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Marian Bowman


Marian Bowman, 87, died unexpectedly on January 4, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

At Marian's request, private family funeral services will be held at a later date.

She was born July 24, 1930, to Frank and Martha Wild. She married Bruce F. Bowman on November 22, 1951, at St. Mary's Church, Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on October 12, 2006.

She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and worked as a teaching associate for the Dubuque Community School District.

She was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Parish.

Marian is survived by Kathy (Larry) Miller and their children, Jeff (Kara) Miller and Jessica (Chris) Bleile, all of Dubuque; Jody (Bill Richard) Nelson and her children Davis (Sophie Stephenson) Nelson, of Iowa City, IA, and Dillon Nelson of Dubuque; Kerry Bowman and her children Claire and Chloe Schadl, all of Dubuque; daughter-in-law Donelda Bowman and her children, Cory and Eric Bowman of Dubuque; 5 great-grandchildren, Bryn, Tucker, Kellen, Jack, and Conner; brother William (Carol) Wild of Robins, IA; sister-in-law, Viola Wild; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; her son, Russ Bowman; brother, Gerald Wild.

The family wishes to thank her very special friend, Dorothy Kobs for her friendship.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at hskfh.com.



Leonard H. Helbing


Leonard H. Helbing, 90 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a Scripture Service. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.

Leonard was born January 26, 1927 in Cuba City, Wisconsin the son of Jon and Ann (Hinderman) Helbing. Leonard served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He married Beverly B. Beresford on October 30, 1954 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, she passed on March 29, 2016. Leonard worked for the Fischer Company and retired after 28 years of service. He enjoyed bowling, carpentry work, and volunteered at the Arboretum after retiring.

Survivors include his 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, Joan (Merlin) Patzner, and Eileen (Dave) Lange; in-laws, Kate Bradley, Hazel (Erwin) Schulpletz, Robert (Carol) Beresford, Keith (Jane) Beresford, and Bunny Helbing.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; a son, Randy; parents; siblings, Joseph, Edward, Merlin "Merks", William, Margaret, Louise, Liz, and Evelyn.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Manor for your care of our father and grandfather, also the family would like to thank Dr. Jones and Mercy Medical Center Cardiology staff for their care in Leonard's final hours.

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

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

 



Dorothy L. Ward


Dorothy L. Ward, 87, of Delmar, IA, died on December 28, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport, IA.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held sometime this spring, possibly in April. There is no visitation and burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dorothy Louise Ward was born on April 16, 1930 in Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Collister) Ward. She grew up in Delmar, Iowa, and graduated from Delmar High School and the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA.

Dorothy was an elementary school teacher. She taught for 25 years at Hayes Elementary School in Davenport, IA. She also taught in Elwood, IA and Delmar, IA and also served as a special needs and gifted student specialist in Delmar.

She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie (Cleve) Morse of Marion, IA, and Alyce (Carl) Jenkins of Cedar Falls, IA. She is also survived by three nieces, Julie Morse, Rebekah (Clayton) Campbell, Monica Morse, and three nephews, David Morse, Donald Morse and Thomas Jenkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Cleve Morse.

Dorothy's retirement years were brightened by many helpful visits from her niece, Julie Morse, shopping and transportation assistance from friend Joyce Mitchell, and by the frequent expressions of appreciation she received from the many students she helped guide during her long teaching career.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Delmar United Methodist Church.

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



Frank Carbone


Frank "Tony" Carbone, 67, of Dubuque, IA formerly of Potosi, WI, passed away on January 3rd, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. on his birthday at home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Jumpers Sports Bar and Grill located in Plaza 20, on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Frank was born on January 3, 1951, in La Crosse, WI, the son of Cosmo and Jessie (Blask) Carbone.

Tony was married to the love of his life Rhonda Murphy on May 17th, 1986. He worked for Matthews distributing for 31 years where he proudly distributed his favorite beer, Coors. Tony is an avid Packer fan. He truly had a love for life and would do anything for anyone. He was most proud of his family. He lit up a room with his smile and sense of humor. He was the friend everyone wished they had and will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Carbone; loving father to three daughters and two sons, Angela (Rick) Hoppert of Berlin, WI, Jaime (Aaron) Redfern, of Windsor, WI, Tony (Jeanie) Carbone, of Kieler, WI, Kayla (Nick) Lattner, of Peosta, IA and Corey Carbone of Dubuque, IA. He is the proud grandfather to 8 grandchildren and 1 on the way. Sisters: Linda Carbone Nannenga of Bellevue, IA and Lissa Leibfried of Fennimore, WI. 11 in-laws and 15 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jessie and Cosmo Carbone.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Laurie Gutmann and Erin Springer from UIHC for all their loving care and support.



Patricia A. Johns Steines


Patricia A. Johns Steines, 49, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Patricia on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patricia Ann Johns was born on October 23, 1968 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Thomas and Janet (Pray) Johns. She grew up in Clinton and attended Clinton schools. She married Barton Steines in 1997 in Clinton, Iowa.

Patricia had worked for TNT Restaurant in Maquoketa for several years and also as a private Certified Nurses Aide. She enjoyed arts and crafts, baking, her kitty cat "Bootsy" and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Heather Kohl of Maquoketa, IA, Robert Kohl of Clinton, IA, Justin (and fiance Taryn Bogart) Steines of Maquoketa, IA, Lanie (Jake) Mackin of Maquoketa, and Cheyenne (and fiance Blake Huskey) Vanderleest of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren; brothers, David Pray, James Johns, Jason Johns, Thomas Johns, and Joel Witting; and sisters, Tracy Jones and Laura Johns.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/patricia-a-johns-steines.

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



Mary Kennedy

Mary "Lavonne" Kennedy, 91, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be 12:00 pm (Noon), Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Chapel Adjacent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Family will greet friends 10:00 am until service time also on Saturday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Lavonne was born March 7, 1926, in Graf, Iowa, the daughter of Leland and Regina (Mohr) Schmitt. She married George R. Kennedy on March 15, 1947, in Dubuque, he passed on August 9, 2005. Lavonne worked at Licorice Factory, General Dry Battery Company and co-owned Windsor Park Retirement Home and also owned Granny's Greeting Cards. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Colts with her daughter, Barbara, and playing penny slots at the Casinos.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Charles "Chuck") Martelle, Georgia (Tim) Schmit, Gary (Kathy) Kennedy, and Patrick (Patricia) Kennedy; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; a sister, Sandra (Robert) Connolly; brothers and sister in-laws, Jack (Moomie) Kennedy, and Joan (Terry) Vosberg; step brothers in-law, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman, and Terry (Tami) Gassman.

Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Laura Ann Martelle; father and mother in-laws; Lillian and Milton Gassman and George Kennedy, Sr.; brother and sister in-laws, Robert Kennedy, Juanita (Leo) Oswald, Jean (Duane) Langtimm, Jim (Deane) Kennedy, Jerry (Joyce) Kennedy and Al Steve, Sr.

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

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

 



Marlyce R. Yeager


Marlyce R. Yeager, Jane-of-all-trades, with her love for life and for all people, has passed on to rejoin her blessed partner in spirit and soul. Always putting others before herself, she used her strength and creative energies in every pursuit. We, those who knew her and shared her life, will miss her earthly presence, but will never be far from her influence. Our wish is that she is finally able to find rest and have the means to travel and learn endlessly.

Family left to honor her memory include her children, Pamela (and her husband Mark) Meyer of DeWitt, IA, and Bruce (and his wife Cynthia Lett) of Chicago, IL; 4 grandchildren: Brigitta, Amber, Evan and Aneliese; and sisters, Janice Mills of Milan, IL, Connie Dumit of Raymore, MO, Pat Zidlicky of Postville, IA, and Terri Marsho of Hampton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Leroy Trimble, and the truest love of her life, of which she shared 17 years, Vittorio Emanuele Brandonisio (Vic Brando).

Marlyce's Celebration of Life gathering and reception will be held on her birthday, from 11 A.M. until 2:30 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in DeWitt, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.

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

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

 



Roberta A. Wolbers


Roberta A. "Bobbie" (Thill) Wolbers, 50, of Eldridge, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 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, January 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Bobbie was born January 28, 1967 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sandra (Jones) Thill. She graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1984, and married Curtis Wolbers on April 26, 1985 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Bobbie went on attend Genesis School of Cosmetology in Dubuque, and graduated from NICC with a degree in Marketing. She was employed as a manager for Payless Cashways Lumberyard, and most recently as a manager at Hy-Vee, until her illness required her to retire.

Bobbie was an avid golfer, and enjoyed shopping and travelling- especially to the Caribbean. She had a passion for Shirley Temple movies, and collected Isabel Blooms. Family was the center of her life, and she loved spending time with them.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Curt, of Eldridge; two children, Trenton Wolbers of CA and Heather Wolbers of FL; her father, Deacon Jim Thill of Dubuque; her siblings, Jim (Jennifer) Thill Jr, Kelly LeGrand, and Renee (Harold) Benedict, all of Dubuque; her mother-in-law, Phyllis Wolbers of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law, Russ (Jeni) Wolbers of Dubuque and Scott (Amy) Wolbers of FL; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandy Thill; her nephew Nicholas LeGrand; her niece, Stephani Wolbers; her father-in-law Sam Wolbers; and her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Roberta Wolbers Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers she has had throughout her life, especially the staff at Sunnycrest Manor.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



William E. Russell


William E. "Bill" Russell 83 of Dubuque passed away Monday January 1, 2018 at Manor Care.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 6, 2018 at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Lillian Daniels officiating. Military honors will take place at the church following services by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born on May 23, 1934 in New York, New York, the son of Milo E. and Nellie (Burns) Russell. He graduated in 1951 from East High School in Waterloo, Iowa. He served in the US Navy from 1951 - 1971 as Senior Chief Petty Officer, during his time he served 4 tours of Vietnam.

While serving in the Navy Bill's mother introduced him through letters to Janet Potter. Bill and Jan wrote for seven to eight months and through those letters got to know each other very well. Jan and her two daughters who were 1 and 3 met and got close to Bill's two sons who were 5 and 7, the four children became close before Jan and Bill met face to face. Through the letters Bill eventually asked Jan to marry him. They met on, August 22, 1966 at the Lemoore Naval Base in California and the next morning they were married by the Chaplain at the base. After 4 years of marriage they had their youngest daughter, making their family complete. Bill and Jan had 51 wonderful years of marriage together.

His last cruise while in the Navy was aboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS America. The ship did a around the world tour and he was proud to retire with that memory. He was also able to be on the Honor Flight in 2013.

After retiring from the Navy, Bill sold Snap-On-Tools, and later worked at Menards until 2010. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, American Legion Post #6 and the Fleet Reserve Association for 46 years. Bill enjoyed fishing, camping, and photography, but most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Janet "Jan" Russell; his children Timothy (Lynn) Russell, of Monument Beach, MA, Thomas Russell, of Dubuque, Kimberly (Scott) Klauer, of Dubuque, Brenda (Greg) Fuglsang, of Ankeny, Iowa, and Cheryl (Buck Jackoniski) Muntz, of Dubuque. Eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and a sister Beverly Wildey, of Waterloo, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law Leola and Hubert Potter; brothers-in-law Jerry Potter and Richard Wildey.

In lieu of flowers a William Russell memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care Health Services for all their wonderful care they gave to Bill.



Ronald L. Oberbroeckling


Ronald L. "Ronnie" Oberbroeckling, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 4th, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Born December 22, 1940 to Jude & Thelma Oberbroeckling in Ft Dodge Iowa, he was married to Joan Lundberg for 54 years. Ron was a self-made man, in his 77 years he served in the 101st Airborne Infantry as S. Sgt. for 2 tours in Viet Nam 1967-1968 & 1969. He left behind a distinguished record awarded twice the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, three times the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Good conduct medals for Exemplary behavior and a Master Parachute badge, the mark of expertise at his "trade".

After being wounded, he came to Dubuque with his young family to pursue his love of farming. Starting on shares he moved on to own 3 farms all while in his spare time he sold Insurance fulltime, along with several business adventures along the way including Obie's Tap on Rockdale Rd.

He sold insurance for Farm Bureau for 11 years, then with his office manager Diane Schmitt and his partner Bill Stockel they started John Deere Insurance which later became Oberbroeckling Insurance. While his military and business careers were admirable nothing was more important to him than his family. His son Dick was his pride and joy and carried on his love of farming & daughters Terri & Rhonda he guided with a firm hand and a generous heart. He also served on the ASCS Committee & Dubuque County Board of Trustees, and St Joseph Parish Council in Key West.

Left to cherish Ron's memory are his children Dick (Ronni) Oberbroeckling, Terri (Tim) Lawler, and Rhonda (Jim) Jones; Grandchildren Jeremie, Carissa (Austin Ament), Dallas (Ben) Urbain, Becky (Jake) Kilburg, Kylee, and Keegan; Great Grandchildren Colton, Nate & Cayden Urbain & Brinley Oberbroeckling & soon to arrive Great Granddaughter Kilburg. His sister Judy (Jim) Glosser; sisters-in-law, Eileen Segar & Mary (Bob) Klein. Glenn (Midge) Nicholas who was like a brother to him and many friends from several local establishments especially the Eagles & Happy's Crew who enjoyed many laughs and solving world problems together.

Those proceeding Ron were his loving wife Joan; his parents Jude & Thelma; and his brother Gary (Obie) Oberbroeckling.

The family would like to thank Ron's loyal Office Manager Diane Schmitt for all her years of service and friendship, Hospice of Dubuque especially Dawn for all you did for Ron & Dr. Hermann and staff for all the years of excellent compassionate care.

He did it his way!



Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, BVM

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, BVM, 91, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away January 1, 2018, at Marian Hall.

To celebrate Sister Mary Paul Francis' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. An opportunity for a Sharing of Memories will follow the visitation at 11:15 a.m. To honor Sister Mary Paul Francis' life, a funeral liturgy will be at 1:15 p.m. on Friday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was an economics professor, a student loan officer, and also worked in the student accounts department at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Mary Paul Francis also taught at LaSalle High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as serving as the high school treasurer and a college professor in Chicago. She also taught elementary school in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Rock Island, and Clarksdale, Mississippi; where she also taught high school typing and shorthand.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was born in Springfield, Illinois, on July 21, 1926, a daughter to Earl Ellis and Ann Harriet (Wanuka) Bailey. She entered the BVM congregation September 8, 1947, from St. Vincent Parish, Chicago. She professed her first vows on March 19, 1950, and claimed her final vows on August 15, 1955.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Virginia Harriet Bailey; and a brother, Earl Walter Bailey.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey is survived by nieces, nephews and her loving Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared 70 years of her life.

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



Romayne R. Schmitt


Romayne R. Schmitt, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:50 p.m., on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Romayne's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. To celebrate Romayne's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Romayne was born on March 20, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Ina (Palmer) Roggensack.

Romayne was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, before going onto Bayless Business College to complete her education. She would put her degree to good use at Farley and Loetscher, until she eventually met and married the love of her life, Chester Schmitt, on January 15, 1944, and finally became a loving and full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Romayne and Chester were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on September 30, 2005. In her free time, Romayne enjoyed the many friendships she developed within her membership in the Eastern Star, with her classmates from the Class of ‘42, and also with all of her fellows residents at ManorCare. She also enjoyed hiking and biking on Heritage Trail with Chester, but what truly brought Romayne joy was the precious time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren. We are definitely beginning 2018 with broken hearts, but we accept that Romayne's 93 year journey has been completed now and we are forever grateful that she is, once again, reunited with her loving husband, Chester, and her parents. We love you, we will miss you, and we are thankful for the time the Lord was kind enough to share you with us Romayne. May God continue to bless you until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Romayne's memory include

her children,
David (Sue) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Ernestine) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA
and Diane (Pat) O'Rourke, Maquoketa, IA;

her grandchildren,
Ron, Jon and Adam (Ashley) Schmitt
and Keevin O'Rourke and Aubrie (Jeremy) Stuckey;

her great-grandchildren,
Colton, Carter, Kayla, Ethan, Hunter and Tristan.

Romayne was preceded in death by her parents; and her loving husband, Chester Schmitt.

A Romayne R. Schmitt memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Romayne's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare, especially Lynn and Donna, for all of the kind, compassionate, and professional care of Romayne, and her family these past years.

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

 



Robert N. Ungs

Robert N. Ungs, 88, of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and military honors will be accorded.

Robert was born September 26, 1929, on the family farm near Luxemburg, the son of Aloysious and Emma (Brecht) Ungs. He married and had 8 wonderful children, but they later divorced. He served in the US Army from 1953 - 1955, and when he returned home he farmed on the family farm. He enjoyed working hard in the shop, and woodworking. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Farm Bureau, and the Holy Trinity Parish. He was family oriented and enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his children: John (Aubrey) Ungs of Dubuque, Matt Ungs of Lincoln, NE, Maria (Terry) Gordon of Sumter, SC, Theresa Ungs (Charles Truitt) of Dyersville, Nick (Ashley) Ungs and Phil (Cindy) Ungs, both of Luxemburg, Patrick Ungs and Sarah Ungs, both of Dyersville; 11 grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Iva Ungs of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Peter Joseph Ungs in 1983, and a brother, Marvin Ungs in 1998.

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



Jocelyn K. Rios


Jocelyn K. Rios, age 56, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:27 a.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor and celebrate Jocelyn's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jocelyn was born on August 31, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a daughter of Jerald and Sybil (Fragas) Ulmer.

Jocelyn was blessed to have spent the majority of her earthly journey on the beautiful island of Oahu. She was eventually united in marriage to her true love, Joseph Rios, on July 12, 2002, and they began their 15 year commitment with a joyful determination which absolutely made her heart sing. Jocelyn's spirit and attitude would always remain a perfect reflection of her love for the islands, but as she and Joseph ventured stateside, she would also graciously share her kindness, and love for life, with all whom crossed her path. Jocelyn was truly a generous soul who strived daily to be a positive influence on the world around her. In her free-time, Jocelyn regularly enjoyed sitting down to watch a good comedy, or quite often listening to some of her favorite traditional Hawaiian music hoping to discover the mood to break out into a little light-hearted dance; but what really brought Jocelyn joy was the time she was able to spend with her family and friends. Jocelyn understood the value of personal relationships and if you were adored and appreciated by her, you were sure to know and feel her presence in your life. Jocelyn also enjoyed traveling whenever possible, as much as she savored any opportunity to spend the day on the warm sand watching the waves roll in. We are beyond broken-hearted today with the sudden loss of our dear Jocelyn, her wonderful sense of humor, and her forever loving spirit; but we trust that the Lord has a plan in all things and we know that she is finally free of her health issues, and thankfully resting peacefully in her new perfect body while simultaneously enjoying a most glorious reunion with her parents who were also called home much too early in life. Thank you Jocelyn for all of the joy, love and lessons you shared with the world along your journey, and know that we will surely miss you everyday until we are all reunited once again in time.

Those left to cherish Jocelyn's memory include

her husband,
Joseph Rios, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Jerald (Joseph) Ulmer, Honolulu, Hawaii
and Jodi (Todd) Benevides, Flower Mound, Texas;

and her nieces,
Christina Benevides
and Codie Benevides, both of Texas.

Jocelyn was preceded in death by her parents.

A Jocelyn K. Rios memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional, sincere and compassionate care of Jocelyn, and her family.

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

 



Edward J. Herbst


Edward J. Herbst 74 of Sherrill passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ed was born November 29, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Kathy (Nicholas) Herbst. He married Gloria Heacock on June 20, 1964. Ed owned and operated Dubuque Truck Repair for over 25 years, retiring in 2003. He collected Allis Chalmers items, a member of Allis Connection for over 20 years, farmed with his wife Gloria, and served on the Board of Camp Albrecht Acres for 12 years. Ed's pride and joy was his grandchildren and his happy place was driving his golf cart and being in his shop. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria; a daughter, Janet (Allan) Smith; grandchildren, Holly, Kyle, and Jesse Arlen; a brother, Gary (Cathy) Herbst.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gene Herbst in 1998 and a brother, Jim Herbst.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Tim and Finley Home Care Nurses, especially, Tracey and Heidi for your loving care of their, husband, dad, and grandfather during this time.

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

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

 



Stuart LeRoy Anderson


Stuart LeRoy Anderson, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 27, 2017, at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors following the service. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 1, 2018, from 2 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Stuart LeRoy Anderson was born on July 18, 1942, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Marvin and Helen (Woods) Anderson. He grew up in the Bliedhorn Church area and attended Welton schools. He then served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Jean Mohrfeld on February 2, 1974, in Maquoketa, Iowa, and they had two children, Jerod and Jennifer.

LeRoy first drove truck for Bullocks, Inc. in Maquoketa and delivered milk for Sanitary Dairy. He then farmed with his brother and also worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service retiring in November of this year.

LeRoy was a proud member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jean Anderson of Maquoketa, IA; children Jerod (Jackie) Anderson of Ankeny, IA, and Jennifer (and her husband Michael Griffis) Anderson of Lakewood, CO; 3 grandchildren, Quentin, Mason and Nolan Anderson; sisters, Mary (Blaine) Bock of Maquoketa, IA, Madeline (Terry) Widel of Maquoketa, IA, and Marcia (Phil) Hardy of Decorah, IA; and brothers, Phil (PK) Anderson of Crocket, TX, Mark Anderson of Maquoketa, IA, and Marvin Owen Anderson of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronnie Anderson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stuart LeRoy Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Ellen (Westemeyer) Quade


Mary Ellen (Westemeyer) Quade, 81, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 1, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Quade Family Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born January 28, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Linus and Charlotte (Bock) Westemeyer. She married Ernest Quade on May 24, 1952; he passed on January 2, 2000.

Mary Ellen was a homemaker, raising 8 children and always loved being with her family. She was a hard worker, devoted mother and grandmother, a great cook and especially enjoyed hosting all of the holidays. Mary Ellen was very blessed to be with her family all the way up to this very last Christmas.

Survivors include her children, Mitchell (Kristen) Quade, Susan (Lee) Merrick, Sandra (Baree) Weber, Mark Quade, Sally (Michael) Schneider, Barbara (John) Roethke, Karen (John) Freiburger, and Laura Quade (Kurt Gudenkauf); 21 grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren; gentleman friend, Mark "Red" Burds; siblings, Robert (Donna) Westemeyer, Ronald (Caleen) Westemeyer, and Luann (Tom) Flury; brother in-laws, Gerald Beaver, Don Quade, and Paul Quade, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Ernest Quade; siblings, Katherine "Kate" Beaver, Frederick "Fritz" (Carol) Westemeyer, Gerald (Mary) Westemeyer, Leonard Westemeyer, Linus and John Charles in infancy; and a granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Chapman in infancy, brother in-laws Bill (Lucy) Quade, Bob (Jean) Quade, Jim Quade, and Raymond Quade, nephews Ronald Beaver and Lloyd Schromen Jr.

The family would like to thank Drs. Sullivan, Janes, Holm, and Whalen and their staff for all of the loving care given to their mom these past 15 years. The family also would like to thank Mercy Medical Center ER Doctors and staff for caring for their mother.

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



Juanita Mae Erschen


Juanita Mae Erschen died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 5th, 2018 at the church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 5th, at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Juanita Mae Channell, on April 22, 1921 in Suffolk, VA to Willie Joseph Channell and Rosalie Margaret Channell. After graduating from Hopewell High School, she earned an RN degree from Petersburg Hospital in Petersburg, VA.

During WWII, at age 21, she enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps. Soon after enlisting she was given an assignment to care for our wounded soldiers in England. While stationed there, she met, fell in love with and married Robert J. Erschen who was recovering from his war injuries in England.

After the war ended, they were both transferred back to the United States where Nita gave birth to their first daughter at Fort McPhearson, Georgia. When Nita and Robert were discharged from the army they decided to make their first home together in Dubuque, Iowa, in the house where Robert grew up. After having 2 sons and 3 daughters they built a new house at 220 N. Booth St. to accommodate their growing family.

Nita was a wonderful wife and caring mother. She and Robert took their 5 children on many camping and fishing trips in the summer months and helped them with snowmen, snow angels and ice skating in the winter. Nita was fond of reading to all of them from the Books of Knowledge in the evenings after their homework was finished. She inspired the children with her artistic skills.

As a member of a Dubuque art club she produced lovely figure drawings. She also loved painting landscapes and handmade greeting cards throughout her long life. Her flower gardens were always a thing of beauty as were her vegetable patches full of lettuce and tomatoes, herbs, spinach and green beans.

On Saturday nights Robert and Nita often joined friends for dinner and ballroom dancing or made an evening of playing euchre or other card games with family and friends. They also loved fishing and boating on the Mississippi River.

Nita was a prolific correspondent who always made time for writing long, handwritten letters to old friends and her adult children who moved away from Dubuque. She wrote to her daughters once or twice a week for nearly 50 years. She somehow managed to do all of this at the same time she was caring for her aging mother, Rosalie Grant, and her in-laws, Joseph and Mary Erschen.

Nita was a delightful person, full of fun and laughter. She always had a lot to say and plenty of energy to converse with everyone. She loved bird watching and fed the wild birds on a regular basis. Her back yard was full of birdseed and hummingbird feeders and, of course, birds.

Nita was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws and her husband Robert J. Erschen.

She is survived by her five children: Olivia Erschen, Joseph R. Erschen, Joan Michele (Miki) Erschen, Janice Erschen and Edward Erschen. She also had 7 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was loved by many, including her devoted caregivers, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Donations may be made in her name to the Dubuque Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.



Mrs. Robert (Alice L. Trumm) Sieverding


Mrs. Robert (Alice L. Trumm) Sieverding, 87 years old, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of LaMotte, Iowa, passed into eternal peace on December 27th, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers and Deacon Stan Scheiding officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born on October 9, 1930 the youngest daughter of Joseph M. and Angeline (Clara Wieser) Trumm. Alice was educated in Dubuque at Holy Ghost elementary school, St Joseph Academy for girls, and at Loras College.

She learned to "tint" photos and soon became an excellent artist, using chalk or oils. Some of her art work is displayed in the homes of family members to this day.

Alice loved to travel and experience life. She lived and worked in San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, and in Dubuque, IA, working as a receptionist, administrative secretary, and switchboard operator; for many years at Interstate Power Company.

In 1982 she married Robert (Bob) Sieverding, moved to LaMotte, and began her "life on the farm". She and Bob shared a strong faith, enjoyed 29 years together, made many friends, did some traveling and spent time with family. He preceded her in death in February 16, 2012.

While living in the Dubuque area she was a member of Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Holy Rosary Church in LaMotte, and St Joseph Church in Key West. She was an active member of The Rosary Society.

Throughout the years, she treated her nieces and nephews to movies, ice skating, homemade ice cream, "Sandy's Drive-in", train trips to Chicago for shopping, picnics at the farm, and gifts of art. She loved pets, especially kittens, and her favorite cat, Muffie.

She will be sadly missed by her many family and friends. Surviving are her nieces Kris (Jerry) Kieffer, Gayla (John) Roarig and Stacey MacNider her brother-in-law Tony (Gert) Sieverding and their family Loras (Mary) Sieverding, Ann (Stan) Scheiding, Mary (Steve) Foust, Sandra (Tom) Brus, Laura (Bill) Grams, Carol (Dave) Dunne, Luke (Linda) Sieverding and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; siblings, Raymond Trumm and Edith (Robert) Ball; half siblings Maurice, Carl and Bertille Trumm, nephews Thomas Ball, Steven Ball and Gary Ball, in-laws Anton and Josephine Sieverding, Betty Sieverding, and a nephew-in-law Mark Sieverding.

In lieu of flowers an Alice Sieverding memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and medical care. A special thank you to Loras Sieverding, Kris Kieffer and her late sister Edith Ball for all their care of Alice in the last years of her life.



Barney J. Hankner


Barney J. Hankner, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Barney's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at 2 P.M. Wednesday at the Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barney Joe Hankner was born on May 28, 1954 in Waverly, Iowa, to Theodore Adam August and Evelyn (Sorensen) Hankner. He was a graduate of Waverly High School and received his Associates Degree in Retail Management from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. On May 1, 1976 he married Melissa Ann Witt in Davenport, Iowa, and they had two children, Molly and Danny.

Barney first worked for Shultz Bros. in Maquoketa as store manager. He then co-owned and operated Gambles/True Value Hardware Store for many years with Dean and Maxine LeClere. In the early 1990's he became involved with the insurance industry selling mainly supplemental policies for EMC National Life and Central United Life. Following a triple bypass surgery in 2010, he began working regularly with Stub Pape, doing home improvement and property maintenance.

Barney was an active member of Faith Community Church where he served as a trustee & volunteer janitor. He enjoyed fishing in his earlier years, and as an avid railroad enthusiast, he took great joy in watching trains and running his own model trains, of which his favorite railway was the Chicago Great Western. He enjoyed starting his mornings having a cup of coffee with the guys at KJ's in Maquoketa.

Barney was a humble man, a loving husband, a warm and caring father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will be missed far more than he ever knew.

Those left to honor Barney's memory include his wife, Melissa Ann Hankner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Molly (Mike) Heiar of Dubuque, IA, and Danny (Megan) Hankner of Davenport, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Henry and Joy Heiar and Macy and Charlee Hankner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Caleb Hankner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Barney J. Hankner memorial fund has been established.

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



Arthur J. Miller, Jr.


Arthur J. Miller, Jr., 77, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson Street, Dubuque, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Visitation will also be held Saturday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Art was born January 23, 1940 at the McGrath Farmstead in Lattnerville, Iowa, son of Arthur and Annetta (McGrath) Miller Sr.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Dubuque. Art received his teaching certification and master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

On May 30, 1964, he married the love of his life, Sally Koehler at Immanuel Congregational.

Art began his nearly 40 year teaching career teaching in Elizabeth, Illinois in 1963. He then taught social studies at Thomas Jefferson Junior High/Middle School from 1964 to 2002, where he also coached many boys and girls sports over the years.

Art was an active and dedicated volunteer and held many positions with the Dubuque Education Association, IntegrUS Credit Union (fka Dubuque Teachers Credit Union) and Immanuel Congregational. For the last 14 years he has volunteered with the SHIIP program at UnityPoint Health assisting seniors with selecting their Medicare prescription benefits. He also has been a strong supporter of the Dubuque Arboretum and Dubuque Historical Society.

Art enjoyed traveling with his wife and family across the United States and around the world during numerous family vacations, cruises and bus trips. An avid gardener, he shared his vast knowledge and the bounty of produce and fruit to friends, neighbors and family. He always took time to make sure a "lovely lady" got a "lovely rose."

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Art was always a loyal fan of his Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Iowa Hawkeyes through the good and bad seasons alike.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Miller of Dubuque; four sons, Jonathon (Beth) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Jonathon Caleb and Koehler; Joel (Alisha) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Kyler and Aiden; Kurt (Amy) Miller of Davenport and their children, Hayden and Addison; and Adam (Valentina) Miller of Dubuque and their children, Boris and Anastasia. He is also survived by three siblings, Robert (Janice) Miller, Nettie (John) Combs, and Charles (Marie) Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health ICU and Dr. Schope and Dr. Salas for their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Arthur J. Miller Jr. Social Sciences Award in care of the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools, 700 Locust St., Ste. 195, Dubuque, IA 52001

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



Mary Jane Feldman


Mary Jane Feldman, 82, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 1, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary Jane was born December 11, 1935 in Delhi, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Doris (Werner) Goldsmith.  She married Jerome Feldman on May 31, 1958 at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, St. Jude's Mothers Club, and delivered meals on wheels for 19 years.  She was an extraordinary minister and led the rosary in her parish for many years.  Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Jerome; six children: Kathy (Dan) Steffen and Mark (Mary Ann) Feldman both of Dyersville; Joan (Al) Hellmann of Marion, Rose Freese of Marshalltown; Chris Feldman of Dubuque; Diane (Andrew) Edgar of Helena, MT, grandchildren: Beckie (fiancé Charles Grim) Steffen, Matt Steffen both of Ames, Emily (Josh) Schindler, Molly Feldman both of West Des Moines, Ellen Feldman of Jesup, Jessie (Chris) Ketchum of Cedar Rapids, Angie (Max) Perkins of Mountlake Terrace, WA, Brandon Freese of Fort Dodge, Sam Edgar of Helena, MT, 2 great grandchildren: Landon and Eli Ketchum of Cedar Rapids, 1 brother, Darrel "Red" Goldsmith of Delhi, in-laws: Theresa Burkle of Manchester, Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Irvin Feldmann, Tony (Joyce) Feldmann all of Earlville, Floyd (Rita) Feldmann, of Edgewood, Elmer (Dorothy) Feldmann of Hopkinton, Les (Joan) Feldmann of Rickardsville, Dave (Sandy) Feldmann of Alburnett, Loras (Mary) Feldmann of Farley, Gerald (Barb) Feldmann of Epworth, Dan (Barb) Feldmann of Cedar Rapids, Leanna Feldmann of Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Anton and Isabella Feldmann, in-laws: Ann Goldsmith, Paul Feldmann, and Leon Burkle.

Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa and Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 

 



Ricky A. Starr


Ricky A. "Ringo" Starr, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Ricky from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the gathering.

Ricky Allen Starr was born on March 3, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Earl Rupert and Ione May (Carr) Starr. He grew up in Maquoketa and then attended high school in DeWitt. He married Debra Good on July 28, 1973 in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Jennifer, Heather, Ashley and Jolene. Ricky and Debra later divorced. On January 19, 1999 he married Pamela Miller Robinson in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ricky had worked various jobs throughout his life. He first drove truck for Thomas Pressley in the Quad Cities for four years. He then worked at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa as a supervisor for five years and later for Kelly Radiator in Cedar Rapids and John Wagener Ford in Maquoketa. Additionally, he had worked at Red Jacket for nine years and lastly for O'Reilly Auto Parts in Maquoketa for two years. For many years he has owned and operated RAS Auto in Maquoketa.

Ricky enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, going to the casino, mushrooming, and going out to eat with family and friends. He especially loved drinking coffee.

Those left to honor Ricky's memory include his wife Pam Starr of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jennifer (Chris) Ellis of Lost Nation, IA, Heather (Chad) Niec of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ashley (Sean) Reiter of Maquoketa, IA, and Jolene Starr of Lost Nation, IA; step-children, RJ Robinson of Maquoketa, IA, Steve Robinson of Princeton, IL, and Nikki Robinson of Maquoketa, IA; 14 grandchildren, Matthias, Theron, William, Liberty, Leia, Lane, Alexys, Keira, Breanna, Dillan, Cadyn, Eidyn, Aiden, Alya; 2 great-grandchildren, Azlyn and Samarah; a brother, Randy Starr of Grand Mound, IA; and sisters, Carol (Mike) Evans of Maquoketa, IA, Dona Rawlins of DeWitt, IA, Glenda Richards of Indianola, IA, and Judy Marvin of East Moline, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, uncles Frank Starr and Carl McNamee, a niece Lisa Yarolem, a nephew Ryan, and a great-nephew Travis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ricky A. "Ringo" Starr memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Herron L. Hinman


Herron Lynn Hinman, 66, of Dubuque Iowa, passed away December 25th 2017 from complications of a long history of prostate cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date.

He was born on October 18, 1951 in Dubuque Iowa, son of Lynn D. and Harriett H. Hinman.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High school in 1969. He was involved in Cross Country and Track while attending Senior, and held a school record in Track for many years. He attended NIACC Community College in Mason City, Iowa, returning to Dubuque to work at John Deere and later McGraw Hill, retiring in 2008.

He was an avid fisherman, loved cookouts and outdoors. He was a loyal Vikings fan, an Iowa Hawkeye fan, and an Iowa State Cyclone fan, when they weren't playing the Hawkeyes. He enjoyed family gatherings and Bud Light in bottles.

He is survived by his brother Jerry Hinman; sisters Melanie Hinman, Eleanor (Scott) Wallace; a sister-in-law, Anne Chesterman. Nieces, Barb (Kevin) Kehl, Jane (Vikram) Chesterman-Chinchankar, Beth (Will) Chesterman-Sands, Lynn (Jessie) Nelson, Hannah (Nick Konzen) Wallace; one nephew Tyler Wallace; seven great nieces and nephews, and special friend, Sallie Moore and her family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother Robert Chesterman.

In Herron's honor, donate to your favorite charity, feed the birds, or plant a tree.

Thank you to all Herron's lifelong friends and family who've helped him these past few years and all the many health care personnel he met along the way.



Sr. John Eudes Courtney, OP

Sister John Eudes Courtney, OP, died Dec. 22, 2017. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service will be held there at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Her ministry as an English teacher was at the following high schools: Holy Trinity, Bloomington, Ill.; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, Minn.; St. Catherine, Anaconda, Mont.; St. Cecilia, Omaha, Neb.; Visitation, Chicago; Freeport Aquin, Freeport, Ill.; Dominican, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; St. Cecilia, Nashville, Tenn.; and Boylan, Rockford, Ill. She received a master's degree in English from the Catholic University of America. Other ministries included one year as librarian at Christendom College, Triangle, Va., and as a pastoral enabler at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle. She also ministered for one year as neighborhood organizer and prison visitor while at Annunciation Parish, Chicago. 

She returned to serve at the Dominican motherhouse in 1989 and served for 26 years there before joining the St. Dominic Villa community in June 2015.

Sister John Eudes was born Sept. 26, 1922, to Harvey and Josephine (Ogden) Courtney in Chicago, Ill. She is survived by nieces and nephews, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.

Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, is handling arrangements. 

 

 



James A. Pearson


James A. Pearson, MD, 84 of East Dubuque, IL and formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital from acute brain tumors.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 30, 2017 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
He was born on June 13, 1933 in Anamosa, Iowa the son of August and Helen (Boos) Pearson. He married Nancy Digman on November 9, 1996 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, IL.

Jim graduated from Anamosa High School and the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He served his residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, and at Hermann Hospital in Houston. He became a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. From 1960 to 1962 he served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Dr. Pearson practiced in Dubuque for many years until retirement. He was a partner along with Dr. Julian Nemmers and Dr. Gerald Meester at Dubuque Orthopedic Surgery on Grandview Avenue, and practiced at Finley Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.
He was a member of many professional associations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Iowa Orthopedic Association, Iowa Medical Society, Dubuque County Medical Society, and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #6 in Dubuque.

Jim loved the practice of medicine, his patients and the people he worked with. Piloting planes and travel brought him great joy. He also loved his home and nature.

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife Nancy; his daughters Michelle (Tobias) Henriksson, and Amy Carapella; a son James Pearson and 11 grandchildren. His two sisters Marilyn Binion and Mary (William) Sterba and a brother John (Jan) Pearson; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Susan; a brother Lawrence Pearson and a sister Martha Pearson.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care that Jim received.

"Always Loved Never Forgotten"



Merlin Schuster


Merlin "Nick" Schuster, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, in Cedar Falls, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Nick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Nick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Nick was born on February 3, 1945, in Key West, Iowa, son of Clarence and Lucille (Welbes) Schuster.

Nick attended St. Joseph Grade School in Key West and then went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1963. Nick honorably served his country as a Sargent with the U.S. Marines spending 2 years in Vietnam. After returning from his service overseas, Nick went to work in the maintenance department with the Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years, before moving on to Flexsteel and finally the Diamond Jo Casino, where he eventually retired at the age of 67. Nick would meet and marry the love of his life, Norma Konrardy Manders, and they were blessed with 41 years together and a wonderful family. Nick had a love of electronics and being quite the self taught, "tinkerer", he would spend hours in the garage work shop fixing everything from computers to reel to reel movie projectors. In his younger years, Nick could easily be found out on the river with Norma and all of his "troops", enjoying some fun in the sun. Nick was always very proud of his service with the U.S. Marines and was very involved with the Dubuque Marine Corps League, where he did a little of everything, from holding office, volunteering for fund raising events and Toys for Tots, to being a regular member of the military funeral detail. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend on Christmas Eve, but take comfort in the knowledge that Nick joined his loved ones in Heaven for the most glorious Christmas Eve Mass he's ever attended.

