrude A. Besler


Gertrude A. "Cooie" Besler, 69, of Key West, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31st at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. There will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. and members of the Farley American Legion Post 656 will meet as a body at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on August 22, 1947 in Cascade, IA and grew up in Worthington, IA, the daughter of Clarence "Doc" and Lucille (Jarding) Soppe.

Cooie was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals; Finley Hospital; Medical Associates; and V.A. Clinic in Dubuque.

She married Don Besler on September 28th, 1968, in Worthington, IA and together they are members of St. Joseph Key West Church.

Cooie enjoyed her family tremendously, especially her grandchildren. She had a great love for flowers, gardening and was an excellent baker.

She is survived by her husband, Don Besler; four children, Deb (David) Besler Hash, Doug (Lisa) Besler, Jen (Joe) Besler, and Kate (Andy) Bailey; six grandchildren, Morgan, Ava, Brynna, Elyse, Lyla and Pierce; a sister, Mary "Mag" (Bob) Olson; and two brothers, Dick (Soek) Soppe and Harry "Hooker" (Jan) Soppe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, "Doc" and Lucille Soppe, and a brother, Tom Soppe.

Cooie asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a charity of your choice.

We would like to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and the staff at the Oncology Department at Medical Associates for their amazing care of Cooie during her journey.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Elizabeth Jane Rohner


Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Rohner, 93, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, formerly of Dubuque, passed away in peace Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 2 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 1 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

Betty was born on May 1, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond H. and Amelia M. (Piltz) Haverland, the oldest of their 3 children. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School, where she loved her cheerleading days.

On November 7, 1945 she married Leroy H. Reiter at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 1990. She married David T. Rohner on June 8, 2001 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 2014. Betty took her faith seriously and attended Mass religiously at Nativity and St. Anthony's in Dubuque, as well as St. Stephen's in Sun Lakes.

She was employed as a Personal Banker at American Trust & Savings Bank for 25 years. She loved dealing with the public and they loved her. After retiring, she enjoyed volunteering. Her life was one of devotion. She was devoted to her children, her husbands, her grandchildren, her extended family of nieces and nephews and to her mother, whom she cared for until her mother's passing at age 99.

Betty was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and its St. Bernadette Circle. She was a past Rosary Society Officer, member of Catholic Daughters and charter member of Theda Master Chapter, and Beta Sigma Phi. Her involvement with her sorority extended over seven decades and included serving in all Officer capacities from President to Treasurer, as well as leading volunteer efforts such as making puppets for Children's Ward at Iowa City Hospital. An annual sorority dancing highlight for Betty was the Sweetheart Ball at the Melody Mill in the Dubuque area.

She enjoyed dancing, playing Bingo, music, gardening and decorating her home. Her life was full of color, fashion, laughter, a true concern and compassion for others, and above all, her relationship with Christ Her Lord and Savior. She loved her nieces and nephews and the family reunions that were held in her later years. She loved going to Arizona, Branson, Missouri, Chicago for Cubs games with her mother and the family vacations at Freddy's beach, outside Delhi, Iowa. Her greatest pleasure came from visiting her children and grandchildren, or having them visit her.

Betty is survived by her children David J. Reiter of Charleston, SC; Commander, USN (Ret.) Donald J. (Susan) Reiter of Alexandria, VA, Diane M. (Dr. Howard) Brown of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Dean R. (Sandy) Reiter of Tempe, AZ; grandchildren John Reiter, Cathy (Rob) Reynolds, Mark Reiter, Kevin (Heather) Reiter, Max Reiter, Alexis Brown, Mason Reiter, and Taylor Reiter; stepson Steve Rohner; step grandson, Nicholas Rohner; great grandson, Noah Reynolds; great granddaughters, Haven Reynolds and Parker Reiter; and many dear friends, especially in the Dubuque area.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Donald J. Haverland and Joan M. Konzen.

An Elizabeth Rohner Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Patricia Ann Schulz


Patricia Ann "Pat" Schulz, 75, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family after a three-year battle with lung cancer.

Services will be held on Tuesday, August 30th at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a memorial service given by Pastor Jack Redman at 5 p.m.

Pat was born on July 7, 1941 in Dubuque to Donald and Ruth (Curtis) Williams. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married James H. Schulz on June 27, 1959 at First Baptist Church in Dubuque.

Pat was an active member of the Red Hat Society. She spent years regularly attending country dancing events with her husband, Jim, and taught line dancing as a volunteer at the Dubuque Lifetime Center. Pat was creative and crafty, sewing quilts for her family, crocheting, beading, and Swedish weaving. She loved to travel with her family, visiting New York City to see her granddaughter, multiple trips to Nashville with her husband and friends, and a trip to Hawaii with her son and his family, which had been a lifelong dream of hers. Every Tuesday for nearly fifteen years, Pat and Jim joined a close group of friends for a weekly dinner out. Family was the most important part of Pat's life, and she loved being a grandmother and later, great grandmother. Each Christmas she looked forward to a warm celebration, surrounded by her beloved grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, James; their children Jaime (Ann) Schulz of St. Paul, MO, Scott (Dionne) Schulz of Dubuque, and Rob (Tracy) Schulz of Wentzville, MO; grandchildren Aaron (Lauren) Schulz, Lacey (Louis) Tsacudakis, Betsy (Tom) Duggan, Alison (Will Roach) Schulz, Taylor (fiancé Kristen Clements) Schulz, and Hailey (Jon Rhymes) Schulz; great-grandchildren Zaida, Grayson, Paisley, Julian, and Evelyn; and her sister Judy (Duane) Baier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy, Barbara Jean, and brother Bill Williams.

Pat requested any memorials be sent to Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd, Dubuque Iowa, 52001.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, is assisting the family.

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



Cheryl A. McCarron


Cheryl A. McCarron, age 58, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:27 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Cheryl's life, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Cheryl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Cheryl was born on May 7, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Dale F. and Dolores (Ressler) Walbrun.

Cheryl was united in marriage to her one true love, and soul-mate, Jeff McCarron, on August 6, 1994 at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque. Their union would be blessed with 22 wonderful years together and one treasured son, Christopher. She was a proud native Dubuquer who would earnestly attempt to make the world around her a better place during her 58 years among us. Cheryl would work diligently to receive her Bachelor's degree in History from Clarke College in 1980. Her interest in American and European history would be a driving force in her life over the next 36 years and her incredible wealth of knowledge was not only empowering, but also satisfying. She would also take great pride in other ventures and ultimately invest over 13 years at Premier Linen, striving to continually present the finest creases in town. Cheryl has been a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and her desire to please her Lord and live according to His design was always on display for all to observe. In her free time, Cheryl was more than happy to dive into her newest crossword puzzle, work on her latest adventure into her family's genealogical research, sit down to recapture her youth with a classic rerun of Hogan's Heroes, or even to simply curl up with her favorite most recently published autobiography. Cheryl's impact on the world, and the hearts of those whom love her, is clearly visible for all to witness. We mourn her absence today, but rejoice in the fact that we know that she's finally at peace from her earthly battle with cancer and we firmly trust that we will all be reunited in absolute perfection one day. Peace be with you our dear sweet Cheryl.

Those left to cherish Cheryl's memory include

her loving husband,
Jeff McCarron, Dubuque, IA;

her deeply adored son,
Christopher McCarron, Dubuque, IA;

and her sibings,
Helen (Robert) Bussan,
Dale E. (Gina) Walbrun,
Cristel (Mark) Krolick, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Palya) Thomas, Centennial, CO.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents.

A Cheryl A. McCarron memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Cheryl's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, ManorCare, the University of Iowa, Finley Hospital, the Wendt Cancer Center and also the Grand River Medical Group, especially Dr. Mark Hermann, for all of the professional, compassionate and tender care they provided to Cheryl.

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

 



Elizabeth Roedell Conlon


Elizabeth Roedell Conlon, 73, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016, at home in the presence of her family and dear friends.

A celebration of Beth's life will be held at Timmerman's Supper Club, Palisades Room, in East Dubuque on Friday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. Private family services will be held. Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

She was born March 3rd, 1943, in Dubuque, the daughter of Richard P. and Alice "Patricia" (Hunter) Roedell.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 and attended the University of Iowa.

Beth especially loved music, art and antiques. She served on the board of directors of the Dubuque Art Association and was a volunteer with Mercy Service Club. In 1974, she and her brother Richard opened Palais Royal Antiques which was one of the first commercial shops located at the foot of the Fourth Street Elevator.

Beth worked for many civic organizations. She was Director of the Dubuque March of Dimes, Director of Development for the Benedictine Sisters in Madison, WI, Volunteer Coordinator for Project Concern, and worked with the City of Dubuque Planning Commission until her retirement in 2005.

She spent many enjoyable years living in San Diego near her brother, niece and nephew. She had a sense of style and natural ability for design which was reflected in the places she lived. She had many friends and was a proud and loving grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Becky Conlon (Andy Kalb) of Dubuque and their children Elliott, Sean, Jack and Christine; Jenny (Jon) Corniea of Edina, MN, and their children Patrick, Sophie and Peter; brother Richard Roedell of San Diego; niece and nephew Paige Summer and Carter Roedell of San Diego; and former husband, Steve Conlon.

Many thanks go to longtime friends Terry Sutton and Karen Derks. Thanks also to LouAnn Jansen and family, all her dear friends at Applewood III, Dr. Mark Hermann, Melissa, Amy, and Jan of Hospice of Dubuque, and her extended family who gave comfort to her and shared in her life.

Memorials may be given to Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey and Hospice of Dubuque.

See you in Paradise, Mom!

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

 



Barbara A. Clark

Barbara Ann Clark, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, August 25, 2016, at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Monday, August 29, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara Ann Donielson was born on March 10, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Trula F. (Smith) Donielson. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. In 1944 she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing. She married Lloyd H. Clark on November 22, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 5, 2005.

Barbara had worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, as well as the bookkeeper for Clark Construction.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include nephews, Chris and Eric Donielson; a step-daughter Carol (Merlyn) Yeager of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-grandchildren; and 7 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother Judge Allen "Barney" Donielson.

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

 



Gary E. Gasell


To celebrate the life of Gary E. Gasell, age 56, of Hazel Green, WI, family and friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Gary was called home peacefully, in the home he built, with his loving wife by his side on August 27, 2016.

Gary was born on March 25, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Mary (Rhomberg) Gasell.

Gary was a very talented artist who generously shared his God-given abilities with the production of beautiful stained glass works. He was the proud owner of Key City Decorative Glassworks and his inspired creations will continue to be viewed and appreciated for years to come.

Gary's free time was typically invested in the outdoors taking in all of the natural beauty this area has to offer. Some of his most treasured moments were the countless hours he and Nancy spent navigating the mighty Mississippi together. Gary would also find numerous opportunities to strap on the tank and do a little diving to explore God's wonders below the surface; with one of his favorite expeditions being a two week stint in Tahiti. Gary was also an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed heading out into the woods on his next hunting excursion. And never to be known as a fair weather fellow, Gary would eagerly anticipate the winter season so that he and his friends in the snowmobile club could venture out and blaze a few trails after the fresh snows had beckoned. Gary has been taken from us much too early, and our hearts ache with a sorrow which only faith and time can heal. But we do find comfort in knowing that the 56 years he did share with us were abundantly full because of his wonderful spirit and that now Gary is resting in eternal peace.

Those left to cherish Gary's memory include

his caring wife,
Nancy Gasell, Hazel Green, WI;

his step-daughters,
Paula (Michael) Lindeman, Batavia, IL
and Francesca (Kenneth Pattengale) Faber, New York City, NY;

three step-grandchildren,
Luke, Lyla and Ivy Lindeman;

and also his three siblings, aunts and an uncle.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

A Gary E. Gasell memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Arlene A. Killen

Arlene A. "Artie" Killen, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Arlene Killen was born on November 26, 1932 to Dwight "Bob" and Vinola (Walsh) Hettrick in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her nursing degree at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Her nursing career was at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California and she resided at Irvine, California.

Those left to cherish her memories are brothers Bill (Vivian) Hettrick of Boulder, CO, and Gene Hettrick of Davenport, IA; and a sister Berneta "Bertie" (Carl) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; 6 nephews and a niece; also many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Killen, her parents and a niece.

According to her wishes, there will be no services and cremation has taken place.

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

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

 



Margaret H. Reed


Margaret H. Reed, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, August 23, 2016, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 27, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 26, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Margaret Helen Carlson was born the youngest of nine children on September 30, 1928 in Wewela, South Dakota to Oscar and Margaret (Moles) Carlson. When she was very young her family moved to Maquoketa where she graduated from Maquoketa High School and then earned a teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. She married Darrell Wayne Reed on February 27, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Rodney, Cheri, David and Mark.

Margaret had taught at rural Jackson County country schools for several years prior to raising a family. She then did some substitute teaching.

Margaret was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and its ladies aid. She had been a 4-H leader for many years and an active member and volunteer with the Jackson County Historical Society in Maquoketa. She enjoyed baking wedding cakes, cooking for her family, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her husband, Darrell Reed of Maquoketa, IA; children Rodney (Sally) Reed of Perth, Australia, Cheri Reed of Hiawatha, IA, David (Karen) Reed of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (Laura) Reed of Solon, IA; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight siblings, Cecil, Ethel, Wayne, Gaynell, Wallace, Howard, Victor and Inez.

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

"The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County and lifelong friends Jerry and Janice McMurray."

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



Dennis J. Lewis


Dennis J. Lewis, 66, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Dennis was born on September 21, 1949, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, to James W. and Alverna J. (Ginter) Lewis. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1967. He then graduated from the Colorado School of Trades in 1969 receiving a Gunsmithing Degree. Dennis worked as a gunsmith all his life. He was employed by John Deer Dubuque Works for 42 years as a tool and die maker.

Dennis loved riding motorcycles and in 1973 he started the Matador Motorcycle Club. Besides being an original member, he also was a founding member of the corporation. He was a lifetime member of the NCOWS (National Congress of Old West Shootists) and participated in many gun tournaments often placing in the top three.

Dennis was a loving, compassionate and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, son and brother and will be truly missed by those who treasured him the most. His grandchildren Sylvia, Wyatt, Sunny and Lotus were absolute joys for him. He thought the world of all four of them.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gardner Lewis; his children, James Edward (Heidi) Lewis, of Suamico, WI, and Katie (Matt) Cooperstein, of Redondo Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Sylvia and Wyatt Lewis, and Sunny and Lotus Cooperstein; his mother, Alverna Lewis, of Cuba City; four sisters, Diane (Jeff) Cole, of Cuba City, WI, LeaAnn (Dave) Baker, of Plover, WI, Laurie (Ben) Goeman, of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Donna (Randy) Wisdom, of Cuba City, WI; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Casey, of Houston, TX, and Marion Eilken, of Des Plaines, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, James William Lewis; two brothers-in-law, Ron Eilken and Norman Gale Casey; and many aunts and uncles.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and the staff of Grand River Medical Group for the excellent care provided during the last two years. Our thanks also to each and every person from Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy 3 West, these incredible people provided endless amounts of compassion and comfort in his final days.

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



Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp


Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in Holy Trinity cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Bernice was born January 8, 1935 to George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach on the family farm east of Holy Cross, Iowa.  She attended Holy Cross Catholic School, graduating from High School in 1953.  Bernice married Leander C. Steffen on May 7, 1957 in Holy Cross, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 1980.  Together they farmed and raised 6 children. 

In 1993 Bernice moved to Dyersville.  On April 22, 1995 she married Gilbert Honkomp in Dyersville, Iowa.  He also preceded her in death on November 6, 2009.  Bernice worked at Country Junction Restaurant for 23 years.  Her passions were baking pies, crocheting, quilting, and keeping up with her extended family.

Bernice is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter: Wayne (Janice) Steffen of Luxemburg, Julie (Jeff) Wieneke of Dyersville, Terry (Sally) Steffen and Kenneth (Cindy) Steffen both of Luxemburg, Steven Steffen of Worthington, Martin Steffen of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren: 3 great grandchildren: 8 step-children: Ron (Linda) Honkomp, Shirley (Pat) Pirc, LaVern (Joan) Honkomp all of Dyersville, Lou Ann (Gordon) Helle of Elkader, Joyce (Pat) McCue of Shakopee, MN, Margie (Murray) Nelson of Waukee, IA, Janice (Tim) Gansemer of Dyersville and Mary Lee (Stan) McWilliams of Dubuque, one sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, 2 brothers: Bernard Ellerbach of Dyersville, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, 2 sister-in-laws, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Verna Mae (Walter) Burkle of Dyersville, a brother-in-law, Donald (Anne) Steffen, many nieces and nephews, 25 step grandchildren and 31 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leander Steffen, second husband, Gilbert Honkomp, daughter-in-law, Laura Steffen, 3 brothers, Lawrence (Rose), Ernest, & Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach, in-laws, Margaret Ellerbach, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Alphonse (Sylvia) Steffen, Agatha (Milton) Lake, Lawrence (LaDonna) Steffen, Grace Steffen and a step granddaughter, Brittany Honkomp.

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

 

 



Cynthia Strang


Cynthia Strang, 57, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Memorial Services will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where family will greet friends from 11:00 am Saturday until service time. Private Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate.

Cynthia was born October 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Darlene (Reifsteck) Clancy. She attended Hempstead High School and worked for K-Mart for over 30 years. Cynthia married Brian J. Strang on June 11, 1994 at Eagle Point Park in Dubuqe. She enjoyed camping, traveling, cruises with her Mom, being with the "K-Mart girls'", golfing, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Brian; children, William "Billy" (Sarah) Patrum, Jr., Jessica L. (Matt) Fleckenstein; step-daughter, Krystal Strang; grandchildren, Paige Patrum, Carter Patrum, Kaylee Hume, and 2 more on the way; her mother, Darlene Minor; siblings, Connie (Al) Pline, Carla Schumacher, Carl "Duke" (Tami) Seastrand, Chris "Sis" (Peter) Davies, Craig (Cindy) Seastrand, Pat (Jamie) Clancy; step-brothers, Matt (Charlene) Minor, Jeff (Debbie) Minor; mother-in-law Jan Strang; in-laws, Cindy (Tom) Steffens, Sandy (Jeff) Urbain, Brad (Kim) Strang, Sarah (Ed) Maloney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Clancy; grandson, Caden Patrum-Ostrander; siblings, Chuck Seastrand, Chad Seastrand; step-mother, Beverly Clancy; step-father, Hubert "Red" Minor; father in-law, Joseph Strang; step-brother, Steve Minor; step-sister Debra Minor.

Memorials may be made to the Cynthia Strang Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy; and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Marie A. Jannette


Marie A. "Sis" Jannette, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Pastor Chuck Layton officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Marie was born on June 30, 1946, in DeWitt, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Lorraine (Urmie) Driver.

Marie began her education in a one-room schoolhouse, which she would attend through the eighth grade. She would then be taken into Clinton to find a job with the Sisters at Mount Saint Claire. They offered to either reimburse her for her efforts, or provide her with an education. Marie chose wisely to receive an education and gratefully attended both high school and college there until finally receiving her nursing degree. Marie faithfully worked as a surgical nurse at Mercy, Finley and Xavier Hospitals at different times during her working career. She was united in marriage to Donald D. "Don" Jannette on October 6, 1973, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Their union would be blessed with 34 years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 26, 2007. Marie was a member of various churches throughout her life. Her final home parish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, brought her tremendous joy in both her heart and soul. She was an accomplished quilter, and providing beautiful quilts yearly to the La Salle school auction, and also to decorate St. Luke's for the Mother's Day service, were a source of great pride for her and her family. Marie's greatest joy, during her earthly journey, was the treasured time she would get to spend with her family and her precious "baby dogs". Never allowing her mind to be confined in any narrow fashion, Marie would develop a great love for many types of music and an appreciation for multitudes of different cultures. Marie had an infectious laugh which would fill the room, and she will be truly and greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 3 children,
Michelle Jannette, Holy Cross, IA,
Ann Marie Jannette
and Michael Jannette, both of Dubuque;

her brothers,
John Driver, Westby, WI,
Tony (Thyrza) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA,
Joseph (Jeramie) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA
and Paul Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her sisters,
Theresa Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Mary (Marc) Driver-Keefer, Littleton, CO;

a sister-in-law,
Sue (Ed) Jannette-Callahan, Raymond, IA;

several nieces and nephews,
Bridget, Jessica, Stephanie, Lora, James, John, Tyler and Tim;

and four great-nieces and nephews,
Avionna, Paxton, Emery and Scott.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; her niece, Amy Driver; and Michael's fiancé, Molly McKenna.

A Marie A. Jannette memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Marie's favorite charities.

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

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

 



Phyllis A. Dolphin


Phyllis A. Dolphin, 88, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phyllis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Phyllis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born August 3, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of William L. and Florence (Dunn) Kauder. She received her education in St. Martin's Catholic school. On July 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to John "Skip" Dolphin. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1966. The couple owned and operated Dolphin's Corner for many years and she later worked at the Cascade Pioneer and the Supper Club 528 in Cascade.

She was a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan. Phyllis was also an avid Cascade Cougar fan and was her grandchildren's biggest fan, and never missed any of their sporting events. She enjoyed bowling, going to daily mass, coffee with her friends and walking with her friend Maurna. Phyllis loved to travel; she traveled twice to Hawaii and New York City to see the New York Yankees play at the old Yankee stadium a few days before it closed.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Phyllis was also the Treasurer for the Tri-County Historical Society.

She is survived by six children; Gary (Cindy) Dolphin of Peosta, IA, Herb (Mary Kay) Dolphin of Cascade, IA, Bonnie (Allan) Pape of East Dubuque, IL, Colleen (Larry) Kramer of Green Oaks, IL Terri (Gary) Kleitsch of Cascade, IA and Scott (JaDee) Dolphin of Milwaukee, WI; 14 grandchildren; Neil (Amanda) Dolphin, Nicki (Dan) Shannon and Tracy (Mark) Conrad, Brandon Pape, Aaron (Danielle) Kramer, Jordan and McKenzie Kramer, Jessica (Ryan) Sweet, Christopher (JoAnn) Kleitsch, Maggie (Eli) Hunerdosse, Katie (Jon) Ricciotti and Timmie (Special Friend, Bridget Merritt) Kleitsch, Kylie and Sam Dolphin; 13 great grandchildren; Raelyn and Madilyn Dolphin, Casey, Molly and Cole Shannon, Will and Emily Conrad, Noah, Connor, and Karlyn Sweet, Addy Kleitsch, Bella and Bria Hunderdosse and baby Kramer due in January; two sisters, Lois (John) Sullivan and Nancy (Richard) Sullivan both of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Carol Dolphin of Cascade, IA and Mary (Tom) Ipsan of Mount Vernon, IA; one brother-in-law, Corky Dolphin of Cascade, IA; and many Nieces and Nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Timothy P. Dolphin on November 4, 1989; three brothers, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder; one sister, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert, one sister-in-law, Becky Dolphin, one brother-in-law, Dave Dolphin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the St. Matthias Parish or Camp Courageous in memory of Phyllis Dolphin.

The family of Phyllis would like to thank the Staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Sherry Kelchen ARNP of Medical Associates for all the wonderful care and compassion they gave to Phyllis.

We take solace in the peace she has found and will love and miss her dearly.

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



Gertrude E. Behne


Gertrude E. Behne, 91, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Gertrude's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Gertrude Eloise Seamonds was born on December 15, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Maneldo and Clema Belle (Scott) Seamonds. She was a 1942 graduate of Elwood High School and then earned her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She later would earn her Bachelor Arts degree from Marycrest College. She married Leo L. Behne on October 28, 1944 in Grand Mound, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1999.

Gertrude was a teacher who first taught at country schools and then at Baldwin from 1954 to 1961. From 1961 until retirement in 1984 she taught in the Maquoketa Community School District.

Gertrude was a member of the Merry Knitters Club and the Retired Teacher's Association. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and crafts.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Ronald Behne of Bernard, IA, and Leona (Phill) Golladay of London, AR; a daughter-in-law, Linda Behne of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Larry (Janice) Behne of Lowden, IA, and Lyle (Donna) Behne of Milan, IL; and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Schutt of DeWitt, IA, and Josephine Behne of Oxford Junction, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Richard, a brother Donald Seamonds, and a sister Dorothy Hotz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gertrude E. Behne memorial fund has been established with funds being used to start a scholarship at the Maquoketa Community High School for a student who will be majoring in education.

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

 



William J. Bonert


William J. "Bill" Bonert, 77, of New Vienna and formerly of Petersburg died Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester following a short illness.

Friends may call from 2-8 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, August 25, 2016, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Bill was born March 20, 1939, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Anthony and Anastasia (Arens) Bonert. He served in the Army National Guard from 1959 - 1961. He married Mary Ann Steger on June 1, 1961, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until they semi-retired and moved to New Vienna in 2014.

He enjoyed going to farm sales, playing cards, spending time on the farm with his sons and grandchildren. He was a simple farmer who loved visiting with anyone who had time. He was known for his special wink and the way he turned his hat sideways.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann, 2 sons: John (Colleen) and Dave (Lynn) Bonert, all of Petersburg; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Bonert of Petersburg; 9 grandchildren: Kristi (Cory) Donlon, Kelli and Jacob Bonert, Jenna, Amber, Erin and Derek Bonert, Brandon and Kayla Bonert; his siblings: Bob (Lori) Bonert of Dyersville, Sr. Bertha Bonert, OSF, of Dubuque, Jim (Pat) Bonert of Dyersville and LuAnn (Larry) Willenborg of Petersburg; in-laws: Lillian Wessels of Dubuque, Bob (Lillian) Steger and Rosemary (Marv) Nickol, both of Dyersville, Pat (Margie) Steger and Chuck (Carol) Steger, both of Colesburg.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Arnold and Gertrude Steger, a son, Ron, a brother, Paul, and brothers-in-law, Jim Wessels and John Steger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Edward J. Neiber


Edward J. "Mr. Ed" Neiber, 84, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, August 18, 2016, at his home in Elwood, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Ed's life will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private memorial service will be held and burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Edward James Neiber was born on December 2, 1931 in Milnor, North Dakota, to Henry and Helen (Povlitski) Neiber. He was educated in a country school in Milnor and first worked as a farm hand for Butch Harff and later for the Sinner Family. He then entered the military during the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. 

Upon his dad's death, Ed came to Iowa with his sister Josephine Hausman and worked as a tractor mechanic for Millwright International Dealership. He worked for them as well as the new owners Dostal and Watters until 1973 when he started his own business. He owned and operated Ed's Tractor Repair for over 43 years from 1973 to 2016. 

It was also in Iowa that Ed met his future wife, Irma Mae Waters. They were married on June 13, 1959 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. To this union four children were born: Kimberly, Kelleen, Mitchell and Matthew.

Ed was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, a lifetime member of the Lost Nation American Legion Menzo Widle Post #381, the Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association and was an avid supporter of the Maquoketa Athletic Booster Club. In earlier years, he had been active with Irma in a couples bowling league and a men's softball league.

Ed enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, bowling, tractor pulls, watching the Cubs, White Sox and all sports. Additionally, he enjoyed working on anything "Red" tractors. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's events and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Ed's memory include his wife, Irma Neiber of Elwood, IA; children Kimberly (Len) Bryan of Rochester, MN, Kelleen Neiber of Charlotte, NC, Mitchell (Jennifer) Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Matthew (Jodi) Neiber of Eldridge, IA; 6 grandchildren, Michael Bryan of Kansas City, MO, Andrew Bryan of Sandpoint, ID, Samantha and Maxwell Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Brennan and Jayda Neiber of Eldridge, IA; and a special nephew Rodney (Susan) Waters and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur, and sisters Rose Schular, Beatrice Trular and Josephine Hausman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School or to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Louis W. Brenke


Louis W. "Louie" Brenke, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Monday, August 22 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Louie was born to Charles and Viola (Coffman) Brenke on June 30, 1921 in Dubuque, IA. After serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps, he married Madonna M. Donovan on October 10, 1942.

Louie worked at Dubuque Packing Co until his retirement in July, 1981.

His interests included automobiles and traveling. He was a member of the Friendship Force and had visited 27 countries and all 50 states.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Ronald) Smyth; of Dubuque; grandchildren: Tammy (David) Hooks, of Rockford, Illinois, Jeffery (Lisa) Pfalzgraf, of London,
England, Kristin (Oscar) Garza, of Rockford, Illinois, Carla (Dion) Beyer, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Joshua (Christine) Smyth, of Dubuque. Fourteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elizabeth in infancy; a brother Frederick; his wife Madonna; daughter Dorothy (Carl) Pfalzgraf and a great great grandchild Liam.

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



Joseph S. LoBianco


Joseph S. LoBianco, Jr. 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21st at St. Joseph The Worker where a wake service will be at 1:45p.m. and a rosary by the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph The Worker Counsel at 5:15 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Joe was born on January 6, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Anna (DiNova) LoBianco. He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque in 1952.

On May 9, 1959 he married Janet Adams. He worked at Sears for many years and later sold insurance for Knights of Columbus. After retiring from the Knights of Columbus, he continued insurance sales with the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Joe served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He felt very privileged to have gone on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2014 with his good Friend Roger Kutsch.
He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Chapter 10069.

He was an active member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church and his faith was very important to him. He always enjoyed being involved in his Loras Academy class reunions and kept in touch with many classmates.

He is survived by his wife Janet; daughters: Jeana (Jay) Welu, of Naperville, IL, and Jennifer (Brian) Pillard, of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Sam Welu, Sydney Welu, and Max Welu, all of Naperville, IL, Nick (Julie) Pillard, of Davenport, Ben Pillard and Zachary Pillard both of Dubuque; great granddaughter Harper Pillard; one brother Rev. Pat LoBianco, of Techny, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Stan and Louis; a sister Rose Hebert; sister-in-law Mary LoBianco; brother-in-law Pat Hebert; nephews and niece, Tim LoBianco, Joe and Tracy LoBianco.

A Joseph S. LoBianco memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to Dr. Mark Runde and his nurse Julie, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Scott Brock and Dr. John Whalen and all their nursing staffs; you provided many years of caring and compassion.



Julie M. Kutsch


Julie Marie (Steffen) Kutsch, 43, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 18, 2016. Surrounded by family, Julie returned to the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m.

Julie was born on October 5, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Constance (Engler) Steffen. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1991 and attended Capri College for cosmetology.

She married Alan Kutsch, on August 10, 1991 and later met the man that she would spend the rest of her life with, Scot Megonigle.

She worked for Payless Shoes as a manager and was most recently working at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital as a Patient Care Tech.

She was a volunteer of Cub Scout Pack 50 and the Boy Scout Troop 11 which she was actively involved with for the past 13 years.

She enjoyed her hobby "Killing Time Crafts", reading, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her many nieces and nephews, going camping with family and watching her kids play and grow.

She is survived by her mother Connie Steffen, of Dubuque; husband Scot Megonigle, of Dubuque; daughter, Ashley (Fiancé Cameron Graff) Kutsch, of Laurens, Iowa; sons Richard Megonigle, and Tyler Megonigle, both of Dubuque; step daughter, Ashley Kohnen, of Dubuque; siblings, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, of Dubuque, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, of East Dubuque, and Laura (Jeff) Phelps, of Cedar Rapids; her mother-in-law, Sandra Megonigle, of Vermilion, Ohio; her former husband Alan Kutsch, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty and Cameron along with her Godchildren: Beau and Alexandra.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Steffen; grandparents, Irvin & Mary Engler, Laurabelle "Betty" and Bernard Steffen and her cousin Michelle Arthofer.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Steffen memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman, his nurse Sandy and their staff at the Grand River Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque especially Traci, and the Oncology Department at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Julie.
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Parker D. Robbins


Parker Daniel Nilus Robbins, 3 year old son of Joshua and Jennifer (Hirsch) Robbins took his last breath on Earth and entered Eternal Heaven on August 17, 2016.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Parker was born on September 13, 2012 in Iowa City. He came into this world and immediately touched many lives. In his short time, he made many milestones; many doctors believed he wouldn't. He fought every single day until that last breath, which is why his nickname "P-man" was quickly earned. Although he couldn't speak, he was able to express his emotions and love to those he met. In 3 short years, he was blessed to be an ambassador for March of Dimes, a Make-a-Wish kid, a big brother, and most importantly a true Miracle to witness. Without a word, our Superman was able to give lifelong joy and overwhelming love to our hearts. Love, that without doubt, will remain and stay strong until we meet again.

He is survived by his loving parents Joshua and Jennifer; his baby sister Raelyn; grandparents, Dan and Janet Hirsch, of Dubuque, Jim and Ann Robbins, of Fennimore; great grandparents, Cecilia Hirsch, of Dubuque, Andy Robbins and Delores Oyen both of Lancaster; aunts and uncles, Kellie (Greg) Schmitt, Cory Hirsch, both of Dubuque, JD Robbins, of Fennimore, Jason Robbins, of Memphis, TN; his cousins, Connor Robbins, Korey and Chase Schmitt, and Micah Robbins.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister Delaney Robbins on September 19, 2011.

In lieu of flowers a Parker Robbins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, the members of Dyersville Fire Department, and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave. Also to Unity Point Nursing and a very special thank you to Parker's in-home nurses Natalie, Ann, Alesha, Lee, Belinda, and Christee.



Donald D. Waller, Sr.


Donald D. Waller Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at Luther Manor. Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family 11:00 am - 2:45 pm also Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the funeral home prior to services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donald was born January 12, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Ella (Thompson) Waller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1957. He married Karen Frommelt on June 25, 1960 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Donald was employed with the Great Northwestern Railroad, and in welding at John Deere Dubuque Works. After retirement, Don and Kay moved to Mission, Texas, where they enjoyed 12 years. Donald enjoyed having a cold beer, and was an avid woodworker who made many things for his family.

Donald is survived by his wife, Karen, of Dubuque; Donald (Cherie) Waller Jr. of Bernard, Dennis (Lynn) Waller of Bernard, Dawn LuGrain of Dubuque, Doug (Teresa) Waller of Bernard, and Drew (Susan) Waller of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily) Waller, Ashley (Daniel) Dvorak, Dustin Waller, Sean (Traci) Vaske, Amber and Zachary Waller, Meggan LuGrain, Andrea, Nicole, Samuel, Maxwell, and Vivian Waller; his great grandchildren, Nicholas Wiltsy, Joseph, Nadia, Corbin, and Vanessa Waller, and Jude LuGrain; his sisters, Lois Ranek, Joyce Cartmill, and Helen Hedrick; and his half-brothers, Ken Cummings, Ralph (Donna) Cummings, and James Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dean Waller; his sister, Lorraine Ronek; his brothers in law, Justin and Charlie Ronek, Jim Cartmill, Frank Hedrick, John Stile; and his sister, Gerry Stile.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Donald. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Matthew G. Tott


Matthew G. Tott, 32 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at U of I Hospital & Clinics from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral Service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016 at the funeral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Matthew was born April 19, 1984 in Dubuque, the son of Jerry and Lisa (Fondell) Tott. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 2002. Matthew was an avid motorcyclist, Packers, NASCAR, and all around sports fan. He always found the good in a person, was outgoing, fun loving, and had a heart of gold. Matthew worked for Tott's Tap, was a student, and liked to live life on the edge. He was an organ and tissue donor and his memory will live on through his gift.

Survivors include his parents; maternal grandfather, Robert Fondell, sibling, Shanna (Billy) Brotzman and Justin (Ivy) Tott all of Dubuque; nephew, Gavin Brotzman; niece, Iris Tott; numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins; and his loving dog, Maya.

Matthew was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harold "Shorty" and Dorothy (Powell) Tott; maternal grandmother, Ruth (Little) Fondell.

A memorial fund has been established in Matthews memory.

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



Melinda M. Blok


Melinda M. (Mercer) Blok, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Melinda was born on June 18, 1938 in Beloit, Wisconsin; the daughter of Kenneth "Moco" and Helen (Ervin) Mercer. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956 and attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
She married William Blok on January 3, 1959 and he preceded her in death on July 3, 1999.

She worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for many years as an Operating Room Technician.

Melinda is a former member of the Tri-State Saddle Club and Table Mound PTA.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Blok and son, Mike (Jan) Blok, both of Dubuque; two step grandchildren, Derek (Sarah) Paulson of Dubuque and Bryan (Jana) Paulson, of Larchwood, Iowa; her "seven dwarfs" great grandchildren, Claire, Audrey, Caleb, Autumn, Kennedy, Koby, and Kalen Paulson. Her brother Mike (Pam) Mercer of Bond Oregon; three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; along with her many pets especially "Bear" and "Panda".

The family wishes to thank Abby and Kelsey at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital ICU for all their compassionate care.



James W. Sysko


James W. "Jim" Sysko, 64, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:55 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on December 30, 1951, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of James J. and Dorothy (Larsen) Sysko. He married Myrna A. McCrea on November 11, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton.

He owned and operated Sysko's Bar, Sysko's Sports Books & Videos, and Sysko's Floor Sanding.

Jim enjoyed attending his children's, grandchildren's, and family members' sporting events. He liked to travel and hunt and spent a lot of time with his chocolate lab, Cocoa. Jim would always lend a helping hand to anyone or share a quick story.

Jim was actively involved in the Benton community throughout his life having served on the Benton Fire Department, Benton School Board, Benton Booster Club, Benton Alumni Association and Village of Benton Board.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna; a son, Travis (Brandy), of New Glarus; a daughter, Mollie (Josh Virtue), of Galena; a brother, Dave (Jean Ann), of Benton; his mother-in-law, Phoebe McCrea, of Benton; three grandchildren, Tucker, Kennedy and Harper; and a supportive extended family.

He was preceded in death by a son, Josh; his parents; a sister, Carol Farrey; and his father-in-law, Harold McCrea.

Memorials to the Benton Community Fund, PO Box 253, Benton, Wisconsin, would be appreciated.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net



Joan E. Connolly


Joan E. Connolly, 92, of Cascade, Iowa, formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joan may call from 8:30 until Services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa.
Services for Joan will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa.

Joan was born May 14, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Irene (McCarthy) Donovan. She received her education from Fillmore country school and the Visitation Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. On May 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa, the Holy Family Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of American court #1287. She was also a member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club.

She is survived by her three children, Justin (Annette) Connolly of Peosta, IA, Judi (Dwain) Connolly-Trenkamp of Maquoketa, IA, and Jerry (Mary Jo) Connolly of North Richland Hills, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 4 great great granchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly on December 19, 2012; one son, Jeff in August 24, 1980, twin brothers, Cletus (Jean) Donovan and Clifford (Lucille) Donovan; one sister, Lou Mae (Dominic) English.

The family request no flowers or plants.



Sr. Elizabeth Welter, BVM

Sister Elizabeth Welter, BVM, 93, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, was called home on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at The Caritas Center.

To honor Sister Elizabeth's life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, 1050 Carmel Drive. To celebrate Sister Elizabeth's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a scripture prayer service being held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher at St. Mary/St. Raphael, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary and secondary school teacher in Casper, Wyoming; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; and Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank, Tujunga and San Francisco, California She also served in various office positions in Mission Hills and North Hollywood, California.

She was born in Chicago on Sept. 9, 1922, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ries Welter. She entered the BVM congregation on Feb. 2, 1939; made her first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1941; and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Mary Josephine Tanner, Palm Desert, California; her nieces; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her earthly life for 77 years.

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

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

 



Genevieve M. Herber

Genevieve M. Herber, age 98, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of California, received her final earthly blessing on Monday, and was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Genevieve's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Genevieve's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Genevieve was born on March 13, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Catherine (Hillard) Herber.

Genevieve spent her formative years in Dubuque and would receive her primary education at Holy Trinity Elementary School and The Academy of the Visitation. She would eventually move to California and continue on with her college education before beginning her working career as a Neurological Secretary. After a number of years, she would gracefully transition into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she would retire from after 25 years of loyal service. But Genevieve was so much more than a great employee; she was also a committed Catholic servant. She would faithfully invest her God given time and talents with The Secular Society of Mary, the Universal Living Rosary, The Third Order of Mary, The Legion of Mary Auxillary and The Rosary Hour; all of which are functioning in the Los Angeles area. After moving back to Dubuque, she would continue on her religious journey and devote herself to St. Mary's, St. Raphael's Cathedral, Church of the Nativity and the Power of Prayer. Genevieve's driven purpose in this life was to share in all the splendor her Creator had to offer. Her greatest joys could be realized daily, in her heart and soul, simply by trying to make the world a better place, living a fine example of a Christian woman, or even just savoring the glory of a beautiful day. We have lost a true earthly gem today, but we know and trust that she now resides in infinite perfection in the safe and loving hands of her Lord and Savior. Well done Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Genevieve's memory include

her sister,
Catherine Herber, Aloha, OR;

and several adoring nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Leo Herber, Elizabeth (Al) Rieselman, Celeste (Al) Richard, Edwin Herber, Collette (Earl) Isham, Kenneth (Anne) Herber, Gertrude Herber and Francis Herber.

In lieu of flowers, a Genevieve M. Herber memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Genevieve's family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Angela Kelley, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Genevieve.

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

 



James C. Accola


James C. "Jim" Accola, 68, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Waverly Place in Stockton, Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is from 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

Jim was born on October 7, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leonard V. and Dora (Petitgout) Accola.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1966. Jim was united in marriage to Bette Woller on July 1, 1972 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was an avid fan of Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. Jim was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 2003 and later worked for the City of Dubuque, Parks Division for eight years.

Jim was lifetime member of St. Mary's Church and a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He loved going out to eat, especially with his uncle Jerry Accola.

Survivors include his wife Bette; one son, Bryan (Audrey Jo) Accola of Dubuque, Iowa and one daughter, Audrey Stratton of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ayden Accola, Sylvia, Trent and Olivia Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dora and a sister Janet Accola.

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

 

 



Donald E. Coyle


Donald E. Coyle, 95, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. peacefully at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service was held at 6:30 p.m., and a KC Rosary was held at 6:45 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Don was born on April 26, 1921, son of George and Loretta (Hardiman) Coyle. On November 25, 1943 he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Rogers at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 17, 2008.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish, and the Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by 3 siblings, John "Bud" Coyle of Monticello, IA, Joe (Marie) Coyle of Hopkinton, IA and Madonna Leib of Cascade, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, three brothers, Wilmer, Francis and Melvin Coyle, three sisters, Georgene Klostermann, Darlene Knepper and Betty Jean in Infancy.

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

 

 



Viola A. Rojemann


Viola A. Rojemann, 91, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away at 4:44 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Viola was born on April 15, 1925, in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Mathilda (Tranel) Hoftender. She was united in marriage to Joseph E. Rojemann on May 29, 1946, at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee. He preceded her in death on October 26, 1987.

Viola was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its St. Ann's Society. She was a homemaker and formerly employed by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc. until her retirement.

Viola enjoyed gardening, playing euchre, scrabble, and bingo, and especially enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Surviving are her children, Gerald (Mardelle) Rojemann, Donna (Dan) Sheehan, Doris (Jim) Loeffelholz, Steve (Gayle) Rojemann, and Glenn (Lisa) Rojemann all of Menominee, Illinois and Debra (Steve) Hoppman of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; 26 grandchildren, Jody and Tracy Jo, Tom, Tina, Terri, Tony, Tonia, Tim, Tracy and Troy, Mike, Dave, JoAnn, Randy and Andy, Lindsey and Kelly, Jenny, Brittany, Ashley, Tyler and Brianna, and Brandon, Megan, Katelyn and Logan; 31 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Hoftender of Menominee and Eileen Rojemann Heller of Platteville, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mathilda Hoftender, brothers Leo (Bertha), Clarence (Evelyn), Elmer (Dorothy), and Melvin, sisters Rosella (Al) Ricke and Edna (Robert) Bauer, niece Diane Hoftender, her father- and mother-in-law, Ted and Armella Rojemann, in-laws Justin (Marie) Rojemann, William Rojemann and Margaret (Jack) Doyle, grandchildren Todd and Tiffany Sheehan in infancy and a great-grandchild Joseph Sheehan in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Koenigs and the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their compassionate care given to their mother.

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



Helen S. Johnston


Helen S. Johnston, 93, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Manor Care Health Services under the care of hospice. She departed her life just as she had lived it: in full control and filled with joy in the presence of her family and her friends during her final days.

Helen was born July 1, 1923, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the oldest child and only daughter of a carpenter and a church secretary, G. Vernon and Pearl (Blackford) Capell.
She earned a BA in piano performance from Simpson College and a master's from Clarke College. Helen taught business education at North Fayette Community High School in West Union, Iowa, and after the family moved to Dubuque, taught elementary school at Prescott, Irving, and Marshall, and was a reading specialist in the Dubuque Public Schools System.

Helen's life was grounded in a passion for music. She and lifelong piano/organist partner, Ruth Jones, performed countless programs at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where Helen was a member for more than fifty years. They expanded to "Forty Flying Fingers" when they added pianists Nancy Woodin and Karen Lull to the program. Helen accompanied the choir at St. Luke's and played there most recently on July 3, two days after she turned 93. She was an originator of the "Fabulous Fridays" music programs at St. Luke's and organized a series of programs called "Where Art and Music Meet." She had also been a member of the JuBELLation Ringers at St. Luke's. In addition to performing at church, Helen and Ruth played for many years at the Finley Hospital Auxiliary's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Helen also accompanied many musicians in the Artist Series of the Dubuque Arts Council, was the music director of the Barn Community Theater and the Grand Opera House, and was one of the originators of the Dubuque Arboretum's Sunday afternoon concerts.

In addition to her music, Helen was also an ardent supporter of service projects. She organized the "Seniors Out and About" monthly travel group, served as president of the Dubuque Arts Council, and held every office in PEO Chapter KI. She was a delegate to the Dubuque Area Congregations United and a lay member of the United Methodist Annual Conference. She was a member of two bridge clubs at the time of her passing, was a voracious reader, and loved to attend concerts and plays.

On the family front, Helen and her husband Bruce (2002) lost an infant son, Robert John, and raised three children, Bill (Debbie) of St. Paul, MN, Jean (late husband Denny) of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Ed (Christine, and late wife Sally) of Cable, WI. Helen doted on her four grandsons, Kevin (Samantha), Tim (Sarah), Zachary, and Daniel, and her two great-grandchildren, Fiona (6) and Lochlan (1). She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss their Aunt Helen.

Helen will live on in the hearts of her family and in her music legacy to St. Luke's and to Dubuque. She requested that her ashes be scattered with Bruce's at the family's 150-year-old farm near Hopkinton, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Helen Johnston Memorial Fund at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



LaVonne M. Vath


LaVonne Mary Vath, 94, of Dubuque, formerly of 10930 NW Towner Dr., Grimes, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

LaVonne was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Rudolph V. and Grace E. (Thielen) Wagner. She attended Nativity grade school, the Visitation High School and Clarke and Mercy for her Nursing degree. 

On October 10, 1943 she married William Thomas Vath. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1992.

Surviving are her children, William (Bonita) Vath, of New Berlin, WI, Greg Vath of Tempe, AZ, Thomas (Elessa) Vath, of Grimes, IA, and Janet (David) Luick of Austin, MN; grandchildren, Timothy Vath, Jeromy Vath, Nicholas Oman, Katrina Oman and Malachi Oman; and a great- granddaughter, Emma Rose Oman.

She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tia Vath. 

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

Memorials may be given to Assumption Catholic Church, Granger, Iowa.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their compassionate care.



Gary M. Hoppman


Gary M. Hoppman, 56, of rural East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery, Menominee Illinois. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. on Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Gary was born on March 1, 1960 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Thomas and Doris (Kuhl) Hoppman. He was united in marriage to Lisa Baker on September 25, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Gary was employed at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. He enjoyed golf, camping, spending time with his grandchildren and was a life-long Minnesota Vikings fan.

Surviving are two sons, Jason (Melissa) Hoppman of Red Wing, Minnesota and Matthew (Becca McGee) Hoppman of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Kayleigh, Emma, Addison, Norah, Thomas and James; his mother, Doris Hoppman, of East Dubuque; his siblings Gayle (Jeff) Springer of Dubuque, Iowa, Todd Hoppman of East Dubuque, Randy (Sue) Hoppman of Galena and Clark (Karen) Hoppman of Shullsburg, Wisconsin; and his former wife, Lisa Hoppman, of Wauke, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom; a brother, Marty; his grandparents, Phillip & Genevieve Hoppman and Melvin & Marie Kuhl.

A Gary M. Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

Jason and Matt wish to thank the Oncology Dept. and Dr. Schultz at Swedish-American Hospital in Rockford, Dr. Greg Vandigo and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness given to their Dad.

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



Alma A. Green


Alma A. Green, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Alma may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 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. on Monday at the funeral home. Services for Alma will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Alma was born July 9, 1938, in Newton, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Anna (Nielsen) Kono. She received her education from Colfax High School. She worked at Aquin Elementary School as a cook for many years until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was a very active member of the Cascade Garden Club.

She is survived by five children, Paula (Andy) Green Abrams of Byron, MN, Shelley (Russ) Green-Wise of Coralville, IA, Dominic (Mary) Green of Fremont, NE, Heath Green of Oskaloosa, IA, and Peter (Carolyn) Green of Catonsville, Maryland; 3 grandchildren, Haley and Kyra Abrams, and Henry Green; and three sibilings, Ila Brandt of Baxter, IA, Lee Tharp of Newton, IA, and Kay Lewis of Searsboro, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Arline Foster, Lois Jean Hill, Leland Kono, and Lowell Kono.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Mercy Hospice Care Unit or Iowa City Hospice in memory of Alma Green.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert L. Ellithorpe


Robert L. Ellithorpe, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 8, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service celebrating Robert's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, August 12, 2016 from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Robert LeRoy Ellithorpe was born on December 9, 1943 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Harold LeRoy and Wilma Mae (Taylor) Ellithorpe. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Bonnie Jean Floyd on January 16, 1969 in Mount Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 26, 2011.

Robert had first worked construction for Gannon Construction and Campbell Construction. He also worked as a farm hand for Roger Stewart, Charles Schneckloth and Cecil McClimon. He then became a truck driver, working over 20 years for various trucking companies in the area.

Robert was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed playing Euchre at the Jackson County Senior Center and at the Eagles Club. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Connie (Steve Johnson) Ellithorpe of Clinton, IA, Karla Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA, Todd (Dawn) Ellithorpe of Clinton, IA, Michelle (Art Holloway) Ellithorpe of Atlantic, IA, and Rodney Ellithorpe of Louisville, KY; 7 grandchildren; brothers Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, and Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI; half-sister Karen Ellithorpe of Council Bluffs, IA; and aunts Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Taylor of Platteville, WI and Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Wilma, father and step-mother Harold and Dorothy, his wife Bonnie, one aunt, and four uncles including Bill Taylor on July 12, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert L. Ellithorpe memorial fund has been established.

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



Helen P. Gaul


Helen P. Gaul, 83, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg died Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday August 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Helen was born October 25, 1932 in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Gregor and Anna (Klosterman) Hermsen. She married Eldon Gaul on August 18, 1956 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary together this year. She enjoyed researching family history. Helen made many hand sewn quilts which her family will treasure. She was a wonderful baker and was known for her orange cookies. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon, five children: Sharon (Larry) Monroe of Maplewood, MN, Michael Gaul of Petersburg, Carla (Stan) Thomas of Peosta, Patricia Gaul (Charles Duch) of Alexandria, VA, Pete (Kim) Gaul of Petersburg, grandchildren: Brigid (Dan) Burhans, Cori (Aaron) Burbach, Tony (Callie) Gaul, Casey Gaul (fiancé Tim Riesberg), Chad (Tiffany) Thomas, Emily (Brandon) Stone, Ryan, Elliot, Evan, Owen Gaul, 3 great grandchildren: siblings: Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Luxemburg, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Bernice (Ken) Vorwald of New Vienna, Gladys (Harry) Burkle, of Dyersville, Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg, Arthur Hermsen of New Vienna, in-laws: Diane Hermsen of New Vienna, Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque, Lawrence (Delores) Gaul of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Alphonse and Regina Gaul, brother, Harold Hermsen, in-laws, Joyce Hermsen, Tom Deutmeyer, Ralph and Laura Meyer, Germaine Gaul, Leander Gaul in infancy.

A special thanks to the staff at Oakcrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

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

 



Betty (Hendricks) Butler


Betty (Hendricks) Butler, 83, of Dubuque, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at her home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Betty was born on August 1, 1933 in Pitchard, OK, and raised in Joplin, MI by her father Lee Roy Hendricks, who served in the 35th regiment of the United States Army during WWI, and her mother, Dorothy May (Young) Hendricks.

Betty served her country with pride and honor as a nurse in the 6th Medical Corps of the US Army, where she met her husband-to-be, James Butler, in Fort Sill, OK. He was also a member of the Army and from Dubuque. Betty moved to Dubuque and married James on April 23, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church. They celebrated 60 years of love this April.

Betty worked at Bishops Buffet for 16 years before retiring.

Surviving are her husband, James; sons Patrick (Sharon) Butler, of Asbury, Michael (Anna) Butler of Van Nuys, CA, and Daniel Butler of Costa Mesa, CA; many beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; a sister, Rosemary Jones of Springfield, MO; and a brother, Gerald Hendricks of Seattle, WA. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Roy, who was born in Colorado and laid to rest in Joplin; her mother, Dorothy, who was born in Kentucky and laid to rest in Dubuque; and a half-brother, Joe Barnes, laid to rest in Columbus, KS.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for Betty's care.



Howard N. Roth


Howard N. "Howie" Roth, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday August 6, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where members of East Dubuque American Legion Post #787 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Howie was born on September 7, 1932 in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Welter) Roth. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Janet Elliott on June 13, 1957 in Dubuque.

Howie was a car enthusiast and loved going to the Dunleith Township swimming pool, watching NASCAR races, and riding his bike around the neighborhood. He also enjoyed playing a good game of euchre or bean bags, socializing with family and friends, and gardening. He gave a welcoming wave and "howdy" to everyone he saw and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Howie will forever be remembered by his smile, jokes and silly personality. He was a member of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque, a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept., and was formerly employed at Barnstead-Thermolyne and Janlin Plastics until his retirement.

Surviving is his wife, Janet Roth; five children: Dee Kieler of East Dubuque, Illinois, Mary Kay (Bill) Kane of Zwingle, Iowa, David "Rover" (Stacy) Roth of Orfordville, Wisconsin, Sandy "Sam" (Jody) Recker of Dubuque, Iowa, and Nikki Mook of East Dubuque, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Jessie Kieler, Justin Kieler, Elizabeth Pape, Jennifer Kane, Chad Vondran, Chelcie Wallace, Cory Roth, Crystal Roth and Jaelyn Recker, and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Lori Ann, his sister Pearl Risdon and three brothers, Gealos, Merlin and Don Roth.

Howie's family wishes to give thanks to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer, and the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for the fine care given to their husband, father and grandfather.

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

 

 

 



Maria A. Langkamp


Maria A. Langkamp, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:56 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Maria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Maria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Maria was born on May 29, 1930, in Germany, daughter of Philipp and Anna (Weick) Gaa.

Maria met a handsome young U.S. Army soldier named Harold Langkamp, while he was serving in Germany, and they would be united in marriage on January 16, 1951. They returned to the states, specifically Dubuque, in 1954 and were blessed with 65 wonderful years together and 5 deeply adored children. Maria was a proud housewife who devoted her heart and soul to caring for her family. One of Maria's fondest moments, within her early years of motherhood, was the opportunity to return to Germany, with her three oldest children, to spend a couple of months bonding with her parents. She would invest over 20 years providing Avon products to her friends, but her true calling of nurturing her family was continually met with a determination which only a proud German mother could appreciate. Maria was an amazingly talented seamstress who created countless projects throughout her life. Whether it was her most current needlepoint, crochet, knitting or sewing creation; you could be sure that Maria was truly happy to be sharing her talents with her loved ones. She and Harold also enjoyed spending time with their "Card Club" friends and were always ready for a good round of Euchre or Canasta. Maria's faith ran deep and she faithfully attended Sunday Mass at her beloved St. Mary's Church before eventually joining St. Patrick's. Maria has been called home quite suddenly, and her physical absence today is almost more than we can bear. We now recall all of the delectable delights she produced in her kitchen with sheer joy and know that we've been blessed to share in her light for 86 precious years. We will surely miss Maria, but we find comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited in eternal perfection one day, and we will treasure every memory she leaves behind until that day arrives.

Those left to cherish Maria's memory include

her loving husband of 65 years,
Harold Langkamp, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Harold Langkamp Jr.,
Giselle Langkamp,
Willy Langkamp,
Lana Sheldon
and Sandy Parker, all of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Amanda (Brian) Wlochal, Brett Langkamp, Jennifer Sheldon and Matthew Parker;

her great-grandchildren,
Alyssa Sheldon, Michael Wlochal, Zachary Wlochal, Riley Langkamp, Samantha Wlochal and Abigail Hattula;

and also a nephew,
Stephen Gaa, Germany.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents; and her 2 brothers, Hans and Willy Gaa.

A Maria A. Langkamp memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities

Maria's family would like to extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to Maria's extended family for all of their logistical and emotional care and support. The family would also like to thank the Dr.'s, nurses and staff at ManorCare, Stonehill, Heritage Manor and Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Velma J. Beschen


Velma J. Beschen, 78, of Galena, Illinois, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Diane Grace officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Velma was born on October 6, 1937 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Loretta (Splinter) Burbach and Lawrence Frost.  She married James C. Beschen on September 15, 1959, he preceded her in death on March 18, 1998.

Velma enjoyed camping, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren and watching the Chicago White Sox.

Surviving are three children, Debbie Bartram, Dean (Brenda) Beschen both of East Dubuque and Deanna (Jason) Buck of Rapid City, South Dakota; she was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim and a son Carl Beschen.

The family would like to thank the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.  The family would also like to express their sincere thanks to their family, friends and co-workers for all of their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, a Velma Beschen memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dawn M. Soppe


Dawn M. (Frommelt) Soppe, 49 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Dawn was born on October 1, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Sharon (Unsen) Frommelt. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in 1982. In October of 2001 she married John Steven Soppe.
Dawn most recently worked at Kelly's Kitchen as a sandwich chef. She was very proud of this title.
She loved to collect anything wolves and Jeff Gordon memorabilia. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Heather Frommelt, Nicole Frommelt, and Tiffany (Jacob) Hoffman all of Dubuque; and her son Robert Soppe, of Ormond Beach, FL. Her grandchildren; Abagale, Paislee-Ann, Madilynn, Grayson and Klaus. Her mother Sharon Frommelt; maternal grandmother, Elsie Unsen; stepmother, Candace Frommelt; siblings, Shari (Joe) Bush, Brenda Smith, Dwayne Frommelt, Peggy (Roger) Russell, Will Frommelt, Lonnie (Gayle) Beversdorf, Brian Frommelt, Melissa Moore, Jason Moore, Brittany (Jeremy) Weber, Ashley Durey, Logan Frommelt and Tyler Frommelt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Soppe, her father, George Frommelt and father-in-law, Harold Dement.

The family would like to thank everyone for their continuous thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for all of us.



Gilbert J. Crippes


The world lost a good man on Monday, August 8, 2016. Gilbert (Gib, Gibby, Big-Spelled-Backwards) John Crippes, 86, of Dubuque, died at his home, just the way he wanted to. He was at peace, surrounded by his children and in the bed he shared with the love of his life, Eunice L. Kahle. Eunice passed away exactly 3 years and 8 months earlier. His life's purpose, to take care of "Eunie," was over, but he was not done yet. Despite this incredible loss, he managed to hold onto his sense of humor and a joy for living life.

Gib was born on August 25, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was the son of John & Tillie (Keuter) Crippes. He married Eunice Kahle on January 26, 1952 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He graduated from Senior High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years. Gib worked as an organ and piano salesman and tuner for 45 years at Renier Piano & Organ Company. After the store closed, he continued his work, self employed; his business was run by his Chief Operating Officer, Eunice. He met many interesting people over the course of his life and told amusing stories. He tuned for the churches, schools, 5 Flags, the Symphony and various big bad leaders out at Melody Mill. He was offered a job by Liberace. He turned it down. He chose to marry Eunice instead! They enjoyed traveling throughout the country, going to Branson with friends, cruises, square dancing, and sporting events, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings.

Gib and Eunice raised four moderately obedient children.

Surviving Gib are his children, Jacqueline (Mike) Chase, Karen Crippes (Scott Mulligan), William (Linda) Crippes, and Thomas (Kori) Crippes, grandchildren Rachel (Corey) Kranz, Andy, Sam and Katie Chase, Kyle and Jack Mulligan, Brandon (Ellyn) Crippes, and Ben (Krista) Crippes and Jacob, Joe and Paige Crippes and Rachael Brust, and great-grandchildren, Wesley and Winston Kranz, and Milo Crippes. Gib is also survived by brothers-in-law Vernon and Dr. Don (Erm) Kahle, Sisters-in-law Sandy Kahle, Joyce Kahle and Sally Kahle, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Marie Ruble, Betty Schrobilgen and brother, Ronald Crippes, his wife's parents, Marcella & George Kahle, brothers-in-law Marv Kahle, Urban Klaas, Jim Kahle, Bob Kahle and sister-in-law Jean Klaas.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 3:00 pm Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Robert L. Rehfeld


Robert L. Rehfeld, 76, of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of "Bob's" life, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Galena, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating. Visitation will be from 3 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.  Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Oakland Cemetery in Freeport, IL.

Bob was born June 15, 1940 in Freeport, the son of Floyd E. and LaFerne M. Rehfeld. He graduated from Aquin High in Freeport in 1959 and then earned a B.S. in Elementary Education at WSU Platteville, graduating in 1965. He went on to earn two master's degrees in Education Guidance and Counseling from Loras College in Dubuque in 1969.

Bob, known as "Mr. R." by his students, was a charismatic teacher who inspired his students with his creativity, passion, and nurturing. He taught for 33 years at Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque, teaching 6th grade and ending his career in 4th. He incorporated educational, yet fun projects into his pedagogy to engage his students. Most notably he founded Table Mound's "Mock Convention" that is held before Iowa Caucuses-a tradition that endures today. Bob was a counselor in addition to being teacher, and he used his skills to help patients at Mercy Hospital. After retirement, Bob volunteered his counseling skills and became a court appointed mediator at the Dubuque County Courthouse.

Bob married Mary Ames of Dubuque in 1964, and together they raised three children. After their divorce in 1981, Bob relocated from Dubuque to Galena, where he lived out his days. Bob was a devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Galena and was known for his inspirational talks to the congregation called "Five Minutes with Elder Bob." He enjoyed doing creative projects, having meaningful conversations, caring for animals, sending gifts to loved ones, and helping others. He was a loyal son, father, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are three children, Eric Rehfeld of Austin, TX, Steve Rehfeld of San Antonio, TX, Rebecca Springer of West Sacramento, CA, and one grandson, Seth Rehfeld Springer of West Sacramento, CA.  

Bob's family would like to sincerely thank Nancy Campbell, as well as Jim Lander, and Rev. Jim McCrea for their unyielding friendship and support to Bob throughout the remainder of his life.

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

 

 



Donna M. Schroeder


Donna M. Schroeder, 59, of Dubuque passed away at 3:25 a.m. Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her family to comfort her.

A casual gathering of family and friends will held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque. An informal Celebration of Life and time for Sharing will take place at 6:00 p.m.

She was born on October 30, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clare Breithaupt.

She owned several horses, dogs and cats. She enjoyed going on trail-rides; and loved going on her boat with her family and dogs "Max" and "Jessie". David named the boat "Baby Cakes" which was his nickname for Donna.

She is survived by her husband David of 43 years who loved to make his Baby Cakes laugh. Her children, Joshua Schroeder, Heather Schroeder and Jodi (Matthew) McCarron, all of Dubuque. Her precious grandsons, Micah and Bobby McCarron. Her mother Clare Breithaupt, of Dubuque and her sister Lisa Breithaupt of Cedar Falls. Her brothers-in-law Dennis Schroeder and Terry (Joanette) Lang of Dubuque. Her sister in laws Jackie (Thomas) Oliver of Cedar Rapids and Patricia (Glenn) Welp of East Dubuque, IL

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law John J. Schroeder and her mother-in-law, Roselma "Peggy" McGrath-Schroeder.

In lieu of flowers a Donna M. Schroeder memorial will be established.



Jerome J. Schieltz


Jerome J. (Jerry) Schieltz, 92, of Luxemburg, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family following a short battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Jerry was born on September 24, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the middle son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Friedman) Schieltz.  He was born and raised on the farm his grandparents originally purchased in 1870.  He was educated at Holy Trinity School in Luxemburg.  He married Grace Marie Lake on April 23, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Together they raised their family on the same farm in which he was born, and Jerry lived all his life in Luxemburg other than the time he spent in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Jerry was a proud veteran and one of his fondest memories was being able to travel to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight in September, 2011.

Jerry was a loving, patient and kind husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and touched many lives.  He loved his family and was affectionately known as "Papa Jerry" to the great-grandkids.  He had a sharp mind and loved to share stories of the past. He was a member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau for over 50 years, served as a Board of Director for Holy Trinity Parish and served on several church committees. He was a simple man who especially enjoyed morning coffee and conversation at the 4-Way and helping on the farm before his health declined where he no longer was able.  Jerry was extremely proud of his farm, and carried a passion for farming his entire life. 