Those left to cherish Nick's memory include

his loving wife,
Norma Schuster, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 daughters,
Brenda (fiancé Jerry Teague) Vowers, Littleton, CO,
Shari (Racil) Mapes, Titusville, FL,
Lisa (Scott) Stella, Titusville, FL,
Michele (Patrick) Botwright, Kodak, TN,
Connie (Nathan) Stickley, Parkersburg, IA
and Becky Manders, Aurora, CO;

his 14 grandchildren,
Savanah, Logan, Nicholas (Kevin), Ashley (Brandon), Justin, Andrew, Ben, Isabella, Remek, Eli, Noah, Bayley, Tyler and Drew;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Jayden and Eliana;

his 3 sisters,
Margie Nauman,
Jeanne (Dick) Stierman
and Loie (Whitey) Leytem, all of Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Ruth Schuster, Sherrill, IA.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cletus Schuster, and a brother-in-law, Herman "Boots" Nauman.

A Merlin "Nick" Schuster 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

 



Robert J. Leick


Robert J. "Bob" Leick, 63, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at home, after a brief battle with cancer.

Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 5, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Bob was born May 7, 1954 in Dubuque, the son of Anthony P. and Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick. He graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1971, and was employed for 45 years at Flexsteel.  He married Lucy Lenaers Ward on April 6, 2012.

Bob enjoyed golf and fishing. He was an avid gardener, and was especially talented with tulips. Bob was a simple man overflowing with love and laughter. Bob greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lucy; two children, Rob (Kari Brashaw) Leick of Dubuque and Nicole (Drew) Wojciechowski of Temecula, CA; two step children, Aaron (Theresa) Ward and Shannon (Josh Kelly) Ward, both of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Avery and Bryce Wojciechowski, Evelyn and Brianna Ward, and Madyson Akers; and two brothers, Donald Anthony Leick and Thomas Joseph Leick, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley Hospital for their compassion and care.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 

 



Ruth A. Meyer


Ruth A. Meyer, age 74, of Peosta, was called home peacefully at 10:50 p.m., on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ruth's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on September 15, 1943, in Cuba, Missouri, daughter of, Raymond Coffman and Eleanor Dryer.

Ruth was united in marriage to Charles Frazier in February of 1963, they were blessed with only 4 short years together and an adored daughter, before he was called home ahead of her suddenly in 1967. Ruth would then move to Dubuque in 1969 with her family, and made it her permanent home. She was a faithful employee, who truly loved her work with the Sisters at St. Dominic Villa, for 43 years until her well earned retirement in 2010. Ruth would be fortunate enough to find love again, and would marry Warren Meyer in 1991, however he too would sadly be called home ahead of her in 2010. In her free time, Ruth could be found sitting down at the sewing machine creating her next masterpiece or out and about on her weekly run to Goodwill in search of her next great bargain. She also had an extensive doll collection and a great love of animals, especially her little dog, Tashia. Ruth enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors whether it be hiking, exploring caves or hitting the open road on the back of a Harley. She also found great joy traveling with her family all across the country. Undeniably Ruth's greatest love was her family, she treasured time spent with her daughter and grandchildren more than words can express. We are deeply saddened at losing our mom, grandma, sister and friend this Christmas season, but take comfort in the knowledge that she is now free of the health problems that she has faced these past few years, and is now reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her daughter,
Tina (John) Yelden, Peosta, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Matthew (fiancé Katie Ambrosy) Tigges, Dubuque, IA,
David Tigges, Dubuque, IA,
Robert Yelden, Knoxville, TN
and Candice (Drew) Cox, Epworth, IA;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Lillianne Yelden, Brandon Kringle, Oakley Tigges, Harper Cox, Misty Tigges and Asher Cox;

her siblings,
JoAnn Marburger, Dubuque, IA,
Lucille (Tom) Casey, West Des Moines, IA,
Bert Coffman, Galena, IL
and Tony Earl (Alva) Coffman, Cuba City, WI;

and a sister-in-law,
Patty Coffman, Dubuque, IA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Charles Frazier; her 2nd husband, Warren Meyer; and a brother, James Coffman.

A Ruth A. Meyer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ruth's family would like to thank the amazing doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Ruth and her family.

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

 



George C. Fox


George C. Fox, age 89, of Dubuque, died at 12:35 p.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Windmill Manor in Coralville, IA. To honor George's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

George was born on July 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Newcomb) Fox.

George proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, and was assigned to the Marine 1st division in Korea. He was united in marriage to Edith "Nancy" Bennett, on June 5, 1965, in Dubuque. George and Nancy were blessed with 38 wonderful years together and 3 children before she passed away on January 12, 2004. George was a hard worker who put his talents in maintenance and manufacturing to good use at several companies throughout the years. He was a "do-it-yourselfer", performing all of his own plumbing, electric and carpentry work around the house, as well as taking care of his automobiles. George was a voracious reader, a love which was passed on to his children and grandchildren. Above all George loved his family, they meant the world to him and he especially looked forward to any time spent with the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our father, grandfather and friend this Christmas season, but take some comfort in the knowledge that he is now with his beloved wife, Edith Nancy, and all of his departed loved ones.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his 3 children,
Francis (Lisa) Fox, Vinton, IA,
James Fox, Dubuque, IA
and Nancy Fox-Sass, Iowa City, IA;

and his 7 grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; and his loving wife, Edith.

A George C. Fox 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

 



Donald G. Durey


Donald G. "Sonny" Durey, 81, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Although named Donald at birth, all of his family and friends knew him as "Sonny."

A funeral service will be held at 11;00 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

The most important treasures in Sonny's life were all of his family. He cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whether the kids called him grandpa, papa or pappy, he couldn't have loved or been more proud of them as each new member joined the family. He always had a story to share with anyone who would listen!

Sonny's love of family extended beyond those in his immediate family. Throughout the years, Sonny and his wife, Ruth, welcomed many foster children into their home. Regardless of the time each child spent with the family, Sonny and Ruth considered them to be members of the family and made certain that everyone else did too. Sonny and Ruth's definition of family was not defined by a bloodline, but rather by a "heartline."

Sonny spent many years as a mechanic and loved to work with his hands. He was working at the Gulf Station when he met his wife, Ruth. Throughout the years, he continued as a mechanic, working at Mutual Wheel and finally at Flexsteel for many years prior to his retirement.

Just as Sonny served his family with pride, he also proudly served his country in the army. He served both in the United States and Germany. In May of 2014, Sonny was able to travel to Washington DC as a member of an Honor Flight This experience touched him deeply and remained a treasured memory for him.

While raising his family, and as his children raised theirs, Sonny was sure to share his love of camping and fishing with them. Many days were spent holding a pole around some waterhole during the day and laughing around campfires by night. When the days were too cold to be outdoors, he had a bowling ball in his hands. He taught his children and grandchildren to bowl; and throughout the years, many of them played with him on family leagues. He remembered the high score of everyone and was thrilled with each time they "broke their record."

At each family gathering, Sonny could be found at a card table in a feisty game of Euchre. He was happy to teach anyone willing to learn, explaining all of the nuances of the game. However, when the "real card games" began, he was a fierce competitor!

Sonny loved taking his family on vacations, attending country music concerts, and sharing rodeos with his son, Ed.

During his short illness in the end, Sonny continued to show his fighting spirit. He was a strong-willed and proud man. He fought hard until he could, with the help of Hospice, be transferred home from the hospital. Once at home, with family surrounding him, country music filling the room, and kids and dogs crawling on his bed, he was finally able to stop fighting, and he calmed and soaked in the love that surrounded him. Only when he was certain that the family was all together and could support each other, did he take his last breath. He celebrated his family in death just as he had throughout his entire life.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; daughters, Chris McCarron, Cathy Ruden, Candy Frommelt, and his son Ed Durey, all of Dubuque. His siblings, Donna Gayle Ware, of Bixby, OK, Phyllis Herbstreith, of Dubuque, Richard (Ann) Durey, of Moline, IL, and Lorraine Heskett, of Nampa, ID; sister-in-law Barbara Durey, of Dubuque; and his special pups Huckleberry and Mindy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Burdette and Leona Durey; grandparents William and Maude Phillip; sister, Marlyn Langevin; brother Robert Durey; brothers-in-law Leon Herbstreith and Leo Ware; son-in-law George Frommelt; mother and father-in-law Edward and Pearl Gerstkamp.



Vern Kuhle


The big heart of a big man finally gave out. Vern Kuhle of Dickeyville, WI, formerly of rural Hazel Green, WI, died on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, IA, of an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Private family burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.  Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Vern was born August 29, 1931 in rural Hazel Green to Lydia and Joseph Kuhle.  He was raised by his mother and step-father Cletus Eckert. He attended school in Kieler, WI, and at Loras Academy in Dubuque.

He married Doris Mary Hilby on February 7, 1950 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, IL, and spent the next 66 years making a life together and raising a family.  His heart broke the day he lost Doris on May 15, 2016.

Vern was a farmer and carpenter for over 50 years.  He built many homes with his brother Bernard at Kuhle Construction and later for Schultz Construction. As each of his children became homeowners there were plenty of remodeling jobs and projects that needed Dad's expertise as well.  In his spare time Dad loved working with his horses, going to grandkids sporting events and of course a good card game.

Vern is survived by his children, Pat(Tom) Fleege, Diane O'Shea, Steve Kuhle, Rick (Karen Hartnett) Kuhle, Dan (Claire) Kuhle, Mary Jo (Beaner) Runde, Ron (Carolyn) Kuhle, Kate (Bill) Vickerman, Ken (Jane) Kuhle and Tina (Kimberly Anderson) Kuhle; many grandchildren and great grandchildren and a new great great grandson; his siblings, Ruth Klein, Edwin (Joyce) Kuhle, Sister Joselda Kuhle, OSF, Bonnie Tranel and Karen (Ed) Buchanan; inlaws, Ione (Ralph) Turman, Joan Hilby, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, Mary Ann (Paul) Burbach, Jack (Rose) Hilby and Mark Hilby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Cletus Eckert; daughter and son-in-law Janet & Jerry Kowalski; grandsons, Adam Runde and Alex Kuhle; brother, Bernard Kuhle; in-laws, Joe Klein, Roger Tranel, Jackie Kuhle, and Margie and Bill Burroughs.

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

 

 



Bernadine C. Ambrosy


Bernadine Catherine Ambrosy, 86 of Dubuque and formerly of Bernard passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Sacred Heart Cemetery Fillmore.

She was born on March 9, 1931 in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Duschen) Pfab. She married Lester A. Ambrosy on November 26, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church, Fillmore. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2013.

Bernadine and Lester farmed together in Bernard for many years until retirement. She enjoyed being outdoors and working in her flower garden. She also enjoyed shopping, reading and traveling when ever she got a chance, and will be remembered for her famous chocolate chip cookies.

She is survived by her three children LuAnn Ambrosy, of Dubuque, David (Rebecca) Ambrosy of Bernard, and Rita (John) O'Connell of Bernard; eight grandchildren Andrew (Jolene Stecklein) O'Connell, Kristin (Bradley) Chrest, Jennifer, Brandon, Justin, and Jamie Ambrosy, Samantha and Dylan Heins; a sister Peg Pfab-Houge, and a brother Howard Pfab.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lester; a daughter-in-law Crystal Ambrosy; brother Harvey Pfab; and two sisters Callista Ambrosy and Alverna Schuster.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers who helped Bernadine over the years especially the staff at Sunset Park Place. Also to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, Dr. John Viner and their staff's along with the nurses and staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. 



Jeannette E. Correll


Jeannette E. Correll, 97, of Dubuque, formerly of Waterloo died peacefully Saturday, December 23, 2017 at home.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Visitation will also be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.

Jeanette was born April 4, 1920 in Waterloo, daughter of Harold and Delila (Gratriex) LeVan.

She married Gerald Fred Bartelt on June 19, 1941. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1978.  She married John F. Correll on March 3, 1983.  He preceded her in death on September 7, 1997.

She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Waterloo.  She was a homemaker who liked to sew, read, garden and cook.  She also loved animals.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Kay (Charles) Gantenbein; step daughters, Jane (Dale) Zander and Mary Bollman; grandchildren, Thomas (Peaceful Spirit) Gantenbein, Terrance Gantenbein, Ronald Trumbauer, and David Trumbauer; step grandchildren, Kari (Walt) Gjavenis, John Correll, and Mark Bollman; and great grandchildren, McKayla, Kate and Alexa Gantenbein; Jayson and Jenna Zick; and Katie and Kyla Bollman.  She is also survived by nieces, Linda (Joe) Miller, Lisa (Steve) Steward, Ginger (Charles) Logan, Lynn Kuklieski, and Julie LeVan.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janice Marie Trumbauer, step son and his wife, John and Bertha Correll; brother and sister in law Bob and Lois LeVan; step grandchildren, Charles "Chip" Correll, Rebeccah Johnson, and Jeffery Zander, great grandson, Jake Johnson and nephew, Eric LeVan.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home for their wonderful care.

 

 

 

 



Dolores A. Timmerman


Dolores A. Timmerman, 93, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dolores was born on November 16, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Rudolph and Ann (Lyke) Beversdorf.  She was formerly a waitress at the Elks Lodge and The Dodge House in Dubuque. Dolores was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during World War # 2.

Surviving are five daughters, Sharon (Terry) Donath, of Dubuque, Margaret Fox of East Dubuque, Kelly (Frank) Yurasek of Oak Park, IL, Jean (Steve) Tigges of Key West, and Dawn (Dale) Patterson of Zwingle, IA; eight grandchildren, Troy (Sara), Jason (Jenny), George, Jamie, Holly (Greg), Christopher (Jenny), Jeffrey (Jamie), and Toni Jo (Ronnie); 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Tina Key of Dubuque, one brother, Duane Beversdorf of California, and a lifelong friend, Bee Buelow of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Larry Stoedter whom she married in 1946, and Eugene "Matty" Timmerman, whom she married in 1958; three grandchildren, Jodi Lee Donath, Jenny Green, and Marshalle Pfab; her siblings, Rudolph "Bud" and Richard Beversdorf, and Beverly Gregory; and son-in-law, George Fox.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care provided to their mother.

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

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.



Patrick J. Splinter.


Patrick J. Splinter, 56, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at home following an extended illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 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 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pat was born June 14, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Frederick T. and Marilyn A. (Runde) Splinter.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1979. Pat was formerly employed as a mechanic and driver for the Jo Daviess County Workshop, a driver for Tri-State Travel both in Galena, worked on the Splinter family farm and most recently was an inventory specialist at the Heritage Center for the University of Dubuque.

Pat loved to work on cars, especially Chevrolets. He enjoyed being with his friends, was an avid euchre player and a Chicago Bears fan.

Surviving are his parents, Fred and Marilyn Splinter of East Dubuque; his siblings, Joe (Kitty) Splinter of Hanover Park, IL, Steve (Vicki) Splinter of Virginia Beach, VA, John (Barb) Splinter of Hazel Green, WI, and Sue (Rich) Conlon of Durango, IA; nieces and nephews, Rachael & Marissa, Katie, Chuck, Zach and Sarah, Conor, Luke and Kaley, and Sam and Lucy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Agnes (Puls) Splinter, and Alfred and Irene (Cullen) Runde, his nephew, John Thomas Splinter, and his uncles, Paul J. Runde, and Eugene Splinter, and aunts, Rosalyn Splinter and Marie Splinter.

A Patrick J. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

Pat's family wishes to express sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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

 

 

 



Delores M. Neuhaus

Delores M. Neuhaus, 85, of New Vienna passed away Friday, December 22, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Friday, December 29, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Delores was born August 16, 1932, on the family farm near New Vienna the daughter of Alphonse and Alvina (Pape) Klostermann. She attended St. Boniface Grade School and High School and graduated in 1950. She was a member of the St. Boniface Youth Sodality and the 4-H Clever Clover Club.

After graduation she worked in the office of Dr. David Ungs, DVM and later in the office of Neuhaus Feeds and Dairy Supply in New Vienna. She also helped on the family farm after her father's death in 1949.

On June 8, 1954 she married Bernard Neuhaus at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Seven children were born to this union.

Delores was active in the community. She was instrumental in organizing the New Vienna Area Historical Society and served as the first Secretary. She was a volunteer and a tour guide at the Heritage House Museum and was a successful grant writer for the Museum as well as many other organizations in the area. She recently served as the society's President and Historian. She worked hard to place ten acres of the town of New Vienna on the National Registry of Historical Places. She served on the committee for the recently published book, "Roots and Wings".

Delores served on the Dubuque County Historical Preservation Board for many years. She worked as an election official and was the Vice Chair-Person for Precinct 43.

Delores was a member of St. Boniface Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society and served as President and Vice president and as a group leader. She served as a member of the St. Boniface Adult Choir and as a Eucharistic Minister. Delores was a member of the Beckman Booster Club and served on the Beckman Endowment Board. She served on the New Vienna Economic Development Committee. Delores also was a member of the Dyersville Area Historical Society.

She operated an In-Home Day Care service for 25 years and cared for over 120 different children. Delores and Bernie liked to travel and visited many foreign countries as well as the many attractions in the United States.

Delores received many awards for her preservation efforts and her dedication to research of area people and events. She received the Outstanding Citizens Award from the New Vienna Business Boosters. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Dyersville Area Chamber and received a certificate of appreciation from the Hennessy School. She also received an appreciation award from the New Vienna Area Historical Society. She was also a Governor's Volunteer Award recipient.

Delores enjoyed traveling, quilting, playing cards, flowers, her fish pond, her dog, reading, writing, but most of all her family and friends. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs Fan. Delores loved making things for her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include 4 daughters: Jane (Arnie) Bruggeman of Hopkinton, Susi (Dave) DuBois of New Vienna, Nancy (Randy) Lenz of Oxford, WI, Amy (fiancé Al Steger) of Colesburg, 2 sons: Michael Neuhaus of New Vienna, and Steve Neuhaus of Galena, IL; grandchildren: Ben (Rachel) Bruggeman of Sand Springs, Tony (Jennifer) Bruggeman of Manchester, Steve (Amy) Bruggeman of Cascade, Jon (Miranda) DuBois of North Liberty, Gina (Corey) Schultz of Adel, IA, Laura (Tyler) Bushman of Marion, Alex Lenz and Emily (Daniel) Henning of Marshall, WI; step grandson: Andy (Dawn) Bruggeman, great grandchildren: Lauryn and Avarey Bruggeman, Owen Bruggeman, Clara DuBois of North Liberty, Addison, Molly and Ryan Schultz of Adel and Finley Rowe and Kit Bushman of Marion, step great grandchildren: Michael, Bryce, Kurtis, Mikayla, Brooke, Tori, Tyler and Shyla, two sisters: Marian Klostermann of New Vienna and Norma Jean Venteicher of Edgewood, two sisters-in-law: Germaine Foxen of Luxemburg and Alvera Morman of Dubuque. She will be greatly missed by her special companion, Max, her faithful dog.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie on December 18, 2001, her son, John on August 2, 1967, her parents, Alphonse on December 13, 1949, and Alvina (Pape) Klostermann on January 6, 1989, her brother, Gerald in 2017, her in-laws: Barney and Theresa Neuhaus in 1953 and 1971, other in-laws: Janet Klostermann, Alvin and Clara Neuhaus, Emmett Foxen and William Morman.

Memorials are preferred and a memorial has been established.

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



Cordiadell T. (Althaus) Tucker


Cordiadell "Corky" T. (Althaus) Tucker, 83, of Asbury, passed away on December 21, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends of Corky may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Corky was born April 23, 1934, in Dubuque, the daughter of Claudia (Haase) and Maynard Althaus. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1952. Following graduation, she worked at Hartig Drug as well as at the offices of Drs. Straub and Moeller before marrying and becoming a full-time mother.

Corky was united in marriage to Robert J. Tucker on November 28, 1964, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church; they later divorced but remained lifelong friends.

Faith and family meant everything to Corky, and she was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She supported their interests in every way possible, from attending concerts and sporting events to volunteering in the schools and organized club activities.

Corky's love for children extended far beyond that of her own family when she opened her doors and heart to provide a nurturing and loving in-home daycare environment. She grew close to these families and remained in touch with many of them for years to come. Her laughter was infectious, and she was known for her mischievous sense of humor.

Corky enjoyed reading, crocheting, fishing, watching birds at the feeder as well as going to local symphony and theater performances. She was an avid and enthusiastic traveler who visited many of the national parks, cruised through Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean plus made frequent trips to Walt Disney World. She loved puzzles and games of all kinds, from euchre and rummy to small electronic handhelds, and followed the Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers.

An incredible cook, Corky operated a catering company with her close friend, Bev Hall.

Corky is survived by three daughters: Jean Tucker, of Asbury; Tammy (Joel) Gehling, of Dubuque; and Barbara Tucker, of Asbury; and a son, Marc (Denise) Tucker, of Marengo, Iowa. Corky has five grandchildren: Madison, Emily, and Elizabeth Gehling, Jacob (Jessica) Freemyer, and Kaylie (Anthony) Fogle, as well as two great-grandchildren, Dallas Freemyer and Gabriel Fogle. She is also survived by a brother, Dale (Reta) Althaus of Ankeny, and four nephews.

Corky was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Donita Althaus, brothers Gene Althaus and Larry Althaus, and Robert Tucker, the father of her children.

The family would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Stonehill Care Center for its loving care of Corky these last four and a half years. The staff were her extended family and enriched her life in so many ways and brought her much joy and happiness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stonehill Care Center, 3485 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque.



Louis J. White


Louis J. "Louie" White, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:45 p.m., on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Louie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Louie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Louie was born on January 22, 1931, in Medford, WI, son of Louis A. and Agnus (DeMuth) White.

Louie honorable served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He understood the value of hard work and loyally devoted 10 years of his life working with Regency Printing, before finishing with another 7 years as a driver for Dan Kruse, until his eventual retirement. Louie was surely a man of faith who was proud to be a longtime, and very active member of St. Patrick's Church. He continually discovered great satisfaction in working through his faith and especially enjoyed volunteering with the Wednesday night meals. Louie was a faithful member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as well as a 63 year member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. In his free time, Louie regularly looked forward to any time he was able to spend in the great outdoors. It didn't matter if he was simply going for a hike, heading out on a fishing excursion, or even just an afternoon of working out in the yard; what Louie knew was that if the warm sun was shining upon his face, he was a very happy and content man that day. He was always interested in what was going on in his neighborhood and was well known for his love of animals, especially his beloved cat, Frito. Louie also enjoyed taking bus trips with friends and would use those trips to put his love of photography to good use. Louie was a kind, simple, and humble man whose mild mannered nature will be greatly missed by all those who had the distinct pleasure of crossing his path along his 86 year earthly journey. We grieve for our loss today, but we are forever grateful that Louie has finally discovered his ailment free body and is surely celebrating his most glorious Christmas ever this year with his new heavenly family. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant.....Job Well Done!

Those left to cherish Louie's memory include

an aunt,
Beulah Metz, who is 101 years young;

a niece,
Monie Pope Metz;

his close friends,
David Becker and Sandy Shaffer;

and his St. Patrick's Church family.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Louis J. "Louie" White memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Louie's friends and family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the VNA, Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of his neighbors, for the kind, professional and compassionate care they have provided Louie throughout the years.

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

 



Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP

Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP, was called home on December 19, 2017. To honor Sister's life, the funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse. To celebrate Sister's life, a wake service will be held at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite "Marge" Devlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 6, 1929, daughter of John and Margaret (Ryan) Davlin.

After graduating from Rosary College (now Dominican University), she completed master's degree study in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught in Chicago high schools before entering the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. After profession, she taught at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., for three years, before studying at the University of California-Berkeley and receiving her Ph.D. in English. She returned to Edgewood College, teaching seven more years there before joining the English Department at Rosary College in 1970. During her years there, she published many articles and three books. Besides her scholarly works, she was best known as a caring teacher/mentor who touched thousands of lives during the course of her life. Her love of music focused on the violin, and she was a member of the Oak Park (Illinois) Symphony for over 40 years. She joined the community at St. Dominic Villa in 2016.

Those left to cherish Sister's memory include her cousins, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.

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

 



Gary F. Houy


Gary F. Houy, 48, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a service of remembrance at 7:30 p.m.

Gary was born July 5, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa.  He graduated from Galena High School in 1987.

Gary was part owner of Quality Contractors.  He was an avid pool player, Cubs, Cowboys and Hawkeye fan, and played softball.

He is survived by his mother, Karen Houy of Galena; father, Mike Houy of Galena; a daughter, Courtney Houy of Dubuque and her son, Zane; and many cousins, including Navin Valentin and Tessa Sigworth, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Gary Houy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank everyone who came out to support the benefit for Gary last Saturday.

 



Edward A. Coleman


Edward A. Coleman, 77, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at home.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 pm Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 pm.

Edward was born September 29, 1940 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Luella (Pfeiler) Coleman. He attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Loras Academy.

After graduating, he served in the US Air Force from 1958 to 1962.

He married Joyce Berkley on October 3, 1964 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Edward worked as a firefighter for the City of Dubuque for 29 years, retiring January 1, 1993 as Assistant Chief, and was a member of the Dubuque Professional Firefighters Asscociation.

Edward loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading and was an avid golfer and member of Lacoma Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Coleman of Dubuque, two children, Michael E. (special friend, Amy Wernimont) Coleman of Dubuque and Patrick J. (Rhonda) Coleman of Peosta; four grandchildren, Alexia Weidemann, Samantha (Shawn) Thomas, and Colin and Aspen Coleman; three great grandchildren, Kelsie, Brody and Brynnlee and two sisters in law, Barbara (Gary) Quinlan and Mary (Duane) Manderscheid.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law, William Berkley.

An Edward Coleman Memorial Fund has been established. 

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

The family would like to thank doctors Tom Sinksy and Christine Holm and their staffs as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Ardella E. Hoffmann


Ardella E. Hoffmann, 93, of Dyersville, formerly of Worthington, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 8:30- 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ardella was born June 29, 1924 in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Clemens and Oda (Goedken) Bildstein. She married Monroe C. Hoffmann on February. 4, 1947, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed near Worthington until retiring to town in 1973.

Ardella moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center on November 7, 2013, and she enjoyed her time there very much. Her favorite pastime was playing Solo and Euchre. Ardella's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Survivors include her 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; siblings: Olga Helle of Manchester, in-laws: Norma Fortmann of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her husband Monroe, parents, parents-in-law: Nick and Leona (Meyer) Hoffmann, siblings: Mathias "Mattie" (Adell) Bildstein, Esther (Gilbert) Digmann, and Henry "Jr." (Eileen) Bildstein, in-laws: Martha (George) Kramer, Mabel (John) Kremer, Bernice (Melvin) Mai, Donald (Bernie) Hoffmann, Hazel (George) Mullis, Merlin Fortmann, and Marvin Helle.

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



Patricia J. Biedermann


Patricia J. Biedermann, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center with family by her side.

Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on July 29, 1930 in Indiana the daughter Louis and Opal (Stark) Avery. She married Dean Biedermann and he preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2011.

She loved doing crafts and loved being outside and the wildlife.

She is survived by her five children, William (Jean) Stark), of East Dubuque, IL, Linda Schwager, Elizabeth (Beth) Carroll, James (Bernadetta) Stark, and Susan (Jeff) Paisley, all of Dubuque. Her step children, Edwin (Jan) Biedermann, Michael Biedermann, and Linda Biedermann, all of Dubuque. Her grandchildren, Billie Jo Stark, Dakota (Kristy) Stark, of East Dubuque, Shawn (Tom) Kohnen, Jeremy Sanders, Andrea Koppes, Ashley Deppe, Carrie (Pat) Boots, Cory Schlitter, Jamie Stark, Sterling Stark, Solomon, Stark, Kazmira Stark, and Nikki (Dan) Prejmak all of Dubuque. Step grandchildren, Donna (Al) Weber, Scott (Danielle) Biedermann, Jake and Jessica Biedermann, Crissy Lenz and Deana Brothers. Along with many great and great great grandchildren. Her sister, Sr. Anne Avery, of Louisville, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean, a daughter Penny in infancy, stepson William Biedermann, step-granddaughter Barbie Gatena, son-in-law Lauwrence Carroll and brother Walter Avery.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Stonehill, the 3NW staff especially Stacy and Trinity and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Sara.



Ellyn J. Bechen


Ellyn J. (Genz) Bechen, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 23, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Friday, December 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Ellyn was born January 17, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Meretta (Munger) Genz. She married Joseph E. Bechen Sr. on December 27, 1954 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Ellyn was employed at Mercy Hospital for over 30 years, as well as at Clarke (College) University. In her younger years, Ellyn spun records at Neisners drug store, where she met the love of her life.

She was a longtime member of St. Raphael Cathedral, and an avid supporter of the St. Jude Society. Ellyn loved music of all kinds, and was also a member of the Dubuque Chorale. She was a gracious lady who welcomed everyone. Animals held a special place in her heart. For Ellyn, family came first, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and celebrating holidays with her family.

Ellyn is survived by her husband, Joseph Bechen Sr. of Dubuque; five children, Connie (Arthur) Leuschner of Dubuque, Susan Wahlert of Dubuque, Melissa (John Sr.) Jensen of Cedar Falls, IA, Jennifer (Roger) Bahl of Dubuque, and Joseph (Tammy) Bechen Jr. of Urbandale, IA; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild, due in May.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law James R. Wahlert; her brothers, Joseph Genz Jr. and Bobby Genz; and her sisters, Theresa Janzig, Marjorie "Sally" Erne Saeugling, Mary "Mitzi" Fuller, and Darlene Genz.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to thank Ellyn's caregivers and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Mary Gertrude (Richard) Donar


Mary Gertrude (Richard) Donar, 88, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church, Menominee, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL, where the parish and St. Ann's Society rosary will be recited at 3:15 p.m. Friday, and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Saturday, December 23, at the Church.

Mary was born on April 12, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Edith (Lippe) Richard. She was united in marriage on Frebruary 5, 1946 to Leo N. Donar, at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2004.

Mary was proud of her role as a farm wife. She loved arts and crafts, especially sewing, and to cook and can garden produce. She dedicated her life to helping her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a volunteer at the Nativity BVM Church and School and a former member of the Galena Kiwanis Club. She worked a short time in the cosmetic department at Roshek's, Dubuque, IA, and later in life at craft and antique businesses.

Surviving are five (5) children: Theresa (Lewis) Riniker of rural Galena, Linda (Donald) Stierman of Toledo, Ohio, Brenda L. Vickerman (Ron) Donar of Cuba City, Wis., Daniel (Mary Kay) Donar of rural East Dubuque, and Lee (Vickie) Donar of rural Hazel Green, Wis.; 31 grandchildren/step-grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren/step great- grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers William Richard and Edward Richard; sisters Ruthann Winger, Carole (Bob) Bussan and Judy (Ron) Anger; sisters-in-law Marie Donar and Nancy Richard (Peter)Spray; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; her in-laws, Henry and Theresa (Bishop) Donar; three (3) brothers, Daniel, David and George; a granddaughter Rebecca Riniker; and great-granddaughter Alazaya Vickerman; three (3) brothers-in-law, John, Clement and Nicholas Donar; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Donar, Mary (Roesph) Richard, Catherine (Stewart ) Richard and Sandralee (Pfeiler) Richard.

Mary's family thanks Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris, for the wonderful care given to Mom and for the support and counsel provided to our family during her final days.

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



Jean E. Curtis

Jean E. Curtis, 90, of Dubuque, died December 18, 2017, peacefully at her home.

A private family memorial service will be held.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Homes, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family.



Rosemary Marie Smith-Schoen


Rosemary Marie Smith-Schoen, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 7 p.m. Interment will be private at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Every life to God is significant and He has an important plan for every person He creates. Such as it was with Rosemary Marie Elgin, a babe born into this world on a cold & snowy Dubuque, IA day. January 11, 1931 to be exact. So unique was she, that though her quiet little life started almost unnoticed, it quickly gained momentum and blossomed like a rose to full bloom. Beautiful. 

Born into the era of the Great Depression, Rosemary would help her dad Charles deliver milk on his dairy route. They loved each other deeply and his pet nick-name for her was "Butch". The small family of 4 soon moved for a time to sunny California in hopes of a better life and after a few years returned home to Dubuque to build the Siesta Hotel on Hwy 20.

As a young girl "Rosi" enjoyed ice-skating at Comisky Park. In high school she met and married a dashing, confident young man by the name of Richard J. Smith (Dick). They had 3 boys ( Richard Jr., Ross, Rod) and a daughter (Regan). Richard Sr. soon began what would be a 30 year career with Met Life and Rosemary was a stay-at-home mom. They loved to dance to Big Bands at Melody Mill Ballroom and had won several contest trophies.

Rosi's free spirit, style and panache would simply bring an energy and life into every situation she engaged in. She became an antique hobbyist who later turned her small network of friends and followers into a part-time business. She later married Dulane Schoen and they opened Schoen's Antiques on 1st & Locust streets in DBQ. Rosi's style and determination developed the fledgling store front into a notable local, regional and national antique dealer. She even captured the attention of the National Observer Magazine where they featured their store on the cover. Schoen's Antiques endured for more than 25 years until they retired.

A bright, forward-thinking, idea machine of a woman, Rosi was highly sought after within the Dubuque community where she stayed actively involved for years. She was a pioneer & instrumental in the DBQ Historical Society, Ham House Museum, DBQ Trolley and the Ice Harbour just to name a few. 

In full bloom, Rosi became a voice for the unborn children of Dubuque aiding Dubuque County Right to Life. She designed, fundraised and posted billboards around DBQ to educate women in hopes of saving the unborn from abortion. She also participated in organizing rallies and other public awareness programs to give voice to those who didn't have one. She also developed, funded, managed and hosted a Christian program on local access T.V. that covered many important topics of concern to people of faith for more than 2 yrs.

She also loved her pet poodles and soon became a champion for better animal treatment & adoption. Through her tireless efforts she became the catalyst of change to improve the treatment of the animals which ultimately helped the DBQ Humane Society transform its model of business and location as we know it today.

Rosemary Smith-Schoen was a vibrant, colorful, firebrand of a woman who loved BIG, put her finances and efforts where her heart was, and made a significant difference in this life for so, so many. She loved Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord and by His promise to those who love Him, she is now in the presence of The Almighty.

Rosemary had 4 children, Richard, Ross, Rod (Kathleen), and Regan (Kim) Smith-Steffen; 10 grand children; Molly Rose, Gabriel, Paul, Regina, Steven, Ryan, Kali Lynn, Javan, Kidron, Micaiah & 14 great-grand children; Gabriel, Asher, Isaiah, Noah, Seth, Levi, Naomi, Natalie, Drew, Teegan, Faith, Eviana, Liviya, and Bella.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dubuque County Right to Life or the Dubuque Humane Society. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bethany Home for their outstanding loving care and attention to Rosemary.

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



Edward R. Doerr


Edward R. Doerr, 86, of Dubuque passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. The family will greet friends 9:00 am untill service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ed was born April 7, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George E. and Pearl M. (Hartman) Doerr. He served in the US Army 1952-1954 during the Korean War.

Ed married Sally Schmidt on July 1, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He worked at A.Y. McDonald for 25 years, 10 years at John Deere in Dubuque and at the Lock and Dam in Bellevue.

Ed enjoyed swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and traveling, expecially to the casinos in Laughlin Nevada.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; children, Randy (Annette) Doerr of Dubuque and Cathy (Bryan) Beaulieu of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Chantel (Eric) Langkamp, Jacob and Sarah Beaulieu, and Dennis Doerr; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Damian, and Logan; siblings Ron (Cam) Doerr and Carol (John) Brimeyer; Brother in-laws, Bruce (Sue) Nagelmaker and Brice (Bea) Nagelmaker.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert (Helen) Doerr, LaVon (Dwayne) Marshall, and Merlin (Barb) Doerr.

The family would like to thank Dr. Whalen and Dr. Ramabadran and their staff and the nurses and staff of 3rd floor Mercy Medical Center for your support and kindness during this time.

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



Sister Dolores O’Dwyer, BVM (Wilmetta)

Sister Dolores O'Dwyer, BVM (Wilmetta), 94, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Dec. 16, 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories. Funeral Liturgy will immediately follow. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Dolores taught elementary school in Berwyn, Ill.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Glendale and Los Angeles, Calif., where she was also principal and later served as school volunteer.

She was born in San Francisco, on August 28, 1923, to William and Margaret Meaney O'Dwyer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1941, from St. Paul Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1944, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rev. William O'Dwyer; and sister, Mary Catherine O'Dwyer, BVM (Paul Anthony). She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 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.



LeAnn M. Blake


LeAnn M. Blake, age 74, of Key West, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 17th, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:30am on Thursday, December 21st at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Toale officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 2pm.

LeAnn was born on June 20th, 1943 in Dubuque, IA the son of John and Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler and was the second of seven children. She grew up in Key West, Iowa, where she attended St. Joe's Key West.

In 1959, she met Ted Blake and they married on November 5th, 1960. The two enjoyed 57 years of marriage filled with love, laughs, family, friends, and lots of beer.

LeAnn drove school bus for the Dubuque Community School District for 26 years. She was a "Road Checker". Here she also earned the nickname "Ma" and was referred to as "Ma" by many of her students.

Following her retirement, she pursued her passion and spent much of her time cooking and baking. Her kitchen creations enabled her love to give, and she always put her heart and soul into her into gifts. Everyone is welcome in LeAnn's kitchen. She also enjoyed sewing quilts, gardening and canning. Her friends and family were cherished. Some of her favorite activities included having breakfast at Market on Saturday mornings, dinner and lunch dates with girlfriends, and playing dominoes. She also enjoyed cooking for her grandchildren and watching them all excel in sports. Her grandchildren will forever cherish the days when they could walk into Grandma's house and be greeted by the smell of freshly cooked bacon. Her grand-puppy, Sandy, was her greatest companion, and he will miss the human food treats he could count on from Grandma. She was also very proud of her most recent title, great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband: Ted, Key West, IA, her five children: Jeff (Ann) Blake, Key West, IA, Gary (Dawn) Blake, Dubuque, IA, Lynn (Dave) Tomkins, Dubuque, IA, Jay (Jamie) Blake, Dubuque, IA, MaryAnn (Carl) Reimer, Peosta, IA, her nine grandchildren: Dan (Tiff) and Rob Blake, Brittany Blake, Chris Tomkins, Michael, Jessica, and Johnny Blake, Lynsey and Cody Reimer, her two great-grandchildren: Maddelyn Blake, Mason Tigges, and two step-grandchildren: Whitney and Austin Putchio, her mother-in-law: Dorothy Blake, Omaha, NE, her former daughter in-law: Vicki Blake, her siblings: Mary Jo (Jim) Latimer, Oregon, WI, Daryl Biechler, Dubuque, IA, Dean (Denise) Biechler, Ames, IA, Dan (Nancy) Biechler, Marion, IA, Denis (Connie) Biechler, Ames, IA, and many girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Laura Tomkins, parents: John and Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler and brother: Richard Biechler.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen, Dr. Ringold, and the staff at Tri-State Dialysis for the loving care and support over the last ten and a half years. LeAnn considered everyone at Tri-State Dialysis family. They would also like to thank Mercy CVU and ICU staff.



Edward E. Edwards


Edward E. "Eddie" Edwards, 62, of rural Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where friends and relatives may call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Eddie was born on September 7, 1955 in Darlington, Wisconsin, the son of Sherrel and Barbara (Colin) Edwards. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School and was a farm hand and general laborer. Eddie served in the U.S. Army.

Surviving is his long-time companion, Donna Harris, Shullsburg, WI; his mother, Barbara Hoppe; siblings, Tony (Julie) Edwards, both of Galena, and Beth (Danny "Skinner") Staver of Scales Mound, and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

An Eddie Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Leon F. Funke


Leon F. Funke, 79 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Unity Point Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Leon was born January 6, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke. He entered the service October 1956 and served through July of 1958.