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Grace, 5 children: Jim (Sharon) Schieltz, Joe Schieltz, and Linda (Terry) Bockenstedt, all of Luxemburg, Sandy (Lyle) Wulfekuhle of Farley, and Lisa (Scott) Lueken of Worthington; 13 Grandchildren: Jesse Schieltz, Amy (Anthony) Dowies, Tim (Kelly) Schieltz, Tony Schieltz, Jeff (MaryLynne) Wulfekuhle, Scott (Shyla Kae) Wulfekuhle, Abby (Luke) McDermott, Luke (Jenny) Bockenstedt, Andy (Lynn) Bockenstedt, Katie Bockenstedt (friend Justin Weber), Jenna Lueken, Jared Lueken and Jessica Lueken; 16 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Hanna and Grace Dowies, Nic and Natalie Schieltz, Hailey, Katelynn, Josie, Mason, Avery, and Dylan Wulfekuhle, Brock, Nate and Cole McDermott, Will and Tanner Bockenstedt and baby Bockenstedt expected in October; 2 brothers: Ed (Alice Mae) Schieltz and Elmer Schieltz, both of Luxemburg; 5 in-laws: Alice Mae (Ed) Schieltz of Luxemburg, Joann Besler of Hopkinton, Esther Klostermann of Dyersville, Gladys (Bob) Elgin of Peosta, and Wilma Lake of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Edward W. and Agatha Lake, and sister and brothers-in-law, Germaine Schieltz, James Lake, Edward Lake, Bill Besler and Floyd Klostermann.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, Dr. Horchak and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Amy C. for their care and compassion that they gave to Jerry.

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

 



Donald C. Donohoo


Donald C. Donohoo, 94, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Don was born on June 7, 1922, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Dillon and Mame (McKenna) Donohoo. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1940 and then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Don served in World War II in the European Theater and met his wife, Jean Talbert, while stationed in Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana. Don and Jean married on February 8, 1945, in Paris, Texas. Don and Jean were married 65 years and she was the love of his life. They enjoyed dancing and many trips abroad.

Don and his brother Sam purchased Donohoo Furniture Company from their mother in April of 1947 and he continued to operate the business until July 31st of 1995. He served as president of the Wisconsin Retail Furniture Association. He also worked at many different furniture and floor covering stores after closing Donohoo's but his last employment was with Oak Street Furniture in Dubuque for 11 years.

He was a lifetime member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, serving as a commentator, Eucharistic Minister, and Religious Education Teacher.

Don was a charter and lifetime member of the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce and past secretary of the Cuba City Lions Club. He also was a past member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Health Center in Platteville. Don also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Adult Education Board at Sinsinawa Mound. His hobbies included working on the computer at the library and dancing.

Don was a kind hearted and compassionate man. He was hardworking and a great inspiration to all.

Surviving are two sons, Ray (Sandy) Donohoo, of Glendale, WI, and Jerry Donohoo, of Madison, WI; two daughters, Darlene (Dan) Wallace, of Mineral Point, WI, and Sharon Donohoo, of Shullsburg, WI; a special friend of the family, Mary Foley; a special friend of the family, Mary Foley; four grandchildren, Colleen, Heather, Chelsey and Dustin; and six great-grandchildren, Evan, Emily, Matthew, Brianna, Angie and Stephanie. Don is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; four brothers, Sam, Ade, Fidel and Stan Donohoo; one sister, Mary Gallagher; a grandson, Matthew Donohoo; a granddaughter, Stephanie Wallace; and an infant son, Sam Donohoo.

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



Arnold F. Oberbroeckling


Arnold F. "Arnie" Oberbroeckling, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., with a 7 p.m. scripture service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Arnie was born on November 23, 1932, in Dubuque, the son of Henry "Heinie" and Lavata (Roussell) Oberbroeckling. He married Jeanne A. Lang on July 3, 1953, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and served in the US Army for two years. Arnie was an engineer for Dubuque Stamping Company, retiring in 2001 after 51 years. He also had a TV business "Oberbroeckling TV Service" for many years. Arnie was a "gear head" and loved high performance cars and racing. He was a hands-on mechanic and car owner. He loved big band music and old time radio, and was an avid bowler and auto racing fan. He also enjoyed singing karaoke and playing the accordion and trumpet.

Arnie was a lifelong parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a member of Grand Tap/Leaky Lodge and a long-standing member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; children -Debra (Tim) Hanson, of Springfield, MO, Chad Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, Kim Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, Sandra Oberbroeckling of Ames, and Dan (Maria) Oberbroeckling of Davenport; grandchildren - Jeanne (Andy) Goodwin, Anna (James) Rutherford, Laura (Aaron) Azar, and Gavin Oberbroeckling; great-grandchildren - Michelle Azar and Claire Azar; a sister, Arleen (Clement) Mesch of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Roger Oberbroeckling of Henderson, TN; numerous nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Bailey.

Arnie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Blanche Oberbroeckling; a brother-in-law, Richard A. Lang, Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Geri Oberbroeckling.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to all who cared for Arnie, especially the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Paramount Ambulance, and Stonehill Care Center.

Service details and online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Susan M. Freese


Mrs. Terry (Susan M. Grace) Freese, 56, of rural East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, Illinois, with Fr. Stephan Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Sue was born on January 3, 1960 in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Tom and Ann (Costigan) Grace. She was a graduate of Oelwein High School, class of 1978. Sue was united in marriage to Terry L. Freese on May 10, 1986 at Sacred Heart Church in Oelwein and they shared 30 years of marriage.

She was employed at Area Residential Care in Dubuque, retiring in 2013 due to health issues. Sue loved dragon boat racing, bird watching, 4-wheeling and canoeing. She was a member of Nativity BVM Parish.

Surviving is her beloved husband, Terry; her devoted son, Jared Freese of East Dubuque; her parents, Tom and Ann Grace of Oelwein, Iowa; and her sister, Amy (Steve) Henderson and daughter Jamie of Madison, Wisconsin; her extended family includes father- and mother-in-law Karen and Gerald Freese; brother-in-law Tim (Chrissy), sister-in-laws Tamara (Eric) Sanderson and Amy Freese Shanley; her nieces and nephews Jamie Henderson, Grant and Laine Sanderson, Robert John (R.J.) Shanley, Abbey, Isabelle and Audri Freese.

A Susan M. Freese memorial fund has been established.

Terry and Jared wish to thank Dr. Schultheis and staff, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their wife and mom.

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



Brianna Dawn Lee Gilson


Brianna Dawn Lee Gilson, three years old, of Conroe, Texas went home to heaven on July 29, 2016. She was the daughter of Amanda Reddick-Gilson of Conroe, Texas, formally of of Sherrill, Iowa. Services will be held at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, August 6th. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a service to follow.

Brianna was born April 13, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. She had a vivid imagination which centered on helping others, whether it was calling all her Paw Patrol pups to save Jake off the mountain, or protecting the farmer's animals from Captain Hook, or tending to her sick stuffed kitties. She was a natural in the water, having been in the pool already at six weeks old, and loved the bathtub where she played with her Octonauts who always needed saving too. Brianna loved playing her guitar, drums, recorder, and singing to Hawaiian music. She loved helping her mommy bake, especially cracking the eggs and using the mixer. She even baked in her sandbox, making the most delicious sand cakes.

She is survived by her mother; her grandmother Rita (Tigges) Reddick of Dubuque, Iowa; her aunt and uncle Rebecca and Jon Cook and their children Dustin and Alivia of Janesville, Wisconsin; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather William Reddick of Weleetka, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Brianna's name.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Ray D. Burbach

Ray Daniel Burbach, was born into the arms of angels on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. He is the son of Ryan and Raquel (Herber) Burbach and the guardian angel to his twin sisters, Norah and Madeline.

Ray was the true meaning of unconditional love and spent his entire earthly existence safely underneath the beat of his moms heart. He will forever remain a part of us.

In addition to his parents and sisters, Ray is deeply loved by his maternal grandfather, Dan and Sheri Herber; maternal grandmother, Kay and Tim Hancock; paternal grandparents, Greg and Connie Burbach; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his great- paternal grandparents, Edward (Patricia) Moes; great-maternal grandparents Robert Kehoe and Arthur (Carmella) Herber.

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

Private family funeral services will be held Friday with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Special thank you to Dr. Torri Janecek and the wonderful staff at Dubuque OBGYN and Unity Point Finley Hospital.

"Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."- Winnie the Pooh

 



Cletus E. Dalsing


Cletus E. "Clete" Dalsing, 77, of Dubuque, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Cletus was born on October 14, 1938 in Jamestown Twp. of Grant County, Wisconsin, the son of Cletus H. and Frieda K. (Ihm) Dalsing.  He was a graduate of Loras Academy, class of 1956.

He married Peggy Cullen on October 24, 1959 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  Clete worked for the Kieler Garage, in Kieler, Wisconsin, for thirty years, including ten years as their Service Manager. While at the Kieler Garage, Clete was awarded the highest level of General Motors customer service achievement awards, as well as many technical certifications. Clete achieved the level of "GM Certified Master Technician" as well as being the recipient of the General Motors "Best of the Best" award on multiple occasions, a recognition awarded to only a select few top level GM mechanics. Clete later worked as a Lead Mechanic for the Dubuque Community School's Building and Grounds Department retiring in 2011. Clete's passion for excellence to always do his best inspired his family to always do and be their best.

Clete loved being a mechanic and working on cars. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, was always an avid Dale Earnhardt fan, while also cheering for all the "bow ties" in the race over the years, plus he enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Clete also played many sports, including baseball, softball, basketball, bowling and golf.

Surviving are his wife Peggy; four children, Keith (Dr. Kathryn) Dalsing and Kurt (Deb) Dalsing both of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Kelly (Charles) Ripley of Bettendorf, Iowa and Karlyn (Todd) Ollendick of Iowa City, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Beth, Carson, Graham, Stephanie, Megan, Mitchell, Noah, Jenna and Katie; a sister, Kay (Bob) Helbing and a brother, Dan Dalsing, both of Platteville, Wisconsin. 

Clete was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Frieda Dalsing; a son, Kent James Dalsing; and two brothers, Ken and Jim Dalsing. 

The family sends their gratitude to the doctors and staff at Medical Associates for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers a Clete Dalsing memorial fund has been established. 

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



Mary M. Kluesner


Mary M. Kluesner, 70, of Epworth, Iowa formally of Holy Cross, Iowa, died at 3:50 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, with Paul by her side.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2016 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass for Mary will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. There will be no public visitation before services on Saturday. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Mary was born May 24, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Coletta (Heid) Trumm. She is 1964 graduate of Aquin High School in Cascade. She also attended Northeast Iowa Community College for 2 years. On April 22, 1967 she was united in marriage to Paul J. Kluesner at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She and Paul farmed and raised their family in the Holy Cross area until 2001 when they moved to Epworth. Mary retired from Beckman High School in 2015 after 18 years of service.

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

She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Kluesner of Epworth, IA; three sons, Scott (Vicki) Kluesner of Farley, IA, Todd M. (Shawn) Kluesner of Epworth, IA and Brett (Stephanie) Kluesner of Earlville, IA; five grandchildren, Lucas and Jacklyn Kluesner, Henry Kluesner, Samantha and Gabriella Kluesner; one sister, Dorothy (Duane Gorman) Hahn of Dubuque, IA; four brother, Lavern "Barney" (Mary) Trumm of Manchester, IA, Donnie (Pat) Trumm of Dubuque, IA, Eldon (Kaye) Trumm of Worthington, IA and Steve Trumm of Florida; one brother-in-law, Robert DeShaw of Hopkinton, IA; one sister-in-law, Becky Walser of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Paul and Ernie Trumm; one sister, Bernadine DeShaw.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, The staff of Shady Rest Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy C. and Amy B. for all the wonderful care given to Mary.

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



Albin L. Droessler


Albin L. "Al" Droessler, 91, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Chad Droessler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Al was born on April 6, 1925, near Kieler, the tenth of twelve children of Joe and Rose (Flogel) Droessler. He received his education in the parish grade school and Sacred Heart High School in Dubuque.

He married Bernadette "Bernie" Splinter on May 8, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, sharing 68 years with her until her passing on July 15, 2014.

He was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Parish, its Holy Name Society, and the golden parish choir of the 50's and 60's.

Al learned how to farm and the construction business from his father and brothers. And like them, kept one foot on a farm to raise his family as he worked with them in construction. He then started his business, Al Droessler and Sons Const., developing subdivisions in Kieler, Dickeyville, and East Dubuque along with offering custom design and construction management of residential and commercial properties throughout the tri-state area.

For 70 yrs. he entertained as a musician, vocalist, and front man with many popular dance hall bands and club ensembles. Later he entertained regularly at senior care centers until age 88. He was a stealthy hunter and patient fisherman, his family and employees remember their many trips together to northern Wisconsin. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing and gardening with Bernie, cutting firewood, and making music. He will be missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and former employees.

Al is survived by his children, Sam (Nancy), Tom (Judy), and Linda (Phil) Schwinn, all of Kieler, Ted, of Potosi, Albie (Patty) of Stoughton, and Angel (Rick) Busch of Gays Mills; 18 grandchildren: 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister Dorothy, OSF, of Milwaukee; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Droessler, of Louisburg, and Rosie Splinter, of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernie; his siblings and in-laws, Harold, Leon (Helena), Ray (Louise), Joe, Virgil "Jim" (Ginny), Gene (Rita), Gerry (Louetta), and Ernie (Beverly); and his sisters Mary and Lola "Babe" (Jamie) Dye.

In lieu of flowers an Al Droessler Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.

A special thanks to the Epione Center nurses and staff for their loving care for our father, Al. They are truly angels of care.



Elizabeth L. Mueller


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Mueller, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of 2735 Muscatine Street, was called home peacefully at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Betty was born on May 22, 1933, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Art and Helen (Schmal) Berg.

Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Marvin Mueller, on April 19, 1952, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 55 wonderful years together, and seven beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 11, 2008. Betty was always honored to have the opportunity to be a full-time wife and mother. Her mission, and greatest joy during her earthly life, were loving and caring for her loved ones. When her home, and kitchen, were full of family and friends, you could be assured that Betty was in the midst of some of her most treasured moments during her life. Betty was always up for a good spring morel hunt, a light-hearted round of Sunday Euchre, or some fun out with her friends in the "Betty Club", but at the end of the day, her heart and soul would always circle back to her deeply adored family. Faith was also a priority in Betty's life as she was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Ghost Church. Loving, generous, committed, determined, considerate and a tender soul are all words which Betty has easily captured, and redefined, along her earthly journey. We will miss her, until our eventual eternal reunion; but we surely find peace and comfort in knowing that she is finally reunited with Marvin, and her other family members and also that all of her health issues have ceased today and perfection is the only state she now endures.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Carol (Dave Meyer) Simon, Dubuque, IA,
Sue (Bruce) Nagelmaker, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Diane) Mueller, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Rene) Mueller, Arvada, CO,
Beth (Jerry) Heins, Dubuque, IA
and James (Lisa Mauer) Mueller, Sherrill, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Dustin (Hillary) Baker, Calais Baker, Mike (Kara) Nagelmaker, Carla (Jay) Neal, Angela (Andy) Heiar, Jeff (Rachel) Heins, Ryan Heins, Katie Mueller, Kristopher Mueller, Jackie Mueller, Bailey Mueller, McKenzie Mueller, Jake Mauer and Jenna Mauer;

her seven great-grandchildren,
Quinton Baker, Caryssa Neal, Elliott Neal, Bode Nagelmaker, Nora Nagelmaker, Aubree Heiar and Gabe Heins;

and an aunt,
Shirley (Arnie) Meyer, Dyersville, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Marvin Mueller; a son, Thomas Mueller; a sister, Mary Swift; and 2 brothers, Aloysius Berg and Paul Berg.

An Elizabeth L. "Betty" Mueller memorial fund has been established.

Betty's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Oak Park Place for all of the wonderful and compassionate care they provided.

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

 



Irene F. Klostermann


Irene F. Klostermann, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:55 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irene was born on September 21, 1923, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Mary (Freking) Link.

Irene was united in marriage to Raymond Klostermann on May 25, 1943, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, Iowa. They were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 8, 2005. Irene was a proud farm wife who invested many years to loving and nurturing her family in the Balltown and Lamont areas, before eventually moving into town in 1974. She was a longtime and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, who graciously gave her time and talents within the parish; including as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Funeral Dinner Supervisor, Liturgy Committee, Parish Council, Chairperson of Vocation Committee, Quilt Club, Funeral Choir, Power of Prayer and also the Holy Ghost Senior Citizens. But Irene wasn't finished with her generosity and committed devotion to her faith, she also volunteered with Mercy Silver Advantage as a helper at Holy Family Hall, and was also a Eucharistic Minister at Mercy Hospital for several years. Irene loved her God, family and community dearly and is surely enjoying the rewards for all of her wonderful service throughout her life here on earth. In her free time, she could be discovered enjoying a good hand of cards with family and friends, working on her next uniquely beautiful quilting or sewing creation, or simply indulging in a little fun and laughter simply for the joy of it. Irene lived life to the fullest and made a greatly visible impact on the world she now leaves behind. All who've had the blessing to know and love Irene are saddened today, but we know we are all better for the experience, and grateful for the wonderful example she displayed of a life well lived. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her three children,
Hope (Richard) Barton, Rock Island, IL,
Juanita (Tim) Bird, New Brighton, MN
and Benjamin (Laura) Klostermann, Elmhurst, IL;

her grandchildren,
Jeffrey (Dawn) Barton, Joy Marie (Danny Morerro) Barton, Benjy (Allison) Klostermann, Angela, Jordan, Caleb, Dustin and Spencer Bird and Catherine Ann Klostermann;

her great-grandchildren,
Jordan Marie Barton, Kyle Barton, Charley Bird, Autumn Christiansen and Joshua Christiansen;

and several nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her loving husband, Raymond Klostermann; a brother, Clarence (Darlene) Link; and a nephew, Joseph Link in infancy.

An Irene F. Klostermann memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Irene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Sunset Park Place, Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, caring and professional care they provided Irene.

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

 



Jeremy James Murphy


Jeremy James "Murph" Murphy, 42, of Peosta, Iowa passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016.

Private family services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jeremy was born on October 22, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James Murphy and Darlene LeGrand. 

He worked as the service manager at Wilwerts Harley-Davidson and later for Dubuque Harley-Davidson. Motorcycles were his passion starting at the young age of 14. He also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and was an avid UFC Fighter fan.

He is survived by his sons Carter and Kyle Murphy of Farley, and his parents John and Darlene Scudder, of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com



Virginia M. Zahina


Virginia M. Zahina, 92, of Hawkeye Care Center and formerly of Sunset Park Place and 2284 Theda Drive, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a time of reflection will be held at 6:45 p.m. Private funeral services will be held.

Virginia was born on May 19, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Mary Gladys (Winders) Smith. She married Joe Zahina on July 29, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 11, 2009.

Virginia was active for many years in the Girls Scouts of America as troop organizer, consultant and co-leader at Nativity Parish. She was an avid golfer, enjoying many years on local and surrounding courses with family and friends as well as league golf at Thunder Hills with her beloved husband Joe. Virginia looked forward to the annual girl's Amana weekend trips each July with her 3 daughters. Monthly game days were fun for her, Joe and Virginia's siblings. It was important for Virginia to keep family close and strong. Her grandchildren called her their rock. She had many close and loyal friends that gathered with her on a regular basis. Her apartment was full of people, talk and laughter. She was the glue that held everyone together. Virginia had many stories to tell of growing up on the farm and riding her horse, Billy. She woke up one morning recently and said "It's a good, good day. I want to go for a ride in the woods." Virginia saw God's hand in all things around her and would share that with family, friends and even strangers. Her concern for others is a testimony of her life. She wanted people to feel comfortable and safe, and was always saying "God is always taking care of me."

Virginia was employed at Neisner's Dime store and Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as operator and service representative. In 1951, she began employment with Dr. Wayne Moldenhauer, DDS and became active in the Dental Assistant Association serving in many capacities on the state and local levels. In November of 1986, Virginia joined the practice of Dr. Frederick and Dr. William May as a receptionist, retiring in February of 2009.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Sandra (Alan) Courtney and Susan Elliott both of Dubuque, IA and Judith (Steve) Roberts of Clive IA; 8 grandchildren, Travis Courtney, Megan (Jeff) Saul, Christopher (Blanca) Roberts, Justin Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Toby (fiancé Jamie) Rhodes, Jessie (special friend Heather) Elliott and Ted (Robyn) Oberhauser; 19 great-grandchildren; her sister, Darlene Wells of Maquoketa, IA and a brother Kenneth (Donna) Smith of Peosta, IA also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp.

Virginia's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Sunset Park Place and Heritage Manor, to mom's special forever friends and "DA girls".



Rodney J. Muller


Rodney J. Muller, 44, of Monticello, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A Celebration of Rod's life will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Mike Martin will officiate.

Rodney was born June 21, 1972, in Monticello, Iowa the son of Gerald and Lorena (Donovan) Muller. Rod worked on his family farm with his brother, Randy, and the Stadtmueller's.

He was very generous with the gift of his time and talents, constantly lending a helping hand. He cherished his daughter, Madison, of whom he often spoke highly and was the light of his life. Rod was a man who honored his faith, family, and friends and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his daughter, Madison Muller of Ames; his father, Gerald Muller of Monticello; siblings: Maureen DeShaw of Delhi, Randy (Denise) Muller of Monticello, Jolynn Covington and Ronnie Muller, both of Cedar Rapids; Madison's mother, Amy Muller of Council Bluffs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorials are preferred.

Information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Scott A. Close

Scott A. "Toby" Close, 49, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, July 30, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday August 3, 2016, 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 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa. With military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Scott was born March 2, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of the late Donald Close and Sandy (Jones) Genthe. He was raised by John & Judy Vonderhaar in New Vienna. After graduation from Western Dubuque High School class of 1985 he enlisted in the Army National Reserve. Scott married Milisa Crouse on June 13, 1998 in Dyersville, Iowa. Scott worked for EIEC in Cascade for several years. Scott was a very caring man and would do anything for anyone that needed it.  Scott was a huge follower of the Western Dubuque Bobcats wrestling team.

Survivors include his wife, Milisa, 3 children: Jacob, Rebecca, Taylor, all at home,

Parents, John & Judy Vonderhaar of New Vienna, Sandy Genthe of McGregor, Parents-in-law, Rick (Linda) Crouse of Gillette, WY,

siblings: Raymond Close of Minnesota, Tammy (Shawn) Eilers of Stevens Point, WI, Danny (Amanda) Genthe of Strawberry Point, Bill (Shirley) Vonderhaar of New Vienna, Susan (Travis) Meadows of Valparaiso, IN, Mike (Shirley K.) Vonderhaar of Beloit, WI, Osman (Sondra Bennet) Alibasic

in-laws:Richard (Lisa) Crouse of Calera, AL, Melinda (Wallace) Leastman of Gillette, WY

and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, dad, and uncles and aunts.

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

 

 



James H. Degenhardt


James H. "Jim" Degenhardt, 77, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from injuries sustained in a lawn mower accident at Birchwood Golf Course.

Graveside services will be 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the East Dubuque Cemetery, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a scripture prayer service will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Jim was born on February 13, 1939 in East Dubuque, the son of Albert and Eunice (Bonnet) Degenhardt.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1957.  He was united in marriage to Dorothy M. George on May 2, 1959 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA.

He was formerly employed at Flynn Ready Mix, from 1974 - 1982 he and Dorothy operated Jim's Supper Club (now Country Heights) in rural Hazel Green, he later drove truck for Wieser Trucking and Stewart Construction Company.  Jim was also the food and beverage manager for the Silver Eagle Casino for five years.

Jim loved hunting, golfing, dining out, traveling, gardening and trapshooting.  If a helping hand was needed, he was there.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy; a son Chad (Jennifer) Degenhardt of East Dubuque; two grandsons, James and Sean; and a brother Randy (Laura) Degenhardt of East Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James and Joseph and a sister Judy Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Jim Degenhardt memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ruth Ann Denlinger


Ruth Ann Denlinger, 72 of Dubuque and formerly of Balltown passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth was born on Sept. 22, 1943 in Dubuque the daughter of Vincent and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961 and on June 20, 1964 she married her High School sweetheart John Denlinger.

Together they farmed on the family homestead in Balltown for over 50 years. Ruth was a woman of great faith and was a long time member of Saint Francis Balltown before joining Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren and doing canning along with going to dances and painting.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband John; her two sons, Steven Denlinger, of Balltown and Dale (Sandy) Denlinger, of Holy Cross; her four grandchildren, Nicole and Kelli Denlinger, and Jason and Alex Kauffmann; her two step grandchildren, Alex and Abbie Lenton; a son-in-law James (Amy) Kauffmann, of Epworth and two sisters Rosie (Ray) Tigges, of Dubuque and Rita Mae Riniker, of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Linda Kauffmann on July 26, 2010, and a brother-in-law, Bernard Riniker.

A Ruth Ann Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center third floor south and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Ruth.



Frederick C. Ramaker


Frederick C. "Fritz" Ramaker, 92, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating.  Burial in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary's Church.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Fritz was born on October 23, 1923 in rural East Dubuque, the son of Mathias and Lena (Bechtold) Ramaker. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1983.  Fritz loved to walk at the Mall, visit with his friends and was always watching over the farms.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Alverna Ramaker of Hazel Green, Wisconsin and Janet Ramaker of St. Paul, Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws, Catherine (Walter) Handfelt, Frank (Agnes) Ramaker, Joseph Ramaker, Leo Ramaker, John (Kathleen Munyon) Ramaker and Marion (Raymond) Lange.

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

 

 



Leah J. Liddle


Leah Jane Liddle, 69, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tom Shinkle will officiate. Private burial will be in Miles Cemetery, Miles, IA. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Leah was born June 11, 1947, in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Reynold and Elizabeth (Pedersen) Erichson. She graduated from Miles High School, and continued her education at University of Iowa, earning her B.A. in English. She married Gregg Liddle on July 13, 1968, in Miles.

Leah devoted most of her adult life to caring for her daughter and family with compassion and love. Her happiest times were spent travelling extensively with her husband. Leah and Gregg had a special love for Hawaii, where they especially enjoyed snorkeling. She appreciated the simple things in life, including the beauty of nature surrounding her. She never took life for granted, and appreciated every moment.

Leah was a longtime member of Grand View United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed attending Bible Study.

Leah is survived by her husband, Gregg Liddle, of Dubuque; her son, Eric (Kelly Renee) Liddle, of Dubuque; two grandsons, Trace and Mason Liddle; and her twin sister, Laurel (Don) Gruhn, of Clinton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Liddle.

Memorials may be made to charities that support FTD research or Juvenile Diabetes.

Gregg would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home, to Leah's caregivers, and to Dr. Allen Meurer.

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



Diana L. Brundage


Diana L. Brundage, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, July 29, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Diana's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 4, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Diana Lynn Brundage was born on April 26, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harold G. and Garnett M. (Rockwell) Brundage. She grew up in Andrew and was a 1976 graduate of Andrew High School. She then received her Associates degree from Clinton Community College with emphasis in Paralegal, Accounting, and Computer Programming. She also received a certificate in welding.

Diana had worked first worked as a welder and through the years had worked as a legal secretary, paralegal, bookkeeper and computer programmer. For the past twenty years she had worked for Swiss Colony Call Center in Clinton as a customer service representative.

Diana was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She was very giving always donating time and resources to charities including the former Andrew Food Pantry which she did with her mother Garnett. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Diana's memory include her children, Gene (Mary) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Eric (Cleta) Brundage of Andrew, IA; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; brothers David Brundage of Maquoketa, IA, and Dion (Tina) Brundage of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Danielle Long of Maquoketa, IA, Dody (Larry) Riordan of Maquoketa, IA, and Nicole Fisher of Davenport, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Dawn Hall and a niece Bobby Jo Hall.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Diana L. Brundage memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Keith Lewin


Keith "Chub" Lewin, 77, passed away on Thursday, July 28 at home, surrounded by his family.

Private funeral services will be held. 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.

Keith was born on May 29, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Ira and Alta (Williams) Lewin. He married Janice Ashland on September 1, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Keith was an electrician for IBEW Local 704 for 33 years.
He enjoyed NASCAR and camping. Keith was a member of the IBEW Local 704 and the Dubuque Men's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children Brian (Deb) Lewin, Terry Lewin, Kim (Larry) Thein, and Kelly (Pete) Wiederholt; step-children Mark (Sally) Krepfle and Kelli McArdle; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Karen (Don) Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two daughters, Carolyn A. Krepfle and Pamala Finney.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Home Care.

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



Monroe C. Hoffmann


Monroe C. Hoffmann, 93, of Worthington, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 pm. Visitation will continue Friday 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, August 5, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137

Monroe was born August 28, 1922, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Nick and Leona (Meyer) Hoffmann. He enlisted in the Army during WWII, served in combat during the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star. When he returned, he married Ardella Bildstein on Feb. 4, 1947, in Dyersville. Together they farmed near Worthington until moving to town in 1973. He continued to help the boys on the farm into his 90's.

He was a family oriented farmer who took the time to spend with his wife going to dances, especially square dancing, picnics, fish fry's, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to go to the feed store, talking and having coffee with his group of friends, and telling many stories, and "That's the way it was."

Survivors include his wife, Ardella; children: Kenneth Hoffmann of Dubuque, Francis (Shari) and Gary (Theresa), both of Worthington; 9 grandchildren: Scott (Amy) Hoffmann, Sharlyn Donovan, Michelle (Bob) Rausch, Shawn (Jodi) Hoffmann, Shyla Kae (Scott) Wulfekuhle, Shamus (Lori) Hoffmann, Aaron (Leah) Hoffmann, Amanda (Rob) Baumhover, and Lee (Diana) Hoffmann; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Norma Fortmann of Worthington and Olga Helle of Dyersville and Eileen Bildstein of Earlville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Clem and Oda Bildstein; his siblings: Martha (George) Kramer, Mabel (John) Kremer, Bernice (Melvin) Mai, and Donald (Bernie) Hoffmann and Hazel (George) Mullis; in-laws Merlin Frotmann, Marvin Helle, Henry "Jr." Bildstein, Esther (Gilbert) Digmann, and Mathias (Adell) Bildstein.

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



Walt F. Knipper


Walt F. Knipper, 86, of Petersburg, Iowa died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home in Petersburg, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Walt may call from 9 until time of services Monday, August 1, 2016 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Services for Walt will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016 at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with Rev. John O'Conner officiating. Burial will be held in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa, with full Military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and the VFW New Vienna Post #7736.

He was born June 21, 1930 in Petersburg, Iowa, son of August and Rose (Thole) Knipper. He received his education from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School. He served in the Army, during the Korean War. On November 26, 1976 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Bateman Straub at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. He farmed in the Peterburg area all his life on the family farm until his retirement in 1994 when he moved into town.

He is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Petersburg and a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 of which he was a member for 50 years. He also a member of the VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars, New Vienna Post #7736.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Knipper of Petersburg, Iowa; children Larry (Kathy) Knipper of Cascade, IA, and Deonna (Kevin Sweeney) Straub of Henderson, CO; two grandchildren, Evan and Erin Knipper; two siblings, Kathleen Osterhaus of Dyersville, IA, and Rick (Jane) Knipper of Iowa City, IA; two sisters-in-law, Vanita Knipper of Manchester, IA and Julia Knipper of Kansas City, KS; two brothers-in-law, Virgil (Winifred) Bateman and James (Betty) Bateman both of Winthrop, IA; one sister-in-law, Arlene Bateman of Oelwein, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Darnell Knipper; his son, Scott Knipper in May 1976; four brothers, Lavern (Alice) Knipper, Ralph, Joe (Norma) Knipper and Gilbert (Viola) Knipper; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Bateman and Lavern Osterhaus.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given in memory of Walt F. Knipper to the Hospice of Comfort, 613 W. Main St. P.O. Box 359, Manchester, IA, 52057.



Richard Eugene Schmitz


Richard Eugene Schmitz, 74, of 870 Hawkeye Dr. in Dubuque, IA passed away at 6:00 p.m. on July 26, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

According to his wishes no public visitation or service will be held. A celebration of his life will be held in the fall at a location to be determined. 

Richard was born on November 22, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Henry "Hank" Schmitz and Eileen "Oak" (Robbins) Martensen. 

He married Kathaleen (Brown) Schmitz, and worked as a painter until retirement.

Richard loved his stepchildren like his own: Mark Ostrander, Matt Ostrander, Michelle (Ostrander) and Keith Dague; previous wives Sandy Burroughs and Connie (Power) Graziano. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Richard loved traveling and made it to 48 states; he could tell a story with the best of them. Tough guy on the outside, a big teddy bear on the inside.

Survivors: wife Kathaleen "Kate" (Brown) Schmitz, daughter Renee Kolkovich, daughter Roxanne and Kent Stogdill, son Samuel and Krista (Graham) Schmitz, grandchildren Paige, Christopher, Alisha, Dillon, Jennifer, Maddux, Sully, Clayton, Lillian, Venice, Brianna, Amber, Nicholas, Chelsea, and Andrew, 4 great-grandchildren, brother Ronnie and Sandy Schmitz, sister Sue (Martensen) and John Wichman.

He was preceded in death by parents Henry "Hank" and Eileen "Oak" (Robinson) Schmitz, granddaughter Jennifer Lawson, son Richard "Ricky" Schmitz, son Anthony "Tony" Schmitz.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Clement F. Polfer


Clement "Clem" F. Polfer, 100, died Monday, July 25, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque. Friends may call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Clem was born on August 29, 1915 in Center Grove, Iowa the son of Aloys and Theresa (Heacock) Polfer. He married Angeline Siegert on June 22, 1937. She preceded him in death on January 4, 2010.

Clem and his wife, Angie, opened the Hi-Acre Dairy in 1937. In 1960 they established the Milk House on University, and later on Windsor and West Locust Street.

Clem was proud of the flower beds he maintained at Luther Manor. He loved his accordion, harmonica, and keyboard. Clem was an avid fisherman and spent over 20 summers fishing in Canada. He was always ready and willing to help others. He treasured his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandson.

He will be remembered by his daughter, Janet (Dennis) Gansemer of East Dubuque, Ill; three grandchildren, Theresa (Tom) Holderread of Lebanon, OH, Melissa Gansemer of East Dubuque, Ill, and Jim (Yumiko) Gansemer of Hayward, CA; five great-grandchildren, Ashley (Ben Pierson) and Heather (Chris) Ewry, Elliott (Michaela Marty) Gansemer, and Tyson and Colin Williamson; and one great-great-grandson, Jayden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

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

Rather than flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Luther Manor.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Amy C.



Irene A. Tranel


Mrs. Gilbert B. (Irene A. Heim) Tranel, 93, of East Dubuque, formerly of Menominee, went peacefully to her heavenly home at 10:20 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016 at Luther Manor, Dubuque. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Nativity B.V.M Church, Menominee, with Rev. Steven A. Lundgren and Deacon Larry Tranel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Route 35 N., East Dubuque. The parish and Nativity B.V.M Saint Ann Society will recite the rosary at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Irene was born July 22, 1923, in Hazel Green, WI, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Berger) Heim. She was raised along with her five sisters and one brother on the family farm in rural Hazel Green; she graduated from St. Joseph's School in Sinsinawa.

She married Gilbert B. Tranel on April 20, 1948 at St. Joseph Church, Sinsinawa; he preceded her in death on June 21, 2009. Together they farmed in Menominee, Il and were blessed with eleven children. They raised their family with great values of loving, family, faith and country.

Irene was a homemaker, devoted to the care of her family. She enjoyed baking all varieties of homemade breads, rolls, and cookies; any visitor to her home always left with a "care package." She always had a huge garden from which she canned and preserved everything imaginable for her family, neighbors, and friends. Her family was always blessed with homemade meals. She enjoyed crocheting, making crafts, quilting, and sewing; it is amazing what you can make out of flour sacks, and there were many jeans, overalls, and coats that survived another day due to creative patching. The daily rosary was a ritual at her home and gave her great comfort throughout her life. She always said, "If you fall asleep before you finish, the angels will say it for you." The greatest joy in her life was her family, the time spent together, especially caring for her grandchildren.

Irene was a member of the Nativity B.V.M. Parish, Menominee, and St. Mary Parish, East Dubuque, the St. Ann Society, the St. Mary Alter & Rosary Society, and the Platteville American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are ten children, Delores "Dee" (Terry) Woolf, Myron (Sheila) Tranel, Gilbert H. Tranel Jr., Mark (Sue) Tranel and Diane (Matt) Fleege all of Platteville, WI. Elaine Mullin of Marion, IA., Kathy (John) Herting, Greg (Sharon) Tranel, and Bernard A. Tranel, all of East Dubuque, IL., and Betty (Chris) Buss of Galena, IL.; 20 grandchildren, Bernard (Amy), Tony Woolf, Julie (David) Stephenson; Robert "Bob" (Alyson) Mullin; Angie (Joseph McDonald), Brian (Jenny), and Josh (Amber) Herting; Luke (Pam) Tranel, Laura (Danny) Holt; Matt (Lisa), Ryan (Leigh), and Bill (Kristi) Tranel; Justin (Amber), Kyle Tranel, Ashley (Grant) Wightman; Adam Fleege, Natasha (Chris) Geyer; Clayton (Amanda), Carson and Caleb Buss; 22 great-grandchildren, plus one due in August; a sister-in-law, Rita Heim, of Hazel Green, WI; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jerome; grandsons Benjamin M. Fleege and John E. Mullin; five sisters, Loretta Heim, Clara Ensch, Sister Mary Modesta OSF, Sally Webster, and Alverna Koos; a brother, Alfred Heim; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Irene's family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Roger Ott Sr. and Dr. Honorio J. Caceres, colleagues and staff at Medical Associates, the staff at Luther Manor, Stonehill, Hospice of Dubuque, and all the people who have touched Irene's life throughout the years.

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



Donna M. Croft


Donna Marie Croft, 57, of 2404 Queen Street passed away on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 in Dubuque surrounded by her family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at Leonard Funeral Home.

Donna was born in California on January 31, 1959, the daughter of Lyus and Marie (Huseman) Croft.

She attended NICC in her mid 30's and graduated as Valedictorian. She worked at Hardee's in Dubuque for 19 years as a cook.

Donna passed away surrounded by her loving family, and was led by her parents' hands to rejoin them in Heaven. She loved nature and animals. Hiking was a favorite past time of hers, and she especially loved to hunt for morels in the Spring. She loved spending time with her family and her most cherished moments were spent with her Grandchildren, Cameron and Carly.

She is survived by her son, Terry (Stephanie Duehr) Choi; Daughter, Morgan Kieffer; Sisters, Valorie (Randy) Nank, and Tammy Jo Hendren; her Brothers, George (Debbie) Croft, Jim Croft, Tom (Darla Ward) Croft, Kevin (Mary) Croft, and Steven (Michelle) Croft; grandchildren, Cameron and Carly Choi; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her lifelong friend and companion, Dale Kieffer.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Donna Croft Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank, Dr. Mark Hermann and the Oncology Department at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and a very special thanks to Jennifer at Hospice of Dubuque for taking exceptional care of our beloved Donna.



Susan M. Sullivan


Susan McCarthy Sullivan, 54, of Peosta, Iowa died at 12:25 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2016 at her home in Peosta, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and relatives of Sue may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Church. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
Funeral Mass for Sue will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Sue was born February 8, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Charlene (Brady) McCarthy. She received her education from East Dubuque Elementary and East Dubuque High School. On June 8, 1985 she was united in marriage to Michael Sullivan at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She was employed by the Hodge Company, at the John Deere Gift Store.
Sue enjoyed the outdoors and loved all animals, especially her birds and dogs.

She was an active member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Peosta, Iowa; she was bookkeeper for 12 years there.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Sullivan of Peosta, IA; two children, Adam (Nicole) Sullivan of Mission, KS and Beth Sullivan of Cedar Falls, IA; a brother, Bob (Vicki) McCarthy of East Dubuque, IL; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Sue Sullivan Rethinger of Tigard, OR, Tom Sullivan of Thornton, CO, Bob (Anita) Sullivan of Dubuque, IA, Pat Sullivan of Sioux Falls, SD, Mark (Jane) Sullivan of Overland Park, KS, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Dr. Paul Rethinger and a sister-in-law, Annette French Sullivan.

A special thanks for the loving care of Dr. Christian Schultheis and Nurse Steph at Medical Associates Oncology; also to the wonderful staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Elizabeth, Tim and Jeanette.

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



Norma E. Bromberg


Norma E. Bromberg, 91, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, Charles City, IA and Hudson, FL, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at home.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for both Norma and Vern will be on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Elks Club in Charles City, IA.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Norma was born in rural Cottonwood, MN, the daughter of Herman and Esther (Rewerts) Vandevoorde.  She was united in marriage to L. J. "Vern" Bromberg in Marshall, MN on October 8, 1945. Vern preceded her in death on May 2, 2014.

Norma was a homemaker.  She and Vern lived in Charles City from 1951 - 1986, in Hudson, FL from 1986 - 2006 and the Dubuque area since 2006. She was a member of Cross Lutheran Church, its Mission Circle, a charter member of the Charles City Country Club and the Jaycee Wives, where she was past president. In Dubuque, Norma was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Pamela (Steve) Popelka of Austin, TX; a son Barry (Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque, IA, three grandchildren, Dirk (Kelly) Popelka of Austin, TX, Trevor (fiancée Tory) Bromberg of Johnstown, CO, and Theresa Bromberg of Cordova, TN; two great-grandchildren, Dax Andrew and Devyn Willow Popelka of Austin, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Esther, her husband Vern and one brother Archie.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and the American Heart Association.

Norma's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Lorraine A. Untz


Lorraine A. Untz, 97, of Bozeman, Montana, and formerly of Dyersville died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home in Bozeman.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. and a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be recited at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 9:00 - 10:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2016.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lorraine was born December 3, 1918, in Fremont Center, Illinois, the daughter of Frederich and Helena (Weidner) Obenauf.  She married Anthony Untz on June 14, 1938, in Fremont Center, Illinois. Together they raised their family in Dyersville for 34 years before moving to Texas.

Survivors include her children: Gerald (Sue) Untz of Lindsborg, KS, Norma Catherine (Rick) Olson of Bozeman, MT, Mary Lue (Jan) Henderson of Los Angeles, CA and Steve (Ellen) Untz of Andover, MN; Grandchildren: Brian (Lisa) Wedewer of Las Vegas, NV, Cindy Corson-Airey of Redondo Beach, CA, James (Andrea) Wedewer of Fremont, CA, Sherri (Andrew) Bankston of Lexington Park, MD, Stephanie (Adam) Untz-Richard of Okinawa, Japan and Bryant Untz; 10 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; Siblings: Gertrude Deinlein of Waterloo, WI, Luella (Bill) Newell of Prescott Valley, AZ and Jim (Linda) Obenauf of Tucson, AZ; In-laws: Leova Schaefer of Woodstock, IL, Mercedes (Bernard) Lenzen of Mundeline, IL, Rose Panek of Wauconda, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anthony in 1992; her daughter, Therese in 2000; and her grandchild, Charles in 2000;

Siblings: Ralph Obenauf, Robert Obenauf, Dorothy Regner, Hellen Supergan and Paul Obenauf;  In-laws: James Untz, Joseph Untz, Gilbert Untz, Ralph Untz, Margaret Scott and Delphine Deidrick.

Memorials are preferred to:
Macula Vision Research Foundation
One Tower Bridge
100 Front Street, Suite 300
Conshohocken, PA 19428-2894
866.4.MACULA (866.462.2852)
Or on-line at http://www.mvrf.org/donation-page/

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

 

 



Margaret Toll Buelow


Margaret Toll Buelow, 94, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Margaret was born November 18, 1921, in Dubuque, daughter of Jessie Ray and Margaret (Griffin) Laird. She married Donald J. Toll in 1943. He preceded her in death in 1991. She married Robert M. Buelow in 1993. He also preceded her in death in 2009.

Margaret was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for almost 70 years where she was a Eucharistic Minister, served on the Bereavement Committee and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Her faith was very important to her, and she and her husband, Bob, regularly prayed at the Power of Prayer. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul where she served as treasurer for many years, the Stonehill Auxiliary, the secular Franciscans and the Serra Club of Dubuque.

She is survived by her daughter Carol (Bob) Manderscheid, of LaMotte; her son Larry (Suzanne) Toll, of Sioux Falls, SD; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and four step-children, Barry (Pat) Buelow, Roger (Colleen) Buelow, Kevin (Madalene) Buelow and Julianne (Brian Weinzierl) Kirby.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Laird.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Mary Lou Foxen


Mary Lou Foxen, 69, of Dyersville, and formerly of Dubuque, died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm and a memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.

Mary Lou was born June 3, 1947, in Dubuque, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Kramer) Boeckenstedt. She married Daniel Foxen on January 11, 1975, in Dyersville. He preceded her in death. She waitressed at the Swing Inn, and later for Dolly's Office T. Most recently she worked in the deli at Walmart in Dubuque.

Survivors include 4 sisters: Ann Reinert of Petersburg, IA, Rosemary Weber of New Vienna, IA, Nancy (Dave) Feltes and Deb (Tom) Rubner, both of Worthington, IA; 4 brothers: Richard (Judy) Boeckenstedt, Thomas (Joan) Boeckenstedt and Frank (Marlene) Boeckenstedt, all of Dyersville, IA, and Donald (Connie) Boeckenstedt of Staunton, IL; 33 nieces and nephews and 65 great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her life partner, Gary Deutsch; 1 sister, Doris Jean in infancy; 2 brothers-in-law, Alfred Reinert and Dale Friess; and nephews Richard Boeckenstedt, Jr., James Weber, Christopher Reinert, and Michael Boeckenstedt.

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



Marvel C. Hamann


Marvel C. Hamann, 95, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland, Iowa.

A celebration of Marvel's life will be held 10 A.M., Saturday, July 23, 2016, from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, July 22, 2016, from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Burial will be in Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marvel Clara Behne was born on July 15, 1921 in Claremont, Minnesota, to Louis and Laura (Miller) Behne. She attended school in Claremont and later Iron Hill. She married Ralph H. Hamann on September 7, 1940 in Lost Nation, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Roger, Lois and Donna.

Marvel was a homemaker who farmed with her husband in the Calamus area from 1942 to 1981. They retired to Maquoketa and lived there until 1997 when they moved to Lost Nation.

Marvel was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and taking trips to Minnesota. She was known for her baking skills and especially loved baking pies and teaching the grandchildren how to make them from scratch.

Those left to honor Marvel's memory include her children Roger (Anne) Hamann of Franklin, TN, Lois (Ronnie) Matzen of DeWitt, IA, and Donna (Marty) Dosland of Lost Nation, IA; 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren (plus one due in September); 4 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Lyle (Donna) Behne of Milan, IL, and Larry (Janice) Behne of Lowden, IA; and a sister Geri Schutt of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph on January 19, 1999, 4 brothers Orville, Leo, Gerald and Lester Behne and a sister Gladys Morahn.

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

 



Cotton Rogue Paintin


Cotton Rogue Paintin, infant son of Alexis Jade Paintin of Maquoketa, received his angel wings on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cotton is survived by his mother, Alexis Jade Paintin of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandparents, Julie and Bill Borota of Maquoketa, IA, and Mitchell Paintin of Muscatine, IA; his maternal great-grandparents, Kathleen and Richard Harder of Largo, FL, and Linda Paintin of Muscatine, IA; maternal step-great-grandparents, Shelly (Brian) Borota of DeWitt, IA, and Patricia (David) Schwarz of Guttenberg, IA; and his uncle, Ryker Paintin of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents, Arnold and Celia Harder and Mildred and Allen Copp.

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



Elizabeth L. Jebsen


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Jebsen, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Betty's life will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, July 22, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a Catholic Daughters Rosary will be recited at 4:45 P.M. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the mass at church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Elizabeth Lucille McGonegle was born on November 13, 1919 in Delmar, Iowa, to Owen Eugene and Catherine (Mertens) McGonegle. She was a graduate of Delmar High School and married Vernon Henry Jebsen on February 14, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Eugene, Patricia, Gary and Steve.

Prior to her marriage, Betty worked for an insurance company in Grand Mound. She then farmed with her husband in the Clinton County area for many years, and later worked as the Delwood Community School Board Secretary and the Bloomfield Township Treasurer.

Betty was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156, the New Century Club and previously the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar. She loved playing cards especially Euchre and Bridge. In her younger years she and her husband enjoyed golfing.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Patricia (Wayne) Petersen of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Cheryl) Jebsen of Parker, CO, and Steve (Cathie) Jebsen of Delmar, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Jebsen of Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren, Michelle (Alan) Burkey, Brad (and special friend Karen) Petersen, Evan (Heather) Jebsen, Nick Jebsen, Kelly (Dave) Misuraca and Stephanie (Nate) Salazar; 6 great-grandchildren, Remington, Hunter, Khamil, Natalie, Nile and Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn Jebsen of Chetek, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vernon in March of 1996, a son Eugene on September 29, 1989, and brothers Joseph, Eugene and James McGonegle.

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



Janet K. Smith


Janet Kay (McVey) Smith of rural Key West passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17th at Mercy Hospital with her husband, James Smith, and Pastor Linda VonFumetti at her side.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21st at Leonard Funeral Home.

Janet was born August 5, 1939, in Roseville, Illinois, to Charles and Ruth (Wilkerson) McVey. She spent her early childhood there and around Berwick. After her family moved to Smithshire, she attended Kirkwood High School and graduated with the class of 1957. Taking a job as bookkeeper with Smith Implement in Kirkwood, she met the youngest Smith son, her future husband. They married in 1959 and lived in Kirkwood until 1967. Ever since, they lived in Dubuque, Iowa.

Janet was active with the Rockdale United Methodist church, and served in various offices and was treasurer for the United Methodist Women for many years. Janet enjoyed her family and friends, league bowling, card club, RV camping, and winters in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband Jim and children: Douglas (Rebecca) of Palo Alto, California; Lori (Gregg) Livermore of Davenport; and Michael of Dubuque. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jennifer (Nick) Stull; Justin Livermore; and Lila Smith. She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Jerry) Baker of Dickson, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews across the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Richard J. Smith, and her seven brothers and one sister.

Her family would like to thank the Key West Fire and EMS and the compassionate care given by Mercy Medical staff.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be donated to the Rockdale Methodist Church.



Victoria L. Vondran


Victoria L. "Vikki" Vondran, age 56, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:03 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Vikki's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Vikki's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Vikki was born on August 10, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Sandra (Ricketts) Kress.

Vikki was united in marriage to Doug Vondran on January 12, 1980, in Potosi, WI and they have been blessed with 36 wonderful years and 2 deeply adored children. She invested over 20 years of her working career at Mario's, but also found the time to work at Household Finance, Hy-Vee and Prairie Farms before retiring in 2015 due to health issues. Family was definitely an important driving force in Vikki's life and she would spend countless hours, throughout her life, capturing every possible opportunity to be together with her loved ones. She thoroughly enjoyed their trips to the Wisconsin Dells or a Cubs game, spending a day out on the river and or even simply sitting around the campfire telling stories under the stars. Vikki was always a real and honest woman who would never leave you wondering what she thought. Her love was true, her heart was selfless and her life was too short, but surely full. We will treasure the 56 years of memories she leaves behind for those of us who knew and loved her, and we thankfully can find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Vikki's memory include

her husband,
Doug Vondran, Dubuque, IA;

her sons,
Josh (Dominique) Vondran
and Zach Vondran, both of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Kaitlyn and Tytus Vondran;

her siblings,
Rory Kress, East Moline, IL,
Russell (Lori) Kress, Colona, IL,
Julia (Charlie) Skemp, Dubuque, IA,
Amy (Tom) Kress-Jordan, Dubuque, IA
and Staci (Jim) Lange, East Dubuque, IL;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Vikki was preceded in death by her parents; and a son in infancy, Chad Michael Vondran; her grandmother, Janiece Ricketts; and an uncle, Karl Ricketts.

A Victoria L. "Vikki" Vondran memorial fund has been established.

Vikki's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Engleman and Mary Jo Eigenberger, Missy Gregorich, Teri Olson and Kathy Palm for their love, care and support.

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

 



Alice L. Bush

Alice L. Bush, age 80, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Whitetop Road, was called home peacefully at 7:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Alice's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Alice was born on December 8, 1935, in Potosi, WI, daughter of Leroy and Leona (Davis) Purkapile.

Alice graduated from Potosi High School and moved to Dubuque in 1953. She would be united in marriage to William Bush on August 2, 1958, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They would share 50 years together before William was called home ahead of her on May 28, 2009. Alice enjoyed country music and gardening; and in her later years she especially enjoyed playing bingo and euchre with her friends at Stonehill. She was a kind and generous woman who was always there to help anyone in need. We will miss her and treasure our memories for years to come.

Those left to cherish Alice's memory include

her children,
Bonnie (Bob) Gansemer, Platteville, WI,
Ken (fiancé Lisa) Bush,
Don Bush,
Sandy (Jim) Brown,
Debra (Greg) Gottschalk
and Randy (Sherri) Bush, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 13 grandchildren,
Steve, Chrissy, Jeffrey, Angela, Justin, Jeremy, Vickie, Emily, Stefen, Sheldon, Shanna,
Vanessa and Dillon;

her 20 great-grandchildren and one more to arrive shortly;

her sisters,
Jeanette Smith, Genoa, WI
and Helen Potter, Beetown, WI;

and a brother-in-law,
Jim (Sandy) Bush, Dubuque, IA.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Bush; and a brother, Leonard Purkapile, who was reported MIA in Korea.

Alice's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and Mercy Hospital, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided Alice.

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

 



Donald L. Kowalske


Donald L. "Don" Kowalske, 59, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 17, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21st at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Don was born on March 22, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of LaVern and Mary (Hansen) Kowalske. He graduated class of 1975 from Dubuque Senior High. He worked for APC (formerly Inland Molasses Co.) since graduating high school until the time of his death.

Don was a man of deep thought and thoughtfulness. Constantly curious about what made things tick and always concerned with the happiness of those close to him. His love for his family was BIG and it was his life. He enjoyed muscle cars, bulldogs, the Denver Broncos and Elvis. His favorite movie was Billy Jack and like its main character he questioned authority and always stood up for the little guy. The movie's slogan, "When you need him, he's always there." is a fitting slogan for Don's life.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patty (Kirby) Kowalske; son, Matthew (Matt) Kowalske; daughter, Brooke (Wendell) Huseman. Three grandchildren: Jude Michael Huseman, Elijah Matthew Huseman, and Payton Marie Kowalske. Brothers: Steve "Ski" Kowalske and Bob Kowalske. Sister: Susan Skay. Many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, LaVern and Mary Louise (Hansen) Kowalske.

A Donald Kowalske memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals and staff of Transplant Unit.



Elizabeth L. McCullick


Elizabeth L. "Beth" McCullick, 79, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the Dodge Cemetery, rural Bloomington, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Beth was born on December 4, 1936 near Beetown, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ora and Genevieve (Jeidy) Stark.  She was a graduate of Mt. Hope Wis. High School, class of 1954.

She was a Shaklee superviser for 40 years and an Avon president sales representative for 50 years.  Beth loved a good game of cribbage, herbs, having a large garden and going to dinner at the Red Top Supper Club. Her family was her pride and joy, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two children, Anthony "Tony" (Dana) McCullick of Petersburg, Illinois and Deborah (Kenny) Stelpflug of DeWitt, Iowa; four grandchildren, Toni Jo Horst and Nick (Amber) Stelpflug both of DeWitt, Natasha McCullick of Dubuque, IA and Matt McCullick of East Dubuque; five great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marlene (Claude) Maggard of Ava, Missouri, Marcia (Marmon) McCullick of Janesville, Wisconsin and Norah (Lee Davis) Washburn of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ora and Genevieve Stark.

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

 

 



Clayton G. Kremer


Clayton G. Kremer, 9 month old infant son of Jesse and Stephanie (Michel) Kremer passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home.
Clayton was born on October 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

I know I'll see the sun shine bright upon my baby's face... When I finally get to Heaven, all my pain will be erased. We'll soar the skies together, as angels two by two... We'll have sweet reunion; this mothers dream come true.

He is survived by his loving parents, Jesse and Stephanie and his big brother Henry. His grandparents; Gerald & Beth Kremer, of Dubuque, Ed and Kathy Michel Jr. of Bellevue, and great grandmother Rosemary Kremer, of Dubuque. His aunts and uncles, Nicole (Matt) Meyer, Godmother, Geri (Kevin) Kalb, Sara (Kevin) Kloser, Philip (Ashley) Michel, and Madilyn Michel, Godmother Karen Kremer, along with numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Norm and Norma Hubbard, Earl Kremer, Ed and Jean Michel, and Gerald and Donna Hoffman, his uncle Trevor Medina, and great uncle Kevin Kremer.

The family wishes to thank the nurses at Accurate Home Care especially Lisa, Denise, Kerry, and Kelly; Dr. Quintana at Dubuque Pediatrics, and to all the nurses and doctors at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital for all their loving care they gave these past nine months.

In lieu of flowers a Clayton G. Kremer memorial fund will be established.



James Hanson


James Hanson, 89, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be at 12 noon on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Jim was born on June 22, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lewis and Eugina (Heer) Hanson. He married Margaret Keating on August 21, 1948 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on July 10, 1998. He married Theresa Campbell in November of 1999 at Nativity Catholic Church.

He was a supervisor for the Dubuque Packing Company, and was also head of Maintenance at Bethany Home. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Moose Lodge.

Jim enjoyed a good game of euchre. He was a "Jack of all trades". There was nothing that he couldn't fix.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He had five brothers that were in the military at the same time.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Theresa, three sons, James (Carolyn) Hanson Jr., Gary Hanson, and Gerald "G.T" (Diane) Hanson, all of Dubuque, five step children; Kim (Mike) Pettit of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, Jim (Debbie) Campbell of Two Harbors, Minnesota , John (Tina) Campbell, Dave Campbell, and William Campbell, all of Dubuque, five grandchildren; Jarrod, Kyle, Tanner, Brian (Courtney) Hanson; 10 step grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren (and one due in November), a sister, Virginia (Robert) Budde of Davenport, Iowa and a sister-in-law, Vi Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Stephen, and five brothers, Harvey, Vincent, Robert, Francis and Louis.

A James Hanson memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they extended to James, especially Melanie, Ryan, Elaine, Leon, and Stephanie; Nativity Parish, especially Karen and Msgr. Jim; Mark Moore and Mary Beth for your loving care of Jim; Dr.Thomas Lally, and the Wendt Center . The family would like to also thank Jeff "Owner of Meineke" for your continued thoughtfulness.

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



Matthew R. Ney


Matthew R. "Matt" Ney, age 74, of Peosta, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:08 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Matt's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, IA, with Rev. William A. Budden officiating. To celebrate Matt's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Matt was born on January 24, 1942, in Dubuque, son of Roy and Catherine (Klein) Ney.

Matt was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Budden on May 3, 1974 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Their union would be blessed with 42 wonderful years together and 2 beautiful children. Matt's strong work ethic was continually on display for all to witness and appreciate. He would eagerly invest his time and talents at Caradco and Midwest Insulation and Roofing before finally retiring from Rite-Hite in 2005 after 21 years of committed service. In his free time, Matt could easily be found working on one of his current projects, working on his "garbage serve" on the tennis court, or even sitting around the table with family and friends with a great euchre hand and a uncontainable smile on his face. Matt was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Church and also a longtime and dedicated board member of the Dubuque Tennis Association. Matt and Liz enjoyed traveling, including over 30 annual trips to Manzanillo, Mexico. We will forever and fondly remember his overly embellished jokes which got progressively longer with each telling. Matt has left the world in better condition than when he arrived and we thank the Lord for graciously sharing him with us for 74 bountiful years.

Those left to cherish Matt's memory include

his loving wife of 42 years,
Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Ney, Peosta, IA;

his beautiful children,
Tom (Heather) Ney, Brownsburg, IN
and Karen (Bill) Kalianov, West Des Moines, IA;

his 6 deeply adored grandchildren,
Dietrich Ney, Kaitlin Ney, Becca Bailey, Matthew Ney, Lilly Ney and Anya Kalianov;

his siblings,
Ruth (Jim) Manor, Dubuque, IA,
Roy (Sue) Ney, Des Moines, IA
and Darlene Ney, McHenry, IL.

Matt was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Kay Ney.

A Matthew R. Ney memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Matt's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, and his nurses and staff at the Grand River Medical Group, and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and professional care. Matt's family would also like to extend a most sincere heartfelt thank you to their friends and neighbors, Todd and Denise Simms and Greg Hoefer, and their families, for all of their love, time and compassion.

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

 



Paul C. Brashaw


Paul C. Brashaw, 62, of rural Galena, Illinois passed away with his family by his side, following a sudden illness on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with Fr. David Reese officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Highway 20 West in Galena. Visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael's Church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Galena is serving the family.

Paul was born on October 1, 1953 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Burell and Ruth (Bussan) Brashaw.  He was united in marriage to Nancy A. Doyle on June 17, 1972 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton.

He grew up in Stockton and was a graduate of the Stockton High School, class of 1971. Paul also graduated from the Morrison, Illinois Institute of Technology.

He was a hard working land surveyor, who truly loved what he did. Paul also believed in doing what he could for his community.  He was a trustee for the Scales Mound Fire Protection District for 35 years, an EMT with the Galena Area EMS for 20 years, a member of St. Michael's Church and the Knights of Columbus Council # 696 of Galena and a 4th degree member of C. F. Conley Assembly, the Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Jo Daviess Soil and Water Conservation Board. In his free time he loved to play cards - especially Thursday night at the Elks.  He was an election judge for Guilford Township and an avid Chicago Bears fan who liked to give the Green Bay Packer fans a hard time.

Surviving is his wife of 44 years Nancy, six children, Jason (Sara) Brashaw of Dyersville, Iowa, Eric Brashaw of Lena, Elizabeth (Jonathon) Monroy of Galena, Michael (Stephanie) Brashaw of Freeport, Andrew Brashaw of Galena and Erin (fiancé Colton Brenner) Brashaw of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, A. J. & Kaitlin Rodriguez, Kaleb Brashaw, Alyson and Noah Brashaw and Brody Brenner.  His mother Ruth Brashaw of Stockton, his siblings, Jill (Pat) Heim of Stockton, Patti (Charles) Jackson of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, Terry (Sally) Brashaw of Freeport, Mark (Karen) Brashaw of Tombull, Texas and Tim Brashaw of Olathe, Kansas.  His in-laws, James and Rosemary Doyle of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his father Burell, a son Neil and a granddaughter Kimberly Brashaw.

A Paul C. Brashaw memorial fund has been established to continue the Kimberly Brashaw Servant Leadership Scholarship Fund and for the Galena Area EMS.

Nancy and family would like to say a special thanks to Denise Stadel for being there when he needed it most, the staff at Midwest Medical Center, and University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, and the Madison Organ Transplant team for the compassionate care that was given to the family.

The Brashaw family thanks the Galena Bible Church for the use of their building for the family and the community.

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

 

 

 



Carol F. LuGrain


Carol F. LuGrain, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, has finally earned her angel wings and was called home to Heaven at 2:58 p.m., on her birthday, Thursday, July 14, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Tom Lang officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, and also from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carol, the youngest of 11 children, was born on July 14, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Ida (Anners) Weidenbacher.

Carol was a proud, lifelong, Dubuque resident who faithfully treasured her family and friends. She was united in marriage to William "Pat" LuGrain on October 10, 1947, in Dubuque and they would be blessed with almost 66 wonderful years together, and 10 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 6, 2013. Carol was a strong woman, perpetually full of determination, as demonstrated by not only raising their children, but also working at Hattie's Café, Travelers Café, the Bridge, Packie's Tap and finally at Loras College before eventually retiring at age 50 due to health issues. Family was a constant priority in Carol's life and nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with Pat, her children, grandchildren and all of her great and great-great-grandchildren. She was a fabulous, down home cook, who made the world's finest pies and cookies; nothing fancy, simply delicious creations and comfort food. Carol was a very social woman and many evenings, throughout her earthly journey, would be fulfilled with a slightly used bingo dauber in hand or even the occasional "losing her money" trip to the casino. Our hearts ache today with the realization that we will not see Carol again until our travels here have ended; but we find peace and comfort in knowing that she now resides in eternal peace and is, once again, reunited with Pat, and her other family members, who have been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include

her loving children,
Michael Damon, Waterloo, IA,
Donald Damon, Cedar Falls, IA,
Rose Leifker, Dubuque, IA,
Susan (Darrell Unruh) Atkinson, Blair, NE,
Mary Jo (Gary) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Jean Matlock, Omaha, NE,
James (Mary) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick (Laurie) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Randy) Fritz, Dubuque, IA
and Sandra (Leonard Foulk) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA;

26 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 5 great great-grandchildren and 1 more great-great grandchild on the way;

and also countless nieces, nephews and friends who feel like family.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William "Pat" LuGrain; 2 grandsons, Jeffrey Dean Gibson and Andi Lee Gilbert; a granddaughter, Ashley Erin LuGrain; 2 great-grandsons, Alexander Gibson and Gavin Gene Klenzman; 4 sisters, Beatrice Galliart, Gladys Wehrspann, Harriett Kaufman, and Leta "Pat" Weidenbacher; and 6 brothers, Wilfred, Stanley, Donald, Robert, Raymond and Frank.

A Carol F. LuGrain memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb, Dawn, Jen and Cindy, for all of the wonderful, kind and compassionate care they provided, not only to Carol, but to all of her family during her final days here with us. Also a very special thanks to Randy and Kathy Fritz for their undivided attention, and devoted time, given to care for mom.

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

 



Leonard R. Downey


Leonard R. Downey, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, July 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating and military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Leonard was born on August 28, 1936 in Texas the son of Pierson and Lillan (Thrilkeld) Downey. He served in the US Navy from 1954 to 1959 and married Carol Anthony on June 27, 1958 in Folkston, GA.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9663 and the Disabled Veterans Association Chapter 1AG. For many years he worked as an auto salesman for Anthony Pontiac and later retired from Sears.

Leonard loved spending time in "His" garden, almost as much as the neighbor dog Homer.