Leon married Karen Rahe on September 9, 1959 in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they farmed east of Dyersville and he was a district seed salesman until his retirement.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa State fan and took great pride knowing all of his children and grandchildren attended the local Catholic school system. Leon enjoyed family time and giving his grandchildren a hard time. He was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member, a Dodge County Trustee and served on many parish boards.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Karen, children: Fred Funke, Joyce (Lenny) Heims, Richard (Marcia) Funke, Russ (Lori) Funke, Karol (Jerry) Goedken, Carmen (Rod) Naber, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, Chuck (Michelle) Funke all of Dyersville, Jackie (Terry) Bell of Hopkinton, Colleen (John) Bonert of Petersburg, grandchildren: Kristi Kunz, Matt & Troy Heims, Kelli, Kyle & Kara Bell, Jessica, Emily & Morgan Funke, Ashley Wilson, Rachael Trenkamp, Amy Olsen, Chelsey, Holly & Luke Funke, Kaitlyn & Ben Goedken, Tony & Cody Naber, Jodi Troutman, Jenna, Amber, Erin & Derek Bonert, Terra, Brooke & Trent Koelker, Megan, Ryan & Leah Funke, great grandchildren: Parker & Avery Kunz, Bria & Will Olsen, and baby Wilson due in January, siblings: Verna Lee Digman, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing, Floyd (Janet) Funke, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler, Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, in-laws: Laverne Mensen, Bob Burlage and Ken (Shirley) Rahe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law: Gerald (Agnes) Rahe, son-in-law, Todd Koelker, three infant grandchildren: Carrie Naber, Mitchell & Melissa Goedken, siblings: Dorothy (Leo) Mensen, Mary Lou Funke, Janice Mensen, in-laws: Edward Digmann and Marilyn Burlage.

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



Noah L. Zerbee


Noah L. Zerbee, a precious 4 month old baby boy from Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 9:34 a.m., on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Noah's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Noah was born on August 2, 2017, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Tyler Zerbee and Emmaretta Brockmeyer.

How do we begin to put into words the life of our baby boy Noah? To say that he brightened every room which adorned his presence is an understatement. To consider the positive impact he had on the world is now undeniable. To feel his sweet little hand tug on you was instantaneously inspiring. To hear his tiny breaths in your ear would fill your heart with a peace and love which can only be found in such innocence. To smell his pure essence after his daily bath was to know true serenity in a physical form. To see him smile at you with such an unconditional love in his eyes was to know Heaven on earth for a moment. But, to have to face the days ahead knowing that our precious Noah has been called home from his earthly journey much too soon is more than any human heart should have to bear. The love and joy he shared in his 4 short months will sadly have to try to fill the rest of our lifetimes and we humbly ache at the mere thought of even having to try to complete that task. Noah, we love you more than words could ever express, we'll miss you more than our minds can comprehend, but we know, and trust, that you're safe in Heaven now and will be joyfully celebrating Christmas with the real Baby Jesus this year. Farewell for now our sweet baby Noah!

Those left to cherish Noah's memory include

his loving parents,
Tyler Zerbee and Emmaretta "Emma" Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
Michael Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Kristine Brockmeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Gina Welsh, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Daryle Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Brian (Teddie) Boeh, Eldridge, IA,
Darlene Zeien,
Roger Zeien
and George Welsh Sr.;

and 3 uncles,
Anthony (Krystal Davis) Hughes, Dubuque, IA,
Trent Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Trevor Zerbee, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Noah was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Jacque Kroeger.

A Noah L. Zerbee memorial fund has been established.

Noah's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Iowa, as well as all of our extended family and friends, for all of the love and support you have shown us during this difficult time.

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

 



Kathryn H. Lincoln


Kathryn H. "Katie" Lincoln, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 13th, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, December 18th, 2017 at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum, at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Katie was born on September 19, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Howard and Emily (Foust) Herron. Katie grew up in Zwingle on the family farm and the family later moved to Delhi when she was eleven. While living in Delhi, Katie met the love of her life David who she would later marry on October 10, 1964 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they shared 53 wonderful years.

After moving to Dubuque at the age of 15 she attended and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and later worked along side David at the Walsh Stores as a bookkeeper, later at Walsh True Value, and finally at the Bait Shack until retirement.

Katie enjoyed many things including sunflowers, zinnias, humming birds, owls, and sitting in the boat reading a good book while David fished. They also enjoyed many long walks together. She always gave an infectious smile and a genuine heartfelt hug to all that she met.

Katie is survived by her husband of 53 years and their four children Gregory (Kristi) Lincoln, Aaron (Diane) Lincoln, Pamela (Brian Phillips) Lincoln, and Nancy (Patrick Brickel) Lincoln. 9 grandchildren Heather, Joscelyn, Hunter, Wylee, Howie, McKenna, Carly, David, and Tula; 2 great grandchildren Lucy and Lily. Sister Ann (Frank) McMahon and her brother Mark (Karen) Herron. Brother-in-Law Norman (Donna) Lincoln, and Sister-in-Law Marion Vogts; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Hailey, and sister Louise.

In lieu of flowers a Katie Lincoln memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her friends Sharon and Linda, her sister-in-law Donna and Dubuque Specialty Care nurses and staff for their loving care and support.



Loras M. Herting


Loras Michael Herting age 76 of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on December 13, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

There will be a visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A celebration of life service by Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Loras Herting Memorial Fund at the DuPaco Credit Union. Please join us in celebration of a life well-lived.

Those of us who were privileged to have known Loras know what an incredible brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather he was. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying the company of his family and traveling around the country with his soulmate, Claire. He was a man of few words, but what he did say mattered. Strong and hardworking in his youth, he became a tender and caring grandfather in his later years. Loras was a gentle, loving soul who will be sorely missed by all.

Loras Michael Herting was born in Dubuque, Iowa on October 12, 1941, to Leona (Roling) and Michael Herting and had twelve siblings. He served honorably in the US Air Force from 1959-1965 during the Vietnam Conflict. It was during this time that he met the lovely Claire Marie Rose Filteau in Canada, and held the rare distinction of being escorted back over the border into America by Canadian Mounties on several occasions, such was his desire to be with his love. They married on December 28, 1963, and went on to have five children.

Loras and Claire bought the farm they wanted in 1975. He was great with his hands, building the family home single-handedly over a span of years. Loras was always willing to lend a hand to others and loved fixing things. He worked in maintenance for the Fischer Company in Dubuque for over 20 years, then retired after working as a plumber for Willenborg Plumbing. For over 40 years, he and Claire had a corner at the Dubuque Farmers Market and many of you would be quick to recognize his smiling face working there every weekend.

In later years, he loved going on the annual family fishing trip to Cass Lake, MN and vacationing/visiting family with Claire. He was also a proud member of the American Legion, Post #6.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claire; children: Mike (Laura), Chuck (Amy), Robert (Norma), Tony (Laurel) and Sonia (Billy) Wodrich; grandchildren: Marcus, Adam, Shalia, Tyler, Joan Claire, Elizabeth, Robert, William, Samantha, Gregory and Charlie; great-grandchildren: Bryson and Zayden; siblings: Emil, Nancy, Mary, Judy, Linda and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Leona; siblings: Earl, James, Luetta, Norma, Vern, Janet, and Anita.



John L. Paulsen Sr.


John Lee Paulsen Sr., 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, December 14, 2017 at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

John Lee Paulsen Sr. was born on December 28, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa, to Alfred John and Leona Grace (Haack) Paulsen. He attended Clinton schools. He married Shirley Ann Eye on January 14, 1961 in Anamosa, Iowa.

John had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then worked in the foundry at Climax in Clinton for several years. He also did various other jobs throughout the years including working as a self-employed carpenter and painter. He was a jack-of-all-trades.

John liked fishing, watching WWE wrestling on television, going to the casinos, drawing and painting, and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor John's memory include his wife, Shirley Ann Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; children, John Lee (Jody) Paulsen Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Ronald (Sheryl) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA, and Tina (Don) Holdgrafer of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister Joyce Eye of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Arlene Adler and Mary Jane Wentworth, and three brothers Don and Tom and one in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John Lee Paulsen Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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



Carolyn A. Oswald


Carolyn "Cary" Ann (Jungers) Oswald, age 74 of Dubuque, formerly of Rickardsville, IA passed away peacefully December 13th, 2017 after a long illness, with family by her side at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday December 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday December 17th, 2017 at the Funeral Home.

Cary was born on July 30th, 1943 daughter of Vincent and Mary (Schmitt) Jungers. She graduated from Senior High School. Cary married Keith Oswald on August 31, 1963. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2011.

Cary worked at Montgomery Wards until its closing. She then ran her own interior decorating business for many years. Cary enjoyed crafts, playing Dr. Mario with Keith, going to the casino and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was also an avid bowler, enjoyed golfing with her nephew, Tim and really enjoyed her girl's night out with her niece, Cathy. Cary always looked forward to her & Keith's winter trips to Florida and Arizona. She had been through more than any one person should, beating cancer twice. Her grandson often referred to her as a "tough cookie".

Cary is survived by her son; Tony (Kelly), a grandson; Justin (Ronalyn), a granddaughter; Becca, step-grandchildren; Lane, Kenzie, and Ashlyn. Her siblings; Pat Kenyon, Ron (Loie) Jungers, and Paul (Shari) Jungers and several nieces and nephews.

Cary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son; Mark, a daughter; Tracey, and a sister, Donna Zaug.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Duane F. Lyster


Duane F. Lyster, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017, 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 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Duane was born on December 23, 1939, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Del and Edwina (Ginter) Lyster. He married Patricia "Pat" Burbach on January 10, 1959, at St Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City.

Duane worked at John Deere and ran the Mobile Station in Cuba City with his father for five years. He was an avid camper, loved to travel, and enjoyed going to flea markets and antique shows. Duane liked playing the banjo and was a history buff who enjoyed learning and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; two sons, Marty (Rita) Lyster, of Cuba City and Steve (Mary Lea) Lyster, of Greensboro, North Carolina; a sister, Lynn (Ron) Cunzenheim, of Fond du Lac; three grandchildren, Trevor, Alec and Logan Lyster; a step-granddaughter, Andy (Joe) Deckert; two great-grandchildren, Dallas and Grace Deckert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Del and Edwina; and a son, Mark.

A Duane F. Lyster Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Beatrice M. “Beatie” O’Neill


Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Beatie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Beatie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Beatie was born on September 29, 1929, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Phillip "Bud" and Hilda (Martin) Greibe.

Beatie grew up in Galena and was fortunate enough to eventually find the love of her life, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill, right in her own backyard. The loving couple was soon united in marriage and they were truly blessed with 37 wonderful years together, and 2 deeply adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her, much to soon, on March 8, 1987. She and Ebbie would almost immediately move across the river to Dubuque and begin their family. Beatie diligently invested many years working outside of the home with Court Reporting Services, before finally moving on to Carlisle Publishing, as a proofreader, until her well earned retirement. In her free time, Beatie could usually be found tending to her beautiful yard and bountiful gardens, enjoying a relaxing walk, or curling up in a comfortable chair with her favorite book of the day. But, without a doubt, Beatie's favorite times where definitely the opportunities she was able to spend with her family. She, and the family, always looked forward to their yearly vacations in Sayner, Wisconsin, where they were definitely guaranteed to spend some quality time together in the cabin, with an abundance of great memories to be taken away by all. Our hearts ache today at the mere thought that we will not be spending this Christmas with our dear mom, grandma, sister and friend; but we accept that a cure was not to be and discover peace in knowing that she will be spending Christmas with Ebbie, and the rest of her heavenly family, once again this year. Thank you very much Beatie for all of the love you shared, and for the open honesty you never hid, along your 88 year earthly journey, and please know that we'll treasure every memory you leave behind until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Beatie's memory include

her 2 children,
Susan Kay Bahr, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Anne) O'Neill, Palm Springs, CA;

her 3 grandchildren,
Kelly (Chris) Lehnhoff, East Dubuque, IL,
Josh (Jen) O'Neill, Lakeville, MN
and Jake (Katie) O'Neill, Farmington, MN;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Hannah, Courtney and Payton Lehnhoff and Clayton O'Neill;

her siblings,
Phillip (Craig Divine) Greibe, Palm Springs, CA,
John Greibe, Galena, IL
and Darlene Ray, Galena, IL;

and many nieces and nephews.

Beatie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill; and her siblings, Susan Grossbier, Lucille Fleming, Pauline Lake, and Billie Greibe in infancy; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Ray and Tom Fleming.

A Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Beatie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, professional and compassionate care they have provided to Beatie, and her family.

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



Edward J. Neyens


Edward (Ed) J. Neyens, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on December 10 surrounded by family.

Friends and family may visit Wednesday, December 20 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Hoffman-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, December 21 at Holy Spirit-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Christian burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ed was born December 27, 1926, the son of Claude and Imelda (Burgmeyer) Neyens. A true patriot, Ed enlisted in the Army at 17, serving in Japan during WWII as a paratrooper. He joined his unit, the U.S. Army's 127th Combat Engineer Battalion of the 11th Airborne Division, shortly after it liberated the Philippine Islands capital city of Manila.

Ed was blessed to take part in the Honor Flight with fellow veterans to Washington DC in May of 2010. After the honor flight Ed was quoted as saying, "I never thought I'd see it. It was great. The reception we got from the people brought tears to my eyes. I never really had anybody thank me (for my service). It was unbelievable."

Upon his return from his service to our country, Ed met and married his true love, Ruth Keller. They were joined in holy matrimony on January 17, 1948 and continued to celebrate their love together for 70 years. Ed and Ruth were blessed with five children: Sandra (Herk) Hammerand of Dubuque, Edward (Debby) Neyens Jr. of Scottsdale, AZ, Susan (Joseph) Haas of Dubuque, Larry (Tina) Neyens of Marion, IA, and Mark (Jaclyn) Neyens of Hiawatha, IA.

Ed was a man of great integrity, whose handshake and word meant more than any legal document; a man of great faith who would pass this down to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; a hard worker who devoted over 35 years to his career at John Deere Dubuque works; a curious and creative man who would receive patents for several ideas and inventions he created to solve problems he and others encountered; an expert handyman; an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting; and a master story-teller and jokester.

Above all, Ed was devoted to loving his family and friends. He and Ruth traveled the country after retirement leaving a trail of new-found friends in almost every state. He kept his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren enthralled for hours with war stories, tales of his youth or practical jokes. His love was endless and his smile will forever be etched in our memories.

Those left to cherish Ed's memory include his wife Ruth, his five children, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren (with 2 on the way) and four siblings: Claudette Coleman, David Neyens, Michael (Karen) Neyens, Dianne (William) Zwack and in-laws, Delores Neyens and John Meehan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Neyens, a sister Naomi Meehan and in-laws, Joyce Neyens and Don Coleman.

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



Shirley M. (McGinnis) Pottebaum


Shirley M. (McGinnis) Pottebaum, 82, of Dubuque passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Friends may call from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. A prayer service will be held Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Shirley was born December 7, 1935 in Dubuque the daughter of Edward and Vera (Phillips) McGinnis. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and on March 14, 1953 she married Leo C. Pottebaum; he passed on June 22, 2005. Shirley worked for the Telegraph Herald for many years.

She excelled at baking, made the best strawberry jelly & was known for her homemade donuts.

Shirley was devoted to her family, enjoyed hosting the holidays and always welcomed those who otherwise would spend the holiday alone. She enjoyed travelling, crafts, crocheting, scrollwork, gardening, and canning. Shirley was a member of the UAW Auxillary & the VFW Auxillary. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children; Dan Pottebaum of Dubuque, Sue (Kevin) Leute of East Dubuque, Linda (Steve) Wesenberg and Jill (Howie) Bradbery of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tina (Jeffrey) Wilson, Andrea (Aaron) Duggan, and Travis (Sarah) Troy; great-grandchildren, Dakota Goarcke, Samantha Cross, Kaylee Goarcke, Sierra Schlitter, Maci Troy, and Ashlyn Duggan; great-great grandchildren, Aiden, Sophia, Nolen, and Aubree; siblings, Jim (Pam) and Wayne (Cindy) McGinnis; sister in-laws, Sue McGinnis and Bernadette "Mickie" (Dan) Leibfried.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Amanda Wesenberg; siblings, Barb (Don) Pregler and Larry McGinnis.

A special thank you to Finley Homecare, Finley Hospital & Sherrill Fire Department, especially Kevin and Nicole. Also a huge thank you to Shirley's friends, who picked her up for lunch.

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

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



Ann Lucille Riste


Ann Lucille Riste, 74, of Waukon, Iowa, passed away on December 11, 2017 in La Crosse, WI.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 18th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating.

Ann was born on May 26, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Smith) Knockel. She married Mike Riste in May of 1976 at the Little Brown Church.

She is survived by her siblings, Lorraine Muenster, of Dubuque, Shirley Anderson, of Wheaton, IL, Mike Knockel, of Dubuque, Norman (Karen) Knockel, of Bernard; her sister-in-law Grace Knockel and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Mike; sisters, Bernice, Patricia, Barbara and Margerita; brothers Herman Jr., James, and Otto.

The family wishes to thank the Gunderson Health Center in La Crosse and all their doctors, nurses and staff who were so kind and caring to Ann in the ICU unit; also to all her neighbors and friends for all their thoughts and prayers.



Daniel D. Boge


Daniel D. Boge, 82, joined his beloved Mil on Monday, December 12, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16th, 2017 St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass Saturday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is handling arrangements.
Dan was born in Dubuque, IA on April 5, 1935. His mother and father, Cyril & Isabel (Hanten) Boge, raised him on a farm in North Buena Vista.

From his first marriage to Donna Strong, he has 5 children: Diane (John) Boleyn, Cynthia Erickson, Kim Boge (fiancé Martin Eisenberg), Joan (Dennis) Holmes, and Amy Jo Moore. He also has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

From his second marriage to Mildred Atkinson, he has 6 step children: Lynn (Randy) Bullard, Jim (Mary) Pregler, Tom Pregler, Jodie (Ralph) Darrow, Deb Kreiss, and Jude Andresen. He also has 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He also fosters a child from Columbia through contributions.

He is also survived by his siblings, Darlene Hantelmann, Loras Boge, Joanne Haywood, Samantha "Blondie" Boge, Geraldine "Geri" Vesely, Deborah Husted, and Steven Boge.

Dan has had a colorful life of jobs and business ventures. Along his journey, he attended ROTC Loras Academy; in which he was a member of the National Guard for 14 years, was a U.S. mail contractor for many years, owned the first self-service gas station in Iowa, owned a bar, was an over the road truck driver for 47 years; during which time he was also part owner of a trucking company, and owned a laundromat and properties.
He continued owning, building, trading, renting, and managing real estate during his retirement.

Dan was a lifetime NRA member, he was also a member of the American Legion, Home Builders Association, and the Landlords Association.

As a lifetime Republican, he gave numerous donations. He also gave to many charities, including The Dubuque Humane Society and Camp Courageous.

Dan was a trooper in surviving his progressive cancers for 18 years.

Dan would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Victoria Famuyide, Dr. Heiar, Dr. Salas, and Dr. Dolehide for their extra care and for adding four extra years to his life. Also, thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.

Dan left this world and will rejoin many family members and friends that have gone before him.

He will be very sadly missed by his family and friends, including his longtime friends at Arby's: Dick Heller, Galen & Anna Mae Smith, Gary, and Kim.



Sally J. Klein


Sally J. Klein, age 81, of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:45 p.m., on Monday, December 11, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sally's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Sally's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 15, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friend may also visit one hour prior to the service at St. Francis Church on Saturday. Burial will be in the St. Francis Church Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sally was born on June 5, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Minnie (Rupp) Whitfield.

Sally was born and raised in the Dubuque area, where she quickly developed an appreciation for those around her whom displayed not only a strong work ethic, but also a strong devotion to family and friends. Periodically, throughout her 81 year earthly journey, Sally would put those principles to good use outside of her home also. She was always proud of her time as a secretary with the John T. Klein Construction Company in Rickardsville, in helping to keep the dishes clean at Breitbach's Country Dining, and also with her time at the family business, 5 Points Tavern, where she would eventually meet the love of her life, Kenneth Klein. The couple was united in marriage on June 27, 1956, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 10 truly adored children. After Sally and Ken started their family, she would joyfully embrace her role as full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Her talents at home quickly became apparent to all who knew and loved her. Whether she was creating magic in the kitchen, working on the days laundry, or quietly sitting at the table while listening more than talking; you knew that if you held residence in Sally's heart, all was well. She was a kind, simple and humble woman who had an honest warmth about her that was absolutely undeniable. Sally treasured all of the years she had the opportunity to spend with, and care for her family and home, but when a little downtime found it's way into her day, Sally could regularly be found watching Wheel of Fortune and Days of Our Lives, or simply nibbling on some of her favorite hard candy while singing a tune for those fortunate enough to be in the room. Sally also had a natural affinity towards children, especially her dear grandchildren, and they were continually drawn to her, and her always sweet disposition. Sally's family has not only marveled, but also finds great pride, in the fact that Sally never had an unkind word to say about anybody, or a swear word which would easily venture through her mouth; a trait few of us can actually lay claim to when our final testimony is written. We are all deeply saddened at the quick and sudden loss of our beloved Sally, especially so close to Christmas; but we find subtle moments of peace in knowing that Sally is spending this Christmas with her Lord, her Savior, and her family who've been awaiting her eventual arrival into the beautiful eternity set aside especially for such a beautiful woman. We will miss you more than you'll ever know Sally, but we are forever grateful for all of the love, memories and the wonderful legacy you leave behind!
Those left to cherish Sally's memory include

her loving husband,
Kenneth Klein, Balltown, IA;

her 10 children,
Amy (James) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Laurie (Rick) Juran, Dyersville, IA,
Penny (Dan) Murphy, Dubuque, IA,
Peter (Carmen) Klein, Arlington, TX,
Julie (Dennis) Donovan, Branson, MO,
Paul (Lupe Sanchez) Klein, South Bend, IN,
Tony Klein, Balltown, IA,
Todd (Heidi Hagerty) Klein, Holy Cross, IA,
Dave (Amanda) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Kenneth "Chip" (Elsa) Klein, Alvarado, TX;

her 22 grandchildren,
Jesse Schmitt, Brian Schmitt, Sarah Hunter, Luke Juran, Molly Murphy, Meghan Murphy, Becky Klein, April Klein, Giselle Klein, Holly Donovan, Danny Donovan, Kasey Klein, Nina Howard, Kenny Paul Klein, Damian Klein, Ben Klein, Dan Klein, Nick Klein, Adam Klein, Quinton Klein, Carter Klein and Melina Hutchingson;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Colton Schmitt, Nathan Schmitt, Kaia Hunter, Preston Hunter, Levi Juran, Gracie Klein, Zara Klein, Aidan Klein, Ella Klein, Tiana Klein, Alayna Klein, Stephanie Klein, Morgan Klein, Emily Klein, Leo Klein, Jace Neely, Frances Altman-Donovan and Kayln Myers;

and her siblings,
Jim (Belia) Whitfield, Yuma, AZ,
Karen (Larry) Dunne, Belvidere, IL
and Mike Whitfield, Viroqua, WI.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lillian (LaVerne) Schmitt; and her sister-in-law, Sonja Whitfield.

A Sally J. Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Sally's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tim, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sally, and her family. Also, a special thanks to our wonderful friends and neighbors, Shannon and Derek Brimeyer, for all of their help; as well as to Mike and Cindy at Breitbach's Country Dining, for their thoughtfulness in ensuring that every Friday night she had a hot meal, and memorable conversations along with lots of laughs and hugs....thanks Mikey, Ben and Annie.

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

 



Roberta A. Comer


Roberta "Bonnie" Agnes Comer, 96, of Dubuque passed away on December 12, 2017 at Bethany Home.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held on Friday December 15, 2017 at 11:00 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Family and friends may visit at Westminster Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Bonnie was born on March 7, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa daughter of Agnes Bradley Brady. After her mother passed away at the age of 36 she and her sister were nurtured by their mother's kind-hearted younger sister, Mary Bradley, who lovingly took on the task of raising two little girls on part of the original farmstead of Cornelius and Amanda Bradley. Bonnie attended a one-room school house through grade school and graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1938 where she was affectionately referred to as Itty Bitty Bonnie Brady. After attending the University of Dubuque for two years she married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Comer, on September 20, 1941. Together they were blessed with three sons and one daughter and worked and resided on the farm where Bonnie had grown. After 38 years of marriage Glenn passed on to be with his Lord on October 14, 1979.

While her husband worked the farm, Bonnie kept busy raising chickens until they got too messy, took pride in her huge vegetable and flower garden, enjoyed canning vegetables for the winter months, cooking large family meals and baking the best desserts a family could ever dream of. She tended to the farm with respect and kept it looking wonderful. Bonnie also loved every holiday and put up decorations for each one, big and small, for her cherished family to enjoy. However, her birthday was truly a day to be celebrated. She had a little girl spirit and enjoyed every moment of her special day.

Bonnie was a lifetime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon and taught many years as a Sunday school teacher. She also volunteered for The Finley Hospital Auxiliary and mentored children at St. Mary's school. After her youngest left for college, Bonnie worked for the Dubuque Telephone Answering Service for several years. As her eyesight faded from the effects of Macular Degeneration she found much joy attending activities at Tri-State Independent Blind Society.

Left to treasure her loving and positive nature is her son Wendell of Dubuque and his children Lisa Comer of Saginaw, Michigan, Terri Comer of Washington D.C. and Brad Comer of Alpharetta, Georgia; her son Wayne (special love, D'Ann) of Houston, Texas and his children Gregory (Sandra) Comer also of Houston, and Lindsay (Wyatt) Thomason of Austin, Texas; her daughter Nancy (Marty) McNamer of Dubuque and their children Will and Tony Goodmann and Joseph McNamer of Dubuque, and Jason McNamer of Denver, Colorado; and finally her dear, 100 year old sister, Mary Radle of Union, Kentucky. Similarly, she was blessed with many great-grandchildren which include Andy, Julia, Andrew, Rafe, Jacob, Mia, Brody and Ellie. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother and husband, Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved son Gary, her daughter-in-law Janis, and her brother-in-law Woodrow Radle of Tipp City, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, please consider having your memorials sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bethany Home, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, Hospice of Dubuque, or by simply doing an act of kindness for someone in need.

Special gratitude goes to Hospice of Dubuque for warmly embracing our mother, and to each and every employee of Bethany Home for tenderly and compassionately loving Bonnie.

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

 



Kayla M. Decker


Kayla Marie Decker, 21 of Dyersville passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Rickardsville.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Kayla was born April 15, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Paul and Jolene (Pfeiler) Decker.  She attended LaSalle Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Beckman Catholic High School in the class of 2014.  She participated in Cross Country, Basketball, and Softball throughout her years at Beckman and recently ran her third half marathon.

Kayla was currently attending St. Ambrose University and was due to graduate from their nursing program with her BSN in May of 2018. After participating as a dancer her freshman year she immersed herself in SAU Dance Marathon, the organization she fell head over heels for.  Her sophomore and junior year she served as Morale Captain, and this year she was blessed with the opportunity to be the Morale Director.  In Kayla's words "I dance so the kiddos can grow up and live out their wildest dreams - to be the firefighter who saves people from burning buildings or the artist who paints better than Picasso". She will forever be dancing in our hearts.

Kayla completed a nursing internship last summer alongside her dad at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. She was a CNA at the Good Neighbor Home for four years, and was an athletic trainer assistant at SAU throughout college.

Kayla could give the warmest hugs that would brighten your day. Her glowing smile and contagious laughter would light up the room the moment she walked in.  Her heart of gold and caring personality inspired everyone around her.  Kayla was the best daughter, sister, auntie, girlfriend, friend and now she will forever be our guardian angel.   

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Jolene Decker of Dyersville, Paul (Sheri Hall) Decker of Holy Cross, two brothers, Justin (Zara Montgomery) Decker and their son, Kayla's Godson, Avan Louis of Farley, Ryan Decker of Des Moines, boyfriend, Luke Stovall of Channahon, IL, grandparents, Pat Decker of Holy Cross, Lyal and Melita Pfeiler of Rickardsville, Godmother, Doris Hannan, aunts and uncles, Wayne (Kathy)Decker, Mike (Laura) Decker, Julie (Dan) Neebel, Joe (Kathy) Pfeiler, Janet (Rod) Hess, Jim (Mary) Pfeiler, John (Lori) Pfeiler, Joyce (Tom) Pasker, and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandpa Louis Decker in May 2015.

Memorials may be directed to Kayla's SAU Dance Marathon https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=322094.

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

 

 



Lois M. Hosch


Lois M. Hosch, 91, of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, with Rev. John O'Connor Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Lois was born June 6, 1926 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Louise (Kirsch) White. She graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington, IA in 1944. She was a rural school teacher. She was united in marriage to George Hosch on April 27, 1949 at the St. Paul's in Worthington, IA. Together they farmed in rural New Vienna until they moved to town in 1976. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2003.

She was a member of the St. Boniface Parish and its Altar Society. Lois volunteered at St. Boniface School for many years. She was a charter member of St. Mary's Hospital auxiliary and also helped at the hospital gift shop. Lois was a member of the St. Boniface quilters and the Heritage House quilters. Sewing and gardening were some of Lois's favorite things.

She is survived by two sons, Earl (Joan) Hosch, Gene (Sara) Hosch both of New Vienna, IA, one son-in-law, Pete Huettl of Madison, WI; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas (Alecia) Huettl, Paul Huettl, Philip (Katie) Huettl, Karla (Dan) Hagerty, Sara (Luke) Domeyer, Lisa (Tim) Bernhardt, Brett (Lauren) Hosch, Tina (Fiance James), Abby (Dustin) Harle and Jared Hosch; 16 great grandchildren; three siblings, Janice Tegeler of Dyersville, IA, Ann (Wayne) Klaren and Harry (Mary Lou) White both of Worthington, IA.; three sisters-in-law, Mary White of Dyersville, IA., Julie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Katie Knipper of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Joyce Huettl; one granddaughter, Paula Hosch; one brother, Elmer White; one sister, Delores (Justin) Runde; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry Tegeler, Harry (Irene) Hosch, Margaret (Don) Koopmann, Eddie (Millie) Hosch, Mary Claire (LeRoy) Trumm, Rosie (John) Koopmann, John Hosch and Larry Knipper.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the amazing staff at Shady Rest who treated Lois like their own family.

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



Onalee A. Gisel


Onalee A. Gisel, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

A memorial service celebrating Onalee's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 15, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A gathering and reception in "The Bistro" at Carson's will immediately follow the service. A private burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Onalee Ann Bollinger was born on November 22, 1933 in Clinton County, Iowa, to John and Erma (McCutcheon) Bollinger. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard Gisel on December 24, 1951 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2006.

Onalee was a homemaker and also assisted her husband as office manager in his real estate business for many years.

Onalee enjoyed animals including cats, dogs and horses. She loved spending time with her family, liked to travel and was known as an excellent cook. She was extremely close with her sister Lorraine and was an avid sports fan with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls being her favorites.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Scott Gisel of Milan, IL, and Valerie Gisel of Schaumburg, IL; a sister, Lorraine Miller of Bellevue, IA; and brothers, Tom (Donna) Bollinger of Maquoketa, IA, and Bill (Dolores) Bollinger of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jack Bollinger, and sisters Jean Gisel and Margaret Rowe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Onalee Ann Gisel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Muriel D. Bahr


Muriel D. "Babe" Bahr, 87, of rural Shullsburg, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 10, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at the New Diggings Primitive Methodist Church, with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena,Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, Illinois, and after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the church until the time of service.

Babe was born on July 11, 1930 near Galena, Illinois, the daughter of William and Edna (Bainbridge) Dayton.  She attended Galena High School and on July 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Dale C. Bahr in Galena.  He preceded her in death on June 23, 2007.

Babe loved cooking, feeding and sharing with others, gardening, working with crafts, collecting bells, but will be remembered by family and friends for her pie making expertise.  She dedicated her life to helping her family.

Surviving are two children, Darlene (Francis) Fishler of East Dubuque, Illinois and Dennis D. Bahr of Shullsburg; two grandchildren, Kristine Fishler and Jennifer (Michael) Onken both of East Dubuque; and two great grandchildren, Mikayla and Ryan Onken; two sisters, Ruth Bein of Highland, Indiana and Joyce McClain of Dubuque, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Marian Dayton of Scales Mound.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale, and two brothers, William Dayton, Jr and Robert Dayton.

Babe's family wishes to thank aunts Joyce and Marian for all their visits, her caretakers Patty and Linda and to St. Croix Hospice of Platteville for the wonderful care given to their Mother.

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

 

 



Sandra L. Funk


Sandra (Sandy) L. Funk, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home, in the care of her daughters, on Sunday, December 10, 2017.  She had just been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer 2 weeks prior to her death.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St. in Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Jonathan Crawford will officiate.  Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Sandy was the youngest of four daughters, born December 4, 1935 in Marshalltown, IA, to the late Harold and Hellen (Ellery) Thatcher.  She married the love of her life, Donald C. Funk on July 11, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque.  They were married just short of 62 years, when he died on June 16, 2015.

Sandy graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953.  She worked outside of the home for nearly 30 years.  Sandy enjoyed the outdoors, and in her younger years was an excellent swimmer, water skier and figure skater.  Her family meant the most in her life, and she was always there for them with her love and support.  She was an avid reader; and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing; boating and playing golf with her family.  Her most treasured personal accomplishment was completing extensive research of her family ancestry, and finding an ancestor who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  She was  proud to be accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).    

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Robin (Jeff) Sanford and Lisa Cox (Sid Turner), both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Sara Sanford of Atlanta, GA and Amy Sanford Smith and great grandson, Steven J. Smith of Marion, IA; two brothers-in-law, Emil Hoffmann of Dubuque and Otis Winkelman, Charlotte, North Carolina; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law Jacqueline and Gerald Herburger; sisters, Beverly Winkelman and Betty Hoffmann; and her son in law, David Cox.  

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries (and staff) who cared for Sandy for many years; Rev. Jonathan Crawford; and Hospice of Dubuque staff: Jennifer F., Katie, Barb and Shirley, who provided urgent services and support to the family in Sandy's last hours.  

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque, IA or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Elaine M. O’Brien


Elaine M. O'Brien, 87, of Farley, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Elaine may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Services for Elaine will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Thomas McDermott Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born October 31, 1930 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Emil and Marcella (Tebber) Klostermann. She is a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, Iowa. On October 20, 1951 she was united in marriage to Earl A. O'Brien at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2009.

Elaine did daycare for Farley area families for more than 30 years. She enjoyed embroidering, Bingo, and playing euchre. She was an avid CUBS fan.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

She is survived by five children, Jeff (Lori) O'Brien and Jenny (Joe) Beringer both of Cascade, IA; Jackie (Jerry) Simon of Farley, IA, Jay (Lisa) O'Brien of Toddville, IA and Joan (Mike) Felton of Solon, IA; thirteen grandchildren, Kayla Wilson, Andy Beringer, Ben O"Brien, Molly Hoeger , Doug Simon, Brittney Leibfried, Emily Simon, Kaitlin Simon, Kali Harris, Taylor O'Brien, Sidney O'Brien, Alex and Olivia Felton; a sister-in-law, Julie Klostermann of Charlotte, NC; step brothers, Bob (Cathy) Wilhelm, Dave Wilhelm, Paul (Rita) Wilhelm, Merle (Sharon) Wilhelm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Joyce) O'Brien, Joe O'Brien, Terry (Delores) O'Brien, Ann O'Brien, Kathleen (Rex) Gogerty, Joanelle (Irwin) McDermott, Lois (Rich) Schlegel, Deb (Bob) Green, Maurna O'Brien and Mary Ann O'Brien.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dale Klostermann; brothers and sisters-in-laws, George, Ralph, Pat, Steve and Monica (Urbain) O"Brien.

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



Catherine M. Steffen


Catherine M. Steffen, 96, of New Vienna died Monday, December 11, 2017, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Dan Knipper will concelebrate.

Catherine was born April 20, 1921, in Earlville the daughter of Thomas and Kate (Dunkel) Brunkan. She married Arnold Steffen on April 25, 1944, in Worthington. Together they farmed near Luxemburg until retiring in 1979, when they moved to New Vienna.

Survivors include her children: Merlin (Karen) Steffen of Peosta, JoAnn Potter of Holy Cross, a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Steffen of Peosta; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, 3 step-great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Brunkan of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arnold, one son, Roger Steffen, son-in-law, Robert Potter, and a brother, Joseph Brunkan.

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



Daniel J. Dossey


Daniel J. Dossey, 45, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daniel may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where services will be held at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding.

He was born February 25, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Darlene Ennis Dossey. He is a graduate of Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On October 1, 2002 he was united in marriage to Abigail Puccio in Anamosa, Iowa. He was employed at Medplast in Monticello, Iowa.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his two daughters. He had also enjoyed hunting, working on vehicles, frisbee golf and billiards and listening to old country music.

Dan would do anything to help anyone. He was an organ donor, gifting organs to three recipients.

He is a veteran, having served in the Marine Corp.

He is survived by his wife, Abbie Dossey of Cascade; IA; two daughters, Skylar Dossey of Storm Lake and Kennedy Dossey of Cascade; his mother, Darlene Dossey of Worthington; three siblings, Linda (Sean) O'Malley of Bernard, Gordon (Wanda) Dossey of Dubuque, and Margie (A.J.) Jungwirth of MN; Mother and father-in-law, Tony (Kathi) Puccio of Farley; sister and brother-in-laws, Mandy Puccio of Dyersville, Kelly Puccio and Kara Puccio both of Dubuque, Shane Puccio of Dyersville, and Dan's best friend Loa of Hopkinton; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Ennis and three aunts, Darlene Ennis, Colleen Elliot and Susie Goerdt.

The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals, especially Jessie, the staff of the Iowa donor network, the Mercy Emergency Room staff and Med flight staff, the Cascade Ambulance crew, Sgt. Pape and Jeremy Slight with the Dubuque Police Department for their help. They want to thank everyone for all the wonderful care and support given to Dan and his family.

In lieu of flowers and gifts the family would like memorials to be sent to Dutrac Community Credit Union in Dyersville to the Education fund for his daughters, Skylar and Kennedy.

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

"OOHRAH"



Gary F. Harry


Gary Francis Harry, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Cathy Hedley officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with Military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 8:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Gary was born on November 11, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd E. and Harriet L. (Goerdt) Harry. Gary graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965. Following high school, he entered the United States Marine Corps and served from 1966 to 1967 as a machine gunner. During this time Gary received two Purple Hearts while he was in Vietnam.

Gary returned home after his father passing with an honorable discharge. He then took over running his fathers Disposal Business and to help care for his younger siblings.

Gary has interest in motorcycles, stock car racing, hunting and a great love for fishing. He enjoyed time at the casinos with special friends Jim and Carl. He especially enjoyed all the time spent at the barge with all of his friends. Gary also enjoyed his time spent with Herbie canning, gardening, butchering and all of their road trips.

He is survived by his two children, Michelle (Ricardo Segura) Harry and Jason Harry. Four grandchildren, Daniel (Alex) Segura, Triston (Anna Farber) Harry, Brenden Harry, Miguel Segura, and his great granddaughter, Ivy Harry. His step-son Tony Harry; and siblings, Ted (Lynda) Harry, Jacqueline (Tony) Urbain, David (Myrna) Harry, Brian (Kim) Harry, Barbara (Hal) Burns, and Valerie Harry. Along with many nieces and nephews who he loved and adored.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Duane Harry, Lloyd Michael Harry, Malcolm Grossheim, Karel Reinert, and Mary Kay Harry and Connie Dement mother of Jason Harry.



Phyllis E. Duhme


Phyllis E. Duhme, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 8, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Phyllis Elaine Beck was born on September 14, 1935 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Oscar Jacob and Nora Elizabeth(Bliss) Beck. She attended Stoney Point Country Schools and attended Maquoketa schools in 1953, earning her GED in 1969. She married Everett Johnson in February of 1953 in Maquoketa. To this union one child was born: Arlett. Everett and Phyllis later divorced and she married Clyde N. Duhme on May 1, 1965 in Andrew, Iowa.

Phyllis had worked at various jobs throughout the years including, selling Stanley Home Products for eight years, working at Rocky's Cafe as dishwasher and waitress, serving as a cook at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, and also as a cook and housekeeper at the Andrew Jackson Care Facility.

Phyllis was a member of the Pythian Sisters and TOPS, and was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Andrew Garden Club. She currently was attending God's Family Baptist Church in Grand Mound.

Phyllis enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, gardening, flowers, canning tomatoes, attending the farmer's market, dancing and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Gerald (Kelly) Duhme of Akron, OH, Shirley (Dale) Smith of Des Moines, IA, Arlett (Jim) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, Larry (Linda) Duhme of Central City, IA, Rich (Carol) Duhme of Maquoketa, IA, and Cheryl (Brian) Nordyke of Pleasant Hill, IA; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Norma Koch of Lansing, MN; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde on June 17, 2001, an infant sister, and two grandchildren Steven and Travis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis E. Duhme memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elsie M. Babcock


Elsie M. Babcock, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elsie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 14, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Elsie Mae Keister was born on May 10, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Art and Louise (Brokens) Keister. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Donald Lee Babcock on February 22, 1947 in Maquoketa. To this union three children were born: Ronald, Michael and Kathy.

Elsie was a homemaker and farm wife who raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Maquoketa area for many years.

Elsie was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, serving as a past president.

Elsie enjoyed playing Euchre and going on frequent outings with her "Ladies Day Luncheon Club". She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Elsie's memory include her children, Ronald (Susan) Babcock of Monticello, IA, Michael (Julie) Babcock of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Gary) Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Keister of Monmouth, IA; a sister, Vera St. John of Calamus, IA; 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and her husband Donald on November 25, 2005.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elsie M. Babcock memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Murial Y. Roberts


Muriel Y. Roberts, 81, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Friday, December 8, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Muriel was born on September 23, 1936, in New Diggings, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clarence E. "Bigler" and Winnifred E. (Raisbeck) Teasdale. She married Robert H. "Bob" Roberts on October 27, 1956.

As an oncology nurse at Medical Associates, Muriel spent a lifetime providing the highest level of patient care for friends, family and neighbors. Their health and safety were always first and foremost in her thoughts and actions.

She enjoyed spending time with her many friends. When in their midst, the room would be filled with laughter and mischief. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; a daughter, Cynthia A. (Dennis) Birr, of Reedsburg, WI; a son, Doug (Ann) Roberts, of Hartland, WI; three sisters, Phyllis Harwick, of Platteville, Karen Farrey, of Northglenn, GA, and Mary (Jim) Bainbridge, of Benton; a brother, Keith "Whitey" Teasdale, of Galena, IL; four grandchildren, Daniel (Kiersten), David and Michael Birr and Jacob Roberts; and three great-grandchildren, Addison, Finnley and Bennett Birr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Barbara Murray and Sandra Stoney; a brother, Gary (Grace) Teasdale; a sister-in-law, Stella Teasdale; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Harwick and Carl Farrey.

A Muriel Y. Roberts Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the oncology department of Medical Associates, Dr. Kukla and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for not only their high level of patient care but kindness and compassion to Muriel and her family

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



Constance A. Schaecher


Constance A. "Connie" Schaecher, 74 formerly of Cascade, Iowa and Graham, Washington passed away Friday, December 7, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Connie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 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 December 14, 1942 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Leona (Breitbach) Menster. She received her education in the former St. Martin's School in Cascade. Connie loved her family very much; she always had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by five children, Virginia, Mark, Sandy Toni and Karen all of Graham, WA area; nine grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; eight siblings, Dick (Barb) Menser and Ed (Patti) Menster both of Cascade, IA, Jim (Jean) Menster of Springville, IA, Tom Menster of Monticello, IA, Patty (Jim) Leick of Cascade, IA, Bob (Sue) Menster of Monticello, IA, Mary Kay (Herb) Dolphin and Debbie (John) Howard both of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Gwen Marie; a son Neal.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all the care and support they gave Connie.

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



Edward T. Smothers


Edward T. Smothers, 84 , of Dubuque, passed away peacefully  Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,  December  9, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Eddie was born on June 3, 1933 in Iowa City, son of Dan and Hazel (Davis) Smothers. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and later a devoted member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a devout Catholic who found comfort in his faith.

Eddie worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 year, and then at Swiss Family Dairy for 15 years. He enjoyed his retirement and filled it with fishing, hunting, and woodworking. His most treasured memories were the family fishing trips up north.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. He belonged to the American Legion Post #6. Eddie was a Scout Leader for 10 years.

Above all else, family was Eddie's number one priority. His wife Marlene, children Bob, Vicki, Tim, and Kathi; grandchildren Mike, Kristin, Heather, and Ashleigh; great grandchildren Owen, Isabella, Gabriella, and Oliver were his world.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marlene; his son Timothy (Vickie) Smothers of Salem, VA; his daughters Vicki Smothers of Dubuque and Kathi ( Tony Schlimmer) Domeyer of Grand Mound, IA; his grandchildren Mike (Carmen) Smothers, Kristin Smothers, Heather (Jay) Kluesner, and Ashleigh Domeyer; his great grandchildren Owen, Gabriella, and Isabella Kluesner, and Oliver Richter; and his sister-in-law, Jane Smothers.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert  Smothers on Jan. 18, 2014; his parents-in-law Robert and Lucille Kieffer; his brothers Marvin and Lonnie Smothers; his sisters and brothers-in-law Brenda and Delbert Haxmeier and Gayle and Bill Kruser, and his brother-in-law Thomas Kieffer.

Eddie fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith. May God bless him and keep him safe in His loving arms until we meet again. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or to prepare our hearts for good-bye.

Eddie's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the expert and compassionate care of Julie Ehlinger ARNP and nurse Lacey Millard (Medical Associates), Dr. Shannon Timmerman and nurse Deb (VA), and Scott C., RN  (Hospice).

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com  

 

 



Angella T. Walsh

Angella T. Walsh, 82, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Angella may call 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Angela will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Philip Mensah officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Prairie Cemetery in Zwingle, Iowa.

Angella was born August 6, 1935 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of William C. and Catherine F. "Rena" (Murphy) Walsh. She received her education from the rural country schools in the Peosta area. She loved working on the farm and helping with the animals.

She was a member of New Melleray Parish.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Ellen and Anna Marie Walsh; one brother, William C. (Karen) Walsh all of Peosta, IA; nieces and nephews, Pat (Toni) Walsh of Platteville, WI, Cindy (Ryan) Yoder of Lone Tree, IA, Bill (Michele) Walsh Jr. of Cuba City, WI, Carrie (Tyler) Schmidt of Rochester, MN; three great nephews Caleb and Wyatt Yoder and Sawyer Walsh; three great Nieces Taylor and Hanna Walsh and Emma Frain.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Benedict, Francis, Clement and John Walsh; two sisters, Anastasia in infancy and Catherine Walsh.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Hawkeye Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque for all the good care they gave to Angella.

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



Martha M. Burger

Martha M. Burger, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Bethany Home. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family with arrangements.



Theresa C. Hankemeier


Theresa C. Hankemeier, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Theresa's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, December 9, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:15 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Theresa Clara Elsner was born on July 2, 1926 in Jackson County, Iowa, to August and Barbara (Jacklovitch) Elsner. She grew up in the Sugar Creek area and attended country school in Sugar Creek. She marred Albert Frederick Hankemeier on November 10, 1952 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union seven children were born: Allen, Jean, twins Dennis and Diane, Roger, Judy and Richard.

Theresa had first worked at DuPont in Clinton, Iowa, prior to her marriage. She then became a homemaker and farmed with her husband near Andrew for many years. Upon retirement in 1989 they moved to Maquoketa.

Theresa was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids. She always looked forward to visits and phone calls from family and friends. She had a heart of gold and always wanted to help support the hungry children and others in need. She loved to sit in her chair and snuggle with her cats "Squeek" and "Smokey".

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jean (Jimmy) Mayfield of Toronto, IA, Dennis Hankemeier of Andrew, IA, Diane Haylock of Maquoketa, IA, Roger Hankemeier of Iowa City, IA, Judy Hankemeier of AZ, and Richard Hankemeier of MT; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Elsner of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert on February 1, 2001, a son Allen, a grandchild Jessica Joy, a great-grandchild Collin, two brothers Vernon and Raymond, and two sisters Laura and Rosemary.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theresa C. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Joe A. Smith


Joe A. "Red" Smith, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Joshua Martyn officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at the funeral home.

Joe was born on February 24, 1929 in Donnellson, Illinois, the son of Cecil & Alta (Hampton) Smith. He married Bonnie Beresford on March 17, 1962.

Red was a carpenter all of his life until retirement. Most notably, he worked for Dick Loetscher Construction in Dubuque. He was member of the Carpenters Union and the Musicians Union for many years.

Red served as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War, stationed in Port Whittier, Alaska.

Red grew up in a musical family and spent many years as a local musician, playing guitar and singing with several bands and musicians. He is well known as the leader of the Melody Makers, with his lovely wife by his side providing vocals. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time on the Mississippi on his boat with his family. The best of times was had at the River of Lakes Resort in Bagley, WI.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Beresford) Smith; his son, Joseph Smith of Nashville, TN, along with his son, Joey of Grand Junction, CO. His daughter, Karen (Roy) Mullins, of Smyrna, TN, along with their children, Leah, Clifford and Matthew; his son, Randy (Lisa) Smith, of Dubuque, along with their daughter, Randi (Kaleb) Bales. 6 great grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, Owen, Hatten, Eowyn and Violet. His sister, Phyllis (Doc) Dothager, of Powder Springs, GA; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Nelda Blankenship, Elaine "Tainey" Barth, and an infant Shirley; 3 brothers, Jim, Jack and an infant Carlton.

We would like to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Manor Care for their extraordinary care and compassion.



Patricia J. Cawley


Patricia J. Cawley, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:56 a.m., on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center where she was recovering from an illness. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Pat was born on March 15, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of first generation immigrants John and Elsie (Leigh) Kiely.

Pat received a B.A. degree in English from Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois (now Loyola University) and worked for several years after graduation as an assistant to the Public Relations director of the renowned Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Pat was united in marriage to Edward Cawley on February 5, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. The couple spent several years in Madison, WI where Ed completed his PhD in plant ecology before they moved in 1960 to Dubuque, where Ed joined the faculty of Loras College. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage, and five adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 3, 2014. Pat cherished her role as loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She also had a deep appreciation of English Literature and education, obtaining a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Loras College and teaching at St. Anthony's School for 17 years until her retirement in 1989. Pat's faith was an integral part of her life; she was a faithful member of St. Raphael's Cathedral for over 50 years, where she and Ed volunteered on countless ministries. She felt blessed to profess the faith as a lector, often surprising those in attendance when such a powerful voice came from so petite a speaker, and to bring others to the faith as an instructor in the RCIA program. Pat also served the community through the Seven Sisters Apostolate, was a great advocate for the unborn through her work at Birthright of Dubuque, and the League of Women Voters, including a term as President in the 1970's. Pat and Ed for decades showed their devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through adoration at the Power of Prayer Chapel.

Pat was a gentle and wise lady whose life was defined by her efforts to fulfill the spiritual works of mercy. When circumstance and physical limitations kept her from carrying out these works in person, she relied on prayer and dedication to the Divine Chaplet of Mercy to support her family and others.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her 5 children:
Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ,
Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX,
Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA,
Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA,
and Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA;

her 13 grandchildren:
Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley,
Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy,
Louis and Edward Sievers,
and Jack, Margaret (Zack), Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle;

and a great-grandson,
Holden Cawley.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Edward Cawley; and a sister, Mary Kiely.

A Patricia J. Cawley memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities (St. Raphael's Cathedral, Birthright of Dubuque, and the Power of Prayer Chapel).

Pat's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caretakers at No Place Like Home for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Pat, which allowed her to stay in her home until her death.

 



Janet K. Wernke


Janet K. Wernke, 69, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, December 11, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Janet was born July 4, 1948, in Cedar Rapids the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lerch) Middlekauff.  She married Robert J. Wernke on February 7, 1970 in Anamosa.  Janet had a soft smile and would do anything for anyone.  She was a strong fighter and never gave up trying.  In her spare time Janet liked reading, bingo, socializing, traveling and trying something new.  She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, yardwork, babysitting & decorating at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Janet worked as a Customer Service Representative in banking in Dyersville for over thirty years.  She was an active member of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dyersville Hospital Auxiliary where she served as treasurer for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, Bob, children: Angela (Matthew) Trenkamp of Iowa City, Brian (Kristen) Wernke of Farley, Sara (Brad) Slater of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Anna, Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynn, Brevyn, Max, Jackson and, Daisy; one brother, James (Clare) Middlekauff of Orlando, FL; in-laws: David (Bernie) Wernke of Worthington, Marian (Thomas) Noblit of Loretto, TN, Joan Klein of Durango, Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Cresco, and several nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke, one son, Douglas Wernke in 2012, in-laws, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke and Don Klein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Robert L. McCarron


Robert L. McCarron, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1st, 2017 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00p.m.

Bob was born on May 14, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Julia (Wolfe) McCarron. He married Hilda Simon on November 26, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on December 26th, 2010.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 45 years until his retirement. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150 A and St. Columbkilles Catholic Church. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, but most of all he enjoyed his time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his children, Nancy (Terrence "Darby") O'Neill, of Aurora, CO., Barb (Bob) Hinz-Pfab, of Dubuque, Patrick McCarron, of Seattle, Colleen (Ron) Huseman, of Denver, Beverly McCarron, of Denver, Steven (Michelle) McCarron, of Dubuque, Douglas (Heather) McCarron, of Keokuk, IA, and Roger (Anina) McCarron, of Chicago, daughter-in-law Sue McCarron, of Dubuque. 23 grandchildren, Michael, Tony, Matthew, Luke, Megan, Molly, Brady, Katie, Brian, Nicholas, Natalie, Ashley, Jenny, Chet, Jessica, Brennan, Riley, Madeline, Brandon, Sydney, Nicole, Miller and Emmet; 27 great grandchildren. Siblings, Connie Kelly, of Dubuque, Therese Lampe, of Bettendorf, IA, Michael and Dan McCarron, of Dubuque, and Kevin McCarron, of Marion, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hilda, a son Robert, son-in-law Tom Hinz, brothers Hugh McCarron and Patrick in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

 



Natalie G. Sanders


Natalie Grace Sanders, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 30th, 2017 at home following a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Natalie was born on April 22, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Michael and Robin (Schumski) Sanders.

Natalie enjoyed boating on the mighty Mississippi, motor cycle riding and fishing. But most of all Natalie enjoyed watching Nathan and Letha's kids Jazlyn and Gage, they were the apple of her eye.

Natalie also enjoyed being with her Dad and the dogs, Tuna and Dozer.

She graduated from Hempstead High School in 2005 and attended NICC. She worked as a CNA at Sunnycrest for several years, and currently employed at Mary's Inn Maternity Home and Sedgwick.

She is survived by her father Michael, of Dubuque; siblings Nathan (Letha Mihalakis) Sanders, Shawn (Tom) Kohnen, and Jeremy Sanders, all of Dubuque. Her grandparents, Duane and Leanne Senne, of Fairmont, Minnesota; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her mother Robin Sanders on January 16, 2013; and her grandmother Grace Sanders on January 18, 2006.

In lieu of flowers a Natalie Grace Sanders memorial fund will be established.

Goodbye for now Natalie we will all see you again. We will love and miss you more than words can say.

 



Charles V. Plein


Charles Vincent Plein, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1st, 2017 at home from natural causes.
Family and friends may gather from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with military honors by the American Legion Post #6 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles was born on May 9, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Valentine and Luella (Fagen) Plein. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1958. He married Hannelore Roll on July 15, 1967 in Dubuque.

He served is the US Army from 1959 to 1965 and was stationed at Fort Knox, KY and Border Patrol at Bad Kissingen in Germany. He was a member of the 14th Armored Calvary Regiment 2D Squadron.

He worked at Ay McDonald, Dubuque Packing Company, Farmland and FDL. He served as president of Union Local 758 Operating Engineers.

Charles enjoyed hiking at the Mines of Spain, gardening, the Green Bay Packers, hunting, fishing and just enjoying nature; but most of all he enjoyed being with his family. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his two children, Thomas (Danielle) Plein and Lisa Plein, both of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren, Alex, Alicia, and Jay Plein, Kalee Kerper, Megan, Colin and Jeffrey Niemer; and his brother Clem Plein, of Dubuque.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hannelore; step mother; two sister Shirley Vosberg and Marian Stietz; and two brothers William and Richard Plein.

The family wishes to thank Shannon Timmeran, ARNP and the staff at the Dubuque VA Clinic; Dr. Janes; Dr. Ramabadran, Dr. Manzel, Dr. Sara Loetscher and their staffs for all their wonderful care they gave to Charles.



Bonnie K. Waller


Bonnie K. Waller, 55, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 P.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Bonita Kay "Bonnie" Shelton was born on August 15, 1962 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Robert W. and Marjorie Lou (Rohlf) Shelton. She was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Thomas Waller on October 4, 1980 in Zwingle, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Gregory.

Bonnie had various jobs throughout the years starting with working at the South Inn in Maquoketa, then the Leisure Lake Inn, Maquoketa Community Schools, Maquoketa Care Center, and Rite Hite in Dubuque. In February of this year she found her calling with a job she truly loved as the Food Service Coordinator at River Bend Retirement Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Bonnie was known for her cooking and baking skills with baked beans and pecan and coconut cream pies being family favorites. She also had an extensive pig collection, enjoyed country and old time rock and roll music, and western television shows. She had participated in bowling leagues at the Cascade Lanes where she served as the secretary, and also was the Bernard/Zwingle correspondent for the Cascade Pioneer Press newspaper.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Thomas Waller of Zwingle, IA; a son, Gregory (and his girlfriend Samantha Kluesner) Waller of Worthington, IA; her mother, Marge Shelton of Macon, GA; sisters, Kathy and her husband Jack Benny Smith of Columbus, MS, and Brenda Gibson and her husband Mitch Miller of Jackson, GA; her mother-in-law, Alberta Waller of Bernard, IA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose and Randy Stoffel of Bernard, IA, Earl and Janet Waller of Bernard, IA, Allan and Tonya Waller of Bernard, IA, Barb Gantenbein of Dubuque, IA, Linda (Jerry) Hoftender of E. Dubuque, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, her father Robert W. Shelton, and father-in-law Clarence Waller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie Kay Waller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janice K. McCarthy


Janice K. "Katie" McCarthy, 70, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at her home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Katie may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Katie will held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa at a later date.

Katie was born July 15, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Lucille "Toots" (Cunningham) Beckmann. She graduated from Xavier High School. She was united in marriage to Patrick McCarthy on August 2, 1985 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA.

Katie was a very devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. She was an avid bowler and had a life time hobby of collecting Dolls.

She was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Pat McCarthy of Dyersville, IA; one daughter, Karie (Fred) Bounds of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Delaney, Kameryn and Emersyn; three siblings, Pat (Richard) Vaske of Dyersville, IA, Deanne (John) Rubner of Ahwatukee, AZ and Joyce (Rob) Bannister of Asbury, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom ( Maureen) McCarthy of Sherrill, IA, Susan (Ed) Werner of Epworth, IA, Bill (Jan) McCarthy of Cascade, IA, Bob (Julie) McCarthy of Peosta, IA, Millie McCarthy of Milwaukee, WI and Ron (Judy) McCarthy of Epworth, IA
She is preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Loretta McCarthy, two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane McCarthy and Margie McCarthy.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Rob & Becky Bannister, Tom & Maureen McCarthy and Ed & Sue Werner for all their help and support.

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



Russell L. Paulsen


Russell L. Paulsen, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Russell's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation. Burial will be at the Rossiter Cemetery, rural Charlotte, Iowa, with military honors.

Russell Lee Paulsen was born on July 28, 1927 near Charlotte, Iowa, to George and Mamie (Schrader) Paulsen. He was a 1945 graduate of Charlotte High School. He started farming the home farm in 1950, and married Betty Andresen on June 3, 1951 in Charlotte, Iowa. In 1952 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Part of his two years were spent in Verdun, France working in the Com Center as part of the Signal Corp. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he resumed farming until he retired from that in 1990. In retirement, he drove school bus for the Northeast Community School District for eight years.

In 2003, Russell and Betty moved to Maquoketa. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a 50 plus year member of the American Legion. He had served in many different ways in his churches and was a Township Trustee for Waterford Township for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Betty Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, LuAnn (Mark) Zehr of Columbus, NE, and Kayla (Wayne) Denman of Vancouver, WA; 6 grandchildren, Joshua (Megan) Zehr, Jacob Zehr, Zachary, Nathaniel, Nicholas and Amelia Joy Denman; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella and Eli Zehr. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gordon, a brother Donald and a sister in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Arleen Anderson


Arleen Anderson, age 84, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by family on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Arleen was born Sept 18, 1933 in LeRoy, NY daughter of Clifford and Catherine (Lynch) Brownell. She married Robert (Bob) Anderson on November 22, 1958 in LeRoy, NY. In 1965, she and her family moved to Dubuque, IA, where she spent the next 48 years of her life. After retiring as a secretary, she became a longtime volunteer at Birthright. She also loved to travel with Bob and her extended family. In August 2013, she moved to Rochester, where she made many good friends at the Shorewood and Homestead Senior Living Communities.

She is survived by her son, Bruce (Laura) Anderson of Rochester; her grandchildren, Claire (Levi) Teigen, Nick (Nicolle) Anderson, and Tim Anderson; her great granddaughter, Sloane Teigen; her sister-in-law, Hazel Brownell and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; and her brothers, Donald, Ted and Kenneth.

Memorial donations can be made to the Rochester Catholic Schools or Holy Family Catholic Schools of Dubuque, IA.



Bruce J. Noel


Bruce J. Noel 64, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Bruce was born on January 11, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Kathleen (Palmer) Noel. He graduated from Wahlert high school, class of 71 and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Bruce was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

Surviving are his 2 sons, Joseph Noel of Dubuque, IA and Nicholas Noel of Ankeny, IA; 7 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; his parents, Carl and Kathleen Noel of Dubuque, IA; his siblings James (Melissa) Noel of Miamisburg, OH, Thomas (Kathleen) Noel of Dubuque, IA, Janice (Thomas) Dierickx of Bellevue, IA; several nieces and nephews.

A Bruce J. Noel memorial fund has been established.

Bruce's family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at the VA, especially Dr. Jennifer West and Doug Bean, RN for their unending care and support.



Richard F. Burlage


Richard F. "Dick" Burlage, 78, of Oregon, Wisconsin, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at UW-Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on June 9, 1939, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the son of Leroy "Bud" and Arlene (Runde) Burlage. He married Ruth A. Jansen on August 23, 1960, at Sinsinawa Mound.

Dick was all about his family, immediate and extended. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved learning about and sharing family history. He also enjoyed reading and was a huge sports fan, especially cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church Choir, and the Knights of Columbus #765.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Lisa (Mark) Pettera, of Prairie du Chien, WI and Michele (Dan) Ironmonger, of Oregon, WI; two sons, Kirk (Tricia) Burlage, of Oconomowoc, WI and Tim (Kim) Burlage, of Madison, WI; a sister, Jody (Orville) Brothers, of Kieler; two brothers, Harold Burlage and Jim "Moose" (Joan) Burlage, both of Kieler; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Burlage, of Kieler, Mary (Jim) Rettig, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lyn (Bill) Wagner, of Sun City West, Arizona, and Elaine (Jim) Droessler, of Cuba City; a brother-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brian in 1971; his sisters, Jeannie Hendricks and Janice Smith; brothers, Tom, Jerry and "Jack"; and brother-in-law, John Smith Sr.

A Richard F. "Dick" Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks for BeeHive Homes of Oregon, WI for their exceptional care of Ruth and their loving support to Dick.

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



Gunnar Ant


Gunnar Ant, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 7:26 a.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gunnar's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Gunnar's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Gunnar was born on April 29, 1928, in Paide, Estonia, son of Voldemar and Meta (Adelson) Ant.

Gunnar was very proud to eventually become a U.S. Citizen after spending time in a relocation camp in Germany. He would go on to honorable serve with his country with U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gunnar would meet and marry his wife, Iyla Ball, on October 14, 1969, and they were blessed with 48 years together, and 2 beloved daughters. He was a hard worker and earnestly applied his time with Feye Brothers Auto Body, and lastly with the U.S. Postal Service, until he finally retired in 1992. Gunnar was a devoted husband and father who valued the time he was able to spend with his family. He was also known for his positive attitude towards life, and the world around him, and also for his uncanny ability to lovingly agitate those he cared for.

Those left to cherish Gunnar's memory include

his loving wife,
Iyla Ant, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 daughters,
Ellen (Jeff Selim) Ant, Wichita, KS
and Susan (Eric Kirby) Ant, Bloomington, MN;

his brother,
Ulo (Sandi) Ant, Dubuque, IA;

and 3 brothers-in-law,
Jon (Diane) Ball, Eldridge, IA,
Dennis (Judy) Ball, Dubuque, IA
and Karl (Mary Gwen) Ball, Brainerd, MN.

Gunnar was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Evi Ant.

In lieu of flowers, a Gunnar Ant memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Gunnar's family would like to thank the doctor's, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Home Health Care, for all of their wonderful and professional care.

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

 



Carl D. Sanman


Carl Dale Sanman, 79, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 7th at Resurrection Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Hauer presiding. Burial will be with family on Friday, December 8th at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6th at Egelhof, Siegert, and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service recited at 7:30 p.m.

He was born on January 20th, 1938, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Richard and Christina (Linbeck) Sanman. He married the love of his life, Jeannine (Baker) Sanman on February 6th, 1958 in Freeport, Illinois and together they raised their four children with love and devotion until her passing in 2009.

Carl graduated from Freeport High School in 1957. With his wife, they owned and operated Little Red Hen for over 25 years. His chicken recipe is still the most prized family possession to this day. Upon his retirement from Little Red Hen, he worked at St. Anthony Catholic School as the beloved custodian simply to spend more time with his four grandchildren who attended school there. He retired completely in 2001. Upon retirement, Carl enjoyed spending his time traveling, especially to Arizona for the winter where he could always be found on the golf course.

Carl was a Cub Scout leader for his two sons, Randy and Mark. He was a devout member of The Church of the Resurrection. He was also a member of the Asbury Park Board.

Carl was truly one of a kind. His infectious smile and charming personality was beloved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan and had the joy of attending Game 3 of the 2016 World Series as well as Super Bowl XLV. His love of traveling found him spending many summers and winters in Colorado where he could be found skiing and enjoying the family condo in Beaver Creek.

Above all else, family was Carl's number one priority. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a source of immense pride and he was never afraid to brag about all of them to anyone who would listen. Papa Chicken Man will be missed deeply by those who loved him most.

Surviving are his children, Randy (Teresa) Sanman of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mark (Heidi) Sanman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Cindy (Dennis) McInerney of Dubuque, and Nancy (Mike) Osterhaus of Jackson, Michigan; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Thorpe, Matthew Sanman, Rachel and Julia Sanman, Patrick (Abby), Michael, Kelly, and Daniel McInerney, Ken and Ellen Osterhaus, and Neal Owen; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Bob (Anna) Popp; sisters Ruth Oswald, Mary Bedin, and Lorraine (Kent) Schumacher; his brother-in-law, Dalen Wickman and his special friend, Rosemarie McGiffin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his cherished wife Jeannine, and his sisters June Wickman and Erma Sanman.

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

The Sanman family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and their staff, especially Edna for their wonderful care and endless support.

 



William Jester


William "Will" Jester, 51, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, also at the funeral home.

Will was born September 20, 1966, in Bentonville, Arkansas, the son of Donald and Mary (Harshbarger) Jester. He was very liked by all who knew him. Will was an executive chef by trade and was employed full time by Magoo's Pizza of Dubuque. He enjoyed his profession and found great pleasure in serving those who enjoyed the food he created.

Will was also owner/operator of his own businesses; Cut-Rite Lawn Care, and most recently the The Court Jester (featuring Cajun cuisine). He and his wife, Kat enjoyed spending their Saturday mornings at the DBQ Farmers Market serving up the likes of Cajun Crab Cakes, Bananas Foster Crepes, and an array of other savory delights out of The Court Jesters Food trailer that William built himself last winter. On occasion, even their 4 children (William, Andrew, Cody, and Desiree) would have a hand in helping out with this much loved hobby. Will also took part in stock car racing, and the Demolition Derby for many years, achieving a 2nd place trophy in 2014. William sponsored and paddled with The Cut-Rite Dragons, and The Court Jester's dragon boat teams who compete here annually in the Dragon Boat Festival. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. So much so his wife took him to Hines Field to celebrate his 50th birthday at a home field game last year. Will and his wife Kat were high school sweethearts who reconnected in 2011, and were married in 2013. All who know Will and Kat know their love is one of a kind. Something most are never lucky enough to find.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Jester; children, Benjamin Benefield, William D. Jester, Andrew D. Jester, Cody Macias, and Desiree Macias; a grandson, Landon Benefield; siblings, Mary Ann (Kenny) Cotton, and Donald (Annette) Jester.

Will was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Mark A. Dalen


Mark A. Dalen, 63, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at home of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mark was born on April 25, 1954 in Dubuque, IA, the son of LeRoy E. and Adele A. (Jenaman) Dalen.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1972. On August 23, 1985 he was united in marriage to Mary Jo Merfeld at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  Mark has been employed for 39 years at the former Apple River Chemical Company, N-Ren, Phoenix Chemical Company, and Ren-Tech, now known as East Dubuque Nitrogen-Fertilizer.  He is also a member and currently serving as President of U.A.W. Local # 1391.

He was a loving husband, father and friend, who enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family.

Surviving is his wife Mary Jo Dalen; two daughters, Melissa (Robert) Morley and Kaila (special friend Domingo Ramirez) Dalen; his mother-in-law, Mazie Merfeld; four brothers, Lyle (Pat) Dalen, John (Sue) Dalen, Frank (Cindy) Dalen, and James (Sarah) Dalen; a sister-in-law, Kristy Dalen; his in-laws, David (Joyce) Merfeld, Marcie (Steve) High, Donald (Joni) Merfeld, and Orland Merfeld, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Adele, and his father-in-law, Orland Merfeld.

The family wishes to send special thanks to the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. First Responders, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. and the East Dubuque Police Dept. personnel for their quick response and kindness.

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

 



Janice M. Decker


Janice M. Decker, age 63, of Sherrill, IA, passed away on December 1, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Rd., Balltown, IA. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, IA.
Janice was born on March 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of Alvin and Mary (Seiler) Decker.

Janice attended the Special Education program at Audubon School. After completing school, Janice was employed at Mercy Hospital, Pizza Hut, Metrix and Goodwill. Janice was able to keep her own home for many years. She enjoyed life and took many trips, including Washington, D.C., Disney World, and Niagara Falls, as well as many baseball games. Janice liked the Cubs, going on outings with Cozy Corners, boot scooting, Christmas and Diet Coke. Even with her disability, Janice was very independent.

Janice is survived by her mother, Mary; siblings, Kenneth (Lisa) Decker, Karen Nauman, Julie (Leon) Dupont, Jim (Nancy) Decker, and Allen (Lisa) Decker; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; her brother-in-law, Daniel Nauman; great nephew, Brecken Dupont; and her grandparents.

A memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at ARC, Cozy Corner, Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Elizabeth O. Helling


Elizabeth O. "Bette" Helling passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mt. Calvary. Friends may call from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bette was born in Fillmore, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Hosch) Knepper. She graduated from the Visitation Academy. On November 7, 1947, Bette married Anthony A. "Tony" Helling Jr. at Scared Heart Catholic Church, Fillmore, IA. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1992. Bette, along with her husband, opened their first restaurant, "Tony's Café" in 1951. The two went on to own and operate the original three Sandy's Drive In's in Dubuque and the Dodge House Motel, Restaurant and Lounge.

Bette was a member of St. Anthony's Parish was an avid bridge and euchre player and enjoyed playing the slots at various casinos around the country with family and friends. The highlight of every year was planning and preparing for the annual Knepper family picnic at various parks in Dubuque.

Surviving are her children, Tony (Diana) Helling of Dubuque; Beth Hunemuller of Cedar Falls, IA and Sue (Kevin Caldwell) Helling of Surprise, AZ; her grandchildren Krista (Rob) Eckert and Nick Helling both of Davenport, IA, Wil Hunemuller of Des Moines, IA and Elizabeth Hunemuller of Cedar Falls, IA; her great grandchildren Owen and Noah Eckert; her sister-in-law Virginia Knepper of Cascade, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her granddaughter Madison Rae Hunemuller; 2 brothers and 7 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Bette Helling memorial fund.

Bette's family extends a special thank you to all of her caregivers, especially Dianne B. and Allison.

 



Brian Joseph Kass


Brian Joseph Kass, 53, of Williford, Arkansas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on November 26, 2017 in Arkansas.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Brian was born on January 28, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Vincent and Mary Agnes (Urbain) Kass. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and worked for Paul Curtis Construction in Arkansas.

He loved to fish, enjoyed antique collecting, gardening and canning, and working on his cars, especially his Mustang.

He is survived by his mother Mary Agnes Kass, of Sherrill; brothers, Duane (Kim) Kass, of Sherrill, Curt (Peggy) Kass, of Monticello, Jeremy (Barb) Kass, of Bellevue, Chad Kass, of Hazel Green, WI, Pat (Tina) Kass, of Sherrill, Marty Kass of Durango, Troy (Allison) Kass of Sherrill; sisters, Tina (Bernie) Miles, of San Diego, CA, Brenda (Jim) Kelly, of Ballinger, Texas, Karen (Drew) Greear, of Cedar Rapids, Angela (Brian) Staszewski, of Le Claire, Jennifer (Chris Schreiner) Kass, of Chandler, Ariz., and Kelly (Travis) Klinefelter, of Dubuque. Nieces and nephews, Conor, Ewan, JT, Josh, Megan, Michaela, Jaydan, Addy, Jacob, Claire, Evlynn, Cora, and Tyler.

Brian was preceded in death by his father Vincent Kass in 2012, a sister Katie Kass, in 1990 and a brother Jeff Kass in 2010, his grandparents Dolores and Billy Urbain and Theresa and Charles Kass.



Margarete Mary Martin


Margarete Mary Martin, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:35 p.m., on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary was born on January 18, 1928, in Nürnberg, Germany, daughter of Wilhelm and Hedwig (Schaal) Bickel.

Mary was born and raised in Germany before eventually arriving at her final destination in Dubuque. She was a dedicated worker who diligently put her talents to good use at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years, before finally retiring at the age of 70. She was also a long-time and proud member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 150A. In her free-time, Mary appreciated a good adventure and spending time traveling with Ken was always a joyful option. They ventured to Germany to visit family, headed down to Florida to enjoy some better weather, but their yearly excursions to Las Vegas to visit her son, Bob, were surely her favorites. Mary was a very loving, generous and modest woman who easily defined the essence of beauty both inside and out. Her presence in this world was an undeniable blessing to all who knew and loved her and we will definitely miss her deeply and dearly until we are all reunited once again.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her son,
Robert "Bob" Martin, Dubuque, IA;

her 2 granddaughters,
Amy and Jenny;

a sister,
Helga (Petro) Celesti, Nürnberg, Germany;

her long-time family friend,
Dan (Jan) Smith, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert John Martin, Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Alberta Martin; and her long-time companion, Kenny Vander Meulen.

A Margarete Mary Martin memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, and his nurse, Kate, for all of their kind, caring and professional care of Mary, and her family.

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

 



Richard D. Rath Sr.


Richard Duane Rath Sr., 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor David Barna officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born on March 5, 1927 in Manchester, Iowa the son of Henry and Nevada Grace (Fogel) Rath. He served in the United States Navy from 1946-1947 in Japan during WWII.

He married Esther Thomas on December 5th, 1948 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary next week.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement.

Richard was a master fisherman, which he taught his kids and grandchildren. He enjoyed being part-owner of the Eagle Point Fishing Barge in his retirement. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs Fan.

He always had a smile and helped anyone who needed it. He was called "Pops" by many that knew him. He loved his family and loved spending time with them.

He is survived by his loving wife Esther; his children, Gary (LaNae) Rath, Steve (Roseanne) Rath, Dixie (Bill) Waterman, Richard (Sue) Rath, Jr., Debbie (Mark) Hines, Becky (Bill) Welter, David (Ellen) Rath, and Tammy (Jeffrey) Robbins. 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. His step siblings, Judy Cottrell, Rita Cottrell, Ruth Rath, Denny Rath, Tom Rath, and Armand Rath.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Henry (Eleanor) Rath, Cecil (Florence) Rath, and a grandson Marc Rath.

A Richard D. Rath memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and his nurse Kate, Hospice of Dubuque especially Barb, Home Health Care especially Kelly, and to all the nurses who helped care for Richard.



Allen R. Mescher


Allen R. Mescher, age 101, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:05 p.m., on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Allen's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with his son, Rev. Michael Mescher, officiating. To celebrate Allen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on October 19, 1916, in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher.

Allen honorably served his country as a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. He was very proud of his service and continued to celebrate every Veteran's Day by still wearing his original dress uniform. He would marry the love of his life, Violet Holl, on November 13, 1948, in Dubuque, and they would be blessed with 69 years together, as well as 4 truly adored children. Allen was no stranger to the value of an honest day's work and loyally devoted 37 years of his working career to Georgia Pacific, before eventually retiring as general manager. Faith was also a very integral part of Allen's life and he displayed it prominently, not only in his daily words, thoughts and actions, but quite regularly he could be found volunteering his time with his beloved St. Anthony's Church. Allen was very handy with a tool belt and was not only competent enough to tackle any task which was laid before him, but he is also one of the few men who can actually claim that they built their own home with their own two hands. When Allen was fortunate enough to find some down time, he always looked forward to loading up the family and heading out into the great outdoors for their next big camping adventure. Above all though, family was the most important aspect of Allen's life and he absolutely cherished every opportunity to spend some quality time with those he loved. Allen has surely seen many changes in the world around him during his 101 year journey on this earth, and we now pray, as his heavenly journey begins, that he's enjoying the perfect splendor of his new world in the companionship of his family members' who've been called home ahead of him. We will miss you dearly Allen, but we'll find peace in time while you rest easy in your Heavenly Father's arms until we are all joyfully reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Allen's memory include

his loving wife,
Violet "Vi" Mescher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Rev. Michael Mescher, Tama, IA,
Dr. Scott (Claudia) Mescher, Hibbing, MN,
Sally (David) Mescher Allen, Littleton, CO and
Alice (Fred) Altmix, Nashville, TN;

his 7 grandchildren,
Meredith (Colin) McCowan, Emily (Nathan) Wirkkula, Dr. Craig (Sara) Mescher, John Allen, Tatyana Allen, Caitlyn (Andrew) Boza and Evan Altmix;

his great-granddaughter,
Cora Boza;

his sister,
Rose Johanningmeier, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Fran Mescher, Dubuque, IA
and Marion Mescher, Melbourne, Australia;

his brother-in-law,
Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Elmer Mescher and Donald (Betty) Mescher; his brother-in-law, Elmer "Moe" Johanningmeier.

An Allen R. Mescher memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Allen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all of the kind, caring and professional care they have provided to Allen, and his entire family throughout the years.