He is survived by his wife Carol; his granddaughter, Kaitlin Downey; great-grandson Peter Drew Huppert; sisters-in-law Betty Crenshaw, Donita Cilch and Susan (Ken) Riedel; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Dianna Downey; son Drew Pierson Downey; three brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank his good friend Dennis for years of friendship; and to his neighbors Patty Kass and Mike & Maribeth Gerdeman for all their care and assistance over the years.



Patricia Ann Powell


Patricia Ann Powell, 85, of Dubuque, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, July 17, 2016 and 1 hour before service on Monday. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pat was born on September 12, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Bessie Burke Powell and Henry Dement Powell. Her mother passed away when Pat was a very young girl and Clara Barrett helped her father raise Pat and her siblings.

Pat was a graduate of Visitation Academy with the Class of 1948. Pat was employed for 41 years as the Head of the Motor Vehicle Department at the Dubuque County Courthouse, retiring in 1989. She was an amazing lady who until April of this year was employed as a substitute special needs para-educator for the Dubuque Community School District. She held that position for the last 12 years. Pat enjoyed her monthly gatherings with her Courthouse family.

The biggest joy of Pat's life was helping to raise and spending time with Elizabeth Alvarenga, who was the love of Pat's life. "I Love You Sweetie!"

Surviving are her three sisters: Elizabeth Taglieri (Al) of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Seitz and Helen Doty, both of California; as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving Pat is the Breitbach family as well as Elizabeth Alvarenga.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; Clara Barrett; a brother and his wife, William and Mildred Powell; and brothers-in-law Robert Seitz and Ray Doty.

In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to Creative Expression Workshops or the Life Skills Program at Dubuque Senior High School in honor of Elizabeth.

Pat would especially like to thank Dr. Joseph Fuller, Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Thomas Schreiber, and Dr. Andrea Ries and their staffs for their kindness and compassion. Thank you to her sister Helen and her friend Marv for caring for Pat these last few weeks. Special thanks also to Pat's extended family, Karen, Jo, Cathy, Francine, Leslie, Carole, Casey and Mary. Your love and kindness are beyond measure.

Rest in Peace Pat. You did it your way!

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



Andy Ragona


Andy Ragona, 63, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Memorial visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Andy was born July 16, 1952 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Winnie (Howe) Ragona. Andy married Sandy Moldenschardt on August 17, 1974 in Donahue, Iowa. He earned a Masters in Education from Clarke College and was a special education teacher at Dubuque Senior High School from 1987 until retiring in 2012.

Andy enjoyed gardening, comedy shows, traveling, and especially spending time with his granddaughters, Bella and Maya.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; a son, Joe (Mindy) Ragona of Iowa City; grandchildren Isabella and Maya; a sister, Nancy Hoffman; and his mother, Winnie Ragona.

Andy was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Andy's memory for his granddaughter's, Isabella and Maya's, education.

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



Deborah A. Kretz


Deborah A. Kretz, age 61, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:58 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by her loving family. To honor Deb's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. To celebrate Deb's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, July 18, 2016, 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.

Deb was born on September 21, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Evelyn (Burdt) Henry.

Deb was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, and would eventually meet, and fall in love with her soul-mate, Jim Kretz. Deb and Jim were united in marriage on January 16, 1976, at Sacred Heart Church and together they shared 40 wonderful years and were blessed with three beautiful children. Deb faithfully invested her working years within the health care industry as a CMA at ARC for 20 years, and finally at Hills & Dales for another 10 years. She enjoyed her career, and caring for others; but her main passion in life was loving, and caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. Family clearly meant the world to Deb and her absolutely favorite hours, here on earth, were the precious moments she would get to spend spoiling her grandchildren. In her free time, she also enjoyed trying her luck at the handles in the casinos. Deb struggled with health issues throughout this past year, but always fearlessly faced her challenges head on with a faith and determination which constantly helped strengthen the resolve of everyone around her. Deb was truly a great inspiration to her family and friends and the legacy of love she leaves behind will be the foundation we will build our new physical life without Deb in our daily lives upon. We find comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her mom and brother in Heaven and are grateful for the 61 years the Lord graciously shared our deeply adored Deb with us.

Those left to cherish Deb's memory include
her husband,
James "Jim" Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Peosta, IA,
Jennifer (Cory) Meehan
and Justin (Stacy) Kretz, both of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Cayden, Nolan and Landon Kretz,
Kylie, Carter, Collin and Keegan Meehan
and Broden and Camden Kretz;

her father,
James "Jim" Henry, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA.

Deb was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn "Evie" Henry; and a brother, Michael in infancy;

A Deborah A. "Deb" Kretz memorial fund has been established.

Deb's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Neurology Department at the University of Iowa and Finley Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Deb during this past year and days.

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

 



Virginia M. Konzen


Virginia M. "Ginny" (Lehman) Konzen, 92, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, and formerly of Hazel Green, WI, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her three children, and closest sister, Pat.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Virginia was born March 29, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Marie (Sauer) Jungk. She married Donald Lehman on April 22, 1942 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1992.

Virginia graduated from Dubuque Cosmetology School, and owned and operated Ginny's Beauty Shop for many years. She was a member of the National Hairdressers Association, serving as District Director, and a member of the Hairdressers Association State Board, serving as treasurer.

Virginia's took great joy in being useful and productive. She was a talented quilter, and spent many hours making quilts, even after she went legally blind. She donated countless quilts to Family Birthing at Finley Hospital for newborn babies. Recently, she loved to volunteer at Stonehill folding laundry. Virginia had a wonderful sense of humor, and dearly loved being "G.G." to her great grandkids.

Virginia is survived by her children, James (Judy) Lehman of East Dubuque, IL, Charles (Kathe) Lehman of Dubuque, and Anita (Mike) Adams of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great grandson; and her sisters, Arleen Reinker, of Michigan, Pat Arensdorf, of Dubuque, and Marie Hinderman, of Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph, Donald, and Phillip Jungk; and a sister, Evelyn Bach.

Memorials may be made to the Virginia (Lehman) Konzen Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center.

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



Mary Kathleen Metz


Mary Kathleen "Kay" Metz, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 from a malignant brain tumor. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at the Church of the Resurrection. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Resurrection and join us for a celebration of Kay's life. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church.

Kay was born on September 30, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of John P. and Eileen (Flanigan) Fury. She attended Nativity grade school and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1957.

After high school, Kay was employed by Dubuque Fire and Marine Insurance Co. for three years until she moved to Minneapolis. In 1963, she moved back to Dubuque and was employed by the Telegraph Herald and then Dubuque Family Practice for many years.

She married Tom Metz in 1964 at Nativity Church.

Kay enjoyed boating on the Mississippi for many years, walking, music, bible studies, playing cards and was a member of Resurrection Church. To know Kay was to love her. Kay had a laugh that could fill an empty stadium and a smile that could light the darkest room. To say that Kay exuded strength and grace would be a vast understatement.

For forty years, Kay fought a heroic battle with three different forms of cancer, never once complaining; relying instead on her faith, strength, determination and sharp wit to get her and her family through what proved to be some of life's biggest challenges.

Surviving are her husband, Tom; two daughters, Christina "Tina" Anderson of Bettendorf, IA and Andrea Metz of Los Angeles, CA; a grandson, Blake Anderson; four sisters, Jean Finn (Loras) and Ann Gebhart (Dave), both of Dubuque, Karen Hanson (Denny) of the Villages, FL and Mary Fury of Madison, WI; five brothers, Jack (Patti) Fury of Davenport, IA, Patrick (Rochelle) Fury of Dubuque, Bill (Martha) Fury of San Antonio, TX, Rick and Thomas Fury of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law Mary Metz and Victoria Fury of Dubuque; and brother-in-law Bill Metz of Tampa, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved granddaughter, Katie Rose Metz; brothers Jim and Michael Fury; brother-in-law Jim Metz; a niece, Connie Fury; and two nephews, Justin and Nathan Fury.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Livestrong Cancer Foundation and Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation.

"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on..." - Irving Berlin

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

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



John R. Koenig


John R. "Jack" Koenig, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at home with his loving bride by his side, after a brief battle with cancer.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a remembrance service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Jack was born on September 17th, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa to Ray and Margaret (Drosopoulos) Koenig. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1964, then worked at John Deere until retiring in 2001. He married Judy Kennedy on October 12th, 1968.

Jack enjoyed spending time boating on the river, tinkering in his garage and spending time with his family. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa, brother, son and friend.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 47 years, Judy; three daughters: Tammy Koenig, Dawn "Hilda" (Bill) Koopmann and Angella "Goob" (Tim) Moore; his mother, Margaret; and in his own words, "Three of the best sisters a brother could ask for": Rae Ann (Tom) Freund, Sherry Breitbach, and Kris (Jon) Russett; along with 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and lifelong best friend Buddy Spiegelhalter.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Ray Koenig; and brother-in-law Ronnie Brietbach.

The family would like to thank University of Iowa Neurology Department, Finley Rehab, and Hospice of Dubuque for the incredible care that was given to Jack.

He was truly one of the good guys! The world was definitely a better place with him in it.



Mary Schmid Christiansen


Mary Schmid Christiansen was born on March 18, 1920 and died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 8, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Mogens E. Christiansen, whom she met in Dubuque, she was also predeceased by her parents, Titus and Josephine Schmid, and five of her six siblings, Thomas, James, John and William Schmid and Jeanne Schmid Piekenbrock. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Lisa Christiansen Gentil and Fernando Bunker Gentil, Sr of Greenwich, Ct and São Paulo, Brazil, Ellen Christiansen de Jonge and Gerrit de Jonge of New York, New York, and Eric and Maureen Christiansen of Hobe Sound, Fla. Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Fernando Bunker Gentil, Jr and Gabriella Gentil. She is also survived by her sister, Janet Schmid Rhomberg of Dubuque, her sister-in-law Mary Schmid, as well as numerous nieces of nephews, whom she adored,

The eldest daughter of Titus and Josephine Schmid, Mary was born and raised in her beloved Dubuque. Educated at the Nativity School in Dubuque and the College of New Rochelle in New York, Mary was a devoted Catholic who served the Church in many capacities over the years. She taught catechism and ran the annual church fair at her parish in Connecticut, and in her later years in Florida, was the primary donor for the construction of a church and parish school for Mexican immigrants in Pahokee, Fla.

Mary had many and varied interests. She was a lifelong accomplished golfer and tennis player until well into her 80's. Mary was a talented gardener. she was a member of the Old Greenwich Garden Club for fifty years. Beauty, elegance and love of art and nature were central to her since of self until the end. An avid reader, Mary was intensely curious. Not surprisingly, she was an excellent raconteur. As her niece Patty Piekenbrock Reiman remembered, "Aunt Mary always filled a room with her presence".

Mary married her husband, Mogens Erik Christiansen, in 1948. They lived in Dubuque, Cleveland, New York City, Golden Beach, Fla. and finally Jupiter, Fla. Wherever she resided, she exuded warmth, excellence, and commitment to her community amid a circle of devoted family and friends, The quintessential corporate wife, she accompanied her husband on his life adventure at P.R. Mallory/Duracell and proved the age-old adage: "Behind every great man stands a great woman".

A Catholic funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph's the Worker on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 am. followed by private burial. Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the church as of 9:30 am. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

The family would welcome donations in Mary's memory to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

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

 



Bill D. Taylor


Bill D. Taylor, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 16, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday, July 15, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Billy Duane Taylor was born on January 27, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Lee E. and Evelyn (Eye) Taylor Sr. He grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Connie Jean Michels on October 25, 1968 in Bellevue, Iowa.

Bill had worked as a cement finisher for several different construction companies including Earles Construction, Gannon Construction, Mahler Concrete and A & M Concrete Inc. in Colona, Illinois. For the past five years he had worked as a janitor for the Maquoketa Community Schools.

Bill enjoyed fishing and woodworking with his true passion being music. He loved all music and playing the guitar and fiddle. Through the years he had been a member of the "Barn Jammers", "Snowy River Band" and the "Black Velvet Band".

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Connie Jean Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Candy Driscoll of Ennis, TX, Cindy (Mark Davis) Taylor of Wynnewood, OK, and Cathy (Jason) McElheney of Hendersonville, NC; 8 grandchildren; brothers Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI, and Bob Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Taylor of Platteville, WI and Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA; a sister-in-law, Betty Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bill D. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold Becker


Harold Becker, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 15, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14 , at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Harold was born December 11, 1923 in Dubuque, the son of William and Bertha (Widmar) Becker. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Schools. He married Dorothy Rieck on October 25, 1947 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2013.

Harold served his country with the U.S. Army in the 1255th Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he joined his father at William Becker & Sons Stone Company, managing from 1946-1976. In 1976, he co-founded Becker & Becker Stone Company with his son Fred, retiring in 1999. Much of his life's work can be seen in the native stone buildings around Dubuque. 

Harold was an avid hunter, fisherman, and conservationist. He was a lifelong member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association of America, the Iowa State Trap Shooting Association, and Ducks Unlimited. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Fred Becker and Sue (Tom) Stierman, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Jillian (A.J.) Johns of Des Moines, IA, Allison (Brian) Patnaude, Benjamin Becker, Christopher Becker, Matt (Kate) Stierman, all of Dubuque, and Jennifer Stierman, of Spain; four great-grandchildren, Julia, James, and Jack Stierman, and Ethan Sauser; and five sisters, Evelyn High, Delores Kloser, Joan Miller, Dorothy Gottschalk, and Lois Rannals.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Christopher J. Becker; four sisters, Marie Stierman, Eleanor Schwendinger, Rosalyn Gottschalk, and Alice Davies; three brothers, Walter, William, and Roger Becker; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Daryl Mozena, Dr. Angela Kelley, Dr. Allen Meurer, and the staff of Sunset Park Place and Stonehill Care Center for their care of Harold.

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



Robert M. McNamer


Robert M. "Rob" McNamer, age 42, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Dubuque, IA. To honor Rob's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Rob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rob was born on April 11, 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joanne (McNamer) Jaeger.

Rob was a lifelong Dubuque resident who invested much of his adult life as a caretaker for his family members, fellow loved ones and anyone around him in need. In the past, he worked at Perkins, the Grand Harbor, the Holiday Inn and at Iliowa Music and Games for 15 years. He was united in marriage to Deanna (Brustkern) Adams on January 16, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa. Rob was a committed and energetic Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Vikings fan who was also very proud of his Katana motorcycle, enjoyed listening to music and was patiently teaching himself to play guitar. Rob was generous with his time and always there to lend a hand to anyone. We are terribly saddened by the physical absence of Rob in our daily lives today, but in time we will discover peace and accept that we possess abundant memories of our sweet "Papa Rob" to carry us through until those days arrive.

Those left to cherish Robert's memory include

his wife,
Deanna McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Steven (Nicole) Adams, Chicago, IL,
Lee Ray (Roseann) Adams, Yorba Linda, CA
and Amanda (Ryan) Decker, New Orleans, LA;

his grandchildren,
Eden, Connor, Arieana and Eleanor;

his mother, Joanne Jaeger, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Martin Jaeger, Dubuque, IA
and April Jaeger, Dubuque, IA;

his grandmother,
Betty McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his uncle,
Thomas McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his confidant and father figure,
Ben Andersen, East Dubuque, IL;

and numerous other family and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his grandfather, James E. "Red" McNamer; two uncles, James R. McNamer and David McNamer; and his beloved dog, Simon.

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

 



George C. Blevins


George Cosby Blevins, 99, passed into the presence of his Savior, at 12:45 pm on July 6th, 2016.

Born in Jamestown, TN in 1916, George spent his life in service to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A World War II veteran, he served in the US Navy primarily aboard the USS North Carolina. He also served with the Navigators, an international organization dedicated to fostering individual spiritual growth. A graduate from high school at Alvin C. York Institute and Bob Jones University, George retired from Barber-Coleman Corporation after more than 30 years as an field engineer, while also serving as an elder at Northwoods Bible Chapel in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and pursuing the spiritual discipleship of other men. He was known as a man of the Word, memorizing hundreds of Bible verses during his life, which he used in sharing the good news of salvation with others.

George is survived by his wife, Doris, three children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services: 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Rd., family will greet friends 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Monday, August 1st, 2016 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque Marine Corp. League will be in Asbury Cemetery.

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



Mary Florine Cate


Mary Florine Cate, 94, of Dubuque died Friday, July 08, 2016 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Florine was born April 8, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Henry and Annabel (Winders) Roussel. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High. She married John Mason Cate in 1941. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2007.

Florine volunteered with many organizations; including, 45 years as a 4-H leader, 10 years with the Dubuque County Mental Health Commission, and 24 years with the Care Review Commission. She was also a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and was a funeral dinner volunteer.

She is survived by three children, Robert (Sharon) Cate of Asbury, Carol (Francis) Boland of Boscobel, Wisc., and John "Jay" (Dawn) Cate of Honey Creek, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a daughter in law, Mary Cate of Minnesota; and two sisters in law, Maxine Roussel of Texas and Grace Schnorenberg of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald Cate; a daughter, Nancy Duensing; a son in law, Rollin Duensing; a granddaughter, Danielle Cate; and a brother, Donald Roussel.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Memorials may be made to the Florine Cate Memorial Fund.



Marlene A. Hubbard


Marlene A. Hubbard, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marlene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marlene was born on March 19, 1929, in Masonville, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Bridget "Janie" (Heffernan) Duffy.

Marlene was a proud Irish Catholic who relocated to Dubuque during her high school years and eventually became a graduate of St. Columbkille High School. She would soon cross paths, quickly fall in love with her soul-mate, Irving "Sonny" Hubbard, and they would be united in marriage on May 30, 1949, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Sonny would faithfully refer to Marlene as his "Sweetheart of All My Dreams" and they would be blessed with an amazing life together for 63 years, until he was called home ahead of her on January 9, 2013. They were truly, and visibly, devoted to one another and would spend countless hours going for walks together along the river, and at Eagle Point Park, until Sonny's health began to fail and she graciously became his full-time care giver for the last 8 years of their life together here on earth. Marlene did spend some time working outside of the home at the General Dry Battery Factory and St. Regis Paper Company, before finally retiring in 1975; but her primary mission in life was caring for, and nurturing her family at home. Marlene was well-known for her excellent talents as a hostess; always making everyone feel welcomed, and at home, while simultaneously providing them with delicious meals, and special treats, before venturing into a spirited game of cards, especially when Euchre or 500 were on the schedule. Marlene was a very active woman and a loyal longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, the Rosary Society, Mission League of Divine Word Seminary, Society of Infant Jesus of Prague, Shrine of St. Jude and the Society of Mary Immaculate Lady of the Snows. She had an adventurous side which would develop into a love for roller coasters, stock car racing and of course NASCAR, with Jeff Gordon always holding her favorite drivers position. Marlene also loved to travel, and one of her most treasured memories was an abundantly joyful journey to Branson where she was treated to a serenade from her favorite Irish singer, Daniel O'Donnell. Marlene was a sincerely adoring and compassionate woman; the kind they just don't make anymore, and her absence within the daily lives, of all who knew and loved her, will be felt in their hearts and minds for years to come.

Those left to cherish Marlene's memory include

her children,
Patty (Tony) Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI
and Mike (Ruth) Hubbard, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Brian (Kari) Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI,
Julie Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI,
Nicole (Shawn) Carpenter, Dubuque, IA
and Renae Hubbard, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her step-grandchildren,
Jessica, Scott, and Melissa;

her great-grandchildren,
Mariah, Nathan, Haley, Ethan and Wesley;

her step-great-grandchildren,
Tazlynn, Deanté, Madalynn, Makayla, Landon and Macy;

and her siblings,
Delores Morley, Dubuque, IA
and Cecil Duffy, Dubuque, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Harold Schuster, Dubuque, IA.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Irving "Sonny" Hubbard; a daughter-in-law, Diane Hubbard; her siblings, Leo Duffy, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Don) Smock, Boniface "Bonnie" (Ann) Duffy, Jean Schuster and Marjorie (Martin "Bud") McMahon; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Duffy; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Morley.

In lieu of flowers, a Marlene A. Hubbard memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Marlene's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, the entire staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hospice of Dubuque and all of her in home care givers for all of the love and support they have given Marlene and the family throughout the years.

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

 



Vesta O’Donnell Glesener


Vesta O'Donnell Glesener passed away on July 6, 2016 at the age of 91.

A private, family burial will be held on August 20th and a celebration of her life memorial service is being planned at a time and location to be determined.

Vesta was born January 8, 1925 in a farm home near Fulton, IA to Edward "Eddie" O'Donnell and Pearl Bollinger O'Donnell. She graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She also graduated from telegraph school in Omaha, NE where the Union Pacific Railroad was training women to replace the men who were drafted into WWII. Vesta served in the state of Washington in the towns of Wallula, Tusha and Latah until the end of the war.

Vesta was married to John Peter Glesener, III in the Methodist Church, Maquoketa, IA on February 3, 1946. Vesta and John, her late husband, were married 62 years and lived at Quintoak Farm outside of DeWitt where they hosted Boy Scouts, church services, youth activities, and school tours for 50 years. They also shared not only their large organic garden and flower beds but also their knowledge and love of nature to thousands of people over the years. Vesta and her late husband were honored with several awards during that timeframe including the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Hagie Heritage Award.

Vesta's "favorite" was the school children's' tours where they petted the sheep and rabbits, fed the bottle lambs, held the silky chickens, dug potatoes in the root cellar, and picked up rocks, cones, and feathers – many going home with peacock feathers. She also served in the DeWitt Methodist Church for over 40 years.

Their legacy is inherent in the following 3 quotes:

Have reverence for the life of all living things - Albert Schweitzer

I hope I have left some of my fleece on the hedges as I have passed this way - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin - Shakespeare

Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals. Love the plants. Love each separate thing. Loving all, you will perceive the mystery of God in all.

Surviving her are five children: Sandra (married to Russell Soenksen), DeWitt, IA; Kent John (married to Christie Clemenson), Sapulpa, OK; Marcia Glesener (married to Dr. Ralph "Lee" DeFalco), Davidsonville, MD; Rev. Kevin John (married to Teresa Mangan), Knoxville, IA; Dr. Mark John (married to Dottie Cocciemiglio), St Charles, IL.

Surviving grandchildren include: Soenksen family: Michelle – Shelly (married to Todd Springsteen), Longmont, CO, Rev/Dr. Jason (married to Michelle Gallmeier), Grafton, WI, and Aaron (married to Shannon Meyer), DeWitt, IA

Kent Glesener family: Jalinda (married to Dr. Kyle Mangles), Tulsa, OK and Joshua (married to Natalie Bernklau), Tulsa, OK

Kevin Glesener family: Michael, Oskaloosa, IA, Ryan, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Rebecca- Becca (married to Nate Gay), New Sharon, IA;

Mark Glesener family: Alexsis, Golden, CO, Gabriel, Lake in the Hills, IL and Gemma, St. Charles, IL

The surviving great-grandchildren include: Conner and Ian Springsteen, Emma and Rachel Soenksen, Aria, Lily Vestina and Meyer John Soenksen, Myla and Brenna Glesener and Evelyn Glesener, and Sarah and Amy Planas (Mark & Dottie's twin, grand babies).

Deceased siblings include: Neville McGaffee, IA, Glee (O'Donnell) Valentich, CO, William "Billy" O'Donnell, IA, and Wayne McGaffee (nephew), TX

Donations can be sent to the following in addition to or in lieu of flowers: Fulton Community Church % Glen Henton, 413 South Jones, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060. Please put on the memo line: Vesta Memorial.

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



Lana Kay LuGrain


Lana Kay LuGrain, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 6, 2016 at home.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

She was born on July 11, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Matilda (Besler) McElmeel.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and worked for 19 years in the clerical department at Medical Associates in Dubuque.

She married Steven LuGrain on July 3, 1986, and in 1999 they opened and operated Lana's P.J.'s Tap in Dubuque.
Lana enjoyed spending time boating on the river, her pet bird "Harley", but mostly spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; two children, Amy (Jeff) Pfeiler, of Dubuque, and Corey (Jenny) LuGrain, of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Olivia, Ella, Grace, Addison, Nicholas, and Jack; siblings Joan (Tom) Felderman, of Peosta, Linda Kuhn, of Melbourne, Florida, Dan McElmeel, of California, and Sharon (Craig Smith) Braem of Dubuque; and sister-in-law Mary Kay; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother- and father-in-law, Carl and Joan LuGrain; siblings Bob (Judy) McElmeel, Tom McElmeel, Diane Correll, and Mike McElmeel; and a brother-in-law, Jim Kuhn.

In lieu of flowers a Lana LuGrain memorial fund will be established.



Doris M. Yaddof


Doris M. Yaddof, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, July 7, 2016, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Doris' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, July 11, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doris Mae Bickford was born on September 21, 1926 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ernest Gordon and Leitha Mae (Barkley) Bickford. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Victor August Yaddof on October 28, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 10, 1986.

Doris had first worked at the former Fish N'Tackle Company in Maquoketa for a short time. She then farmed with her husband in the Elwood and later Delmar areas. Lastly, she worked at Casey's General Store in Delmar.

Doris was a member of the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary where she was a volunteer at the gift shop. She also volunteered and worked at the Jackson County Historical Society Museum in Maquoketa. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, canning, and was a good cook. Baking cookies and making meatloaf were a couple of the family favorites.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Larry Yaddof of Delmar, IA, Marla Wilcox of Delmar, IA, and Gary (Naomi) Yaddof of Charles City, IA; 5 grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Isaac, Elizabeth and Eric; 1 great-grandson, Thatcher; a sister, Janice Mohr of Davenport, IA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Rosemary Bickford of Maquoketa, IA and Santha Bickford of Stevens Point, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Leroy and Billy, and sisters Lois, Marilyn and Margie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris Mae Yaddof memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com



James G. Ernzen


James G. "Jim" Ernzen, 60, of Luxemburg died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, as a result of an automobile accident.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Jim was born July 8, 1955, in Sherrill, the son of Harold and Florence (Link) Ernzen.  He married Mary McDermott.  Together they raised their family in the Luxemburg area.  Jim enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family and friends on various hobbies including deer hunting, rabbit and squirrel hunting, coon hunting and fishing. Jim nourished his family and many others with the fruits of his garden and meat processing skills.  He was a devoted son.  As a proud father and grandfather, he often taught life lessons.  He also enjoyed playing euchre and lighting the sky with fireworks.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, his children: David (April) Ernzen, Beth Ernzen, Ben Ernzen, Jessica (Robert) Young, and Robin Ernzen; grandchildren: Ella, Carter and Brie Ernzen, and Joey Young; his mother, Florence Ernzen; siblings: Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Donnie Ernzen, Geri (Bill) Hall, Mark (Bev) Ernzen; several nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, and several in-laws and nieces & nephews of the Joe McDermott family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Ernzen, an infant brother, Davey Ernzen, sister-in-law, Rosie Ernzen, a brother-in-law, and Irvin & Lucille Stoffel who were just like family.

Memorials are preferred to the Ernzen Memorial Fund.

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

 

 

 



Helen L. Schmidt


Helen L. Schmidt, 107, of DeWitt and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2016, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 9, 2016, from the Delmar United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, July 8, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Helen Lucille Seyfert was born on September 6, 1908 near Delmar, IA, to Charles W. and Elgie (Kauffman) Seyfert. She was a 1926 graduate of Delmar High School. She married George Gustav Schmidt on January 15, 1929 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1977.

Helen was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Delmar area for many years.

Helen was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women (UMW), Circle, and the Over 60 Club. She enjoyed china painting, playing dominoes, making crafts and knitting. In her younger years she enjoyed couples bowling and playing cards in a neighborhood card club. She attributed her longevity to taking one aspirin a day and reading her Bible every morning.

Those left to honor Helen's memory include a daughter, Joan Hinck of DeWitt, IA; a daughter-in-law, Irene Schmidt of Wheatland, IA; 6 grandchildren, Sandra (Loren) Wuebker, Nancy Schneckloth, Judy Hinck, Brian (Jane) Schmidt, Craig Schmidt and Denise (Steve) Crawford; 8 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Robert "Bob" Schmidt, 2 brothers, and a son-in-law Paul Hinck.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Delmar United Methodist Church or WestWing Place in DeWitt.

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



Timothy K. Kennedy


Timothy K. Kennedy, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, was called home unexpectedly at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at home. To honor Tim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Tim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tim was born on March 15, 1963, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William "Bill" and Donna (Isaacs) Kennedy.

Tim was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate from Stephen Hempstead High School Class of 1981. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, and FDL, until he was forced to retire 3 days short of his 27th birthday, due to health issues. Tim was a strong individual who continually perservered through adversity. He was a sports fanatic, whether as a participant or spectator, and always relished in the memories of winning the State Football Championship. Tim was a die hard Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals fan and was always ready to sit down and watch a good game with family and friends. Tim was a good man, with a kind heart, and the hours he devoted to caring for his mother will never be forgotten. We are surely saddened by Tim's sudden departure from this life, but we know that he is now at peace and resting safely until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Tim's memory include

his daughter,
Breanna Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Donna Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Mike (Peggy) Kennedy, Epworth, IA,
Dan (Beth) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA,
Sheri Scheffert, Dubuque, IA,
Shelley (Jay) Lanser, Dubuque, IA
and Jeff (Ann) Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Kennedy; and his step-father, Gary Cremer.

A Timothy K. Kennedy memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary J. Kramer


Mary J. Kramer, 85, of Manchester, Iowa died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Meadows Assisting Living Center, Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2:00-8:00 P.M. Friday July 8th , 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the  rosary  will be said  at 2:00 P.M.  Visitation will continue at 9:00 A.M. at the church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 9, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev John Kremer will officiate.

Mary was born November 18, 1930 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Magdalena (Theis) Egloff.  On April 7, 1953, Mary married Charles F. Kramer at St. Francis Xavier Church, Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the Delhi area until purchasing a farm north of Earlville in 1970.  They retired from farming in 2003.  They continued living on the farm until January 22, 2005 at which time they moved to their new home in Manchester. 

Mary & Charlie enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico and also enjoyed the Caribbean Cruise they took for their 50th anniversary. She loved spending time with her family, shopping, collecting bells, gambling trips and using her computer.

Left to mourn her passing include her seven children: Susan (Lester) Felton, Monticello, Mark (Lisa) Kramer, Earlville, Mike "Smiley" (Cindy) Kramer, Dyersville, Charles A. (Brenda) Kramer, Manchester, Cathy (Greg) Wolfe, Dyersville, Linda (Tim) Lawson, Manchester, Scott (Melody) Kramer, North Liberty,  Iowa, and daughter-in-law Kelli Kramer of Grain Valley, Missouri, 20 grandchildren: Cynthia and Christopher (Jessie) Kramer,  Angie (Nick) Creech and Amber (Bob) Carroll, Ashley, Allisan, Matthew & Ryan Kramer, Craig, Curt (Amanda) Kramer and Amanda (Chris) Steiner, Adam and Alex Kramer, Tyler, Justin and Nicole Wolfe, Devin and Zachary Lawson, Madison & Dustin Kramer, 6 great-grandchildren: Braden & Jackson Creech, Brianna & Bryce Carroll, Carter Steiner & Christina Anderson.  Also surviving are 2 sisters: Rita Russ, Monticello & Alice (Tony) Russ, Hopkinton

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2005, a son, Steven, in 2001, a granddaughter, Bethany Lawson in 1999, her parents, siblings: Clarence & Alvina in infancy, Robert (Adele) Egloff, Lorraine (James) Dunkel, Rosie (Vince) Vorwald, in-laws: Nick Russ, Gertrude (Alphonse) Ries, Clarence (Irene) Kramer, Margaret (Leonard) Kramer, Alphonse "Shorty" (Irene) Kramer, Alvin (Lucinda) Kramer, Larry (Millie) Kramer and Rose Mary (Earl) Tegeler.

We would like to thank Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, Medical Associates, Regional Medical Center, Good Neighbor Society & The Meadows in Manchester for all their care. We would also like to thank everyone for their kindness and their generosity towards Mom.

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

 

 

 



Douglas E. Ede


Douglas E. Ede, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Doug's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doug's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Doug was born on May 14, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edwin and Gloria (Meyer) Ede.

Doug was very active in Silver Glove Boxing during his youth and would proudly go on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy, before returning to Dubuque to begin his working career with Flexsteel Industries. Unfortunately, Doug would be involved in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 24, and his earthly journey would be dramatically altered for the remainder of his years. Doug's mission would now be to spread joy, and his undeniably infectious humor, with his caretakers and touch their hearts in countless ways. He leaves behind a legacy of a good man, with a gentle soul, and hope in the promise of an eternity which will be lived out in a state of absolutely perfect health. Today we shed tears, and reminisce in the stories, and lessons Doug taught, during his time among us. Only time, and faith, can console our aching hearts; but we find comfort in knowing that he has left a positive imprint on many lives and we will all be reunited, again one day, with our ever courageous Doug.

Those left to cherish Doug's memory include

his mother,
Gloria Ede, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Carolyn (Mike) Kirkpatrick,
Steven (Kris) Ede,
David (Tammy) Ede
and Joseph Ede, all of Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Ede.

A Douglas E. Ede memorial fund has been established.

Doug's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their loving care and support throughout the years.

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

 



Diane H. Kennedy


Diane H. (Gulick) Kennedy, 77, of Potosi, Wisc. passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at home surrounded by family.

Per Diane's wishes there will be no public services. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main is assisting the family.

Diane was born July 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Floris and Rose (Pasbach) Gulick. She married Robert G. Kennedy, May 29, 1960 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2009.

She attended Holy Ghost school and Mount Mary College, in Milwaukee, Wisc.

For most of her adult life, she was employed in office administration for various local trucking companies, retiring in 2004. She continued to stay busy in many other endeavors, such as real estate, volunteering, and sales.

Diane enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Jude Kennedy, of Potosi, Thomas William (Jennifer) Kennedy, of Marion, IA; a daughter, Jamie Michelle(Al) Kennedy Sanger, of Ellison Bay, Wisc; and two grandchildren, Taylor Jamie Kennedy and Thomas Dane Kennedy.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Rosemary and five brothers, Bob, John, Tom, Bill and Jim.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Michael J. Oberbroeckling


Michael J. Oberbroeckling, 57, of Farley, Iowa passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home in Farley, Iowa after a sudden illness.

Friends and relatives of Michael may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion Post #656 will meet in a body at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Michael will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery Farley, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born June 8, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard L. and Jean (Miller) Oberbroeckling. He is a 1977 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1978 and served in the Persian Gulf war and was Honorably discharged in 1982.

He is survived by his son, Marvin Oberbroeckling of Dubuque, IA; mother and father, Jean and Marvin Kramer of Farley, IA, four brothers, Tom (Cheryl) Oberbroeckling of Marion, IA and Rick (Wendy) Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, IA, Kevin Kramer of Bettendorf, IA, and Marty Kramer of Iowa City, IA; two sisters, Sherry (Dave) Menke of Cascade, Iowa, Karla (Jack) Golden of Florence, AR, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Leonard L. Oberbroeckling on May 12, 1960.

In lieu of flowers a Michael J. Oberbroeckling memorial fund has been established.

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



Anselm A. Willenborg


Anselm A. Willenborg, 99, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Petersburg, Iowa, died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 11:30 p.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Anselm may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call before 9:00 a.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Anselm will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

He was born April 28, 1917 in New Hampton, Iowa, son of Edward and Mary (Bruggeman) Willenborg. He received his education in the SS. Peter and Paul's school. On June 15, 1943 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Hoeger at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Earlville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 10, 1972. On February 18, 1977 he was united in marriage to Odeil Hoffmann at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Petersburg, IA, She preceded him in death on December 20, 2006. He farmed in the Petersburg area until retiring in 1981 at which time he moved to Dyersville.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by four children, Dennis (Carol Ann) Willenborg of New Vienna, IA, Larry (LuAnn) Willenborg of Petersburg, IA, Zelda (Leon) Kluesner of New Vienna, IA, and Grace (David) Nelson of Minneapolis, MN; a son-in-law, Gerald (Sandy) Nickol of Dyersville, IA; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; three step children, John (Linda) Hoffmann of Earlville, IA, Gary (Sally) Hoffmann of Dyersville, IA and Carl Hoffmann of Cedar Rapids, IA; 6 step grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; and one brother, Harley (Rose Ann) Willenborg of Petersburg, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Glenda Nickol; 2 grandchildren, Kurt F. Kluesner and Mark A. Willenborg; and three siblings, Modesta Loecke, Ernestine Krapfl and Delbert Willenborg.

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



Bernard A. Schemmel


Bernard A. Schemmel, 83, of Worthington died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held 1 - 3 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.

Bernie was born on September 15, 1932, in Worthington the son of Ben A. and Rose Mary (Billmeyer) Schemmel.  Bernie enjoyed farming with his brother LeRoy, on the Century Farm where they raised beef cattle.  Bernie had a prized collection of antique tractors and loved participating in local parades.  In his later years, he enjoyed driving around the countryside and dining at the Country Junction.  He was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

Survivors include sisters-in-law, Gladys Schemmel and Madonna Gudenkauf, 19 nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Leo & LeRoy Schemmel, Jean (Walter) Mormann, Marion (Vernon) Gudenkauf, Pearl (Gerald) Recker, and a nephew, Gary Recker.

A memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, Fr. Dennis Quint and Fr. Jeff Dole, and Above and Beyond Hospice for their skilled care and compassion shown to Bernie in his final years.

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

 

 

 



Kevin P. Jestice


Kevin P. Jestice, age 49, of Freeport, Illinois, and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 at his residence in Freeport.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena with Fr. Dennis Morrissy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena.

Kevin was born on June 27, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Beverly (Sincock) Jestice.

He was a graduate of Hanover High School and graduated from Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois with a degree in social work.

Kevin was an avid photographer and was employed as an admissions/discharge clerk at Liberty Village in Freeport.

Surviving are his aunts, Colleen (Ray) Dempsey and Sharon (Cletus) Tranel both of Galena and Diane (Isadore) Kowalski of Cuba City, Wisconsin; a cousin Brian Kowalski and Kevin's friend Theresa Miller of Platteville, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Osburn and Ruth Sincock and Ralph and Estelle Jestice, and two uncles Raymond Dempsey and Cletus Tranel.
In lieu of flowers a Kevin P. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia Schemmel Meyer


Virginia Schemmel Meyer, 91, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on June 29, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa Where a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m.

Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

She was born November 23, 1924, on the family farm in Farley, Iowa. She attended Marycrest College and graduated from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a degree in Food Science. She met her husband, Dr. Herbert Clair Meyer, at a USO dance in Cedar Rapids, where he was stationed with the Air Force during World War II. They married there on September 18, 1949, and moved to New York City, where Herbert was born and raised.

Virginia worked in Manhattan, where she modeled for the New York Post and assisted a food writer with editing, testing new products and marketing special foods. A favorite memory was meeting Craig Claiborne and other food "stars" of that era. Eventually she and Herbert left the city and moved to Long Island, where they raised their family and enjoyed a long, happy and active life together.

Virginia had a good heart and always a bright, sunny disposition, even in the face of her recent declining health. She was extremely proud of her Florida home and being able to remain there with the loving assistance of daughter, Sheree, and Byron, who live nearby. She loved to travel and experience new places. Her love for cooking and creativity in the kitchen was an inspiration for us. The excitement of New York City never changed her love for Iowa and the farm where she grew up, and she instilled that love in all of us.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah S. (Lee David) Fautsch of Dubuque and Sheree Ann (Byron Shuford) Meyer of Orlando, Florida, two grandchildren, Justin Fautsch of Chicago and Pasadena, California, and Kristin (Gary) Kielpinski of Parker, Colorado, and four great grandchildren, Miles and Emerson Fautsch, and Isla and Wren Kielpinski, her sister, Dr. Rachel Schemmel of East Lansing, Michigan, nephew, Richard Adams of Tucson, Arizona and sister in law, Amy Meyer of San Francisco, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick A. Schemmel and Emma Melchert Schemmel of Farley, Iowa, her husband, Dr. Herbert Clair Meyer, her step sister, Lucille G. Adams and step brother, Floyd Schemmel, and brother in law, Dr. George D. Meyer.

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

 

 



Urban G. Herbers


Urban G. Herbers, 91, of Dyersville formerly of New Vienna died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  A continued visitation will be from 9 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to Funeral services at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate with Rev. Simon Herbers concelebrating.

Urban was born March 14, 1925 to Joseph and Anna (Steffen) Herbers.  He married Eileen Vorwald on May 21, 1949 in Holy Cross, Iowa.  Together they farmed and raised their family near New Vienna.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and touched many lives.  He served on the Beckman School Board, Farm Credit Services Board, and several church committees.  Urban was involved with the Little G collector club and the Two Cylinder Club.  He was innovative in the agricultural community, and supportive of the local catholic schools.  He enjoyed woodworking, restoring antique tractors and playing solo.

Survivors include four sons: Richard (fiancé Betty Fort) Herbers of Dubuque, Dan (Janet) Herbers of Chesterfield, MO, Greg (Beth) Herbers of Battle Creek, MI, and Steve (Chrissy) Herbers of New Vienna, 12 grandchildren: Mollie (Brian) Prescott of Abington, IL, Kelly (Robert) Kodoko of Colleyville, TX, Amy (Steve) Kinney of McKinney, TX, and Tim (Laura) Herbers of Dyersville, Brett Herbers and Stephanie Herbers both of Chesterfield, MO, Matt Herbers and Jacob Herbers of Battle Creek, MI, Jason Herbers of Dubuque, Eric, Tammy and Rachael Herbers of New Vienna, 9 great grandchildren, siblings:, Joan (Nick) Dunkel of Manchester, Sr. Gabriel Herbers of St. Paul, MN, Rev. Simon Herbers of Houston, TX, in-laws: Luella Cushing of Golden, CO,  Dori Vorwald of Holy Cross, and Kathy Vorwald of Rockford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eileen in 2008, parents-in-law, Norbert and Lavina (Lynch) Vorwald, and Brothers and Sister-in-law, Bob and Agnes Vorwald, Gene Vorwald, Jerome Vorwald.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakcrest Manor and the Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



John D. Brueckner


John D. Brueckner died on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the age of 96.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 3-5 pm at Kramer Funeral Home with a Mass celebrating his life on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was born on December 1, 1919 in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Edward and Mayme Cunningham Brueckner.  He married Marie Goerdt on August 15, 1942 in St. Andrew's Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas while serving in the Army.  When he was in Officer's Training in Abeline, Texas, he became ill and was discharged from the service.

He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  He purchased his father's pharmacy in 1947 and operated it until December, 1985 when he retired.

John was very active in professional pharmacy associations of District 7. P.H and served in the House of Delegates for 17 years.  He served as honorary president from 1984-1985. 

Mr. Brueckner was very active in local organizations, serving as President of the Dyersville Commercial Club, President of Beckman Band Parents, President of Beckman's Booster Blub, President of the Basilica Choir of which he was a member for 64 years. He served as Chairman of the Merchants Committee.  He was the 1st Vice Commander of the American Legion, Vice President of the Golf and Country Club and President of the Dyersville Bowling Association.  He also managed the Dyersville Baseball team for many years as well as being the team's catcher.  He also managed the American Legion basketball team while being a team player; and worked with a Little League baseball team.  He was selected to be inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame on July 9, 1988.  He was a catcher at the University of Iowa and for the Dyersville semi-pro team.

John loved all sports but music was his greatest passion.  Playing the piano, singing in the Basilica Choir and with his children and grandchildren gave him great pleasure.  While in college, he played first trombone in the University of Iowa band.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and George; three sisters, Elise Brueckner, Ruth Arens and Celeste Keays; a daughter, Lisa and a grandson, Michael George.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marie; four daughters: Elaine (Jeff) George of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Cheryl (Mark) Wright of Manton, Michigan; Diane (Don Pirkl) of Victor, Iowa; Lynn (Dr. Greg) Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin; and one son, JC (Karin) Brueckner of Overland Park, Kansas.  He is  further survived by fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer (Ken) Ericson and Katie (Gus) Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Libby George (Jacob Parakilas) of London, England; Jadrian (Dan) Clark and Carolyne Rothrock of Portland, Oregon; David Rothrock of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Melissa Rothrock of Cadillac, Michigan; A.J. Pirkl of Victor, Iowa; Nathan (Brooke) Keeling of Middleton, Wisconsin; Marlie Keeling and Shannon (Edward) Pike of Austin, Texas;  Max Keeling of Baraboo, Wisconsin;  Riley and Jackson Brueckner and Ryan Seltman of Overland Park, Kansas;   and seven great grandchildren: Zanna and George Ericson and Winnie, Vivian and Leo Ewoldt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Malia Rothrock and Cyrik Yonkman of Cadillac Michigan.

Memorial are requested to be directed to St. Francis Xavier Choir.

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

 

 



Jerome C. Putz


Jerome C. "Jerry" Putz, age 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 following a sudden illness at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A memorial visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a time for sharing will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jerry was born on January 11, 1943 in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Anton and Marcella (Kruse) Putz.  He married Judith Hopkins-Licht on February 3, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jerry was formerly employed by Mueller Pipeline, later known as InfraSource retiring in 2008.  He was a natural gas pipeliner foreman. Jerry was an active woodworker and loved all sports.  He was a Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Surviving are his wife Judith (Hopkins-Licht) Putz; son, Jeff (Courtney) Putz of Aldi, Virginia, two  grandsons, Brandon, and Collin and a granddaughter, Skylar, a daughter, Mariah and her significant other(Andrew Wallace) Licht, of East Dubuque, a daughter, Laura (Kevin) Ruggles of Dubuque, Iowa, and a son, Kenneth (Anita) Licht of Hartsville, Tennessee and  a grandson, Ryan (and his significant other Krystal Harmening) Ziehlke and two great grandchildren Matthew and Summer and two siblings, David (Delores) Putz of Greeley, Iowa and Verna Mae (Don) Leuck of Dyersville.

 His past and present dogs were a very important part of Jerry's life, namely Shadow, Lacey, Molly and Annie.

He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, Paula Marie, his parents, three brothers, Harold, Walter and Fred and two sisters, Pearl and Alice.

A Jerome "Jerry" Putz memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Linda K. Miller


Linda K. Miller, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at her home.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Linda's life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Linda Kay Watters was born on February 17, 1944 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Sidney A. and Violet M. (Bentley) Watters. She was raised in the Fulton, Iowa area and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Richard Leslie Miller on January 13, 1963 at the RLDS Church in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 17, 2015.

As a teenager Linda had worked at A & W in Maquoketa. She later worked at Clinton Engines for a short time, and lastly in the Dietary Department at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 30 years.

Linda enjoyed watching television especially soap operas and wrestling. She liked doing jigsaw puzzles and swimming at the YMCA with friends. She was a cook at heart and loved to bake cookies and desserts.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include a son Randy Miller of Delmar, IA; 3 grandchildren Erin (Billy) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Eric Miller of Delmar, IA, and Scott Miller of Delmar, IA; 2 great-grandchildren Alexis and Cora; 4 step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Holly, Abby and Erin; a brother James (Joanne) Watters of Dubuque, IA; and sisters Edna (Robert) Schmalfeldt of Clinton, IA, and Marge Rittenhouse of Little Rock, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Allan Watters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda Kay Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger J. Beitzel


Roger J. Beitzel, age 57, of North Buena Vista, IA, was called home peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016, at home. To honor Roger's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Roger's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Roger was born on March 14, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Irma (Link) Beitzel.

Roger was born and raised in North Buena Vista and would go on to invest many years at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL. His love for the outdoors definitely developed within his early years and gratefully continued throughout his entire life. His favorite hours, spent out in God's country, would primarily revolve around fishing, and deer hunting, with his close friends from Buenie. Roger had an unique sense of humor and was well known for his ability to poke fun at a family member or friend. Roger, and his best friend Jim, are now reunited once again, fishing and hunting in perfect health for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Roger's memory include

his son,
Anthony (Erin Vogt) Beitzel, Lancaster, WI;

his grandson,
Gerald Beitzel;

his mother,
Irma Beitzel, Dubuque;

his sister,
Nancy (Don) Gross, LaMotte, IA;

and 2 nephews,
Dan Kramer, Epworth, IA
and Scott Kramer, Dubuque, IA.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, John; and a sister, Della Rose Beitzel.

A Roger J. Beitzel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary N. Merfeld


Mary N. Merfeld, 79, of Peosta, formerly of Dubuque, died Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 1 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mary was born on August 15, 1936 in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Rita (Schauer) Welp.

She married Merlin J. Merfeld on May 25, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menomonie, Ill. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2009.

Mary worked several different jobs including the Dubuque Packing Co. and as a cook in food service.

She loved stock car racing, bingo and euchre. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are her children, Cathy (Jerry) Kopp, of Dubuque, Mike (Jackie) Merfeld, of Bernard, Iowa, Karen (Gary) Johnson, of Elko, Minn., Michelle Tulk, of Marshalltown, IA., Beth Koeller, of Pleasantville, Iowa, Mark (Kim) Merfeld, of Peosta, IA., Jon Merfeld, Julie McCarville both of Dubuque, Luke (Julie) Merfeld, of Peosta, IA and Paula (Tom) Brown of Decorah, Iowa; 41 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia (Jerry) Cullen, of Platteville, Wis., Joyce (Ed) Kuhle, of East Dubuque, Ill., Frank (Esther) Welp, of Albuquerque, NM., Arlene Smothers of, W. Chicago, Ill., Tom (Janice) Welp, of Dickeyville, Wis., Rita Mae (James) Schlegel, of Dubuque,  Glen (Philomena) Welp, of Cuba City, Wis., Gail Welp, of Dubuque, Paul (Sara) Welp, of Dodgeville, Wis., Jim (Linda) Welp, of Donahue, IA., Greg (Diane) Welp, of East Dubuque, Ill., and Russel Welp, of Hazel Green, Wis.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lori Ann; and sister, Marilyn Welp Walsh.

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

A Mary Merfeld Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Home Instead Senior Care and Gary Sheldon.

 

 



Janaan E. Funke


Janaan E. Funke, 73, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, June 27, 2016 at her home in Dyersville, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Janaan may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Janaan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
She was born March 28, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Mathias and Mathilda (Faber) Manternach. She is a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On May 30, 1968 she was united in marriage to David O. Funke at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Dyersville area. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2011.

Janaan was very artistic and enjoyed quilting and sewing. She truly loved and was devoted to her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville and devoted her time to the Layette Committee.

She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Wendy Willenbring) Funke of Center Point, IA, and Daniel (Cindy) Funke of Appleton, WI; two daughters, Debra (Paul) Engler of Worthington, IA and Dawn (Adam) Recker of Dyersville, IA; nine grandchildren, James, Josh and Joe Engler, Carli, Ben and Tyler Funke, Eli, Claire and Zoe Recker; a brother, Irvin (Lu) Manternach of Cedar Falls, IA; three sisters, her twin, Judy Puetz of Dubuque, IA, Carlyn Sellner of Dyersville, IA and Sharon Manternach of Dubuque, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Jean) Funke of Dubuque, Roger Mescher of Dyersville, IA, one sister-in-law, Elaine Funke of Dyersville, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dean Funke on December 9, 2001; and a brother-in-law, James Sellner, one niece, Janita Sellner, brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy (Lois) Funke, Vila (Dale) Hofer, Norma (Robert) Edleman , Marilyn Mescher and Robert Funke.

The family of Janaan would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the care and support given to Janaan.

"In vulnerability we are conquered by love."

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



Joyce M. Monahan


Joyce Marie Monahan, 74 of Dubuque, IA died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Joyce was born on October 6th, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa to Lolita and Alfred Jochum. She was the second oldest of nine children. Joyce and her siblings grew up on Windsor Ave where they attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and went on to graduate from Wahlert Catholic High School.

Joyce married Mike Monahan on May 14th, 1966 and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Their love was so deep that just a little over three weeks after Mike passed Joyce left this world to be with him.

Joyce was always an organizer at heart. Whether it was re-organizing her home after yet another remodel, traveling the world working for John Deere where she later retired, or being a political organizer where she inspired countless generations of the Jochum family to be involved in the political process or making sure her grandchildren always knew their voices mattered.

So many of the things that Joyce accomplished had an impact on others. From the Women's Recreation Association where it gave women an opportunity to participate in the sports they loved, to being a proud founding member of the Obama Mamas, an inspiring group of loyal DBQ County Democratic Women, to bringing back the DBQ County Democrats Hall of Fame Dinner where she was a recent inductee, to keeping family traditions alive, but her most important accomplishment was being a Grandma.

Joyce was a proud mother and grandmother. She was an active Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters and they spent their summers off traveling the country. Joyce enjoyed taking her family on adventures from camping at Jellystone in the summer, spending time at the ‘farm', or spending countless hours on the sidelines in support of her grandchildren. Joyce became known as Grandma to so many and held that title proudly.

She is survived by her two daughters Kelly Simpson and Kristy Monahan, her eleven grandchildren Megan, Allison (Nic Hockenberry), Hannah, Will (Kaitlyn), Quinn, and Madison (Brother Ben) Simpson, Kalyn Gilbreath, Kiera, Korey, Kelsey, and Keenan Monahan, and four great-grandchildren Kam, Lia, Kiyah, and Karrianna. Her siblings Ronnie (Helen) Schmitt, Connie (Ken) Bennett, Donna Sindahl, Geri (Paul) O'Connor, Tom (Amy) Jochum, Steve Jochum, Kim (Dale) Klinkhammer. Multiple brothers and sisters -in-law; nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene ‘Mike' Monahan, her mother and father, her brother Richard Dale, her mother and father in law Mary Splinter and Raymond Monahan, her brother-in-law John "Coach" Sindahl and sister-in-law Freda Jochum, and nieces Jessica Bennett and Elizabeth Klinkhammer.

A special thank you to the nurses and CNAs of Dubuque Specialty Care for the kindness and support they gave to Joyce and Mike over the last two years. And for Hospice of Dubuque for all the love and support.

The family asks that in Joyce's memory you make sure you are registered to vote this election cycle. We love you Grams. "Fired Up! Ready to Go!"



Raymond R. Baldwin


Raymond R. "Randy" Baldwin, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private military graveside service and burial celebrating Raymond's life will be held from the Oakland Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Raymond Randolph Baldwin was born on October 20, 1949 in Montgomery, West Virginia to William and Opal Almeda (Pitsenbarger) Baldwin. He grew up in West Virginia and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Barbara Ann Gibson on April 7, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Randy" first worked for General Thermal in Maquoketa and then Caterpillar at Mt. Joy, Iowa. Lastly he worked as a machinist for Alcoa in the Quad Cities for over 30 years until retiring in 2012.

"Randy" was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and drinking beer.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Barbara Baldwin of Maquoketa, IA; children, Mary Jane (and fiance Kyle Nitschke) Baldwin of Maquoketa, IA, Tara Opal (and husband Brian Lange) Baldwin-Lange of Clinton, IA, and Kimberly Alane Baldwin of Clinton, IA; 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; brothers Steve (Katie) of WV, Alfred of WV, and Joe of WV; and sisters Pam (Snook) of KY, Linda of WV and Penny of WV. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Maleigha M. Nauman

Maleigha Martha Nauman, stillborn infant daughter of Rachael and Kevin Nauman of Sherrill was delivered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Private graveside services will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.

Those left to remember Maleigha are her parents, Rachael (Engelken) and Kevin Nauman, a sister, Mariah, her grandparents: Pat and Carol (Pins) Engelken of New Vienna, Dale and Linda (Hefel) Nauman of Sherrill; great grandparents: Eldon and Marilyn Pins of Dyersville, Jim and Irma Hefel of Balltown, Harold and Madonna Nauman of Sherrill; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Gerald and Rita Engelken.

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

 

 

 



Mary Ellen Clark


Mary Ellen (Lambert) Clark, 79, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Private burial will take place on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary's main focus in life was her family. Throughout her life she maintained a kind and simple demeanor. She always looked for ways to help people. Whether it was an elderly stranger that needed help or a sick friend, she would be there. She would always take the time to send a card or make a visit. She didn't pass judgement and taught us to forgive. Besides family gatherings, she also enjoyed her Alverno family, going to the Casino, movies and dining out.

Mary had a work ethic like no one else. She worked as a housekeeper at Holy Family Hall and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement from Holy Family Hall she took on the task as a Foster Grandparent at Audubon school for 9 years. She loved to work with the children and have them call her "Grandma". Now that she is finally retired for good her next mission takes her to a wonderful place where she can be reunited with family and friends that she has not seen in a long time.

She is survived by her six children, Steve (Stephanie) Lambert, Susan Lambert, Patricia (Brian) Tighe, Mary Jo (Terry) Kaesbauer, Julie Pline and Catherine (Jeff) Lambert-Kemp. She is also survived by her 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings, Ruth (Bob) Harle, Larry (Donna) Walter and Mike Walter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ellen Walter, a brother, Jack Walter, a son John Allan Lambert, two grandchildren, Justin and Clifton Melberg and one great grandchild, Reid Pline.

The family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Schulties and his staff at Medical Associates.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Gladys L. Nath


Gladys L. Nath, 100, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Visitation is 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Gladys was born on September 12, 1915 near Orangeville, Illinois, the daughter of Ammon and Sarah (Stamm) Moyer. She married Frederick M. "Fred" Nath on October 17, 1935 at Ottawa, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2009.

Gladys and Fred moved to Galena in 1947 where they operated Nath's Garage and Towing until the spring of 1987.

She was educated in two one room school houses, namely Franklin School and Chapel Hill School both in Stephenson County, Illinois and later attended Orangeville High School. Gladys was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge # 882 of Galena, the Galena Eagles, and the Galena Moose Lodge.

Her hobbies included bowling and she started golfing in her early 60's and played up until age 90. She made bibs for the Galena Nursing Home, quilts and wall hangings for her family, and doll clothes for her great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Kathleen "Skip" (Gary) Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two granddaughters, Ann (Jeff) Lind of Juneau, Alaska and Faye Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two great-granddaughters, Miranda and Kayli of Juneau, Alaska; two sisters, Alice Weaver and Edna Viel both of Freeport, Illinois; and a brother, Charles (Bernice) Moyer of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Fern Moyer of Galena; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred; siblings Art, Esther, Susan, Bertha, Phillip, Alvin and William "Jim".

In lieu of flowers, plants, and food, memorials may be given to the Galena EMS, Galena Fire Dept., or a Church of your choice.

Skip and family wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Koenigs, the nurses and staff at Galena Stauss Assisted Living, and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gladys.



Kathleen M. Eagan


Kathleen M. "Kay" Eagan, 88, 2700 Matthew John Drive, Dubuque, Iowa died at home on June 20, 2016.

Kay was born November 15, 1927 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of William F. "Bill" and Eleanor (Nagle) Higgins. Kay graduated from high school at the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong member of the Nativity parish.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Pam Eagan and her husband John Mills of Los Angeles and son, Jeff Eagan, of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents and only sibling, Eleanor Mae (Higgins) Sullivan.

After a 23-year career as a personnel representative at John Deere Dubuque Works, Kay retired November 30, 1988. Prior to working at John Deere Dubuque Works she was employed at the Interstate Power Company and the "Telegraph-Herald newspaper.

Kay enjoyed travel, walking, cross-stitching and reading.
A private graveside service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a Mass of Remembrance to celebrate Kay's life at The Church of the Nativity on November 13, 2016 at 9:30 am to which all are welcome.
The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Pointe Place and Hospice of Dubuque.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com.



Catherine M. Heinz


Catherine Mary Heinz, 96, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, IA. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m..

Catherine was born January 12, 1920, in Dubuque, daughter of John A. and Lidwina (Schmitt) Heinz. The family farmed in Peosta, Iowa. Catherine was assistant to her father who was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1950. She graduated from Clarke College in 1963.

Family was important to Kate. She was an enthusiastic and accomplished amateur genealogist, who spent countless hours tracing the ancestry of her family. She spent the last week of her life actively attending gatherings with 30 nieces, nephews, spouses and great and great-great nieces and nephews at a family reunion.

Catherine taught kindergarten in the Dubuque Community School System before retiring.

Kate was a lady of remarkable will and accomplishment and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

She was a member of Nativity parish, their Rosary Society, the A.C.C.W., the Dubuque Retired Teachers Association, a 30 year member of the Iowa Federation of Women's Club, the Dominican Laity since 1959, who loved to travel, map reading and taking routes that were off the beaten path.

Surviving is a sister Sophia Blong, of Des Moines, Iowa; 14 nieces and nephews, Jane Capin, Joan (Dan) Meyer, Sara (Larry) Morris, Mary Sue (Gary) Babb, Caroline (Denis) Schmitt, Pat (Phil) Blahut, Paul (Paula) Herrig, George (Susan) Herrig, Phyllis (Cary) Matthews, Carol (Dan) Waddick, Mary Herrig, Ann (David) Greiling, Tom (Dolly), Herrig, and Michele (Tom) Raynak,; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Joseph Heinz, Edward Heinz and John Heinz Jr.; two sisters, Lucille Heinz and Mary Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Lee Herrig and Matthew Blong.

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



Eddie Marie Graham


Eddie Marie Graham, 69, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, surrounded by her family and the love of her life Dennis "Murph" Murphy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. with a wake service at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.

Eddie was born August 2, 1946 in Thermopolis, WY, daughter of Daniel P. and Catherine I. (Kelly) Hickman. .

She was employed at Eagle Food Market and retired in 2003.

For 25 years Eddie and Murph renovated their home and made it into a welcoming home for family and friends
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She enjoyed playing cards, music, gardening, telling jokes, cooking, working crosswords, reading books, and was an avid golfer. She loved going to the market. She lived life and loved life. The most important thing in her life was her family and her many loyal friends. She was loyal and compassionate for the underdog.

Eddie volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and at other charities.

Surviving is her husband, Dennis "Murph" Murphy, of Dubuque; children, Becky Ann (Garry) Hicks, of Missouri, R. Shane (Mary Ellen) Graham, of DePere, WI, Shelby L. (Tim) Bausch, of Potosi, WI, Stacy M. Graham-Pennekamp, of Potosi, WI, Andrew J. Murphy, Dubuque, Patrick D. (fiancé, Holly) Murphy, Grimes, IA,; a sister, Sue Lorraine (Bob) Frederickson, of Washington state; a brother, Danny E. (Cheryl) Hickman, of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren, Kara, Ryan, Shania, Kaitlyn, Jared, Seth Daniel, Breanna, Seth, Sami, Rylie, Sydney and Alexandria; 7 great-grandchildren; and her cousin, Jackie Blindert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her step-father, Edward Kelly.

A thank you to the staff at Dubuque Fire Rescue, Mercy Medical Center ER, Paramount Ambulance, members of the Cardio Vascular Unit ICU and a special thank you to Luke, Cassie and Brenda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aorta Dissection Research at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, in her memory.

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



Robert Paul Gooch


Robert Paul (Bob) Gooch, 75, was called home to heaven on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque. His family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Bob was born on December 18, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Lester and Edith Gooch. He had three older sisters, Meg, Helen and Georgie, and one younger brother, Gary. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958. In 1962 he received his Bachelor's degree from Vennard College in University Park, Iowa. He graduated and was ordained by the Salvation Army Officer's Seminary in Chicago in 1964.

He was the father of David B. Gooch of Bemidji, Minnesota and Paul A. Gooch of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. He married Barbara Ann O'Meara in 1976 and a daughter, Kristin M. Moser of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was later born to them. He said before his passing "God blessed me with the greatest and best family there ever was!"

Bob was the Director of the Dubuque Salvation Army Corps for ten years, starting many new programs and, with the help of many Dubuquers, building the present Salvation Army headquarters. He then became the Emergency Management Director for the city and the county of Dubuque where he had a hand with many initiatives including improved storm coverage, communication systems, E911, and the Dubuque County Rescue Squad. He retired from this vocation in 1999.

Bob was involved in many community programs. He served on an advisory panel to Dubuque County Social Services, was President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, President of the Dubuque County Chapter of the American Heart Association, was a member and past treasurer of the Key City Coin Club, a member and chairman of the Dubuque Salvation Army advisory board, and district chairman of the Dubuque District of the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Executive Board of the NE Iowa BSA and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1991. He was very active at St. John's Episcopal Church of Dubuque. There he served three terms on St. John's vestry and was active in prison, music and preaching ministries. He served as vice-chairman and board member of the SE Iowa Emergency Medical Services Council and President of the Iowa Emergency Management Director's Association. He received the first annual Iowa EMS Award presented by Governor Terry Branstad in 1987. He was named volunteer of the year by the Iowa Special Olympics in 1992. In 2013, along with his wife Barb, he was awarded the Dubuque County EMS Star of Life award.

He is survived by his dear wife Barbara of Dubuque; a daughter Kristin (Greg) Moser; sons David (Amber) Gooch and Paul (Diane) Gooch; five grandchildren; a brother Gary (Cindy) Gooch; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Colonel Mabel (Gooch) Cedervall, Helen (Gooch) Lee and Georgiana (Gooch) Canterbury; a brother-in-law Leroy Canterbury; and a niece Gigi (Canterbury) Riley.

Bob loved God, his family, his church, fishing, camping and God's creation...this beautiful world. He would leave us this message: "Love God, be faithful, serve him, and I'll see you again just a little further down the road. I love you all! So long for now."

In lieu of flowers a Robert Gooch Memorial Fund has been established. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A special thank you to Dr. Ronald Iverson, Dr. Jill Powers, Dr. Robert Magnus, Dr. Poorani Sekar, Dr. Nicole Jedlicka, Dr. John Whalen, Dr. David Ringold, Dr. Alexander Chung, and Dr. Mark Janes; Dubuque Fire and EMS; Mercy Emergency Room; Mercy ICU, especially Bonnie, Janis and Carol; Mercy surgical services; Mercy chaplain services; the clergy of St. John's; the staff at Stonehill Care Center; and many family and friends.



Edward A. Babka


Edward A. Babka, 88, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 20.