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

 



Duane J. Heiderscheit


Duane J. "Harry" Heiderscheit, 74, of Holy Cross died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross.  Visitation will also be held from 9:30-10:30 am Saturday, Dec. 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  A private burial service will be held at a later date.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Harry was born May 2, 1943, in Holy Cross, the son of Harold and Josephine (Hefel) Heiderscheit.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School with the class of 1961.  He married Donna Mae Schueller on May 15, 1965, in Sherrill, Iowa.  Together they raised their family & farmed near the Holy Cross area.  Harry also ran Harry's Place in Holy Cross from 1998 - 2001.  After retiring from farming and Harry's Place in 2001, he began working for Steger Construction.  He was very active in the community, selling raffle tickets for the HC Athletic Club and Fire Department.

Harry was a family man who loved watching his children and grandchildren in their sports, and going on a recent family vacation to South Dakota, where Harry and Donna honeymooned and revisited upon their 25th Anniversary.  He was an honest and sociable person with a sense of humor which people of all ages enjoyed.  He played softball for many years, loved gambling, following the Hawkeyes and Cubs and a good game of Euchre. 

Survivors include his wife, Donna, 5 children: Patrick and Dave, both of Holy Cross, Steve (Desiree Pope) and Peggy (Tim) Stockel, both of Dubuque and Debbie (fiancé Phil Bemer) Klein of Ely, IA; 15 grandchildren: Billy, Clint, Danny and Sabrina Heiderscheit, Jake, Jordyn, Delaney, Devyn and Jackson Heiderscheit, Gage Heffernan, Shyla and Carissa Stockel, Alyssa (Quintin) Embray, Mariah Klein and Austyn Bemer; 1 great grandchild, Alivia Embray, who is expecting a brother in February; siblings: Lyle (Pat) Heiderscheit of Bankston, Ed (Myrene) Heiderscheit of Peosta, Linda (Jerry) Brenke of Dubuque, Laura Brokish of Cleveland, TN, and Roger (Judie) Heiderscheit of Holy Cross, Ron (Elaine) Heiderscheit of Dixon, IL; in-laws: Helen Heiderscheit of Dubuque, Dorothy Kennicker Crews, Diane Boge, Joe Schueller and Bonnie (Jerome) Garner, all of Dubuque, Ron (Doris) Schueller of Pflugerville, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Daniel, parents-in-law, Joseph and Stella (Leonard Backes) Schueller; in-laws: Eugene Schueller, Leon Kennicker, Francis Crews, Ron Boge, Deb Schueller.

We would like to thank the Holy Cross Fire Department and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials are preferred to the Holy Cross Fire Department, LaSalle Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Linda Ward


Linda Ward, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 28, 2017.

A private service will be held by her immediate family.

Linda was born on March 27, 1944 to Henry and Elfrieda (Will) Feuss in Lost Nation, Iowa. She was the 7th if 11 children. She attended Lost Nation High School and graduated in 1962.

She married her first love, Richard Ward, on September 9, 1962 and moved to Monmouth, Iowa. She was a farm wife and homemaker and they were soon blessed with four children over the next 8 years. Roger (Anna) of Indio, CA; Sharon (Loren) Ditch of Branson, MO; Dennis of Ventura, CA; and Tammy (Eric) Brooks of Manchester, Iowa.

They moved to Wyoming , Iowa where they owned and operated a dairy farm and Linda worked at the Jackson County Pubic Hospital. In 1978 they settled in Maquoketa and opened Wa-Ka Restaurant, which she managed for eight years.

When their children were grown, Linda became active in flower gardening, bird watching, and RV travel. She also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

Linda was given the title of Grandma to: Elizabeth, Gabriel, Devin, Addison, Mackenzie, Aaron, Kobe and Michael. She enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them to sew, cook, and enjoy nature. She enjoyed watching their activities, zip lining, water tubing, paint balling and eating homemade ice cream.

Linda enjoyed her summers at Table Rock Lake as the families gathered for their vacations. She enjoyed traveling south for the winters and playing Dominoes with her fellow RV travelers. When Linda wasn't traveling, she was a volunteer with Jackson County Hospice and Master Gardeners.

Linda is remembered as having a kind and generous heart with a love for life. If she touched your life, she touched your heart.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Jackson County Hospice in her honor.

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



Rita Ann Navigato

Rita Ann Navigato, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, after a brief illness.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include her children, Sheila (Ed) Adamson, Warrenville, Illinois, Cathy (John) Osweiler, Dubuque, Iowa, David (Debbie) Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Dan (Cathy), Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Ben Navigato, Fredonia, Wisconsin, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date where she will be buried next to her husband Ben, at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

Local arrangements are being handled by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Geraldine L. Fleege


Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:18 a.m., on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Squirt's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Squirt's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Squirt was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Hilda (Nachtman) Kohnen.

Squirt was a longtime resident of Dubuque and would eventually meet and marry her soul-mate, Ronald "Bun" Fleege, on September 4, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 61 years of marriage, and 3 adored children, before Bun was sadly called home ahead of her on March 9, 2008. Squirt was personally driven to devote her time and energies to nurturing her family and caring for her home, but she was also motivated to find the time to work outside the home at both the Battery Factory and Janlin Plastics for several years. Squirt was known for her sweet disposition and it was not uncommon to catch her breaking out into a joyful song at a moments notice. She also had a bit of a competitive side, which would playfully show itself during a spirited game of cards with family and friends. We are deeply saddened during this holiday season with the loss of our dear mom, grandma and friend, but we know that she'll be enjoying a most glorious of Christmas celebrations with her heavenly family now and that one day we will all be able to sit and listen to mom sing carols with the Angel's Choir. Thank you for making the world a better place during your 91 year earthly journey Squirt, and we are forever grateful that you have left such an abundance of beautiful memories for us to treasure as we continue along ours.

Those left to cherish Squirt's memory include

her children,
Sandy Dodson, Mesquite, TX,
Donna (Roger) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA
and Michael (Patty Schissel) Fleege, Galena, IL;

9 grandchildren,
Ron Smith, Tim Smith, Julie (James) Dodson, Caroline (Saad) Dodson, Tracy (Don Hentges) Dillon, Kristie (Chad) Hefel, Dan (Terra Freese) Pfeiler, Willa Fleege and Josie (Jeremy Powers) Fleege;

7 great-grandchildren,
Morgan (Justin) Howe, Weston Hefel, Eva Hefel, Zach Dillon, Mallory Dillon, Asah Pfeiler and Koben Fleege;

a great great-grandson,
Brantley;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Kohnen, Dubuque, IA.

Squirt was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ronald "Bun" Fleege; and 4 brothers, Robert Kohnen, Merlin (Rosemary) Kohnen, her twin, Gerald (Helen) Kohnen and Richard (LaVonda) Kohnen.

In lieu of flowers, a Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Squirt's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kristin Nelson, her nurse, Joni, and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and professional care they have provided to Squirt, and her family.

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



Frances Dale Elwood Melvold


Frances Dale Elwood Melvold, 94, of Maquoketa died Monday afternoon, November 27, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa from complications of dementia.

Her body was donated to science at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine in Iowa City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Maquoketa United Church of Christ with the Rev. Stephanie Haskins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Jan. 11 at the church.

Frances was born August 28, 1923 in Elma, Iowa, the first of four children born to Francis Dale and Marian Lucretia George Elwood. She grew up in Cresco, Iowa, and graduated from Cresco High School. She attended the University of Iowa. She taught school in Norway, Iowa for about two years during World War II.

On February 19, 1944 she married Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Thomson Melvold of Cresco in the chapel of the U.S. Naval Base in New Orleans, La., where he was stationed at the time during World War II.

After his discharge from active duty following the end of World War II, the couple embarked on their dream of owning and operating a community newspaper and searched for a newspaper to acquire. They came to Maquoketa and on May 1, 1946 purchased the weekly Maquoketa Community Press. Thus began a partnership in the community newspaper and commercial printing businesses that continued for nearly 60 years, until her husband's death in 2005.

On Jan. 1, 1952 they purchased the rival Jackson Sentinel and merged the two newspapers into twin weeklies and later, into a semiweekly. They acquired the DeWitt Observer in 1954, the Galena, Ill., Gazette in 1961, and the Bellevue Herald-Leader in 1972. Together with their partner in DeWitt, Robert Parrott, they founded the North Scott Press in 1968. They were active members of the Iowa Newspaper Association and were Heritage Club members of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

They also spun off the commercial printing activity of the Maquoketa newspapers in the 1950s and formed a separate company, Eastern Iowa Printing Co., later reorganized in 1973 as Tri-State Graphics. Frances was involved in the management of that business, which at one time had sales offices in all of the affiliated newspapers and operated quick-print shops in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. She and her husband also owned a printing business, Englewood Print Center, for several years in Englewood, Fla.

Frances was active in the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, serving as Sunday school superintendent for many years and holding state-level positions in the church. She served on the Iowa Vocational Education Advisory Board, including a year as chair, as an appointee of Gov. Robert Ray.

She worked to provide services to people with disabilities and was instrumental in the founding of Area Residential Care in Dubuque and of the Jackson County Developmental Activity Center, later known as DAC Inc. and now Imagine the Possibilities, which serves individuals with disabilities.

She also was instrumental in the formation of the Jackson County Volunteers organization, which provided volunteer help to many organizations and projects. She was instrumental in starting the annual Thanksgiving Day community dinner. She was a 60-year-plus member and past president of Chapter BX of PEO Sisterhood in Maquoketa.

She held strong views on political issues and social causes. She actively supported causes for world peace, social justice, disarmament and conservation. She joined marches in Chicago during the civil rights movement and was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.

She was an advocate of conservation of natural resources. She and her husband completed the Master Conservationist course through Iowa State University Extension. She was an active member of the Democratic Party.

She enjoyed reading and playing bridge and took up golf with her husband in their later years.

She enjoyed spending winters with her husband and friends at Boca Grande, Fla., where they owned a condominium for nearly 30 years. She also enjoyed family houseboat trips on the Mississippi River and summer family vacations at resorts on lakes in northwest Wisconsin. She and her husband took several trips abroad in their later years. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings for any occasion.
She resided in her home until April of 2017, when she moved to Clover Ridge Place.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas (and Mary) and John (and Mary McAllister), both of Maquoketa, and Robert "R.B." (and Beth) of Park Falls, Wis.; three daughters, Miriam (Mrs. William) Brown of Iowa City, Dr. Janis (Mrs. David Pesetsky) Melvold of Lexington, Mass., and Annette Sohl of Maquoketa; six grandsons, Tim (and Hillary) Melvold of Peosta, Tyler Sohl of Portland, Ore.; Noah Brown of Brookline, Mass., Benjamin Pesetsky of Somerville, Mass., Jonathan Pesetsky of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Jacob Melvold of Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Emily (Mrs. Levi) McClimon of Waverly, Iowa, and Rachel (Mrs. Eric) Manson of Maquoketa; one great-grandson, Landon Melvold of Peosta; two great-granddaughters, Valerie and Tessa McClimon of Waverly; one brother, Henry (and Carol) Elwood of Cresco, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years on October 28, 2005; one sister, Mildred Butler; and one brother, George Elwood.

Memorials may be given to the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

The family expresses special appreciation to the staffs of Home Instead, Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their attentive care to Frances during the final stages of her life.

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



Sister Mary K. O’Brien, BVM

Sister Mary K. O'Brien, BVM (Jean Catherine), 84, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Nov. 27, 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary K. taught elementary school in Sioux City, Iowa; Bellerose, N.Y.; and Grayslake and Chicago, Ill. Also in Illinois, she was elementary school principal in Chicago and Wilmette, and served as elementary school resource person in Mundelein.

She was born in Chicago on Oct. 31, 1933, to John Philip and Katherine Gilmore O'Brien. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1951, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, John (Jack) P. (Mary Jean) O'Brien, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; a sister, Margaret (Peg) Connolly, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 66 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.

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Carl R. McNamee


Carl R. McNamee, 70, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017, at his home in Delmar surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 1, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with Rev. Dr. Leonard Ranson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, with military honors.

Carl R. McNamee was born on October 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Arlo and Ruth Gladys (Carr) McNamee. He attended Chattanooga Country Grade School and graduated from Delwood High School in 1966. He was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served his country until receiving an honorable discharge in 1969.

He married Verna Lou Baker on February 4, 1970 in Delmar, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Mark, Tammy and Richard.

Carl had worked at Clinton Engines and then International Paper in Clinton until he was drafted. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he returned home and again worked for International Papers for 35 years as a Printer Pressman. In retirement he worked for Garien Salvage for many years until taking full retirement.

Carl was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In August of this year, Carl went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and in November of this year he received a Quilt of Valor.

Carl enjoyed antique tractors, hunting, fishing, camping, mushrooming, playing cards every morning at McDonald's, and attending the Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers every year. He especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carl's memory include his wife, Verna McNamee of Delmar, IA; children Mark (Dana) McNamee of Wilton, IA, Tammy (Marty) Balliu of Maquoketa, IA, and Richard (Carla) McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 9 grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Mathew, Reece, Gannon, Nicole, Miranda, Keelyn and Ella; 10 great-grandchildren, Ian, Landon, Mason, Keegan, Bentley, Eli, Isabella, Jaylynn, Aspen and Sophie; a brother James "Jim" McNamee of Delmar, IA; and sisters-in-law, Gaye Riches of Anamosa, IA, and Diane (Charlie) Carr of DeWitt, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ione Starr, and 3 infant angel grandbabies.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carl R. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

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



John L. Haberkorn


John L. Haberkorn, age 50, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at his home in Middleton, WI. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, at Behr Funeral Home. A private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery on Monday, December 4, 2017, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born, along with his twin brother Jim, on December 21, 1966, in Dubuque, son of Allan and Janaan (White) Haberkorn.

John spent his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves where he honorably served his country as a Corpsman. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Elmhurst College and spent most of his working career as a Quality Engineer. John became a proud member of the Middleton Fire Department, and soon discovered a special home among his fellow firehouse family. He also served on the Department's Honor Guard. John also found time to have fun with family and friends. Whether he was playing at the annual Loras College Alumni hockey game, watching his Cubbies "finally" win the World Series, confidently sporting his newest Batman t-shirt, or watching Smallville for the "Hundreth" time. His devotion and love for his children, Hannah and Noah, were undeniable. The world is definitely a lesser place today with the absence of John from our lives. We are forever grateful that his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. It is comforting knowing that John, and his twin-brother Jim, are together once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include:
his children,
Hannah Haberkorn
and Noah Haberkorn, both of Middleton, WI;

his mother,
Janaan Haberkorn, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers,
Richard White, Dubuque, IA
and Allan (Polly) Haberkorn, Canyon Lake, TX;

his nephews,
Michael (Rachael) White
and Grant Haberkorn, both of Dubuque, IA;

his nieces,
Theresa (Aaron) Dunn, Rota, Spain,
Jeana Owens, Dubuque, IA
and Michelle Haberkorn, Moncks Corner, SC;

John is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews, and his loyal fur baby, Nux.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his twin brother, Jim in 1989.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dane County Humane Society, the American Heart Association, or to the Education Fund that has been established to benefit his children, Hannah and Noah, at Summit Credit Union, 5419 Blue Bill Park Drive, Madison, WI 537604.

There will also be a memorial gathering in January at the Middleton Fire Department, Middleton, WI.

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

 



Leona T. Breitbach


Leona T. (Ellerbach) Breitbach , 94, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday November 25, 2017 just one day short of her 95th Birthday. She was with family, her two daughters, Nancy Inserra of Utica, New York, Linda Olsen and son-in-law Gary Olsen of Dubuque, and her brother, Ray Ellerbach of Dubuque.  

Funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost  Catholic Church.  Family will greet friends 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Thursday at the church.  Local arrangements  with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Leona was born in Sherrill, Iowa, November 26th on Thanksgiving Day, to John and Mary (Freiberger) Ellerbach. A neighbor, Mrs. Haberkorn, assisted in the birth.

Leona spent her childhood on a farm in Sherrill, IA, and like many families in the Depression era, they moved to Dubuque. She worked to help support the family at the Dubuque Battery Factory and Farley & Loetscher Manufacturing. She married Francis (Frannie) Breitbach in 1942.

Leona continued to work at the Dubuque Packing Company for 20+ years while raising her family. Francis typically worked second shift at John Deere while Leona worked a day shift so someone would always be home to take care of their children. Their goal was to provide their children with opportunities they themselves didn't have. Despite a lifetime of hard work, Leona maintained her trademark sense of humor.

Leona was a wonderful cook and baker. Her caramel frosted hickory nut cake was legendary. Sunday dinners were epic. Standing rib roasts, amazing green beans, beets and tomatoes from Frannie's garden, creamed cucumbers, mashed potatoes and gravy made from the roast. There were fruit salads and her personal favorite orange Jello with mandarin orange slices suspended in the mold at first glance like little swimming gold fish. There were so many dishes and bowls on the table, it took a half hour to wash and put them all away! Everyone pitched in. "C'mon get a towel a whippin'!" she would say.

And when the family could afford to take vacations, it was all out fun. Fishing trips to Canada, tours of the American West. There are many fond memories fishing on Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Fall hunting season she took to the fields alongside her husband with her own Browning "Sweet 16."

After she and Frannie retired, they bought a motorhome and toured the West, ultimately picking a favorite place, Spencer, Idaho, where they stayed summers mining opal for Frannie's jewelry making enterprise, fishing and spending time with friends. They had many great years out West.

Preceding Leona in death was husband Francis (2012), baby brother John, Joe, Harold and sister Eileen (Renkert). Particularly heart breaking, was the loss of her grandchild, Georgie, who died of leukemia in 1994. He was the son of Nancy and George Inserra. Brothers in-law Irvin, FL

Nephews and nieces: (Ellerbach) Merlin, Dennis (Julie), Joe, Sandy, Judy, John, Debbie, Richard, Sharon and Pam. On the Breitbach side are Jimmy, Timmy, Mike, Patty, Jerry (deceased), Darlene, Eldon, Gene, Melinda, Sharon, Mary Lou, Dennis and Danny.

Leona was residing at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque for the last four months, and the extraordinary and compassionate staff there took exceptional care of her for which her family is forever grateful.

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

 

 

 



Mary Rita Zehentner


Mary Rita Zehentner, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:57 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 1, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson and Rev. Dennis D. Juhl officiating. To celebrate Mary Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Rita was born on August 14, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hillard) Herber.

Mary Rita was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who received her primary education from Sacred Heart Grade School, and went on to graduate from Immaculate Conception. She met the love of her life, Robert Zehentner, and the cute couple was united in marriage on November 3, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with over 60 years together, and 7 wonderful children, before Bob was sadly called home ahead of her on September 10, 2004. Mary Rita was a naturally meticulous and diligent worker who not only took great pride in raising her children and caring for her home, but was also the manager and buyer for Zehentner's Ski Shop for many years. As the manager of the family's Sporting Good and Ski Shop, Mary Rita had the distinguished honor of giving dozens of local kids their first "real" job while patiently teaching them many of the responsibilities and life-skills they could continue to employ throughout their careers and personal lives. She was also a very active participant in her children's education and was a faithful member of the Catholic Mother's Club. Mary Rita strived to find joy in everything she did; from making magnificent family meals with always an abundance of left-overs to share, to spending the afternoon on the slopes or the evening on the bowling lanes, to regularly chasing the little white ball around the golf course, and even relishing any opportunity for her and Bob to dominate a family friendly game of Euchre. But, at the end of it all, family was always the number one priority in Mary Rita's life; and her love for family gatherings, especially at Christmas time, were an undeniable pleasure which she always welcomed with open arms. We will definitely miss our dear sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend; but we discover some comfort in the fact that she will once again be celebrating Christmas with her beloved husband this year, and that thankfully Mom's attempt at heavenly haircuts will be perfect every time she tries moving forward. Thank you for your 96 years of love, wisdom and positive role-modeling Mary Rita and may the Lord keep you and Dad safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary Rita's memory include

her children,
Mary Louise (Richard) Lorenz, Dousman, WI,
Jayne Zehentner, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Bob Griffin) Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Teri Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Bob (Andrea) Zehentner, Friendswood, TX,
Barb (Mike) McKinlay, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Marina Ruiz-Molina) Zehentner, New York, NY;

14 grandchildren,
Gina (Yoann Taboyan) Lorenz, Lisa (Matt Helbing) Lorenz, Bob (Alison Andolena) Griffin, Dan Griffin, Tom Griffin, Gabriel Clandorf, Donato Clandorf, Livia Clandorf, Zoe Clandorf, Andrew Zehentner, Claire Zehentner, Sophie Zehentner, Jen (John Peterson) Becker and Jessie (Adam May) Becker;

6 great-grandchildren,
Henry and Theodore Helbing, Liam Taboyan, Layla, Ellee and Gracie Peterson;

and her wonderful sister and best friend,
Dolores Apel, Dubuque, IA.

Mary Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert Zehentner; her son-in-law, Michael J. Becker; 9 of her siblings and their spouses, Peter (Dorothy) Herber, Art (Treas) Herber, Viola (Raymond) Nicks, Fred (Ann) Herber, Arnold (Eunice) Herber, Mildred (Fergus) Gallagher, Herb (Ruth) Herber, and 2 sisters in infancy, Evelyn and Eleanor; and 1 brother-in-law, Jack Apel.

A Mary Rita Zehentner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the outstanding compassionate care they have provided to Mary Rita, and her family.

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

 



James D. Newell


James D. Newell, Sr., 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of James on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 2 to 4 P.M. at the family residence at 311 East Angus Court in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

James Dennis Newell, Sr. was born on June 11, 1949 in Dallas, Texas to Carl Wolf and Sylvia Amorio (Myers) Newell. He was a 1968 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California and then served his country in the U.S. Air Force until receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. He later would serve in the U.S. Army National Guard. He married Claudia Jo Martin on August 3, 1974 in Paramount, California. To this union three children were born: Melissa, Cynthia and James, Jr.

James had worked as a truck driver for many years until retirement. He had lived in several states including Texas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah before settling back in Iowa.

James enjoyed fishing, golfing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Claudia Jo Newell of Maquoketa, IA; children, Melissa Newell, Cynthia Newell and James D. Newell, Jr., all of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Kelly, Chrissy, Lizzie and Michael Newell; and siblings, EB (Sharon) Whiteman, Wayne (Patti) Bell, Chuck Pointer, Les Paul Fowler, Ted (Judy) Bell, Sandra (John) Hunt, and Linda Lucas Tope. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Ann Schaeffer.

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

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

 



Robert J. Andresen


Robert J. Andresen, Sr. 71 of Dubuque reunited with his beloved wife Shirley in heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Memorial Services will be 1:00 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 12:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.

Bob was born January 22, 1946 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Donna (Beast) Andresen. He served in the US Army 1967 - 1970 during Vietnam. Bob received a Purple Heart, Silver Service Star and Bronze Star Medal while serving in Vietnam. He married Shirley Mae Buchholz on April 15, 1972, she passed on February 3, 2017.

Bob enjoyed camping, playing cards, watching NASCAR, spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and taking trips to the casino. He will be especially missed by his beloved cat Blue.

Survivors include children, Tina (Scott) Coulson, Donna (Darb) Blackburn, Sabrina Andresen, and Bobby "Rock-n-Rob" Andresen; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a granddaughter, Tanya.

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

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

 



Travis J. Augustin


Travis J. Augustin, 33, of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at home following a sudden illness. A private family service will be held at the Rockdale United Methodist Church.

Travis was born on December 9, 1983 in Dubuque the son of Dennis J. Augustin and Linda Lou Clarke. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends, a good book and cheering on the Atlanta Falcons.

He is survived by his mother Linda Lou (Gerald) Clarke-Fossum; his step mother Donna M. Augustin; six sisters Katherine (John Young) Augustin, Melissa Bremer, Jessica (Kevin Freiburger) Augustin, Amanda Augustin, Elizabeth Fossum and Emily Fossum; three brothers Michael Fossum, Matthew (Erin) Fossum and Christopher Fossum; paternal grand father Frank Augustin and maternal grandmothers Barbara Clarke and Carol Fossum; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Dennis in 2011; grandparents Helen Augustin, Jerry Clarke, Richard Fossum, and Andrew and Bernice Boll along with his aunt Jacqueline Schroeder.



Carl W. Witter


Carl W. Witter, 90 years old, of Bethany Home went to be in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 22, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. at Bethany Home with family by his side.

A private family wake and Christian funeral service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, on Friday, December 1st with a flag presentation by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carl was born on June 23, 1927 in Dubuque, IA the son of Carl & Esther (Schoenbeck) Witter. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. He went on to serve in the US Navy during World War II. Carl married Carmelita Till of Bellevue, IA on October 16, 1950 in Bellevue, IA. He began his career at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, IA and then spent many years working as an Engineer for John Deere Dubuque Works. He ended his career working for Coors in Denver Colorado.

Carl was a member of the American Legion and The Church of the Resurrection. Carl was a man of great faith. He was a craftsman and taught all of his children work ethic, how to solve problems, and the power of prayer. He was a humble man with a witty sense of humor. He loved the art of aviation, which included building and flying model airplanes. He also enjoyed boating on the river and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Carmelita of 67 years; 9 children, Bruce (Janet) Witter from Irving, TX, Gary (Sherrie) Witter from Marion, IA, David (Michelle) Witter from Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Mike) Knake from Bellevue, IA, Vickie (Robert) LaGrotta from Bellevue, IA, Cindy (Tony) Reed from Avada, CO, Jeff (Sarah) Witter from Springville, IA, Kristi (Jude) Sabers-Sullivan from Verona, WI, and Curt Witter from Arlington, TX, 29 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren; sister Dorthy Herzog from Rice Lake, WI; and sister-In-Law, Linda (Ron) Ruden from Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Esther Witter, his mother and father in-law, Louis and Loretta Till, sister Marilyn Grashorn from Bethany Home 3 days prior, her husband Dale; sister Rosemary and husband CO Lamp; and brother in law Bob Herzog and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank all the wonderful, caring staff at Bethany Home and the services of Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Sister Marion Pasdiora

Sister Marion Pasdiora, BVM (Jean Victor), age 89, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, was called home peacefully on November 24, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. To honor Sister Marion Pasdiora's life, a funeral liturgy will be held in the Marian Hall Chapel on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, following a Sharing of Memories which will occur between 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Marion was born on August 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Victor and Barbara (Bouland) Pasdiora.

Sr. Marion entered the BVM congregation on September 8, 1947, from St. Andrew's Parish, Chicago. She faithfully professed her first vows on March 19, 1950; and her final vows on August 15, 1955.

Sr. Marion began her years of service as an elementary teacher in Boone, Iowa, before moving onto Lead, South Dakota, and Wilmot, Wisconsin to complete her years with the younger students. She would next move into the secondary school level, where she joyfully taught business classes in both Sioux City and Fort Dodge, Iowa, and also in Chicago, Illinois. Sr. Marion was also generous with her talents as she worked as the bursar/treasurer, business manager, university secretary and assistant sacristan in Mundelein, Illinois. Sr. Marion's years of service were abundantly full and she graciously impacted many lives along her earthly journey.

Those left to cherish Sr. Marion Pasdiora's memory include

her nieces and nephews;

and her fellow Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared her life for 70 years.

Sr. Marion was preceded in death by her parents; and 5 brothers, Victor, Raymond, Robert, Lawrence and Edward, Sr.

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

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

 



Mary Lou Bockenstedt


Mary Lou Bockenstedt, 69, of Asbury died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 4-8 pm Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.  Deacon Gerald Koopmann will officiate.

Mary Lou was born July 19, 1948, in Rickardsville the daughter of Martin and Ida (Clapham) Breitbach. She married Gerald "Gary" Bockenstedt on August 5, 1967, in Rickardsville.  Together they began farming near Amber, and later moved to North Buena Vista.  She was a CNA at the Guttenberg Care Center and Heritage Manor.  She enjoyed square dancing with Gary and motorcycle trike rides.

Survivors include: her husband, Gary, 3 sons: Albert (Terah) Bockenstedt of Colorado Springs, CO, Douglas (Julie) Bockenstedt of Dubuque and Brad (Darcy) Bockenstedt of Edgewood; 5 grandchildren: Quinton and London Bockenstedt, Ellie, Abigail and Mya Bockenstedt; 3 sisters: Anna Riniker (Dan) of Dubuque, Betty (Bob) Petsche of Osterdock and Sue Weber of St. Donatus; in-laws: Roger Koos of Cascade, Mike Bockenstedt of Millville, Mark (Dianne) Bockenstedt of Dyersville, Jesse (Cindy) Bockenstedt of rural Farley, and Vince (Muriel) Bockenstedtof Abilene, TX, Marge (Richard) Langel of Oelwein, Ruth (John) Deutmeyer of Petersburg, and Jean (Von) Denlinger of Cascade.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Vince and Ila Bockenstedt, 2 sisters: Rita Koos and Delores Breitbach; in-laws, Richard Weber, Ted Bockenstedt and Mary Bockenstedt.

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

 

 



Raymond J. Schumacher


Raymond J. "Ray" Schumacher, 87 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, Otter Creek with Fr. Donald Hertges officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Ray was born on January 21, 1930 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Scott) Schumacher. He graduated from Maquoketa High School, and served in the United States Marine Corps from October 11, 1951 to June 26, 1953 during the Korean Conflict.

He married Joann Lucille Beckley on September 26, 1956 at Holy Rosary in La Motte.

Ray worked as a farmer and farmed on the same farm since 1942 raising registered Guernseys until 1993. He then worked at Woodform in Maquoketa until retiring in 2001.

Ray enjoyed fishing, playing euchre and woodworking, many were blessed with gifts of his beautiful creations. Ray enjoyed precious times with his family over many years.

He is survived by his loving wife Joann, of Zwingle; children, Mary Ann (Marlon) Cooper, of Garrison, Iowa, Karen (Adam) Miller, of Maquoketa, Iowa, David (Angel) Schumacher, of Monmouth, Iowa, and Christy (Mike) Lubben, of Wheaton, IL. 24 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

It has been a great run, Thank You!!



Ruth E. Downs


Ruth E. Downs, age 90, of Sherrill, was called home peacefully at 9:07 p.m., on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ruth's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Dubuque Community Church, 3490 Keystone Drive, with Pastors Steve Downs and Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Ruth's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 1, 2017, at Dubuque Community Church, 3490 Keystone Drive. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa.

Ruth was born on June 16, 1927, in Manistique, Michigan, daughter of Charles and Rose (Sautter) Hamiel.

Ruth moved to Montour, Iowa at the age of 11, after her mother was sadly called home much too early. Her Aunt Luella Buchanan, lovingly welcomed her in and adopted Ruth as her own. Ruth would meet her soul-mate, Bill Downs, while still in school. The pre-destined couple would date for a few years and eventually be united in marriage in May 30, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Montour. Ruth went on to business college and invested a few years of her time and talents with the Lennox Company until she and Bill began running the drug store in town. The couple eventually discovered the true meaning of "God's country" after moving to Dubuque in 1958, and finally established their permanent roots on the family farm in the Sherrill area in 1965. When Ruth wasn't taking care of her family, she would find countless moments of joy in traveling the country, making regular trips to Branson, a friendly, yet competitive game of Euchre with friends, creating wonderful meals in her kitchen, or even spending the afternoon tending to her sometimes overly bountiful garden. But, the real time that Ruth treasured most was the time she would spend with her family at both home and church. Faith, family and fun were more than simply words to Ruth; they were a lifestyle and a devotion which she truly adored. Ruth's sudden absence from our physical earthly realm definitely causes our hearts to ache at their core; but it's our faith, trust in our Savior, and God's grace, which provide real comfort during this difficult time. We will miss you Ruth, but we are forever grateful for the 90 years the Lord saw fit to share you with us and we will wait in patient peace until we are all reunited once again.

Those left to cherish Ruth's memory include

her loving husband of 69 years,
Bill Downs, Sherrill, IA;

her children,
Steve (Debbie) Downs, Spokane, Washington
and Paul (Renee) Downs, Dubuque;

her 12 grandchildren,
Jack (Lorri) Downs, Sarajane (James) Stewart, David (Ashley) Downs, Daniel (Miranda) Downs, Tom Downs, Harmony Downs, Bonnie Downs, Joy Downs, William Downs, Grace Downs, Faith Downs, and Andrew Downs;

her 7 great-grandchildren,
Ella Downs, Ava Downs, Olivia Downs, Elias Stewart, Willow Stewart, Abigail Downs and Emily Downs;

and her sister,
Lillian Pantazopolous.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Melody Downs; and 6 brothers and sisters.

Ruth's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for the professional and tender care they provided to Ruth, and her family.

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

 



Leon W. Deutmeyer


Leon W. Deutmeyer, 66, of Dyersville died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November. 29, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Petersburg. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Leon was born March 27, 1951, in Dyerville, the son of Edmund and Irma (Goedken) Duetmeyer. He graduated from special needs school in Farley, and worked at Space Joist, A.R.C., and Deutmeyer Service Station. Leon was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica. He was an avid Hawkeye fan and like bowling, pool with friends and the weather.

Survivors include his siblings: Frank (Joyce) Deutmeyer of Anamosa, Marilyn (Gerald) Prier of Dyersville, Joyce (Brennan) Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Iva Ungs of Monticello, Carol Vorwald of New Vienna, Fred (Bonnie) Deutmeyer of Dyersville Ken (Margie) Deutmeyer of Guttenberg, step brother, Herb Tegler of Dyersville, step-sister, Mary Jane (Henry) Westhoff of New Vienna, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Philip Deutmeyer, and brothers-in-law Dick Klostermann, Marvin Ungs Fred Vorwald, step-mother, Dolores Deutmeyer.

Memorials may be made to the Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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



Paul C. Hoppman


Paul C. Hoppman, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 22, 2017, at his home.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 27th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Paul was born on August 15, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Phillip and Genevieve (Wiegman) Hoppmann. He married Jeannette M. McCraney, on September 23, 1953. She preceded him in death on November 13, 1990. He married Calista Steger on November 19, 1993, which blessed both families. She preceded him in death on May 17, 2017.

Paul started his baking career at Roshek's Department Store. He started Paul's Pastry Shoppe in 1960 and sold it in 1990. It was a real family operation-all 6 children worked from young ages and all his many employees over the years were like family.

Paul lived what he believed, generously giving his time to many organizations that served those less fortunate. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society for forty years, serving as president and spearheading the building of the Radford Road store, as well as being a lifelong member of Nativity Parish, serving on the parish council. He was also active with the Knights of Columbus Council 510, the Eagles Club, the Elks Club, the Moose Lodge, and was president of the Full Gospel Business Men's.

He is survived by his six children, Lisa (Dick) Mullen, Urbandale, Iowa, Leslie Weddell, Eden Prairie, MN, Linda (Roger) Anderson, Milan, IL, Luana (Steve) Stoltenberg, of Davenport, Iowa, Larry (Cindy) Hoppman, of Dubuque, and Lynette (Mark Simmons) Heims, of Dubuque. Thirteen grandchildren, Rachel, Elise, and Jeremy Mullen, Nathan and Yenae Anderson, Zac Stoltenberg, Stacie, Simon, and Shannon Hoppman, Emilee, Caleb, Elleyna, and Annika Heims. Five great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Sue (Herb) Hanson, John (Barb) Steger, and Mary Beth (Tim) Wood. Three step-grandchildren, Jay Brestrup, Nickole O'Connor, and Brandon Wood along with six step great-grandchildren. His sister Mary Ann Tuegel, of Rockford, IL and one brother John (Sheri Tomkins) Hoppman, of Fairplay, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Jeannette, and second wife Calista. A daughter in infancy; his brothers Charlie, James, Tom, Lloyd and two brothers in infancy.

Memorials may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Society.



Geraldine M. Leslein


Geraldine M. "Geri" Leslein, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:02 a.m., on Friday, November 24, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Geri's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Geri's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Geri was born on April 26, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Mabel (Oswald) Ewert.

Geri was a proud, lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald "Hoss" Leslein. They enjoyed their loving years together, and were blessed with 3 deeply adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on June 13, 2008. Geri was not only a full-time wife and mother who took great pride in caring for her home and family, but she also invested many years of her working career with both Medical Associates and Clarke College. She was very active and strong in her faith life and was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church, until eventually joining Holy Ghost Church. In her free time, Geri enjoyed taking any opportunity to sit at the waters edge and routinely cast a baited line in search of "the big one" which would earn her bragging rites for the day. Geri also enjoyed creating colorful hats for the newborns at both Mercy and Finley Hospitals, as well as adult hats for the Mission. Everyone who was fortunate to know and love Geri has surely benefitted from her talented love of embroidery and crochet work. We surely find difficulty in embracing the Thanksgiving spirit today after having to temporarily say farewell to our amazing mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we know that her soul lives on in peace, love and perfection now and that she is finally reunited with the love of her life, Don. Geri, we will surely treasure every memory and lesson of love, patience and kindness you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Geri's memory include

her children,
Danyiel (Rob) Peterson, Dubuque, IA,
Bonnie Davenport, Bountiful, UT
and Robert Leslein, Yuma, AZ;

her 6 grandchildren,
Todd Rettenberger, Jason (Jaclyn) Rettenberger, Amy (Scott) Peterson-Sniff, Tiffany (David) Blue, Troy (Shannon) Peterson and Ashleigh (Dan) Harten;

her 10 great-grandchildren,
David Blue, Eden Blue, Chey Peterson, Naomi Rettenberger, Sami Peterson, Jack Peterson, Nic Harten, James Harten, Jaylyn Rettenberger and Abe Harten;

and her sister,
Pat Paar, Dubuque, IA.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Leslein; 2 sisters, Gloria (Ed) Breson and Carol Deutsch; 3 brothers, Ted Ewert, Richard (Ellen) Ewert and Robert (Toni) Ewert; a son-in-law, Jim Davenport, and a brother-in-law, John Paar.

A Geraldine M. "Geri" Leslein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Geri's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice Compasses for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Geri, and her family.

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

 



Shawn C. Lawrence


Shawn C. Lawrence, 56, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Services will be at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home before the service.

Shawn was born on February 22, 1961, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard Lawrence and Sonja (Rooney) Behrens. He attended Benton High School and graduated in 1979. He was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1982-1985. Shawn was a crane operator for Canadian Pacific Railway from 1987-present.

He is survived by a son, Ty Lawrence, Mineral Point, WI; two sisters, Lenora (Mike) Cherry, New Diggins, WI, and Laurie (Ron) Cutler, Mineral Point, WI; five brothers, Timothy (Deana) Lawrence, Benton, WI, Edward Behrens, Leadmine, WI, David (Kelly) Behrens, Blue River, WI, Daniel (Patty) Behrens, Muscoda, WI, and John Lawrence, Shullsburg, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Lawrence in 2006 and Sonja Behrens 1999.

A Shawn C. Lawrence Memorial Fund has been established.

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



James T. Purcell


James T. Purcell, 87, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at Church of the Nativity, with Rev. James Miller officiating.  Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.  Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where there will be a wake service at 5:30 p.m.

Jim was born June 9, 1930 in Dubuque, son of John R. and Susan (Reiter) Purcell.  He married Betty Ann Cain May 22, 1954 at St. Patrick Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2008.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy in 1948.  He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Pickaway APA 222 Troup Transport during the Korean Conflict.

Jim served on the City of Dubuque Police force for 31 years, retiring as a Captain in June of 1985.

Jim was an avid Cubs fan.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Purcell, of Dubuque, Kathleen Purcell, of Clive, IA; two sons, Mark (Judy) Purcell, of Ontario, Canada; Craig Purcell, of Cascade; four grandchildren, Holly, Amanda and Brendan Purcell and Taryn (Cory) McCarthy; two sisters, Marie Jogerst, of Dubuque and Catherine "Kitty" Novis, of Great Falls, Montana; and his significant other, Rosene Moreland, of Dubuque and her children, Dennis (Vickie) Moreland, Michael (Bev) Moreland and Lori Steffen.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and William Purcell and a sister, Margaret Connor.

A James Purcell Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Parker and the staff on 3-West at Mercy Medical Center for the care provided.

 

 



Joan M. Beversdorf


Joan Marie Beversdorf, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday November 25, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Joan was born on December 15, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Mary Edna (O'Toole) Glab.