Funeral services will be held at Noon, Tuesday, June 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque.  Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3-8 p.m., Monday, June 27 at the church.  There will be no visitation prior to the service on Tuesday.

Mr. Babka was born on January 8, 1928 in Belvidere, Nebraska, son of Fred W. and Ethel A. (Van Waning) Babka. He married Virginia Marie Kratz on January 10, 1953 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. They divorced in May of 1982. He married Shirley Stover on April 30, 1983 in Dubuque.

He graduated from Kramer High School, Columbus, Nebraska, in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps from July, 1945 to January, 1947. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1950, with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Business.

He worked for General Electric Co., the Nebraska Public Power System and Illinois Power Co., for a combined total of about 8 years. In 1957, he formed the Babka Publishing Co., and for about a year he continued working for the Illinois Power Co., and at the same time, publishing his first publication, "The Antique Trader". He left engineering, and for the next 35 years his company published periodicals and books for the Antiques field. This business was sold in 1992, at which time he retired.

He was a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and an associate member of the Pinnacle Peak Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He belonged to the Dubuque Rotary Club and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He served on the University of Dubuque Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque Board, the Mercantile Bank Board, the Finley Hospital Board, the Mt. Pleasant Board of Trustees, the Carnegie-Stout Library Foundation Board, the American Heart Association Board, and the Dubuque Museum of Art Board. His Masonic affiliations included more than 50 years as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rites Mason, and membership in the Metropolitan Lodge #49 in Dubuque and the El Kahir Shrine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, golf, tennis, skiing and playing the piano, both for his own enjoyment and entertaining at various nursing homes in Dubuque.  He was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year for Northeastern Iowa in 1982, and he and Shirley were the Outstanding Philanthropists for the Dubuque and Clinton area in 1993. He was installed in the Junior Achievement Tri-States Business Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with the Telegraph Herald Media First Citizen Award on New Year's Day of 2016.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Babka; two children, Nancy Babka (Carla Garrett) of Beverly Hills, CA, Frank Babka of Minnetonka, MN; six step children, Douglas Stover (Jean) of Epworth, IA, Gregory Stover (Peggy) of Marion, IA, Todd Stover (Linda) of Canyon Lake, CA, Kimberly Stover Weires (Rodney) of Dubuque, Kara Stover Barreras (Sam) of Arvada, CO, Kristin Stover Griffin (Russ) of Dickeyville, WI; and a bevy of step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard.

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

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.

 

 

 



Mary M. Thomas

Mary M. Thomas 92, of Stonehill Care Center, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at Stonehill. Private services were held Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 1, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Lorang) Thomas. She also had an identical twin, Dorothy.

Surviving are a niece, Claire (Paul) Cherry; nephew, Karlos (Alice) Dasalla; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her twin; her sisters, Delores, Lucille and her brother, Carl.

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



Donna Northouse


Donna Northouse, 92 of Dubuque died Monday, June 20, 2016 at home with her loving family by her side.

A private family service will be held followed by burial at Dubuque Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on November 13, 1923 in Garryowen, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Louise (Hardeyman) Rodgers. She married Paul Northouse on Feb. 11, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2015.

Donna loved spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time dancing with Paul and watching Lawrence Welk.

Donna is survived by her 5 children, Carol (Dave) Orr, Joan (Dean) Bartels, Rick (Linda) Northouse, Jim (Theressa) Northouse, and Tom (Lisa) Northouse; 5 grandchildren, Joe (Tracy), Eric, Emily, Jason, and Logan; and a great grandchild Shawn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary and Monica; four brothers, Joe, Orval, Raymond and Willard.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

 



Martha J. Smith


Martha J. Smith, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Breast Cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Martha was born on September 15, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Harriet (Haggerty) Runde.

After high school Martha found work at Carlisle Communications where she stayed for many years. In her later years she worked at Sam's Club where she enjoyed interacting with many frequent customers as well as co-workers. In her free time she enjoyed baking, camping, riding her bike and driving wherever the road took her. Martha took immense pride in talking about her kids, and always went out of her way to provide as much love and support to them as she could; they were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her two children, Shane Smith, and Taylor Smith, both of Dubuque; her mother Harriet Runde, of Dubuque; siblings, Debbie (Roger) Denlinger, and Steve Runde, of Dubuque, Peggy (Don) Robertson, of Cuba City, WI, Karen (Roger) McClain, Beverly (Dale) Mueller, Laura (Roger) Bushman, and Cheryl (John) Tigges, all of Dubuque; her companion and friend John Kluesner, of Dubuque; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert "Bob" Runde on December 14, 2011, a brother Dennis, sister-in-law Dawn Runde, and nieces Morgan Mueller, and Laura Robertson.

In lieu of flowers a Martha Smith memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff especially his nurse Sandy, all of Martha's friends and co-workers for all their care and kindness they gave; and a very special thank you to her mother Harriet for all her loving care.



Dale L. Hoffman


Dale LeRoy Hoffman, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, while enjoying a family dinner in celebration of father's day at his daughters home.

In honor of his wishes private family burial and celebration of life will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens where both Dale and his wife Darlene who passed in 2014, will be interred together on their 58th wedding anniversary. Military honors for Dale will be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Dale was born October 6, 1935 in Elkport, IA son of Wilbert and Helen (Amling) Hoffman. He graduated from high school in Edgewood, Iowa, class of 1954. He married Darlene Opal Reimer of Dubuque, IA on June 28, 1958. He is a veteran of the Korean War Conflict.

He was employed at Farley and Loetcher and also at John Deere before his employment with Peoples Natural Gas in 1958 where he spent 28 years before retirement.

He is survived by two daughters, Darla Herbst and Deanna -Dee (John) Sanner and two sons, Dale (Vonda) Hoffman and Dan (Brenda) Hoffman, 8 grandchildren Tim (Katie) Hoffman, Amy Hoffman, Rachael Houselog, Sam Herbst, Jamie Hirsch, Tricia (Matt Louis) Hirsch, Corey Hoffman, and Tia Hoffman. Three step grandchildren Alicia Lux, Jocelyn Sanner and Stacy (Ryan) Avenarius, 4 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, a brother Bert (Joanne) Hoffman, a brother-in-law Fredrick Tom (Dottie) Reimer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014, his parents and a sister Shirley Lewin, three brother in-laws Lionel (Shirley) Lewin, Jack (Sandy) Reimer and Gary Reimer, a sister-in-law Sandy Reimer, and a nephew Steve Hoffman.

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital emergency room staff along with the Dubuque Fire, Paramedics, and Police Departments for their help with Dale.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Ellen M. Hoefer


Ellen M. Hoefer, 49, of Peosta, Iowa passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home in Peosta, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic church in Peosta.

Services for Ellen will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, in Peosta with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Ellen was born March 23, 1967 in Ryan, Iowa, daughter of Richard "Ed" and Janet (Schaul) Glynn. She was a graduate of West Delware High School and received her Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa. On July 23, 1994 she was united in marriage to Gregory Hoefer at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. She was employed as Counselor at Drexler Middle School in Farley, Iowa.

She was a loving wife and mother who loved her family. Ellen was very devoted to her job as a school counselor and had a positive effect on many of her students.

She was a member of the St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Hoefer; two daughters, Emma and Rebecca Hoefer all of Peosta, IA, her parents, Richard "Ed" and Janet Glynn of Ryan, IA; one sister, Sara (Tom) Lupkes of West Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Todd (Lori) Glynn of Urbandale, IA and Marty (Candice) Glynn of Grimes, IA; Maternal Grandmother, Rosalyn Schaul of Manchester, IA, Father and mother-in-law, Tom and Karen Hoefer of Earlville, IA one brother-in-law, Dave (Molly) Hoefer of Earlville, IA; one sister-in-law, Tina (Mike) Schellhorn of Urbana, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Lucina Glynn and Maternal grandfather, Ambrose Schaul, one cousin, Sally Glynn.

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

 



Phyllis F. Decker


Phyllis F. Decker, 79, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30am, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Phyllis was born April 6, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter J. and Loretta (Bushman) Thielen.

She married Raymond J. Decker on January 31, 1956 at St. Catherine's Church. Together they farmed in the Massey area for more than 30 years until moving to Dubuque in 1988. Phyllis gave her all to her family. She was a self-proclaimed "home-body," and enjoyed making her home a comfortable place to gather. She enjoyed music, especially polkas, and played the accordion and organ. She was a great cook, enjoyed crocheting, and tended a big, bountiful garden every summer. She will be remembered for her green thumb, her quiet smile, listening ear, and a lap for all her grandkids to sit on.

Phyllis is survived by her 10 children, Shirley (Ken) Shannon of Dubuque, Marty (Carla) Decker of Zwingle, Carol (Randy) Stecher of Dubuque, Diane LeBlang of Centennial, CO, Duane (Sue) Decker of Dubuque, Joan (Randy) Schmerbach of Huxley, Iowa, Bernice (Jim) Trennepohl of Minneapolis, Edward (Kelli) Decker of Dubuque, Janelle (Rick) Schildgen of Gilbert, AZ, and Daryl (Jennifer) Decker of Omaha, NE. She will be missed by her 32 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by two brothers, Cletus (Monica) Thielen and Clyde (Carlyn) Thielen and sister-in-law Darlene Offerman; her in-laws, Albert (Calista) Decker, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, Hubert (Liz) Decker, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, Darlene Collins, Fran Decker, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, Louis (Darla) Decker, John Jr. (Irma) Decker, Kenneth Decker, and Charlene Decker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on October 3, 2001, her parents, and three brothers, Rev. Thoralf (Bud), Harlan, and Vince Thielen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Hawkeye Care Center, and Unity Point Finley Hospital for their compassionate care.



Raymond Feltes, Jr.


Raymond Feltes Jr., 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Raymond's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 23, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture service will be held. Burial will be at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa, with military honors.

Raymond Feltes Jr. was born on October 16, 1941 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Raymond Sr. and Julitta (Jacobs) Feltes. He attended Washington Township #3 "Spunky Ridge" Country School and prior to his marriage he worked as a farm hand. He married Karen Nieland on October 22, 1966 in Preston, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served for three years receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning home he worked for Clinton Engines for many years and then at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy until its closing. He then worked for Gannon Construction and lastly for DenCo Construction retiring in 2005.

Raymond was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, lifetime member of the Preston AMVETS, and had served as a former firefighter and paramedic with the Preston Fire Department.

Raymond enjoyed gardening, wood working and playing cards. He especially enjoyed cooking and was known for his popcorn balls, pies and cinnamon rolls.

Those left to honor Raymond's memory include his wife Karen Feltes of Maquoketa, IA; children Lee Feltes of Mukwonago, WI, Tim Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, Brian (Nikki) Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Jennifer (Damon) Mesecher of Meridian, MS; 6 grandchildren; brothers Norlyn Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Loras Feltes of Miles, IA; and a brother-in-law Milton Drury of Miles, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leon, and a sister Mary Lou Drury.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond Feltes Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Saundra Ruggeberg


Saundra "Soni" Ruggeberg, 76, of Grand Mound, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 15, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Soni's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa followed by a lunch and fellowship at the church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

Saundra Lee Waugh was born on August 12, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Howard E. and Velma C. (Petersen) Waugh. She was a 1957 graduate of Elwood High School and then Paris Beauty Academy in 1958. She married Leyland Ruggeberg on November 27, 1960 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Kimberly and Brian.

Soni operated her own cosmetology business in Maquoketa from 1959 to 1964. She then started a family and was a stay-at-home mom until the late 1970's when SKB Enterprises Farm Operation was formed. After her family was raised she started "Soni's Hair Hut" in DeWitt operating it from 1987 to 2010.

Soni was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation and the Red Hat Society. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, the Iowa and National Hairdressers Association and the Cow Belles. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and her lawn, quilting and cross stitch, and was a self-taught painter. She loved playing cards and belonged to several card clubs, making memory bears for friends and family, and was an avid collector of teddy bears and tea pots.

Those left to honor Soni's memory include her husband Leyland Ruggeberg of Grand Mound, IA; a son Brian (and wife Maureen) Ruggeberg of Huntington, NY; a son-in-law David (and 2nd wife Juliette) Gomez of Tempe, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Gomez, and Collin and Justin Ruggeberg; a sister Judy (and husband Merle) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law LaVonne (and husband Pete) Petersen of Warrensburg, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Kimberly Ruggeberg-Gomez on February 7, 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Soni Ruggeberg memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ralph G. Schoenhard


Ralph G. "Bud" Schoenhard, 88, of 1001 Assissi Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque and Scales Mound, Illinois died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound.  Private family burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Scales Mound following the visitation.

Bud was born on September 14, 1927 in Scales Mound, the son of Ralph and Mildred (McLean) Schoenhard. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School and was united in marriage to Helene Hillemeyer on July 18, 1953 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. They were married for 63 years. Following their marriage Bud & Helene resided in Chicago for four years, where he attended Moler Barber College.

He worked for the I.C.R.R. as a section hand. Bud served at the end of WWII in the Merchant Marines during which he sailed to Europe, China and India. He also served his country for another two years during the Korean Conflict.

While being a devoted father rearing six children, he provided for his family as a rural mail carrier for 35 years and a barber for 40 years.  Bud was civic minded and showed that by being a village trustee for 35 years. He was also a former member of the Scales Mound Lions Club and the Scales Mound Volunteer Fire Dept.

He enjoyed following sports. Bud was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed life. Bud loved to drink beer and BS about politics and life. But nothing made him happier than spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife Helene (Hillemeyer) Schoenhard; six children, Jill (Chuck) Staab of Platteville, Wisconsin, James (Jeanne) Schoenhard of Mercer, Wisconsin, Joan (Steve) Efken of Miromar Lakes, Florida, Jon (Lisa) Schoenhard of Stockton, Illinois, Jean (Tom) Schmieder of Hazel Green, Wisconsin and Jennifer (Kirk) Friederick of Dubuque; 12-grandchildren, Sandra (Rick) Pohle, Bob (Katie), Michael (Mary) and Nick (fiancé Jennifer Edwards) Schoenhard, Lori Ann (Mike) Simmons, Steve (Abbey) Efken, Jr., Ellie Efken, Mallory (fiancé Tyler Hesselbacher) Schoenhard, Alex Schmieder, Maggie, Ethan and Evan Friederick; 5-great-grandchildren, Jack Swenson, Caroline, Sawyer and Lila Schoenhard and Jameson Efken.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Miles Schoenhard.

Memorial may be donated to Hospice of Dubuque.

Helene and family wish to give thanks to the staff at Assissi Village, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Stephanie and Ryan for the wonderful care given to their husband and father.

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

 

 

 



Elaine Graham


Elaine Graham, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elaine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Elaine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in St. Martin's Cemetery, Cascade, IA. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born on July 17, 1924, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John C. and Lulu (Cavanaugh) O'Brien.

Elaine was born and raised in Cascade and would eventually be united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" R. Graham on April 11, 1945. Their union would be blessed with 60 years, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 7, 2005. Elaine's primary focus, and mission in life, was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother the Lord had gifted her to be. She did however, find the time to earnestly invest over 21 years of her life, outside of the home, with Brown Publishing and Bethany Home. She has been a longtime member of St. Patrick's Church and was faithfully devoted to serving as a eucharistic minister and delivering communion to those who were unable to attend mass in person. Elaine was also a committed member of her Women's Euchre Club for over 50 years and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with her friends. In her free time, Elaine was always ready to sit down with family and friends and a freshly broken in deck of cards. We grieve today with the loss of our most precious Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend, but we know that the 91 years, the Lord generously shared her with us, has surely left a positive impact on countless lives and we are all definitely better for the lessons, memories and love she so gracefully shared. She is now joyfully reunited with her husband, Joe, her daughter, Peggy, her parents and siblings and we believe and find comfort in knowing that we will all be together again one day.

Those left to cherish Elaine's memory include

her loving children,
Sheila (Bart) Germaine, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Jackie) Graham, Stowe, VT,
Robert (Samantha) Graham, Minneapolis, MN
and Molly (Mike) Casey, Dubuque, IA;

her adoring grandchildren,
Jason (Angie) Germaine, Ginny (Lars) Lindgren, Julie (Jim) Earp, Tommy Casey, Timmy Casey and Jackson Graham;

and her precious great-grandchildren, Kaily, Aiden and Owen.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Joseph "Joe" Graham; her daughter, Petty Ketch; her twin grandchildren, Chad and Maggie Burke; her sister, LaVerne Carr; and her brothers, Don, Pat and Jerry O'Brien.

In lieu of flowers, an Elaine Graham memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Elaine's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and residents at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional and sincerely compassionate care they have provided to Elaine and her family.

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

 



William D. Upmeyer


William D. "Bill" Upmeyer, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, June 20, 2016, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 P.M., Sunday, June 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 P.M. Monday from the Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa.

William David Upmeyer was born on October 22, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Paul William and Dorthea Carol (Bolte) Upmeyer. He was raised in Solon and graduated from Solon High School and then attended the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married his college sweetheart Audrey Lenz of Freeport, Illinois on November 5, 1949 in Freeport. To this union three children were born: David, Cathryn and Steven.

Bill had received his Professional License in Engineering and Land Surveying. He worked for the Highway Commission for 20 years where he was the Resident Construction Engineer for ten of those years. He was the Jackson County Engineer for 18 years, retiring in 1986. Upon retirement, he continued doing land surveying for ten years.

Bill was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club where he had served as a past president. He was a member of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa, past president of the Iowa County Engineer's Association, and received the Outstanding County Engineer Achievement Award in 1985.

Bill enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing and gardening. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Audrey Upmeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children, David (Peg) Upmeyer of Grosse Pointe, MI, Cathryn (William) Rickard of Smyrna, NY, and Steven (Jane) Upmeyer of Tell City, IN; 4 granddaughters, Julie Upmeyer, Dianne (Shawn) Larson, Amy (Josh) Smith, and Staci Upmeyer; a great-granddaughter, Meredith Jane Smith; brother-in-law James Lenz and wife Susanne; 1 niece and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Paul William.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, First Lutheran Church, or to the William and Audrey Upmeyer Family Scholarship Fund (through the Community Foundation of Jackson County).

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

 



Francis J. Williams


Francis J. Williams, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 17th, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family; after a courageous battle with cancer.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Francis was born on September 16, 1935 in Washington, Iowa the son of Cecil and Luretta (Cordel) Williams. Francis was very proud of his service to our Country while in the National Guard.

He married Mary Ellen Thomas on April 6, 1969 in Asbury, Iowa. Together they had two children and celebrated 47 happy years of marriage. Fran was a very loving husband, father, papa and friend.

He was a kind humble and gentle soul who made a friend in everyone. He enjoyed his family greatly. He was an outdoorsman who worked as a logger for many years. Fran was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed telling his stories about "Big Game Hunting" in Montana.

Fran's quote to his daughter, Kelly, in his final days was "In this world, we're all going down the same path."

He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Greg Williams, Bonnie Williams, Debbie (Martin) Gall, all of Oregon, Kelly (Gary) Laugesen, of Dubuque, John (Shawna) Williams, of Cascade; stepson Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, of Maquoketa; sisters, Anna Fay Nelson, of Florida, Marie (Jerry) Loney, of Dyersville, Jenny Whitehead of Missouri, and Rosella Goodwin, of Cedar Rapids, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lucille, stepsons, Billy, Harry, Eddy, and Steve Edwards, stepdaughter Tammy Dauber; brother Eddy (Sylvia) Williams and brother-in-law George Goodwin.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Dr. Tony Heiar, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave; and a special thank you to his son John for the care he gave his father during his last days.

A Francis Williams memorial fund will be established.



Thomas J. Shanahan


Thomas J. Shanahan, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, after a fall at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday June 20th, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Tom was born on October 21, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the 2nd child of thirteen, to Cornelius and Estelle (Melloy) Shanahan. He married Mary Donovan on August 25, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere retiring in 1995 after 30 years, and was a member of the UAW Local 94. After retirement Tom worked for Hartig Drug for eight years delivering medication.

Tom enjoyed playing pool, was an avid outdoorsman, liked to hunt, cut wood, enjoyed fishing wand watching baseball or indulging in a good game of euchre; but his greatest passion was trapshooting and was a lifetime member of the ATA. He was well decorated and received multiple state trapshooting awards.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife Mary; three sons, Dean (Michelle) Shanahan, of Dubuque, Gary Shanahan, of Dubuque and Daniel (Melody) Shanahan, of Janesville, WI; five grandchildren, Derek, Nicole, Alison, Ally and Avery. His siblings, Jerry (Marilyn) Shanahan, Neil Shanahan, Jim (Connie) Shanahan, Marie (Jerry Willey) Shanahan, Richard (Shelley) Shanahan, Phil Shanahan, Bill (Maureen) Shanahan, Barb (Randy) McPhail, Deb Gaschler, Joanne Shanahan. Sister-in-law, Gilley Shanahan and brother-in-law, Jerry Donahue, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Suzanne Donahue and Steve Shanahan.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas Shanahan memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS, Finley Hospital Emergency Room, Med Flight Services, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and kindness.



Edward L. Gansen


Mr. Edward Leo Gansen, 88 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at home; surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 18th at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus Council 5513 at 7:00 p.m.

Ed was born on January 25, 1928 in Peosta, Iowa the son of William and Marie (Theisen) Gansen. He married Marjean McMullen on Sept. 21, 1949 at St. Martin's Church in Cascade, Iowa. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on March 15th, 2004.
He operated a service station before taking a position at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He retired from John Deere in 1987, after 30 years of service. He was an active member of UAW local 94.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church for 55 years. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He held numerous positions in the K of C Council 5513, including Grand Knight, Past Grand Knight, and Trustee.

He belonged to the John Deere Retirees Club, and the Social Connection, a singles club. It was at the Social Connection he met his friend and companion Lulubell "Lu" Plumley.

He is survived by his six children: Ron (Shirley) Gansen, of Dubuque; Barb Carlson, of Elkhorn WI; Rick (Micki) Gansen, of Cedar Rapids, IA; Carol (Karl) Poelker, of Safety Harbor, FL; Debbie (Bob) Schroeder, of Crest Hill, IL; Terry (Jennifer) Gansen, of Appleton, WI; Seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. His siblings, Cyril "Cy" Gansen, Francis Gansen, Melita (Ray) LaPoint, Mary Lou McFadden, Shirley (Roger) Eppler, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjean; siblings: Bernard Gansen, Florence Delaney, and William "Bill" Gansen.

In lieu of flowers, an Edward Gansen memorial fund will be established.



John Schmid, Sr.


John Schmid, Sr., age 94, of Davenport and Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016.

A wake will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 1:30pm-4pm at Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque). On Monday, June 20 visitation at 9am and celebration Mass at 10am in Davenport will be held at St. Anthony's Church , 417 Main Street, Davenport. Interment follows at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Davenport. Following interment the family invites friends to gather at the Outing Club, 2109 Brady Street, Davenport.

John was born on February, 5, 1922 in Dubuque, IA to Josephine and Titus B. Schmid. He graduated with his high school degree from Dubuque's Loras Academy in 1939, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Notre Dame University in 1942.

After college John met and married Bette Davis when he went to work at his family's Crescent Electric Supply Company branch in Davenport, IA. He was very proud to see this business continue today, nearly 100 years strong. He became regional manager, company vice president and also served on the company's board of directors well into his seventies when he retired.

He was a proud member and past president of the Davenport Rotary Club, board member at C.A.S.I. (Center for Active Seniors), supporter of the Kahl Home and the Davenport Community Foundation. He was a devoted Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Anthony's church in Davenport. He was well known for telling a good joke, dancing with his dear wife Bette, hunting pheasants, drinking manhattans, and rooting for Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Chicago Cubs and Bulls sports teams. He was a member of the Davenport Club and the Outing Club. His love of golf was on display (owning a 6 handicap some years) as a member of the Davenport Country Club and Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. John had a passion for poker and euchre; certainly living up to the phrase "you wouldn't be a Dubuquer if you didn't play euchre". He also never thought that bow ties went out of fashion.

John is preceded in death by wife Bette and son Bob Schmid and his parents Josephine and Titus B Schmid, survived by his sisters Mary Christiansen (CN) and Janet Rhomberg, sister-in-law Mary Schmid (Dubuque), his children Chris Schmid (Scottsdale, AZ), Jack and Mantea Schmid (Dubuque, IA), Kathy and Chuck Munson (Paradise Valley, AZ) and Nan Schmid and Steve Johnson (New York, NY). He received great joy from his three grandchildren, Dana Munson (Florham Park, NJ), John III and Alex Schmid (Dubuque, IA). John Sr. proudly proclaimed that his grandchildren provided a legacy of quality, not quantity, which is certainly very true. John will also be missed by many adoring nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

His family would like to thank the good care he received from his team of devoted nurses, assistants and staff at Bethany Home in Dubuque where he lived for the past 5 years. Everyone knew John at Bethany for his always ready smile and the quick wit he easily shared with all he met. Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their special care making him comfortable in the past several months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following charities in John's memory: Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001 or C.A.S.I. at 1035 W. Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52806. Funeral arrangements made by Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Stephen M. Maiers


Stephen M. "Oscar" Maiers, 64, of Dubuque died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Oscar was born July 13, 1951 in Holy Cross, Iowa, son of Jerome and Benedetta (Giunta) Maiers. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1969 and worked for Eagle Window and Door for over 25 years.

Oscar enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a fan of the Cubs and Bears.

Surviving are his daughter, Stephanie Maiers of Dubuque; his former spouse, Deanna Boardman of Dubuque; and his special friend, Sherrian "Sharon" Walton of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially Martha, for their wonderful care.



Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes


Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes passed away at the age of 90 on June 16, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Visitation for Ruth will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20th , 2016 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 21th , 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd., conducted by Rev. Ms. Karen Candee with burial to follow at Linwood Cemetery. 

Ruth was born on November 27, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to John and Myrtle Adams Buelow. Ruth was a Dubuque resident her entire life, graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In her early years she worked for the Merchant Marine Insurance Company. In addition to raising four children, she worked at Grandview Drug Store for many years as a Post Office Clerk, and then continued working at Palmer Drug into her early 70's.

Ruth met her lifelong love and friend, John Robert Hayes in 1947 and they were married on May 2, 1948. They remained steadfast partners in life through the ups and downs of raising and providing for their four children, Dennis, Susie, Debbie and Kim.

Ruth gave everyone she met her interesting perspective on life, just by being herself. She was very quick witted and always willing to give you an opinion, a warning (don't go outside in just your socks!) and also a hug, a smile, a laugh, or an uncontrollable giggle. Her thoughts usually included a swear word, here and there, which we came to expect. If she gave you a nose wrinkle, you knew you were her friend. This continued up to her last days.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Church Women's Auxiliary in its day, worked tirelessly helping in the Church kitchen, baking cookies for Fellowship and for the Summit Annual Cookie walk. Ruth loved her Church and Community of Faith. Almost all of Ruth and John's close knit group of friends have passed on, but she remembered them fondly as "she or he was a peach."

Ruth's favorite activities included walks with John, playing Euchre, Cribbage and Yahtzee and watching baseball and basketball. Ruth leaves us with her favorite pastimes of choosing a color and counting cars, and playing "my father owns a grocery store", which we did for hours on end sitting on the porch swing at our family home on W. 3rd Street. Together, Ruth and John left us with wonderful memories that we will pass on for years to come.

Ruth is survived by her son, Dennis (Gail) Hayes of Dubuque, who lovingly and without fail, provided for her daily care and needs in the last few years, and three daughters, Sue (Dan) Renfrow of Des Moines, IA, Debbie Brady of Denver, CO and Kim (David Hoefer) Hayes of Seattle, WA. Ruth is survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Justin (Angie) Hayes and Zebulon of Lone Tree, CO, Jared Hayes of Denver, CO, Sasha (Mel) Krizer and Ellis, Sophia and Lillian of Des Moines, IA, Ashley (Mike) Carruthers and Parker of Des Moines, IA, Kara Renfrow (Zach Daly) and Andreas and Eliana of Des Moines, IA, Lauren Brady of Brooklyn, NY, Benjamin Brady of Oakland, CA, Zachary Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA and Matthew Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her nephew, Michael (Cheryl) Buelow of Dubuque and nieces, Roberta (Peter) Boyd of Vermont and Lisa Buelow of West Des Moines, IA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert; her parents; brothers Don, Howard, Bob and Milt Buelow; sister Dorothy Buelow; and by her daughter-in-law, Lesley Hayes and son-in-law, Kevin Brady.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate for their years of care for both John and Ruth. We also thank the staff at Finley Hospital for their excellent nursing care and to Belltower Living, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their dedicated care and support.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Summit United Church of Christ to support their Children and Youth Ministry.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Heather A. Norman


Heather A. Norman, 45, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at her mother's home, surrounded by her mother and two sisters, in the gentle care of Hospice of Dubuque. She died with great poise, elegance, and wisdom beyond her years.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Heather's life, to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St. Private inurnment near her father will take place in the Johannes Chapel at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Heather was born September 27, 1970 in Dubuque, the daughter of Wayne A. Norman Jr. and Kathryn A. (Urell) Norman.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1989, and went on to earn a B.A. in Art from the University of Iowa, graduating in 2000. Heather went on to earn her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2006, where she received honors in her area of specialty, Intellectual Property.

Following law school, Heather joined her father in practice at the Norman Law Firm P.C. She was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and served for one year as President of the Dubuque Chapter.

While attending the University of Iowa, Heather met and married Mark Cone, and although they later divorced, they remained close friends until his death from a terminal illness in September of 2015.

Art was a passion for Heather, and she was employed as curator at the Dubuque Museum of Art from 2000-2003, during which time she started Art After Hours. She was also an accomplished artist, and had a very successful art show in 2001 at the University of Dubuque.

Heather was a talented ballerina, and danced with the Heartland Ballet from the age of 6 until she was 18. She danced several leads in various productions, and also danced with the Joffrey Ballet in Iowa City for a summer.

Heather was a gifted poet, and a talented hostess and cook. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and godmother to her nephew Owen. Her spirit and her infectious laugh will be deeply missed.

Heather is survived by her mother, Kathryn Norman of Dubuque; two sisters, Sarah E. Norman of Boston, MA, and Jennifer S. (Erik) Edwards of Milwaukee, WI; and two nephews, Owen and Elliott Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne A. Norman Jr.; her paternal grandparents, Wayne and Edith Norman; and her maternal grandparents, Frank Urell and Marjorie (Urell) Erhart.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Museum of Art; Two by Two; and Hospice of Dubuque.

Heather's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, and all the family and friends who have offered their support.

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



Darlene J. Stierman


Darlene J. Stierman, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center after a short illness which she faced with the same faith and strength that she has shown throughout her life.

To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on January 3, 1930, in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Ed and Minnie (Willenborg) Reicher. She was baptized as Darlene Joyce Josephine at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. At the age of ten, she was confirmed and chose St. Theresa, the Little Flower, as her patron saint. Darlene had many fond and precious memories of her years at the parish and school, including Corpus Christi processions and her love of the nuns who taught her.

At the age of 14, Darlene moved with her family to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Norman Stierman at Holy Ghost Church on June 26, 1954. They were blessed with almost 45 years of marriage and one daughter before he was called home ahead of her on June 25, 1999. Darlene devoted countless hours to caring for her husband in his final years.

A warm and generous woman, faith and family were always at the center of Darlene's life. Her first job was at Dubuque's first drive in restaurant, The Green Top. She worked for many years at A.Y. McDonald, where she was named an Industrial Park Queen candidate in conjunction with the company baseball team. Always a devoted wife and mother, who put the needs of her loved ones ahead of her own, she was happy to be a dedicated stay at home mom during her daughter's childhood years, returning to employment only after her daughter entered high school. It was at that time that she joined Martings Shoes as one of its first employees. She worked there for 20 years as a sales associate and manager. She was affectionately known as "Mom" to the younger employees there. Her job was about more than selling shoes to her; it was about helping people and brightening their day. Some of her favorite customers were moms with young children and the elderly, especially elderly nuns. Years after retiring, she would run into former customers who remembered her fondly as the "shoe lady".

Darlene was an inspiration in the faith to many. She bore the crosses in her life with absolute elegance and kept a strong and joyful spirit throughout the years, striving to trust in the Lord no matter what life brought her way. She was a member of St. Anthony parish for over 60 years. She dedicated time each day to prayer and intercession, especially through the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in later years, also the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She was particularly devoted to her daughter, son in law and grandsons, showering them with love and willing to do anything for them. Darlene was honored to be Godmother to Daniel and Confirmation Sponsor to Matthew. She enjoyed spending time with them doing anything from playing board games to attending performances and sporting events. She was also close to many in her extended family and was Godmother to 2 nieces and a cousin.

A love of people and of life, founded on her deep faith and love of God, allowed her to be a sweet and happy person who spent her life bringing sunshine to others. Even in her later months of life, she visited residents in nursing homes and brightened their days with her cheerful outlook. Darlene enjoyed the beauty of the changing seasons, flower gardens, dogs, music, and many simple pleasures. She lived a beautiful life and will be deeply missed by those who love her.

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." J.M. Barrie

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her loving daughter, Dana (Scott) Charland, Dubuque, IA;

her two adoring grandsons, Daniel Charland and Matthew Charland, both of Dubuque, IA;

her sister, Carole Martin, Dubuque, IA;

and her brother, Wayne (Rita) Reicher, Dubuque, IA.

She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; 4 grandchildren, Jesse, Peter, Mary and David Charland; a sister, Norma Von Ah; and her brothers-in-law, Bob Von Ah and Jim Martin.

A Darlene J. Stierman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Darlene's favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a sincere and gracious thank you to all the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate and tender care.

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



Andrew G. Burgmeier


Our beloved Andrew G. Burgmeier, 51, of Dubuque died Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17 at the Church where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Andy was born on June 5, 1965 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" and Patricia (Hutton) Burgmeier. He graduated from Wahlert High School, Class of 1983 and received his bachelor's degree with honors from Loras College, Class of 1987. In that same year, on December 18th 1987, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Michelle "Shelly" Frommelt at the Church of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Andy was a tremendous athlete in his high school years, excelling in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. In high school, he was named Homecoming King of his senior class of 1983. He extended his love of sports through his involvement in Wahlert Catholic athletics and the Loras College soccer program, both of which he was an active booster member. Andy was awarded as "Coach of the Year" through his involvement in the youth soccer club. He was an avid Notre Dame and Iowa Hawkeye fan. In addition to his love for sports, he enjoyed hunting and was an active member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and an honorary member in the 990 Shooting Club.

Faith was a tremendous part of his life. He belonged to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, where he attended church on Sundays with his family and participated in CEW's. He was a former member of Dubuque Golf and Country Club and an active member in the Dubuque Optimist Club. He thrived for the past 27 years as a sales representative for Georgia Pacific, earning salesman of the year for five consecutive years.

Above all things, he adored his wife Shelly and was most proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was their biggest supporter and mentor. Andy's siblings, who he considered to be his closest friends, referred to him as "Pan." One of his favorite activities was watching sporting events and reminiscing childhood stories with his brothers. Passed down from his father Jack, "2nd effort" was Andy's motto.

Faith, family and friends were his life. His contagious smile and uplifting spirit will forever be imprinted in all those he knew and loved. He will forever be known as a great husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend for eternity.

Surviving are his wife, Michelle; children Kaitlyn, Emily (fiance Eric May), Mitchell, Matthew and Elle; siblings Mike, Kim Berntgen, Scott (Theresa), Jeff (Beth), Tony (Robin), Greg (Karen), and Brad Burgmeier; sister-in-law Julie Burgmeier; mother-in-law Nancy Frommelt; brothers- and sisters-in-law Michael (Stefanie) Frommelt, Jonathan (fiance Karen Teagarden) Frommelt, Nicholas (Julie) Frommelt and Theresa (John) Gibson; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ted Burgmeier; and his father-in-law, John Frommelt.

The Burgmeier family wishes to extend a special thank you to American Trust & Savings Bank and Mike Peters for their generosity in providing air transportation to and from Missouri. We would also like to thank the Missouri State Patrol and dive team.

The family requests no flowers. An Andrew G. Burgmeier memorial fund has been established.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.



Brandon M. Heiar


Brandon M. Heiar, 43, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3 p.m.

Brandon was born May 22, 1973 in Dubuque, the son of Benjamin and Patricia A. (Beckman) Heiar. He attended Hellen Keller School and Eisenhower in Dubuque. Brandon was employed for many years at Area Residential Care.
Brandon enjoyed walking, being outside, and swinging on swings, especially the glider at the Arboretum. He also liked to listen to the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and country music on the radio. One of his favorite activities was going "bootscootin" at the Fairgrounds.

Surviving is his father, Benjamin Heiar, of Dubuque; four brothers, Blair (Marie) Heiar, Blaine (Teresa) Heiar, Blake (Cheryl) Heiar, and Brice (Jessica) Heiar; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and his special friend Butch, the King Charles cocker spaniel.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia in 2015.
Memorials may be made to the Brandon Heiar Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his nurse April in the ICU at Iowa City, and to Martha Steward of ARC.

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



Joseph M. Mussehl


Joseph M. "Joe" Mussehl, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home suddenly on Saturday, June 11, 2016. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on May 7, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Avis (Groff) Mussehl.

Joe was proud to be a lifelong resident of Dubuque where he earnestly invested his working career within various factories throughout the area. He was united in marriage to Gail Shaffer on October 8, 1986, in Dubuque. They would spend 27 years together before Gail was called home ahead of him on February 26, 2014. In his free time, Joe enjoyed capturing every moment he could in the great outdoors. He especially loved to go hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping with family and friends. Joe's earthly journey is now complete and we will cherish all the good memories he leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his sister,
Cecilia Mussehl, Altamonte Springs, FL.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gail Mussehl.

A Joseph M. Mussehl memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Ann V. Adams


Ann V. Adams, 78, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed from the loving arms of her family into the arms of God, after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 13, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.

Ann was born on June 30, 1937, in Five Points, Iowa, the daughter of George G. and Christina B. (Stoffel) Gansemer. She married Jerome G. Adams on April 23, 1960, at St. Philomena Church in Belmont. Together they managed the family farm for many years.

Ann was a loving wife and dedicated mother who brought into the world ten amazing children that were blessed by her unwavering love and care. She easily found room to add another string in her strong growing heart for each new treasured grandchild that came along, need we say more. A friend to many, always ready to listen and share a kind word or helping hand. The daughter of a farmer deeply rooted in faith and the earth, she would live no other way or no place beside the family farm. Farm life was her way, to care for the animals and crops, with extra care of horses, dogs and the many stray cats that came to call her barn a home. Her vegetable gardens brought a bountiful supply of food for many a tasty family meal. The flowers she nurtured would bring forth butterflies of all kinds to feed on the sweet nectar of each bloom. She enjoyed canning, baking bread, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. She loved to visit and take in the beauty of the Midwest and West of this great land we all call home. Ann looked forward to the weekly Friday night gatherings with her family. She has been taken too soon from us all. Everyone that knew her will miss her presence, but she will live on in each of our shared experiences and memories.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome; her children, Jerome (Kimberly) Adams, of Waterford, Vickie (John) Mowry, of Benton, Rodney (Sandy) Adams, Shelley (Tom) Richards, Jodie (Paul) Carey, Bradley (Farah) Adams and Patrick (Kimberly) Adams, all of Cuba City, Peggy (Bob) Kruser, of Hazel Green, Kimberly (Chris) Loeffelholz and Todd (Angie) Adams, both of Cuba City; and her grandchildren, Jerad, Ashley, Zachary, Amanda, Brandon, Jamey, Benjamin, Katelyn, Kelsey, Jacob, Mariah, Kaden, Avari, Devin, Jenna, Brittney, Megan, Daniel, Andrew, Landon, Ethan, Trevor, Derek and Ian. She is also survived by three sisters, Mary Rupp, Donita Clendenon, and Joyce (Kenny) Schmitt; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) Gansemer; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Nicholas Schmitt, Lorraine Knapp, Carolee (Don) Birschbach, Linda (David) Bockhop, Darlene Adams, Steven (special friend, Rossana) Adams and Jeffrey (special friend, Deb) Adams.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Morgan Kruser; two sisters, Dorothy Schrobilgen and Carol Schmitt; and seven brothers-in-law, Robert Schrobilgen, Dale Rupp, Lloyd Clendenon, Vince Wernimont, Robert Knapp, Merlyn Adams and Stanley Adams; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Mechanic and Ramona Adams.

An Ann V. Adams Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Robert W. Beitzel


Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel, 85, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Jack Paisley concelebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery at Asbury, Iowa, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Ghost Church.

Bob was born on February 2, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert and Stella (Jochum) Beitzel. He was united in marriage to RoseAnne Rinehart on August 28, 1954.  She preceded him in death on February 1, 1970. He later married Elsie (Juergens) Klaas on September 2, 1980 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

Bob previously worked for Fred Jackson Tuckpointing Company. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U. S. Army. Bob was a member of K. of C. Council #510 of Dubuque and Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville. He loved to travel, play cards and enjoyed woodworking. One of Bob's most enjoyable moments, was when he was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. with his niece Sherry Hinz as his guardian.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie; two daughters, Brenda (Gerald) Leppert of East Dubuque and Joanna (Curt) (Sheehan) Block of Dubuque; 6-grandchildren and 10-great-grandchildren; his step-children, Mary Davidson, Kathryn (Vernon) Tranel, Bill Klaas, Gary (Jacki) Klaas and Joseph (Susan) Klaas; 13-step grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren; his siblings, Pete (Betty) Beitzel, Mary Lou (Bob) Schauer, Jean (Louis) Sigwarth and Pat (Ted) Lightcaps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Tina Marie Stoltz, two sisters Rita (Harry) Thielen and Katie (Ike) Lakeman, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Beitzel, brother-in-law Alan Jackson,step-son, Thomas Klaas and a great granddaughter Layne Leppert.

A Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Linda S. Gorman


Linda S. Gorman, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Linda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Linda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Linda was born on December 12, 1951, in West Union, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Bouska) Gorman.

Linda has been blessed with 37 wonderful years together with the love of her life, Mitchell Loso; but truth be known, they had been destined partners since their early grade school days together at St. Mary's School. Linda humbly invested over 37 years of her time and talents with Aramark until health issues forced her into early retirement in 2011. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church and eagerly continued to practice her faith at St. Patrick's and Cathedral as the years moved forward. In her free time, Linda enjoyed a challenging game of pool, a fun game of cards with family and was always willing to try her luck at the bingo hall. Linda was a generously kind-hearted, and genuinely caring woman, who found great joy in helping others and giving of herself. She was also a strong willed survivor who was intent on beating the odds even when they were stacked against her. Her drive and determination became clearly evident to all who knew and loved her during her 5 year battle with cancer. Linda has been called home much too early for our hearts to immediately accept, but we find comfort in knowing that her earthly struggles have now ceased and she finds eternal peace in the arms of her Lord. She has once again been reunited with her family, who've been called ahead of her, and will finally get to sing along side Elvis in the Heavenly Choir. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Linda's memory include

her long time love,
Mitchell, Dubuque, Iowa;

her daughter,
Jessica (Joshua) Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;

a grandchild on the way;

her siblings,
Duane (Dorothy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Ann (Kenneth) Jewell, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald (Kathy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Hohmann, Dubuque, IA
and Deborah (Pat) Lomas, Dubuque, IA;

she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Theodore Gorman; and a sister in infancy Laura Gorman.

A Linda S. Gorman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Linda's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Schultheis and the nurses and staff of Medical Associates Oncology, The Wendt Cancer Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the outstanding care they provided Linda and her family.

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

 



Mary Jo Hammel


Mary Jo Hammel, 52 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at home with family by her side.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, with Intern Pastor Dave Raemisch officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mary Jo was born on July 25, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John T. and Ethel (Bowden) Hammel.
She enjoyed to participate with the farmers market, Bruisers Football, Breast Cancer benefits, Rendezvous, Summers Last Blast, Osborne Heritage Days and Circle Bridges Out Of Poverty.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, camping, making homemade meats and jellies, baking, embroidering towels, collecting Mary Moo Moo's, hog roast, getting together with family, bingo, going to the casino and event planning.

She had a strong sense of humor, was very caring and loved to give advice.

She is survived by her soulmate Bill Harry; two children, Amanda Lebbie and Anthony (Amanda Hemmer) Hammel; grandchildren, John, Jahiem, Ava, Taveon, Nevaeh, Jase, and Landon. Her mother Ethel Hammel; siblings, Kenneth Hammel, Gary (Tami) Hammel, Karen (Mike) Blatz, Beth (Bud) Weydert, John (Tami) Hammel, Lisa Eubanks, Sharon (Terry) McAllister. Her Godchildren, Tiffany Eubanks and Abreana Clarke; members of the Harry family, Jim (Laini) Harry, Earl (Connie McDonald) Harry, Patty Blunk, Laurie (Chris Clarke) Harry, Merville (Jolene) Harry, Sylvia (Richard) Smith, Diane (Lester) LaPage, Ella (Rich) Harry, John (Deb) Harry, and Dan (Connie) Harry, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father John, granddaughter Gabriella, her in-law's John and Doris Harry, brother-in-law Jeffery Harry and niece Ravon Harry.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, his nurse Jackie and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy B. for all their wonderful care they gave to Mary Jo.
In lieu of flowers a Mary Jo Hammel memorial fund has been established in care of Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.



Sister Margaret Mary Griffin

Sinsinawa, Wis.- Sister Margaret Mary "Peggy" Griffin, OP (Marie Annette), 89, was called home on June 8, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa.

To honor Sister Peggy's life, a Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Gathering Place chapel, Sinsinawa, followed by burial in the Motherhouse cemetery. To celebrate Sr. Peggy's life, friends may call after 5:15 p.m., Monday, June 13, at the Motherhouse, where a wake and remembering service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Peggy served in a variety of ministries. She taught kindergarten and junior high and also served the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation as vicaress provincial and researcher of the Southwest Province. She later served as liturgist and assistant to the local prioress in Spokane, Washington. Sister Peggy was a pastoral minister in Bolivia and Alaska. She volunteered at the Motherhouse and enriched community life. Her other ministries took her to Minnesota, Illinois, Montana, Wisconsin, California, New Mexico, and Idaho.

Sister Peggy, born January 16, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, to James and Margaret (Duhaime) Griffin, made her profession Aug. 30, 1948.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominica Sisters with whom she shared life for 67 years.

 



Jerry E. McClun


Jerry E. McClun, 78, of Farley, Iowa entered into God's loving arms on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at his home in Farley, Iowa with his family by his side.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa and after 11:00 a.m., Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Funeral Home. The services for Jerry will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home with Pastor Diane Grace and Deacon, Dave McGhee Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery at a later date.

Jerry was born October 31, 1937 in Monroe, Iowa, son of Raymond and Jessie (Zimmer) McClun. He received his education in Newton, Iowa area schools. On December 29, 1962 he was united in marriage to Doris King at the Epworth United Methodist Church. He was employed as a welder at Dubuque Boat and Boiler for 10 years and later at Bradly Iron Works for 30 years.

Jerry loved spending time with his wife in the basement in their wood shop. Between them they have made several "family" keep sakes, including a cradle for each of their children. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife. They have been all over Iowa, Minnesota, S. Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to visit family.

Jerry also enjoyed sitting outside and visiting with neighbors and anyone who walked by, he also enjoyed watching his birds. He loved their family pet "King", who was his buddy. Jerry's pride and joy was his wife, Doris of 53 ½ years, their 3 children and their spouses and his 5 grandchildren.

He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Doris McClun of Farley, IA; three children, Kathleen (Donald) Wilhelm of Epworth, IA, Renee (Nathan) Wilson of Blaine, MN and David (Lisa) McClun of Sumter, SC; five grandchildren, Jessie McClun (Max Hymen) of Sumner, IA, Stephanie Wilson (Mitchell Rogalsky) and Jennifer Wilson both of Minneapolis, MN, Preston McClun and Sarah McClun both of Sumner, SC; a sister, Betty Whitehead of Meadows of Dan, VA; his mother-in-law, Dorothy King of LaBelle, FL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara McClun of Newton, IA, Marilyn (Mike) Palato of Hope Mills, NC, Carolyn Kearney of Hazel Green, WI, Janice Hoerner of Davenport, IA, and James (Barbara) King of Sebring, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Debby McClun in infancy; a brother, Vernon McClun; two sisters, Carroll Case and Phyllis McClun in infancy; his father-in-law, George King Jr; a brother-in-law, Randy King; and his dog and buddy, King.

A Jerry E. McClun memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffunerlahomeinc.com

The family would like to thank all the family and friends for their continued love, support and prayers and also to Hospice of Dubuque. There will always be a special place in his heart and ours for his "Girls" from Hospice. Jerry will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.



Sarah A. "Sally" Adams


Sarah A. "Sally" Adams, 87, resident of The Rose Assisted Living in Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dan Knepper officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 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 scripture service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sally was born in East Dubuque on June 29, 1928, the daughter of Thomas "Ed" and Anna (Cutler) Hampton. The oldest of four girls, and raised on a farm, she spent her childhood learning the meaning of hard work. She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1946. 

On April 17, 1948 Sally married her love, Merlin A. Adams. Together the couple raised their family, built on love, faith and dedication. They spent many weekends camping with their family and friends. Sally and Merle were very active members of the East Dubuque Booster Club. Merle preceded her in death on January 25, 1992. 

Sally was employed at Timmerman's Supper Club for over 40 years. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's Parish. Her involvement and service over the recent years with The Dubuque Sertoma Club brought her joy, as she was able to help her community and build lasting, loving friendships. In 2015, Sally was awarded Sertoman of the Year.
Sally will be remembered as an incredibly strong and loving woman. She enjoyed crocheting, long car rides, a burger at the 19th Hole, a trip to Gooch's for pizza and an occasional beer on ice. Grandma Cookie, a name given by her great-grandchildren, loved to bake and kept her family's sweet tooth satisfied with plates of cookies and breads. All who knew her will sadly miss her smile, hugs and enormous heart.

Surviving are her children, David (Tina) Adams, Debra (Thomas Jr) Spear and Donald (Kim) Adams all of Dubuque; daughter-in-law, Deborah Adams of Hazel Green, WI; Grandchildren, Amy (Andy) Francois, Justin (Carsen) Adams, Karisa Adams, Douglas (Dawn) Weber, Matthew (Sarah Stender, fiancé) Weber, Christopher (Jenny) Weber, Ryan (Michelle Knockel, fiancé) Spear, Jeff (Shelley) Spear, Zachary (Taylor) Adams, Samantha Adams, and 18 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marian (Norme) Binns of Stockton, Illinois and Alys (Dick) Deininger of Galena, Illinois; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Duane on January 14, 1971 and Daniel on November 9, 1996, parents, and sister, Carol Jordan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all who cared so passionately for Sally. Especially, Drs. Ward, Schope, Famuyide, Nelson, Mercy Medical Staff, Dubuque Specialty Care Staff and her extended family and staff at The Rose.

In lieu of flowers a Sally Adams memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#.



Jeffrey A. Schurbon


Jeffrey A. Schurbon passed away on Friday January 29, 2016 in Billings, Montana from complications during surgery.

Jeff was born December 4, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa to John and Arlene (Jurgensen) Schurbon. After graduating from Maquoketa High School he moved to Russell, Kansas. Jeff briefly worked drilling winter wheat and working in a factory that produced manufactured homes before he began working in the oil industry. He then moved to Gillette, Wyoming to continue working in the oil industry. After working at Northern Production for many years he joined the SM Energy family.

Jeff enjoyed working on projects around his house and especially enjoyed working on landscaping projects. In recent years he was able to fulfill his dream of owning muscle cars. His first purchase was a 1969 Mach 1 red mustang. He went on to purchase and restore a 1972 Gran Torino - the same model that was his first car in high school.

Jeff is survived by his daughter Rebecca Schurbon of Lakewood, CO; brothers, James of Maquoketa, IA; Randy (Bobbie deceased) of Wilmington, DE; John of Aurora, IL; sisters, Julie (Tim deceased) Dzekunskas of Moline IL; Barb (JR) Johns of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Jeff's life will be held from 1 to 3 P.M. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Memorial services were previously held in Wyoming.

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



Frederick W. Konzen


Frederick W. Konzen, 81, of 720 9th Street SE, Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Fred may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and the Dyersville American Legion service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Fred will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa, with full Military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He was born July 26, 1934 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Frank and Elizabeth M. (Neumann) Konzen. He is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. He served in the Air Force, during the Korean War. On August 8, 1959 he was united in marriage to Elaine Sherlock at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years, retiring in 1992.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville and a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 for which he served as past Commander. He also served as Commander of the 2nd District American Legion. He was a past Board member of the Dyersville Commercial Club and past manager of the Dyersville White Hawks Baseball team for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Konzen of Dyersville, Iowa; two daughters, Jacquie Konzen of Dyersville, IA, Jeni (Gene) Ploeger of Peosta, IA; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Ayden Ploeger; three siblings, Frank (Lois) Konzen of Farley, IA, Lloyd Konzen of Dyersville, IA, and Mary Robey of Belle Vista, AR; a brother-in-law, Carl Craugh of Platteville, WI two sisters-in-law, Rose (Marvin) Funke of Dyersville, IA and Lois Konzen of Farley, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ardell Craugh and a sister in infancy; two brothers, Clarence and James Konzen; a sister-in-law, Mary Konzen and a brother-in-law, Elmer Robey.

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



Kari A. Cooper


Kari Ann Cooper, 50, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.  She was born on May 27, 1966, in Dubuque, the daughter of Gary and Carol (Theisen) Cooper.  Kari was raised in Manchester and was a 1984 graduate of West Delaware High School. 

Kari lived in Delaware for several years and worked as a receptionist for Medical Associates in Dubuque. Because of health issues, Kari recently moved to Manchester to be with her parents.

Kari was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her family. Kari was an avid fan of the 49ers and Cardinals. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her parents, Gary and Carol Cooper of Manchester; two sisters, Kristy Cooper of Dubuque, and Kathy Sands of Manchester; her niece, Olivia Sands; and her nephew, Chris Sands.

Kari was preceded in death by her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association, 3636 Westown Pkwy, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA  50266

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Officiating: Rev. Joseph Schneider.

Visitation:  9:30 - 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.

Inurnment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Caitlyn E. Bonz


Caitlyn E. Bonz, 20, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation is 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Caitlyn was born on October 4, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Michael L. and Beth (Bigelow) Bonz.  She was a graduate of Hempstead High School, class of 2014.

Caitlyn enjoyed golfing, skiing, biking and writing.

Surviving are her mother, Beth Bonz of Asbury, father, Michael L. Bonz of Dubuque, a sister, Cristen Bonz of Morgan Hill, California and a brother, Michael A. Bonz of Asbury; her maternal grandmother, LaVonne "Bonnie" Bigelow of Dubuque; uncles, Michael (Ellen) Bigelow, David Bigelow and Patrick Bonz; aunts, Kathy (Doug) Stahr, Lori Bonz and Jamie (Tim) Blosch; and cousins, Steven (Natalie) Bigelow and Scott (Julie) Bonz.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eldon "Butch" Bigelow and Tom (Donna) Bonz and a cousin Renee Bigelow.

In lieu of flowers a Caitlyn E. Bonz memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Anna Jean Harris


Anna Jean Harris, 85, died peacefully Monday, June 6, 2016, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Joseph Schneider officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manchester.

The sixth of seven children, Anna Jean was born near Earlville to parents Andrew and Anna Grawe Miller on October 2, 1930. Raised on the family farm north of Manchester, she graduated from Manchester High School and attended cosmetology college in Waterloo.

Anna Jean was united in marriage to Russell Dean Harris on September 16, 1950. Three children were born to this union.

Anna Jean was dedicated to her Catholic faith, loved the game of golf and enjoyed playing Bridge. Her greatest joy was time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters Julie (David) Johnson of Cedar Rapids and Jane (Rusty) Jones of Manchester, and her son, Tom Harris (Jodi Fleming) of Willowbrook, Illinois. Grandchildren include Zach (Kim) Johnson, Gabriel (Stacey) Johnson, Maria (Doug) Drees, Blake (Jill) Jones, Jennifer (Macabe) Schmidt, Rachel (Gabriel) Ellis, Maggie Harris and Taylor Fleming. Her great-grandchildren are Will, Wyatt and Abby Jane Johnson, Julia and Declan Drees, Ada and Beckett Jones, Brecken and Camden Schmidt and Rowen Ellis. Her sister, Mary Lou Lemmon of Manchester, and brother, Andrew Miller of Arlington Heights, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and four brothers, Herbert, Delmar, Leon and James Miller.

Unless specified, memorials will go to the Zach Johnson Foundation and the Meadows Assisted Living and Marietta's Place in Manchester.

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



Norma J. Hasken


Norma J. Hasken, 78, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Monday, June 6, 2016, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Deacon Steve MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Norma was born on December 5, 1937, in rural Lancaster, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clark and Vida (Burton) Roesch. She married Eugene "Gene" F. Hasken on April 12, 1958. 

She taught first grade at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Dubuque, Iowa, for twenty-four years. Her first teaching job was in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in Wisconsin. Teaching was Norma's life, although her family was her first love and priority. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, traveling and playing cards with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Gene, of Dickeyville; two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Schroeder, of Kieler and Judy (Craig Seeley) Grimes, of Dickeyville; a son, Bob (Amy Westemeier) of Dickeyville; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Lange, Craig (Maria) Schroeder, Raymond Downs, Michael (Andrea Hanger) Downs, Kaitlin (Mike) Harty, Megan and Justin Hasken, Julianne (Dan Heim) Cunningham, and Mackenzie (Morgan Steger) Cunningham; and eight great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Francis and Mary Hasken; a son-in-law, Ken Downs; a daughter-in-law, Julie Hasken; and a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Donald Plear.

A Norma J. Hasken Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Sentinel Home Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

 



Doris M. Wittman


Doris M. Wittman, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at home surrounded by family.
Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 10th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Doris was born on July 10, 1929 in Canada the daughter of Donald Archie O'Connor and Zelda Gutowski.

She married Robert Wittman on September 18, 1949 and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2002.

Doris opened Wittman's Nutrition in 1980 and spent her life guiding others from ill health to well-being.

She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the National Nutrition Association. She attended the Nutritional Conventions to further her knowledge to help others with their health.

She is survived by her three children, Robert (Sharon) Wittman, of Dubuque, Gary (Lisa) Wittman, of Dubuque, Janine (Mark) McHenry, of Stillwater, MN. Eleven Grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her siblings, Donald (Louise) O'Connor, Hazel Ganske, Muriel (John) Samaska, Darlene Smith, Myrna O'Connor, Terrance (Anna) O'Connor, and Melannie (Jerry) Ozubko, along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert "Bob" Wittman, her siblings, Claire, Aileen, and Patrick.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place for all the wonderful care they gave to Doris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association for research.



Robert W. Reittinger


Robert W. Reittinger, 81, of Dyersville died Sunday, June 5, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 pm Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Friday, June 10, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born January 16, 1935 in Dyersville the son of Cletus and Melinda (Meyers) Reittinger.  Due to the untimely death of his parents, he was raised by Paul and Mary Kremer in Dyersville.  He proudly served his country in the US Navy on the Destroyer USS Sierra as a lithographer during the Korean War.  When he returned he married Joyce Wessels on Sept. 1, 1962, and together they raised their family until they divorced.  She survives.  He married Donna Strong on February 2, 1991, in Dyersville, Iowa.  Bob was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan all of his life.  He was very proud of his grandchildren whom he loved very much.  He especially enjoyed watching them in their activities.

Survivors include his children: Vicki Palmer of Dyersville, Scott (Michelle) Reittinger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lori Grisham of Adrian, MI; 10 grandchildren: Emily (Justin) Snedden, and their daughter, Taytem, Abby and Ben Palmer, Cooper, Cami, Carli, and Catie Reittinger, Danielle, Rachel and Dylan Grisham; siblings: Dave Reittinger of Dyersville, Margaret Vonderhaar of Holy Cross, and Judy Mueller of Dubuque, IA, a special friend, Joanne Chambers of Charles City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donna, brothers-in-law: Leonard Vonderhaar and Bob Mueller.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 

 



Mary F. (Heilman) Steinhoff


Mary F. (Heilman) Steinhoff, 65, of rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 5, 2016, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City following a recent stroke.

Services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on August 16, 1950, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Hartung) Heilman. Mary graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1968. She married John Steinhoff on January 17, 1976, in Asbury, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2009. Mary was a homemaker.

Mary enjoyed going to local church picnics and festivals and going for rides to visit her relatives. She took great pride in living in her quiet country home.

Survivors include a sister, Diane Smith; a niece, Connie Studnicka; a great-grandnephew, Ryan Studnicka; and many cousins.

In addition to her beloved John, she was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Leo Smith.

A Mary F. Steinhoff Memorial Fund has been established.

Mary would have liked to thank her neighbors who helped her out, along with Southwest Health Center of Platteville, especially Dr. Bearse and Dr. White. Also, thanks to Epione Pavilion, Grant County Hospice and its volunteers, Home Care Select and Father Bernie Rott for the care and kindness shown toward Mary.

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



Eldon John Kerkhoff


Eldon John Kerkhoff, 99, of Guttenberg, formerly of Dyersville, IA, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Petersburg, IA. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Eldon was born June 21, 1916 at Petersburg, the son of Alphonse and Susan (Grawe) Kerkhoff.

Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Amanda (Edwin) Schmidt, Modesta (Edmund) Overmann, and Rita (Arnold and Clarence) Gassmann.

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



Roy M. Laufenberg


Roy M. Laufenberg, 86, of 2227 Delmonaco Dr., Dubuque, IA., and recently of Luther Manor passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 9th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis St., Dubuque, IA. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Thursday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy was born on June 28, 1929 in Cassville, WI., the son of William and Pearl (Greenwood) Laufenberg.

He married Jeanette Pfeiffer on May 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. IA.

Roy was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 49 years. He enjoyed many family camping vacations traveling to most of the states west of the Mississippi. He was a Charter member of the Dubuqueland Campers Club and a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association (NCHA). His other interests include fishing while spending a day on his pontoon, tending his vegetable garden, tinkering on projects around the house, and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife, Jeanette; children, Randy (Vicky) Laufenberg, Linda (Jan) Scott, and Lori (Dick) Launspach; grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Laufenberg, Kyle Laufenberg, Jared (Angie) Wolfe, Jerrell (Angelia) Henslee, Dana (fiancé Tyler) Launspach and Miles Launspach; 6 great- grandchildren; John (Jack) Trierweiler, Gloria Urban, Gary Trierweiler and Dennis Trierweiler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Mildred Lightfoot, Milton (Bud) Laufenberg, Wayne Laufenberg Sr.

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

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

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

 



Robert R. Hutchinson


Robert R. Hutchinson, 88, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, on Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was born on June 19, 1927, in Delaware County, Iowa the son of Raymond and Elsie (Robinson) Hutchinson. Robert was raised in the area, and attended school locally. He served honorably in two tours of duty for the U.S. Navy, one during WWII.

On March 31, 1951, Robert was united in marriage to Mary Leona Ammeter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  Three children were blessed to this union. He was employed in Cedar Rapids as a welder for Allis Chalmer and for Harnischfeger for over 40 years, until his retirement.

Robert enjoyed being with his family, ice fishing, shopping for deals, going to the meal site, and traveling.

Survivors include his three children, Greg (Michelle Tegeler) Hutchinson of Cedar Rapids, Elana Shope of Boca Raton, Florida, and Lori (Tim) Reilly of Manchester; 11 grandchidren; nine great-grandchildren plus two on the way.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary on March 8, 2015; seven siblings, Della Lentner, Harold Hutchinson, Leo Hutchinson, Irene Cornwell, James Hutchinson, Betty Fierstine, and Richard Hutchinson; and a son-in-law, John "Clint" Shope.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be designated to the Manchester Meal Site or UnityPoint Hospice in Cedar Rapids.

Memorial Service with Military Rites: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. 

Visitation: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  At a later date

 



Eldon L. Gravel


Eldon L. Gravel, 86 of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, June 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Eldon was born June 26, 1929 in Worthington, the son of Phillip and Rosella (Boge) Gravel.  He married Lorraine Roling on June 16, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Eldon was a compassionate caring person, providing stewardship to the land he loved and guidance for his family to carry on his legacy of love for the land and life.  He was a great dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.            

Survivors include his wife Lorraine, children: Beverly (Charlie) Rahe of Petersburg, Ellen (Randy) Wulfekuhle of Manchester, Gail (Ron) Bonert, Carol (Ron) Hermsen, Linda Gaul and  Karl (Deb) Gravel all of Dyersville, Kevin (Sandy) Gravel of New Vienna, MJ Gravel (Brian Talbot) of South Pasadena, CA, Brian (Jane) Gravel of Burlington, 30 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, in-laws: Mary Lou Gravel, Eileen (Leon) Wessels of  Dyersville, Ula Roling of Earlville, and Elaine Roling of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Eric John Gravel, brother, Loras Gravel, nephew, Daniel Gravel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Beckman High School or your charity of choice.

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

 

 

 



Sheila A. Konrardy

Sheila A. Konrardy 63, of Dubuque, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital. Friends may call from4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Sheila was born on June 5, 1952, in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Leona (McDermott) Konrardy. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1970 and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, singing and dancing. Sheila was a special person who spent her life tenderly and lovingly caring for people. 

Surviving is her special friend, Jane Schadle of Dubuque, IA; her siblings Gerald (Betty) Konrardy of Lombard, IL, Marie Knapp of Arizona, Gene (Kathy) Konrardy, Richard (Mary Lou) Konrardy and Lloyd (Lee Ann) Konrardy all of Dubuque, IA, Roger (Ruth) Konrardy of Florida, Norma (Nick) Schuster of Dubuque, IA, Neal Konrardy of Lombard, IL and Phillip Konrardy of Davenport, IA; a sister-in-law, Elaine Konrardy of Bettendorf, IA; brother-in-law, Roger Manders of Bellevue, IA; also surviving are over 50 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Marvin and Kenneth; a sister, Linda Manders, a brother-in-law, Robert Knapp and special friend Marcie Riesselman.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Hospital.

The Konrardy family wishes to extend a special thank you to all health care professionals.

 

 



Randall R. Muntz


Randall R. Muntz, 48, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., with the Rev. Dr. Katherine Achtemeier officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Randall was born on May 6, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Delores (Tarnutzer) Muntz.

He was an avid Pittsburg Pirate and Minnesota Viking's fan and loved the game of baseball. He was very involved with his family and appreciated spending time with them. Recently he developed a passion for barbecuing.

Surviving are his parents, Richard (Delores) Muntz; siblings, Peggy Gibson, Laurie (Randy) Nemmers, and Steve (Lisa) Muntz; brother-in-law, Dennis (Esther) Drish; eight nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dawn Drish and Nancy Muntz; brother-in-law, Thomas Gibson; and grandparents, Arnold (Maude) Muntz and Nicholas (Lucille) Tarnutzer.

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

A Randall Muntz memorial fund has been established.

 

 



John W. McAllister


John W. McAllister, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:34 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at home in the loving care of his family.  To honor John’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy.  To celebrate John’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. 
John was born on August 8, 1925 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Barbara (Betz) McAllister.
John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.  John married the love of his life, Theresa “Louise” Ronek on September 24, 1947 and they were blessed with 60 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before she was called home on October 28, 2008.  John was employed at Farley and Loetscher for 18 years and later went on to continue his working career with Georgia Pacific until he eventually retired in 1988.  Throughout his life John would joyfully invest his free time with family and friends in various activities he enjoyed.  Whether it was a good day to go for a walk, to read a book or simply go for a cruise around the countryside, John could be found with a smile on his face.  In his later years John would discover traveling, wintering in Arizona and bus trips with Louise to be excellent outlets for them to enjoy the fruits of his labors.  John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who would strive daily to make life better for those he adored.  He will be truly missed by the countless lives he impacted during his 90 years here on earth with us and his memory will be cherished deeply within their hearts and minds forever.
 
Those left to cherish John’s memory include his children,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Warren (fiancé Kellie Hoftender) McAllister, Key West, IA,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL,
Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN;
7 grandchildren,
Michael Thill, Brian Thill, Heather Arenz, Jennifer (James) Gambrielle, Amy Parker, Kira McAllister and Mallory McAllister;
4 great-grandchildren,
Julia Parker and Laney Gambrielle, Mason Gambrielle and Lily Paul;
and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Louise McAllister; a son, Tim McAllister; and his siblings, Earl (Rita) McAllister, Bernice (Rudolph) Husemann and Marion (Francis) Oswald.
A John W. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

 

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


James A. Burgmeier


James A. "Jim" Burgmeier, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer presiding.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque, IL Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where a scripture prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on April 23, 1923 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Alphonse and Frances (Grassel) Burgmeier.  He graduated from Loras Academy, where he was Senior Class President and Captain of the 1940 undefeated football team. Jim attended Loras College and graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

He was united in marriage to Joanne J. Keffeler on September 5, 1946 in Windom, Minnesota.  She preceded him in death on November 26, 2005.  Jim served in the U. S. Army 84th Infantry Division in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart.

Jim was a life member of the Knights of Columbus-Council #510, the 4th Degree Assembly and the Disabled American Veterans.

From 1947 until his retirement in 1987, Jim's career was in the Motor Carrier Industry as either manager or officer for Chicago Dubuque Motor Transportation Co., of Dubuque, IA, Dohrn Transport Co., of Rock Island, IL and Clairmont Transfer Co. of Escanaba, Michigan.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Ann (Robert) Dubeau of Fitchburg, WI, Susan M. Burgmeier, Fridley, MN and Katherine (Rob) Dombo of Madison, WI; 3 sons, Thomas R. (Linda) Burgmeier of Rogers, AR, Charles R. (Paula) Burgmeier of Cedar Rapids, IA and Mark J. (Sally) Burgmeier of Princeton, IA.; 24 Grandchildren, Sarah (Dubeau) Penn, Clackamas, OR, James Dubeau, Madison, WI, James W. Burgmeier, Bentonville, AR, Jennifer Burgmeier, Seattle, WA, John (Betsy) Burgmeier and Rebecca Burgmeier, Dallas, TX, Nicholas (Ariana) Burgmeier, Norwalk, CT, NY, Joseph Burgmeier, Everett, WA, and Elizabeth Burgmeier, Blue Grass, IA, Amy (Burgmeier) Carani, Madison, WI, Stacey (Burgmeier) Keller, Coal City, IL, Andrew Burgmeier, Hampton, VA, Brian Burgmeier, Moline, IL, Adam and Molly Burgmeier, Princeton, IA, Chuck, Sam, Bill, Joey and Anne Ungemach of Fridley, MN, and Trent and Todd Dombo, Madison, WI; Alexis (Marc) Pohlman, Columbia Station, OH, Jon Doug (Mary) Miller, South Lyon, MI; 13 Great Grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica Penn (Sarah), Clackamas, OR, Autumn and Liberty Burgmeier (Joe) Everett, WA, Olivia Carani (Amy), Madison, WI, Johnathon Keller (Stacey), Coal Valley, IL, Warren and Natalie Eidson (James W.) Bentonville, AR; Everett Burgmeier (John) Dallas, TX; William, Emily and Benjamin Pohlman (Alexis), Alexander Miller (Jon), 2 brothers, Robert A. (Mary) Burgmeier and Richard J. (Marlene) Burgmeier and a sister Carol F. (Burgmeier) Dolan all of East Dubuque, IL.

Special Mention: Debbie Acord, Daugher-In-Law (Bill), Avon Lake, OH

Jim was preceded in death by a son William J. Burgmeier on January 31, 1989, a brother John L. "Jack" Burgmeier on March 23, 1995 and a sister Marilyn A. (Burgmeier) Muir on October 11, 2004.

A James A. Burgmeier Catholic Charities Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dorothy M. Winner


Dorothy M. Winner, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on June 29, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Marie (Eigenberger) Peters.

Dorothy was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Clifford Winner, and they would be united in marriage on June 7, 1947, at St. Patrick's Church. They would be blessed with 67 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful children, before Clifford was called home ahead of her on October 21, 2014. Dorothy discovered great joy in fulfilling her mission to be a loving wife, mother and grandmother; but she would also graciously venture outside of the home as a secretary for Miller Realty, American Trust and lastly at Dubuque Senior High School. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church as well as their Altar and Rosary Society. Dorothy was an energetic woman who eagerly seized any opportunity to spend time with her deeply adored family. Her favorite endeavors, during her free-time, included camping with family and friends and traveling throughout the country to witness God's creation firsthand. Dorothy made good use of her 89 years here with us and has left a definite and positive impact on all those who knew and loved her. We will miss her dearly and remember her most fondly, but today we seek and find comfort in knowing that she is now, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Clifford and her precious children, Thomas and Marian.

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory include

her children and grandchildren,
Lawrence (Janet) Winner and their son, Michael (Chantayn) Winner, Boise, ID,
Ann (Vince "V.J.") Hanson and their children, Trisha and Evan Hanson, Dubuque, IA;

her son-in-law and grandchildren,
Gary Backes and his children, Katie and Kyle Backes, Dubuque, IA;

grandchildren, Christopher (Christina) Winner and Sara (Zach) Dowell, all of Dubuque;

6 great-grandchildren,
Chase, London, Hunter, Haley, Bentley and Griffin;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Clifford; a son, Thomas Winner in 2010; a daughter, Marian Backes in 2015; and a brother, Laverne "Buddy" Peters.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy M. Winner memorial fund has been established.

Dorothy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Dorothy.

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

 



Eugene F. Monahan


Eugene Francis ‘Mike' Monahan, 71 of Dubuque, IA died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, May 30th, 2016.

Mike was born on January 6th, 1945 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Mary Splinter and Raymond Monahan. He and his six siblings grew up in both Hazel Green and Cuba City, Wisconsin where we hear he was quite the ‘hooligan'. Mike married Joyce Jochum on May 14th, 1966 and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He loved Joyce with all his heart.

Mike spent his summers watching his Cubbies and his winters watching wrestling. Mike loved to work and kept busy, but the best title Mike would claim was Poppa. Sundays were spent in the kitchen cooking dinner for his family and friends who quickly became family, taking his daughters on road trips during the summer, and being his grandkids number one fan in all that they did.

He is survived by his loving wife Joyce, his two daughters Kelly Simpson and Kristy Monahan, his eleven grandchildren Megan, Allison (Nic Hockenberry), Hannah, Will (Kaitlyn), Quinn, and Madison (Brother Ben) Simpson, Kalyn Gilbreath, Kiera, Korey, Kelsey, and Keenan Monahan, and four great-grandchildren Kam, Lia, Kiyah, and Karrianna. His siblings Judy, Ron (Mary), Deb (Doug), Diane, and Kerry (Sharon). Multiple brothers and sisters -in-law; nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother James, his mother and father in law Lolita and Alfred Jochum, his brother-in-law John "Coach" Sindahl, and sister-in-law Freda Jochum.

A special thank you to his brother and best friend Ron Monahan, who has provided unconditional love and support through out Mike and his family's lives. We love you Pops, thanks for always making us laugh. "Don't call us, we'll call you".

No public services will be held, Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.



Doug Ehrler


Doug Ehrler, 61, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  He was born on October 16, 1954, in Manchester, the son of Don and Joyce (Joslyn) Ehrler.  He was raised in the Manchester area and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1973. 

On November 25, 1978, Doug was united in marriage to Janine Holtz at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Two children were born to this union.  Doug drove for the Post Office for many years. He then worked for Lillibridge Trucking until 2007 when he retired because of health issues.

Doug enjoyed playing pool and teasing people. He was a people person who was known as "Uncle Doug" to many. Doug loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife, Janine Ehrler of Manchester; one son, Gabe (April) Ehrler of Greeley; one daughter, Sam Ehrler of Manchester; his mother, Joyce Schiel of Manchester; and four siblings, Susan (Doug) Hart, Sallie (Tim) Vanderhoof, John Ehrler, and Gary Ehrler.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Don Ehrler; his step-father, Walt Schiel; and Ian, his other son by heart.

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

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Greeley Community Church in Greeley, Iowa, with Pastor Pete Buschmann officiating.

Visitation:  2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment:  Oakland Cemetery -  Manchester, Iowa

 



James A. Quayle


James A. Quayle, 71 of Claremont, IL formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN of lung cancer. Private Family Services were conducted with burial in Asbury Cemetery.

James was born September 22, 1945 in Olney, IL the son of Robert A. and Thelma M. (Smith) Quayle. He graduated from East Richland High School in 1963 and then Southern Illinois University in 1967. James served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He moved to Dubuque in 1978 until 2011 when he relocated to Florida and then to Illinois until his passing. James owned and operated Central Cash and I-Wireless in Dubuque for many years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

Survivors include his children, Nathan (Kristen) Quayle of Merrimac, WI and Jamie (Michael) Heine of Grimes, IA; siblings, Tom (Alice) Quayle, Sandy (Joyce) Quayle, and Cindy Dale; 5 grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, John and Bob.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Sandy K. Hoffman


Sandy K. Hoffman, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on April 27, 1953, in Anamosa, the daughter of Allen and Reva (Taylor) Hoffman. Sandy was a 1971 graduate of Wyoming High School.

Sandy worked as a C.N.A. at the Penn Center, Edinburgh Manor, and for Home Health Care. She loved reading, baking, and walking with her dog.  Sandy was an avid fan of the Duke Blue Devils and Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include her brother, David Hoffman of Monticello; a niece, Devon (Quinton) Bitner of Central City; and a nephew, Derrick (Andrea) Petersen of Marion.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Susan Robinson; and a brother, Richard Hoffman.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home & Crematory of Manchester is assisting the family.

 



Robert D. Mellon


Robert D. "Bob" Mellon, 85, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4th, at Linwood Cemetery Chapel, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 6. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

Bob was born December 31, 1930 in Dubuque, son of James P. and Gertrued (Baumhover) Mellon. He married Norma Shephard in 1963. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy. Bob was employed as a pressman at Georgia Pacific Company for 35 years retiring in 1992. Bob was an avid Hawkeye fan, enjoyed playing cards, going on casino trips, golfing, especially with his friend Mark. He also liked to cook, going out to eat and taking his grandson Luke fishing. Bob was a genuine sweet and caring man who loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Carman, of Marion, IA, and Michelle (Ken) Sessler, of Lake in the Hills, IL; a brother, Maurice (Elaine) Mellon, of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Luke Carman, Zach Sessler and Brandon Sessler; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and James and a sister, Florence Roth.

A special thank you to the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their care.

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



Frederick T. Uthe


Frederick T. "Fred" Uthe, 85, of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frederick was born on December 8, 1930, in Dubuque, IA, son of Karl and Mary (Langen) Uthe.

Fred proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Fred earnestly invested 30 years of his working career at J.C. Penney's before eventually retiring in 1992. During his free time, Fred had three definitively favorite interests; art, model railroading and family. Art was an outlet for Fred to freely express himself and his artwork will be cherished by family and friends. His second passion of trains was an itch which would never be cured. Model railroading easily delivered years of fun with family and friends. Finally though, Fred's greatest pleasure was the times spent with his family both at home and on vacation.

As we move forward in our lives, we know that the impact he's left behind on the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him will last until the end of time.

He is survived by
his loving wife of 60 years:
Virginia L. (Earle) Uthe;

their 4 children:
Janet Uthe, Middleton, WI;
Mark (Deb) Uthe, Manchester, IA;
Diane (Kurt) Trimborn, Johnson Creek, WI;
Linda (Kevin) Miller, Center Point, IA;

his 13 grandchildren:
Jennifer (fiancé Ray Henning) Uthe, Patrick Kramer, Steve (Lauren) Trimborn, Amanda (Brennan) Melloy, Molly Kramer, Charlie Uthe, McKenna Miller, Garrett Trimborn, Reece Miller, Nickolas Uthe and Kaitlyn Uthe;

his 5 great-grandchildren:
Mason, Aiden, Braelyn, Kinley and Lydia Henning;

his sister-in-law:
Rosemary (Charles) Uthe;

a brother-in-law:
Roger (Karen) Earle both of Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles; a sister in infancy; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his wife's parents; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their unwavering support and friendship to Fred and his family. The family would also like to thank his attending physician, Dr. Mark Runde and staff, Mercy Medical Center and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque County Commission of Veterans Affairs.

A Frederick T. Uthe memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Fred's favorite charities.

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

 



Kevin J. Koster


Kevin J. Koster, age 41, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to the Lord suddenly, and unexpectedly, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at home. To honor Kevin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating. To celebrate Kevin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Kevin was born on February 16, 1975 in Dubuque, son of Randy and Susan (Clancy) Koster.

Kevin has been an energetic and charismatic gentlemen since the day the Lord delivered him to earth. His work ethic was second to none and his career in the food industry started at a very young age. His eager attitude would propel him to begin as a dishwasher and eventually led to positions as a lead cook at such local establishments as the Hoffmann House, Sweeney's and currently the Diamond Jo. A long shift or weeks in row, without a day off, would never rattle Kevin; he was simply happy to be doing what he enjoyed and reaping the benefits of his hard work. Kevin was as big a teddy bear on the inside as he was in his physical stature. If you weren't his friend already, it's most likely because you hadn't crossed paths with him yet. In his spare time, Kevin thrived on being around fast and loud stock cars, collecting baseball cards and other assorted sports memorabilia, bonding time with his nieces and nephews, or even venturing out into the woods for a quiet and relaxing day of deer or turkey hunting. His greatest leisure activity though was definitely camping with family and friends, especially his treasured escapes up to Yellow River with his grandparents. Kevin has been called home to Heaven much to suddenly and early for our hearts to fully comprehend, but we know and trust that he is now in a state of perfect health and waiting patiently to be reunited with all of his loved ones he's left behind.

Those left to cherish Kevin's memory include

his parents,
Randy and Susan Koster, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Timothy (Nicole) Koster, East Dubuque, IL
and Amy Jo (Josh) Driscoll, Dubuque;

his maternal grandmother,
Grace Clancy, Dubuque, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
Cheryl Gaul, Worthington, IA,
Linda Packer, Stoughton, MA,
Bob (Sharon) Koster, Dubuque,
Dale Koster, Dubuque,
Dave (Val) Clancy
and Mike (Patti) Clancy, both of East Dubuque, IL;

his nieces and nephews,
Alissa Koster-Kelly, Joedaniel Kelly, Skylar Koster, Danielle Koster, Olivia Driscoll and Mason Driscoll;

and his great-nephew,
Harley Vanscoyoc.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben (Mary) Koster and Clarles Clancy Jr.; and also by his uncles, Dan Koster, Leon Gaul and Jim Packer.

A Kevin J. Koster memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Debra K. Dryer


Debra K. "Debbie" Dryer, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 surrounded by family at Mercy Medical Center after a long illness.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 27th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Debbie was born on February 23, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Dunkley) Van Vors.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married Rick Dryer on September 24, 1982 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked for 24 years at Harmon Glass retiring in 2000.
Debbie enjoyed going for rides on the motorcycle with Rick, camping, shopping, her cats but especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Rick, and a brother Jerry Van Vors of Dubuque, her mother-in-law Betty Dryer, of Dubuque, three sisters-in-law Cindy Dryer, Roseann (Ron) Dryer-Hunt, Debbie (Melvin) Levins, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law Louis Dryer and brother-in-law Roger Dryer.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Mark Niemer, Dr. Ryan Stille and their staffs, and to Finley Home Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Debbie these last few years.



Gerald R. Wright


Gerald R. Wright, 75, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care from complications of dementia.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Gerald was born on January 13, 1941, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the son of Oliver and Frieda (Pahnke) Wright. He graduated from Benton High School in 1959. Gerald married the love of his life, Mary Brandt, on August 19, 1967, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. They resided in Dickeyville for 36 years.

Gerald retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 2001 after 36 years. At that time he and Mary bought their retirement home on Lake Delhi. They entertained many friends and family with pontoon rides, fishing and campfires.

Gerald and Mary were past members and officers of the Dickeyville Rescue Squad for many years. Together they also had the Rhinestone Cowboy Band playing the supper clubs around the area, along with many weddings and anniversaries. Gerald was a past member of the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corp. He also enjoyed feeding the birds, and the many other "critters" that came to his feeders. Gerald was a motorcycle safety instructor for many years at Southwest Technical College. Gerald and Mary took many rides and vacations together on their Gold Wing motorcycle. He took up the art of making beautiful oak furniture after retirement. His family and friends were the recipients of his talent.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife and companion of 58 years, Mary; his daughter, Kandi Deerfield, of Streamwood, IL; his sons, Scott (Connie), of Dickeyville, and Russ, of Delhi; and his seven grandchildren, Kyle, Maggie, Kylie, Rachael, Brooke, Luke and Dylan. He is also survived by his brother, Ron, of Benton; his sisters, LeAnne (Bruce) Wuthrich, of Brodhead, WI, and Marcy (Merv) Brenum, of Dickeyville; and nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul; four brothers-in-law, Dale Farrey, Faedelus Herbst, Richard Lutz and Clarence Negus; and a sister-in-law, Kay Brandt.

A Gerald R. Wright Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful and compassionate care of Gerald.

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



Harley McCoy


The irrepressible Harley McCoy, age 94, faced the inevitable on February 1st, 2016 in Oakdale, California. He died after a period of progressive weakness and fatigue, pain-free and at peace.

Memorial service will be held on the 4th of June at the Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation begins at 1:00 pm with the service at 2:00 pm, and interment of ashes to follow at Evergreen Cemetery Delmar, Iowa.

Harley was born June 12th, 1921 to Harley Guy and Letha (Lewis) McCoy and graduated high school in Villisca, Iowa. He proudly served in WWII as a Navy shipmate in the Philippines. During a shore leave Harley traveled from San Diego and Shirley Anne McKee traveled from her home in Villisca to meet in Las Vegas and marry on June 14th, 1942. Together they had four children.

Harley was a devoted father as his children were growing, attending high school debates, dance recitals, 4H & scouting activities, trail rides, football games and band concerts. He also provided his family the architype 1950's summer vacations including trips to Mt Rushmore, Lake Okoboji and Rocky Mountains National Park. Later in their life together, he and Shirley Anne gained some regional notoriety from raising and showing purebred dogs. This had them traveling throughout the Midwest on many weekends and enjoying their time together. Shirley Anne tragically died of brain cancer in 1978 at age 55.

Harley married Phyllis Feder August 19th, 1989 at Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Nevada. They enjoyed their time together ballroom dancing and playing dominoes with friends.

Retired and living in California, Harley became an avid golfer belonging to the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. He shot his only hole-in-one on September 30th, 2009, at age 88, using a 3 wood to drive 135 yards over water to the cup of the par 3, 16th hole.

Throughout his career Harley was a skilled and professional salesman, always working on a commission basis and focusing on providing service to his customers. Indeed, he and his customers often became friends. He was successful in his work and occasionally was awarded company sponsored trips, including a special one with Shirley Anne to the Bahamas. However, there were business setbacks in Harley's life such as when the parent corporation spun-off a product line cutting his income in half. Yet, this was never spoken about around the supper table; Harley simply worked harder to recover from the loss.

Harley was personable and outgoing, always quick with a greeting and ready to speak with complete strangers. He remained active throughout his life; from caring for horses, livestock and dogs, to travel, dancing and golf. Mostly, I believe, Harley possessed an upbeat, irrepressible attitude, being able to bounce back from little things, such as a refused sales-pitch, or from a life tragedy, such as the death of a spouse. He was eventually able to find a new tack and continue moving in a positive direction.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Terri Hayes, Mike (Mary Ann), Becky (Jack) McDermott and Ed (Karen); 11 grandchildren; and as of this writing, 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.



Fred A. Donath


Fred A. "Fritz" Donath, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on May 23, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Fred was born on April 22, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ernest and Marie (Radloff) Donath.

Fritz honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Shortly after returning from his military service, Fritz would meet Pauline Thomas. They would be united in marriage in 1962 and their union would be blessed with 19 years together before she was called home ahead of him in 1981. Fritz would faithfully invest over 43 years of his time and talents and the Dubuque Packing Company, before he eventually retired after spending his final 13 years as a supervisor. Fritz's free time was surely centered around the outdoors and spending time out in God's country. Bow hunting, fishing and boating were his passion and he was proud to be a longtime member of both the Dubuque Archery Club and the Bass Club of Dubuque. Fritz has spent his last day here with us and now finds himself reunited with all of his other family members who've gone home ahead of him. We will miss him, and definitely feel the void of his absence, but we know the memories he leaves behind will help carry us through until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Fritz's memory include

his children,
Fredrick "Pudge" Donath, Key West, IA,
Ann (Scott) Duggan, Dubuque, IA
and Mary Boal, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren and great-grandchildren

and his first wife and care giver during this final week,
Pat Felderman, Key West, IA.

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Pauline; three sisters, Viola, Elda and Marie; and three brothers, Donald, Otto and Walter.

A Fred A. "Fritz" Donath memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Fritz's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful and compassionate care.

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



Dolores V. Urbain


Dolores V. Urbain, 99, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday evening, May 22, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dolores may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Services for Dolores will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding and Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D, Concelebrating. Burial was held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Dolores was born February 12, 1917 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Percy and Alice (Huber) Leib. She received her education in the Placid country schools. On June 1,1938 she was united in marriage to Cyril "Billy" Urbain at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. She and her husband farmed in the Fillmore area for many years. She also worked as a bartender at the Boar's Nest in Cascade and Nobles in Farley, IA for 10 years and was a cook at the Cascade Drive Inn.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and was a very active 4H Fillmore "Farmerettes" leader.

Dolores is best remembered for her dog bones, cinnamon rolls and homemade bread. She loved to crochet, was an avid quilter, seamstress and did many other crafts. She collected many angels' statues. She had a lot of faith in Angels and said the daily rosary.

She is survived by four daughters, Delda Hershberger of Platteville, WI, Mary Agnes Kass of Sherrill, IA, Becky Johnson of Cascade, IA, Tami (Gary) Hammel of Zwingle, IA; one son, Tony (Jackye) Urbain of Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Theresa (Roland) Stecklein of Cascade, IA; and a sister-in-law, Madonna Leib of La Porte City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril "Billy" Urbain on March 26,1988; three sons-in-law, James Hershberger, Vincent Kass and Vince Mausser; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sherwood, Jeff and Katie Kass; four brothers, Donald, Richard, Howard and Dennis Leib; and one sister, Dola Kramer.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care given to Dolores and the many nieces, nephews and grandchildren that took the time to come visit with her.



Charles F. Jewell


Charles F. Jewell, 75 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on May 20, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Charles was born on October 30, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles E. and Mary (Bellings) Jewell. He attended school in Dubuque and served in the army from 1957 to 1959.

He married Carol A. Miller and together they had two daughters, Cheryl and Cindy. She passed away in October of 2001. He later married Carol J. Snouffer and she preceded him in death in February of 2015.

He worked as a service and parts manager at Kenworth in Birmingham, AL.

Charles or "Elmer", as he was known as in the early days, loved his old time radio programs on Sunday nights, NASCAR races, and the Chicago Cubs. He had a love for his cats and dogs and especially enjoyed being with his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (Dan) Dalberg and Cindy (Jim Kubitz) Jewell; siblings Mitchell Warner, of Dubuque, Trudy (Robbie) Fischer, of Gillespie, IL, Sylvia (Ned) Newingham, of Gillespie, IL and Chris Warner, of Livingston, IL; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ben Jewell.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Staff, Ennoble Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Charles.



Peter G. White


Peter G. "Pete" White, 76, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Friday morning at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on March 24, 1940, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Iva (Winters) White. He graduated from Benton High School in 1959. On June 20, 1959, he married Mary Alice Rock at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Company and later was the owner of Benton Feed and Farm Supply for 31 years.

Pete served as the Benton Village President for eight years and was a member of the Benton Fire Department, the Benton Booster Club, and a key member of Rocky's Bar in Benton. He was a longtime member of Rocky's Bar Bowling Team and softball and fastpitch ball teams. Pete was a lifelong fan of the White Sox, a Packers fan, and supporter of Benton athletics. He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his four children, Jeff (Dana) White, of Chandler, AZ, Tim (Donna) White, of Benton, Lisa (Tim) Roelke, of Spring Green, and Gretta (Shawn) Stilson, of Benton; seven grandchildren, Séamus and Fisher White, Michael and Ben White, and Kayla, Maggie and Sophie Dougherty; and three step-grandchildren, Heather Dougherty, Jared Charnas and Ty Stilson. He is also survived by two sisters, Leah Richards, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jeanette Wilford, of Platteville; and a brother Jim (Sue) White, of Cuba City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice; a son, Michael Joseph White; and a sister, Elizabeth Woods.

A Peter G. "Pete" and Mary Alice White Memorial Fund for Benton High School scholarships has been established.

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

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Benton First Responders, Hazel Green Rescue Squad, Mercy Medical Center emergency room staff, and ICU doctors and nurses, especially Brenda and Bonnie.



Virginia J. Zimmerman


Virginia J. Zimmerman, 96 of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Seventh Heaven Care Facility.

Memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 26 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Virginia was born on February 4, 1920 in Dubuque the daughter of Henry and Josephine (Klein) Frost.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

She married Henry Zimmerman on September 28, 1940. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1995.

Virginia was a wonderful homemaker. After her children were raised she was employed at St. Anthony's Catholic school as director of the hot lunch program. Her favorite people were children and she became involved in the lives of many while employed at St. Anthony's.

She enjoyed playing bridge, Cubs games, bus trips and plays.

Surviving are her children, Margo (Ronald) Richeson, of Dubuque and Craig (Donna) Zimmerman, of Durango; 7 grandchildren, Lisa (Tom) Richeson- Gilbertson, Laura (Roger) Richeson- Brandel and Daniel (Cathy) Richeson, James (Nikki) Zimmerman, Melissa Zimmerman- Wolf, Kris (Neil) Zimmerman-Owens and Jolene (P.J.) Zimmerman- Born; 10 great- grandchildren, Cory Gilbertson, Mitchell Gilbertson, Hope Gilbertson, Hannah Brandel, Tessa Brandel, Jenna Brandel, Andrew Owens, Alexia Born, Payden Born, Michael Zimmerman; and her brother, Charles (Thelma) Frost of Glasgow, Montana.

She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Lucille) Frost; and sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine (Hugo) Flores.

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

The family requests no flowers.

Special thank you to Mary and Kelly at Seventh Heaven and to Barb and Lisa at Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Freida K. Loesche


Freida K. Loesche, 63, of Petersburg, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a short illness.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday morning, May 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Earlville. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Freida was born February 11, 1953, in Manchester, the daughter of Merlin and Betty (Goetzinger) Conrad. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1972 and worked at the Ertl Company in Dyersville for 20 years. Following that she worked at Modernfold and Nu-World Amaranth.

On October 2, 1993, she was united in marriage to Russ Loesche. Freida was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. She loved spending time with her family, helping her husband on the farm and found enjoyment teasing her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, going to the gambling boat, bingo and living in the country. Freida was a humble and giving soul, who had a quirky personality with a heart of gold that would do anything for you. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Freida is survived by her husband, Russ Loesche, of Petersburg; step-son, Jayme (Stefanie) Loesche and step-granddaughter Chiaa of Cedar Rapids; siblings June (Bob) Naber of Dyersville, Arlo Conrad of Delhi, Eric Conrad of Los Angeles, CA, Neal (Nancy) Conrad of Hopkinton, Dale (Connie) Conrad of Delhi; father- and mother-in-law Sylvester ‘Red' and Alma Loesche of Dyersville; in-laws Dennis (Jean) Loesche and Randy Loesche, both of Petersburg, Connie (Leon) Schuster and Margie (Cam) Kolle, both of Dyersville, Bonnie (Gary) Bass of Bedford, TX; nieces and nephews Rob (Autumn) Conrad, Adam and Scott Conrad, Amy (Chris) Errthum, Amanda (Curt) Kramer, Aaron Conrad, Matt and Laura Naber, Benji (Missy) Loesche, Billi (Dave) Mottet, Bob Loesche, Brittany Loesche, Amber (Jeff) Lehman, Cory Schuster, Carrie (Josh) Broghammer, Ashley (Jeremiah) Chapman and Amanda (Justin) Tucker.

Freida was preceded in death by her parents, Merlin and Betty Conrad; maternal grandparents Leo and Magdalene (Mohr) Goetzinger; and paternal grandparents Thomas and Angeline (Pfeiler) Conrad; a brother-in-law, Wayne Wieneke; and several aunts and uncles.

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



Natalie J. Kurt


Natalie J. Kurt, 82, of Dubuque, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael Cathedral where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Natalie was born January 12, 1934 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Nora (Devaney) Kurt. She graduated from St. Columbkille's School and attended Loras College. She was a novice with the Sisters of the Presentation until her disability.

Natalie was known as the family historian.

She is survived by a brother, Noel Kurt of Dubuque; a sister, Dianne (Don) Simon of Cuba City; 29 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Mary Edith, Leon, Fr. David and Mark Kurt and June Manning.

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

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



Darrell D. Barker


Darrell D. Barker, 86, of Dubuque died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:25 am at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Darrell's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where a visitation will be held Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, held separately with the family.

Darrell was born March 14, 1930 in Fairfield, Iowa, son of Edward and Etola (Pottoff) Barker. Darrell was fortunate enough to have two mothers. Etola passed away when he was very young at age 4 and Mary Florence (Adams) Barker, who raised him through his adulthood and played a significant role in his life by keeping his birth mother's family in his life.

Darrell would eventually meet the love of his life, Susan Seeley and be united in marriage on August 31, 1952. Their union would be blessed with 63 wonderful years together and have 3 loving daughters.

He worked in the newspaper field for most of his life, starting out delivering papers for the Fairfield Daily Ledger after school during his high school days and full time for three summers. He went on to the University of Iowa newspaper in Iowa City for 17 weeks as a linotype operator, moving on to work for newspapers in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Darrell then moved to Dubuque and worked for the Telegraph Herald for 38 years, working as assistant composing manager of the last 12 years. He was president of the International Typographical Union for two years. His last employment was with Econofoods for three years and six years at Hy-Vee bakery department.

He and his wife were camping enthusiasts for 51 years. Camping all over the Midwest, Darrell and Susan wintered for a month in Florida for 15 years. He was also league secretary and bowled with his buddies for many years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Barker of Dubuque; daughters, Debra (Tom) Bedtka of Dodgeville, WI, Becky (John) Jagielski of Elgin, IL, and Sara Habick of Dubuque; granddaughters, Tracy (Adam) Schroeder, Joscelyn Habick and Jessica Habick; and great grandchildren, Bailey and Dominic Schroeder. He is also survived by his kid sister, Elizabeth (Bill) Bowers of Mt. Lebanon, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Carol (Don) Amrine.

In lieu of flowers, a Darrell Barker Memorial has been established.

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



Spencer J. Dress


Spencer J. Dress, age 25, of Dubuque, IA, was called home at 3:38 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a motorcycle accident. To honor Spencer's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Spencer's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Spencer was born on February 18, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry White and Molli (Dress) White and was a proud member of the Chippewa Tribe of White Earth, Minnesota.

Spencer's bright light has flickered out much too early and the void he leaves behind today will never fully be healed. He was a wonderful father who devoted countless hours with his deeply adored son Emmitt in the garage, teaching him how to turn a wrench while reinforcing the longtime ritual, and necessity, of getting dirty before you could ever truly go fast. Spencer worked at Steffen's Roofing during the day and also enjoyed working on cars in the evenings and on the weekends. Whether the project was the next big flip or simply an attempt to get a little more horsepower to the wheels; if he was working on the toys in the garage with family and friends, then Spencer was in his glory. Spencer was definitely a live wire and a high spirit during his 25 years with us. If Spencer was in the area, you could be sure some classic adventure was about to occur or even a continual barrage of humor and jokes to keep everyone feeling good. We will miss Spencer will all of our hearts and relish the fun, and uniquely Spencer, memories he leaves behind and we pray to discover slight moments of peace in knowing that one day we will see him again.

Those left to cherish Spencer's memory include

his son,
Emmitt Dress, Dubuque, IA;

Emmitt's mother,
Mercedes "Sadie" Fuller, Dubuque, IA;

his son on the way,
Spencer Joseph Dress Jr., Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Molli White, Dubuque, IA;

his father,
Henry (Bobbie Jo Rapp) White, Dubuque, IA;

two brothers,
Timothy (Heather Frommelt) Dress,
Joseph Dress;

his sister,
Jordan Hennessy, all of Dubuque, IA;

his maternal grandparents,
Vicki and Joseph Dress Sr., Dubuque, IA;

his paternal grandmother,
Noreen Dole, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal great-grandmother,
Monica Jellison-Fullbright, Dubuque, IA;

two half brothers,
Brady and Brandon, Dubuque, IA;

and he is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Spencer was preceded in death by a sister, Dancé Molli Dress in infancy.

A Spencer J. Dress memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Spencer's favorite uncle, Joey Dress, Amanda Fury, Heather Frommelt, Cody Siefker and family, the White family, the Weber family, his amazingly long list of friends and the staff at Mercy and University Iowa City Hospitals for all of the loving support they have shown the entire family during this very difficult time.

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

 



Michael P. Barrett


Michael P. "Bear" Barrett, 66 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 23rd 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mike was born on November 28, 1949 the son of Martin "Slug" and Monica (Rogers) Barrett. He attended St. Raphael's and graduated from Wahlert High School both in Dubuque. In December 1972, he married Marilyn J. Ruff at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.

Mike worked for the Derby Stations for many years and then became a painter for John C. Kaiser until he retired in 2011. After retirement you'd be able to find him bartending at the Grand Tap in Dubuque.

Mike was a member of the Painters Union, Men's Association, Grand Tap Lodge of Leaky's and Men's Bowling Association.

Although Mike was a man of few words, he showed us all that he loved us in his own way. He was a loyal, kind, moral man of his word. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, whether it be at a bar having "a few" with friends, or going out to dinner and traveling with Marilyn. He also enjoyed spending time listening to his grandkids play bluegrass, having breakfast with Lucy and attending Brennan's karate tournaments.

Mike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marilyn, daughters, Karrie (Paul) Schumacher and Kelly (Ben) Houtakker. Seven grandchildren, Colin, Mackenzie, Reese and Caden Schumacher, Brennan, Lucy and Carsyn Houtakker. His sister-in-law Peg (Scot) Koren, four brothers-in-law, Dennis (Cecilia) Ruff, Gary (Carol) Ruff, Duane (Ann) Ruff, and Gordon (Sharon) Deuchler, along with five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin "Slug" and Monica (Rogers) Barrett, a brother Tom, and his grandparents.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, especially Dr. Caceres and Mercy Nursing staff for the care they gave him. A special thanks to his loyal friends for being there for him and his family. He will be missed by all.



James L. Chapman


James L. "Jim" Chapman, 80 of Key West, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at home with family by his side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum with full military detail by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Jim was born on April 4, 1936 in Beetown, Wisconsin the son of Lester and Ramona (Mink) Chapman. He served in the Iowa National Guard and married Shirley Langkamp on June 2, 1956 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He worked for Flexsteel for 39 years retiring in 1996. After retirement Jim worked for the Sisters of the Presentation for 13 years.

Jim enjoyed ice fishing, squirrel hunting and riding his motorcycle, but most of all his greatest love was his family and being able to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved to putter around in his basement workshop and garage. Jim was always available to help anyone at any time.

Jim is survived by his wife Shirley of almost 60 years, two daughters Kris Chapman and Terri (Douglas) Kluesner, both of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Nicholas and Michael Mulert and Justin, Jena, and Aaron Kluesner. Siblings, Bonnie Chant and Jeffery Chapman. Two sisters-in-law, Darlene Chapman and Darlene Langkamp; three brothers-in-law, Harold (Maria) Langkamp, Arnold "Arnie" Langkamp and Thomas Piehl along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Ramona; mother and father-in-law Clarence and Emma Langkamp; brother, Gary & brothers-in-law Leonard and Merlin Langkamp, and sisters-in-law Beverly Piehl and Delores Langkamp.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center or St. Raphael Cathedral.
The family would like to thank Stonehill Rehab and Skilled nursing staff, Dr. Mark Runde and his nurse Julie and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Ryan for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim and his family.



Gordon P. Schmidt


Gordon P. Schmidt, 80, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016,, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment with Military Rites will be at 1:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

He was born on September 5, 1935, in Earlville, the son of Paul and Elda (Becker) Schmidt. He was baptized into the church on October 6, 1935 and confirmed his faith in Jesus Christ on April 10, 1949, at First Lutheran Church. Gordon was raised and educated in the area, and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1953. Gordon served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

On February 29, 1964, Gordon was united in marriage to Alice Marie Michels at the First Lutheran Church in Manchester. Together they farmed for several years and then moved to Manchester where he worked for Delaware County Secondary Roads. He retired in 1998.

Gordon was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church. Gordon and Alice traveled extensively throughout the United States, making it to all 50 states. They also traveled to Europe.

Survivors include one son, Gary (Andrea) Schmidt, of Manchester; two daughters, Paula (Don) Krogmann of Center Point and Laura (Bill) Thomas of Manchester; nine grandchildren, Jacob Thomas, Lucas (Jessica) Thomas, Megan (Peter) von Qualen, Benjamin Krogmann, Jonathan Krogmann, Hannah Schmidt, Grant Schmidt, Mark (Christina) Schmidt, and Christina (Heath) Landt; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marvelyn (Rick) Davis, of Florida; and sisters-in-law Leona Jones of Cedar Rapids, Delores (Ray) Grulkey of Hiawatha, Carol (Don) Eiben of Anamosa, and Mary Michels of Central City.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Schmidt, on November 11, 2012; a son, Duane Schmidt, in July of 2012; a daughter, Karla Schmidt, at birth; two brothers, Eldon and David (Virginia) Schmidt; a grandson, Paul Schmidt; a granddaughter, Olivia Schmidt; his sister-in-law, Judy LeDuc; his brothers-in-law Eddie Jones and Richard Michels; and two nephews, Michael Schmidt and Doug Grulkey.

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



Betty Jean Birch


Betty Jean Birch, 89, died peacefully on May 18, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, on Friday, May 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel with Bill Mauss officiating. Entombment will follow the service in the mausoleum.

Betty was born August 2, 1926 to Beatrice "Beanie" Hutzenbuehler and Albert Savary. Betty and her sisters worked with their mother at Beanie's Café for many years.

Betty married Marshall Birch on November 22, 1945. Together they worked for over twenty years at Veteran Oil Company, for the local Phillips 66 jobber. In 1967 they bought the local business and operated it as Birch Oil Company until their retirement in 1976. Betty was a sharp businesswoman at a time when it was not common for women to operate a business, but she was also known, like her mother before her, for her kind heart.

Betty and Marshall owned three horses, Dolly, Cochise, and Ringo, and over the years an assortment of dogs and cats. They always had plenty of chores, and so they often employed the help of their nieces and nephews, who learned a valuable work ethic, while enjoying Betty's playful sense of fun, Marshall's sly sense of humor, and their frequent pranks.

After retirement Betty worked for several years providing in-home health care. She delighted her clients, and the patients at various nursing homes, when she would visit while pulling her little dog, Dusty, around on a skateboard.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marshall, in 1988; her brother, William Winkler, in 2014; her brother-in-law Merlin Heiar in 1994, and her brother-in-law Dale Gieseman in 2012.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Juen (Dale) Gieseman and Eileen (Merlin) Heiar; her sister-in-law, Judy (William) Winkler; and her nieces and nephews Paula, Mark (Desirae), and Amy (Jeff Spahn) Gieseman; Kurt, Kris (Robert Newman), John, and Jane Heiar; and Chad (Tina) and Tracy (Greg Tippery) Winkler.

The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Andrea Ries for her compassion and assistance, as well as Dr. Umesh Chakunta, Dr. Michael Scott, Dr. Brad McClimon, Dr. Joseph Fuller, Dr. R.S. Ramabadran, and their nurses, who along with Dr. Ries, provided Betty with excellent care and personal concern, which helped both her and her family. We also wish to thank Cindy, Megan and the team at Hospice of Dubuque, and the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center, where Betty lived first on the third floor, and finally in the memory care unit. It was a comfort to her family to know that she was living with people who appreciated her spirit, and who truly cared for her with kindness, patience, humor, and skill.



Margaret M. Miller


Margaret M. Miller, 95, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. John Kremer officiating. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the church. Inurnment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa

She was born on April 25, 1921, in Worthington, the daughter of John and Clara (Tegler) Recker.

On June 30, 1941, Margaret was united in marriage to Herbert Miller at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Five children were born to this union. Together they helped Louie Ryan farm and then later began farming on their own in rural Manchester. They retired and moved to town in 1979. Herb passed away in 2010.

Margaret was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley and a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret loved to play cards, especially Bridge, and enjoyed her garden. She lived at the Meadows for the past eight years. Margaret loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her five children, Joan Miller of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Pat (Bill) Serbousek of Cedar Rapids, Richard Miller of Solon, David (Jenny) Miller of Iowa City, and Daniel Miller of Lancaster, California; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Andy Miller; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Lemmon and Anna Jean Harris, both of Manchester.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Milller; a son-in-law, Doneldon Dennis; two grandchildren, Gregory Kane and Sarah Serbousek-Miller; two sisters, Armella Besler and Lucinda Gudenkauf; and four brothers, Cyril, Allie, Ray, and Leo Recker.

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



Mary Ann Koltes


Mary Ann Koltes, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center with her family at her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill with Rev. Richard Gaul officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, where a family wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

Mary Ann was born on March 24, 1944 in Cuba City, WI daughter of Rudolph and Mabel (Kaiser) Loeffelholz.
She married Gary Koltes on July 5, 1997. Mary Ann has been a caregiver for many years and babysat for many different families. She also worked for LouAnna's Catering for weddings and anniversary parties.

Mary Ann enjoyed going on vacations with family and friends and when Gary started the truck she was already ready to go.

She is survived by her husband, Gary, of 18 years; her sister, Jeanette (Joe) Henkels; three brothers, Howard (Barb) Loeffelholz, Eugene (Sandi) Loeffelholz, and Jerry (Patty) Loeffelholz; her in-laws, Janann Ambrosy, Shirley Koltes, nd Duane "Hap" Koltes along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Leo and Rosina (Nauman) Koltes, Lelan Ambrosy, Lavern Koltes and Linda Koltes.

The family request no flowers.

The family wishes to thank Finley Hospital Staff, Stonehill Care Center Staff and Hospice of Dubuque especially Shelia and Barb, and her niece Jennifer Pins for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Lois E. Myatt


Lois E. Myatt, 93, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, May 15, 2016, at the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held 1:30 P.M., Sunday, May 22, 2016, from the Elwood United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Saturday, May 21, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Lois Ethel Schultz was born on March 29, 1923 in rural Clinton County, Iowa, fourth child to Herman and Ethel (Current) Schultz. She was a 1940 graduate of Elwood Consolidated High School and then attended Coe College for two years obtaining her teaching certificate. Shortly thereafter she was hired by the Buffalo, Iowa School District to teach fourth grade.

As a freshman at Elwood High School Lois was asked to a school dance by her future husband, Harold "Bud" Myatt. They were married on June 5, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas where "Bud" was stationed in the Air Force. To this union five children were born: Larry, Ann, Thomas, Hal and David.

While raising a family Lois found time to do substitute teaching in the Elwood, Lost Nation and Maquoketa school districts. In 1964, she was hired as the full-time Kindergarten teacher at Delwood and taught for eight years.

Lois was a 44 year member of the JCPH Ladies Auxiliary where she had served as past president for five years and treasurer for 19 years. She was an active member of the Elwood United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday school and children's sermons for several years, and been a part of the ladies aid for 42 years. Additionally, she served on three scholarship committees and as a Jackson County Regional Health Center volunteer for 18 years. Through this dedication to community and volunteerism Lois was awarded the Grace B. Tubbs Award in 2007.

Lois was always willing to help anyone. She loved her family, her church and her friends. She enjoyed playing Euchre and baking pies, especially custard pie. She was excellent at corresponding with family, always keeping track of birthdays and special events.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her husband of 72 years Harold "Bud" Myatt of Elwood, IA; children, Larry (Beverly) Myatt of Greensboro, GA, Ann (Bruce) White of Ann Arbor, MI, Tom (Linda) Myatt of Oro Valley, AZ and David (Cathy) Myatt of Bettendorf, IA; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol List of SC, and Gail Ravitts of Oak Park, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Hal on June 1, 1984, and two brothers Homer and Howard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Family YMCA or the Elwood Methodist Church.

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

 



Gloria Mae Jean Lieb


Gloria Mae Jean "Pat" Lieb, 87, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a service will begin at 7:30p.m.

Pat was born on October 20, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Fuller) Urban.

She married David Glen Lieb on November 30, 1946 in Sea Side, Oregon. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2016.

Pat was a wonderful homemaker. She as was an excellent cook and skilled artist. She enjoyed flowers, sewing and crocheting.

Pat spent most of her life volunteering for many organizations. Most notably, she volunteered at the Tri State Blind Society for 14 years and as president of the Legal Aid Services of Dubuque for 30 years.

Pat was an extremely kind and generous person. She cared for everyone she met and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Susan (John) Schmitz of Zwingle, IA., David (Sandra) Lieb, Joe (Lynn) Lieb, Mike (Janet) Lieb, Guy (Gladen) Lieb, all of Dubuque, Troy (Gina) Lieb, of Freeport, Ill., and Tracey (Jon) Ruosch of Milton, Wis.; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters Judy Lyons, of Rockford, Ill., Dixie Bennett and Joyce (Al) Weidenbacher, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Cynthia Trine and Cheryl Lieb, in infancy; four brothers; and six sisters.

A Gloria Lieb memorial fund has been established.

A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Jennie and Peggy and to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for your compassionate care.

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



Allan George Falck


Allan George Falck, 93, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died at his home on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point. with Rev. Jerome Godsonofficiating. Visitation is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Cass Township Cemetery - Strawberry Point, Iowa.

He was born on August 25, 1922, in rural Lamont, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Kleinsorge) Falck. Allan was raised and educated in the Lamont area, and graduated in 1940 from Lamont High School.

On January 23, 1945, Allan was united in marriage to Lillian Birrer. Together they farmed near Strawberry Point.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Lillian Falck of Strawberry Point; two sons, Larry (Jenette) and Kent (Sue), all of Strawberry Point; four grandchildren, Tammy (Kevin) Schneiders, Tom (Krista) Falck, Deana (Tom) Herzmann, and Craig (fiancé Shanan Klink) Falck; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert.

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



Doris M. (Hilby) Kuhle


Doris M. (Hilby) Kuhle, 85, of Dickeyville, WI, formerly of Sinsinawa, WI, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Doris was born on October 1, 1930 in Menominee, IL to Emil & Florence (Welp) Hilby. She attended grade school in Menominee and high school at the Sinsinawa Mound. On February 7, 1950 she married LaVern A. Kuhle and they spent the next 66 years making a home and raising a family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Doris worked at the Red Top Supper Club, Clarke College and Mercy Medical Center, but "raising the kids" was her life's work. Homemaking, gardening and flower arranging were her passion. Family gatherings were always top priority.

Those left behind to honor her memory are her husband, LaVern; their children, Pat (Tom) Fleege, Diane O'Shea, Steve Kuhle, Rick (Karen) Kuhle, Dan (Claire) Kuhle, Mary Jo (Beaner) Runde, Ron (Carolyn) Kuhle, Kate (Bill) Vickerman, Ken (Jane) Kuhle and Tina (Kim Anderson) Kuhle; 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; siblings Ione (Ralph) Turman, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, Mary Ann (Paul) Burbach, Jack (Rose) Hilby, Mark Hilby and Joan Hilby.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Florence; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jerry Kowalski; grandchildren Adam Runde and Alex Kuhle; siblings Robert Hilby and Margie Burroughs; and in-laws Bernard & Jackie Kuhle, Joe Klein, Roger Tranel and Bill Burroughs.

A Doris M. Kuhle memorial fund has been established.

LaVern and family extend a special thank you to the staff at Epione Pavilion for their loving care of our wife and mother.

"Gentle woman, quiet light, Morning star so strong and bright, gentle mother, peaceful dove, Teach us wisdom, teach us love."

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



Greyson S. Horton

Greyson Steele Horton, infant son of Shania Horton and Anthony Haring of Maquoketa, received his angel wings shortly after birth on Monday morning, May 9, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, May 20, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Greyson is survived by his mother, Shania Horton of Maquoketa, IA; his father, Anthony Haring of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lakota of Maquoketa, and a twin brother Steele Greyson currently hospitalized in Iowa City; maternal grandparents, Susan Creecy of FL and David Horton of FL; aunts Megan Creecy of Maquoketa, IA, and Lori (Edwards) Feuss of Lost Nation, IA; a cousin Hailey of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Warren Haring and Judy Edwards, maternal great-grandparents and paternal great-grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Greyson Steele Horton memorial fund has been established.

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

 



JoAnn Muhlhausen


JoAnn Muhlhausen, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 13, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of JoAnn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alice JoAnn Sugden was born on April 5, 1932, in Hopkinton, Iowa, to George Cecil and Irene Bessy (Miller) Sugden. She was a graduate of Hopkinton High School. She married Carl L. Muhlhausen Jr. on March 22, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union eight children were born: Carla, Christy, Cathy, Cheryl, Carl Alan, Cindy, Clarissa and Craig.

JoAnn had first worked as a candy striper and nurses aid and then at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She later worked alongside her husband Carl as the co-owner of Carl's DX Gas Station in Maquoketa. Above all things, she was a dedicated wife, mother and proud grandmother.

JoAnn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and had previously served as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, baking, taking road trips with Carl, and listening to KMAQ Radio, especially bingo. She was especially proud of and loved spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately called her "G-Nug".

Those left to honor JoAnn's memory include her husband Carl Muhlhausen Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; eight children, Carla (Lou) Behrend of DeWitt, IA, Christy (Paul) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA, Cathy (Harold) Huebbe of Maquoketa, IA, Cheryl Fuller of Maquoketa, IA, Carl Alan "Al" (Nancy) Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy (Steve) Starr of Maquoketa, IA, Clarissa Ferguson of Dubuque, IA, and Craig Muhlhausen of Maquoketa, IA; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a sister Dee Murphy of Cascade, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Carol Muhlhausen of Bettendorf, IA, and Phyllis Carmichael of Maquoketa, IA; one aunt, Letha Ritenour of Hopkinton, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Lucille Wheeler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a JoAnn Muhlhausen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sister Anna Marie Manternach

SISTER ANNA MARIE MANTERNACH, OSF, age 92 passed away at 8:30 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 at Clare House. Mass of Christian Burial will be, Tuesday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16th with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

She was born 10/5/1923 at Cascade, IA the daughter of John and Susan (Lahr) Manternach.

Entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister taught in Dubuque, Webster City, and Portland, OR. She spent many years ministering to Hispanics in Chillián and Arica, Chile. Upon returning to the United States she continued her ministry in Tyler, TX. and Marshalltown, IA.
Survivors: Sister is survived by her brother Francis, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 70 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Peter(Laura), Leo (Dolores), Msgr. Albert Manternach, and Nicholas who died in infancy; her sisters Monica, Julia (Sr. Irmina), Clara (Ed Wieneke), Irmina (Roland Dolphin), Celestine (George Neyens), Theresa (Ambrose Kurt), and Josephine who died in infancy; and her sister-in-law Elizabeth Manternach.

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

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

Hoffman-Schneider funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.



Sister Veronica J. Burke

Sister Veronica J (Jackie) Burke, BVM (Timothena), 95, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Caritas Center.

Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy is at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Veronica was an elementary school teacher and principal in Butte and Missoula, Mont.; San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Chicago; and Des Moines, Iowa, where she also served as provincial for the BVM congregation. She ministered as counselor in San Francisco and was an education services officer in the Panama Canal Zone.
She was born in San Francisco on May 6, 1921, daughter of Martin and Mary Ann Kelly Burke. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1942, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Timothy, and sister Eleanor Burke, BVM (Anna Martine). She is survived by godchildren and their families, and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Patricia Ann Wegmann


Patricia Ann Wegmann, 79, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Strawberry Point, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation is from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, where there will be a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service. A Mass of Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May16, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church, Delhi, Iowa, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Inurnment is planned fort a later date.

She was born on August 11, 1936, in New Vienna, the daughter of Leonard and Catherine (Lansing) Bockenstedt. Pat was raised in the Colesburg area and was a graduate of Colesburg High School.

On January 19, 1957, Pat was united in marriage to Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann. Five children were born to this union. Pat and Butch farmed together for many years on their farm near Strawberry Point.

Pat was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. She was famous for her delicious homemade doughnuts and monster cookies. Pat enjoyed fishing with her husband. She will be remembered for her gentleness, the love for her family, and her competitiveness to win a game of Euchre.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi; two sons, Steve Wegmann, and his three children, Jamie (Jennifer), Joey (Rachel), and Jessica; and Michael Wegmann and his partner, Craig Gatarz, and their daughters, Ava and Sophia; two daughters, Ann Wegmann and Susie (Kyle) Decker and their daughter, Ashley (Brad) Temple; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Taylor, and Quinn; daughter-in-law Kathy Berlin Wegmann; three brothers, Fred (Barbara) Bockenstedt, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt, Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt; five sisters, Marian (Allan) Koelker, Blanche (Bert) Schulte, Leona (Marv) Tauke, Jean (Ken) Kramer, and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges; and a sister-in-law, Lois Bockenstedt.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Chris Wegmann; one brother, Leo Bockenstedt; and an infant sister, Teresa Bockenstedt.

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

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



Anthony H. Middendorf


Anthony "Tony" H. Middendorf, 84, of Menominee, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, from complications of a stroke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787. Visitation is 3 - 8 p.m. on Friday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Tony was born on June 9, 1931 in Menominee, the son of Joseph and Cecelia (Mensen) Middendorf. He married Jane Hilby on September 12, 1959 at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee.

Tony farmed the family farm his entire life. He never passed up a good game of Euchre. Tony was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and a prior member of the Holy Name Society. He was an Army Staff Sargent in the Korean War. Tony served from April 1954 to February 1956. He was a Menominee Township Trustee since 1982.

Surviving are his wife Jane; a son, Tom, of Menominee; two daughters, Cathy (John) Digman of East Dubuque, and Paula (Mike) Montag of Menominee; six grandchildren, Dusty and Jacob Digman; Samantha, Abbie, Tony and Andy Montag; a sister, Rosalinda Wubben, of Scales Mound; and a brother, Walter (Marceline) Middendorf, of Menominee; his in-laws Arlene Budden of Cuba City, WI, Mae (Jerry) Kuhl of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Hilby of Mineral Point, WI and Wilma Hilby of Menominee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cecelia; four brothers, Barney (Irene), Oscar (Loretta), Henry and Elmer Middendorf; a sister, Rita (Bernard) Dietzel; and in-laws Luella (Pope) Belken, Earl Hilby, Ethel (Heiny) Martin, Helen (Don) Roth, Lillian (Howard) Tranel, Vi (Dorrance) Pluym and Richard Hilby.

In lieu of flowers a Tony Middendorf memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at both Mercy ER and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Mercy Med Flight team for their wonderful care of Tony.



Eugene F. Olberding


Eugene "Gene" F. Olberding, 79, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:00 p.m. and a American Legion Post 137 service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gene was born December 29, 1936 on the family farm in Delaware County, the son of Andrew and Agnes (Kramer) Olberding. In 1956 Gene enlisted in the United States Army. He married Darlene Baumler-Schirmer on June 3, 1972 at St Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. Gene worked construction, building many of the local farm buildings including round rafter barns. In his later years he drove semi and enjoyed working in his wood shop. He liked doing puzzles, playing cards and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, 6 children: Amy (special friend Jacob Pape) of Dyersville, Jason (Christy) Olberding of Marion, Lauri (Jeremy) Latteyer of Robins, Steve (Sarah) Schirmer of Balltown, Linda (Pat) Prusha of Nevada, Chris (Selene) Schirmer of Calmar, 12 grandchildren: Avery and Isaac Olberding, Alex, Emily and Amber Latteyer, Colin and Kyle Schirmer, Dillon and Marcus Prusha, Selena, Mackenzie and Tonya Schirmer, siblings: Jim (Katie) Olberding of Dyersville, Grace (Don) Hermsen of Luxemburg, in-laws: Shirley Olberding of Dyersville, Bill Baumler, Dale (Mick) Baumler, Dennis (Pat) Baumler, Irene (Don) Lynch, Daniel Baumler, Glen Baumler, Jay (Renee) Baumler, Leon (Gail) Baumler, Ann (Dean) Schaufenbuel, John (Anjie) Baumler, Terry (Carl) Schmitt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sarah Olberding siblings: Dick (Alice) Olberding, George Olberding, parents-in-laws, Raymond and Theresa Baumler, sisters-in-laws, Shirley Baumler and Nancy Havel.

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

 



Ruth E. Rogers


Ruth E. Rogers, 96, of Monticello, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Monticello Nursing & Rehab Center in Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Ruth was born December 25, 1919, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Ida (Lehmann) Greif.  She was raised in Worthington and educated at St. Paul Catholic School.  On June 4, 1940, Ruth was united in marriage to John A. Rogers of Cascade, at St. Paul Church in Worthington.  Together they farmed for 26 years in the Worthington, Monticello and Hopkinton areas, moving to Monticello in 1966.  John preceded her in death on October 22, 1990.

Ruth attended Dubuque University and taught in Dubuque County prior to marriage.  In 1972, she graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor degree in Education and Psychology.  She taught full time in Dyersville, Monticello, and other Jones. Co. schools in Elementary Education.  Ruth also sold World Book Encyclopedias, volunteered at Senior Dining, Meals on Wheels and was active in many programs at Sacred Heart Parish.  Her favorite past time was dancing, attending dances at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in her younger years and as many as 3-4 dances a week in her senior years.

Ruth is survived by her son, Richard (Loretta) Rogers of Summerfield, FL, daughters: Joan Capoferri of West Chester, PA, Alice Denniston of Orlando, FL, and Melanie (Duane) Vaske of Pella, IA, seven grandchildren: Marc (Ara) Rogers, Andrew Capoferri, Tara Capoferri, Ryan (Brooke) Denniston, Ashley (Adam) Frisch, Brooke (John) Nickerson and Brandon (Cynthia) Vaske, eight great grandchildren: a sister, Betty Jane (Larry) Guilford of Monticello, in-laws: Edwin Kleitsch of Cascade, Bill Rogers of Petersburg, IL and Sr. Susann Rogers, OSF of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Ida Greif, her husband, John, siblings: Lambert Greif, I. Michael Greif in infacy, Ivo Peter Greif, Rita Butzow Kennedy, and Freida Greif, and a grandson, Justin Vaske.

Memorials are preferred to Senior Dining in Monticello or Sacred Heart School.

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

 



Marilyn J. Langevin


Marlyn J. Langevin, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Marlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Marlyn was born on December 19, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Burdette and Leona (Phillip) Durey.

Marlyn was a wonderful mother who devoted her entire life to caring for her family. Her family and friends always knew that if you had Marlyn's love and respect, you could be confident that she would always be there for you. In her free time, Marilyn enjoyed creating beautiful items in both sewing and embroidery, a fun round of bowling, sharing her cooking and baking skills in the kitchen, canning the fall harvest from her bountiful garden, going for a pleasant leisurely walk or even casting her line in the river on a nice day and most especially, curling up with a good book under a comfortable blanket. It could easily be stated though that Marlyn's favorite hours, during her 77 years here with us, would be the valuable and countless moments she would spend with her grandchildren. We must say farewell today and bravely accept that we will miss Marlyn dearly; but rejoice and find comfort in the memories which remain, as they will be cherished forever in our hearts.

Those left to cherish Marlyn's memory include
her children,
Gerald (Veronica) Hagerty, Atlantic City, NJ,
Melvin Hagerty Jr., Casper, WY,
Kimberly (David) Fisch, Dubuque, IA,
Debra Hagerty, Dubuque, IA
and Nova (Tom) Crawford, Casper, WY;

her 14 grandchildren,
Jared Hagerty, New Jersey,
Jacqueline Hagerty, New Jersey,
Kris Mares, Wyoming,
JoAnna Hagerty, Wyoming,
Louis Hagerty, Wyoming,
Kenneth Jr. "KJ" (Tabitha) Cain,
Kurt (Amber) Cain,
Michael Fisch,
Randi (Tim Runde) Meyer,
Vince Jellison,
Samantha (Justin) Warner, all of Dubuque,
Mercedes Blevins,
Madison Crawford
and Sydni Crawford, Wyoming;

16 great-grandchildren,
Cole, Gavin, Marcus, Damon, Brendon, Kaitlyn, Loren, Connor, Kenneth III "Tre", Henry, Jade, Brooklyn, Elle, Savanna, Jax, Bentley and one on the way;

her siblings,
Donna Gale Ware, Bixley, OK,
Donald (Ruth) Durey, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Barb) Durey, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Ann) Durey, Moline, IA,
Phyllis (Leon) Herbstrieh, Durango, IA
and Lorraine Heskett, Oregon;

Marlyn is also survived by her dear and best friend, Barbara Hackbarth, Dubuque.

Marlyn was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter in infancy, Patricia Hagerty.

A Marlyn J. Langevin memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their phenomenal and compassionate care of Marlyn.

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

 



Hazel M. Schiffer


Hazel M. Schiffer, 91, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to Mass on Friday at the church. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Hazel was born on October 7, 1924 in White Lake, South Dakota, the daughter of Henry Joseph and Ludwina Josephine (Bertsch) Schiffer. She graduated from Zwingle High School and from Mercy School of Nursing, Dubuque.

She spent two years in the US Air Force in Air Evacuation during the Korean War. She graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee with a BS in Public Health Nursing. After working in Madison, Wisc. Health Department for seven years she earned a Master's Degree in Public Health Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina. She was employed by the US Public Health Service in Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, and Seattle, WA.

In Seattle she was active with the League of Women Voters and volunteered at the Northwest Harvest Food Bank, and the Cathedral Kitchen, and Dorothy Day Mission. Age and poor health prompted her return to Dubuque to be near family.

She is survived by one brother, Elmer (Sally) Schiffer; two sisters, Marie Weiland and JoAnne Meyer; two sisters-in-law, Leona and Phyllis Schiffer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Charlie (Emma Sadler), Walter (Virginia Lambe), Alvin, Victor, and Henry; three sisters, Loretta (Orville Veach), Ella Mae (Robert Bray), and, in infancy, Rose; and brothers-in-law Merlin Meyer and James Weiland.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry, Dubuque League of Women Voters, Hospice of Dubuque, or Stonehill Care Center in Hazel's memory.

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



William L. McCarthy


William L. "Bill: McCarthy passed away on May 10, 2016 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:45 p.m.

Bill was born on October 28, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Grace (McNamara) McCarthy. He was one of four children, brothers Charles Jr. (Dorothy) and John (Claire), and sister Dorothy. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 68 years, Eleanor.

Bill married the love of his life, Eleanor (Soltis) on November 6, 1948 in Chicago and they lived there until they moved to Dubuque in 1966. They have five children: Daniel (Janet) McCarthy, Maureen Kottman, David (Karen) McCarthy, Donald (Katy) McCarthy, and Maribeth Hughes. And five grandkids: Michael Kottman, Morgan (Erick) Hutson, Meredith (Jeremy) Mayra, Caroline McCarthy and Natalie McCarthy. In addition, Bill was the patriarch of the extended McCarthy clan which include nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces.