She married Ronald Beversdorf and together they had four children. She worked at Eagles Country Market in the Deli for many years.

Joan was a loving caretaker for her mother Edna for many years. She loved animals and doted on her pet cats along with collecting elephants. She also took great pleasure in traveling around the country. Our mother cherished family get togethers and especially delighted in spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Michael (Kathy) Beversdorf, of Woodstock GA, Dennis Beversdorf, of Canton, GA, Rachel (Roger) Weber, of Peosta, Rebecca (Tom) Thill, of Potosi, WI. Grandchildren, Stacey Soady, Austin, Spencer, and Mitchell Beversdorf; Bridget and Brittany Trillet; Zachary, Nicole, and Emily Weber; 4 great grandchildren, Jake and Ben Soady, Abigail Grahm and Jacob Hardesty. Her former husband Ron Beversdorf, of Dubuque. Her siblings, Sally Reisch, Kay Habovsky, her twin sister Jean Connolly, Susan (Walter) Bonnett, and David Glab; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandchildren Alexander, Lucian and Zoey Thill; and her daughter-in-law Tina Beversdorf.

In lieu of flowers a Joan Beversdorf memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, Especially the ICU nurses and staff, Dr. Janes, Dr. Whalen, and Dr. Bond, and a special thank you to Dr. Jill Powers for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Joan.

 

 



Margaret J. Gill


Margaret J. Gill, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Margaret Jeanette Higgins was born on January 10, 1930 in Clinton, Michigan, to Claude and Margaret (Smith) Higgins. She was a graduate of Clinton, Michigan High School. She married John William Gill on August 2, 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Michael, Kimberly, and Brian.

Margaret had worked for Jackson Industries in Maquoketa as a production worker for many years, retiring at the age of 60. In retirement she became a self-employed painter working for over 20 years.

Margaret had lived in Delmar, and then moved to Andrew and then to Leisure Lake where they had a cabin for many years, and then to Maquoketa in 2008. She was a very artistic and charismatic person. She enjoyed gardening, wood working, landscaping, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Mike (Donna) Gill of Delmar, IA, Kim (Steve Whitmore) Morehead of Delmar, IA, and Brian (Jan) Gill of Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ben (Joan) Higgins of Maquoketa, IA, and Wendell (Bev) Higgins of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on January 19, 1974, and a sister Vera Patterson.

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

 



Patrick J. MacInerney


Patrick J. "Pat" MacInerney, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 6:25 p.m., on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. To honor Pat's life, full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 12:00 noon, on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Friday at Behr Funeral Home.

Pat was born on March 2, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Josephine (Scardino) MacInerney.

Pat was born and raised in Dubuque and proudly went into the Navy before returning to Dubuque to gain his marketing degree. He invested his working years with Flexsteel, Operation New View, Browns and Advance Data-Comm, before finally retiring from Disco in 2011. When Pat wasn't working he could generally be found warming up to his latest daily challenge at Jeopardy, watching the eagle's nest online to watch their progress, or even just watching the local birds enjoy his backyard feeder. We're very sad today with the sudden loss of our dear Pat, but we know that his earthly journey has come to it's last station and that we were truly blessed to be able to share in Pat's life along the way. Thank you for all of the light and love you generously spread throughout the world around you Pat and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

his children,
Josie MacInerney, Seymour, TN
and Dawn MacInerney, Dubuque, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Kaylyn, Blayn, Devlin, Conlen and Paige;

and his siblings,
Michael A.(Mary Ann) MacInerney
and James K. (Diane) MacInerney.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Terrance "Terry" MacInerney.

A Patrick J. "Pat" MacInerney 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

 



Delores A. Irwin


Delores A. "Dory" Irwin, 64, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, November 20, 2017, at her home in rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of "Dory" on Saturday, November 25, 2017, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Delores Ann Budde was born on February 17, 1953 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Eldon and Dula (Ziemet) Budde. She grew up in Preston and was a graduate of Preston High School. She married David Irwin on July 30, 1990 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Dory was successful in her leadership roles throughout her careers. She worked at Rockwell Collins in Bellevue for several years, then became the District Manager for IOCO Speedy Shops, and finally she was the Produce Manager for Dick's Supermarket.

Dory was a master seamstress and enjoyed refinishing and reupholstering antique furniture. She also enjoyed flower and plant gardening. She was the fun grandmother who enjoyed laughing and spending time with all of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband David Irwin of Lost Nation, IA; children, Jason (Angie) Bohannon of Waseca, MN, Terra Owen of Maquoketa, IA, Steve (Nicole White) Bohannon of Laughlin, NV, and April (Nick) Busch of Grimes, IA; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lynn (Joan) Budde of Preston, IA; Sisters, Mary (Gary) Schmidt of Preston, IA, and Darlene Budde of Andrew, IA; She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter Heather, a granddaughter Madison, and brothers Larry, Terry, Eldon Jr. and Daryl.

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

 



Nancy Pape


Nancy Pape, 85, of Dubuque died Sunday, November 19, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Jim Miller officiating.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3 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 6:30 p.m.

Nancy was born January 8, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Ralph and Naomi (Schneider) Richman. Nancy married Fred J. Pape Jr. on May 21, 1958 at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Nancy was employed at KDTH Radio, first as a radio personality and later in business operations. She retired from KDTH on December 31, 2000. In her retirement Nancy enjoyed being involved in numerous clubs and organizations throughout Dubuque such as the Red Hat Ladies.  She was a member of the Church of the Nativity and its Rosary Society.  Nancy also had a passion for volunteering whenever she could. In her spare time Nancy loved to play golf as well as yoga.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Fred Pape of Dubuque; her children Tami Bozarth of Dallas, Texas; Michael (Penny) Pape of Hampshire, Illinois; Grandchildren Jeffery Bozarth and Victoria Bozarth both of Dallas, Texas; Matthew Bozarth of Denver, Colorado; Brandon Pape of Dubuque; and Chloe Brown and Mackenna Brown, both of Hampshire, Illinois; great grandchildren Sebastian, William, Carter, Lorelai; and her sister in law Donna Richman of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Naomi Richman, her brothers Ralph and Jerome Richman, a son in law William Bozarth, and her mother and father in law Fred and Abeline Pape.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church of the Nativity or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to give a special thank you to doctors Kirkendall, Famuyide and Hermann and their staffs at Grand River Medical Group, Dr. Ramabadran and his staff at Medical Associates, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care. 

 

 



M. Thelma Sbarra


M. Thelma Sbarra, 89, of Dubuque, formerly of California, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 pm. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in California. Entombment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Salinas, CA.

Thelma was born April 15, 1928 in Salinas, CA, daughter of Camillo and Annunziata (Giusti) Meschi. She married Giuseppe "Joe" Sbarra. He preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1998.

She worked alongside her husband on an artichoke ranch in California as a cook and bookkeeper.

Thelma was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque, a former member of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, Castroville, CA and The Carmel Mission, in Carmel, CA.

Surviving is a daughter Julie (George) Casey, of Dubuque; a son, Louis Sbarra, of San Francisco, CA; and three grandchildren, Mary Casey, of Milwaukee, WI, Christopher Casey, of Maui, Hawaii; and Matthew Casey, of San Francisco, CA.

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



Fred M. Neiers


Fred M. Neiers, 97, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully on November 19, 2017 with family by his side at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at St. Matthias Parish, St. Martin's Church, in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cascade with military honors by American Legion Post #528. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at St. Matthias Parish, St. Martin's Church where a wake service will be held at 5:45 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was born on May 10, 1920 in Cascade, Iowa the son of Michael J. and Augusta (Gehl) Neiers.

He served in the United States Army from February 9, 1942 to October 10, 1945 and was an active member of the American Legion Post #528.

He married Mary Streng on May 29, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Fred worked as a custodian for St. Mary's Catholic School and Western Dubuque County Community School District, where he also umpired baseball and refereed basketball for many years. He spent several years as groundskeeper and grave-digger for St. Mary's Cemetery and was an active member of the cemetery board for St. Mary's Parish, then St. Matthias Parish. He also worked for Lenz Monument Company in Dubuque.

He enjoyed being with his family, travelling out west to visit his youngest brother on numerous occasions. He also enjoyed baseball, squirrel hunting, board games, and word search puzzles. Fred played baseball for the Cascade Reds, a semi-pro baseball team, and was a Dubuque County Hall of Fame inductee. He also helped organize youth baseball.

He was a devoted Catholic and served as altar boy and Eucharistic minister for years.

Fred is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary; his daughters Gayle Bries, and Kym (Mark) Felton; his sons Mark (Barb) Neiers, and Ted (Jayne) Neiers all of Cascade. Grandchildren, Karmen (Paul) Heim, Jill Bries, Michael (Katie) Bries, Jacob Felton (fiancé Sarah Young), Mara Felton, Alyssa (Matt) Kurt, Jared (Madeline) Neiers, Beth (Peter) Cunico, and Chad (Molly) Donovan. His great grandchildren, Andrew and Ashton Heim, Mya and Eli Curry, Quentin & Elliott Bries and Caleb and Kendall Cunico.

Fred was preceded in death by his father Michael J Neiers on Nov. 20, 1933; his mother Augusta (Gehl) Neiers on Nov. 19, 1983; his sister Helen; brothers, Carl (Marie), Harry (Mary) and Gene (Cleo) Neiers. His in-laws, Anton and Adele Streng, Robert Streng, Doris Streng, John (Geri) Streng and Gloria Streng.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Matthias Parish or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Sherry Kelchen, Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave Fred.



Norbert Borcherding


Norbert (Norb) Borcherding, age 70, died peacefully at home after a two year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 301 N. Adams St., Garnavillo on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Norb was born on August 7, 1947, in Guttenberg, IA to Herbert and Lillian (Anderegg) Borcherding. He married Donna Lamker on August 24, 1968, in Garnavillo IA. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Michael and Sandra.

Norb served six years in the Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard. He was a current member of the Clay-Gar American Legion in Garnavillo and a member of the Sherrill Methodist Church.

At the age of 25, Norb started his own business in Garnavillo that evolved to what became the Double L Group, LTD. While in business, Norb traveled to over 40 countries, pursuing his passion for the care and environment of confined farm animals.

Norb enjoyed traveling, going to movies, playing cards and planting flowers. His two granddaughters were the joy of his life.

Norb is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna; his daughter, Sandi; son-in-law, Steve; and granddaughters Abbie and Gracie Shaw of Niwot, CO. In addition, his sister, Helene (Tom) Kuempel of Guttenberg; and his brother, Milt (Anna) Borcherding of Strawberry Point, his sister-in-laws, Dianne (Ed) Uriell of Elkader and Dixie (Brent) Lokensgard of California, and his brother-in-laws, Don Lamker of Minnesota and David (Carol) Lamker of Granavillo. Not to forget his many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son Michael, his parents Herb and Lillian, and his mother and father-in-law, Donald and Dorthy Lamker.

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



Jacqueline J. Fuller


Jacqueline J. "Jackie" Fuller, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, November 20, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jackie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Jacqueline Joyce Nugent was born on October 16, 1933 in Clinton, Iowa, to Harry Charles and Olinda (Baute) Nugent. Her mom died at a young age and her dad married Dorothy Miller on December 19, 1939. Dorothy was the only mom she ever knew.  Jackie was a 1951 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Bryce Fuller on November 17, 1951 in Bellevue, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1968. She later married James Curtis on August 23, 1969. They later divorced.

Through the years Jackie had worked at Dolch's Bakery in Maquoketa, in the laundry department at Maquoketa Care Center, and lastly at the WALMART snack bar, retiring on May 30, 2003.

Jackie's faith was very important to her. She was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Grand Mound, confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and later was a member of the Andrew Presbyterian Church. Since 2013 she had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Additional memberships included the Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Jackie enjoyed playing in area Euchre card clubs each day of the week. She especially loved her family, and will be remembered as always being kind-hearted, non-judging and accepting to all.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Tom (Sue) Fuller of Maquoketa, IA, David (Mary Jo) Fuller of Monmouth, IA, Larry Fuller of Maquoketa, IA, Jim (Lori) Fuller of Rochester, IA, Jodi (Tim) Cottle of Maquoketa, IA, and Joe Curtis of Huxley, IA; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Ella (Jim) Bakken of Corpus Christi, TX, and Phyllis (Les) Schau of DeWitt, IA; and a sister-in-Law, Marilyn Sterk of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and step-mother, her husband Bryce, a brother Wally Nugent, and a sister Dorothy Bormann.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Bernice D. Frommelt


Bernice D. Frommelt, at the age of 95, of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 16, 2017.

To celebrate Bernice's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Bernice was born on July 3, 1922, in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Royal and Gertrude (Smith) Kranich.

She was married to Andrew Frommelt on April 24, 1948, in Dubuque, IA, and, during their happy marriage of 69 years they were blessed with two children, Alan and Gayle.

Bernice worked at the General Dry Battery Factory in Dubuque for over ten years, during the 1940s and 50s, and thereafter worked with her husband, as he rose to Majority Leader of the State Senate, in his many political campaigns and interests, and to raise a family, and in their business Andy Frommelt and Associates Insurance Agency.

For those who knew her, her sweetness, her great care and spirit, will be cherished for all our lives, and passed on, as the best of life, and what we will know in who we love; among them her children, Alan Frommelt, of Dubuque, IA, and Gayle Guilliams, of Louisville, TN; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Bernice (Karl) Frommelt, of Dubuque, IA.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband, Andrew "Andy" Frommelt; her sister, Beatrice (Leon "Barney") Gabriel of Dubuque, IA; and her brother, Donald (Shirley) Kranich, of Sacramento, California.

Bernice's family would like to extend their sincere and deeply felt appreciation, and great regard, to her caretaker and friend Linda Klar, and to Dawn and the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for their kind and compassionate care of Bernice, and her family, who together were able to make her last days as pleasant, and as warm and loving as we could have ever imagined.

After her long illness the final months of her time with us were a blessing and a gift that we will always remember and will always be thankful for.

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

 



Robert E. Durey


Robert E. "Bob" Durey, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born November 23, 1937, in Farley, Iowa, son of Burdette and Leona (Phillips) Durey.

After graduating from Farley High School in 1957, he served in the US Army.  He then married Barbara Strong on March 4, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Bob worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years before his retirement.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.  He was also a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 94 for many years. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Barb Durey of Dubuque; three children, Julie (John) Potter of Sherrill, Robert W. Durey of Dubuque and Jennifer Waugh of Dubuque; a son in law, Richard Reynolds of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Amanda and Jordan Reynolds and Taylor (fiancé Matt Nemmers) Durey; and four great-grandchildren, Aiden and Amelia Hoffman and Garrick and Aurora Fishel.

He is also survived by five siblings, Sonny (Ruth) Durey of Dubuque, Phyllis Herbstreith of Durango, Richard (Ann) Durey of Rock Island, IL, Lorraine Durey of Nampa, ID, and Donna Ware of Bigby, OK; and Barb's siblings, Nancy (Gene) Duwe and Patricia (Wayne) Wilming, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jeanne Kay Reynolds; a granddaughter, Kelley Anne Reynolds and a sister, Marilyn Langewin.

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

 

 



Daniel C. Gaul


Daniel C. Gaul, 78, of Luxemburg died peacefully Friday, November 17, 2017, at home after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Daniel was born October 31, 1939, at the home farm near Luxemburg the son of George and Alice (Hoeger) Gaul.  He married Barbara Ehrlich on November 9, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Luxemburg for many years.  The first brand-new tractor they bought was a John Deere 4020.  His family restored this special tractor for him for their 50th Anniversary.  During his farming career, Daniel enjoyed working with livestock.  His dog, Chuma, held a special place in his heart.

Daniel was a quiet, honest man.  Family and faith meant everything to him.  As he talked about his family, he beamed with pride.  He was a lover of the land, walnut trees and anything sweet to eat.

Survivors include his wife, Barb; children: Cheryl (Al) Keltner of Manchester, Daniel (Jean) Gaul of Rickardsville, Carrie (Charles) Deutmeyer of New Vienna, Kristine (Randy) Nefzger of Petersburg, Keith (Amy) Gaul of Luxemburg, Cindy (Tom) Roling of Dyersville and Jason (Rebecca) Gaul of Luxemburg; grandchildren: Raechel Keltner (fiancé Brian Krogmann), Whitney (Dr. Jacob) Wessels, Tony (Amanda) Gaul, Luke Gaul, Melissa Gaul, Jared (Caitlyn) Deutmeyer, Nicole (Joe) Ament, Kathy (Mike) Wendt, Jacob, Megan and Jamie Nefzger, Kody, Becca, Emily, Carter and Ethan Gaul, Michael, Sarah, Steven and Andrew Roling, Kael, Clay and Kadee Gaul; great grandchildren: Preston and Keeley Deutmeyer, and Wilhelmina "Willa" Wessels; siblings: John J. (Kay) Gaul of Peosta, Phyllis Hildebrand of Dyersville, Elaine (David) Shaw of Springville, IA, and Karla (Robert) Kluesner of Farley; a sister-in-law: Judy Gaul of Luxemburg,; In-laws: Paul (Bernice) Ehrlich, Mark (Lois) Ehrlich, Ethel (Richard) Thoma, Dolores (Cletus) Ambrosy, Norbert (Nancy) Ehrlich, Marilyn (Richard) Borgerding, Vincent Ehrlich and Linda Ehrlich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Patrick R. Gaul, and brothers-in-law: Jerome Hildebrand and Leonard Hildebrand, his mother and father in-law, Fred and Thelma (Bahl) Ehrlich, Thomas (Rosalyn) Ehrlich, Ina (Robert) Hohmann, Ernest Ehrlich, Frances (Carl) Pfeiler, Frederick V. Ehrlich and Diane Ehrlich.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison and Ryan, and to Daniel's granddaughter, Becca, for the wonderful care.

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

 

 



Keith P. Budde


Keith P. Budde, 65, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away suddenly on Friday evening, November 17, 2017 at Unity Point Health-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA from an apparent heart attack.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 24, 2017 at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Keith was born on August 7, 1952 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Merrill and Rosalyn (Ernst) Budde. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1970. Keith married Joyce A. Riniker on June 12, 1971 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

He was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 2012. Keith was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He loved playing cards, especially euchre and poker, was an avid Chicago Bears fan, enjoyed camp fires and fireworks, but his pride and joy were his grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Joyce; two sons, Eric (Tara) Budde and Lance (Nikki) Budde, both of East Dubuque; five grandchildren, McKenna, Collin, Braedyn, Zander and Wyatt; siblings, Dan (Suzie) Budde of Milan, IL, Carol Willis and Jeannie Schultz both of Dubuque, IA, Mark (Lisa) Budde of Fairfax, IA, and Annette (friend Sally) Budde of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Rosalyn, his step-father, Ingram Hill and three siblings, Gary, Judy and Janice.

In lieu of flowers, a Keith Budde memorial fund has been established.



William Eichman, Sr.


William "Bill" Eichman Sr., 88, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Luther Manor.  Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson Street on Monday at 10:00 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 9:45.  Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bill was born August 7, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Martin and Louetta (Kaufman) Eichman. Bill was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church where he remained a life-long member.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1947 and served in the United States Marine Corp.

He married Janaan Hoefflin on August 16, 1953.  She preceded him in death on May 27, 2006.

He worked at and was co-owner of Eichman Electric and was a member of IBEW Local 704 for 67 years.

He was a member of the Dubuque Rifle and Pistol Club for over 50 years.  He was a long-term volunteer and former board member of the Dubuque County Fair Association.  He was also the first scoutmaster of St. Paul's Boy Scout Troop 48.

Bill enjoyed recreation on and sights of and the beautiful Mississippi River.  He enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies and interests through the decades. He was a great father and role model.

His is survived by four children, William (Julia) Eichman Jr. of Neosho, MO; Bruce (Choon) Eichman of Beijing, China; Nancy (John) Morgan of West Des Moines and Diane (Mike) Langner of Ankeny; six grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and a growing number of greats.

He is also survived by a brother, Robert (Damaris) Eichman of Dubuque; sister, Carolyn Mastores of Picayune, MS; brother in law, Gene (Lorna) Hoefflin of Dubuque and 11 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; toddler brother Martin; brothers-in-law, James Mastores and Louis Hoefflin; sister-in-law, Leone Hoefflin and nephew, David Hoefflin.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque Lutheran School or Boy Scout Troop 48.

The family would like to thank the medical and support staffs of Luther Manor, Mercy Hospital, Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for their care these past five months. 

 



Kenneth J. Leppert


Kenneth J. "Ken" Leppert, age 87, of Bellevue, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate and honor Ken's life, a service of remembrance will be held in May of 2018. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ken was born on April 3, 1930, in Dubuque, son of Joseph A. and Lucille (Erner) Leppert

Ken was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Grace Clark, on September 23, 1950. They were blessed with 3 children, and fortunate enough to enjoy over 64 wonderful years of marriage together before she was called home ahead of him on March 14, 2015. Ken honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy, and then continued on with the Army Corps of Engineers as the Head Lockman at Bellevue Lock and Dam #12, until his eventual retirement in 1985. Ken always enjoyed spending his free-time on the water's edge with a fishing pole, or wandering the timber with a shotgun in hand, but what truly brought Ken peace was the simple solitude of country living. He and Grace created their own little paradise which they thoroughly enjoyed during their years together. We are absolutely saddened that Ken has completed his 87 year earthly journey this week, but thankfully we discover real peace in knowing that he is celebrating this Thanksgiving with his loving wife, children and siblings who were called home ahead of him. We miss you Ken and will definitely cherish the memories and stories you leave behind.

Those left to cherish Ken's memory include

his daughter,
Janice (Jim) Knief, Bellevue, Iowa;

his 3 grandchildren;

his 7 great-grandchildren;

his 2 great-great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Francis "Fran" Leppert, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Rita (Henry) Lund, WA.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Grace Leppert; a daughter, Janine Schapp; a son, William Leppert; a sister, Dolores (Ralph "Pete") Metz; and 2 brothers, Robert Leppert and LaVern (Betty) Leppert.

A Kenneth J. "Ken" Leppert memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ken's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Jackson County for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Ken, and his family.

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

 



Kenneth J. Ehlinger


Kenneth J. "Ken" Ehlinger, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly as the result of an automobile accident, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Ken's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ken's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a prayer service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ken was born on October 11, 1942, in Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Julien J. and Alice E. (Sweeney) Ehlinger.

Ken honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy; stationed in Vietnam for a time, and proudly working in the Navy Postal Service for 20 years. Never one to shy away from work, after his stint in the service, Ken would go on to own and operate the Quarter Deck in Baldwin, Iowa, for 18 years. And his final 10 years of productively sharing his time and talents with others, before finally settling into retirement, were earnestly devoted to Care Pest Control. Ken was united in marriage to his true love, Shirley Rohwein, on May 11, 1963, in Bremerton, Washington. The loving couple was blessed with 54 years, and 3 deeply adored children together. In his free time, Ken enjoyed sitting down with a good book in hand, or even routinely trying to tackle and conquer the latest advances in computer technology. But, the one thing which truly brought Ken joy was his family. Any opportunity to get together and spend a little quality time with his loved ones was always time well spent in Ken's mind. Our hearts are beyond broken today with the sudden and tragic loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we know and trust that Ken is finally free of the ailments and confines of his earthly temple and that today he finds himself clothed in eternal perfection while enjoying a family reunion with his loved ones who've been called home ahead of him. We will surely miss you Ken, but we will also definitely maintain a firm grasp on all of the positive love, lessons and memories you leave behind while we patiently wait to see you again.

Those left to cherish Ken's memory include

his loving wife,
Shirley Ehlinger, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
LaCinda "Cindy" (Ricky) Carr, Lena, IL,
Deborah (Mark) Uthe, Manchester, IA
and Kevin Ehlinger, Maquoketa, IA;

his 14 grandchildren,
Shawna (Jeff) Busker, Kristen (Josh) Heinrich, Brandon (Jonathan) Mills, Chad Mills, Nathan Carr, Ashley (Tailor) Mills, Jenna Carr, Jared Carr, Dakota Potter, Jennifer Uthe, Charles Uthe, Nickolas Uthe, Kaitlyn Uthe and Bryce Ehlinger;

his 15 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Anne Block, DeWitt, IA,
Richard (Linda Sue) Ehlinger, Oklahoma City, OK,
Donald (Ruth) Ehlinger, Jacksonville, FL,
Norma (Dale) Simonson, Grand Mound, IA,
Dale (Chris) Ehlinger, Washington, IA
and Ron (Lisa) Ehlinger, Ankeny, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Jean Ehlinger in infancy, Cathy (Travis) Green and Connie Martin; and a brother, Ray Ehlinger.

A Kenneth J. "Ken" Ehlinger 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

 



Sister Helen Kerrigan

Sister Helen Kerrigan, BVM (Paulita) 96, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Nov. 16, 2017, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. A Sharing of Memories and funeral liturgy will immediately follow. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

At Clarke University in Dubuque, Helen was art teacher, department chair, and adjunct professor/artist in residence. She taught secondary school music and art at St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque, and in Davenport and Marcus, Iowa; and San Francisco and St. Louis. She taught elementary school in Hempstead, N.Y., and Chicago, where she later taught art at Mundelein College.

She was born in Davenport, Iowa, on March 19, 1921, to Joseph Patrick and Essie Stella Augustine Kerrigan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1940, from Cathedral Parish, Davenport. She professed first vows on March 19, 1943, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1948.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Phyllis Kerrigan, BVM (Phileta), Lois Kerrigan, and Alice Kerrigan, BVM (Lois Ann). She is survived by a cousin, Jane Vorhes, West Des Moines, Iowa; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared 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.

Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy. 35 N., E. Dubuque, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.



Sister Mary Kathleen Dolphin

Sister Mary Kathleen Dolphin (formerly Sister Mary Augustine), PBVM, 76, died on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Monday, November 20, 2017, at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Loretto, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Sunday at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 7 pm. The Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Kathleen, daughter of Earl and Inez (Anderson), was born Kathleen Joan Dolphin on August 28, 1941, in Chicago, IL. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in September of 1959 and professed her perpetual vows on August 22, 1967.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, a Master of Arts from both the University of Montana in Missoula, and from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Doctorate from the School of Divinity at the University of Chicago.

Sister Kathleen's ministries, spanning 54 years, took her to Ryan, Waukon, Mason City, Ames, and Dubuque, all in Iowa where she taught and worked in campus ministry and spiritual direction. She served as Vocation Director and in Congregational Leadership, was a professor of pastoral theology at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, and for 13 years served as the Director of the Center for Spirituality at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame. She celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2009 and retired to Mt. Loretto in 2013.

Sister Kathleen was blessed with a terrific sense of humor and a lively spirit of adventure. She was a life-long learner, theologian, scientist, and educator. A born teacher, she was dearly loved by her students. She was a national and international speaker and writer. As a world traveler, some of the countries she visited included Bolivia, Ireland, China, Sri Lanka, Australia, Russia, Portugal and Spain.

Surviving are her sister, Linda Dolphin, her brother, James (Melinda), a sister-in-law, Mary Lane Dolphin, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 58 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Dennis.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at www.dubuquepresentations.org.

 



Peggy V. Digmann


Peggy V. Digmann, 78, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Peg was born September 18, 1939 in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Walter "Max" and Althea (Schroeder) Oldham.  She married Donald R. Lammers on August 14, 1958 in Colesburg, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in 1967.  She later married Charles "Jim" Digmann on July 27, 1974 in Farley, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  Peg enjoyed bowling, golf and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.  She worked for the Ertl Company for 36 years.  Peg was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

Survivors include her children: Janet (Gary) Gotto and Barb (Jeff) Watkinson both of Dyersville, Steve (Mary Kay) Lammers of Ballwin, MO, step children: Sherry (Dave) Grimes of Hazel Green, WI, Terry Digmann (friend Christin) of Anamosa, Dean (Sherry) Digmann of Marion, Rae Marie (Dan) Popp of Cuba City, WI, Randy (Lori) Digmann of Baraboo, WI,  Debra Carroll of Platteville, WI, Patty (Tim) Ginter and Paula (Charles) Donar both of Cuba City, WI, Charles Jr. (Jodie) Digmann of Dubuque,  Dawne (Melissa) Digmann of Green Bay, WI, 7 grandchildren: Mike (Christy), Russ and Sarah Gotto, Christina (fiancé Matt Risting) and Tony Watkinson, Jeremy (Christina) and Matt (Nikki) Lammers, sister, Judy (Dave) Niehaus, in-laws: Cheryl Oldham, Abbie Mormann, Vanita Knipper, Vern (Karen) Lammers, Irvin (Eloise) Lammers, Carol (Les) Simons, Robert (Jean) Digmann, Judy Digmann and Nancy Besler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Donald Lammers and Charles "Jim" Digmann, grandsons, Brian Gotto and Franklin Digmann, stepson, Douglas Digmann, brother, A. Max Oldham, and numerous in-laws.

Memorials may be directed to Above and Beyond Hospice, Beckman Catholic High School or St. Francis Xavier grade school.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the care given to Peg by Above and Beyond Hospice and the Good Neighbor Home. Also special thanks to Cookie Schermann.

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

 

 



Sister Margaret Muellenmeister

Sister Margaret Muellenmeister (Terza), OP, died Nov. 14, 2017.  The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service there will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Her teaching assignments included Holy Rosary School, Minneapolis. Subsequent assignments were at Visitation, Chicago; St. Mary, Appleton, Wis.; Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, Wis.; Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, N.Y.; St. Dennis, Madison, Wis.; Incarnation, Minneapolis. She also ministered in culinary arts at Trinity High School, River Forest, Ill.; St. Mary Convent, Cheyenne, Wyo.; St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque; and the Dominican motherhouse.

She was a dedicated parish visitor for 10 years­­at St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, S. D.; St. Andrew, Pendelton, Ore.; St. Ann, Great Falls, Mont.; and Christ the King, Sioux Falls, S. D. For six years she was a volunteer
at St. Rose of Lima, Milwaukee, before serving for six years at the Dominican motherhouse. In retirement,
she spent two years at Holy Rosary Convent, Minneapolis, and 13 years at the Sinsinawa motherhouse before joining the community at St. Dominic Villa in September 2017.

Sister Margaret was born in Faribault, Minn. on May 24, 1924, to Michael and Barbara (Gores) Muellenmeister. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, is handling arrangements.



Elizabeth Enright


Elizabeth "Betty" Enright, 88, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home in Elizabeth, Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. David Reese officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Holy Trinity Church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Betty was born on November 21, 1928 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Grymonprez) Van De Walle.  She was a 1946 graduate of Orion High School. Betty was united in marriage to Marvin Enright of Erie, Illinois on February 5, 1949 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colona, IL.  He preceded her in death on January 26, 2012.

They farmed at Hillsdale, Erie and Stockton, Illinois.  She worked for the Northwest Illinois Community Action Agency, retiring in 1990.

Survivors include her ten children, Susan Michalek of Ralston, NE; Ronald (Dana) of Little Chutes, WI; Jean (John) Zeal of Elizabeth, IL; Janet (Michael) Morton of Rockford, IL; Gerald (Sandra) of Menomonee Falls, WI; Rodney (Sandra) of Freeport, IL; Kent (Denise) of Mineral Point, WI; Patrick (Tina DeGarmo) of Scales Mound, IL; Kris (Brenda) of Stockton, IL; and Dennis (Tonya) of Independence, IA, 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marvin Enright, her parents, Arthur and Margaret, a sister, Helen Zobrust, a brother, Joe Van De Walle, son-in-law, Richard Michalek and one granddaughter, Erin Michalek.

Betty's family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Mary Koenigs and the nurses and staff at the Elizabeth Nursing Home and Grand View Estates Assisted Living Center for the excellent care provided to their Mother.

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

 

 



Dixie L. Hinzman


Dixie L. Hinzman, 69, of Dubuque died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Home.  Funeral services will be 2 pm Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Saturday from noon until time of service.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dixie was born September 7, 1948 in Mt. Carroll, IL, daughter of Orlo and Evelyn (Neighaus) Ward.  She grew up in southwest Wisconsin.

She married Ronald Hinzman on July 17, 1993.  He preceded her in death on July 28, 2014.

Dixie retired from Micro Switch/Honeywell after 28 years of service.

She loved spending time with family, friends and her dog, Baby.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Jodi) Johnson of Dubuque, John (Kasia) Johnson of Fulton, NY, and Denise (Val) Kohout of DeForest, WI; grandchildren, Josh, Morgan, Lydia, and Cole Johnson, Haiden and Grant Johnson and Carsen Kohout.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Suzette Ulery, Kenneth Ward and Lorriane Buskee and a grandson, Nathan Johnson.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.

 

 



Jeanette May Elgin


Jeanette May Elgin, 86, of Dubuque died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Mercy Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael Cathedral with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Jeanette was born December 11, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Oscar and Esther (Vorwald) Nelson.  She graduated from St. Patrick's Grade School and later furthered her education at Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls.

On November 17, 1947, she married David J. Elgin at St. Raphael Cathedral. This Friday will be their 70th wedding anniversary.

Jeanette started her career as a teen at the Battery Factory, as well as other teenage jobs.  As a teen she also sang at the Circle Night Club (where her mother, Esther, worked) with many unknown bands on their way up.

After marrying Dave, she became a sales rep for the Avon Corp. for over 40 years. She finished her career working for the Dubuque Unified School District for more than 20 years.

Jeanette was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved babies and animals.  She loved singing, dancing, whistling, going to musicals, playing Euchre and Rummy and doing crossword puzzles.  She also loved traveling and going on vacations with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - especially to Disney World.

She will be remembered for her everlasting and intense love of her husband, Dave, endless love of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; her gifts of Avon for birthdays and Christmas for over three decades and her dedication to prepare and provide Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for family and friends for decades.

She was a 50 year member of Holy Ghost, was active with the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and volunteered in the Dubuque community, including at the Carnegie-Stout Library for over 10 years.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, David Elgin of Dubuque; three sons, David Joseph (Mary) Elgin of Cedar Rapids, Dr. Drew Michael (Tina) Elgin of Mequon, WI, and Dennis Thomas (Roma) Elgin of Seal Beach, CA; five daughters, Denice Louise (Kevin) Rhomberg of Mentor, OH, Doreen Esther (Jeff) Barta of Cedar Rapids, Denette May Kellogg of Dubuque, Darla Agnes (Gregory Maisel) Elgin of Woodbury, MN and Darcy Rose (Randy) Jones of Woodbury, MN.

She is also survived by (23) grandchildren, (32) great grandchildren, and two brothers, LeRoy Nelson of Dubuque and Thomas Nelson of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Diane DeMaio and her sister, Darlene Allendorf.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcapser.com.

Memorials may be made to Jeanette Elgin Memorial Fund.

 

 



Linda M. Lunde


Linda M. Lunde, 68, of Dubuque died Friday, November 10, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital, surrounded by close friends.  Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be Thursday from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be 1 p.m. Friday in Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Linda was born November 20, 1948 in Minneapolis, daughter of Norris S. and R. Mildred (Froiland) Lunde. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage.

After graduating from Marshall High School in 1966, Linda received her bachelor's degree in education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. 

Following graduation, Linda spent her entire career teaching for the East Dubuque Public School System until her retirement in 2004. She was a life member of the National Education Association and a member of the Illinois and Jo Daviess County Retired Teachers Associations. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma education sorority.

Linda was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was an active volunteer. She also volunteered for Luther Manor, Finely Hospital and The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

She enjoyed having lunch with the "Lunch Bunch" and going out with the Prime Timers. Linda loved to travel and going out to eat. She was a very caring and generous person who will be missed by many.

She is survives by many friends and her church family at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William.

A memorial fund has been established and will be divided among her favorite charities.

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

 

 

 



Leon Wessels


Leon Wessels, 90, of Dyersville, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at his home from acute leukemia.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm. Visitation will continue Monday, November 20th from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, November 20, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Leon was born June 4, 1927, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of William and Mary B. (Oberbroeckling) Wessels. He served in the Army from 1945-47 in South Korea.

He married Eileen Roling on October 6, 1947 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Leon and Eileen owned and operated Wessels Produce in Dyersville until retirement in 1989.

He enjoyed boating and fishing, golf, bowling, traveling and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Eileen, children: David (Karen) of Rockford, Ill., Donna (Bob) Kaukaskie of Dubuque, Iowa, Richard (Dawn) Wessels of Scandia, Minn., and Jane (Dean) Knipper of Earlville; a daughter-in-law, Deb Wessels of Iowa City, Iowa; grandchildren: Vic (Allison) Wessels, Emmanuele (Mark) Martinez, Kristina Kaukaskie, Jason (Lacy), Mitch (Trisha) and Brandon (Brittany) Knipper and Kim (Zach) Wills; 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Ruth Wessels and Kay Wessels, both of New Vienna, Elaine Roling of Dubuque, Iowa and Lorraine Gravel of Dyersville, Iowa

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Kenneth; siblings: Earl Wessels, James (Lillian) Wessels, Louis Wessels and Fred (Mary Ann) Wessels, numerous in-laws from the Roling family.

Memorials are preferred.

We would like to thank Dr. Engelmann, the oncology nurses and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and concern for our family.

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



Emma F. Grass


Emma F. Grass, 94, passed away peacefully at Luther Manor on November 14, 2017.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2900 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery immediately following. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m., Saturday.

Emma, the daughter of Frank and Frances Makovec, was born in Delhi, Iowa, on March 21, 1923. Emma attended school at St. Paul's Catholic School in Worthington, Iowa, and St. Catherine's School in St. Catherine's, Iowa.

She married Leo Grass on June 27, 1953, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members for over 50 years.

She worked 38 years at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1981.

Emma and Leo enjoyed many years together, traveling and dancing. Emma especially loved polka music and the Dubuque Arboretum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; her parents Frank and Frances Makovec; her sister Angela Stanek; and her brothers Frank Makovec and Henry Makovec.

Those left to cherish her memory are sister-in-law Norma Stanley, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thanks go out to Hospice nursing staff, Jeanette, Peggy, and Jessica for the kind and compassionate care you provided. Thank you to Rosemary, who delivered weekly communion. A special "thanks" to Theresa Heim for the constant uplifting weekly notes you took the time to write. Sister Pat, thank you for all of your inspiration. And thank you to Don and Annie for all the years of caregiving. Each of you was special to me.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is assisting the family. Please visit www.hskfh.com to leave an online condolence.



Sister Emiliana Meissen, OSF

Sister Emiliana Meissen, OSF, 94, of the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Emiliana was born on October 28, 1923 in Lawler, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hormisch) Meissen. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1941 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1947.

Sister attended school in Lawler, IA. She was missioned in Chicago, Illinois at Corpus Christi Primary; in Iowa at St. Edward in Waterloo, at St. Mary in Cascade, and at Sacred Heart, Immaculate Conception Academy, Immaculate Conception Convent, and Stonehill Franciscan Services in Dubuque.

Sister is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 75 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sister Rose Klepper; brothers Joseph (Virginia) Meissen, Ray (Barbara) Meissen, and John "Jack" (Leona) Meissen.

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of the arrangements.



Jerome F. Beckman


Jerome F. "Jerry" Beckman, 79, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows. He spent his last days surrounded by friends and family. Celebration of Life Services will be 12:00 p.m. (Noon), Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Christ the King Chapel on the campus of Loras College conducted by Rev. William Joensen.

In the Spring of 1960, at Eagle Point Park, on a second date with his future wife, Ann, Jerry told her he wanted to be a "factory listener." He had heard about a job that fostered conversations between line workers and management. He went on to become a clinical psychologist at Medical Associates and Mercy Hospital, and for forty years he listened to thousands of people's stories and felt grateful and honored to be trusted with them.