Bill and Eleanor became very attached to and involved in the Dubuque area community. They were members of St Columbkilles parish where Bill was very involved in committees and ushering at Mass. Originally moving to Dubuque with Keebler Cookies as a district manager, this was just a starting point in his career. He worked for many years in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling business and eventually started his own business. Eleanor worked alongside Bill in this business and others yet to come.
Their last business of nearly 30 years was B&E Brochure Services, which filled a unique niche in the pre-Internet world of promoting tourism to the region, connecting visitors and the area's attractions. Bill and Eleanor retired from the business in 2014. Throughout his career, Bill was a great ambassador for Dubuque, working as a representative of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Dubuque Tourism at regional shows and other events. His service and contributions have been recognized by several awards and honors.

Bill was very proud of his service to his country. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides) in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded several commendations including a Purple Heart. Later in life he would share his experiences with friends and family, and was an advocate for remembering the personal details of war, like the menu for Christmas dinner. It would be usual for Bill "not" to be wearing a 1st Armored Division hat or shirt. He was very involved in the Division's reunion association over the years. A paver in his honor is at Dubuque's Veterans memorial on City Island.

Bill's Irish heritage was very important to him. St Patty's Day was only the second most important day to his birthday. Of course, their wedding anniversary and Eleanor's birthday were always the top of the list. His grandparents immigrated from Ireland in the 19th century where they eventually settled in Chicago. Bill was "second generation Chicago born Irish" and very proud of his family and his life growing up in the hard times before the war. Reminders of his Irish roots always filled the house.

Bill loved life and talking with everyone he encountered. And Bill loved dogs! There were always dogs around the house and they took to him immediately, although it may have been the treats and table scraps that were the real attraction! Probably his favorite dogs were Jody, a black lab, and Bailey, a cocker spaniel. Over the years his children and grandchildren provided Bill the opportunity to spoil a dozen or so other dogs in the family.



Jean Elizabeth Kruger


Jean Elizabeth Kruger, 71, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Mary Green officiating.?
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Inurnment is at Zion Cemetery, rural Colesburg, Iowa.

She was born on May 25, 1944, in Greeley, the daughter of Calvin C. and Etna A. (Fierstine) Kruger. Jean was raised and educated in the Edgewood area.

Jean was disabled and resided at the Penn Center for several years and the past 11 years at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Jean loved music, visits from her family and friends, and poetry.

Left to cherish her memory are her seven siblings, Joyce (Jan Esch) O'Donnell of Strawberry Point, Judy Anton of Coggon, Clair (Maxine) Kruger of Littleport, Connie (Tom) Allyn and Fritz (Rev. Mary Green) Kruger, all of Manchester, Craig (Wendy) Kruger of Mt. Vernon, and Frank Kruger-Robbins of Boca Raton, Florida; a long time pen pal, Thelma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice, in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Dr. F.C. O'Donnell and Eugene Anton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

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



James A. Krausman


James A. Krausman, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at home.

Private family burial with military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be held at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. According to his wishes no public visitation or service will be held.

James was born July 6, 1925, in Melborne, Iowa, son of Ethel (Hite) and Albert Krausman, He graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1943 and entered the Army Air Corp shortly after graduation where he served as a nose gunner on a B-24 Bomber during World War II from 1943 till 1946. He married Beverly June Halleck in December of 1946.

He started working for the John Deere Dubuque Works on August 12, 1947 and retired after 35 years on October 31, 1982 as a Division Engineer in Incentive and Standards.

James enjoyed bowling, golfing and trap shooting in the John Deere Leagues, he was an avid hunter and snowmobiler. He took many snowmobile trips to Wisconsin and Michigan with family and friends. He loved motorcycles and always enjoyed the trips to Colorado every fall to dirt bike up in the mountains with his dad, brother, sons, nephews and friends. He rode his motorcycle until he was 76 years old. He took time to take his sons to area race tracks in the summer for stock car races.

He spent every weekend in the summer boating on the Mississippi River with his family and friends with numerous trips north on the Mississippi to La Crosse, WI and Stillwater, MN as well as summer trips to Lake Okoboji in Iowa and Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. His stories of the eight trips he made from Dubuque to Florida and back by boat will be remembered by all of us. He spent the last six years wintering in Ft Myers, Florida.

He was a great man who was respected and admired by everyone he met for his wisdom, his knowledge, his charisma and most of all his character and his wiliness to find a win/win solution to every problem or situation.

Those left to cherish Jim's life are his seven children, Jill Pryor, of Carlsbad CA, Brad (Cathy) Krausman, Greg (Charlene Dolphin) Krausman, Rod Krausman, Jim (Terri) Krausman, all of Dubuque, Kim (Steve) Scott of Cincinnati, OH, and Mark Krausman, of Elkhorn WI, 14 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 9 step great grandchildren, sister-in-law Joann Krausman, of Lancaster, WI, and a very special friend and companion Marian Strayer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife, Beverly Krausman, his brother Richard Krausman, son-in-law, Ned Pryor, daughter-in-law Lynn Krausman.

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



John E. Trumm


John E. Trumm, 81, of Cascade, Iowa, died on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of John may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016 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. on Friday at the funeral home.

Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA.

John was born on September 13, 1934, son of John and Elizabeth (Pottebaum) Trumm. He received his education at St. Peter's in Temple Hill. On January 14, 1956 he was united in marriage to Ida Knepper at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He started farming in 1956 and was a devoted, loving husband and father who loved working the land and raising his family on the farm.
He was a man of strong faith who had a love for farming, fishing and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Trumm of Cascade; Eleven children, Jacquie (Herb) Manternach, Nancy (Harley) Leytem and Bill (Deb) Trumm all of Cascade, IA, Larry (Cindy) Trumm of Farley, IA, Phyllis (Stan) Quincy of Platteville, WI, Jean (Denny) Brackemyer of Bernard, IA, John "Jay" (Sue) Trumm, Mary Ann (Keith) Aitchison, Ralph (Janice) Trumm, Jim (Amanda) Trumm and Josh (Karla) Trumm all of Cascade; 37 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; four siblings, Alma (George) Knepper of Cascade, IA, Dorothy Yanda of Anamosa, IA, Millie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Lois (Lloyd) Manternach of Worthington, IA; three sisters-in-law, Betty Trumm of Cascade, IA, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, IA and Joan (John) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Mike (Jean) Knepper of Dyersville, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, William and Ida Knepper, a sister, Mary Reiter; two brothers, Leroy Trumm and Robert Trumm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Reiter, Larry Yanda, Mary Trumm, Rosene Trumm, Ed Hosch, Carl (Marie) Knepper, Irene (Ernie) Recker, Walt (Mary) Knepper, Frank (Helen) Carroll, Ed (Rosalyn) Ludwig, Loras (Mary) Knepper and Paul Knepper.

A John E. Trumm memorial fund has been established.

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



Kathleen M. Koeller


Kathleen M. Koeller, age 85, of Potosi, passed away on Monday, May 09, 2016, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 16, 1931, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Schollmeyer) Nihles. On November 16, 1949, Kathleen was united in marriage to Gerald C. Koeller at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. Together, they operated the family farm just outside of Potosi for more than 50 years. Kathleen's passion in life was being a wife and mother - a true matriarch. She was a loving caregiver to her family, realizing their successes were her successes. No one ever left the house without hearing the phrase, "come back again" trailing them out the door as she always had a "not-so-secret stash" of ice cream treats waiting for them to return. In this life Kathleen was a lot to a lot of people. She was a daughter, older sister, devoted wife, giving mother, loving grandmother, friend and a life-long neighbor. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on in the many lives she has touched.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gerald; their eleven children: James Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and Baby Reding on the way; her siblings: Judy (Stanley) Henry; Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; sister-in-law: Delores Nihles; nieces, nephews, and many members of the Koeller family.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brothers: Vernon (Gwen) Nihles and Robert Nihles; sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; three nephews: Steven, Randy, and Terry Nihles; a niece, Sharon Nihles.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Kathleen M. Koeller Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Potosi is assisting the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Darlene June Pottebaum


Darlene June Pottebaum, 82, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on May 7, 2016 at her home in Blue Grass, Iowa.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery with burial to follow in Linwood. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Darlene was born on July 13, 1933 in Elkader, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Grace Louise (Lange) Boots.
She married Edward J. Pottebaum on June 19, 1954 and he preceded her in death on September 21, 1987.

She worked for many years at Stonehill Care Center as a Nurses Aid and also in the cafeteria at Dubuque John Deere.

She enjoyed making porcelain dolls, ceramics and other crafts. She loved her dogs especially "Gizmo", and cruising with her daughter.

Darlene was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by three children Steven (Judy) Pottebaum, of Dubuque, Julie Edwards, of Blue Grass, Lisa (Ron) Wagner, of Blue Grass, Iowa; five grandchildren, Paige (Leo) Ortiz, Mitch Pottebaum, Shannon Erickson, Ron (Ashley Wheeler) Wagner, and Melissa (Christian) Ware; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Betty Freilinger, Richard Boots and Carol Jellison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; and siblings Jim, Tom, Kenny, and Sally Gwen.

In lieu of flowers a Darlene Pottebaum memorial fund will be established.



Peter J. Eisbach


Peter J. "Pete" Eisbach, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where the American Legion Post # 6 of Dubuque will conduct a Past Commanders ceremony at 4:30. A Resurrection parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Pete was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 4, 1943, the son of Peter and Ramona (Corpstein) Eisbach. He graduated from Malcom Price Lab School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966, including a tour in Viet Nam where he was exposed and subsequently affected by Agent Orange.

On November 24, 1966, Pete married Nancy Noel at the Church of the Nativity. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company/FDL Foods for 28 years. After the closure of the packing company, at the age of 56, he attended a two year program at Southwestern Technical College where he received a degree in Culinary and Culinary Management. Pete worked at several restaurants in Dubuque and was lastly employed at the Grand Harbor Resort before medically retiring after a long illness.

He was a parishioner of St. Patrick's parish in Dubuque for many years where he ushered, was a member of the school board and parish council and co-chair of the parish festival. After joining Resurrection parish, he became active in CEW parish weekends and events. Pete was a Eucharistic Minister to persons with disabilities and an usher. He also helped in the school lunch program for a few years.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 19 years and achieved many of the highest honors. Pete was truly dedicated to the scouting programs and helped many scouts and adult scouters over the years.

His passion was being an active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, especially being a part of the military funeral detail. Pete served several positions in the Legion and was past Post Commander. He also received a well-deserved Quilt of Valor.

Pete enjoyed collecting Santa Claus figurines.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy, of Dubuque; his daughters, Jennie (Mark) Dalsing of Dubuque and their children Benjamin and Emilie; Julie (Bill) Black of Farley, IA and their children Nicholas Brecht (fiancé Trista Tabor), Aidan and Liam Black; Tina (Dale) Berning of Hazel Green, WI and their children Nathan Peter and Natalie; his sister, Carol (Robert) Taft of Albia, IA; sisters-in-law, Pat Eisbach of North Carolina and Linda (Larry) VanNatta of Dubuque; brother-in-law, Gary (Betty) Noel of Tennessee; special cousin/brother, Bill (Dianne) Zwack of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edmund Eisbach; a niece, Dawn Eisbach; a nephew, Tony VanNatta; and his mother and father-in-law, Charles and Florence Noel.

A Peter J. Eisbach memorial fund has been established.

The Eisbach family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine and the VA Clinic for their ongoing care and concern the past several years, and the Dubuque 911 Center, Police Department and Fire Department for their compassion when the Eisbach family needed them on Sunday.



Bessie Clara Maurer


Bessie Clara Maurer, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, went to her eternal glory on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Manchester, Iowa with Rev. David Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

She was born on September 26, 1922, near Manchester, the daughter of Robert L. and Margaret (Barr) Kennedy. Bessie was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Manchester High School.

On September 14, 1946, Bessie was united in marriage to Muriel R. Maurer at the Manchester United Methodist Church. Together they farmed until retiring to Manchester in 1980.

Bessie was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she served as Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. She also was a member of Our Savior LWML; and various neighborhood card clubs.

Bessie loved spending time with her family and enjoyed sewing blocks for quilts that were sent to World Relief, doing crafts, scrap books, Cubs baseball, writing letters, and she always had a flower garden.

Survivors include one son, Randy (Marla) Maurer of Manchester; two grandchildren, Devin (Kacie Turnis) Maurer of Ankeny and Megan (Jeremy) Ferden of Mooresville, North Carolina; two great-granddaughters, Ella and Etta Maurer; one sister, Bernice Cocking of Marion; and one sister-in-law, Emma Kennedy of Manchester.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Muriel Maurer, on December 15, 2008; her parents; and three brothers, David, Wesley, and Bill Kennedy.

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



Arthur Duane Kimball


Arthur Duane Kimball, 87, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Graveside Service and Inurnment will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Brown Cemetery in Colesburg, Iowa with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating.

He was born on October 13, 1928, near Manchester, the son of Delbert and Kathleen (Sevey) Kimball. Art was raised in the area and educated in a rural school. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

On September 1, 1954, Art was united in marriage to Alo A. Walters at Peace UCC Church in Elkader. Together they lived in Edgewood. Art operated a gas station, worked in construction, and was employed by Kuhlman Construction as a welder until he retired in 1991.

Art enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, and embroidering.

Survivors include his wife, Alo Kimball of Edgewood; eight children, Debb (Charlie) White of Cedar Rapids, Duane (Deb) Kimball of Indianola, Donna Duart of Strawberry Point, David (Billie) Kimball of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Doris (Randy Brown) Kimball of Des Moines, Danny (Cherien) Kimball of Marion, Daylon (Sheila) Kimball of Murray, and Daryl Kimball of Edgewood; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Darla, in infancy; and three brothers, Burdette, Walter, and Allison in infancy.

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



Robert A. McCabe


Robert A. "Bob" McCabe, 61, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, as the result of an automobile accident near Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9:30 -10:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Bob was born on November 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold V. "Bully" and Sally R. (Byrne) McCabe. He married Kay M. Boyer on May 19, 1984, near Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Bob worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring after 41 years in 2014.

Bob loved Harley Davison motorcycles, the Green Bay Packers, gardening, canning, golfing, hunting, and traveling in their 5th Wheel with his wife Kay. He found enjoyment in woodworking. Bob also loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandson Preston.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; a son, Ryan (Susan) McCabe, of Walton, Indiana; a grandson, Preston McCabe; three sisters, Judy (Bruce) Clark, of Platteville, Carol Keenan, of Two Rivers, and Tari (Jeff Oakes) McCabe, of Cobb; two brothers, Paul (Robin) McCabe, of Mequon, and Joseph (Diane) McCabe, of Redwood City, California; his mother-in-law, Rowena Boyer, of Cuba City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Robert A. "Bob" McCabe Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Darlene M. Schuster


Darlene M. Schuster, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on July 1, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Link) Pope.

Darlene was born and raised in Dubuque and would joyfully spend her 84 years feeling right at home through each day. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Joseph Schuster, and they would be united in marriage on August 22, 1953. Their union would be blessed with 47 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 2001. Darlene's successful mission in life was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother her family could ever desire. She would spend a few years working outside her home at several local schools and food markets, but primarily her heart was always at home where she could care for her family. Darlene was a longtime and faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection and various clubs. Idle hands were never words which would find their way into Darlene's vocabulary; whether an afternoon with her club friends, an energetic workout in her exercise classes or a relaxing trip to visit with family and friends, Darlene would always find a way to stay active throughout her days. Sadly, we find ourselves grieving our truly loved and adored Mom during this Mother's Day holiday, but we find hope in knowing that she is now sweetly reunited with her loving husband, Joseph and her daughter, Debra. We will carry forward all of the values, lessons and love she has shared with us and diligently pray that the ache in our hearts will discover a little peace as the days ahead continue without Mom by our side.

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her children,
Diane (Gary) Thoma, Dubuque, IA,
Christine (Marshall) Sherrill, Buckeye, AZ,
David Schuster, Gig Harbor, WA
and Teresa (Jeffery) Murphy, Dubuque, IA;

her 9 grandchildren,
Michael Thoma, Kristine (Bill) Tranel, Matt (Diane) Sherrill, Aaron Sherrill, Lindsey (Forest) Harmony, Ryan Schuster, Andrea (John Welcher) Schuster, Amanda (Israel) Blatchford and Cory (fiancé Elisha Goldstein) Murphy;

her 10 great-grandchildren,
Whitney Tranel, Beckett Sherrill, William Sherrill, Alaina Harmony, Madelyn Harmony, Emily Welcher, Annelise Welcher, Jade Blatchford, Carson Blatchford and Cayden Goldstein;

her special niece,
Sherry Bergeron, AZ;

and several more nieces and nephews.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph; a daughter, Debra Schuster in infancy; and her siblings, Violet (Robert) Mehl, Leon (Kay) Pope, Marian (Maxwell) Biggs and Carol Johnson.

A Darlene M. Schuster memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Darlene's favorite charities.

Darlene's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Darlene's special friends who shared the good times and special moments with her throughout the years, as well as her "extended family" at Applewood III, the exceptional staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and a most heartfelt thank you to Dr. Victoria Famuyide for all of her professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Charles E. Burkle


Charles E. Burkle, 95, of Dyersville died Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque surrounded by his family.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Charles was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Dyersville the son of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle.  He received his education at Xavier School.  He married Luetta Tauke on January 5, 1942, in St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  She preceded him in death on December 5, 1990.

Together they raised their family on a farm southeast of Dyersville and in 1971 moved to their home in Dyersville.  They were strong advocates for persons with disabilities helping to found Dyersville Progress, Inc., where Charles served as the Director for Progress Workshop.  They later helped to found Progress Family Center.  They shared with their family the importance of a strong faith and prayer life that would get them through the challenging times, and to give thanks when blessings were given to them.

Charles enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren involved in a variety of school and sports activities.  His favorite pastime was spent creating home floor plans, rides in the country, visiting and playing cards with his family and friends and watching his daughters sing with the Lemon Sisters.  He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of his parish community.  In 2002, he moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, a place he called "a little bit of heaven."

Charles is survived by a son, Carl (Elaine) of Dyersville, and nine daughters: Lou Ann (Joe Fagan) Burkle of Des Moines, Sister Marge Burkle of Mount St. Francis in Dubuque, Janet (Tom) Willenborg of Corona, Calif., Joan Recker of Dyersville, Mary Kay (Gary) Johannes of Greeley, Norma (Ron)Wegmann of Petersburg, Sharon (Paul) Deutmeyer and Nancy (Mike) Deutmeyer, both of Dyersville, and Sara Burkle of Dubuque; 26 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren; a special friend, Marge Desseyn; he is also survived by 2 sisters: Betty Gassmann and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, and 3 brothers: Walter (Verna Mae), Harold (Gladys) Gerald (Rose Ann), all of Dyersville; and sisters-in-law, Theresa Burkle of Manchester and Lorraine Burkle of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three sons-in-law: Melvin Goebel, Larry Russell, and Donald T. Recker, his parents, Paul and Anna, his parents-in law, Louis and Ann Tauke, a sister, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, three brothers: George (Thelma) Burkle, Bernard Burkle and Leon Burkle; in-laws: Jerome Hermsen, John Gassman, Ambrose (Anna Mae) Tauke, Leonard (Frances) Tauke, Arnold (Clara) Tauke, Herb Tauke, Marie Tauke, Annetta (Herman) Geistkemper and Eileen (Leo) Hoeger.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Ellen Kennedy Center, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care and compassion they gave to Charles.

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

 

 



Linda L. Hawk


Linda L. Hawk, age 69, of Sherrill, IA, was called home suddenly at 3:17 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Linda's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Linda's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Linda was born on March 30, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Lawrence and Lorraine (Bowen) Thissen.

Linda was united in marriage to James Hawk in 1993. He would sadly be called home ahead of her in 2003. Linda joyfully invested over 25 years of her life serving and caring for others at Luther Manor. Her devotion to others was continually on display, but her love for family, and her dogs, was what truly drove Linda. Her free time would be abundantly full of her simple pleasures; Willie Nelson, Betty Boop, the Green Bay Packers or even a relaxing ride, on a nice day, on the back of Ben's Harley. Linda's passion for her flower gardens is now a dear memory for us to embrace as this blooming season must move forward without one of it's biggest fans. Linda's swift and sudden absence from our lives leaves a hole in our hearts which only the Lord and time can heal, but we will forever remember and be grateful for the positive impact Linda has played in all of our lives during her 69 years here with us.

Those left to cherish Linda's memory include

her children,
Lori (Robert) Slattery, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Kelly) Kunkel, Clarence, IA
and Serenity Beaman, at home;

her long time and dear friend,
Ben Beaman, Sherrill, IA;

her grandchildren,
Matthew Slattery, Denver, CO,
Dylan Slattery, Oklahoma City, OK,
Alex Slattery, Dubuque, IA
and Jordyn Schulz, Clarence, IA;

her siblings,
James (Karen) Thissen, Heath, OH
and Mary Ann (Roger) Holland, Apple Valley, MN;

a sister-in-law,
Karen Thissen, Biloxi, MI;

and several nieces and nephews.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hawk; and two brothers, Tom Thissen and Bobby Thissen in infancy.

A Linda L. Hawk memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Linda's favorite charities.

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

 



Wilbur D. Miller


Wilbur D. Miller, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 5, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Monday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a military service by the American Legion Post #6 will be accorded at 7:00 p.m.

He was born on December 6, 1929 in Butt Creek, Iowa the son of Louis and Flora (Williams) Miller.

He was a US Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 in Fort Chaffee in Western Arkansas and Ft. Sill, OK.

Wilbur was involved in farming and carpentry and later drove truck. He drove for various trucking companies for 49 years and was always proud of his safety record.

He loved to joke and was known for his "million dollar request".

He enjoyed watching western movies and wrestling, playing cards, going fishing and camping but mostly he enjoyed his time with his family.

Wilbur is survived by four children, Edwin Miller, of Waterloo, Esther (Mike) Blum, of Dubuque, Deb (Greg) Kramer, of Waterloo, and Cindy (Phil) Cook, of Dubuque. Fifteen grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. His brother Bob (Janice) Miller, of Earlville, and two sisters, Blanche Thomas, of Strawberry Point, and Gloria Trumbauer, of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Melba (Don) Hester, Dora Miller, Herbert Miller, and Raymond Miller, brothers-in-law Gary Trumbauer and Don Thomas. His former wife, Jeanne Rethmeier; his children Mary Miller, Barbara Miller and Flora Huseman and a grandson Joel Blum.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff for all their wonderful care they gave to Wilbur.

In lieu of flowers a Wilbur Miller memorial fund will be established.



Tammy Jo Dauber


Tammy Jo Dauber, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Indiana. To honor Tammy's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. To celebrate Tammy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Tammy was born on December 1, 1961, in Savanna, IL, daughter of Sherman "Eddy" and Mary Ellen (Thomas) Edwards.

Tammy has been called home much to early in life and her 54 years here with us were not always the easiest. She was united in marriage to Tom Dauber in Las Vegas. Their union would be blessed with three children and a current legacy of nine grandchildren and the addition of one more to be arriving soon. At the age of 29, Tammy had a severe stroke and unfortunately this would surely prove to be a pivotal point in the rest of her journey through life. She was making progress after a full year of therapy, but our Tammy would never quite return to 100% of her former self. Working hours would now be replaced with regular trips to the Goodwill Store looking for the bargain of the day. A nice walk outside in the fresh air, or maybe even a scratch-off lottery ticket in her hand, would thankfully provide her with some of the simple joys in her life. The greatest joy in Tammy's life though would absolutely be defined by her commitment and love for her family. Whether you were one of her children, grandchildren, or even a sibling, if you were a part of Tammy's family, you were guaranteed to be in proud possession of her love and respect. We will definitely miss Tammy's physical presence in our lives moving forward; but we know and trust that she now rests from her earthly labors in a state of perfection and the memories we will carry on in our hearts will hopefully sustain us until we are reunited with her once again.

Those left to cherish Tammy's memory include

her three children,
Autumn Dauber, Portage, IN,
Crystal (Chris) Schmidt, Green Bay, WI
and Travis Dauber, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Anthony, Jerry, Trenton, Dalton, Kadence, Madyson, Ashton, Blake, Aubrey and one more on the way;

her mother,
Mary Ellen (Francis) Williams, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, Maquoketa, IA,
Kelly (Gary) Laugesen, Dubuque, IA,
John (Shawna) Williams, Cascade, IA
and Ida Edwards, Oklahoma;

she is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father, Sherman "Eddy" Edwards; her siblings, C.J. Edwards, Billy Edwards, Harry Edwards, Eddy Edwards and Steve Edwards.

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

 



Anna R. Blatnik

Anna Rose Blatnik, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Anna's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna was born on June 12, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Matthew and Eva (Kovac) Ozbolt.

Anna was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and waited patiently for her soul-mate to arrive. Anthony Blatnik would eventually find his way to her and they would be united in marriage on July 3, 1954 in Cleveland. Their union would be blessed with 61 wonderful years together and three beautiful children. Anna has spent the last 56 years in Dubuque, raising and nurturing her family with all the love and adoration she possessed. She was continually singing a joyful song in her heart whenever she was surrounded by family. Anna was a long-time and faithful member of Holy Trinity Church and her faith consistently held a position of prominence in her life. When Anna would gather a little free time within her days, she could easily be discovered curled up with a good book or even tending to her bountiful gardens. Anna's earthly journey has come to an end today and her soul now resides in her Heavenly Estate, once again reunited with her parents and siblings who've been called home ahead of her. We will miss Anna within the deepest regions of our hearts; but we will celebrate the time we had with her, cherish her dearly and fondly remember all the precious memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Anna's memory include,
her loving husband,
Anthony Blatnik, Dubuque;

her adoring children,
Thomas Blatnik,
Larry (Paula) Blatnik,
and Mary Lou Blatnik, all of Dubuque;

her deeply adored granddaughter,
Vanessa Blatnik, Dubuque;

her two sisters,
Frances Weiskopf
and Eva (Walter) Kisley, both of Cleveland.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Frank Ozbolt; her sister, Mary Ozbolt; and her brother-in-law, Tony Weiskopf.

An Anna R. Blatnik memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Anna's favorite charities.

Anna's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, his nurses and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional, wonderful and sincere care.

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

 



Thomas A. Luksetich


Thomas Andrew Luksetich, 86, of Dubuque passed away, Monday, May 2, 2016 at Bethany Home, surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2917 Central Ave. where the family will greet friends 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Saturday at the church prior to Mass with Rev. Dwayne Thoman, Rev. Daniel Knepper and Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St.

Tom was born to immigrant parents, Vance and Christina (Munch) Luksetich on Jan. 26, 1930, in Melcher, Iowa, the 11th of 12 children. He graduated from Simpson College in 1951. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving in Europe.

Returning stateside, Tom took a job at the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce where he met Rita Jean Breitbach, who would become the love of his life. Tom and Rita were married on Feb. 12, 1955, at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

They joined Holy Ghost Church, where they would be lifelong members and dedicated servants. Tom worked with Conservative Mortgage, where he helped many people with their first homes. Tom earned a master's degree from Loras College and worked at Wahlert High School for several years in the 1970s, serving as English teacher, guidance counselor and dean of boys over the years.

Tom was active in community groups, including the Jaycees, and he served as that group's president.

He opened Luksetich Appraisals in the 1970s where he worked until retirement.
Though Tom became widely known for his career in real estate and development, it was his work in service to his church and to others that was his true passion.

He was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and held many leadership positions at Holy Ghost. After recovering from cancer, he founded the St. Peregrine Cancer Prayer group, which continues to help people find spiritual healing.

Some of Tom's favorite times were spent on the golf course with his buddies or playing cards with the same group. He cherished those friendships.

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Rita Luksetich; children Jim (Patti) Luksetich; Christine (Jeff Van Zile) Sikula; Cathy (Jim) Hannon, John (Angela) Luksetich; Bill (Denise) Luksetich; Mary Ellen (Jeff Carter) Clark and Jenny (Christopher) Spahn; daughter-in-law, Sharon Luksetich; 24 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He loved his family above all else, and especially loved being "Grandpa."

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Luksetich II; and most recently a brother, Jim Luksetich.

Tom never forgot his humble beginnings and often remarked that he felt blessed that "a poor boy from Melcher" came to have had such a wonderful life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent DePaul, Hospice of Dubuque, Holy Family Schools or Bethany Home in Tom's memory.

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

 



Dorothea M. (Hamel) Green


Dorothea M. (Hamel) Green, 93 passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Dorothea was born May 18, 1922, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Sebald) Hamel. She graduated with highest honors from the former St. Joseph Academy, Dubuque.

Dorothea married James S. Green, August 28, 1951, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She was employed as an Administrative Assistant to the Federal Milk Market Administrator, USDA from 1946-1955, Office Manager for the Dubuque County Attorney's office from 1971-1988, and Vice-President of Green Auto Supply Inc. from 1971-1998.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish, their Rosary Society and School Board of Education, and the BVM Alumnae Association.

Dorothea was very active in politics and community organizations. She was a member of the 1969 State Legislative Appointment Commission, the Citizens Advisory Commission to the Dubuque City Council , the Dubuque County Social Services Advisory Commission, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, serving as Legislative Chairman in 1968. She also served as Vice-Chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Central Committee from 1964-1970, Second District Democratic Committeewoman from 1964-1970, Vice-Chairman of the State Democratic Central Committee in 1970, and was a Delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Dorothea was the first female candidate for Dubuque County Supervisor in 1970, with the belief "that a citizen's concern about the quality of government should take precedence over blind partisanship". She was inducted into the Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Surviving are her husband, James S. Green; a son, Patrick (Mary Sue) Green; daughters, Kathy Green and Julie (Mike) Sullivan, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Theresa (Donny) Stephens, Adam (Kelli) and Ellen Green, Ryan (Ashley) and Joseph (Lindsay) Hardine, and Megan, Matt, Kevin, and Emily Sullivan; her great grandchildren, Ava, Madison, Morgan, and Calvin; her sister Shirley Ford, of Canoga Park, CA; two brothers, Thomas (Jeanne) Hamel and William (Sharon) Hamel, both of Dubuque; a sister- in- law, Mary (Bill) Habel of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and extended family Dick and Barbara Esser of Couer d'Alene, ID.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister and brother-in-law JoAnne and Arnold Kilburg.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care , and to Home Instead, especially Darlene Kearney, for all their care and thoughtfulness.

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



Myron J. Hittenmiller


Myron J. "Flick" Hittenmiller, 92, of Dyersville died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. and American Legion Post 137 will hold their vigil service. Inurnment will be in St. Francis Cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Myron was born June 21, 1923, in Dyersville, the son of Albert "Flick" and Marie (Berndsen) Hittenmiller. He served in the US Navy toward the end of WWII. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Demuth on Oct. 30, 1948. Flick was a Rural Postal Carrier until retirement at the age of 54.

Flick was an avid coin collector since childhood. He attended his first coin show in Dubuque in 1949 and after retirement from the Postal Service eventually opened a coin shop there, and later in Manchester. He belonged to several of the surrounding coin clubs in Iowa. Some of his other hobbies were bowling, for which he was inducted into the Dyersville Bowling Hall of Fame. He also managed the Dyersville Whitehawks in 1952-1953 and coached the Little League Braves. He was very active with the Dyersville Commercial Club. He was a 70 year member of American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include 4 children: Michael (Linda) of Davenport, Jan (Gary "Pink") Kruse of New Vienna, Bill (Laurie) of Shueyville and Ray (Mary Bracken) of Monte Rio, Calif.;
9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and in-laws Dorothy Hittenmiller of Dyersville and Grace Hittenmiller of Phoenix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, on May 7, 2012; siblings: James and Robert Hittenmiller and Mary Eileen (John) Murphy.

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



Charles H. Freiburger


Charles H. "Chuck" Freiburger, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care with his family at his side.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Charles was born on September 26, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John "Jack" and Harriet (Savary) Freiburger, and attended Nativity School in Dubuque. He worked for many years in Dubuque before moving to Waterloo where he worked at Tyson Foods until his retirement in 2009.

Those who knew Chuck will miss his sense of humor and his witty sarcasm. He was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan. In his last hours the Cubs game was on! (Thank you Cheryl)

He is survived by his daughter Jodi Freiburger, of Greensville, NC, siblings James (Mary) Freiburger, of Rolla, Missouri, John (Karen) Freiburger, Charlotte Hanson, William Freiburger, Mary Freiburger and Helen Freiburger, all of Dubuque. Fifteen nieces and nephews along with several great-nieces and -nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Rose Freiburger, brother-in-law Lawrence Hanson, and sister-in-law Mariella Freiburger.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Ryan Stille, and a special thanks to the entire staff at Dubuque Specialty Care who gave such compassionate care to Chuck throughout his 6 ½ year stay at the facility.



Charlotte May Kintzinger


Charlotte May Kintzinger, 91, of The Woodlands, 3460 Starlite Dr., passed away quietly in her sleep early May 4, 2016, at the Heritage/Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa where she had been cared for since March.

Funeral services will be held at St. Columbkille Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, with visitation at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charlotte was born on May 12, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Matilda (Tillie) Renier Faber and Michael Faber. She married David Kintzinger in May 1947 at Church of the Nativity. She attended Clarke College from 1942-1943 and worked at the Faber Music Company in the sheet music department for 40 years and did bookkeeping work for 20 years. 

She lived her entire life in Dubuque, Iowa, raising her family on Mt. Loretta Ave. for over 55 years. Charlotte loved her family and enjoyed the outdoors, playing bridge, gardening and reading. She was an active member of the Theresians of Dubuque, St. Elizabeth's Mothers Club, the Catholic Daughters of Dubuque, and NAMI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Kintzinger, who passed away in 2003, and by her brother, Frank Faber, and sister, Phyllis Most.

Surviving are five children: John Kintzinger (friend Kay Habovsky) of Iowa City, IA, Jean (Jim) Gantz, of Dubuque, IA, Judy Kintzinger, of Madison, WI, Susan Kintzinger, of Madison, WI, and Tom (Sue) Kintzinger, of Hayward, WI; three grandchildren: Eric (Nicole) Gantz, Abby (Eric) Schissler and Katie Kintzinger; four great-grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua and Lauren Gantz, and Eden Schissler.   

The family would like to acknowledge the care and concern given by Charlotte's niece and husband Mary and Steve Vanderah over the years and the recent care given by Heritage/Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Charlotte's memory.



Anita F. Wulfekuhle


Anita F. Wulfekuhle, 91, of Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where the Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post 656 will gather at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Anita was born October 31, 1924, in Petersburg, the daughter of John and Melania (Bruggeman) Knipper. She married Albin D. Wulfekuhle on May 10, 1948, in Petersburg. Together they farmed and raised their family near Holy Cross. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, quilting, cards, bingo and her family.

She was a member of the Holy Cross Parish, its Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881 Legion of Honor.

Survivors include her children: John (Bonnie) and Jim (Penny), both of Holy Cross, Mark (Janet) and Lyle (Sandy), both of Farley, Elaine (Allan "Chub") Schieltz of Luxemburg, Wayne (Kim) of Asbury, Marcia (Ron) Lehman of Dyersville and Linda (Robert) Broessel, of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel of Sherrill; 29 grandchildren and 41great grandchildren and expecting 4 more; 2 siblings: Donna Manternach of Manchester, Paul (Delaine) Knipper of Dyersville; in-laws, Gladys Knipper of Dyersville and Harold Heyer of Merced, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albin on Aug. 23, 1989, two children, Jane in infancy, and Phil on Jan. 5, 2000; siblings: Nellie (Richard) Steffen, Virgil Knipper, Gladys Heyer; and in-laws: Gerald Manternach, Viola (LaVern) Gaul, Bernice (Gib) Lansing, Verena (Joe) Kluesner, Marita (Francis) Cook and Edwin Wulfekuhle.

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



John David Soley


John David Soley, age 81, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, of an apparent heart attack. In John's own words, "Knowledge is my God. Teaching is my religion. The classroom is my church." Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of the Life of John D. Soley at Chestnut Mountain, Galena, IL from 1:00pm until 3:00pm, on Saturday. June 25, 2016. Erik Soley and Peter Soley will share memories of their father at 2:00pm.

John D. Soley was born on May 6, 1934 in Shoal Creek in rural Alberta, Canada, the youngest of four children, son of Orin Hilfred Holm and Dena (Silgard) Holm. Dena Holm passed away soon after John's birth. Orin Holm wanted the best for his youngest child so he traveled with his seven month-old son, John David Holm, on a wheat train from Canada to Friendship, Wisconsin, where he was adopted by his aunt, Selma O. (Holm) Soley and her husband, Almer J. Soley. John was a 1952 graduate of Friendship High School.

John was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1954 and had to forego his Canadian citizenship .He served active duty in the Korean War, spending most of his tour in Orleans, France, where John began wearing a beret. This beret was the first of several he owned in his lifetime. John was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1956.

John had a passion for learning, teaching, reading, classical music, and opera. He was a life-long learner. His vast library of books included volumes on history, political science, biographies of classical music composers, Shakespeare and poetry. John read from numerous books every day. On a weekly basis, John also read his print subscriptions to The Guardian Weekly, The Nation, The Progressive, MACLEANS (from Canada) and The New York Review of Books..

John Soley began his extensive collection of classical music LP recordings in Europe in the mid 1950s. His knowledge of music well-prepared him for writing the Programs Notes for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra from November, 1974 until April, 1985 when Dr. Parvis Mahmoud served as its first conductor. John wrote music reviews of the Symphony for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald during the same period of time.

John D. Soley and Kelly J. Sullivan wed on Bloomsday, June 16, 1990 at Grace Episcopal Church, Galena, IL. Together, they enjoyed many happy trips to Canada to visit John's siblings and their families, to stay with Erik in Minneapolis, and Peter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with majors in English, history and journalism in 1960. Soon after, he pursued his love of education that spanned a teaching career of more than forty-years. John taught at Dubuque Senior High School from 1962 to 1967, at the University of Dubuque from 1967 to 1972, and at Western Dubuque Junior High School for two years. John returned to Dubuque Senior High School where he taught from 1975 until his retirement in 2000. John developed the Dubuque School District's first-ever Advancement Placement class in English and composition at Dubuque Senior H.S. in the mid 1980s. He obtained an M.A. in Education (English) in 1970 with his thesis on Milton and Shakespeare under the guidance of Professor of English Bernice Coffee at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.

To honor John's exemplary teaching, a National Merit Scholarship student at Dubuque Senior High School nominated him for the 1985 Presidential Scholars Program. Shortly thereafter, John traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a Certificate of Teaching Excellence at the White House. Dubuque Senior High School honored John as its Teacher of the Year in 1999. John was humbled by the recognitions.

To celebrate John's retirement from Dubuque Senior High School in 2000, his sons Peter and Erik organized an idyllic trip to England, with their father, and his wife Kelly, where they stayed in a cottage in Grasmere in the Lake District, traveling throughout the English countryside and Scotland.

After a year of retirement, John returned to the classroom, this time at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville to teach sections of Freshman Composition. Whether he taught high school or college students, John always assigned papers for his students to research and write. His primary goal was to teach his students how to write. John would say, "Be clear. Be concise. Be concrete."

John enjoyed the trip of his lifetime in 2009 when he traveled to Norway with his son Peter, who made all of the arrangements. The above picture of John was taken by Peter during this trip. In 1900, John's maternal grandparents, Rasmus and Lina Silljerd emigrated from Stavanger, Norway to Ellis Island. Their last name was changed to Silgard because often the immigration agent wrote the name as it sounded. The Silgard family moved to Montana, where John's mother was born. About 1913, the family moved to Freedom in the Alberta province. John always had a deep affinity for his family's homelands, Canada and Norway. John owned flags of the U.S., Canada, Norway and France, which he flew outdoors on historic dates, such as Canada Day and Bastille Day.

One of the happiest moments in John's life occurred in October 2014 when he received his Canadian citizenship certificate. The occassion helped reaffirm John's Canadian heritage.

Those left to honor John's legacy include his wife, Kelly J. Sullivan Soley, his son, Erik J. Soley, Erik's daughter Nissa Christensen, and her children, Haley and Robbie Christensen, Minneapolis, and his son, Peter D. Soley and his partner, Paul Lechner, San Diego. John is survived by his nephew Lyle Moulton and his wife Irene and family, Westlock, Alberta, sister-in-law Elsie Holm and her daughter, Norine and Norine's husband Robert Kachmaryk, Barrhead, Canada, nephew Juan Holmes, British Columbia, relatives in Cambria and Stevens Point, Wisc., and Kenai, Alaska, and by Erik and Peter's mother, Susan (Bulkley) Deveaux.

John was loved and respected by Kelly, his sons, his Canadian relatives, and Kelly's extended family. He touched the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom followed in his footsteps to become teachers. John was preceded in death by his parents, his adoptive aunt and uncle, and his Canadian siblings, Tommy Holm, Clifford Holm, and Sylvia (Holm) Moulton. In lieu of flowers, gifts to a scholarship in memory of John would be appreciated by the family.

Please share your memories of John at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Daniel F. Lucey


Daniel F. Lucey, 60, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at home.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Private burial will be at a later date. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is entrusted with arrangements.

Daniel was born June 3, 1955 in Bloomington, WI, the son of James J. and Anna (Schildgen) Lucey, and attended high school in Cuba City, WI. He married Linda Markus on April 3, 1982 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Daniel enjoyed working with his hands, attending baseball games, being outdoors, and visiting with the neighbors. His grandson Louis was the light of his life, and he loved spending time with him.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Angela (Bruno) Lordey, Daniel J. Lucey, and Scott Lucey; his grandson Louis Lourdey ; his mother, Anna Lucey; his siblings, Betty (John) Cavanaugh, Kay (Mike) Kaiser , Diane (Martin) Downs, Karen Lucey, and Brian (Molly) Lucey; and many extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his father, James; his grandparents, Daniel and Irene Lucey and Elizabeth and Francis Schildgen; and his mother and father in law, LaVerne and Violet Markus. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daniel F. Lucey Memorial Fund.

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



Lois E. Coursey


Lois Eileen Coursey, 80, of Dubuque, died suddenly at home on Sunday, April 24 of a pulmonary embolism. She was born on March 7, 1936 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

She was the fourth daughter born to Henry and Josephine Jons, who owned a 10,000 acre cattle ranch in Sublette County, Wyoming. When Eileen was 4 years old, her father and grandfather were killed in an automobile accident. The Family then moved to Riverton, Wyo.

She graduated from high school in Riverton, Wyo. Then she attended and graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula Mt. After college, she accepted a teaching position for two years at a junior high school in North Bend, Oregon. In 1960 she moved to Iowa to become librarian at Dubuque Senior High School, a position she held until she retired in 1987.

Eileen married Wayne Coursey on September 1, 1961. Wayne graduated in 1957 in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman MT. and moved to Dubuque to do engineering projects for the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1964, together they founded PAM Imports, a business dealing with sports cars, mainly Porsche and BMW. In 1967 they also became a franchised BMW motorcycle dealer. They operated this business until 2005, at which time they unsuccessfully attempted to retire. Since they lived above the shop, the customers never stopped coming.

Eileen's memberships included: Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization for woman educators, The Mayflower society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Julien chapter, The Iowa Poetry Association, where she served as grade school editor for 20 years, Dubuque Retired School Personnel, and The Herb Society at the Dubuque Arboretum.
She and Wayne belonged to a Chicago Motorcycle group called The Streeterville Scramblers. This group sponsored motorcycle trips all over the world. Sitting behind Wayne on a BMW motorcycle, she traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Europe in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Wales, Scotland, and The Isle of Mann.

Wayne learned to fly while living in Montana and continued flying after moving to Iowa. As a special gift to Wayne in 1977, Eileen purchased a 1973 Piper Arrow aircraft, which she named Yellow Bird. They operated Yellow Bird for 35 years until it was destroyed on the ground at the Dubuque Regional Airport by a strong storm in 2010. Eileen was the stewardess on Yellow Bird. She managed the flight charts, helped fly and navigate, and served food and beverages.

Eileen is survived by; her Husband of nearly 55 years, Sisters; Kay Roelfsema, Iowa Falls, IA and Patty Anderson, Riverton, Wyo., and two miniature dachshunds, Sally and Star.

She was preceded in death by; Sister, Mary Jo King, Her parents, and three brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held @ 10:30 A.M., May 21st, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, IA.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Bethany Home, Dubuque Arboretum, and the Dubuque Art Museum.



Joseph L. Hoffmann


Joseph L. Hoffmann, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on April 25, 1923, at Manchester, the son of Leo and Dorothy (Burlage) Hoffmann. Joe was raised and educated in the area. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force  from November, 1942 until December, 1945, serving in the Pacific Theatre in WWII.

Joe was united in marriage to Dorothy Hartman  on November 13, 1982, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester. Over the years, Joe was a realtor and farm manager. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church. Joe enjoyed golfing, playing cards, gambling, dancing, and visiting with anyone.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hoffmann of Manchester; five children, Sam (Mary Lou) Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, Ann Hoffmann of Phoenix, Arizona,  Dr. Michael Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, Jim (Nikki) Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, and Mary (Hardy) Laskin of Phoenix, Arizona; three step-children, Judith (Frank) Wilkins of Cedar Rapids, Cheryl Voelker  and Richard (JoAnn) Hartman, all of Manchester; three grandchildren, Aiden Hoffmann, Hannah and Sara Laskin; twelve step-grandchildren; 32 step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gib (Maureen) Hoffmann of Manchester, and Robert (Elaine) Hoffmann of Guttenberg.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Louise Drees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Good Neighbor Home or First Lutheran Church.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at First Lutheran Church, Manchester, Iowa.

Officiating: Rev. Tony D. Ede

Visitation:  2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. on  Friday, May 6, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home  in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment with Military Rites: Peace Lutheran Cemetery  -  Ryan, Iowa.



Laurabelle M. Rutenbeck


Laurabelle Mae "Auntie" Rutenbeck, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, April 30, 2016, at the West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Laurabelle's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 5, 2016 from the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Laurabelle Mae Straka was born on March 11, 1933 in Wyoming, Iowa, to Joe and Velma (Shimerda) Straka. She was a 1951 graduate of Oxford Junction High School. She married Eldon Rutenbeck on March 22, 1956 in Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Laurabelle had worked at the Citizens State Bank in Wyoming, Iowa for 5 years and then farmed with her husband for many years in the Elwood area. She was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, and a 50 year member of the Pearless Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Laurabelle loved to work outside, especially mowing her yard, and baking chocolate chip cookies. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan and she and her husband would winter in Texas for a month every year.

Those left to honor Laurabelle's memory include many nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and many great-great nephews and nieces; and a sister-in law Delores Rutenbeck of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Eldon on October 19, 2009, and one sister Joann Schoenthaler.

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

 

 



Roger K. Meyer


Roger K. Meyer, 76, of 3755 Mt. Alpine, Dubuque passed away at Unity-Point (Finley) Hospital on Saturday, April 30, 2016.Memorial Mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where family will greet friends from 9:30 am until Mass time Thursday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Roger was born on April 22, 1940, in Dubuque to M. Eulaine and M. Kermit Meyer. Roger was one of the last "Gubs" to graduate from the former Loras ROTC Academy in 1958. On Saturday, September 21, 1963, he married Patricia L. Mentzer at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were together for nearly 53 years. Throughout the 1960's, he honed his skill as a sheet metal craftsman starting as an apprentice. During this time he started his family while serving as a U.S. Army Reservist attaining the rank of Mess Sergeant. He was pleased with his military service. Throughout the 1970's, he increased his sheet metal skill with keen precision eventually becoming a union steward. In 1973 he and his young family moved to Mud Lake into a home that friends affectionately dubbed the "house that Rog built." Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting, and conservation. He also enjoyed occasional trips to Canada with friends. Not only did he pass on his sheet metal knowledge to numerous apprentices but he also immensely enjoyed teaching retirees the sheet metal craft as a hobby when he went to Sun City West, AZ. It was there that he and Patti wintered for a number of years. Roger was a friend, son, brother, husband, and father. But most importantly he was a child of God.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia, a daughter, Jennifer (Maniphet) Kannalikham of Elk Grove, CA, a son, Jeff of Dubuque, a grandson, sisters Debra (Richard) Krogman, Charlene (Richard) Noel, two brothers, Steven (Sharon) Meyer, twin Ronald (Diane) Meyer, and his furry beloved caregiver, Auggie who assisted Patricia in taking care of Roger.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Virginia C. Motsch


Virginia C. Motsch, 90 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 27th, 2016 at home.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 1:00 with Rev. Scott Boone officiating.
Ginny was born on March 2, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Irving and Evelyn (Rellihan) Hubbard.

In her younger days she was employed at the Battery Factory, Glove Factory and Butter Factory. She also spent many years making Maid Rites in the early 60's. Her final employment was working in the photo shop at Hartig Drug long before digital cameras came into existence. She married Herman Motsch on May 21st, 1977.

Ginny enjoyed gambling trips to Las Vegas, Bettendorf and the Diamond Jo along with playing Bingo. She had a special love of all animals, especially dogs. When there was a NBA basketball game or figure skating scheduled on television she planned her day so she wouldn't miss it.

There was always an open door at Christmas and Thanksgiving for anyone who wanted a good "home cooked meal", with a hot poker game to follow. She gave fond memories of holidays at Grandma and Herman's house.

She is survived by her husband Herman; her children, Linda (Don) Slattery, Randy (Sandy) Ring, Barb McDermott all of Dubuque, Sue Doerr and Dan Ring both of Bernard and Wayne Ring of Dubuque. Her stepdaughter Donna (Mel) Christensen; twelve grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson's Tim Slattery and Mike McDermott, Jr., step-daughter, Carol Upman, step-grandson Michael Upman, and a brother Irving "Sonny" Hubbard Jr.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially "Good Cindy of the east" and Heather for all their wonderful care they gave.



Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha


Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha, 74, of Galena, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Galena, with Rev. Patricia Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena.

Mary was born on February 22, 1942 in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry P. and Mabel M. (Simmons) Lehrman. She was a graduate of Galena High School and Capri Cosmetology College in Dubuque, IA. Mary was united in marriage to Darrell "Doc" Muehleip on June 17, 1961 in Galena. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2001. She later married Thomas Kmucha.

Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church and volunteered for many events. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending many school functions. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the deer and taking care of others. Mary owned and operated the Headquarters Beauty Salon in Galena until her retirement.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas Kmucha; her two sons, Troy (Tonda) Muehleip and Damon (Jill) Muehleip both of Galena; her five grandchildren, Tiffany, Jordan, Mackenzie, Kaleb and Chloe Muehleip; and a great-grandson Ace Kane; her siblings, Nancy Westemeier of Effingham, IL and Bob (Phyllis) Lehrman of Milwaukee, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mabel Lehrman; her husband, Darrell "Doc" Muehleip; and a daughter, Tracy Muehleip, in November of 1993.

A Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family wishes to give special thanks to the staff and nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and the Bell Tower Retirement Community for the kind and compassionate care provided for Mary.



Elsie Ann Burns


Elsie Ann Burns, age 71, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday evening on April 29, 2016 at home with her devoted husband, Dick, by her side.

Funeral services will be private. To honor Elsie, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Elsie married Richard "Dick" James Burns on June 9, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, where they raised their four children. Her passion for family-time and enjoying the outdoors had them spending most weekends camping, boating, fishing and skiing on the Mississippi River. A beautiful voice, many may recall the comradery established and friendships gained while she accompanied Dick singing around the campfire. She will be remembered for her playful and competitive spirit.

While later in life, her passion for the outdoors was channeled into less active endeavors like planting and tending to her flowers, her passionate commitment to her family never waned. Her heartfelt devotion to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild was evident to anyone who met Elsie. We have been blessed to know and learn from this amazingly strong and beautiful woman.

Elsie is survived by her loving husband, Dick Burns; her four children, Tina Howell (Chuck), Rich Burns (Tina), Tonja Hilgenberg and Tracy Saxton (Kevin); her grandchildren, Rick Burns, Ryan Hilgenberg (fiancé Lisa Marie), Dylan Steil and Joshua Hilgenberg; and great-grandson, Cooper Hilgenberg; and her four siblings, Betty Donahue (Joe), Chuck Arthofer (Joyce), Jim Arthofer (Judy) and Mike Arthofer (Maize).

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rosie Greenwood; and her brother, Boniface "Bunny" Arthofer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for her great-grandson, Cooper's education fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.



Lukas J. Bedtka


Lukas James Bedtka, a 19 month old beautiful boy, of Dubuque and West Branch, IA, was called home peacefully on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a nine month battle with stage four neuroblastoma cancer.

To honor Lukas' life, a time of sharing will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. To celebrate Lukas' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lukas was born on September 2, 2014, in Dubuque, and dearly welcomed into this world as the second son of Jacob Bedtka and Carissa Bishop.

Even though Lukas spent the majority of his life enduring cancer treatments; he was the happiest little boy who was always full of joy and courageously kept a continuous smile on his face, which would easily capture the hearts of all around him. His love for life was absolutely amazing and his inner strength should be an inspiration to us all. Although Lukas had an undeniably short journey, his impact on the world around him will resound triumphantly through the lives of his family, friends and countless caregivers. We must say good-bye to Lukas now and bravely move forward into a world which will never be the same. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him!

Those left to cherish Lukas' memory include

his loving parents,
Jacob (Carissa Bishop) Bedtka, West Branch, IA;

his adoring older brother,
Eli Bedtka, at home;

his grandparents,
Candi Bishop, Andrew, IA,
Chris (Deb) Bishop, Wilton, IA,
Ronald Bedtka, Dubuque
and Shirley (Richard) Kenny, Ryan, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Stanley (Vicki) Clark, Monmouth, IA
and Ron (Kate) Ehlts, Hopkinton, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
William Bishop, Andrew, IA,
Courtney (Corina) Bishop, Wilton, IA,
Bobby (Lindsey) Clark, West Branch, IA,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, La Motte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL
and Timothy (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque;

he is also survived by many saddened cousins.

Lukas was preceded in death by his cousin, Abygail F. Bedtka on April 15, 2016.

A Lukas J. Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank and their friends and family who have supported them through their journey with Lukas; and also all the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful and professional care of Lukas and his family.

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



Walter L. Boge


Walter L. Boge, 101, of Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died Saturday, April, 30, 2016 at 11:30 p.m., at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph's the Worker Church in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday, May 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. The Reiff Funeral Home of Epworth, Iowa is assisting the family.

Walter was born March 5, 1915 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Henry and Anna (Recker) Boge. He received his education at St. Francis Brother's school in Dyersville, Iowa. On September 17, 1940 he was united in marriage to Loretta McDermott at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was a carpenter by trade, Walter owned and operated the Boge Feed Store for 20 years, Boge Shoe and Boot in Epworth for 35 years until his retirement. Walter was the leader of the Boge Brothers Band, music was a very important part of his life, he spent a great deal of time with his family and friends playing and singing.

He was a member of St. Joseph's the Workers Church in Dubuque, Iowa, a former member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, and a past member of the Epworth City Council for many years.

Walter is survived by three children, Eugene (Rosie) Boge of North Buena Vista, IA, Doris Kinsella of Dubuque, IA and Bonnie (Kenny) McDermott of Epworth, IA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 step grandchild; and 3 step great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Loretta Boge on June 1, 1997; one granddaughter, Joni Steffen; 3 brothers, Joseph, Charles and Ralph Boge; an adopted brother, Pete Boge; and 3 sisters, Frances Fortmann, Alma Hoefer and Edna Urbain.

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



Jannan D. Freiburger


Jannan D. Freiburger, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. To honor Jannan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jannan's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:45 p.m.. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jannan was born on March 2, 1929, in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Margaret (Scheberle) Roussel.

She married Eldon L. Freiburger on July 7, 1948. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2000. Jannan worked as a manager of a Tupperware sales team and also worked for over 30 years at Coach House Gifts. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church, their Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters and the Emerald Crown Club at DB&T. In addition to her family, Jannan enjoyed reading, knitting and traveling, having traveled to six of the earth's seven continents.

Those left to cherish Jannan's memory include,

her children,
Clint (Patsy) Freiburger, Cuba City, WI,
Larry (Diane) Freiburger, Hazel Green, WI,
Steve (Janaan) Freiburger, Hazel Green, WI,
Bruce Freiburger, Peosta, IA,
Wenda (Steve) Beadle, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Shelly) Freiburger, Dubuque, IA;

her 15 grandchildren;

and her 20 great-grandchildren.

Jannan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eldon; her son, Wesley Freiburger in 1959; her step-father, John J. Ward; and her parents-in-law, Nicholas and Anna Freiburger.

In lieu of flowers, a Jannan D. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for all of their wonderful care.

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



Willard L. Noonan


Willard L. Noonan, 92, formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 5:10 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Willard may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Willard will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born July 17, 1923 on the family farm in rural Bernard, Iowa, son of Leo and Loretta (Coakley) Noonan. He is a graduate of the former St. Patrick's High School in Garryowen, Iowa.

He is a veteran, having served in the Army during World War II. After returning from the war he was united in marriage to Marie Meyer on September 10, 1947 at Holy Family Catholic Church New Melleray.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa and a lifetime member of the Cascade American Legion Post 528.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Noonan of Bernard, IA; four children, Chuck (Amy) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Rich (Joyce) Noonan of Zwingle, IA, Bob (Vicki) Noonan, John (Mary Pat) Noonan all of Bernard, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Noonan of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and a sister, Maurna O'Brien of Cascade, IA; sisters-in-laws, JoAnn Meyer of Bernard, IA and Doris (Gerry) Kutsch of Milwaukee, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald J. Noonan on August 11, 2006; and two daughters-in-law, Kay Noonan and Denise Noonan; a sister, Carlene McDonnell; a brothers-in-law, Ray McDonnell, George ‘Brien, Merlin Meyer, Ray and Virginia Heiar.

A Willard L. Noonan memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary C. Rollinger


Mary Catherine Rollinger, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her children.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 3:30 p.m.

Mary was born on August 4, 1923 in Garryowen, Iowa the daughter of John and Bessie (Noonan) Lynch. She was a wonderful wife and mother and was very proud of her Irish Heritage. She went to school in Dubuque at St. Joseph's Academy graduating in 1941.

She married Raphael H. Rollinger on May 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.
Mary worked for Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for 29 years.

She is survived by her daughter Juliann Rollinger, of Dubuque; two sons, Roger J. (Mary) Rollinger of Dubuque and Earl N. (Anne Laubenthal) Rollinger, of Ankeny, Iowa. Her daughter-in-law Judy Rollinger, of Rochelle, IL; granddaughter Ann Marie (Steve) Osborne, of Creston, IL, and grandson Tom (Danielle) Klostermann, of Dyersville, Iowa; four great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Richard Sherman, of Dubuque, Dr. Thomas Kalb, of Waconia, MN, and two sisters-in-law Monica Hosch, and Helen Moran both of Cascade.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raphael, a son Edward and sisters Margaret "Maggie" Sherman and Dolores "Dot" Kalb.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy and Jim.



Lorraine A. Kirchberg


Lorraine A. Kirchberg 92 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Manor Care. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday. May 2, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St.

Lorraine was born October 1, 1923 in Jamestown, Wisconsin, the daughter of George V. and Amelia A. (Dolter) Kirchberg. She worked for Northwestern Bell for many years until her retirement. Lorraine enjoyed spending time with family and traveling.

Surviving are a sister, Mary (James) Cosley, of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews, David J. (Patricia) Cosley, of Dubuque, and their children, Lysa Cosley, and Lynda (Scott) Bohlman; Dennis J. (Mary) Cosley, of Dubuque, and their children, Thomas (June) Cosley, Daniel Cosley, and Sarah Cosley; William J. (Nee) Cosley, of Atkins, Iowa; Janet (Robert) Smith, of Coralville, Iowa, and their child, Justin Smith; Joan Cosley, of Dubuque, and her children, Stephanie (Travis) Tranel, and Alexandria (Justin) Brandy; eleven great-great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George F. Kirchberg.

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

 



Francis C. Hoffman


Francis C. Hoffman, 83, of Epworth, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from until the time of Mass. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Francis was born February 7, 1933 in Iowa City, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Slaby) Hoffman. He lived on a farm in Sigourney, IA, where he enjoyed spending time. He married the love of his life, Anne M. Riehle on September 4, 1971 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waterloo, IA. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2008.

Francis served his country with the U.S. Army, and was stationed Fort Benning, GA. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Francis enjoyed gardening, taping country & western songs from the radio, and working on cars, especially his 1989 Chevy Caprice. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
He was a devoted husband, and loved to go dancing with his wife.

Francis is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Anne O'Brien of Council, ID, Wylma Cook of Waterloo, Rosemary Bader of Waterloo, Terri (Tom)Wainwright of Dubuque, Julie "Rita" (Bill) Carpenter of Waterloo; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and two sisters.
In addition to his wife, Francis was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers- in- law, Ray Cook, Bill Bader, and William J. Riehle.

A heartfelt thank you to his special niece, Stacy Lynn Stechman for all her help and support; to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall for his special care and concern; to Dr. Anthony Markham and the nurses at Finley ER; and to the staff at Stonehill, especially social worker Michelle Booher, and the Skilled Care nurses on the first floor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the charity of choice in Francis's name.

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

 



George Jeffry Childers


George Jeffry "Jeff" Childers, 65, of Manchester, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 292 Bailey Drive, Manchester, Iowa, with Elder Terry Griffith officiating. Visitation is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the church. Interment will be at Edgewood City Cemetery in Edgewood, Iowa.

He was born on March 9, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of George and Thelma (Larkin) Childers. Jeff was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1969 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit.

Jeff served in the U.S. Army for six years and was stationed in Germany. He then attended the University of Utah. On January 30, 1984, Jeff was united in marriage to Mary Louise Titus in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were sealed in the Chicago, Illinois Latter-Day Saint Temple on February 19, 1994. Nine children were born to this union. Together they lived in Salt Lake City, Detroit, Atlanta, and Iowa, until coming to Manchester a year ago.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Childers of Manchester; seven children, Elise, Joseph, Rebekah, Sarah, Christina, George, and Jessica; one grandson, Noah; four siblings,Theda Everett, Denice Childers, Enid Childers, and Adwoa Muwzea; four nieces, Antoinette Everett, Kathalen Everett, Michelle Boraz, and Brande Everett; and two great-nieces, Rachel Boraz and Melena Dawn Quick.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Rachael and Isaac.

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



Ann E. Daly


Ann E. Daly, 92, of Bankston, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ann may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 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 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Funeral Home. Services for Ann will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Andrew Kelly (nephew) presiding and Homilist Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating Msgr. John McClean. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa, a flag presentation afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

She was born February 14, 1924 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of William J. and Mayme (Veach) Lawler, her lineage being 100% Irish. She is a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Matthew M. Daly at Treasure Island, CA on February 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2016.

A saying Ann lived her life by: "There is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us, that it little behooves any of us to speak ill of the rest of us."
Ann provided a variety of services and support to the sisters of Mercy at St. Clements and kept in touch with them over the years. She welcomed people into their home and always made sure they enjoyed themselves. Ann was often known for her wit and humor.

Her brother Jack was killed in World War II and that greatly impacted her life. This likely influenced her to become a member of the Naval Reserve of the U.S. Navy, awaiting assignment to active duty. She enlisted July 26, 1945 and was honorably discharged September 3, 1945. Because of this she was able to participate in the Honor flight to Washington D.C. This was her way of honoring her brother Jack as well.

She was a member of St. Clements Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by six children, Joe (Donna) Daly of Farley, IA, Dan (Ruth) Daly of Bankston, IA; Ellen Tilley of Alpharetta, GA. Mary Pat (Ben Ward) Daly of Portland Oregon, Tim (Lori) Daly of Bankston, IA and Meg Daly (Jerry Dee) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; 16 grandchildren, Lynn (Paul) Martin, Brian (Shannon) Daly, Megan Daly, Bridget (John) Wilhelm, William (Tifani) Daly, Heather (Tim) Maiers, Brian (Susan) Galle, T.J. (Francesca) O'Toole, Erik Tilley, Paul (Alexandra) Tilley, Lara (Charbel Bouez) Tilley, Kathleen Ward, Martin Ward, Jimmy Boeckenstedt, Sarah (Jordan Kluesner) Boeckenstedt, and Eric Boeckenstedt; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Donald, Charles and John "Jack" Lawler; two sisters, Margaret (Herbert) Pape and Mary Lawler; and a son-in-law, Leo Tilley.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Clements Growth Improvement fund in her memory in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank Polly and her girls and Hospice of Dubuque for all the care they provided for Matt and Ann.



Robert John Carroll


Robert John Carroll, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, died April 24, 2016. He was a resident of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Applewood Apartments.

The visitation will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Monday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m., with funeral mass beginning at 5:00 p.m. Interment with military honors will be take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is assisting the family.

Robert was born on January 23, 1936, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Robert S. and Marion A. (Flanagan) Carroll. He served our country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958. Robert was joined in marriage with his former spouse, Anita Mae (Robinson) Carroll on July 27, 1963, in Waukon, Iowa.

He attended the court reporting program at the Minnesota School of Business, graduating in 1968, and served as a freelance and official reporter for 30 years in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities. Retiring and subsequently relocating to Dubuque in 1996, Robert followed his true passion for history as an Educator at the National Mississippi River Museum. He looked forward each day to working with all generations who visited and toured the building and the William M. Black dredge boat, which became his specialty.

An avid writer, he was a frequent contributor to many newspaper and magazine columns throughout his life. His faith in God was paramount to how he lived his life, which expressed itself in worship and ministry to those in need in many different church communities throughout his life. A lifelong Roman Catholic, he also associated himself as an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque.

Surviving are his children, Robert Thomas (Dennis Melchi) Carroll of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Patrice (Terry) Murray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Patrick David (William Lison) Carroll of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Michael John (Brett Patten) Carroll of McAllen, Texas; grandchildren Brittany Murray and Patterson Murray; and siblings Mary Catherine (Dick) DeLaubenfels of Portland, Oregon, and Michael Carroll of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; former spouse Anita (Robinson) Carroll; sister Patricia (Robert) Gilbert; and sister-in-law Hannlore Carroll.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in the name of Robert Carroll to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Stonehill Care Center.