Jerry was born April 20, 1938 in Burlington, Iowa and was the son of Linus T. and Frances E. (McMahon) Beckman. He worked on the family farm until graduating from Mount Pleasant High School. On August 29, 1964 he married Ann Skelley at Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Jerry earned a bachelor's degree and two graduate degrees from Loras College and the University of Iowa. He earned his PhD in the field of Human Behavior at USIU in San Diego, California, where he studied under the seminal psychologists Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Victor Fankl. He served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii aboard the USS Takelma (ATF 113). In addition to his clinical work, he taught graduate courses in Psychology at Loras College. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the American Psychological Association.

Jerry was a lifelong farm boy who loved to work and being in nature, especially walking with his wife on the Heritage Trail. As a Navy sailor he enjoyed the water, from the high seas to Iowa's rivers to the lap lanes at the YMCA. He was an incredible father, grandfather, husband, and friend. The world is a saner, more humane place thanks to his caring work.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; two sons, Thomas (Julia Oxler) Beckman of Rochester, Minnesota, and John (Marcela Valdes) Beckman of Annapolis, Maryland; grandchildren, Katy Emerson, Eva Beckman, John Beckman, Ellen Beckman, and Katherine Beckman; siblings, Steven (Ellie) Beckman of Sacramento, California, Thomas (Margaret) Beckman of Sarasota, Florida, and Margaret (Joseph) Zucco of Omaha, Nebraska.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Loras College, Clarke University or Hospice of Dubuque in Jerry's memory.

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

 



Ruth Ann Schumacher


Ruth Ann Schumacher, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.

According to her wishes she donated her body to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for anatomical research. There will be no services or visitation. Private family services will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ruth was born on March 14, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Frances (Rettenmeier) Hemmer. She married John Schumacher on January 22, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 21, 2000.

Ruth worked in the kitchen at Washington Jr. High School for over 15 years.

Ruth enjoyed the Mississippi River, and spending time on the house boat the "Becky Thatcher" where you would often find her on the front deck holding court. She and Johnnie Schu loved sitting on Schumacher's Island with their family. Ruth also enjoyed sitting by the campfire until late at night telling stories and playing "moon". She was an amazing cook, enjoyed water walking at Loras pool, loved to play cards and an occasional trip to the casino.

Ruth raised her 5 children with love, care, and devotion as a wife and mother then later as a grandmother and great grandmother. She had a heart of gold and loved her family and friends with all her heart.

She is survived by her children, Jane (Mike) McIntyre, of Poplar, Grove, IL, Kathy Heiney, of Colorado Springs, Jack (Mary) Schumacher, of Dubuque, Warren "Bin" Schumacher, of Dubuque, Margie Schumacher, Breckenridge, CO. Grandchildren, Scott ( Joetta) Haas, Sarah (Nick) Ryan, Athena Schumacher, Rebecca Schumacher, and Wynter Schumacher along with 9 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mildred Zugenbuehler, and Carol Pins of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John; siblings Doc Hemmer, Anna Mae Freese, and Delores Manning; 2 granddaughters Jamie Heiney-Brane and Caitlin Francomb, and great grandson Elliott Ryan.

The family wishes to thank the great staff at Ennoble Manor and Dr. Chadwick Nachtman for all their wonderful care they gave to Ruth.

Memorials in Ruth's memory may be given to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital or to March of Dimes, Team Elliott of Dubuque.



Ardell L. Klostermann


Ardell L. Klostermann, 94, of Springfield, MO, and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Elfindale Manor in Springfield.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with Fr. Dennis Conway officiating. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Petersburg, IA.

Ardell was born October 4, 1923, the daughter of William and Minnie (Willenborg) Bockenstedt. She married Harold C. Klostermann on November 26, 1946, in Greeley, IA. Ardell and Harold farmed in Manchester, IA until the death of Harold in 1960. At that time she moved to Dyersville, IA to raise their five children. There she worked as a cook for the St. Francis Xavier School lunch program.

In 1975 she moved to Avon Park, FL where it was warm and close to family. There she was a long time member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She spent many years babysitting for friends and family until she was 83 years old. She loved spending time in the kitchen baking cookies (Snickerdoodles), Angel Food cakes and on special occasion's mints that everyone loved. There were always plenty of goodies at Grandma's.

Spending time surrounded by family was one of her greatest joys, whether you were playing cards, Rummikub, doing puzzles, sharing the Sunday morning breakfast ritual, sitting outside visiting, it was always about family. She was quick witted, kind and a very loving mother. She will be dearly missed.

She had recently moved to Springfield, MO and lived at Morningside Assisted Living. She was loved by all.

Survivors include her children William (Judy) Klostermann of Avon Park, FL, Phyllis (Craig) Watson of Overland Park, KS, Carol (Ray) McKowen of Springfield, MO, Rick (Mary) Klostermann of Delhi, IA and son-in-law Jerry Heiring of Avon Park, FL; 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; one brother, Calvin (Ivanelle) Bockenstedt of New Vienna and two sisters Agnes Putz of Dyersville, Helen (Joe) Nurre of Manchester and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ardell was preceded in death by her husband Harold C. Klostermann, a daughter Teresa Heiring; her parents, four brothers William (Bud), Vernon, Fred and Harold Bockenstedt, one sister Anna Mae Koelker, and her father and mother-in-law Frank and Theresa Klostermann.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Morningside East Assisted Living and Elfindale Manor where she spent her final days. We will be forever grateful for your loving care, kindness, and compassion for Mom.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, 1430 Prudential Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32207.

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



Rose Mary Asbury


Rose Mary Asbury, 80, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Friends may call from 4:30 p.m. until time of services. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Rose was born on August 8, 1937, in Maquoketa, Iowa the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Noonan) O'Connell. She married Ray W. Asbury Jr. and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2003.

Rose worked at the former Blackhawk Industries and Barnstead Thermolyne for many years and lastly at the Dog Track & Casino.

She was always there when ever anyone needed help and enjoyed being with family.

She is survived by her daughter Tamara Steele; grandson Tyler (Andrea) Steele; granddaughter, Meghan Bernat; great granddaughter, Ember Rose Steele; step children Mark (Chris) Asbury, Sally (Loren) Wood and Peggy Asbury; step grandchildren, Adam Asbury, Carla Cloos, and Nick Dean and a sister Loretta Shanahan along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ray; a step son Joel; and siblings and in-laws, James (Maxine) O'Connell, Ed (Patsy) O'Connell, Patrick (Margie) O'Connell, Eileen Fassbinder, Eleanor (Charles) Slattery, and Francis Shanahan.

A Rose Mary Asbury memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all the care they gave to Rose.



Glatha L. Winchip


Glatha L. Winchip, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, November 11, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Glatha's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Glatha Lucille Hute was born on March 24, 1921 in Fulton, Iowa, to Roy A. and Nora Mae (Shields) Hute. She was a 1938 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Robert Barker on March 7, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Karen and Bob. They divorced and she later married Marvin Winchip in 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Glatha had first worked for the Deputy Clerk at the Courthouse for a short time. In 1958 she became the executive secretary for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She retired in 1994 after 36 years.

Glatha was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for 71 years, Jackson County Historical Society, and the Red Hats Society. She had previously been a member of the Clinton Engines Association, BPW, PALS Program where she had also served as a board member, and the WA TAN YE Club. 
Glatha enjoyed crocheting, dancing, fishing, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Glatha's memory include her children, Karen (Billy) Garien of Maquoketa, IA, and Bob Barker of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Bob Winchip of Spearfish, S. Dakota, Nancy Winchip of Shawnee, KS, and Julie Winchip of Tempe, AZ; 3 grandchildren, Krista (Todd) Mulder, Kevin (Kiri) Barker and Josh Garien; and 3 great-grandchildren, Alana Barker, Lucas Mulder and Averi Barker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Roy Neville Hute, a sister Pauline Brady, and her longtime special friend Robert Davis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

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



Raymond L. Tschiggfrie


Raymond L. Tschiggfrie, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Committal prayers will follow at the church following mass. Private burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p .m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. and honor guard by the Knights of Columbus Council 510. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Ray was born on October 4, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Theresa (Duschen) Tschiggfrie. He attended Nativity School and Loras Asademy. He married Phyllis Fluhr on March 15, 1950 in Earlville, Iowa.

He worked at Trausch Backing Company for 10 years and then owned and operated Ray's AMOCO on Dodge and Bryant for 35 years along with having 50 plus years of snow plow service.

Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510, founding member of Iowa Towing Association, and lifelong member of Lacoma Golf Club.

Ray was a hardworking man who was always helping others and a good friend to all. He was an avid golfer, he enjoyed to watch the Green Bay Packers and having coffee with his golfing buddies. He loved spending time on his acreage, taking care of their horses and feeding the wild animals. But most of all he loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Phyllis; three children, John (Diane) Tschiggfrie, Steve (Kathy) Tschiggfrie, and Dawn (Curt) Mathe. Five grandchildren, Brian Tschiggfrie, Amy (Justin) Mills, Jason Tschiggfrie, Scott Tschiggfrie, and Amanda Mathe; seven great grandchildren; his brothers William and Gene and a sister Rita Johns.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Brenda; his brothers, Ken and Thomas and his sister Ardelle Ginthe.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Lori and to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and support.



Darick D. Wooldridge


Darick D. Wooldridge, age 49, of Dubuque, and formerly of Mason City, was called home suddenly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident. To celebrate Darick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Darick was born on July 31, 1968, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Marvin J. Wooldridge and Sandra Lee (Sires) Pickel.

After growing up, and gaining his primary education in Dubuque, Darick moved north to Mason City to achieve his Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Buena Vista University. He would invest many years of his working career with the Lehigh Cement Company in Mason City, where he earnestly put his time and talents to good use through each and every day. When Darick wasn't spending his hours at work, he could easily be found cheering on his Chicago Bears and Cubbies, attending the most current UFC fight, or even regularly traveling the country to find new scenery to add to his memory bank. Colorado was definitely Darick's favorite place to visit, but his latest cruise this year surely made quite an impression and easily found it's way into a close second. But at the end of the day, what truly drove Darick was the time he was able to spend with his family. His kiddos were his life, his family always came first, and if you were fortunate enough to be loved by Darick, you never had to wonder if he had your back. We are absolutely devastated today with the sudden and tragic loss of our dear dad, grandpa, brother and friend; but we thankfully find subtle moments of peace in our hearts in knowing that Darick will finally be able to spend Thanksgiving with his parents, and son, Dean, again this year. Thank you Darick for all the love you shared along your earthly journey, for the experiences we shared together which have now become cherished memories, and for always trying to live life to it's fullest even if the road became a little bumpy from time to time. We miss you, we love you and we wait patiently to see you again one day.

Those left to cherish Darick's memory include

his daughters,
Lydia (Liz) Walsh
and Lacey Walsh, both of Dubuque, IA;

his granddaughter,
Caydence Zumhof-Wooldridge, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Dan Wooldridge, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn Brainard, Harrison, AR;

and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Darick was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Dean L. Wooldridge.

A Darick D. Wooldridge 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

 



John E. McPoland


John "Jack" E. McPoland, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Epworth, Iowa was called home to our Heavenly Father on November 10, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. , a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for John will held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. James Bergin, SVD Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion-John White Post #650.

He was born April 1, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Mary B. (McCabe) McPoland. He attended the Epworth High School. On May 3, 1958 he was united in marriage to Betty Schmerbach.

He proudly served our country with the U.S. Army. He served in Korea and also with the U.S. Army Reserve 389th Engineering Battalion of Dubuque, the 321st Battalion of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the 451st Battalion in Wichita, Kansas. He retired after 42 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 in 1997.

During his full happy life, Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing cards and wintering in Arizona. His greatest joy was traveling the world with the love of his life, Betty and many adventurous trips with his children and grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa, the Epworth American Legion-John White Post #650, the Disabled Veterans Association of Dubuque and the Peosta Knights of Columbus-Council #5513.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years. Betty McPoland of Dubuque, IA; their children, Mark (Jodie) McPoland of Epworth, IA, Lori (Gary) Milledge of Dubuque, IA, Jodi (Douglas) Warden of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Then of Dyersville, IA; two brothers, Joseph McPoland of Sherrill, IA and Don McPoland of Los Angeles, CA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Patrick McPoland; a sister-in-law, Janann McPoland; a brother-in-law, Joe Then; two grandchildren, Zachary McPoland and Terry McPoland; and his father and mother-in-law, Otto and Loretta Schmerbach.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, the University of Iowa Neuro-Oncology Department and St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

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

The family would like to offer special recognition to Dr. Herman, Dr. Monga and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for their dedication, compassion and support.



Alan B. Spensley


Alan Butler "Al" Spensley, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on November 8th, 2017 at Luther Manor surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Lillian Daniels officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of service. Private family burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6.

Al was born on May 14, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Vera (Butler) Spensley. Al was a US Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1955 with a major in Business and a minor in Psychology. Al was brought up as a member of Grandview United Methodist Church until 2000 when he and Myrna joined First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Al married Myrna Louise Leasure on September 24th 1952 at Grandview United Methodist Church Dubuque and together they were married for 49 years until she preceded him in death in 2001. He later married Patricia Cullen in 2003 and she preceded him in death in 2017.

Al started working in 1942 at age 14 sweeping the stockyards and retired from Dubuque Packing Company in 1986 as a sales division manager. He then devoted his time to his family and passions.

Al enjoyed volunteering his time to the community. He volunteered his time and served as a board member at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, The City of Dubuque Garden Club, the Tri-State Garden Club, the Historical Society and River Boat Museum, the YMCA and the Y's Men's Association as well as the UD Alumni where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also was part of the Stephen Ministry through First Congregational Church of Christ and volunteered time advocating for several people in nursing homes.

Al loved to dance, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed traveling the world as an Ambassador for the Friendship Force. His hobbies were gardening, photography and painting. He loved music, nature, watching or listening to the St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes, but his true love and passion was his gardens. He spent several hours each day at the YMCA swimming and playing volleyball and racquetball. But most of all he loved his family.

Al is survived by his children Steve (Kim) Spensley, Mike Spensley and Kathy Spensley, his grandchildren Elly (Matt) Moriarty, Robb (Sybren) Spensley, Colin Spensley, Heidi (Zach) Williams, Katie (Adam) Wolf, Rachel (Eric) Daughetee and Allie (Nick) Spensley as well as his great grandchildren Waylon, Addison, Weston, Grayce, Sawyer, Iyla, Ruby, Faye, Cameron and Larkin. He is also survived by his niece Linda (Bob) Nosco, sister-in-law Phyllis Williams, nephews Gary (Donna) Ernster, Mark (Joy) Ernster and Jay(Maureen) Ernster and step children Judith "Judy" Cullen, Jeffrey (Gina) Cullen and Timothy (Elaine) Cullen.

Besides Myrna and Pat Al was also preceded in death by his parents George and Vera Spensley, his brother David "Dale" Spensley, his brothers-in-law Harold "HW" Williams and Robert "Bob" Ernster and great grandson Henry Daniel Williams.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque, his favorite nurse Laura Murphy, and his gardener and friend Karen Wemett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum and First Congregational United Church of Christ.



Frances M. Jaeger


Frances M. Jaeger, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Frances' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 13, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Frances' life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Frances was born on July 27, 1925, in Niedermurach Barvaria, Germany, daughter of Martin and Maria (Haas) Wild.

Frances was united in marriage to George A. Jaeger on October 2, 1948, in Germany. They were blessed with 37 wonderful years together, and 10 adored children, before George was called home ahead of her on March 10, 1986. Frances was no stranger to hard work; growing up in Germany and joyfully playing the role of full-time wife and mother to 10. Frances was well known for taking meticulous care of her home and family and the pride she derived from her responsibilities were visibly on display for all to witness. After the children were raised, she would go on to share her talents outside of the home in the environmental services department at Sunnycrest. She faithfully invested over 13 years there until her eventual retirement in 1987. Faith was an integral part of Frances' life also and her long-time membership with Sacred Heart Church, and their Rosary Society, were always held as a top priority in Frances' day. In her free time, Frances enjoyed creating beautiful pieces through crocheting and knitting; always willing to generously share her technics with countless school children throughout the years. Her greatest joy, however, was definitely found in precious hours she was able to spend with her family. She absolutely loved all of her children, and especially doted on the grandchildren and great-grandchildren; all of whom knew quite undeniably that they each held a special place in her heart. We are all deeply saddened today at the loss of the wonderful woman we were fortunate enough to call mom, grandma and friend, but we take comfort in the fact that our faith assures us that she is now reunited with her beloved husband, George, son, Charles, and all of her family members who've been called home ahead of her. Thank you Frances for the amazing example you set while you were here and the abundance of beautiful memories you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Frances' memory include

her 9 children,
Dottie (Lowell) Willie, St. Olaf, IA,
Monica Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Martin Jaeger, Waterloo, IA,
Andy Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Gene (Gail) Jaeger, Albia, IA,
Cathy (Steve) Wiskus, Colesburg, IA,
Jerry (Deb) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Angela Jaeger, Dubuque, IA
and Theresa (Jeff) Kotz, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter-in-law,
Mary Jaeger, Dubuque, IA;

her 13 grandchildren,

and her 12 great-grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a son, Charles Jaeger; a sister, Katie; and 2 brothers, Norbert and Andres.

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

Frances' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Frances, and her family.

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

 



Anna M. Loewen


Anna Mae Loewen 89, died Sunday, November 5, 2017. A prayer service to celebrate her life will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Anna Mae was born on December 30, 1927 in Waukon, Iowa. In her early school years, she enjoyed spending summertime with her Grandma Dee in Waukon. Anna Mae graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1945 and three years later, on July 3, married Carl D. "Fritz" Loewen at St. Columbkille Church. They enjoyed 55 years of married life until Carl's death in 2003. Anna Mae was a homemaker whose full-time job was raising her four sons - truly a full-time job! She and Carl attended every athletic event and rang the cowbell to announce every touchdown, interception or score. Anna Mae and Carl volunteered in Finley's Meals for Seniors program at Westminster Hall. She made "Phone-A-Friend "calls to a gentleman with whom she became fast friends. When she was at home, Anna Mae could be seen tending to her yard. More often, she was "out and about", working out at Stonehill Wellness Center, bowling, and going to lunch with her bowling friends. In fact, she engaged in all three of these activities in the week leading up to her last day with us. Anna Mae was an avid bowler across a span of more than sixty years. She was active in the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association, coached junior bowlers, and earned distinction as a DWBA Hall of Fame recipient in 1994. Anna Mae enjoyed occasional travels, especially her trips with Carl, son, Rick and wife, Lisa to Hawaii; and to New York City with her sister, Betty. She valued time with her family, and delighted in every new addition, initialing another stocking to hang for the holidays.

Anna Mae walked with a spring in her step, especially if she was headed to a meal somewhere. She had a remedy or an exercise for every malady (Pressure Points!), didn't act her age, still drove her car, and led a busy, active lifestyle all the way to the finish line. Family members had been planning her 90th Birthday Party celebration; and now celebrate her full life, a reminder to focus on the good, forgive the bad, and hold tight to those we love.

For Anna Mae, her sons were "her everything". She was so proud of her boys and their families.

Surviving are her four sons -- Daniel (Wanda) Loewen of Baldwin, IA, Roger (Donna) Loewen of Dubuque, IA, Gregory (Susie) Loewen of Glendale, AZ and Rick (Lisa) Loewen of Chandler, AZ; her grandchildren -- Jesse (Traci) Loewen, Lee (Ben) Symonds, Tanner (Cortney) Loewen, Cale (Micaela) Loewen, Bea Loewen, Sarah (John) Gregory, Matthew (Natalie) Loewen, Jessica (John) Droghetti and Luke Loewen; her great grandchildren -- Cole Loewen, Ellis Mae Symonds, Krue Jobgen; Nash, Ridge and Knox Loewen, Madaline and Emma Gregory, and Levi and Avery Mae Loewen; her brother, Robert Brooks; her sister, Betty Jane Kuntz of Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Shirley Brooks of Kentucky and Mary Hocking of Marion, IA; her brother-in-law, Al (Bunny) Loewen of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl "Fritz" Loewen on July 16, 2003 and two brothers, Leon and Donald Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, an Anna Mae Loewen Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Joseph D. Vogt


Joseph D. Vogt, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa was peacefully called home on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Bethany Home.  Visitation by family and friends will be from 9 am to 10:45 am on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish- Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, followed by the funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Joe was born on May 6, 1923 in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Mary (Stecher) Vogt. He married the love of his life, Martina Winter, on October 8, 1949, at Saint Patrick's Church in Dubuque.  Sadly, she was called home ahead of him on December 25, 2010. They were blessed with four children, seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. 

Joe proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, a veteran of the Normandy and Belgium battlefields. Prior to and after his military service, he worked at the Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed renovating homes and restoring automobiles. He also enjoyed dancing with Martina at the Melody Mill, Dubuque County Fairgrounds, and other dance band venues. They also enjoyed traveling throughout the USA on charter bus tours and bowling at Riverside Bowl with relatives and friends in various bowling leagues over the decades. They were lifelong members of Sacred Heart Parish. Joe was also a long-standing member of the Dubuque Boat Club. 

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include his and Martina's children: Don (Mary Jo) Vogt of Dubuque; Bob (Jean) Vogt of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; Joe (Sherri) Vogt of Dubuque; and, Judy (Dave) Tully of Asbury; grandchildren: Jennifer Vogt (Jeremy Magrath), Tricia (Bill) Berg, David Tully, Katie (Tom) Purcell, Christie (Chad) Chappell, Hillary Vogt (Scott Erwin), and, Joseph (Audrey) Vogt; great-grandchildren: Aria Vogt; Jack, Alex, and Nathan Berg; Carleen Jo, Caydee, and Clayton Chappell; Colin Purcell; Quinn Erwin; and, Lena and Dylan Magrath; sister-in-law Ann Kemp; brother-in-law and sister in-law Carl and Kay Winter; and, numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his beloved Martina, Joe was preceded in passing by his parents; his siblings and their spouses: John (Mary) Vogt, Antone Vogt, Hilda Vogt, Marie (Ralph) Cremer, Eleanor (Anthony) Kemp, Leo (Marie) Vogt, Helen (Francis) Wieser, Josephine (Henry Wilmot, George Cadwallader), and, Eldon (Ethel) Vogt; Martina's parents: Alois and Mary (Pfeiler) Winter; and, brother-in-law: Gerald Winter. 

A Joseph D. Vogt Memorial Fund has been established, which will be distributed among his and Martina's favorite caregiving agencies. 

Egelhof Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Joe's family would like to express its sincere appreciation to the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the thoughtful care provided him in recent years and months.  The family also wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his assistant, Kate Vickerman, for their expert counsel and treatment that helped Joe live well into his 90's.  And finally, a special thank you to his many friends, former coworkers, and neighbors whose company he enjoyed over his many years with us.

 



Ruth Ann Benke


Ruth Ann Benke, 77, of Monticello died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, surrounded by her family at home in Onslow, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11 am Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate

Ruth Ann was born April 3, 1940, in Dyersville the daughter of Herbert and Mary Germaine (Stronck) Westemeier. She graduated from Xavier High School and married Richard H. Benke on October 11, 1958, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they moved to Monticello in 1963 and established RB Electronics in 1968 from which they retired in 2001.

Survivors include her children: Rebecca Hoist of Dubuque, Russell (Denise) Benke of Onslow, and Rodney (Maria) Benke of Annandale, VA; 3 grandchildren: Richard Easterling and Ryan and Maya Benke; 2 Sisters-in-law, Gail Westemeier of Manchester and Mary Jo Benke of Ft Worth, TX; 2 brothers-in-law: Ronald (Linda) Benke and David (Mary) Benke all of Cascade, a cousin/step-sister, Mary (Richard) Lakeman of Dyersville, and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dick in 2003, a son Randall in 1981, a grandson, John Randall Easterling in infancy; 2 sisters Eileen (Donald) Huberty and Norma (Red Wilson and Russ Pritchard) Pritchard, a brother, Dave Westemeier, brothers-in-law, Dennis Benke in infancy and Alan Benke, and a sister-in-law: Deanne (Lawrence Kemp) Manza.

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



Patricia M. Heins


Patricia M. (Nolan) Heins, 84, formerly of 2535 Wilbricht Lane, Dubuque, went to her final resting place Friday, November 3, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St. with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30pm.

Pat was born May 7th, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John J. and Frances M.(Clapham) Nolan.
She graduated from the Visitation Academy and continued her education at Mercy School of Nursing. She married Lloyd F. Heins January 15, 1955 and together they raised their five children. Pat worked as a Registered Nurse until her family life demanded the majority of her time and she became a full-time wife and mother. She was active in her kids activities including Scout leader both for her sons and daughters. When her children were almost grown she returned to Nursing at Mercy until retiring in 1993. She and Lloyd enjoyed dinners and outings with her Mercy classmates, retirees, "Deere" friends, and what they lovingly refer to as " The Gourmet Club". These groups nurtured friendships for many decades.

Pat was a quiet woman who enjoyed her faith and family, attending daily mass when she was able and praying the Rosary each evening. She enjoyed shopping, reading, gardening, and just "puttering" in the yard. She treasured most her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved hearing about their adventures but always hopeful they would return home. Pat was a fabulous cook and hosted many family gatherings where precious memories were made and many laughs were had. No one ever went away hungry or refused to be her taste testers.. And her homemade pies, WOW, delicious!

Pat is survived by her children, Julie Heins, Mark (Kim) Heins of Dubuque, IA, Dan (Chris) Heins of Peosta, IA, Sue (Tim) Kelly of Dubuque, and Amy (Jim) Vesperman of Platteville, WI.; her grandchildren Kate Reber, Holly (James) Elliott, Heather (Eric) Weir, Jacob(Jessica)Heins, Danielle(Jeremy)Daughetee, Nolan Heins, Adam, Jonathan and Luke Kelly, Gracie, Cora and Jesse Vesperman; her great grandchildren, Hannah and Carter Elliott, Ellie and Owen Daughetee, Hadley, Hunter and Harrison Heins, Jack and Colt Weir; her siblings, Bill (Rosie) Nolan, Anita Kehoe, Bette (Fran) Libansky, Jody (Lynn) Vorbrich, Rick (Sharon) Nolan, and brother-in-law Don Holloway of La Porte, IN, and many other relatives and friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, parents John and Frances Nolan, brothers and sister-in law Jack Kehoe, Janet Holloway, David Heins, mother and father-in-law Milton and Frances (Welsh) Heins..

Pat will be greatly missed by family, relatives and friends

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



Vincent A. Kramer


Vincent A. Kramer, 86, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:15 P.M. AT Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vince may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. The Epworth Fire department will meet in a body at 7 P.M. and the Epworth American Legion Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Vince will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American legion post #650.

He was born August 9, 1931 in Farley, Iowa, son of Fred and Josephine (Stelken) Kramer. He received his education in the Epworth schools. On July 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Constance A. Radabough at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 26, 1978. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years until his retirement in 1987.

He is an Army Veteran having served from 1953 to 1955. He is a member of the Epworth American Legion Post #650. He is also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa. He served on the Epworth volunteer Fire Department for 24 years, during which time he served as Captain. Vince was the first recipient of the Annual Fire Fighter of the Year Award from the Epworth department.

He is survived by 6 children, Anne (Dick) Besler of Epworth, IA, Michael Kramer of Las Vegas, NV, Tim (Lori) Kramer of Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Paul) Boffeli of Eldridge, IA, Daniel (Angie) Kramer and Mark "Chuck" (Cindy) Kramer both of Epworth, IA; 10 grandchildren, Chris Besler, Matt and Kenzie Kramer, Anna, Drew and Grace Boffeli, Alex and Ashley Kramer, and Cody and Bella Gardner; one brother, James Kramer of Dubuque, IA; 4 sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Kramer of Epworth, IA, Sandra (Dennis) Foreman of Anchorage, AK, Peggy (Jere) Johnson of Janesville, WI, and Tammi (Darwin) Allen of San Mateo, CA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Francis "Fran" (Ray) Schmitt, Mary (Orland) McDermott and Anita (James) McDermott; four brothers, Fred A. Kramer, Bernard (Bernice) Kramer, Ed (Dola) Kramer, and Herb (Irene) Kramer; and two sister-in-laws, Nancy Kramer and DeeAnn Soppe.

The family of Vince would like to thank the entire staff of Manorcare Health Services and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to him.

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



Judy C. Hentges


Judy C. Hentges, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:18 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at her home. To honor Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rick Mihm officiating. To celebrate Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Judy was born on September 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Kermit and Elnora (Randall) Mitchell.

Judy was united in marriage to Allen Hentges on July 5, 1958. Sadly, he was called home ahead of her in 1971, after only 13 years together. Judy was fortunate enough to find love, once again, and was united in marriage to Ronald "Butch" Hentges, on April 29, 1972, at Faith United Methodist Church. They were blessed with 36 years together before he was also called home ahead of her on May 6, 2008. Judy was born with a strong work ethic and would begin her working career by investing over 20 years in the produce department at Randall's. She next reached for her dream of owning and operating her own flower shop, H & H Florist, which brought Judy years of fruitful satisfaction until she finally began her last working stint with Hills & Dales, where she permanently retired from in 2006. In her free-time, Judy loved spending time with her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Sophia; who is quite possibly the only person on the planet she would even consider sharing her Gremlins with. When she wasn't spending time with family and friends, you could usually discover Judy trying her luck sitting at the quarter slots and waiting patiently for the lights and bells to signal another success. We are beyond sad today with the sudden loss of Judy from our lives. Her loving, kind and uniquely generous soul has surely left a void we will not be able to replace while we remain here; but we are definitely relieved to know that she is finally reunited with all of her family who've been called home ahead of her. Thank you Judy for all the beautiful love, joy and memories you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include

her 5 children,
Brad Hentges, Dubuque, IA,
Bret Hentges, Peosta, IA,
Randall "Whitey" (Juanita) Hentges, Dubuque, IA,
Alonna "Lonnie" (Shane Cole) Hentges, Mt. Horeb, WI
and Tricia Montgomery, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Parnisha Perry, Randy Hentges, Zachary Hentges, Wesley Hentges, Jenna Sarazin, Allen Hentges, Brooke Konzen and Katie Konzen;

her 8 great-grandchildren,
Sophia Konzen, Owen Hentges, Mason Hentges, Brayden Abresch, Brenden Abresch, Caiden Scheffert, William Hentges and Alexis Scovell;

her sister,
Betty (John) Fitz, Dubuque, IA;

her other sister,
Carol (Jim) Loney, Dubuque, IA;

her close friend,
Joan Hentges, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Allen Hentges; her 2nd husband, Ronald "Butch" Hentges; a son, Joseph Hentges; and a brother, James Mitchell.

A Judy C. Hentges memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Dr. Melvin L. Bernard


Dr. Melvin L. "Bud" Bernard, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 1, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of his life is pending and will be announced in the spring of 2018. The service will be at the United Methodist Church with burial following at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Lee Bernard was born on January 16, 1923 in Eagle Grove, Iowa, to George H. and Mary Estella (Lewis) Bernard. He lived on the family farm until his graduation from Eagle Grove High School in 1941. He then attended Eagle Grove Junior College and Iowa State University.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and was called to service in February of 1943 serving in the 2208 Trucking Company and the 1585 Trucking Battalion in the European Theater during World War II. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in December of 1945 he returned to Eagle Grove. In February of 1946, he boarded a train in Webster City, Iowa that was bound for Chicago bringing with him one small suitcase. His goal was to convince the president of the Illinois College of Optometry that they wanted him as a student. Within one week of that meeting he began his education.

During this time, he met Marilyn Ruth Sack at a dance. They were married on February 20, 1948 in Chicago, IL. Bud and Marilyn were married for 61 years and have two children; Donna (Keith) Wiebersch and Gary (Barbara) Bernard.

In 1949 they moved to Maquoketa where he opened his optometric practice. After 45 years he semi-retired and sold his practice to Dr. David Sybesma. He continued his practice of optometry until 2000 when he fully retired.

Dr. Bernard was a member of the American Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Association, College of Vision Development and fellow member of the American Academy of Optometry. He made nine trips to Mexico as a member of the Iowa Chapter of Vosh. Locally, he was a member of Rotary where he served as the 20th president of the club. He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Izaak Walton, Knights of Pythias, Ducks Unlimited and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also involved in the group that brought the industrial site to Maquoketa. Bud was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he also served on the board during the time the church was built on Wesley Drive.

Throughout his life he enjoyed both participating in and watching all sports. He was especially proud and fond of watching his grandchildren in all of their activities. Bud also enjoyed watching the Iowa State Cyclones as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes. His personal hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing, reading and traveling worldwide with Marilyn.

Bud is survived by his children, Donna (Keith) Wiebersch of Dubuque, IA, and Gary (Barbara) Bernard of Galena, IL; 4 grandchildren, Katelin Wiebersch of Dubuque, IA, Matthew Wiebersch of Chicago, IL, Ellen (Kyle) Colgan of St. Charles, MO, and Samuel Bernard of Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Bernard of Minnetonka, MN, and Jerald (Laurene) Bernard of Cedar Falls, IA; a sister-in-law, Ruth Bernard of Cedar Falls, IA; and a brother-in-law Jim Stevenson of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Russell, a sister, Eileen, and his wife Marilyn on November 5, 2009.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Jake Bickford and Chuck Farnum for their special friendship and to all of the personnel at Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their exceptional care.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dr. Melvin L. "Bud" Bernard memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com



Mary I. Leget


Mary I. Platner Schnell Leget, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Irene Platner was born on May 15, 1937 in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, to Glenn and Marie (Stoneking) Platner. She grew up on a farm in Marion, Iowa and was a 1955 graduate of Marion High School. She married Russell E. "Gene" Leget in 1974 in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1998.

Mary had worked as a bookkeeper at Penrose Hardware Store and more recently at Stickley Electric in Maquoketa for many years.

Mary enjoyed gardening, canning, listening to music, and being with nature. She especially cherished time with her family and friends. Mary's fun-loving spirit and kindness will be greatly missed.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Rogene Ann Schnell of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Craig Allen (DiAnna) Schnell of Excelsior Springs, MO; a brother Allen Platner of Marion, IA; a sister Glenna Whitmarsh of TX; 2 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and best friend, John Stockel of Lancaster, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell E. "Gene" Leget, a son William "Bill" Schnell, sisters Pauline and Harriet, and infant brother Glenn Wayne.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 



Mary K. Duehr


Mary K. Duehr, age 76, of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at her home. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and also from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on January 2, 1941, in Potosi, Wisconsin, daughter of Eugene and Mildred (Ott) Livens.

Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Lavern B. Duehr, on October 30, 1965, in Potosi, Wisconsin. They were blessed with 38 years together, and 11 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 26, 2003. Mary was always a diligent and hard worker, who was not only a full-time wife, mother and homemaker, but also shared her talents as a cook with Albrecht Acres and the Dubuque County Jail. She had many hobbies in her free-time, and one of the most notable was her love of collecting, drying and shelling thousands of nuts each year. Mary spent many an hour in happy contentment securing her necessary supply for delectable pies and rolls, as well as for her Farmer's Market stand where she was guaranteed to be sitting every Saturday. Her hobby did come with a few "work hazards" though, as getting "Alvin" out of the house proved to be quite a challenge for her children. Mary was also well known for her love of anything related to Elvis or Potosi; always looking for the next treasure to be added to her ever growing collection. She also enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors tending to her gardens, heading out for an evening of Bingo, sneaking out to try her luck with the handle at the casino, or even a spirited game of cards with family and friends. However, her unwavering love of family was definitely a primary focus in Mary's life and her words, thoughts and actions as such were always on display for all to see. She absolutely loved family gatherings and nothing could ever compare to the glory of the holidays in Mary's heart and mind. Throughout her life Mary has unfortunately also experienced some terrible heartache along the way. Losing her husband, and 2 sons, left a hole in Mary's heart which was never going to be filled while she was still walking along her earthly journey. Our sorrow today, caused by the sudden absence of our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend is somewhat consoled by the thought and realization that Mary will be spending this Thanksgiving with her Heavenly Family, and we know and trust that one day we'll all be celebrating together again around the table.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her 9 children,
Annette (David) Grant, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Michelle (Jeffrey) Ketterer, Dubuque, IA,
Marsha (Gary) Gander, Fairfax, IA,
Amy (P.J.) Cahill, Marion, IA,
Tony (Amy) Duehr, Balltown, IA,
Lisa (Rick) Klinkhammer, Balltown, IA,
Lori Duehr, Cedar Rapids, IA
Stacy Duehr, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Henry Duehr, North Liberty, IA;

her 22 grandchildren,

her 13 great-grandchildren,

and her brother,
Keith Livens, South Milwaukee, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lavern Duehr; 2 sons, Nicholas Duehr, in infancy and Raymond Duehr; a grandson, Logan Grant; a sister, Betty (Austin) Senerchia; and a brother, Joel Livens.

A Mary K. Duehr memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Mike and Cindy at Breitbach's Country Dining for their thoughtfulness in ensuring every Friday night she had a hot meal, flowers on the holidays, and memorable conversations with lots of laughs and hugs, thanks Mikey, Ben and Annie. Also thanks to the LVAD Department at UIHC, especially Kyle, Carol, Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Coltran for their wonderful care of Mary.

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

 



Sandra S. (Montag) Tigges


Sandra "Sandy" S. (Montag) Tigges, 75, of Asbury, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Sandy was born November 29, 1941 in East Dubuque, IL the daughter of Leo "Chris" and Ruth (Liddle) Montag. She married Florian Tigges, Jr. on April 28, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque.

Sandy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection, TOPS, volunteered at the Arboretum, enjoyed knitting, reading, cross-stitch, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

Those left behind include her husband, Florian; children, Amy (Doug) Wagner of Asbury, Rob (Teresa) Tigges of Key West , Molly (Tom) Coyle of Sherrill, Jenny (Dave) Schrobilgen of Dubuque, Steve (Paula) Tigges of Marshfield, WI, and Susan (Steve) Swift of Monticello , and; 19 grandchildren, Doug, Tyler, Drew, Quinn Wagner, Nick, Tom, Trisha, Scott Tigges, Maggie, Carlee, Jolee, Arriana Coyle, Matt, Ben Schrobilgen, Lorna, Lainey, Will, Chris, Anabell Swift; one great-grandson, Henry; siblings, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, Kris Ann (Kevin) Strehlow, Tony (Collen) Montag, and Rick (Kristi) Montag; her in-laws, Barb (Chuck) Pruter, Bob (Pat) Tigges, Sharon Johannes, Jackie Tigges, Suzanne (Jim) Heinle, and Mary Montag.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Beth Ruth Ann Tigges; two brothers, Michael and Tom Montag; mother and father in-law, Florian, Sr. and Henrietta Tigges.

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

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



Margery Jean Penningroth


Margery Jean Penningroth, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Margery's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Friends and family may gather in "The Bistro" at Carson's immediately following the service. A private burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Margery Jean Scott was born on January 25, 1922 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Fred and Etta (Harding) Scott. She was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Maquoketa Junior College. She married Ergon Lester Penningroth on July 24, 1944 in Baldwin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

Margery taught school for two years, worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II and was a homemaker. Additionally, she had farmed with her husband on the family farm near Elwood retiring to Maquoketa in 1988.

Margery had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being active in church and the ladies group helping to serve their monthly dinners. She also enjoyed playing cards in various card groups, flower and vegetable gardening, needlework, and had kept a daily diary throughout her married life.

Those left to honor Margery's memory include a son, Dean Albert Penningroth of Punta Gorda, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 brothers Galen, Claire, Blaine, Keith, Charles, Fred, and Bob, 4 sisters Dorothy, Ferne, Gertrude and Betta, and her husband Ergon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the Elwood United Methodist Church.

The family would like give special thanks to Dan and Colleen Kilburg for their special care of and dedication to the Penningroth family, as well as the faithful caregivers who cared for her in her home.

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



Madonna M. McElmeel


Madonna M. McElmeel, 73, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, November 1. 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Madonna was born Jan. 16, 1944 in Oakland, CA, daughter of James P. and Helen (Siefker) McElmeel. She attended Briar Cliff College and was employed as a nurse's aide at various Nursing Homes.

She also served in the U.S. Army from 1970 thru 1972 and was a member of the Army Band.