Robert's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care.



Thomas M. Conry

Thomas M. Conry, 71, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Good Neighbor Society, Manchester, Iowa surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Celebration of Life ceremony will commence at 6:00 p.m.

Tom was born December 17, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Thomas and Doris (Schumacher) Conry. He married Janet C. Kirkpatrick on August 14, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom started his career at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, later was the Vice President of the Ertl Company for 17 years and preceded his career in Human Resources until his health declined.

Tom coached Little League for many years. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Dubuque and Dyersville. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and woodworking. Before his health declined, Tom had the opportunity to make many memories with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jan; 4 children: Kevin (Dayna) Conry of Quincy, IL, Kerri (Matt) Alleman of Ankeny, IA, Kelli Harter of Dyersville, and Kyle Conry (fiancé, Kristi Hillers) of Delhi; 10 grandchildren: Kindi, Katie, Kami Conry, Jacob, Joshua and Natalie Alleman, Makenzie, Brock, Brayden Harter, and Sydney Conry; 
sister Mary (Fred) Wheeler of East Dubuque, IL; and in-laws: Lee "Rusty" Kirkpatrick of Dubuque and Marilyn Kirkpatrick of Lancaster, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Lloyd and Ruth (Foley) Kirkpatrick; sister Kathleen Thorson; and sister-in-law Barbara Kirkpatrick.

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



David A. Pacholke


David A. Pacholke, 72, of Dubuque passed away at home on his birthday on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque, where a wake service will be held at 1:45p.m. Funeral services will be held at The Church of the Nativity on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be at St. Andrew Thomas Cemetery in Tennyson, WI, following a family dinner.

David was born April 27, 1944, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Raymond & Jean Pacholke. David graduated in 1962 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA, where he was colonel in the ROTC! He earned his undergraduate degree in Russian from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1966. His plan was to be a U.N translator, but got the calling to serve Christ instead. In 1969, he received a Masters in Theology from Duke University in Durham, NC, and went on to receive his Doctor of Divinity in 1970, also from Duke University. David became an ordained Methodist Minister in the Iowa Methodist Conference.

His first position as a minister was for the Mingo United Methodist Church in Mingo, IA from 1970-1973. In 1973, he moved to Columbia, SC, where he received his Chaplaincy training in 1974. He returned to Iowa in 1974 to become the full time Chaplain at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. He loved his work, and served many people in Dubuque for 38 years. He is well known for officiating at countless baptisms, weddings, crises, as well as funerals throughout his lengthy career.

He served in many organizations such as the Dubuque Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program, Hospice (as the founding Chaplain, of course), Explorer Scout Leader, Optimist Club, Dubuque Men's Association, and the Dubuque Area Christians United.

He is remembered most for his infectious laughter, colorful stories, inappropriate jokes, but most of all, his strong faith and generous spirit. He was passionate about his family and friends as well. His favorite pastimes were photography, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, and the Cubs! He also enjoyed cheering against the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers!

Survivors include the love of his life of 31 years, Jan; his favorite daughter, Kären (Mark) Wilson of Cedar Rapids; his most handsome son, Aaron; his talented & handsome grandsons Sam Wilson (14), and Nathan Wilson (11), of Cedar Rapids; sisters Marsha (Harold) Koughn of Gresham, NE, and Raejean (Jerry) Furne, of Lawton, IA; his mother-in-law, Katherine Schwab, of Potosi WI; brother-in-law John (Janine) Schwab of Durand, IL; sister-in-law Karen (Tim) Ginn, of Chanhassen, MN; and brother-in-law Tim Schwab, of Potosi, WI. David is also survived by several nieces, nephews and even grand-nephews who are his pride and joy!

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard Pacholke; and father-in-law Ambrose Schwab.

In lieu of flowers, a David Pacholke Memorial Fund has been established. Donations from this fund will be made to his favorite charities.

The family would like to acknowledge with special thanks Dr. Compton & his nurse, Jody, Dr. Sekar, Dr. Hermann, the Finley Hospital staff, UIHC doctors & staff, Hospice of Dubuque, Father Jim Miller, Deacon David McGee, Chaplain Jim Mehltretter, and countless others who have offered their love and support during his long illness.



Michael C. Oberhoffer

Michael C. Oberhoffer, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church of The Resurrection.

Mike was born on February 10, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Carl and Marilyn (Aliesch) Oberhoffer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was a member of Resurrection Parish. On July 14, 1978, he married Catherine "Kay" Steffen. Mike was employed at Klauer Manufacturing for 37 years as a machinist, retiring in 2006.

For 25 years, he was a proud member and volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 91 through the Church of The Resurrection. He enjoyed taking family vacations to Las Vegas, Branson, Missouri and Florida as well as spending numerous weekends at the family cottage in Menominee, Ill while making everlasting memories that will never be forgotten. Hunting, fishing, playing cards and bowling with friends and family were some of Mike's favorite pastimes. He loved to spoil his 5 grandchildren as well as his many nieces and nephews. Mike was a kindhearted man who will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are his wife, Kay of Dubuque; his children, Michelle (Paul) Munya of Shelby Township, MI and Matthew (Beth) Oberhoffer of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Marilyn, Andrew, and Paul Jr. Munya, all of Shelby Township,MI and Bentley and Isabella "Bella" Oberhoffer, both of Dubuque; and his brothers Mark (Peg), Jeff and Jerry (Patty) Oberhoffer, all of Dubuque.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Paula Oberhoffer.

The family of Michael Oberhoffer would like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Ringold and Dr. Whalen of Dubuque Internal Medicine, the supportive and caring Staff of Tri-State Dialysis and the outstanding and caring staff of Mercy Medical Center.

A Michael C. Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.



Valerie A. Fadale


Valerie A. Fadale, 54, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Valerie's life will be held at 5 P.M. Friday, April 29, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 3 to 5 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services.

Valerie Ann Streets was born on April 19, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Sanford R. and Deniece H. (Oswald) Streets. She was a 1981 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Valerie moved to Pennsylvania in 1996 and worked for Assurant Solutions, Inc. in Manchester for ten years. She returned home to Maquoketa in 2014. She was engaged to be married to her fiancé, Terry Fry.

Valerie enjoyed Harley riding and anything to do with Harleys. Additionally, she enjoyed cooking and thrift shopping. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Valerie's memory include her son, Zachariah Thomas (Kelly) Fadale of Maquoketa, IA; her fiancé, Terry Fry of South English, IA; her father and step-mother, Sanford and Marilyn Streets of Mission, TX; her mother and step-father, Deniece and Jim Dell of Manchester, PA; brothers Steve (Roxanne) Streets of Wyoming, IA, John Kohl of Clinton, IA, Steve Kohl of Clinton and Bart (and fiancé Jamie Belha) Streets of IL; sisters Debbie (Ivan) Current of Maquoketa, IA and Deborah (Robbie) Chowdhuri of Atchison, KS; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; 2 brothers, Brent Streets and David Streets; a sister, Lynette Escamilla; and a son, Jacob Anthony Fadale.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Valerie A. Fadale memorial fund has been established.

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



Rosemary E. (Pfiffner) Noonan


Rosemary E. (Pfiffner) Noonan, 90, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, April 29, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosemary was born March 31, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Josephine (Frohm) Pfiffner. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and married Paul A. Noonan on September 27, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he passed on July 30, 1986.

Rosemary was an executive secretary for over 30 years at ARC and for Goodwill Industries for 12 years before retiring at the age of 85.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, enjoyed reading, cards, and crocheting. Rosemary shared a strong faith, enjoyed spending time with her family and was always in attendance at her children's and grandchildren's events over the years. She never missed a birthday party or sending out cards to family and friends. Rosemary was sharp as a tack, accepted everyone she encountered throughout her life and had the strength of character that was admired by her children.

Survivors include her children, Linda (Jim) Somerville, Sandy Theisen, Bonnie (John) Steinz, Nancy Noonan, Dr. Gene (Robin) Noonan, and Scot (Laura) Noonan; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ram, Dr. Stille, Dr. Schultz, Mercy Cardio vascular unit, and Mercy ICU for your care of our mother and grandmother during her illness.

Memorials may be directed to Dubuque Noon Lion's Club in Rosemary's memory.

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



John M. Edleman


John M. "Jack" Edleman, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 25, 2016, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 29, 2016 from the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

John Milton Edleman was born on December 14, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa, to Milton A. and Esther M. (Cook) Edleman. He grew up in Lost Nation attending Elementary school until his parents moved to Delmar where he graduated from Delmar High School in 1949. He then spent two years attending the University of Iowa, and a short time working at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home where he would meet his future wife, Ann C. Wilcox. They were married on August 25, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Shortly after Jack and Ann were married Jack accepted a job as an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration located at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois. He worked there for six years returning home to Maquoketa where he owned and operated a Conoco tank wagon, service and gas station for five years. He then was recruited back by the FAA and moved to Rockford, Illinois as an Air Traffic Controller for 16 years. In 1984 he became the Chief Controller with the Dubuque Regional Airport, retiring in 1986. In retirement, Jack and Ann operated Write Away Supply Company, a school supply and vending company for 16 years. 

Jack was always generous with his time, talent and resources. He was an active member of NARFE where he had served as the Iowa Federation 2nd Vice President and the Dubuque Chapter #436 past President and current Treasurer. He was a member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6, and former Maquoketa Lions club member. He had been a loyal supporter of the Friends of Smithtown Church and Smithtown Cemetery Association, and as a 15 year cancer survivor he was always a strong advocate of the American Cancer Society. As a dedicated veteran he was honored to go on the 7th Honor Flight originating from Dubuque.

Jack was a dedicated father and husband. He was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the "Die Hard Cubs Fan Club". Additionally, he was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bulls and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He was a voracious daily newspaper reader and was always interested in NASA.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife Ann C. Edleman of Dubuque, IA; sons William C. Edleman, MSW, of Rockford, IL, and Robert J. (Diana) Edleman, MD, Psychiatrist, of Dix Hills, Long Island, NY; a brother David C. (Sharon) Edleman of Kewanee, IL; 5 grandchildren, George Ceraulo, Cecile Edleman, Alexandria Edleman, Celestina Edleman and Zane Edleman; 1 niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John M. "Jack" Edleman memorial fund has been established.

"The family would like to especially thank Dr. Hermann and nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine Oncology; also Hospice of Dubuque, and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for compassionate care.

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



LaVon M. Patzner


LaVon M. Patzner, age 85, of Potosi, passed away Thursday April 21st, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster, WI.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, WI. Burial will be in St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Thursday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass.

LaVon Marie Patzner was born March 9th, 1931, daughter of Leo and Luella Speaker. She was raised in Mt. Ida, WI and attended Fennimore High School, graduating in 1949. She went to nurses training at St. Marys College in Madison, WI and after her graduation became a registered nurse (RN).

She worked as an RN at Lancaster Memorial Hospital, now called the Grant Regional Health Center, for 35 years and over the years she worked in every department in the hospital.

She married James Patzner on Sept. 5th, 1953 at St. Marys Church in Fennimore. They lived in the Tennyson/Potosi area and were married for 61 years.
After they retired Jim and LaVon purchased a Winnebago motor home. For 20 years they spent their winters in South Texas, which they both thoroughly enjoyed.

LaVon enjoyed quilting, sewing, crossword puzzles and needlework. She was an avid paperback reader and also enjoyed playing cards. She did not like losing at Euchre one bit. She made a bed quilt for every one of her grandchildren, which she gave to them when they got married.

LaVon is survived by her 5 children, Bill (Marsha) Patzner of Holmen, WI, Barbara (David) Peden of Seattle, WA, John (Jeannie) Patzner of Inverness, FL, Jerry (Jill) Patzner of DeForest, WI and Mary Jo Patzner of Madison, WI; and grandchildren Andrea (Christopher) Kelly, Erica (Matthew) Eastlick, Kyle (Jennifer) Patzner, Mark (Rachel) Peden, Patrick Peden, Sarah Patzner, Randy Patzner, Nicholas Patzner, Marshall Patzner, Claire Patzner, and Carson Patzner; and great-grandchildren Gracie Eastlick, Halle Eastlick and baby Eastlick due in July; two brothers, Marshall (Nancy) Speaker from Ft. Worth, Texas and Mark (Sue) Speaker from Sparks, Nevada; one brother-in-law, Paul Wolfe Sr. of Lancaster, WI; and one sister-in-law, Jean Speaker of Sarona, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Patzner, who passed away May 29th, 2015; her parents, Leo and Luella Speaker; two brothers, Hugo (Beverly) Speaker and Warren (Jean) Speaker; and one sister, Donna (Paul) Wolfe.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Stader and the staff at the Grant Regional Health Center and the Atrium Post Care Acute Center, both in Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St Andrew and Thomas Catholic School, Potosi WI.



Lois J. Johns


Lois J. Johns, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 23rd, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Duane Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Lois was born on January 12, 1929 in Alma, WI, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Mengelt) Brotzman. She married James Johns on November 19, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2003.

Lois and her husband, Jim, owned Johns Yellowstone Lake Chalet for nine years. They shared a great love for being outdoors; they enjoyed camping, boating, and fishing. Lois also enjoyed playing cards and bingo, but she especially loved to volunteer. She was most recently volunteering at the American Cancer Society and helping coordinate the polls during the elections. She was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Lois was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by her loving family.

She is survived by her three children, Lisa (Brian) Hammel, Dave (Joyce) Johns and Larry Johns, all of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Tom, Mike, A.J., Chris, Jessica, Alexis, Bryce and Brisa; along with seven great-grandchildren; her siblings Glenn (Ruth) Brotzman and Betty Stark; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jim; and two sons, Duane on October 11, 2007 and James "Jimmy" on September 12, 2015; two brothers, Marv and Lloyd; and a sister, Audrey Bennett.

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

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave to Lois.



Mary L. Pauly


Mary L. Pauly, 71, of Peosta, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangments.

Mary was born November 29, 1944 in Dubuque, daughter of James and Margaret (DeFontaine) Whitfield. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1962. On April 26, 1965 she married Milton Pauly at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Mary worked at Hempsted High School for 34 years before her retirement. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved animals.

Mary's faith was important to her and she was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Milton Pauly of Peosta; two daughters, Kelli Biedenbach of Elgin, Ill., and Krista (Joseph) Lau of Amboy, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Cassidy and Cole Biedenbach.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Linda Kueter.

The family requests no flowers; memorials will be used for ovarian cancer research.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna; Dr. Bender at the University of Iowa Hospital; and Dr. Mark Herman and his staff for all of their wonderful care.



Terence W. Perleth


Terence (Terry/"Clarence") W. Perleth, 64, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on Sunday, April 24, 2016, after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Key West Church on Thursday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. A celebration of his life will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. Burial will be at a later date.

Terry was born February 3, 1952, in Dubuque, IA to William (Bill) and Dorothy Perleth. He grew up on a farm in St. Catherine's, IA, where you could find him tending to the many farm animals, riding the tractor, or doing any activity that kept him out of the house or school. If you couldn't find him...great, that was his intention.

Terry married Barb Thielen on October 10, 1980. The beards in their wedding photos would make the Duck Dynasty clan jealous. They spent married life enjoying time with family, snowmobiling, camping at Nita-Ho Valley, riding in their pontoon on the Mississippi River, and playing card games that he never wanted to play anyway. Terry worked at Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing Company, and was scheduled to retire on May 27, 2016, after 30 years of challenging himself to find a different route to work each day in his red truck.

He missed his calling as an engineer. Terry could craft anything out of metal, even if there were no real need for his inventions. He was the life of any party. Terry had a real knack for feeding the juke boxes at all local watering holes, which inevitably led to "Twinkle Toes Terry" making an appearance. His infectious laugh was most often heard when he was surrounded by those he loved. Terry greatly enjoyed spending time loving and agitating his children, grandchildren...and pretty much anyone else he encountered.

Left to honor his legacy are his wife, Barb; his four children; Shelby (Joe) Schumacher, Meggan (Matt) Guns, Raena (Anthony) Peterson, and Logan (just Logan) Perleth; his grandchildren Leah, Reed, and Emmett Schumacher, Ashlyn and Eden Guns, and Isabelle Peterson; his brother Mike (Kim) Perleth; brother-in-law, Joe Bellings; in-laws Jan (Bob) Northouse, Karen (Jim) Giesemann, Lennie (Kathy) Thielen, Marilyn Michels, Luann "Bink" (Randy "Jake") Helmle, Bev (Dan) O'Connor, Pat (Tom) Draus, and Ron (Lori "Fritz") Thielen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Harlan and Lois Thielen; his sister, Starla Bellings; brother-in-law, Lynn Michels; and his special little buddy, grandson Brody Schumacher.

The family would like to thank the Key West Fire Department, Dubuque County Sherriff's Office/Dispatch, and the many wonderful and caring staff members at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

The family requests no flowers or plants, as Barb will most likely kill them anyway.



Roger W. Mason


Roger "Bill" W. Mason, 61, of East Dubuque died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on January 20, 1955 in Ottumwa, Iowa the son of Donald William and Lois Elizabeth (Hornaday) Mason.

He married Cynthia Kinney on May 28, 1977 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Bill was in sales for most of his life. He was an avid Hawkeye fan and enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; brothers, Donald (Carol Ann) and Robert Mason; nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Mike Kinney; Godson, Jonathan Castro; and good friends Denny and Teresa Miller family and Dave and Julie Castro family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ann (Emmett) House; nephew, Shawn Mason and mother and father-in-law, Harley (Ruth) Kinney.

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

Memorials may be given to Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Special thank you to Dr. Hermann and staff, and the staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially ICU, CVU and 3 West.



Douglas D. Miller


Douglas D. "Doug" Miller, 78, of Maquoketa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 28, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Douglas Dwaine Miller was born on August 15, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Benjamin L. and Lola A. (Cook) Miller. He attended Rathburn #8 Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1957. After graduation he served 6 months active duty with the Army Reserves and was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and El Paso, Texas. He married Betty Ann Daehler on June 26, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doug held a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He had owned Doug's Body Shop, Doug's Texaco Station and Wrecker Service, Napa Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts and The Old German Store. He also was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. In retirement, Doug drove a truck for Web Printing and Ross River Wick Buildings, as well as operated a limousine rental service.

Doug was a charter member of the Coronado Car Club and enjoyed drag racing the club's vintage Studebaker and attending car shows. Additionally, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with them. He loved the Rocky Mountains and was an avid collector of Roy Rogers memorabilia. He never went to California when he was trucking without stopping at the Roy Rogers Museum to see Roy Rogers.

Those left to honor Doug's memory include his wife Betty Ann Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kurtis (Jodie) Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Kris (Matt) Baker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Phyllis Current of Clinton, IA; 4 grandchildren, Matthew and Austin Baker, and Christine and Ava Miller; a step-grandchild Nicole Atkins; several nieces and nephews; and his dog Max.

He was preceded in death his parents and a brother-in-law James Carroll Current.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Brenda R. Meyer


Brenda R. Meyer, 56, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa with Rev. Paul Peters officiating. Inurnment will be at Coffins Grove Cemetery in Rural Manchester, Iowa.

She was born on February 1, 1960, in Manchester, the daughter of Gerald "Abe" and Maxine (Wilson) Lincoln. Brenda graduated from Starmont High School with the class of 1978. After graduation she worked in Cedar Rapids for several years.

On September 6, 1980, Brenda was united in marriage to Robert Meyer in Strawberry Point. Two children were born to this union. Brenda worked for Linzy Martin, attorney, in Strawberry Point, Swift Law Firm in Manchester, as a dispatcher for the Strawberry Point Light Plant, and currently worked as a Trust Officer at Citizens State Bank in Strawberry Point.

Brenda enjoyed cooking and baking and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and NASCAR fan. She loved watching hummingbirds. Brenda was very kind and thoughtful, and cherished spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Robert Meyer of Strawberry Point; her daughter, Ashley Meyer of Boscobel, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Bryant Meyer-Kemp, Alexis Nading, and Claire Nading; her parents, Gerald "Abe" and Maxine Lincoln of Strawberry Point; nine siblings, Lorna Lincoln of Cedar Rapids, Rich (Deb) Lincoln of Lamont; David (Margaret) Lincoln of Dundee, Betty (George) Enriquez and Joe (Marla) Lincoln all of Madison, Wisconsin, Chris Lincoln, Dan (Kristi) Lincoln , Paul (special friend, Annika Winters) Lincoln all of Strawberry Point, and Todd Lincoln of Manchester; eight brothers-and sisters-in-law, Joan (Gerald) Streight of Dubuque, Kay (Ronald) Burr of Marshalltown, Bill (special friend, Diana) Meyer of Elkader, Larry (Connie) Meyer and George (Ellen) Meyer all of Strawberry Point, Patricia (Paul) Chopard and Julie (fiance, Ray) Grundmeyer all of Edgewood, and Rick (Sue) Meyer of Strawberry Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her son, Nicholas Meyer; her parents-in-law, Delbert and Mildred Meyer;  two brothers-in-law, Thomas Meyer and Dale Grundmeyer; two nephews, Nathan Chopard and Daniel Meyer; and a niece, Jenny Grundmeyer.

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



Adam P. Goerdt


Adam Paul Goerdt, 36, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA after a hard fought battle with addiction.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque. An informal service and time for sharing will take place at 8:00 p.m.

Adam was born on March 7th, 1980 in Dubuque, IA the son of Herbert J. Goerdt Sr. and Paula V. (Perry) Goerdt.

He was preceded in death by his father and his Uncle Rick.

Those left to honor his memory are his boys; Colton Paul (Tara Bradley) and Charles Edward, along with his longtime love; Tamara Lyne. His mother; Paula, brother; Herb Jr. (Rosemary) Goerdt, sisters; Reva and Melissa, his treasured nieces and nephews; Herbie, Tavian, Ava, Avantraye, Amari, Samson, and Sayler, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved dogs Zeus and Charlie.

Adam is loved tremendously. If he considered you a friend, that meant you were family. And family was everything to Adam. He had a huge heart and capacity for love that is unmatched. His joy was spending time with his boys; Colton and Charlie. They were the light of his life.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was certainly social. Adam loved to be on the river with his friends, at a bonfire or cookout, or just laid back taking in a game with his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Bears or Cubs.
The pain and struggle is over now. He can rest easy, but that huge smile, those bear hugs, your kind heart, and your love will be missed every minute of every day. Until we meet again, We Love You Fatty!

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Adam's name.



Byron L. Sullivan


Byron L. "Mickey" Sullivan, 85, of Dubuque, died Friday, April 22, 2016 in Dubuque, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Mickey was born on September 16, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Margaret (Fortman) Sullivan. He attended Nativity School, Loras Academy, and later served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

On September 17, 1955 he married Rita Petrakis at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage together. 

Mickey worked for Life Investors AEGON until his retirement.

Mickey loved to golf, play cards, and watch the Chicago Bears. He had a great sense of humor and was a man of strong faith. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, where he ushered, lectured, and announced at the Parish Festival for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Sullivan of Dubuque; 6 children, Bill (Jane) Sullivan of Oakdale, MN, Julie Houselog of Dubuque, Linda Sullivan of Glendale, AZ, Mike (Cheri) Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA, Dan (Laurie) Sullivan of Dubuque, and Patti (Martin) Sanchez of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren, Mandy Curtis, Jake (Janel) and Nick (Crystal) Sullivan, Whitney and Mckinzi Houselog, Chad (Nicole) Seymour, Katie (Josh) Grove, Taylor (Mike) Noto, Michael and Brendan Sullivan, Brad (Brittany) Dodds, Brooke (Jesse) Stumbaugh, Ali (Jared) Althoff, Matt (Ashley) Sanchez, Hayley (Nate) Foley, and Lindsay Sanchez; 32 great grandchildren and one on the way; brothers Sam (Lavonne) Sullivan and Gene Sullivan; sisters Ginger Bauer, Sandy (Gary) Grover, and Judy (Ed) Esser; a sister-in-law Rachel Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John L. Sullivan, and Patrick in infancy; and sisters, Suzanne Rezab, Joyce Kolvach, and Ruth in infancy.
Memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Care Initiative (Dubuque Nursing & Rehab) and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Gladys C. Baumann


Gladys C. "Babe" Baumann, age 89, of Bellevue, IA and formerly of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:17 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Mill Valley Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gladys' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 405 Franklin Street, Bellevue, IA, with Rev. Phillip F. Kruse officiating. To celebrate Gladys' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue. Entombment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born on December 7, 1926, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William and Josephine Catherine (Jaeger) Mai.

Gladys would spend the first 47 years of her life in Dubuque before eventually migrating slightly south to Bellevue with her family in 1973. She was united in marriage, to her one and only soul-mate, John A. Baumann on September 2, 1947 in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 46 wonderful years together, and three deeply adored boys, before he was called home on May 27, 1994. Gladys has been a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Her mission in life was to love and nurture her family through each day and to make sure the four boys in her life always knew they had the most committed wife and mother directly by their side. Her abilities to make their house a home were both tangibly and intangibly visible for all to witness. She has now completed her earthly tasks and finds herself joyfully reunited with her husband, John, her parents and her siblings once again. We are surely saddened by her sudden absence in our lives, but joyfully find sincere appreciation in all the gifts she so willingly bestowed both in and upon us all during her 89 years here with us. God bless you Gladys and thank you for simply being you.

Those left to cherish Gladys' memory include

her three sons,
Richard "Dick" (Carol) Baumann, Sterling, IL,
David (Nancy) Baumann, Epworth, IA
and Bill (Nancy) Baumann, Bellevue, IA;

her 11 grandchildren, Jen (Mike) Haggas, Kate (Zach) Bollard, Leslie (Eric) Munson, Betsy Binder, Maggie (Terry) McGrath, Dan Baumann, Jim Baumann, Kristine (Scott) Madsen, Holly (Robert) Fondell, Audrey (Mike) Roling and Stacy (Jordan Morales) Baumann;

her 17 great-grandchildren, Cecilia Haggas, Sam Haggas, Elise Bollard, Joe Bollard, Jillian Bollard, Tom Bollard, Nora Munson, Wes Binder, Atticus McGrath, Kylie Madsen, Camden Madsen, Lily Fondell, Ella Fondell, Gavin Roling, Connor Roling, Sailyn Bollinger and Scarlet Morales;

and her brother, Robert "Bob" (Ann) Mai, Dubuque.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and her siblings, Marie "Dee" (Jay) Pfiffer, Florence "Sis" Morton, Marcella "Dell" (Keith) Baker, Bernice "Niece" (Jerry) Havens and Donald Mai.

A Gladys C. Baumann memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Gladys' favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mill Valley Care Center for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Cathy A. Kronlage


Cathy A. Kronlage, 61, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa after a sudden illness.
Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born November 22, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Eldon R, and Lenore B. (Steffen) Denlinger. She is a 1972 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Donald Kronlage on July 24, 1999 in Farley, Iowa. She was employed at Western Dubuque Elementary in Epworth as a paraprofessional. She was a member of the Flashback Car Club. She was a loving caring grandmother, and truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Kronlage of Dyersville, IA; three children, Todd (Holly) Dingbaum of Maquoketa, IA, Tami (Pat) Paisley of Balltown, IA, Tobey (Shannon) Dingbaum of Hartselle, AL; 5 step children, Paul (Angie) Kronlage, Russ (Jodi) Kronlage, Jennifer (Jim) McDermott all of Epworth, IA, Brian (Angie) Kronlage of New Vienna, IA, and Scott (Julie) Kronlage of Epworth, IA; 25 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; five siblings, David (Judy) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Duane Denlinger of Davenport, IA, Von J. (Jean) Denlinger of Cascade, IA, Vanita Bries of Epworth, IA and Pamela (Terry) Strub of Elbe, WA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Merlin Denlinger and one granddaughter.

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



Carol A. Wilkinson


Carol A. Wilkinson, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa. A celebration of life will follow at the Moracco Supper Club.

Carol was born on July 30, 1943, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Harold and Ella Bess (Saylor) Murray. After attending Guttenberg High School she resided in Guttenberg for many years where she raised her three daughters with her first husband Jerome Schroeder.
She later married Clark Wilkinson on December 21, 1991 in Guttenberg, Iowa.

She was a member of Eastern Star Group and St. John's Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed her grandchildren's activities and sporting events, she loved to spend time with her three girls and having "girls day". She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, fishing and many trips with her husband to Florida and Lake Okoboji.

She is survived by her husband Clark; three daughters, Brenda (Scott) Clefisch, of Dubuque, Lisa Bova, of Lisbon, Angie (Greg) Misek, of Wesley Chapel, FL. Step-sons, Craig Wilkinson, of North Liberty, Iowa, Nic (special friend, Cari Scheetz) Wilkinson, of North Liberty. Five grandchildren, Zach and Jake Clefisch, Derek Bova, McKenzie and Andrew Wilkinson. Her sister Charlene (Kay) Michael, of Roseville, CA and their children Stacy & Craig.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Charles in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Carol Wilkinson memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Chadwick Nachtman, Dr. Christian Schultheis and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi B. for all their wonderful care.



Charles N. Green


Charles N. Green, 82, of 302 6th Ave. SE, Cascade, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.
Services for Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. A Private burial will be held in the Sacred Heart cemetery in Monticello, Iowa at a later date with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

Charlie was born on December 28, 1933 in a two story home on the family farm near Garryowen, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Anna (Leytem) Green. He received his education starting with kindergarten at Garryowen and then at St. Mary's in Cascade.

Charlie worked for various farmers and businesses in Cascade before going into the service. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. After returning from the service he continued working locally. In March of 1958 Charlie began working at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He continued to work there until February of 1990 when he retired with 32 years of service. Charlie spent the next nineteen years as a part time truck driver for Welter Storage and Equipment, traveling to many of the eastern and mid-west states. He is very proud of the fact that he earned a pay check for over 60 years.

Charlie was married to Irene Hanken, the couple had five children, they later divorced. Charlie married Mary Mathis in December of 1986. They made their home in Monticello and later in Cascade.

Charlie was a 58 year member of Sacred Heart Parish in Monticello, Iowa, the American Legion Post #528 of Cascade and the UAW Local #94.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Green of Cascade; five children, Susie Benischek of Monticello, Sandy (Bruce) Kedley, Sharon (Mike) Bertling, Keith (Grace) Green all of Cascade and Doug (Audrey) Green of Hopkinton; four step-children, Joyce (Russ) Pickett, Ray (Dawn) Mathis, Larry (Sherry) Mathis and Gary Mathis all of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; he is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Offerman of Prairieburg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Marcella Green of Cascade, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Ted (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vincent) Kremer, Loras Green, Mary Estelle (Frank) Simon, Joseph Green, Arnold (Lois) Green, John Robert Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Oscar (Bernice) Green, and Mary Jo Offerman.

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



Bernard John Schlichte


Bernard John Schlichte, 86, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood with a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. There will also be visitation on Tuesday one hour before the service at the Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood with Rev. John Haugen presiding. Inurnment is planned for a later date.

He was born on June 9, 1929, in New Vienna, the son of John and Ann (Willenbring) Schlichte. He was raised and educated in the area, attending country school near Dyersville and High School in Dyersville.

On September 14, 1949, Bernard was united in marriage to Ardella Scherbring at SS. Peter & Paul Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed east of Greeley and then moved to Edgewood after they were finished farming.

Bernard loved to play cards and enjoyed dancing. He also called square dances. He was a longtime member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood.

Left behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 66 years, Ardella Schlichte of Edgewood; a daughter, Elaine Hoefer of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jeff and Rhonda Hoefer, Jason and Lisa Hoefer, Kristi (Ian) Moeller, Lisa (Andy) Reth, and Matthew Schlichte; 11 great-grandchildren, Rachael, Jena, Jaron, McKenna, Ava, and Kota Hoefer, Keaton, Kinlee, and Kessa Moeller, and Lacy and Tracy Reth; one sister, Verna Klostermann of Dyersville; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Schlichte and Alma Willenborg, both of Dyersville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Schlichte; a grandson, Craig Schlichte; four brothers, Clarence, Joe, Alvin, and Elmer Schlichte; and one sister, Lorraine Pins.

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



Kevin D. Ottesen


Kevin D. Ottesen, 55, of Dyersville died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

Family gathering will begin at 12:00 noon followed with a Celebration of Life to be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Inurnment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dyersville.

Kevin was born November 6, 1960, in Decorah, Iowa the son of Kenneth and Janet (Vine) Ottesen. He graduated high school in Indianola, Iowa. Keven married Angiela M. Tompkins on April 11, 1987, in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville in 2000 where they continued to raise their family. Angela preceded him in death in 2008.

Kevin was the meat manager for Fareway for many years. Recently he worked for Westlinden Meats. In his free time he loved spending time with his family, listening to his beloved 70's music. Kevin enjoyed his treehouse and spending time in the outdoors.

Survivors include 2 sons: Daniel (Cindy Klaren) Graves and Nicholas Graves, both of Dyersville, a daughter, Felicity (Jesse) Pedrick of Cedar Rapids, one grandson, Caydon Graves, a special friend, Roxanne Klostermann of Dyersville, his parents: Kenneth and Janet Ottesen of Decorah; siblings: Kimberly (Jim) Giardino of Ames, Karen (Dan) Drake of Kansas City, MO, Kristi Haynes of Springfield, MO, his aunt, Sarah Ottesen from Decorah, Iowa, his father-in-law: Robert Tompkins of Centerville, and in-laws: Randy (Carol) Tompkins of Grandview, IA, DeAnn (Martin) Torres of Centerville, IA, and Robin (Brad) Spurgeon of Centerville, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Angie, in 2008 and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Tompkins, uncle David and aunt Marlene Ottesen.

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



Sandra R. Rondeau


Sandra R. Rondeau, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sandra's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Sandra's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. A congregational rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. prior to Sandra's funeral mass. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra was born on January 29, 1944, in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Rosemary (Lange) Lorenz.

Sandra was born and raised in Dubuque and would wait patiently to meet the love of her life. James "Jim" Rondeau would finally appear and they would be united in marriage on July 24, 1965. Their union would be blessed with 50 wonderful years together and 2 beautiful children. Sandra's naturally gifted homemaking skills would be utilized in harmonious perfection while the kids were young; but she would eventually find some spare time to work outside the home with Avon, Aladdin Dry Cleaning and finally at JMJ Screen-printing. She was a longtime and faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection, their prayer chain and the Power of Prayer. Family played a significant and dominant role in Sandra's life, coming in a close second only to her faith. She would eagerly seize every opportunity to share her love and devotion for those around her, especially with her beloved grand-daughters. Whether shopping for great bargains, working at the craft table, running the pedal on the sewing machine or making a mess in the kitchen decorating cakes; if fun and family were involved, Sandra was in her glory. The last few years have not been easy for Sandra, and her soul finally finds peace in her heavenly estate, after courageously battling Alzheimer's here on earth. We will mourn the loss of our unique and tender soul, but find peace in knowing we will once again be reunited with her in a much anticipated state of perfection.

Those left to cherish Sandra's memory include
her loving husband of 50 years,
James "Jim" Rondeau, Dubuque;

her two adoring children,
Christopher "Chris" (Nancy) Rondeau, Peosta
and Tracy (Rob) Kovar, Dubuque;

her three beautiful grand-daughters,
Kathleen Rondeau, Kristin Rondeau and Lauren Kovar;

and three brothers,
David (Nancy) Lorenz, Mission, TX,
Carl (Cindy) Lorenz, Waterloo
and James (Kyle) Lorenz, Dubuque.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Michael Lorenz and sister, Mary Lorenz, both in infancy.

A Sandra R. Rondeau memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Sandra's favorite charities.

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

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

 



Doris C. Putz


Doris C. Putz, 82, of 506 6th Ave NW, Apt. 1, Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. at her home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Doris may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016 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 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Doris will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born July 8, 1933 in New Vienna, Iowa, daughter of Leonard and Rose (Tauke) Hoefer. She is a graduate of Winthrop High School. On September 2, 1957 she was united in marriage to Richard D. "Dick" Putz at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2005.

Doris was employed as a bookkeeper at the former Great Plains Lumber Co. in Cascade, Iowa. Later she was a teller at Cascade State Bank and Security State Bank at the time of her death she was employed at Aquin Little Angels Day Care in Cascade. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

She loved her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family and attending her grandchildren's many activities.

She is survived by three children, Mike (Aggie) Putz of Edgewood, IA, Steve (Sheryl) Putz of Forest City, IA, and Julie (Mike "Hooker") Green of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, Justin Putz, Ryan Putz, Eileen Putz, Brett Putz, Tyler Putz, Joshua Putz, Jonathan Green, Megan Rea and Jacob Green; 1 brother, Tom (Karen) Hoefer of Earlville, IA; 1 sister, Marlene (Allen) Johnson of Ankeny, IA; sisters-in-law, Helen Hoefer of Fairbank, IA; and Pat Putz of Bettendorf, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brother Daniel Hoefer; a brother-in-law, Donald Putz; her in-laws, Albert and Eileen) Putz.

A Doris C. Putz memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff, Mercy Hospital , surgical floor nurses and children of Aquin Little Angels



Terry G. Wuesternberg


Terry G. "Cowboy" Wuestenberg, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Terry's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, April 25, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Terry Gene Wuestenberg was born on August 31, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa, to Claude A. and Elma Elsie (Holst) Wuestenberg. He was a 1962 graduate of North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, and then served his country in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. He married Diane K. Barenthin-Scharff on October 30, 1982 in Taylor Ridge, Illinois.

Terry was a truck driver and had worked for numerous trucking firms as well as carpentry work with his father over the years. Lastly, he worked for N & M Transfer Company in Neenah, Wisconsin from 2001 until retiring in 2013.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the Larry M. Gronewold American Legion Post #532 of Donahue, Teamsters Union in the Quad Cities, and had served as the past president of the Quad City Walking Horse Club.

Terry was an avid gun collector and enjoyed raising Tennessee Walking Horses and bred them with his own Stallion's, "Dee's Midnight Magic" and "F88's Wild Irish Waltz".

Those left to honor Terry's memory include his wife Diane K. Wuestenberg of Maquoketa, IA; mother-in-law Beatrice Nelson of Maquoketa; sister-in-law Linda Barenthin of Lakeland, Fl; children Wayne G.(Shelby) Scharff Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Holly Landry and Rebecca Anderson; numerous grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and a sister Molly Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Stephen Barenthin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedarriorproject.org).

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

 



Joan L. Waddick


Joan L. Waddick, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30p.m.

Joan was born November 6, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Catherine (Nesler) Kretz. She married James E. Waddick on August 24, 1946 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2006.

Prior to her marriage, Joan was employed at the Battery Factory. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of Century Fitness. 
Joan's joy in life was her family. She especially loved hosting holiday gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joan is survived by two daughters, Jan Siegert of Platteville, WI and Linda (Joe) Buchheit of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Siegert, Sara (Glenn) Davis, Greg (Marin) Siegert, Doug (Paula) Siegert, Jamey (Jackie) Siegert, Joe Siegert, Ryan Siegert, Jeff Buchheit, Nicole (Dean) Bratsolias, and Jay (Kelly) Buchheit; 20 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Bernadette Vaccaro of Davenport; a step-sister Mary Zepeski; a special friend, Elle Siegert; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clarence and John Kretz; her sisters Evelyn (Joe) Weiner, Catherine (John M.) Collins, and Marian (Laverne) Carpentier; a step-sister Eulalia (Richard) Unsen; and her in-laws Joe and Margaret Waddick, Clarence and Mary Zahina, TJ and Celeste Rawson (Gene Horch), Earl and Theresa Wiedner, Dorothy Waddick, Robert and Joan Waddick, and Charles Vaccaro.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Point Place and Ennoble Manor; and Dr. Ryan Stille and staff for their care of Joan.

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



LaVonne Schmitt


LaVonne "Bonnie" Schmitt, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a parish scripture service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Bonnie was born September 29, 1946 in Dubuque, and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She went on to work at Flexsteel Industries for 50 years, retiring in the fall of 2014. She married James Joseph Schmitt on February 17, 1968 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her death November 26, 2008.

She was a member of Nativity Parish. Bonnie traveled around the world with her husband to hunt, fish, and sightsee. One of her pride and joys was Cedar Ridge Ranch. Above all else, her family meant the world to her, especially her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her sons, Steven Schmitt and Joseph (Nicole) Schmitt, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Gavin, Landen, Jaden, and Devon, all of Dubuque; two sisters, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Menasha, WI and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta; and her nieces.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, she was preceded in death by her mother, Marie (Wels) Coates; and her aunt, Adel Wels.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Schope; Dr. Jared Freiburger; the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and a very special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and all the family and friends who offered such loving care and support.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Louis P. Mihalakis


Louis "Louie" Phillip Mihalakis, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on April 18, 2016 with family by his side at Stonehill Care Facility. Visitation will be held at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, on Friday April 22 from 2 to 7 p.m., where there will be a Trisagion Memorial Prayer at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 23 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. Rev. Fr. Dustin Lyon of St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church will officiate. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Louis was born on August 3, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Phillip and Viola (Neubauer) Mihalakis. He married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret "Bacon" Waltz on March 7, 1942 in New Orleans. They were married 73 years. Together they formed an amazing team that accomplished much in the short span of a lifetime.

He was raised in the ‘flats' neighborhood. On his first day at Senior High School the principal called him into his office, and said, "Louis Mihalakis?" He answered, "Yes, sir." The principal replied, "We don't have any room here for boys like you." And with a spring in his step, Louie left the school because all he really wanted to do was work. Despite this fact, Louie received an honorary high school degree from Larry Mitchel, Senior High School principal later in life.

Enlisting in the US Navy in 1942, Louie served as a signalman on the USS Cockrill, DE-398 in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of war. At the end of World War II, he was asked by his superior officer if he would consider re-enlisting. Louie replied, "Captain, I wouldn't stay if you made me admiral," so great was his desire was to reunite with his family.

Unable to find a job, desperation met destiny one day when he encountered an elderly Jewish man named Jacob Miller. Louie asked him, "Jake, what can a man with a strong back and a weak mind do for a living?" "Well, Louie, you could buy a few junk cars," was his reply. He told his wife Bacon to call every filling station in town. He then purchased two cars. He sold the tires from one car for more than he paid for both. Within a short time, he purchased a truck and started picking up scrap for a living. This eventually evolved into Independent Auto Wreckers. He pioneered recycling in Dubuque by founding Dubuque Iron & Metal, Dubuque Paper Recycling, Dubuque Disposal Co. and Celpro Insulation which created Ecology Control Corp. He worked in business for many years with his cousin and best friend Pete Schwartz, and his sons Phillip and Bryan as partners.

Louie possessed tremendous vision and was gifted at the art of making a deal. He never cared about money to purchase things for himself. Rather, he enjoyed the chase; the thrill of making money that drove him in business. He recently said, "I looked forward every day to putting on my pants and going to work. I just loved to work!"

His success in business was due to more than motivation and strong work ethic. Louie loved people; prominent and poor alike. But a greater love he had for the many colorful characters he schooled, whose beat up trucks crossed his scales to earn a day to day living on the sale of a truckload of junk.

Louie was a thoughtful and discretely generous man. He had a saying, "The main thing money is good for, is to help other people".

Louis was proud of his Greek heritage. At age 75, he challenged himself to learn to read and speak Greek doing remarkably well. In 1972, he traveled to the tiny remote village of Ano Meros on the island of Crete where his father was born. There he reveled in the company of his Greek aunts, uncles, and cousins. Louie was a member of St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church. A great source of pride to him was when his daughter Maria was married at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island. For that very special occasion he learned how to Greek dance. It was an unforgettable time for him.

An extraordinary father and husband, he cared about the well being of his wife and family more than anything else. Always there as both advocate and problem solver, he provided them with love and support.

He is survived by seven children: Phillip L. (Marlene) Mihalakis, Michael (Elizabeth) Mihalakis, Bryan (Sally) Mihalakis, Virginia Mihalakis (Norma Travis), Georgia Mihalakis (Frankie Moore), Michelle Mihalakis, and Maria (Tom) Waterman. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren and a brother, John (Junnie) Mihalakis, and sister in law Violette Weber.

Louie was preceded in death by his beloved wife Margaret Mihalakis; sons Ellas and George L. Mihalakis; his parents; a brother George P. Mihalakis; and his sisters, Sophia in infancy, Kathleen Jorgensen, and Irene (Hank) Waltz, Harriet Bush, and Delores Wiedenbacher.

Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the Veterans Freedom Center or to Manasseh House/Operation Empower, both of Dubuque.

The family would like to express appreciation to Kathy Klauer, a special caregiver to Louie, the staff at Stonehill Care Facility, and to Hospice of Dubuque who helped care for him as he approached his final days on earth.

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



Dianne J. Otdoerfer


Dianne Joan Otdoerfer, 59, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at her home.  She was born on November 27, 1956, in Manchester, the daughter of Clemens J.  "Jack" and Joan Eustella (Nehl) Bockenstedt.  Dianne began school in Dundee and then later graduated from Manchester High School in 1975.

On August 30, 1975, Dianne was united in marriage to David Otdoerfer at St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point.  Three children were born to this union. Together they farmed and Dianne also worked at the Highway Cafe, and in the kitchens at the Good Neighbor Home and the Lutheran Home. After her children were grown she worked  in the cafeteria at Starmont School.

Dianne was a longtime member of St. Sebald Lutheran Church. She was a talented quilter who loved making many quilts for her family.  She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  Dianne loved to bake and was an excellent cook. She loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband, David Otdoerfer of Strawberry Point; her children, Andy (Jennifer) Otdoerfer and Lorna (Dan) Sheckles all of Strawberry Point; four grandchildren, Madelyn, Ian, Izaiah, and Katelyn; three brothers, Steve (Mary) Bockenstedt of Manchester, Tony Bockenstedt (friend Sandy Davis) of Masonville, and Pat Bockenstedt of Strawberry Point; one sister, Virginia (Mike) Keppler of Strawberry Point; sister-in-law, Janet Bockenstedt of Strawberry Point; several aunts and uncles; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert Otdoerfer, in infancy; and her brother, Andrew Bockenstedt.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

 

 



Modesta A. Overmann


Modesta A. "Dessie" Overmann, 94, of Dyersville died Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Apr. 25, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Petersburg.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Modesta was born May 14, 1921, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Susan (Grawe) Kerkhoff.  She married Edmund Overmann on January 16, 1946, in Petersburg, Iowa. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until retirement in 1980.

Survivors include one daughter, Carla (John) Geistkemper of Earlville, three sons: Gary (Carlyne) of Petersburg, Loras of Shellsburg, IA and Steven of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Karen (Greg) Billick, Michelle (John) Pasker, Anthony (Jessie), Daniel and Nicholas (Deb) Overmann, Matthew and Michael Overmann; 8 great grandchildren: Andrew and Caleb Billick, Joshua, Jacob and Noah Pasker, Treyton, Devon and Braydon Overmann; a brother, Eldon Kerkhoff of Guttenberg; 2 sisters-in-law, Lucille Overman and Gladys Overman both of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edmund in 2002, 2 grandchildren: Christine and Timothy Geistkemper, siblings: Rita (Arnold and Clarence) Gassmann, and Amanda (Edward) Schmidt; in-laws: Vincent (Julia), Aloysius, Alfred and Irvin Overmann, and Emma (Lawrence) Bonert.

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

 

 



Thomas B. Sherrard


Mr. Thomas "Tommy" B. Sherrard, 82, of Galena, died at 12:20 a. m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Facility surrounded by his daughters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a. m. Saturday, April 23, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, IL. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p. m. Friday, April 22, at Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Galena.

He was born on December 29, 1933, in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Mary Marcella (Peschang) Sherrard. He married Donna M. Bastian on Aug. 9, 1955, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2008. He was a graduate from Hanover High School.

Mr. Sherrard owned & operated Sherrard Sinclair Station in Hanover, IL prior to moving to Galena. He worked for Willowa Engineering for 18 years as a driver & mechanic. Following his career at Willowa, he worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company where he retired in 1990. After retirement, Mr. Sherrard enjoyed small engine repairs in his spare time.

He was a member of St. Michael's Parish. He was a "jack of all trades and master of none" and would tackle any project brought to him. His grandchildren always said, "Grandpa can fix anything." His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Darrel) Eustice, of Galena, and Patricia (fiancé, Pat Thomas) Houtakker, of Shullsburg, Wis.; four grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Chad (Amanda) Smith, and Nathan and Katrina Houtakker; a step-grandson, Cody Eustice; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Mason Smith; and a step-great-granddaughter, Megan Fischer; a sister, Rose (Delbert) Ertmer, of Woodbine, IL; a sister-in-law, Doris (Dan Levens) Glick, of Galena, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles (Chuckie) Sherrard; his father- and mother-in-law, C. Burnell and Vivian Bastian; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Glick.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the staff of the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Facility, the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, & to Father Koz for the wonderful care & compassion given to our Dad & Grandpa during this most difficult time.

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



Loretta Frances Vaske


Loretta Frances Vaske, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation is from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call an hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa with Rev. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

She was born on November 16, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint. Loretta was raised and educated in the Worthington area.

On November 23, 1948, Loretta was united in marriage to Arthur "Art" Vaske at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan. Ten children were born to this union. Together they farmed in the Ryan area until 1959 when they moved to the Dundee area to farm. The couple moved to Manchester in 1998. Art passed away on January 20, 2007. Loretta continued to reside in Manchester and had resided at the Good Neighbor Home since August 2012.

Loretta was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking, and playing cards. Most recently she enjoyed playing Bingo and volleyball at the Good Neighbor Home. Loretta loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her eight children, Janice (Jeff) Bahl of Dubuque, Joyce (Allen) Burkle of Ryan, Alan (Felicia) Vaske of Dundee, Mark (Natalie) Vaske of Manchester, Lori (Joe) Hoeger of Hopkinton, Dean (Julia) Vaske of Manchester, Lois (Robert) Goedken of Dundee, and Lisa Monaghan of Ryan; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her three siblings, Clarence Quint and Vernon Quint, both of Manchester, and Catherine (John) McQuillen of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Quint of Ryan and Elaine Vaske of Strawberry Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; twin sons John and Joseph, in infancy; her parents; her son-in-law, Mark Monaghan; her sister, Mary Vaske; her brothers, Lawrence and Sylvester Quint; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Quint and Catherine Quint; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Vaske.

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



Matthew Martin Daly


Matthew "Matt" Martin Daly, 92, of Bankston, Iowa died peacefully Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.

Friends and relatives of Matthew may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., and an Ancient Order of Hibernians service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Funeral Home. Services for Matthew will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Andrew Kelly (nephew) presiding and Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Clements's Cemetery n Bankston, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He was born April 6, 1924 in Bankston, Iowa, son of William and Anna (Kennedy) Daly, his lineage being 100% Irish. He is a graduate of the former St. Clements High School in Bankston. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945. He was united in marriage to Ann Lawler at Treasure Island, CA on February 14, 1947. The couple returned home to Bankston to continue farming on his Uncle Joe's farm. Matt and Ann raised their family and grew the farm over the next 67 years, actively working on the farm until he was 89.

He was a member of St. Clements Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society and served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Farley American Legion Post #656. He was a former Director of the former Farley State Bank, and he served on the Board of Grinnell Mutual Insurance. Matt was an original member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dubuque County #1 from Dyersville, for which he served as President of the Chapter from 2006-2007. He was inducted into the Dubuque county Cattlemen's Hall of Fame. Matt was a participant of one of the early Honor Flights out of Dubuque. This past December he was awarded the Quilt of Valor. This past year, Matt and Ann were honored at the Iowa State Fair with the Heritage Farm Award, with the farm remaining in the family for 150 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Daly, of 69 years of marriage; six children, Joe (Donna) Daly of Farley, IA, Dan (Ruth) Daly of Bankston, IA; Ellen Tilley of Alpharetta, GA. Mary Pat (BenWard) Daly of Portland Oregon, Tim (Lori) Daly of Bankston, IA and Meg Daly (Jerry Dee) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; 16 grandchildren, Lynn (Paul) Martin, Brian (Shannon) Daly, Megan Daly, Bridget (John) Wilhelm, William (Tifani) Daly, Heather (Tim) Maiers, Brian (Susan) Galle, T.J. (Francesca) OToole, Erik Tilley, Paul (Alexandra) Tilley, Lara (Charbel Bouez) Tilley, Kathleen Ward, Martin Ward, Jimmy Boeckenstedt, Sarah (Jordan Kluesner) Boeckenstedt, and Eric Boeckenstedt; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Catherine Knapp, Helen Kelly, Margaret Connelly and Anna Mae Daly; two brothers, William Daly and Donald Daly; and a son-in-law, Leo Tilley.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Clements Growth Improvement fund in his memory in lieu of flowers.



Mae Louise Ovel


Mae Louise "Weedy" Ovel, 95, of Dyersville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a CD of a rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Weedy was born in Dyersville on August 7, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Hoffmann) Besler. She received her sacraments and education at St. Francis Xavier. She married Alfred "Fritz" Ovel on May 27, 1941. Weedy was a dedicated wife and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, golf, Bingo, sewing, and card playing with friends and family. She was famous for her rhubarb pie. Weedy's afghans are family prized possessions.

She is survived by her 3 children: Mary "Cookie" (Don) Scherrman of Dyersville, John (Jean Ann) Ovel of Kansas City, MO, and Deb (Randy) Schuster of Holy Cross; 11 grandchildren, Todd (Lori) Scherrman, Cathy (Jim) Gibbs, Jackie (Dina) Scherrman, Sandra (Julio) Umana, Susan (Eric) Martin, Jessica (Drew) Hull, Melissa (Lee) Yanik, Rebecca (Trey) Bowen, Matthew Ovel, Jill (Tom) Harron, and Abby (Pat) Turner; 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Fritz" in 1992; son Bob Ovel in 1979; and five brothers and four sisters.

The family would like to thank the Ellen Kennedy Living Center staff and Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville for their compassionate and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Sharon M. Jones


Sharon M. Jones, age 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer on April 17th, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family.

To celebrate Sharon's life, a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sharon was born on April 10, 1948, to Ken and Marie Johnston of Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and married her husband, Jim "Burr Head" Jones, on July 16, 1966, at Saint Mary's Church.

She worked at the County Extension Office for a few years and later retired from Babka Publishing after over 25 years of service.

Shortly after retiring, Sharon developed lung cancer but made a miraculous recovery and was cancer-free for fourteen years. She spent many years working with the Pink Ribbon Association raising money for various charitable events. There, she made dear friends who were an integral part of her support system, especially when cancer set in again in 2015.

In her free time, Sharon enjoyed camping in the tri-state area with her family and life-long friends. After retiring, vacationing and spending time with her family and friends were her main forms of enjoyment. She loved to vacation in Myrtle Beach, and for the last 14 years, she and her husband, Jim, spent the winters in Casa Grande, Arizona. Her most cherished pastime, however, was spending time with her only grandchild, Chloe.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Julie (Jad) Fry, of Janesville, Wisconsin; Chloe, her grandchild; one sister, Sheila Urban; and two brothers: Ronald (Linda) Johnston; and Richard (Sharon) Johnston; three sisters-in-law, Barb Weber, Beth Hoffman, and Helene Bennett; and three brothers-In-law, Ronald Hoffman, Jack Bennett, and Gerald Bennett.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers-in-law, Gary Urban and Al "Scooter" Weber; her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Francis Leppert; and her in-laws, Cecil and Angeline Jones.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar (NP), and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine; the entire staff at Finley Hospital; Dr. Bender and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; the entire staff at the Wendt Center; and of course, everyone at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maynard O. Monson


Maynard O. Monson, 85, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Shelley Wilson, in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Dianne Grace, Hospice of Dubuque, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday before the service at the funeral home.

Maynard was born on July 22, 1930, in Osseo, Wisconsin, the son of Olius H. and Mary Helena (Torpen) Monson. He married Rosemary A. "Rosie" Olson on August 8, 1951, in Osseo. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2007. Before retirement he was employed at Janlin Plastics and John Deere Tractor Works both in Dubuque. He also worked at the Wisconsin Information Center as a rest area manager.

Maynard was proud to have served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and had the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was an avid Braves, Packers and Badger fan and loved bowling, old time dancing and tinkering with small engines. Maynard enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelley Wilson, of Platteville; a son, Mardy (Cindy) Monson, of Crown Point, Indiana; two grandchildren, Eric Wilson and Chad (Dana) Wilson; four step-grandchildren, Melissa Potts, Wes (Aliki) Theodorou, Nicole Potts and Kathryn (Derek) Hayes; a great-grandson, Wade Wilson; two sisters, Doris Tomter, of Dubuque, and Marian Holman, of Austin, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Hans, Orville, Morris, Edvin, Gilman and and Clifford Monson; two sisters, Selma Larson and Julia Rue; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

A Maynard O. Monson Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Traci Kieler and all the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque for your care and support. A special thank you to Denise Curran for all your help caring for our dad during his illness.



Mary C. Kutsch



Mary C. (Cowan) Kutsch, 78 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sunnycrest Manor. According to Mary's wishes, private funeral services will be conducted.

Mary was born, September 11, 1937, in Maquoketa, Iowa, the daughter of James and Genevieve (Anglin) Cowan. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy and the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She married Joseph Kutsch on October 14, 1957 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Mary opend her own beauty salon upon graduation. She kept her beauticians license active and her talents were shared and enjoyed by family and friends for many years. She had a very loving and compassionate personality, and was a truly dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Joe; children, Karen (Dale) Kleinschrodt of Clinton, Iowa, Laura Kutsch of Dubuque, and Julie (Howard) Bowman of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dan (Holly) Kleinschrodt of Long Grove, IL, Ashley (Jason Anderson) Kleinschrodt of Bellevue, Ben Burke of Dubuque; step-grandchildren, Katelynn Bowman of Colorado Springs, CO, Jenna Bowman of Dubuque; great-grandchildren, Colin Anderson, Maddy Kleinschrodt; siblings, Arnold Cowan of Bell Aire, Michigan, Lee (Carol) Cowan of Dubuque and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kellie Jo; and many in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff and all the nurses of Sunnycrest Manor for their loving care for Mary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sunnycrest Manor in Mary's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Judith A. Schmitt


Judith Ann Schmitt, 70, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Judy was born on February 18, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred and Lucille (Mesch) Bleile.

She married Gary P. Schmitt on May 10, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on December 3, 2009.

She was employed at Hy-Vee for many years.

Judy enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and bowling. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and the Dallas Cowboys fan.

Judy treasured her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed a birthday or sporting event. Whether it was going on family trips to Las Vegas or cooking her famous turkey and dressing sandwiches at family gatherings, time spent with loved ones was cherished.

Surviving are her children, Jamie (Daryl) Kramer of Dubuque, Nancy (Rich) Tingley, of Davenport, IA., Gary (Theresa) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Camie (special friend, Bob Helle) Pedersen of Dyersville, IA., and Stacy (Ken) Zimmerman of Peosta, IA.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; 2 brothers, Lyle (Mickey) Bleile, of Rockford, IL., Kenneth (Margaret) Bleile, of Belvidere, IL.; 5 sisters, Donna Clark of Rapid City, SD., Elizabeth Daly of Clinton, IA., Lois (Roger) Hess, and Sandra Wagar, both of Dubuque, and Rita (Rick) Patters of East Dubuque, IL; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Patricia) Schmitt, of Dubuque, Kathy (Gary) Sisler, of Stanton, MI., Jayne Reynolds of Albia, IA., Marc (Dee) Schmitt of Glendale, AZ., and June (Pat) Hancock, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Lester Bleile; 1 great grandson, Landon; and her father-in-law, George Schmitt.

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

A Judith Schmitt memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Honorio Caceres and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Abygail F. Bedtka


Abygail Faith Bedtka, age 2, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to her Lord and Savior at 8:37 a.m., on Friday, April 15, 2016, while at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Abygail's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, with Pastor Matt Collins and Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Abygail's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road; and please feel free to dress in bright colored and elephant attire for Aby. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Abygail was born on July 5, 2013, in Dubuque, the beautiful daughter of Timothy and Verona (Ault) Bedtka.

From the moment the Lord handed her to us, she immediately began having a positive influence on the world around her. A precious part of Aby's destiny would be to teach us the strength which can be found within faith, love, patience and family. For eighteen months we would pray, question and search for the answers to our little princess's health issues. Finally, it was revealed that she would never truly develop normally due to a genetic condition called Ohtahra syndrome; a rare gene mutation in her ninth chromosome called dnm1. In her short time here with us, Aby quickly realized the joys of coloring purple elephants and going for strolls under a blue sky. She also cherished the countless and wonderful one-sided conversations she would have with all of the caregivers in her life; from family members to doctors, Aby was always content to be verbally showered with sincere praises and undeniable adoration. At the age of four months, we would create a Facebook page (Prayers for Aby) dedicated strictly to the journey of Aby's life. The support that has poured fourth into our world, from among her 22,000 followers, has provided more peace during some very difficult days than we could ever possibly thank you all for properly. May God bless everyone who has been at our family's side through our earthly travels with Aby. There simply aren't words to describe the amount of love Aby has single-handedly created, encouraged and enveloped during her short stay here with us. Our hearts ache with a pain no family should ever have to endure, but we find hope in knowing that Aby is now at home with her heavenly family and today finds herself in a perfectly designed body just for our princess. We miss and love you our dear sweet baby girl and may God continue to bless you until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Aby's memory include
her loving parents,
Timothy (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque;

her adoring sisters,
Kailey and Ellah Bedtka, at home;

her grandparents,
Phyllis (Todd) Parker, Westland, MI,
Kevin Ault, Wayne, MI,
Ronald Bedtka, Dubuque
and Shirley (Richard) Kenny, Ryan, IA;

her aunts and uncles,
Caleb (Linda) Ault, Little Rock, AR,
Gideon Ault, Westland, MI,
Josiah Ault, Ann Arbor, MI,
Tirzah Ault, Westland, MI,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, La Motte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL
and Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA.

She is also survived by many saddened cousins.

An Abygail Faith Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

We would like to thank all the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Universal Pediatrics, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional, tender and compassionate care you provided to both Aby and our family. We couldn't have made it through without the role you all played. We'd also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Julie Hanson, her nurses and also to Aby's nurses at Universal Pediatrics, Lisa, Amber, Joan and Carolynn; thank you all so very much for all of your nurturing love so graciously given to our baby girl.

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

 



Mark McCue


Mark "Joe Joe" McCue, 55, of Dubuque, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at home.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Family and friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born on April 5, 1961, in Marengo, IL, son of Dwight and Katherine (Andersen) McCue.

He married Rebecca Hefel on September 20, 2003, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked as a fork lift operator at Progressive Processing, Dubuque.

He loved his one and only son, Cal Owen, and spending time with him watching him play sports. Joe Joe was the life of the party, but his passion was spending time with his family and friends. He was a die-hard sports fan supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. He also loved watching the Augustana College Women's Basketball Team and traveled to Rock Island, IL, for all of their home games, cheering them on. His one true love was spending time on the softball field. He played softball in Dubuque for more than 20 years. Everyone he played with or against adored him. He was a legend on and off the field, always putting a smile on someone's face or making them laugh. He was the king of one liners, and he will be missed by all his road dawgs.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca; his one and only son, Cal Owen, at home; his parents, John and Katherine Bost of Brooksville, FL; a brother Keith McCue of South Elgin, IL; a sister, Sandra (Joe) Roberts, of Hollywood, FL; his mother-in-law, Sandra Hefel, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Frank (Melissa) Hefel, of Oak Harbor, WA.; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann McCue, of Darien, WI; 2 nephews, Vern McCue and Preston Hefel; a niece Kelly (Adam) Eckstein; and a great- nephew, Vern McCue Jr.; his honorary brothers, Kent Rettenberger and John Digman; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Chris Schultz, Joe Becker, Harry Maglaris, Mike Edmonds, Steve Wand, Jeremy Hedley, Kurt Farry, Darrin Starkey, Jeremy Cook, Curt Petesch, and the rest of his beloved softball slicksters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight McCue; a brother, Craig McCue; his father-in-law, Leon "Barney" Hefel; and a sister-in-law, Pam McCue.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Mark and Jill Beinborn and family; JC and Kristi Henry and family; the entire Walmart, Progressive Processing and Carlos O'Kelly's families for your unconditional love and support during this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given for a Cal McCue College Fund.



Roxanne M. Alden


Roxanne M. Alden, 56, of Monticello died Friday, April 15, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family after a three and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.

A visitation will be held from 4 - 8 pm Monday, April 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at United Church of Monticello with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.  Rev. Edwin Moreano will officiate.

Roxanne was born July 12, 1959, in Manchester, IA the daughter of LeVern and Delores (Hook) Chapman. She graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School with the Class of 1977.  Roxanne was a Food Coordinator at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Those who knew Roxanne would say she was feisty, loving and generous. She would give you anything she had although she had very little except great love.

She is survived by her three children: Brooke Alden and her children, Allison and Zander, Tyler Turnis and Katelynne Alden all of Monticello; her parents, siblings: Leroy Hartwig of Center Junction, Dean (Vicky) Chapman of Hopkinton, Kathy (Doug) Timmer of Manchester and Brenda (Randy) Steiner of Monticello; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Roxanne is preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Catherine Hook and Clarence and Myrtle Chapman, and an infant brother, Ricky.

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Dolores A. Pickel


Dolores A. Pickel, 80, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, 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. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Dolores was born on July 9, 1935, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Stuer) Schaefer. She married Orville J. Pickel on July 2, 1955. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1997.

Dolores was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dolores enjoyed reading and playing cards and other games. She loved her collection of angels. Dolores had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda (Tom "TJ") Schissel, of Dubuque, Sandy (Tom) Hull, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Patsy (Clint) Freiburger, of Cuba City, Jeannie (Roger) Arnesen, of Mukwonago, Janet (Scott) Faber, of Edgar, and Connie (Tim) Weber, of Plattevile; two sons, Orville Jr. Pickel, of Platteville, and John (Kelly) Pickel, of Delavan; a brother, Homer (Celine) Schaefer, of Fennimore; two sisters, Margaret Dalsing, of Dubuque, and Genevieve Biba, of Kenosha; three sisters-in-law, Rita Schaefer and Bernadine Schaefer, both of Platteville, and Lavon (Ron) Heinricy, of Kieler; two brothers-in-law, Kenny (Berneice) Pickel and Pete (Arlene) Pickel, both of Kieler; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerome & Elmer Schaefer; a sister, Hildegard Hinderman; her father and mother-in-law, George and Marcella Pickel; four brothers-in-law, Linus Dalsing, Edward Hinderman, Vandy Biba and Paul Schroeder; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Schroeder.

A Dolores A. Pickel Memorial Fund has been established.

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

A special thank you to the Park Place Staff and the doctors and staff at Southwest Health Center for all their love, support and wonderful care.



Karen J. Parker


Karen J. Parker 77, of 5297 Grand Meadow Dr. went to be with The Lord Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Journey Church. Private burial was held in Linwood Cemetery.

Karen was born on January 12, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank "Gene" and Dorothy (Hedrick) Miller. She spent 18 years as a registered nurse and instructor and later owned and operated the Another World Paradise Valley Inn in Durango, Iowa. Karen had an intense love for her pets.

Surviving are her brother, Lyle (Barb) Miller of Davenport, Iowa; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; 3 great nieces and 5 great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Parker and a great niece, Tonya Cassaday.

Karen's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the in home care services provided by Luther Manor.

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



David W. Lepsch


David W. Lepsch 28, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

David was born on March 19, 1988 in Dubuque, the son of David T. and Lisa (Wiegand) Lepsch. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was an avid stump jumper and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. David developed a passion for motorcycles from his dad. Hiking in the Mines of Spain with his dogs, the outdoors and jeeps were his favorite pastimes. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his mother, Lisa of Dubuque; a sister, Katlin (Jon Noel) Lepsch of Dubuque; maternal grandmother, Shirley Wiegand; paternal grandmother Nancy Lepsch and his uncle Alan Lepsch all of Dubuque; his aunt Mary Oberembt of Minnesota; cousins Josh, Jimmy, Jenica and Annie; his dogs Dez and Baby; and the love of his life, Shelby Sweeney.

He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandfather Dale Wiegand; paternal grandfather John "Jack" Lepsch; his uncle John "J." Lepsch and aunt Jean Wiegand.

A David W. Lepsch memorial fund has been established.
There will be a candlelight vigil on the river walk near the Ice Harbor Sunday at 7:45 p.m.



Zachary J. McPoland


Zachary J. McPoland, 31, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque, where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Zachary was born September 16, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Zachary's favorite thing in life was spending time with his daughter Evelyn. He loved music, playing guitar, the outdoors and cooking. He was a passionate fan of the Hawkeyes, Pantera and Batman. He had a wicked sense of humor. He was a loyal friend and was passionate about helping people in recovery. He was metal.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter Evelyn Blakeman of Dubuque; special friend, Lori Kilcoyne of Bellevue; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Terry T. McPoland


Terry T. McPoland, 27, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 7 pm Saturday at Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque where friends may call Saturday from 2 pm until time of service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Terry was born April 22, 1988 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, son of Patrick McPoland and Victoria Allendorf.

Terry loved spending time with his dogs Harley and Jax. He loved his father tremendously. He liked to sing loud and drive fast. He liked tattoos and selfies. He loved motorcycles, the outdoors and snowboarding. He was a BMX state champion. He liked making people laugh and pulling practical jokes. He had a heart of gold and wanted to help people. His last selfless act was running into a burning building to evacuate the residents. He was the baby of the family.

He is survived by his mother, Vicki (Todd Kershner) Allendorf of Dubuque; brother, Taylor (fiancée Jamie Murphy) and their children, Adriana Murphy, Gage McPoland and Jax McPoland, all of Dubuque; daughter, Peyton Salter of Dyersville; grandparents, Terry Allendorf of Dubuque, Connie Allendorf of Galena, Ill., and Jack and Betty McPoland of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Wende (Steve) Yonda of East Dubuque, Dean Allendorf of Alpharetta, Georgia., Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque and Jody (Doug) Warden of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick McPoland, and great grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Beatrice J. Davis


Beatrice J. (Bety) Davis, 90, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Assisi Village, Dubuque, Sedona, Arizona and Long Beach, California died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Clare House, Mt. St. Francis. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, California.

Visitation will be after 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Clare House. Miss Davis was a Franciscan associate. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Genevieve (Cain) Davis and an infant brother, John Edward.

Deep gratitude to Betty's wonderful caregivers: Dr. Cynthia Konz, all of the 3rd floor Household staff, and her nurse Cindy and everyone from Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert D. Johnson


Robert Donald Johnson, 89, formerly of 2710 Hickory Hill Drive, most recently of Oak Park Place and Luther Manor died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Robert was born on April 20, 1926 the son of Walter Raymond and Bertha (Bush) Johnson. He married Pauline Aurit in 1971 in Dubuque.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his nation during WWII.

He worked for many years as the Business Office Manager at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. He enjoyed a second career at Medical Associates, Dubuque performing many different responsibilities. 

Surviving are two sons, Raymond D. (Crystal) Johnson of Lakeland, FL. and Michael R. Johnson (Tamara Vega), of Breese, IL.; ex-daughter-in-law, Patricia Johnson, of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Robert (Ainsley) Johnson, Sarah (Kevin) Schrobilgen, Kelly (Jeremy) Noel and Michelle Johnson; and four great- grandchildren, Gavin Schrobilgen, Samantha Schrobilgen, Jordan Noel and Landon Noel; two dear friends, Ruth Turnis and Lois O' Brien, both of Dubuque; and the many relations of Pauline's that are still with us.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline; and brother, Roger Johnson.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Robert Johnson Memorial Fund.

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

 



Jeannette M. Heath


Jeannette M. Heath, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Jeannette's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, April 16, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jeannette Marie Martin was born on October 12, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Joseph and Marjorie (Wynkoop) Martin. She attended Davenport schools and enjoyed roller skating at an early age. This love for roller skating led her to meet her future husband, Donald L. Heath. They met while roller skating and were married on April 28, 1957 in Davenport, Iowa.

Jeannette had worked for Swift Company in Clinton for 15 years, and lastly at Crestridge Nursing Home in the housekeeping department for 15 years.

Jeannette was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Jeannette's memory include her husband Donald L. Heath of Maquoketa, IA; children, Charles (Rebekah) Heath of Preston, IA, Diane (John) Ruff of Preston, IA, Richard Heath of Maquoketa, IA, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Heath of Davenport, FL, and Sherry White of Maquoketa, IA; a step-daughter Pamela of Viroqua, WI; a brother Jerome Martin of Long Grove, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry, brothers Joe, Jim, John and Eugene, sisters Joan and Jane, and a grandson Justin Lucy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeannette M. Heath memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John C. Oberfoell


John C. Oberfoell, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 5, 1934, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1957-1958. He was united in marriage to Catherine "Katie" Dressler on October 22, 1960, in Lancaster, WI and their union was blessed with 55 wonderful years together and seven beautiful children. John was a machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his eventual retirement in 1990. He was a long time and faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and the U.A.W. Local 94 Retirees. In his free time John thoroughly enjoyed spending the day on the water attempting to lure in the next big catch, cheering on his Cubbies to the next World Series, or even just savoring a moment with a cold beer in hand. Family and friends were the driving force in John's life and every opportunity to share his love and devotion with those around him was never taken for granted. John's absence leaves a sorrowful void in our lives today, but we trust that he is now reunited with all of his family who've been called home ahead of him and we know and accept that in John's mind, body and spirit he had completed his journey here with us. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife of 55 years,
Catherine "Katie" Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his seven children,
Barbara (William) Kirshner, Killeen, TX,
Cynthia Oberfoell,
Brian Oberofell,
Charles Oberfoell,
Joseph (Denise) Oberfoell,
John (Robyn Ryser) Oberfoell Jr.
and Sam Oberfoell, all of Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
William Kirshner, Jacob Kretz, Andrew (fiancé Natalie Morken) Kirshner, Spencer Oberfoell, Kyra Oberfoell, Stephanie Oberfoell, Logan Oberfoell, Jonah Oberfoell and Alexis Oberfoell;

his siblings,
Peter (Joan) Oberfoell,
Albert Oberfoell,
Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell,
Mildred Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters-in-law,
Audrey Oberfoell,
Karen Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell
and Lillian Oberfoell;

and his brothers-in-law,
Marty Hammerand
and Richard Griebel.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Melvin Oberfoell, Irene Griebel, Delbert Oberfoell, Paul A. Oberfoell, Norma Jean Hammerand and James Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

A John C. Oberfoell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among John's favorite charities.

John's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care of John and the family.

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

 



Louis G. Ruchotzke


Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke, 76, of Miles, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Louie's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. Burial will be in the Preston, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Louis G. Ruchotzke was born on October 21, 1939 at the home he lived in most of his life to Leo and Caroline (Thielen) Ruchotzke. He attended Preston schools and was a 1957 graduate of Preston High School where he played basketball. He was united in marriage to Linda Kay Travis on January 2, 1961 in Preston, Iowa.

Louie proudly farmed the family farm all of his life and took pride in the farm he owned. He was a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Jackson County Pork Producers, Luther League, and Town and Country Twirlers.

Louie was always outside, always on the go, and always tinkering. He loved building and spending time in the "Party Barn", Farmall Tractors, farming, woodworking - building birdhouses, bird watching, touring the land on his Ranger, hunting, mushroom hunting and most importantly his family.

Those left to honor Louie's memory include his wife Linda Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; children, Lee (Lisa) Ruchotzke of Miles, IA, Lon (Cher) Ruchotzke of Rockledge, FL, Libby Levy of Plano, TX, and Foreign Exchange Student Heiri (Marietta) Bucher of Niederlenz, Switzerland; 6 grandchildren, Landon Ruchotzke, Larissa Ruchotzke, Dakota Ruchotzke, Claire Levy, Abby Levy, and Andrin Bucher; 3 step-grandchildren, Shannon Edwards, Shane Drake and Dezirea Leonard; 3 step-great-grandchildren; a brother John (Madge) Ruchotzke of Grinnell, IA; sisters Caroline Behn of Preston, IA, and Cleo (Don) Gray of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law Mardella Ruchotzke of Miles, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Lane, a sister Leola Eggers, brothers Leo, Hugo and Carroll, sister-in-law Dona Ruchotzke, and brothers-in-law Richard Eggers and Wes Behn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Louis G. "Louie" Ruchotzke memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John L. Fangman


John L. Fangman, 88, of Dubuque died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

John was born January 3, 1928 in Bloomington, Wisc., son of Arthur and Frances (Bohnenkamp) Fangman. He married Mary Boland on April 15, 1958 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on September 28, 1982.

John served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a City of Dubuque Police officer for 31 years.
John was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He is survived by a son, Gene (Karen) Fangman of Dyersville; four daughters, Ann (Blaise) Vrotsos, Jane (Steve) Oneyear, Jennifer (James) Thill, and Chris (Mark) Murphy, all of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren, David Fangman, Kelly (Aaron) Otting, Mike (Natalie) Fangman, Angie Steuer (Loren), Nathan (Regina) Steuer, Taylor Gray (Micah), Nicole Vrotsos (Jeff), Allen Vrotsos, Mary Oneyear, Nicole Oneyear (Jamin) Leah Oneyear, Lisa (Steve) McGrath, Caitlyn Thill (Alex), Jacob Thill, Hunter Thill, Wyatt Thill, Kyla Fangman, Jocelyn Murphy and Shayla Murphy; nine great grandchildren, Elija, Jayda, Callista, Knox, Lucy, Collin, Aubree, Corey and Kayson; a brother, Edwin (Evelyn) Fangman of Dubuque and a sister, Lorraine Bierman of Bloomington, Wisc.; in laws, Bill and Lois Boland, Bob and Charlotte Boland, Mike and Marianne Boland, Kenny and Dolly Boland, Jack Boland, Tony and Betty Boland, Barney and Char Boland, Irene Boland, and Shirley Boland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Michael Arthur Fangman; a great grandson, Andy Fangman; a brother, Chuck Fangman and a sister, Lou Mae Fangman and inlaws, Joe Boland, Leo and Gloria Boland, Pat and Tony Pfab, Ann and Joe Doyle, Marlene Boland, Danny and Pat Boland and Brian Boland.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Asbury Casey's Store Coffee Club, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Sunset Park Place, Dr. Liaboe and John's American Legion family.



Elmer V. Clark


Elmer V. Clark, 69, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 11, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Elmer Vade Clark was born on February 19, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Walter Dale and Irma Mae (Manning) Clark. He grew up in the Maquoketa area and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Mary Christene Musch on March 16, 1973 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Elmer had worked for National Bi-Products for over 25 years, first as a truck driver in Clinton and for almost 20 years as a supervisor in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Elmer was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Dubuque. He enjoyed drag racing, boating, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Elmer's memory include his wife, Mary Clark of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy Clark of Camanche, IA, Brian Clark of Clinton, IA, Kelly Clark of Clinton, IA, Terry (Josie) Clark of Grand Mound, IA, and Curtis (Stacey) Clark of Conway, AR; brothers, Robert (Mary) Clark of Zwingle, IA, Ronald (Iva) Clark of NM, and Jerry (JoAnn) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Darlene (David) Densmore of Camanche, IA, and Mona (Tom) Christoffersen of Camanche, IA; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Don and Dale.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer V. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Karen Bechel

Karen Bechel, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, at home. To honor Karen's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen was born on June 17, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Randall and Emily (Terrell) Bechel.

Karen was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Dubuque. In her free time, she enjoyed curling up with a good book or even attempting to complete a challenging crossword puzzle. Karen had a great love for animals, but her cats always held a special place in her heart. Karen has been called home suddenly and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, but we find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her parents and sister.

Those left to cherish Karen's memory include,
her sisters,
Diane (Danny) Barker, Marshalltown, IA
and Joyce (David) Nissen, Henderson, NV;

and her nieces and great nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Judy Steele.

A Karen Bechel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Karen's favorite charities.

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

 



Joan W. Frank


Joan W. Frank, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at Bethany Home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joan was born on September 3, 1935 in McAlester, Oklahoma the daughter of Earl and Iva Mae (Lee) Wagner.
She married Wayne Frank on June 28, 1958 at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue.

For twenty-nine years, she was a teacher mostly at Table Mound Elementary. She was an avid reader; and especially enjoyed sharing her joy with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and quilting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joan is survived by her husband Wayne; three sons; Stephen (Lynn) Frank of Davenport, Iowa, Michael (Peggy) Frank of Oshkosh, WI, and Matthew (Tammy) Frank of Mt. Juliet, TN. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Erin, Michael R., Molly, Kelly, Lauren, and Adam, and two brothers: Earl (Marie) Wagner and James (Karin) Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Michael Wagner and Robert Wagner, and her four sons in infancy: Joseph, Thomas, David, and Jonathan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Retired Teachers Association or the Church of the Resurrection.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and to the loving and caring staff of Bethany Home.



Frederick M. Wessels


Frederick M. Wessels, 87, of, Brownsburg, Indiana and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Fred was a resident at Meadows Senior Care Facility in Brownsburg, IN.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 2 - 3 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Fred was born August 14, 1928, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of Clarence and Anna (Bockenstedt) Wessels. He graduated New Vienna High School with the class of 1947.  Fred married Norma Jean Maiers on November 11, 1950, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Fred served in the Army from 1951 - 1953 and was stationed in Germany. After his military service he was a residential plumber in the Dyersville area for 40 years.

Fred was very active in the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, socializing and penny slots at the casino.

Survivors include one son Ron of Earlham, IA, a daughter, Susanne (Roger) Manternach of Brownsburg, IN, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Phyllis (Doc) Clemens, of Rock Falls, IL, Mary Lou White, of Kearney, NE, sisters-in-law: Gladys Knipper and Dorthy Maiers both of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 2011, four sons: Richard in 1992, Randy in 2009, Rodney and Russell in infancy, in-laws: Germaine (Arnold) Schuster, Eileen (Clarence) Engelken, Ruth (Wayne) Osenburg, Merlin Maiers and Virgil Knipper.

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

 

 

 



Marjorie A. McMahon


Marjorie A. McMahon, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marjorie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Marjorie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Marjorie was born on May 7, 1922, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, daughter of Clem and Bridget Jane "Janie" (Hefferman) Duffy.

Marjorie was raised in Masonville and lived in Greeley, Iowa before eventually settling in Dubuque in 1947 with her adoring husband, Martin J. McMahon. They were united in marriage on November 25, 1944, at St. Raphael's Cathedral and were blessed with 52 wonderful years together until he was called home to be with the Lord on April 19, 1997. Marjorie worked at The Battery Factory and Luther Manor for a few years, but primarily her favorite and greatest occupation was that of being a housewife who was able to care for her family throughout each day. She was a magician in the kitchen and was always eager for the opportunity to keep her seven hungry mouths well fed. In her free time, Marjorie enjoyed family camping trips but could always find joy in any situation where family and close friends were involved. Marjorie graciously shared the gifts of a loving and nurturing wife, mother and grandmother for others to use as an example for generations to come. Marjorie, pure Irish, pure angel, through and through, will be sadly missed, fondly remembered and continually cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marjorie's memory include
her children,
Sandy (Clifford) Hahlen,
Mary (James) Ege,
Leo (Donna) McMahon,
Diane (G.T.) Hanson,
Joseph McMahon
and Richard (Jen Hillery) McMahon, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Jeff (Sandi) Beck, Laura (Joe) Schlegel, Jay (Tammy) Beck, Jim Ege Jr., Kim (Brian) Budde, Kayla McMahon, Daniel (Carmen) McMahon, Brian (fiancé Courtney Self) Hanson, Kyle Hanson, Tanner Hanson, Ryan McMahon, Mitchel McMahon, Cole McMahon and Mandy (Jake) Lindecker;

her 11 great-grandchildren,
Eric, Hailey, Brooke (Tom), Chase, Justin (Tia), Rileigh, Ireland, Declan, Cashlan, Ryder and Waylon;

her 4 great-great-grandchildren,
Evan, Tommy, Gabby and Brooklyn;

her brother and sisters,
Cecil (Marilyn) Duffy,
Delores Morley
and Marlene Hubbard, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Harold Schuster, Dubuque, IA.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin J. McMahon; her son in infancy, Tommy Joe McMahon; 2 brothers, Leo Duffy and Boniface "Bonnie" (Ann) Duffy; 3 sisters, Letiticia (Harold) Hartman, Donna (Donald) Smock and Jean Schuster; and her brothers-in-law, Eugene Morley and Irving Hubbard.

A Marjorie A. McMahon memorial fund has been established, which will be donated among Marjorie's favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and extra gentle care of Marjorie over the years and a sincere appreciation to her nieces, Jan Pfeiler and Sue Langel for always sharing their love and time without hesitation.

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

 



John V. Hogan


John V. "Jack" Hogan, 89, passed away on April 4, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent and Lucille (Arensdorf) Hogan. Mr. Hogan had previously lived in New Jersey before relocating to the Stuart area about 25 years ago.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Navy and prior to retirement, he was a senior executive with the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He loved to garden and was an avid tennis player.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sylvia Hogan; daughter, Sally (David) Hobbs; daughter, Kathleen Hogan; son, William (Susan) Hogan; son, John Hogan; son, Richard Hogan; and son, Stephen (Abbey) Hogan; sister, Marjorie (Frank) Chellstorp; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his sisters, Kathleen and Patricia, and brother, William.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart, FL.

Please visit his online guestbook at www.aycockfuneralhome.net

All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Council on Aging of Martin County at www.kanecenter.org.



Maxine P. Huberty


Maxine P. Huberty, 89, formerly of Dubuque, died peacefully Monday, April 4, 2016 at Sunrise Terrace, Winfield, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Little Grant Union Cemetery, Grant County, Wisc.

Maxine was born November 10, 1926 in Little Grant Township, Wisc., daughter of Lutie and Myrl (Van Natta) Garthwaite and grew up on a farm near Lancaster. She married Marvin V. Huberty on May 25, 1948 in Lancaster. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2000.
In 1947 she graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Finley Hospital for over 30 years.

Maxine was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass. She was a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, then attended the Church of the Resurrection. She enjoyed crafts and sewing, and was an accomplished artist and oil painter.

She is survived by four children, Linda Cihacek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Craig (Kathy) Huberty of Fairplay, Wisc., Marilyn Huberty of Mashpee, Mass., and Angela (Randy) Gibbs of Mount Union, Iowa, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, and two sisters, LaVon (Tom) Severson of Stoughton, Wisc. and Sandra (William) Zart of Oregon, Wisc.

She was also preceded by her parents and brother, Donald Garthwaite. And her son in law Gary Birdsley.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Bernice A. Riniker


Bernice Alvina Riniker, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, died at her residence on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. She was born on April 26, 1924, in Jefferson Township, Sherrill, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Laura (Mori) Spoerl. Bernice was raised in the area and attended Bloody Run Country School.

On June 10, 1946, Bernice was united in marriage to Jacob Riniker at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they farmed near Dubuque, Livingston, Alburnett, and Ryan. Jacob died in 1974 and Bernice moved to Manchester. She was a custodian for 20 plus years at St. Mary Church and was a housekeeper for the rectory.

Survivors include her six children, Lewis (Theresa) of Galena, Vincent (Beverly) of Key West, Iowa, Ronald of Manchester, Kathleen (Randy) DeShaw of Iowa City, Janet Montover of Cedar Rapids, and Wayne (Vicky) of West Burlington; a daughter-in-law, Kate Riniker of Masonville; a son-in-law, Robert Schwendinger of Epworth; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, LaVern Spoerl of Dubuque.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob on May 8, 1974; her parents; a son, Loras Riniker; a daughter, Diana Schwendinger; two brothers, Lyman and Verlyn Spoerl; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Riniker.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa. Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 



Elizabeth A. Rediger


Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Rediger, 71, of Iowa City and formerly of Dyersville died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa City.

Inurnment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at St. Francis Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, and a luncheon will follow at the church. Presiding will be Rev. Royce Phillips.

Betsy was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Clinton, IL, the daughter of William Rex and Kathryn (Green) Rediger. Betsy received her elementary education at St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Dyersville, and moved with her family to Columbus, Neb. where she graduated from High School. She worked in the Dietary Department at the Univ. of Iowa Health Care Service for many years.

Betsy was an active member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coralville, Iowa, where she was a Sunday School Teacher who would pick up the children on the bus route to facilitate their attendance. Once a year she helped with arts and crafts at the Bible School and she considered members of the congregation her second family. She was a kind and caring woman who was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

Surviving her are two brothers, Bill (Liz) Rediger of Dyersville and Michael (Karen) Rediger of Sherman, TX, a brother-in-law, David Ashburn of Lansing, KS; several nieces and nephews:

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Kay Ashburn.

Online condolences may be left for the family at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Jan Rekemeyer


Jan Rekemeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

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

Janet Kay Rekemeyer was born on July 9, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Robert Morris and Mildred Lucille (Kemp) Beck. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and later AIB business school in Davenport. She married Richard Allen Rekemeyer on May 6, 1971 in Illinois.

Jan had worked for the Melvold family for almost 20 years between the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and Tri-State Graphics as the office manager. She had also worked for Banowetz Antiques/Squiers Manor in Maquoketa as a bookkeeper for almost 30 years.

Jan was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Maquoketa. She was a nurturing and giving person who loved helping and visiting others and baking items in appreciation for kindness shown to her and others. In addition to helping others, she enjoyed working on her flower gardens, planting trees, cross stitch and listening to blue grass music.

Those left to honor Jan's memory include her husband Richard Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children Whitney Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Jason Rekemeyer of Maquoketa, IA, Steve Spencer of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Annette Rekemeyer of ID; 8 grandchildren, Kali, Samantha, Maddy and Abby Rekemeyer, Stevie Spencer, Christopher (Amy) Rekemeyer, Tyler Green and Dylan (Corey) Green; 3 great-grandchildren, London and Liam Rekemeyer, and Jase Green; her mother, Mildred Beck of Bellevue, IA; a brother, Roger Beck of Potosi, WI; sisters Patti (Melvin) Fuglsang of Delmar, IA, Cheryl (Randy) Schropp of Iowa City, IA, and Sandy Fults of Swisher, IA; and a special friend, Nick Meyer of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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



Donald J. Grogan

Donald J. "Blinky" Grogan, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 8th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Donald was born on May 23, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Hazel (Lang) Grogan. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company retiring after 41 years.

Blinky had many interests throughout his life. He loved to travel, cook, explore nature and he loved all animals. He was quick witted and loved to laugh. He cherished time spent with his family especially going to his grandchildren's softball games and motocross races.

He is survived by one son, Tom Grogan, of Dubuque; daughters Julie (Jay) Nyvold, of Shakopee, MN, and Laura (Bruce) Wuertzer, of Dubuque along with their mother Jayne Grogan; his grandchildren, Kelly Nyvold, Nick Wuertzer and Jayme Wuertzer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Grogan; and sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Donald "Mud" Treanor.

The family wishes to thank friends Garry and Mary Jane Clauer, our cousin Kim Treanor and Hospice of Dubuque. Most of all we would like to thank our dad for always being there for us. We love you and will miss you always. We cherish the time we had with you.



Keith A. Weuste


Keith A. Weuste, 67, of Bellevue, Iowa, completed his "Golden Stairs" on Monday morning, April 4, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Keith's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 9, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Keith Allen Weuste was born on August 7, 1948 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Edwin C. and Henrietta M. (Rommert) Weuste. He grew up in the Andrew area and while in high school worked for John's Gas Station until he graduated from the Andrew High School in 1966. He then worked for a short time for Nitrin in Cordova, Illinois as lab tech prior to his marriage to the love of his life, Sherry Lynn Gould. They were married on December 10, 1967 in Andrew, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1975. Throughout his time in the military, Keith received training in Advanced Aviation Electronics and as a CAT Scan repair technician. Military travels took he and Sherry to many places including Chicago, California, Florida, Washington, Tennessee and Ohio. Upon returning home, Keith continued his education and received an Associates degree from Clinton Community College.

Keith worked for Stickley Electric in Maquoketa in 1975 and then started an 11 year career with John Deere as an electrician from 1976 to 1987. In 1987, he began a career working for the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, first as an electrician at Lock and Dam #13 and Lock and Dam #11. He retired in 2010 as the Assistant Lock Master with Lock and Dam #11 in Dubuque, Iowa. In retirement, Keith continued as vintner and co-owner of Brush Creek Winery, a business he started with his wife Sherry in 2007.

Keith was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew where he active in many capacities including the church choir, Sunday school superintendent, and church council serving as a past president. He was a longtime Andrew Fire Department trustee and a member of the Andrew AMVETS Post #62 and the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

In addition to his love and devotion to his family, faith and country, Keith had a passion for motorcycle riding, carpentry, spending time in the outdoors, antique car, truck and tractor restoration, and farming.

Those left to honor Keith's memory include his wife, Sherry Weuste of Bellevue, IA; children Chad (Aubrey) Weuste of LeClaire, IA, and Krista Cobb of Andrew, IA; 4 grandchildren, Adam, Josh, Ben and Sarah; 1 great-grandchild, Kairi; and a brother, Ken (Chris) Weuste of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Richard and Ralph.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Collin A. Brown


Collin A. Brown 21, of 9442 Noonan St., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church with Rev. Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hope Church.

Collin was born on March 4, 1995 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Charles and Shawna (Hodges) Brown. He was a loving father, fiancé', brother and friend. Collin was an outgoing and friendly person who was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed writing, listening and playing music.

Surviving are his parents, Charles (Ruth) Brown of Dubuque, IA and Shawna Hodges of Independence, IA; fiancé' Alecea Lombardi of Dubuque, IA; daughter Mayah Brown and step-son Rylee Lombardi both of Dubuque, IA; sister, Cassandra Hodges of Guttenberg, IA; brothers, Austin Brown of Dubuque, IA and Tryston Adelman of Independence, IA; paternal grandfather, Charles Brown of Independence, IA; also surviving are many aunts and uncles.

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

A Collin A. Brown memorial fund has been established.

 



Sr. Eva Sheehan, BVM

Sister Eva Sheehan, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016, at Marian Hall. To celebrate Sister Eva's life, visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Eva's life the Funeral liturgy will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Eva was a lifelong elementary school teacher at St. Raphael, Dubuque; Maywood and Chicago, Ill.; Casper, Wyo.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Wahiawa Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii; Rapid City, S. D.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Glendale, Calif. 

She was born in Killarney, Ireland, on April 12, 1917, daughter of Harry and Ellen Connor Sheehan. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1937. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1940, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Jane Therese Clifford, BVM; Pauline Clifford, BVM; Dorita Clifford, BVM; Norinne Clifford, SHF; and Ellen Vitorelo; and brothers: John J. Clifford; Rev. Daniel Clifford, SJ; and Daniel Sheehan.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Kotlanger, San Francisco; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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 www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.



Forrest W. Miller


Forrest W. Miller, 85, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, April 3, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Forrest's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Forrest William Miller was born on August 10, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Argyle and Meta (Hunwardsen) Miller. He grew up in Monmouth and was a 1948 graduate of Monmouth High School. He married Dixie V. Butt on January 9, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 15, 2005.

Forrest had farmed all of his life in the Monmouth area. He and Dixie had also owned and operated FORR-D Acres in Monmouth for over 30 years.

Forrest had been a member of and past president of the Monmouth School Board and the Monmouth Cemetery Association. He had also served on the board of the Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church, and been a member of the Jackson County Horse and Harness Association, Jackson County Tourism Council, Jackson County Historical Society and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce.

Forrest enjoyed dancing, had a heart of gold, and a passion and love for horses. Throughout the years he and Dixie had entertained many people at FORR-D Acres, a farm vacation destination with cabin rental and horses. Forrest could also be seen donating his time giving horse and wagon rides throughout the area touching the lives of children through senior citizens.

Those left to honor Forrest's memory include his children, Kathleen (Dennis) Appelhans of Monmouth, IA, and Carmin Margeson of Baldwin, IA; 5 grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Appelhans, Shad (Ann) Patterson, Matthew (Katy) Appelhans, Nick (Judy) Margeson and Bret Margeson; and 9 great-grandchildren, Myranda, Jaclyn, Gabrielle, Addison, Brystal, Garrett, Cooper, Carlee and Jake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 infant sons Terry and Forrest, a son-in-law Jack Margeson, and 3 sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse, Anna Mae Mohr and Miriam Brown.

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

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

 



Robert A. Hughes


Robert "Bob" Alanson Hughes, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bob was born July 31, 1940 to Robert Thomas Hughes and Nellie Mae (Clark) Hughes in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1960. Bob worked at Interstate Power, Clinton Corn and Muscatine Power and Water, where he retired in 2005. He was joined in marriage with the love of his life, Darlene (Fran) George on June 26, 1982.

Bob enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, bird watching and gardening. He also liked working in his yard, and even helped out in his elderly neighbor's yards. His indoor sports included: watching cowboy movies and the Chicago Bears, playing cribbage with his wife to see who had to get the mail, and cooking his famous ham for family on the holidays.

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend, Fran and by his favorite (and only) daughter, Renee (Dan) Williams of Camanche, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother, Joe (Carol) Hughes, Bettendorf, IA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob has 6 grandchildren that he loves (and they love him): Crystle Liebhart, Angela Liebhart, Sierra Stearns Liebhart, Joshua Williams, Cameron and Isabella Williams (aka Windy). He also had 5 great-grandchildren: Sadia, Kairi, Christian (aka Beano), Caleb (aka Fang) and his little buddy, Jude (aka Cootie). Bob also enjoyed renaming the children of his family.

Bob's family and friends will dearly miss him; but they know that he is in heaven telling funny stories and helping to reduce the deer population.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane.



Paul P. Varner


Paul P. Varner, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2016 at his home due to natural causes. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection conducted by Rev. Joseph Hauer. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Paul was born May 6, 1947 in Moline, IL to Paul and Alice Varner. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969. On May 28, 1983 he married Helen Campobello Mohrman in Moline; after 32 years of marriage he still referred to her as his bride. Paul took pride in his career as a mechanical engineer at John Deere for over 45 years. He enjoyed his work and fellow employees. He was a talented draftsman and extended his engineering skills into the homes of his loved ones; he was always happy to help a friend or neighbor. Paul was an avid biker, tennis player, golfer, cross-country skier, gardener, and owner of two cats; he taught his children and grandchildren to fish and hunt for morel mushrooms. He also enjoyed restoring and maintaining his father's '51 Chevy. Paul cultivated a lifelong interest in the natural world, and worked to lead an environmentally-friendly life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be missed immensely.

Surviving are his dear wife Helen, his two sons Christopher (Sherri) Mohrman of Plainfield and Anthony (Elizabeth) Mohrman of LeClaire; his daughter Alyssa Jo Varner (Nathaniel) of Brooklyn; 6 grandchildren Tami, Katelyn, Brandon, Stephanie, Abbi and Annalise; and his brother John (Elaine) of Moline.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice and father, Paul.

Memorials may be directed to the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque in Paul's memory.

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



James W. Sorensen


James W. Sorensen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with Rev Dwayne Teig officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 6th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

James was born June 1, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Clarence D. and Helen S. (Samec) Sorensen. He married Linda Ackerman February 17, 1973 in Dubuque. He was employed as a Product Support Technical Writer with John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Sorensen, of Dubuque; a son Scott (April) Sorensen, of Denver, CO; a daughter, Karen (Nathan) Vander Broek, of Trinidad, CO; two grandchildren, Sophia and Elias; a sister Sue (Rod) Hilton, of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother-in-law, Shirley Ackerman, of Cedar Falls, IA; and his in-laws, Rick (Juanita) Ackerman, of Collinsville, OK and Susan (Randy) Frick, of Ashland, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Richard Ackerman, and a brother-in-law, Bruce Ackerman.

A James W. Sorensen Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfhcom.



Mae L. Pasker


Mae L. Pasker, 85, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on September 3, 1930, in Luxemburg the daughter of Clem and Grace (Thillen) Singsank. Mae was raised and educated in the area, and attended rural school.

On August 27, 1952, Mae was united in marriage to Alphonse B. "Al" Pasker in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Ryan and Aurora until moving to Manchester.  Mae worked at Glen Charles Restaurant, Schultz Brothers, and the Argonaut Restaurant.

Mae was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She loved her family and enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and gambling.

Survivors include three sons, Charlie and Don (Julie) of Manchester, and Fred (Deb) of Marion; two daughters, Joyce (Gaylen) Brady of Edgewood, and Jane (Dan) Wulfekuhle of Delhi; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, and Jerry (Helen) Singsank of Dubuque; and  sisters-in-law, Jane Singsank of Dubuque, Ida Funke of Grayslake, Illinois, Irene (Don) Salow of Manchester, Jeanette Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Irene Pasker and Rosie Pasker both of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alphonse "Al" Pasker in 2014; her mother-and-father-in-law, Benjamin and Clara Pasker; siblings, Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Clarence Singsank, Gilbert (Mercedes) Singsank, Irvin (Virgie) Singsank,  Marcella (Harry) Steffen, and Alver Dingbaum; and in-laws, Joe (Nettie) Pasker, Jack (Luella) Pasker, Bill Pasker, Albert Pasker, and Leo Pasker.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa.  Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Schneider 

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016,  at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Also visitation one hour before Mass at the church on  Wednesday.

Interment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa.

 



Ralph S. Chapman


Ralph S. Chapman, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ralph was born on December 24, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert Merrill and Myrtle (Thielen) Chapman.  He married Lois Ellerman on August 11, 1951; she died on February 11, 1980.  He later married Dorothy (Alt) Schiffman on January 17, 1987, in Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Ralph was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in September of 1987.  He was a member of UAW Local # 94.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1948-1949, and again from 1951-1953.  He was also a member of V.F.W. Post #7976 of East Dubuque.  He was a long time member of the LAFF program at Loras College.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, of East Dubuque; two daughters, Sharon (Tom) Bigone of Novato, California, and Sandy (Bob) Hanley of Dubuque; one son, Rick (Tina) Chapman of Cave Creek, Arizona; three step-daughters, Donna (Bill) Hauser of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Karla (Tom) Beinborn of Lombard, Illinois, and Gina (Tim) Eastlick of Arena, Wisconsin; four granddaughters, Jennifer (Edgar) Paredes and Melissa Bolles, Katharine Hanley and Kynlee Chapman, and three grandsons, Buchanan Chapman and John and William Hanley; four step-granddaughters, Janda Timmerman, Kelly and Kristy Beinborn, Jalyn Eastlick, two step-grandsons, Jerud Copus and Cole Eastlick; three great-granddaughters, Kylie, Karsyn and Kadyn Vavricka, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Myrtle Chapman; his first wife Lois; three sisters, Betty Evans, Jeannette Mills and Audrey Yarnall, and two brothers, Richard Chapman and Gene Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, a Ralph S. Chapman memorial fund has been established.

Ralph's family would like to thank Jennie, Tammie, Amy and especially Jeanette from Hospice of Dubuque and the Luther Manor Staff for their care and compassion extended to Ralph and his family.

 



Patrick R. Sheean


Patrick R. "Pat" Sheean, of East Dubuque and Galena, Illinois, passed away at 6:38 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL, from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Death Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Pat was born on January 26, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Stella (Leibold) Sheean.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish and Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.  Pat was employed at the Jo Daviess Workshop in Galena.

Surviving are two sisters, Violet and Jeanne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack and a sister Corrine.

Memorials may be given to the Jo Daviess Workshop or Kreider Services both in Galena.

 



Arlene K. Breithbach


Arlene K. Breitbach - Link 95, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. The Farley American Legion Post 656 will attend as a group at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Farley American Legion Auxiliary at 5:10. A parish scripture wake service will be recited at 5:30 Sunday.

Arlene was born on August 15, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Walz) Ley. She married Frank Breitbach on July 8, 1938 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1965. Arlene married Elmer Link on November 21, 1970. He passed away on October 16, 1998.

Arlene always had an open door to those who would come to visit. She had a special gift to make everyone feel at home. Cooking large meals for family gatherings during the holidays were a very important part of Arlene's life. She was a member of the Farley Legion Auxiliary for 45 years and member of Holy Ghost parish and the Basilica in Dyersville. Card games - day or night was her favorite past time.

Surviving are her children, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena both of Dubuque; Frank "Pedro" (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, NM; David (Victoria) Breitbach of McGregor, IA; Richard (Judy) Link of Farley, IA; Sue Link of Dyersville, IA; Charlie Link of Buena Vista, IA; Bob (Mary) Link of Colesburg, IA; Barb Coghlan and Bev (Bob) Hodgson both of Dyersville, IA; a son-in-law, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville, IA; 30 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Frank Breitbach and Elmer Link; 3 brothers Harold, Joseph and Charles Ley; 3 sisters Mary Kirpes, Shirley Klaas and Florence Bandy; stepson Tommy Link; stepdaughter Dianne Jaeger; daughter-in-law Joan Breitbach and son-in-law, Ron Riekena.

A Arlene Breitbach-Link memorial fund has been established.

Arlene's family extends a special thank you to the nurse and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.



John R. Goedken


John R. Goedken, 81, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

John was born July 24, 1934 in Peosta, Iowa the son of Ludwig and Reinelda(Lehman) Goedken.

John served in the US Air Force, came home safely and eventually settled in Dubuque to later marry Edith in 1963. After 30 years with John Deere, he enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his children: Dean, Mark, Roger, Brian, Mary and Paul; He is also survived by his siblings, Frances, Richard and Janaan(Vogt) and was preceded by Duane, Dolores, Melvin, Vernon and Herbert.

Friends may call from 3:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

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

 



George J. Luchsinger


George J. Luchsinger, 84, of Assisi Village, formerly of Asbury, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2015 with his family at his side, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4 at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

George was born on March 2, 1932 in Dubuque County, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Anna (Elgin) Luchsinger.

On February 4, 1952 he married the love of his life, Marlene Schrobilgen at St. Philomena's Church in Asbury. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

George had a strong work ethic which served as a great model for his children and grandchildren. He worked on the family dairy farm alongside his father until his father's passing. He continued working the farm with the help of his devoted wife and children until his retirement.

He was a devout Roman Catholic and lifelong member of the Church of the Resurrection where he sang with the men's choir for several years. His family, friends and fellow parishioners will know that he was never late for anything most especially Mass. He will also be fondly remembered for his love of Big Band music and ballroom dancing. 

In later years, he and Marlene wintered in South Texas and enjoyed time spent with family and friends listening to music, dancing and playing cards. He made friends easily and expressed gratitude for his last year and the opportunity to meet many new friends at Assisi Village.

Surviving is his wife, Marlene; children, Connie (Doug) Dirks, of Richmond, KY., Don (Sheila) Luchsinger, Greg (Jane) Luchsinger, Chris (Mike) Shaffer, Tammy (Tom) Westhoff, Dave (Susan) Luchsinger, all of Dubuque, and Joe (Kari) Luchsinger of Sherwood, OR.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John in infancy ; 2 sisters, Theresa Koster, and Rosemary in infancy; and a granddaughter, Hope in infancy.

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

In lieu of flowers a George Luchsinger Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, our friends at Assisi Village and Resurrection Church.



Norma L. Hubbard

Norma L. Hubbard, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 4th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Norma was born on September 8, 1934 in Mount Hope, WI the daughter of William and Winifred (Coleman) Huffman. She married Norman R. Hubbard in 1954 and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Norma's greatest pride was raising her eight children.
She is survived by her eight children, Steve (Irene) Hubbard, of Dubuque, Randy (Vicki) Hubbard, of Omaha, NE, David Hubbard, of Phoenix, AZ, Joni (Mike) Budden, of Denver, CO, Jamie (Kelly) Hubbard, of Longmont, CO, Beth (Jerry) Kremer, of Dubuque, Kristi (David) Bannon of Louisville, CO, and Kara Hubbard of Denver, CO; Eighteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Her sister Judy Kincannon and a brother Donald Huffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her Husband Norman, and six siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rockdale United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.



Jim Timmer


Jim Timmer, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Jim was born on May 3, 1952, in Edgewood, the son of Edwin and Eileen (Kroeger) Timmer. He attended school in Greeley and then Earlville. Jim was a 1970 graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School. After graduating, Jim worked for the Pipeline through Bradco, and then farmed with his uncle for a few years. He had been working for Three Rivers FS in Manchester as a petroleum salesman since 1978.

On October 4, 1975, Jim was united in marriage to Paula Wilson at the Delhi Methodist Church. Two children were born to this union. The family resided in Delhi. Jim served on the Delhi City Council for several years. He was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church and had served on the Parish Council for many years. Jim retired from the Delhi Fire Department after 35 years.

Jim loved taking care of his lawn, gardening, and removing snow with his John Deere tractor. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with Paula and their friends. Jim loved socializing because he always made friends wherever he went. Most of all he cherished his family, faith and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Timmer of Delhi; his son, Jon (Jenny) Timmer of Delhi; his daughter, Amy (Joe) Hoffmann of Manchester; his three grandchildren, Trent Timmer, Cale Hoffmann, and Livia Hoffmann; his father-in-law, Mahlon (Ruth) Wilson of Delhi; two sisters, Jane (Ryck) Mescher of Dyersville and Jeannie Schlichte of Florida; brother-in-law, Doug (Kris) Wilson of Delhi; sister-in-law, Ann (Dan) Wilson-Grant of Delhi; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Eileen Timmer; his mother-in-law, Nadine Wilson; and two brothers-in-law, Gary Schlichte and Mike Wilson.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa.
Officiating: Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Interment: St. John's Cemetery - Delhi, Iowa

 



Jerry A. Ames


Jerry A. Ames, 76, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on July 23, 1939, in Hazel Park, Michigan, the son of Philip J. and Mabel E. (Udelhofen) Ames. He graduated from St. Andrew High School in Tennyson in 1956. Jerry married Nancy E. Kieler on April 20, 1960, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

After high school, Jerry worked at Winkler Implement, followed by the Dubuque Packing Company (1958-1982). He also sold Vigortone Feed with "Uncle Bud" and managed the Grant River Campground in Potosi for many years, all while farming in the Potosi and Burton areas. Jerry was currently working at Kieler's Store in Dickeyville as well as serving as a Supervisor for Potosi Township. He was a very busy man.

Jerry loved playing cards, fishing and boating on the Mississippi, houseboat trips, listening and singing to Johnny Cash and ABBA, working on the farms with his John Deere tractors and cutting acres and acres of grass on his Grasshopper, trips to Alaska, Cozumel, St. Germain, and eating hot dogs in Riviera Maya. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Christine (Porter) Wagner, of Dickeyville, and Kari Sue (Mark) Frederick, of Cuba City; three sons, Philip (Debbie) Ames, of Hollandale, WI, Scott (Tammy) Ames, of Streamwood, IL, and Alan (Julie) Ames, of Potosi; two sisters, Gloria Curtis, of Lancaster, and Janet (friend, Terry) Dempsey, of Loveland, CO; two brothers, Larry (Judy) Ames, of Platteville, and Gene (Barb) Ames, of Potosi; twelve grandchildren, Angela (Erik) Oleson, Makila (Brandon) Willger, Stephanie (Mike) Nihles, Nathan, Abigail and Kieler Ames, Paul, Anna, John and Kyle Frederick, and Austin and Amber Ames; six great-grandchildren, Nolan, Wagner and Baby Girl Willger, Eli and Kiera Oleson, and Baby Boy Nihles; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his furry best friends Woofer and Diddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law, Joe Winkler, Dick Dempsey, and Floyd Curtis; and a nephew, Joey Winkler.

A Jerry A. Ames Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Bruce E. Avery


Bruce Earl Avery of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm, surrounded by those who loved him best, after a nearly year-long fight with pancreatic cancer.

Born on May 4, 1946, Bruce is preceded in death by parents Earl and Mildred (Schmidt) Avery, and his faithful Labrador, Cleopatra.

Surviving him are sisters, Julie (Craig) Kennedy, Phyllis (Fred) Waterman; children, Ryan Avery, Rebecca (William) Lugrain, Rustin Avery, Rachel Avery, Taylor (Minnie) Avery, Tedd Avery; grandchildren, Brenna Fox, Xay Lugrain, Patrick Walling, former wife and co-herder of the family, Marianne Avery, and dear friend/chief Scrabble partner, Margaret Sutter.

After spending three and a half years serving in the Navy, Bruce and Marianne (Burns) Avery were married on December 27, 1977. Bruce taught at Cuba City Schools for more than 30 years, focusing on US government and geography. Teaching gave Bruce a sense of purpose and joy.

Outside of teaching, he was a lover of books, history, coffee, deep dish pizza, and generously buttered toast. He enjoyed photography, his travels to Guatemala, South Korea, and France, and watching the Packers (his favorite team) not make another Super Bowl...again. Some may remember Bruce as occasionally grumpy, which is true, but in actuality, his temperament mirrored that of the much beloved comic cat, Garfield.

But far above all, Bruce was a wonderful dad, who had the perfect beard for dressing up as Santa on Christmas. In his worst weeks of chemo, his only regret was being bare-faced.

The most heartfelt thanks goes to Hospice of Dubuque, Heritage Manor, and Leonard Funeral Home for their kind and attentive care. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Avery family at 2222 Delmonaco Drive in Dubuque, Iowa 52002.



William H. Juran


William "Bill" H. Juran, 82, of Holy Cross. Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. April 2, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Bill was born June 4, 1933 in North Buena Vista, Iowa the son of John and Mathilda (Meyer) Juran. Bill was drafted to the Korean War in 1953 and served until 1955.  He married Virginia Clemen on August 27, 1957 in Holy Cross.  Bill's work included hauling milk, owned and operated Bill's Repair Shop, and started farming and was parts manager for Schmitt Implement.  In his spare time he enjoyed horseback riding.  In 2012 he went on the Honor Flight.  Spending time with his family was important to Bill especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia, 3 children: Deb (Dennis) Schmitt of Sherrill, Chris (Diane) Juran of Guttenberg, Steve (Tammy) Juran of Dubuque, 7 grandchildren: Becky Schmitt, Rob (Katie) Schmitt, Justin (Stacy) Schmitt, Nicholas Juran, Megan (Adam) Sweet, Ben & Rachel Juran, 7 great grandchildren: Cayden & Grace Burroughs, Brody, Abby, Lucy & Allie Joe Schmitt, Jaelyn Schmitt with another baby Schmitt due in May, a sister Mathilda (Herman) Kloser of Dubuque, In-laws, Donald (Dorothy) Wolf of Sherrill, Kathleen (Al) Trenkamp of Dyersville, Eddie Clemen of New Vienna, LaVonne Clemen of Holy Cross, Madonna (John) Weimerskirch of Dubuque, Roger (Jane) Clemen of Holy Cross, Grace Clemen of Dubuque and Mary Clemen of Suffork, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents in-law, Leonard and Frances Clemen, siblings, Madonna and Fritz Roling, Rosie and Glen Gibbs, Tony Juran, Bob and Donna Juran, Delores Wolf, Joseph Juran, in laws: Rosie Clemen, Leon, Ambrose, Cletus Clemen and Leon Wedewer.

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

 



Dorothy M. Paulson


Dorothy Marie Paulson, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Bemidji, MN, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.

Dorothy was born # 6 of 11 children on June 11, 1937 in Bemidji, MN, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Christianson) Brennan.  She married Lynn Paulson on February 8, 1958 in Fosston, MN.

Dorothy raised three children and worked several jobs through the years, from soda jerk in Bemidji to a Cutter at Rite-Hite in Dubuque from where she retired.

She loved her job and many friends from Rite-Hite.  Dorothy enjoyed the river, camping, traveling and after they retired she and Lynn spent the winter months in Los Fresnos, Texas and on the beach in South Padre Island.  She liked to stay busy and volunteered at St. Mary's Catholic School and Church.

Surviving are two sons, Dean A. (Becky) Paulson of Anamosa, Iowa and Randall L. Paulson of Asheville, NC, a daughter Carol M. (Doug Schneider) King of East Dubuque; her special friend Pamela Paulson; five grandchildren, Clayton (Ashley) Paulson and Keith (Ashley) Paulson, Tanya M. (Hunter) King-Floyd and Shannon and Scott Paulson and 14 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, Heather (Toby) Heiken, Rachael Bauer and Jim (Sara) Bauer; two brothers, John (Kay) Brennan and Clair (Bernie) Brennan, six sisters, Louise Mulvaney, Margaret Roberts, Roberta (Ronnie) Werstlein, Alvena Dybsand, Clara (Gene) Manecke and Jamie (Bill) Cassavant; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lynn, her parents Frank and Clara, her brother Frank (Marlene) Brennan, a sister Ellen (Dale) Brule and her sister-in-law and dear friend Lila Neumann.

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

 

 



Harlan F. Pothoff


Harlan F. Pothoff, age 86, of Balltown, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:06 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harlan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Harlan's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

Harlan was born on November 9, 1929, in Dubuque, son of Mathias and Ludwina (Bleile) Pothoff.

Harlan was born and raised in Balltown and learned very early on the value of hard work and a strong personal constitution. He would eventually meet the love of his life, Jeanette Brimeyer, and they would be united in marriage on September 17, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. Their union would be blessed with 64 wonderful years together and three beautiful children. Harlan would invest over 44 years of his working career with Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing, where he would also joyfully develop many lasting and valuable friendships. As devoted as Harlan was to the responsibility of providing for his family; he was also similarly committed to the idea that a healthy balance between work and family play time was important. Whether spending the weekend camping, enjoying a few hands of cards or simply catching an exciting softball game on a sunny day; Harlan knew that these precious moments together were to be the most treasured in this life. A finer example of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend would be difficult to find. Harlan has definitely left a positive imprint on the world around him and we will cherish the memories of him with both sorrow and joy until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Harlan's memory include

his loving wife,
Jeanette Pothoff, Balltown;

his three children,
Wayne (Tina) Pothoff, Dubuque,
Harley (Sherry) Pothoff, Durango
and Kim Pothoff-Peil, Dubuque;

and his six grandchildren,
Samantha Pothoff, Vanessa Pothoff, Ashley Pothoff, Luke Pothoff, Matt Pothoff and Emily Peil.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Gage Peil; his brother, Vic Pothoff; and his mother and father-in-law, Vince (Martha) Brimeyer.

A Harlan F. Pothoff memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate and tender care.

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

 



Delores J. Mosiman


Delores J. Mosiman, 70, of Dubuque, passed away, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, Iowa where funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday. An additional brief memorial service followed by a committal service, will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, at Ebenezer Reformed Church 2997 North German Church Road, Oregon, IL.

Delores was born on April 27, 1945, daughter of Elmer and Grace (Bulthaus) Blumeyer in Oregon, Illinois. She attended Stillman Valley High School and Illinois State University. On June 26, 1965, she married Steve Mosiman at Ebenezer Reformed Church.

After raising her children, she taught at East Dubuque Elementary School.

Delores was very active in both the community and church. She was a member and past president of the local NAMI. She joined Westminster in 1973 and taught Sunday School and was a member of several church groups.
Delores' greatest passion was her family. She was an incredibly selfless lady who loved to take care of others. She was always very giving of her time and kept in close contact with many of her friends and past coworkers.

Survivors include her husband, Steve; their sons Mike (Renee) Mosiman, of Mesa, AZ and David Mosiman of Dubuque; grandchildren Luke and Mark Mosiman; and sisters in law Beryl Blumeyer of Oregon, IL., Cindy (Dean) Frye of Loves Park, IL, and Sherry Schmidt of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Hughling Alderk Bluemyer and Ruth Ann Blumeyer.
In lieu of flowers, a Delores Mosiman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Linda A. Becker


Linda A. Becker, 68, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Linda was born April 27, 1947, in Annapolis, MD, the daughter of Palmer D. and Frances (Reimer) Nycklemoe.  Palmer died in an airplane crash when she was 6 months old. After the death of her father, she and her mother returned to live with her grandmother, Ella Besser, in Minneapolis. She was adopted by her step-father, Richard Muyres, when she was 6 years old, and was raised with six siblings. Linda attended St. Francis Grade School and Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. Linda then attended Mankato State University and graduated with a B. A. in Elementary Education.

Linda taught for one year in Elmore, MN. She met Paul Michael Becker of Dyersville, IA, and married him on Sept. 30, 1972. They moved to the Becker family farm, where they farmed and raised their four children. While a homemaker, Linda taught at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Dyersville, then St. Paul Elementary School in Worthington. She then accepted a position as Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.  After retiring from teaching, Linda owned and operated Curves in Dyersville for 10 years, then worked for Area Residential Care in Dyersville.  Linda was a dedicated member of the St. Francis Xavier parish and served as an Extraordinary Minister for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, children: Gretchen (Russ) Cornwell of Cedar Rapids, Jessica (Wade) Allen of Aurelia, IA, Zac Becker of Waterloo, IA and Andrea Becker of Decorah, IA; grandchildren: Rory and Lilah Allen and Bennett Cornwell; siblings: Greg Muyres of Faribault, MN, John Muyres of Rochester, MN, Jim Muyres of Mankato, MN, Dan Muyres of Rochester, MN, Carol Muyres of Stewartville, MN and Gail (Brian) Ripley of Lakeville, MN; in-laws: Joyce (Frank) Steindl of Stillwater, OK, Gary Becker of West Seneca, NY, Kathy (Joe) Schoening of Rockford, IL, Joyce Becker of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law: Bernard & Eleanor Becker, in-laws: John "Jack" Becker and Barbara Becker.

A Linda Becker Memorial Fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Gerald R. Westemeyer


Gerald R. "Jerry" Westemeyer, Sr. 84 formerly of Mount Pleasant Home and Kniest Street passed away on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Jerry was born on December 17, 1931 to Linus and Charlotte (Bach) Westemeyer in Dubuque.
He married Anne Roth on May 26, 1956 and later married Mary Mess on April 20, 1979. Mary preceded him in death on March 28, 2009.

Jerry served in the Marines in the Korean War from 1951-1954. He worked in the bacon department at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years.

In his leisure time Jerry liked to bowl, fish, play euchre but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are, his children, Gary (Lin) Westemeyer, Guy (Sue) Westemeyer, Theresa "Missy" (Raymond) Gregorich, Gregg Westemeyer, and Jerry (Wendy) Westemeyer; step Children, Terry and Tim Mess; grandchildren, Heather, Brad, Michael, Aaron, Kyle, Angie, Jenny, Jodi, Staci, Zachary and Molly; step grandchildren, Lee, Jay, Stacey, Brian and Holly; great grandchildren, Abram, Olin, Brielle, Ellyana, Collin, Dylan, Kinnick, Sawyer, Carter, Kennedy, Richard and Robert. Siblings, Robert "Frog" (Donna) Westemeyer, Ron (Calline) Westemeyer, Mary Ellen Quade, LuAnn (Tom) Flury.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, sister Katie Beaver, brothers, Fredrick "Fritzy" (Carol) Westemeyer, and Leonard Westemeyer, former wife Anne Westemeyer and step-daughter Tammy Schaffer.

The family wishes to thank Mount Pleasant Home, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care and a special thank you to his daughter Missy for taking care of him these past 7 years.



Beverly B. Helbing


Beverly B. (Beresford) Helbing, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 1, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Beverly was born August 16, 1931 in Epworth, Iowa the daughter of Harvey and Evelyn (Ulrich) Beresford. She married Leonard Helbing on October 30, 1954 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Beverly loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and playing Bingo.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard; children, Ron (Laurie) Helbing of Asbury and Cheryl (Teddy) Simon of Bernard; eight (8) grandchildren, Megan, Josh, Jarred, Ryan, Jeff, Alex, Kayla, and Austin; eleven (11) great-grandchildren; siblings, Kate Bradley, Hazel (Erwin) Schulpletz, Robert (Carol) Beresford, and Keith (Jane) Beresford; in-laws, JoAnn (Merlin) Patzner, and Eileen (Dave) Lange.

Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Randy; parents; step-mother, Rose; siblings, Caroline and Wendall; and numerous other relatives.

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

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



Susan E. Brimeyer


Susan E. (Molitor-Werner) Brimeyer, 71, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Susie was born on October 1, 1944 on her sister Joyce's 7th birthday in Galena, IL to Leo and Ethel (Curtis) Molitor, the 5th of 6 children. She attended St. Michael's grade school and Galena High School.

On February 8, 1964 she married Gary Werner.  They lived in Rockford, Savanna and East Dubuque.  They had a son James on February 16, 1973. Gary died in 1973.

Susan and Dick Brimeyer met through a friend and were married on April 4, 1975 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and later their marriage was blessed at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Susie had a zest for life and trying new things.  She was always looking on the bright side.  She had no time for complaining.  She enjoyed life to the fullest.  She loved spending time with family and friends.  She considered her greatest gift her husband and soulmate of 40+ years Dick and their son Jim, a wonderful son, always willing to help and never too old to give us a hug.

Surviving is her son Jim and Step-son Miles, three step granddaughters and 7 step-great grandchildren.  Her siblings, Leo Molitor and Rose Davis both of Dubuque, IA, Jim (Cenzie) Molitor of Pennsylvania and Floyd (Marlene) Molitor of Scales Mound, IL; her in-laws, Betty (Clemie) Pins, Janet (Paul) Reiss, Hubert (Rosie) Brimeyer, Paul (Kay) Brimeyer, Barb (Lyle) Kramer and Larry Powers.  Many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends especially Carol and Dick.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, Her parents Leo and Ethel Molitor, one sister Joyce Schoenhardt, five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

My mom wrote this so I would not have to, all I have to add is the world is a better place because of you and I will always love you and miss you.  Mom and Pop are together again forever now.  Love, Jim.

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

 



John T. Splinter


John T. Splinter, 18, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Monday evening, March 28, 2016 at home.

Private family graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

John was born March 24, 1998 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Barbara J. (Minkler) Splinter.

He was a senior at the East Dubuque High School and a member of the class of 2016. John loved welding, horseback riding, was a computer gamer and played football in his freshman and senior year of school.

Surviving are his parents John and Barbara Splinter; his siblings, Conor Harris (fiancé Brianne Ratkovich) of East Dubuque, Kaley Harris (Richard Seals) and two nieces Catalena Harris and Loralei Seals all of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Luke Harris of Salt Lake City, Utah; his paternal grandparents, Fred and Marilyn (Runde) Splinter of East Dubuque and Robert Minkler of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Sally Minkler.

A John T. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



James E. Hird


James E. "Jim" Hird, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The rosary will be recited at the church, by the Nativity Rosary Society, prior to the time of services. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Jesse (Maahs) Hird.

Jim was a proud and native Dubuquer who spent his early years developing his work ethic on the family farm in Sherrill. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and would go on to honorably serve his county with the military police unit on Oahu Island. After returning to Dubuque, Jim would begin his journey of devoting over 39 years of his time and talents at the Dubuque Packing Company. Jim would be united in marriage to Josephine "Josie" Birkel on September 26, 1950, and they would be blessed with 49 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on March 20, 2000. Jim was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and his generosity knew no limits. Every opportunity to improve the world around him, which presented itself to Jim throughout his life, was seized with a determination and passion which can only be described as Divinely inspired. Jim has left the world in a better condition then when he arrived and his legacy will live on for generations. We will miss the ever present smile of our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend in the deepest regions of our hearts and minds, but find comfort in knowing he is now joyfully reunited with his loving wife, Josie, and all of his other family and friends who've been called home prior to Jim.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include
his daughter,
Betty (Robert) Thill, of Dubuque;

his grandchildren,
Penny Thill, Robert Thill Jr., Marty Thill, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder and Kerry (Rob) Rogers;

his 23 great-grandchildren,
Heather, Holly, Jeremy, Jamie, Stacie, Shawn, Casey, Randy (Briton), Donna (Brian), Janessa, Autumn, Sharon, Shawn, Jonathan (Courtney), Jason, Zach (fiancé Nicole), Cassie (Chris), Courtney, Kyle, Cody, Montana, Nick and Ely;

his 17 great great-grandchildren;

his Godson,
Steve Hird;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Josie; his grandson, Jerry Thill; and his siblings, Tom (Rosie) Hird and Patricia (Norbert) Averkamp.

A James E. Hird memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Jim's favorite charities.

The family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and all of Jim's friends, for all of their care and concern for Jim over the years.

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

 



William L. Herber


William L. "Bill" Herber, 86 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke, family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., a Rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm and a 6:30 pm Scripture Service will also be Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Bill was born on April 13, 1929 the son of Joe and Blanche (McNerney) Herber in Ottumwa, Iowa. He graduated from Ottumwa Catholic Central High School in 1947. Bill then attended Creighton University 1947-1949, then he served in the US Army during the Korean War 1949-1953. He married Helene M. McGrath on October 30, 1954 in Ottumwa, she passed on May 26, 2013. Bill worked for Oscar Meyer in Davenport for 10 years, then relocated his family in 1963 to Dubuque where he worked for Dubuque Packing House/FDL as an industrial engineer until his retirement in 1994. A longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Bill took pride in giving of his time, talent and treasures to charity, especially helping with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and helping to prepare tax returns for people in the community.

Survivors include his three (3) sons, Steven Herber of Lee, IL, Timothy (Kelli) Herber of Lakeville, MN, and Gregory (Lisa) Herber of Prior Lake, MN; five (5) grandchildren, Billy, Hannah, Nathan, Natalie, and Mary Kate; a sister, Regina Harness of Ottumwa, IA; in-laws, JoAnn Berry, and Kay Krafka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Joe (Delores) Herber; in-laws, Jack Berry and Luke Krafka; nephews, Mark Harness and Mike Herber.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and neighbors Jean and Virg Hansen for all their help. Memorial may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul Society in Bill's memory.

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



Eleanor C. Burke


Eleanor C. Burke, 87, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eleanor may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa.
Services for Eleanor will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Rev. Joe McDermott concelebrating. Burial was held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Eleanor was born January 12, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. She received her education at St. Mary's in Cascade, Iowa. On August 5, 1952 she was united in marriage to Patrick J. Burke at St. Mary's Catholic church in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 11, 1999.

After her marriage, Eleanor and Pat raised their family in South Garryowen. Family was very important to Eleanor and she took pride in making a happy home. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and cooking. She served many roles at St Aloysius Catholic Church and was active in the parish choir, Altar and Rosary Societies. Eleanor was a 4-H leader for many years and a past president of West Dubuque Band Parents Association. After moving to the farm on Bernard Road in 1974, she became a member of the St Patrick's Garryowen Altar and Rosary Societies, Bernard Commercial Club and Christ the King Mother's Club. She was employed at the Flower Garden in Cascade and took pleasure in babysitting.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Coleen) Burke of Bernard, IA and Jerry (Jan) Burke of San Antonio, TX; two daughters, Diane (Steve) Frank of Storm Lake, IA and Sharon (Raymond) Garcia of Pecatonica, IL; six grandchildren, Benjamin and Kurt Garcia, Timothy and Annette Frank and Daniel and Lauren Burke; three great grandchildren, Logan, Corben and Gavin Garcia; three siblings, Carl Kurt, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; mother and father in law Earl and Madeline Burke; five brothers, Sam (Theresa "Tessie") Kurt, Joe (Jane) Kurt, Herbert (Dorothy "Dottie") Kurt, Fred (Alvina) Kurt and Andrew Kurt; three sisters, Anna Mae (Bill) Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting and Mary (Wilfred "Bubbles") Dolphin; two brothers-in-law, Dale (Theresa) Burke and Howard Burke; three sisters-in-law, Janice Tetterton, Lois Scarff and Mary Lou Kurt.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Eleanor C. Burke.

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