Madonna was also one of the founding musicians of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Surviving is a foster sister, Sr. Ann (Finn) Pratt OP, of Ellensburg, WA.; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo McElmeel, of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gerald J. McElmeel; a sister, Sara M. McElmeel; and a dear friend, Marion Brielly.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnycrest Manor.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their loving care.



Patrick J. Kutsch


Patrick J. "Moon" Kutsch, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on Monday, October 30th, 2017 after a year long battle with cancer.

Committal prayers will be on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The visitation will close with a vigil service and rosary at 4 p.m.

Patrick was born June 22nd, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa to George and Elinor (Gorman) Kutsch. He attended Holy Ghost and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968.

He married Dorothy M. Schroeder April 1st, 2014. They were together for 44 years; he always joked that he asked her to marry him after being together for a year, but it took her 39 years to say "yes".

Patrick was the owner and operator of Blue Moon Antiques in Galena, IL for over 20 years. Prior to that he worked as a machinist at the Adams Co. and John Deere. At his Antique store, he love working with wood and refinishing antiques. He always enjoyed joking and interacting with his customers, he loved to tell them a good joke or two.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy M. Schroeder-Kutsch; his siblings Barb Trierweiler and Richard Kutsch both of Dubuque, Tom (Bobi) Kutsch of Crestview FL, his twin brother Michael Kutsch of Attleboro, MA, and Robert (Brenda) Kutsch of Soquel, CA; as well as his much loved nieces and nephews Steve (Julie), Sarah, Jim (Denise), Jake (Laura), Oliver, Wendy, Bailey, Shellie, Zachary, Ellianna, Patrick (Virginia), Georgia, Hunter, Amy (Jason), Aaron, Reese Rose, David (Janet), Tyson, Jeremy (Whitney), Michael Jr., and Cody Ann.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Elinor, as well as his siblings James R. (Connie Dunn) Kutsch and David F. Kutsch.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their attention and care they gave to Patrick.



Helen M. Beatty


Helen Mae Beatty, 94, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 31, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Friday from 5 pm until time of service.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls.

Helen was born September 22, 1923, in Dexter, IA, the daughter of Tom and Stella (Graham) Warren. She grew up during the Depression, attending school in several Iowa towns before graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1942. She then worked at the Viking Pump Company where she met Kenneth Beatty. They were married November 13, 1943, in Quantico, VA, and settled in Cedar Falls after his military service.

Following Kenneth's death on January 12, 1970, Helen worked as a secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls before retiring and moving to Dubuque. She spent her most recent years knitting hundreds of stocking caps and mittens for needy children.

Helen is survived by her two children: Kennie (Gary) Harris of Peosta and Kevin (Lisa) Beatty of Dubuque; five grandchildren: Ellen (Tim) Steffen of Peosta, Drew (Rachel) Harris of Fort Worth (TX), Neil Harris of Chicago, Erin (Robert) Daughters of Dubuque, and Gwen (Ryan) Werner of Cuba City; and seven great-grandchildren: Max, Carley, Josie and Will Steffen, and Grant, Ben and Gracie Harris.

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

The family requests no flowers, and suggests that any memorials be directed to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Stephens Food Bank.   

 

 



Arlene M. Kane


Arlene M. (Sieverding) Kane 79 of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Manor Care in Dubuque surrounded by her family. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service 1640 Main St. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Arlene was born June 2, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Mildred (Chilson) Sieverding. She graduated from St. Catherine Grade School and attended St. Joseph Academy. Arlene married Lawrence J. Kane on November 26, 1955 at St. Catherine Catholic Church, he passed on July 31, 1997. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Rosary Society, enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles. Arlene was a CNA at Heritage Manor until her retirement.

Survivors include her children; Carol (Marty) Ambrosy of Dubuque, David Kane of Zwingle, Diann (Randy) Feehan-Pickel, Pamela (Marty) Hantelmann of Dubuque, and Julie (Rod) Rettenmeier of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister in-law, Marjorie Sieverding.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son in-law, James A. Feehan; and a brother, Richard Sieverding.

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

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



Richard C. Voss


Richard C. Voss, age 72, of Tiffin, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at home. To honor Richard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Richard's life, family and friends may visit from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., on Monday, November 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Richard was born on November 8, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Donald and Irene (Mentz) Voss.

Richard was united in marriage to the love of his life, Veronica Lampe, on July 10, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were absolutely blessed to have been given the opportunity to spend 44 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on April 17, 2017. Richard was a very active and faithful member of St. Mary's Church, and generously shared his musical talents as an organist for the choir for over 25 years. In his free time, Richard could often be found out in his perfectly manicured lawn tending to his abundantly colorful flower gardens, all while making sure that each and every weed had been properly eradicated with meticulous precision. His greatest joy in this world however, was the precious time he spent with his beautiful bride, Veronica. The two of them were inseparable, and enjoyed countless adventures together while traveling the world throughout the years. The adorably devoted couple also found great joy in some of the more simple pleasures in life also. A fun evening of babysitting for family, or even a few hands and a little fellowship around the card table could easily fulfill their day. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a uniquely kind-hearted and gracious man; but are surely at peace with the fact that Richard's broken heart has finally been mended now and that he and Veronica are together again while finally beginning their eternal journey in a state of perfect love, never to be separated again!

Those left to cherish Richard's memory include

numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife, Veronica Voss.

A Richard C. Voss 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

 



John H. Barrett


John H. Barrett, age 85, of Dubuque, left this world to meet his Savior at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on July 10, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Francis and Della (Lebben) Barrett.

Growing up in Dubuque, John began his primary education at Franklin School, next onto Washington Junior High, and then even invested a little time at Dubuque Senior High School before he had to begin his working years to help support his family. His first job was setting bowling pins at Holy Trinity, until he began working at the Phillips 66 Gas Station on the South End, and then he finally began his main career with Red Dot/Frito Lay, where he would loyally devote over 35 years until his well earned retirement. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Juanita Baxter, on October 15, 1951, and they were truly blessed to not only be given 5 children to raise, love and nurture, but to also have been able to celebrate their 66 wonderful years of marital bliss together earlier this month. John also found time to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1951 until 1960. John was a huge sports fan who had an undeniable love/hate relationship with his Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. One of John's dreams in this life finally came to fruition last year when his Cubbies actually won the World Series. John was a kind and humble human being who only desired contentment and expected nothing in return from this world. He throughly enjoyed a good laugh, and was continually satisfied in that area thanks to his family and their daily antics. John instilled, in all of his children, the value of possessing an excellent work ethic and never living beyond your means. His family was truly his pride and joy; he would do absolutely anything within his power to help them, even if at times the difficult decision of doing nothing at all was exactly what was necessary in order to teach them a lesson. His loving and forever patient wife Juanita would humorously admit that John was always right, even when he was "occasionally" wrong! The sudden departure of our dear John has our hearts aching in the depths we rarely know exist. We know our faith and time will heal our wounds, but for now we only seem to find peace in the knowledge that Dad's earthly health issues have now ceased and that one day we will get to see and hear him laugh once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife,
Juanita Barrett, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Daniel Barrett,
Linda (Tom) Hillebrand,
Sandy Bush,
Robert Barrett,
and Shari (Bob) Wissing, all of Dubuque;

his 9 grandchildren,
Danielle and Gabrielle Barrett, Tom (Rachael) Hillebrand, Jason Jellison, Bob (Brooke) Bush, Brandi (Shane) Kampas, Jeff Barrett, Mike and Melissa Wissing;

his 10 great-grandchildren;

and his 2 sisters,
Joan Murphy
and Joyce Helling, both of Dubuque.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Barrett; a sister, Shirley (Vince) Scardino; and 2 other brothers-in-law, James Helling and Robert Murphy.

A John H. Barrett memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

John's family would like to extend a special thanks to our sister, Linda and her husband Tom, Dr. Ramabadran, MD, Julie Ehlinger, ARNP, and the staff at the Anticoagulation Clinic, for all of the help, compassion and care they provided to John, and his family.

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

 



Donald R. Cook Sr.


Donald R. "Don" Cook Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:45 a.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, a time of sharing will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Don was born on February 14, 1935, in Cuba City, WI, son of Maurice and Emma (Jones) Cook Sr.

Don was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was shortly after united in marriage to the love of his life, Edith Specht, on December 3, 1955, in Dubuque. They have been blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 6 children. Don spent over 36 years of his life providing for his family as an elevator technician for both Montgomery and Otis Elevator Companies, before finally retiring in 1992. In his free-time, Don enjoyed spending a little quality time in the kitchen with his grandson, Chris, venturing up to Lake Michigan for his yearly Salmon haul, and wrenching in the garage on anything mechanical (but most especially stockcars). Don was definitely an easy going man who didn't let the world around him rattle his disposition very often. His kind and generous heart was generally on display for those he cared for, and the role modeling he presented so easily over the years will be carried on through his generations to follow. We will surely miss our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we are eternally grateful for the 82 years worth of love and lessons Don leaves behind for us to treasure until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Edith Cook, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 children,
Donald "Butch" Cook, Jr.,
Debra "Deb" Doll,
Bill Cook,
Charles "Chuck" (Patty) Cook,
Robert "Bob" (Heidi) Cook, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Troy) Hackbarth, Rockford, IL;

his 10 grandchildren,
Amy, Michelle, Josh, Eric, Clayton, Ryan, Chris, Sydney, Skyler and Addison;

his 4 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Garey (Carrie) Cook, Rockford, IL;

his sister-in-law, Ellen Cook, Jacksonville, NC;

and his brother-in-law, Dean March, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty March; and 2 brothers, Bevan Cook and Maurice Cook Jr.

A Donald R. "Don" Cook 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



Karen Tharp


Karen Tharp, 73, of Monticello died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello surrounded by her family.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:30 am Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, where military honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team.

Karen was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Roy Smith and Gloria Fusco-Wolken. She graduated from High School in Phoenix, AZ, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in History. She served in the United States Army, having been discharged in 1978, and continued in the Reserve for several years afterward.

She married Harold "Wayne" Tharp on August 23, 1982, in Pensacola, FL. Together they made their way back to Monticello 21 years ago, and she enjoyed working at Advancement Services of Jones County taking care of the disadvantaged. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Harold "Wayne" of Monticello; 2 daughters: Stacy (Chris) White of Stedman, NC, and Tammy Tharp of Monticello; grandchildren: Hailey and Gavin Winders, and Keven and Charles White due in January 2018;

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ava Holt

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Phyllis R. Edwards


Phyllis R. Edwards, 85, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, October 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Phyllis Regina Yarolem was born on December 2, 1931 in Canton, Iowa, to Charles and Blanche (Bickford) Yarolem. She attended school in Canton and later in Onslow. She married Arley Dale Edwards on August 11, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1972.

Phyllis had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She then worked for Formfit in Monmouth, Illinois making garments for several years. Lastly, she worked for over 15 years at Servus Rubber in Rock Island, Illinois on the assembly line and in the shipping department. Upon her husband's death, she moved to Maquoketa in 1972 and then to Monmouth in 1973.

Phyllis enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her family. She liked playing cards, fishing, camping, puzzle books and watching NASCAR with Carl Edwards being her favorite driver.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, John "J.C." (Jean) Martensen of Welton, IA, Ellen (James) Wadsworth of Eldridge, MO, Dale (Lonna) Edwards of Rock Island, IL, Arla (James) Clark of Wyoming, IA, and Arley "Bryan" (Christine) Edwards of Milan, IL; a step-daughter, Laurie (Michael) Lemmer of Cascade, IA; a sister Marlene Kaye (Robert) Hess of Eldon, MO; a brother, Jerry (Janice) Yarolem of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law, Beverly Yarolem of Monmouth, IA, and Marlene Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; 28 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arley Dale Edwards, a daughter Wendy Passig, 3 great-grandchildren Levi Edwards, Braxton Maher and Manixx Maher, 5 brothers Charles Jr., Kenny, Rex, Wayne and Bob Yarolem, 3 sisters Marietta Graves, Jane Holland and one infant sister, and a special friend of over 30 years Robert Benischek.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis R. Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas H. Jenk Jr.


Thomas H. Jenk Jr., 64, of Dyersville passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:30-10:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born January 1, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Thomas Sr. and Beverly (Lancaster) Jenk. He married Pamela Drew in August of 1976, in Wilmette, IL.

Tom was well known for his baseball coaching ability at Beckman Catholic High School, where he taught for 43 years. He was an avid fan of the Hawkeyes and the Cubs, and enjoyed grilling out. Above all, his family was his top priority, especially the love of his life, Pam.

Survivors include his wife of 41years, Pam; children: Drew (Lisa) Jenk of Scottsdale, AZ, Brooke (Bob) Bush of Dubuque; grandchildren: Derek & Addie Jenk and Lincoln Bush; siblings: David Jenk of Mount Vernon and Lisa (Jude) Milbert of Dyersville; his father-in-law, Roger Drew of Sun City West, AZ, brothers-and-sisters-in-laws: Donna (Vic) McBroom, Sandi Drew, Steve (Nancy) Drew and Polly (Tom) Tichy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law, Nancy Drew.

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



Eugene J. Hefel


Eugene "Gene" J. Hefel, 77, of Balltown, Iowa, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 28, 2017, at his home.
To honor and celebrate Gene's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Family and friends may visit from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and 9:00-10:00 a.m. Thursday, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Balltown.

Gene was born January 5, 1940 near North Buena Vista, Iowa, the son of John and Marie (Ludovissy) Hefel. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Errthum on June 25, 1960 at Holy Cross Church in Holy Cross, Iowa. Gene was a 50 year member of the International Union of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren, searching for pieces of pink depression glass, trout fishing, taking pride in his lawn, and of course, enjoying his chocolate ice cream.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; children, Susan Hefel (Greg Buttz) of Ankeny, Steve (Tina) Hefel of Lodi, WI, Marty (Lee) Hefel of Oelwein, Marsha (Randy) Kerper of Ankeny, Deanna (Steve) Maifield of Ames, Donna (Ron) Gruening of Cedar Falls, and Trisha (Ryan) Roach of Dubuque; grandchildren, Lindsey and Kaitlin Hefel, Tyler and Emma Hefel, Kyle and Allie Kerper, Claire and Caroline Maifield, Ethan, Lily, Elaina and Lucas Gruening, Elijah and Lauren Roach; and sister in-laws, Adeline Hefel of Dubuque and JoAnn (Hefel) Kremer of Farley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 7 brothers, Anthony, Phillip, Louis, Marcellus, Vince, Lawrence and Bernard; a sister, Hilda (Wagner) Engelken and grandson Matthew Hefel.

The family wishes to thank the many people, too numerous to mention, who have supported them and will be in their hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers a Gene Hefel memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald M. Gilmore


Donald M. Gilmore, 94, of Monticello died Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 10-11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Monticello where the Monticello Drill Team will accord military honors.

Don was born September 2, 1923, north of Springville the son of Ralph and Alma (DeVoe) Gilmore. He graduated from the Anamosa High School and served in the US Army during the Occupation of Japan after WWII from 1946 - 1947. He married Mildred Evers in February of 1948. Don was a police officer and eventually the Chief of Police in Monticello, worked at Julin Printing, and retired from Energy Manufacturing on his 62nd birthday. In his spare time he was an avid fisherman, loved to play cards and was a good dancer.

He is survived by his four daughters: Sandra (Gary) Schwab, Jana (Jim) Siebels, LuAnn (Gary) Weber and Faye (Kevin) Williams, all of Monticello; 5 grandchildren: Daniel Ginter, Jason Whittemore, Mindy (Ben) Capron, Shawn (Christina) Weber and Noah Williams; 5 great grandchildren: Morgan Ginter, Chesney and Ava Capron, Madalynn and Kaden Weber; in-laws: MayAnn Gilmore of Anamosa, Jack Evers of Rowley, IA, and Kathleen Postel of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, a grandson, Scott Weber, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



LeRoy W. Petersen


LeRoy W. "Pete" Petersen, 86, of Warrensburg, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

LeRoy W. "Pete" Petersen was born on July 22, 1931 in Ottumwa, Iowa, and was the son of Engvirt and Nettie Hazel (Hayward) Petersen. He was a 1949 Wyoming High School graduate. He enlisted in the Navy and was a Seabee spending time in the South Pacific. After his discharge he began working for Joe Martin Chrysler Plymouth in Maquoketa, Iowa as a Parts Manager, working there for 39 years. When Joe Martin closed, he and LaVonne moved to Missouri where he worked for Warrensburg Chrysler as Parts Manager, retiring in 1992.

He married LaVonne M. Ruggeberg on September 7, 1957 in Lost Nation, Iowa.

"Pete" loved fine cars, his dogs and high quality trap shoot guns. He was known for never driving a car that was dirty or that did not have a show room shine on it. He had several Springer Spaniels and later made several rescue dogs his much loved favorite pets. He took up the hobby of trap shooting and enjoyed every match he was in for over 50 years. He became very good and won many trophies and awards over the years. He and LaVonne managed the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club over 15 years, making it a successful operation and making many close friends.

"Pete" was a member of the Missouri trapshooters, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Petersen; and a brother-in-law, Leyland Ruggeberg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Warrensburg Animal Shelter, City Hall, 102 S. Holden, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or S.T.A.F.F (Society for treatment of abandoned and fractured friends) P.O. Box 1324, Laurie, MO 65038.

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

 



Aaron V. Fagan


Aaron V. Fagan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly, after a long battle with cancer, at 1:28 p.m., on Friday, October 27, 2017, at home, with his loving daughter Kelly by his side. To honor Aaron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Aaron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Aaron was born on August 3, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Rosemary (Wolter) Fagan.

Aaron was born and raised in Dubuque, receiving his education at Dubuque Senior High School, and eventually meeting his future bride to be, Francine Ruh. The loving couple were united in marriage on April 7, 1973, in Dubuque. They would go on to celebrate over 44 devoted years together, and were truly blessed with 4 wonderful children. Aaron would earnestly provide for his family by working at the Dubuque Packing Company until 1982, and later by investing over 30 years of his time and talents at his business, Fagan's Shoe Repair, Video Rental and Hobby Shop. He has directly contributed to the comfort of numerous adult's feet in the Tri-States, as well as creating countless childhood memories for the youth in the area. Aaron's tireless ambition to provide not only his best, but absolute perfection, in everything he did is not only a true testament to his character and business mind-set, but also to his entire life perspective. In his free-time, Aaron was quite comfortable spending a day hunting in the timber, or sitting on the lakes in northern Wisconsin with a freshly baited hook in hand. Aaron also found infinite joy when he was surrounded by family on Christmas Day and the 4th of July, working on his latest Make-A-Wish, Children's Miracle Network and Albrecht Acres projects, or simply sharing his talents, wisdom or humble gifts of compassion for others in any number of fashions. If Aaron wanted to leave this world with an absolute statement to be proclaimed, it would be that next to faith playing an important role in our lives, following in a very close second is, "Love Your Family". Aaron's family, especially his deeply adored grandchildren, were absolutely a primary motivation in his world. It is virtually impossible to accurately articulate into words the absolute love, respect and adoration Aaron carried in his heart for his grandchildren. His actions to provide for, love, nurture and adore his family were continually on display, and the memories, lessons and legacy he leaves behind will surely help heal the hearts whom find themselves completely broken today with Aaron's sudden absence from their lives. We have undeniably lost one of the "good ones', and the world will never be the same for many; but we are also thankful that the world was never going to be the same in many other positive ways simply because the Lord was kind enough to share Aaron with us for 68 years. Thank you Aaron for all of the love you shared with the world, for playing the role of World's Greatest Grandpa without hesitation, and rest assured that "this left-handed cobbler who was just trying to make a difference" has definitely completed his mission and we'll treasure every memory until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Aaron's memory include

his loving wife of 44 years,
Fran Fagan, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Kelly Fagan, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Amy) Fagan, Norwalk, IA,
Katie (Rob) Schmitt, Sherrill, IA
and Sarah (Adam) Banwarth, Richmond, VA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Brody Schmitt, Abigail Schmitt, Lucy Schmitt, Allie Schmitt, Noah Fagan, Brynn Fagan, Caleb Banwarth and Evelyn Banwarth;

his brother,
David (Jill) Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

his niece and Godchild,
Molly Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents.

An Aaron V. Fagan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Aaron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Medical Associates Oncology, and the University of Madison, for all of their professional care and concern for Aaron, and his family.

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

 



Patrick T. Copeland


Patrick T. "Pat" Copeland, age 63, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 10:15 p.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Pat's life, a time of sharing will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, where instruments and singing are not only welcome, but ultimately encouraged in Pat's honor.

Pat was born on July 9, 1954, in Fort Lee, Virginia, son of Carl and Grace (Westmark) Copeland.

Patrick was united in marriage to Valerie Arthofer on May 6, 2017, in Dubuque. Prior to finally finding Valerie, Pat had the privilege of living an absolutely full, fruitful and meaningful life. At the ripe young age of 23, Pat joined the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri, where he developed his mind, body and spirit as Brother Timothy; only to become Pat walking along his worldly journey once again, after 3 years, where he would unabashedly share all of his love, wisdom and consciousness with the world he was determined to change. Pat would next complete 2 Masters Degrees and devoted over 27 years of his working career in Psychotherapy as a substance abuse counselor who became well known not only for his specific methodology, but also for his amazing success rates. When Pat wasn't changing lives directly during his working hours, or as a proud yoga instructor, he was continually driven to positively impact the world around him. A true lover of God's creation, healthy living and music would all combine into a beautiful symphony of a gracious man who would do anything he could to help others, while simultaneously remaining humble in his gifts of love and generosity. Pat, who never met a stranger, was always up for a little fellowship with family and friends; some of his favorites would involve the sound of a racquetball hitting the wall, the chime of his frisbee finding it's base in a fun round of disc golf, or even a feverishly fun game of dominos with anyone who would dare to challenge his strategic skills. But, at the end of the day, Pat's greatest devotion was to his son, Forest. To say his love was unconditional, is an understatement in the truest sense of the word. Pat's heart was surely larger than the world around him, and there was always an abundance to share with those whom dwelled within. We are broken hearted today with Pat's departure, and ultimate completion of his earthly journey; but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love he leaves behind and we know that he is definitely enjoying the invite to an open jam with John Lennon, George Harrison and John Denver.

Those left to cherish Patrick's memory include

his wife,
Valerie Copeland, East Dubuque, IL;

his son,
Forest Lee Copeland, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 siblings,
Linda (Marv) Stewart, East Dubuque, IL,
Connie (Dennis "Pup") Mander, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Patty) Copeland, Dickeyville, WI,
his twin sister, Peggy (Paul) Kaune, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis (Cathy) Copeland, Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Barb) Copeland, Potosi, WI
and Mary (Ron) Martin, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 step-daughters,
Lauren Dixon, Iowa City, IA
and Adria Hogan, East Dubuque, IL.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Copeland in 2005.

A Patrick T. Copeland memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Patrick's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for their caring, compassionate and loving care of Patrick.

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

 



Dorothy L. Carstensen


Dorothy Lois Carstensen, 91, of Preston died October 27, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

She was the daughter of Harry and Susie (Campbell) Fey and was born on October 3, 1926 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was educated in schools in Clinton County and attended the Iowa State Teachers College In Cedar Falls. She taught in the Elwood and Delmar schools.

On August 3, 1952, she married Ingwer Carstensen in Elwood. They farmed in Clinton and Jackson Counties.

She is survived by her husband Ingwer; children Jim (Dawn Strait) Carstensen of Bellevue, Connie (Dan) Conine of Robins, and Mary Jo (Rich) Hainstock of Vinton; grandchildren Matt (Danielle) Hainstock, Carissa and Ben Conine, Ethan and Maggie Carstensen and step-granddaughter Jenifer (Josh) Pierce; step-great granddaughter Kinzie; numerous nieces, nephews, great, great-great and even great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Fey and sisters Ethel Fey and Eleanor (Elly) ter Haar.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, October 30, 2017, and services will be at 10 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2017, both at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery.

She was a member of the Preston Legion Auxiliary Unit 602 for 48 years, the Preston United Methodist Church, and the Jackson County Retired School Personnel.

She especially loved being with her family. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, serving others and corresponding with friends and family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dorothy L. Carstensen memorial fund has been established.

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



Joseph R. Pillard


Joseph Richard Pillard, 66, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on October 26th, 2017 at home.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Joe was born on February 20th, 1951 in Dubuque, the son of Delbert and Rita (Schmitt) Pillard. He graduated from Wahlert High School Class of 1969; received his B.A. in Finance from University of Iowa in 1973. He married Sheila Kearney on June 1, 1973 at St. Joseph's Parish, Key West, IA
He worked for Dubuque County Courthouse Auditor's Office for 3 years; Interstate Power/Alliant Energy for 20+ years, and Mercy Pharmacy and Hartig Drug.

Joe was past board member of Alliant Credit Union; and past board member of Parent Association at St. Joseph the Worker School. Joe also coached Independent League baseball in Dubuque.

Joe lived a full and fulfilling life. He loved his family and adored his children and grandchildren. Joe is a Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and played baseball for the Key West Prairie League team and the Dubuque Blues as a young man, which led to many lifelong friendships. Joe was also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes. After a yearlong struggle against the idea of the Chicago Cubs being World Champions, Joe's heart could take no more.

He is survived by his father Delbert Pillard; wife Sheila (Kearney) Pillard; daughters Amy (Mike) Studier and Anne (Mark) Trocinski; Sons Jim Pillard and Ted Pillard; grandchildren Charlie, Mitchell, Madeline Studier and Henry Trocinski; Sister Laura (Terry) Dement and Avery; Brother Brian (Jennifer) Pillard and Ben, Zach, and Nick (Julie) Pillard and Harper; Aunt Mable Schmitt; Brothers and sisters in law: Allan (Vickie) Kearney, Linda Gernes, Jan Kearney-Wheeler, Colleen Kirkwood, Donna Beaman, Mary Beth (Pat) Willenbring, Sherri (Rick) Treanor, Kevin (Lisa) Kearney, Joyce (Chuck) Pastene, Joe Kearney, Terry (Angie) Kearney, and Jeff (Karla) Kearney and their families; and longtime friends Jim and Jacquie Roth.

Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents Louis & Mary Pillard and Jacob & Bertha Schmitt; Mother Rita (Schmitt) Pillard; Mother and Father-in-law Donald & Marian Kearney, Aunt Lucille Pillard, Uncles Vince Schmitt and Albert Schmitt, Uncle and Aunt Melvin and Marian Schmitt, Brother in law Fred Gernes, Nephew Blane Anderson, and Robert Pillard, a brother who died in infancy.



James A. Pline


James Andrew Pline, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 26, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Celebration of his life will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Lux Club, 3050 Asbury Road in Dubuque. All family and friends are welcome. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jim was born on November 17, 1964 at Xavier hospital in Dubuque the son of Ronald and Gloria (Kennedy) Pline. He graduated from Senior High School in 1983 and attended NICC for welding and machinist. He married Julie Lambert in 1984 at St. Mary's Church.

He worked in the family business, Pline Battery Station. He was also employed for many years at Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing Company.

Jim was an avid morel hunter, he loved to cook, loved ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and could often be found cruising town in his younger years. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye Basketball. But most of all Jim loved his family.

He is survived by his children, James A. (Holly) Pline Jr., Rebecca Pline, Jonathan Pline, and Desaray Bordner. His mother Gloria (Kennedy) Pline; his siblings, Kathleen Callaghan, Kevin (Martha) Pline, Allan (Connie) Pline, Lorna Olson, Janice (Dave) Bechen, and Scott (Beth) Pline. Sister-in-law, Luanus Pline. His grandchildren, Aiden, Alyssa and Ander Sharkey, Riot Hess, Carson and Scarlett Pline; along with many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents Alberta and Reuben; grandmother Evelyn Nitterauer, and Alvy Kennedy Sr.; his father Ronald Pline; his brother William; sister-in-law Debbie Pline; grandson Reid Pline and brother-in-law Craig Olson.

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

A special thank you to Jim's niece Jennifer for all the love and support, we couldn't have done it without you!



Richard Haskell


Richard "Dick" Haskell, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 25, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Richard was born on March 24, 1933 in Cook County, Chicago the son of Harvey Haskell and Nellie Stevens.

He married Rosie (Birch) Heinze on September 9, 1978 in Dubuque. He was previously married to the late Eva Meisenberg.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere as a machine operator until his retirement March 30,1989.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and the Dubuque Bowling Association 700 Club. He served on the shop committee as an alternate.

Richard was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, he enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing and he and Rosie loved to travel with their friends to Mexico until he could no longer travel.

He is survived by his wife Rosie, his brother Robert, his son Rick (Sharon) Haskell and their children Shelly Brenke and Keith Haskell, his daughter, Patti Sarazin and her children Melissa Sarazin and Andrew Sarazin, step-son Frank (Annie) Heinze, step-daughter Debbie (Dick) Smith, of Cedar Falls IA, and their children Elizabeth Warriner, Matt Smith, Joleyne Kramer, and Lori Hill. step-son, John Heinze, and his children John Heinze Jr., Justin Tindell and Heather Kohn and Stepdaughter Trish Julson and her children Tim Heinze, Travis Julson, and Alan Julson Jr.; along with many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Shirley Husemann and Beverly Long and several cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ringold and Dr. Whalen and the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hospice of Dubuque, VNA and especially Trish Julson, John Heinze, Alison Julson and Debbie Leppert for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Richard.



Alice Mae Arnold


Alice Mae Arnold, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 25th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Alice Mae was born September 6, 1927 at Manchester, Iowa to Pearl (Smith) and Ludwig (Louie) Claus. She received her education in the Manchester schools, graduating from Manchester High School in 1945.

After high school she attended Radio Operators School in Omaha, Nebraska. She then worked as a telephone switchboard operator for the Central Iowa Telephone Company of Manchester, from 1946 until her marriage.

On October 8, 1949 she married the love of her life, Melvin F. Arnold in Manchester. To this union three children were born, Debra, Mark, and Brian. They resided in Manchester until July 1965, when they relocated to Dubuque, due to Melvin's job with the Iowa Highway Commission (now Iowa DOT).

She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed sewing for family and friends. Many a night she would bum the midnight oil working on her next project. Alice was also a long time Volunteer at Finley Hospital, with more than 2000 Volunteer hours to her credit.

She held various jobs including: Sears Catalog Department, Northwest Fabrics, Hal Judge Interiors, Stampfers, and Rosheks. However her most enjoyable job was as an Elevator Operator at the American Trust Main Bank for 33 years, retiring in April 2015, where she made many lasting friendships.

Alice was a woman of strong faith. She was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Delaware Iowa, later becoming a member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester, and lastly, a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque, for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her children, Debra (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Mark (Donita) Arnold, and Brian (Annette) Arnold, all of Dubuque. Also left to cherish her memory are her Grandchildren; Sara (Scott), Beth (Justin), Nick (Kate), and Zach (Katie). 7 Step Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, and 12 Step-Great Grandchildren. Along with a brother-in-law, Milton (Onalee) Arnold of Marion, IA, Cousins, and valued friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Louie and Pearl Claus; In-laws, Edith and Forest Arnold; her husband Melvin in 1977; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and David Schmidt; sister-in-law, Doris and brother-in law, Orville Thomas.

A special thank you, for the kind care by Dr. Kirkendall, caring and compassionate staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Allen Meurer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Finley Health Foundation, Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center or Hospice of Dubuque.



David N. Freiburger


David N. Freiburger, 61, of Hazel Green died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a service at 7 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

David was born April 3, 1956 in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Catherine (Blasen) Freiburger. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Iowa State University. He worked as a project manager in the construction industry.

David was a Packer's fan and enjoyed chess, the outdoors and gardening.

David is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Rita Doll; three children, Jacob Freiburger of Suffolk, VA, Joshua Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Megan (Dallas) Moore of Frisco, TX; two granddaughters, Josephine and Evelyn Moore of Frisco, TX; 11 siblings, Elizabeth A. Marini of Dubuque, IA, Mary (William) Szlaius of Cottage Grove, MN, Robert (Judith) Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Kathryn (Robert) Engelhardt of Deerfield, IL, Joseph (Cindy) Freiburger of Las Vegas, NV, Elaine (Wayne) Valentine of Dubuque, IA, Barbara Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Michael) Schmalz of Dubuque, IA, Cletus Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Daniel (Cindi) Freiburger of Waverly, IA, and Carl (Cindy) Freiburger of Dubuque, IA. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and one great, great niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law John Marini, and nephew Nicholas Freiburger.

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



P. Jeanne Sinhold


P. Jeanne Sinhold, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017 at Manor Care surrounded by her loving family.

Private family gathering and service will be held at Mueller Chapel Linwood Cemetery. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Jeanne was born on December 19, 1925 in Independence, Iowa the daughter of James and Maida (Curtis) Freeman. She graduated from Senior High School in 1943, and married Fred H. Sinhold on July 4th, 1946. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2014.

Jeanne loved motorcycle riding with her husband and friends. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, sewing and camping. She was an active member of WaTanYe Club, a licensed realtor and mortgage loan officer in Iowa for many years.

Jeanne had a smile that brightened the lives of all that she encountered. She never met a stranger that she didn't consider a friend. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was their "Rock".

She is survived by a daughter Carol (Tim) Tuthill, of Durango; six grandchildren, Jimmy Becker, Lori Westmark, Kari (Jerry) Ambrosy, Becky (Chris Wiezorek) Maas, Tina Sinhold and Nik Sinhold. 10 great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren; a step brother Don Willis, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred; her son Jim, her daughter Barb; three sisters, Maida Muchow, Florence McCarthy, and Nancy Linenfelser; two grandchildren Jesse Sinhold and Bobby Miller.

A special thank you to Jeanne's granddaughter Kari and husband Jerry for being Jeanne's caregivers for the past three years since moving back from Texas to Dubuque. Also to the amazing loving staff at Manor Care for the care they gave her.

A Jeanne Sinhold memorial fund will be established.



Marilyn R. Zarra


Marilyn R. Zarra, 83, of Dubuque died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Private family services will be held. Private Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery, Machesney Park, IL.

Marilyn was born January 29, 1934 in Manhattan, NY, daughter of Morris and Yetta (Rosen) Brodski. She married the love of her life, Anthony Zarra, and together they had three sons.

She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother, with a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Marilyn is survived by three sons, Mike (Phyllis) Zarra of New York, Dan (Ann) Zarra of Rockford, IL, and Rob (Jaymie) Zarra of Dubuque; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter, Michelle Zarra.

A Marilyn Zarra Memorial Fund had been established.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



John J. “Jack” Buechele


John J. "Jack" Buechele, age 83, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Grand Meadows. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until the time of services at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jack was born on August 17, 1934, in Dubuque, son of John Edward and Esther Frances (Walker) Buechele.

Jack honorably served his country with the U.S. Army after graduating from Loras Academy. Jack was well know for his outstanding work ethic and excelled in the field of masonry for his entire working career, lending his time and talents to several different companies throughout the years. He was very proud of his trade and was a long-time member of both the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union, as well as the Masons Union. When he wasn't working, Jack could be seen out swinging his golf clubs with quiet confidence on a nice day, or occasionally warming up with a few practice throws down his chosen bowling lane for the evening. Jack also had a great love of art and music and was well know as a gifted artist who was able to create unique sculptures from wood, scrap metal, aluminum and even old frying pans. Jack's faith played a primary role in his life and was undeniably held in a position of utmost importance. He faithfully attended mass at the Church of the Resurrection, notably showing up promptly at 6:00 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. mass. Undeniably though, his greatest free-time passion in this life was skiing, and any type would suffice. His love for skiing began early in life as he and his brother engineered their first pair of skis out of a set of barrel staves found in the family's garage. Jack would eventually discover ski jumping and practiced rigorously until he finally won the state title in the 1950's. He shared his enthusiasm for the slopes as a ski instructor at Sundown Mountain for several years, and was quite proud to be one of the few lifelong members of the Snomad Ski and Board Club who was always able to proclaim his attendance at their inaugural meeting in 1967. Jack was truly blessed to have been given the ability to enjoy both cross country and downhill skiing until the ripe old age of 75. Jack has lived a full and exciting life; riding through a few valleys along the way, but always enjoying the view from the peaks when the moments arrived. We are deeply saddened by the physical departure of our brother, uncle, great uncle and friend, but we do take comfort however in the knowledge that he is now thankfully reunited with all of his Heavenly family and that we can still retain his memories, and tangible visions through his art, until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his siblings,
Barbara (Ray) Morgan, Morven, NC,
Liz (Richard) Robertson,
and Theodore "Ted" (Karen) Buechele, both of Asbury, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Carol Buechele, in infancy and Lorraine Buechele; and 3 brothers, Edward Buechele in infancy, Paul "Buddy" Buechele, at age 12, and Eugene "Gene" Buechele.

A John J. "Jack" Buechele memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Jack's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care, patience and compassion.

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



Clifford Leroy Stock


Clifford Leroy Stock, 76, of Dubuque passed away Friday, October 20, 2017 at Luther Manor Grand Meadow Place.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road and from 9 to 10:15 am Saturday at Grand View United Methodist Church where services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday with Rev. Thomas Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery were military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Clifford was born July 11, 1941 in Potosi, Wi, son of Guy D. and Helen (Morey) Stock. He married Sandy Knabel May 19, 1991 at Grand View United Methodist Church, Dubuque.

He graduated from West Dubuque (Farley Public School) in 1959 and attended Clarke College for two years.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War.

Cliff was a self-employed photographer opening the Cliff Stock Photography in 1981.

In his younger years he played guitar and sang in bands and entertained at nursing homes.

He was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy Stock of Dubuque; children Ranae (Michael) Downing, of Elkhart, IN and Bryan (Suzanne Millius) Stock, of Dubuque; step-children, Jay (Peri) Knabel, of Lead, SD, Dr. Julie (Dr. John) Lee, of River Falls, WI, and Dr. Jessica (Dr. Jason) Black, of Portland, OR; grand-children, Austin Millius, Cade Stock, Reece Knabel, Paige Knabel, Hudson Knabel, Charlie Lee, Harper Lee, Sadie Black and Zienna Black; and his brothers and sisters, Barbara Hackbarth, Donald Stock, Allen (Marsha) Stock, Jim (Nancy) Stock, Imogene Thill, LuAnn stock, Lucille Leib and Florence (Bill Roussel) Merfeld.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Craig A. Stock, his former wife, Elizabeth Howard, sister, Joyce Hines and a brother, Fulton Stock.

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



Beverly Louise O’Mara


Beverly Louise O'Mara, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy body dementia, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at St. Patrick's Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26th, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Beverly was born on March 26,1939, in Dubuque, lA, the daughter of Lloyd and Rosella (Moore) Schromen. She married Joseph O'Mara, Jr. on September 29, 1956, at Saint Patrick's Church in Dubuque as they celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Bev attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Senior High School.

Bev was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader for many years and volunteered many hours at Sageville School.

Traveling around the world and the United States was a favorite pasttime. Joe and Bev traveled to all 50 states in the U.S. and 54 countries around the world. She loved spending her winters in Brownsville, Texas for 20 years of their retirement where she enjoyed playing golf and spending time with friends.

Bev's favorite pastime was embroidering and quilting as she completed many embroidered quilts over the years. How sad she was when she could no longer embroider or quilt because of her disease. It was her passion and she excelled at this craft.

Bev was an excellent cook, canner, and baker as her homemade bread aroma was nothing short of the best. But her passion was being around her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was in her glory cooking for the family gatherings.

Bev was a loving, devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her only wish was to have a great grandchild before she passed. She received four.

We are truly sad that we have lost this special and gentle woman in our lives, but know she is finally at peace with our Lord. God bless you, Mom, and thank you so much for the love, respect, and life lessons you have left behind.

Those left to cherish Bev's memory are her husband, Joseph, her six children, Holly (Keith) Paige and Daniel O'Mara (Donna, friend) of Dubuque, Jay (Karla) O'Mara of Cuba City, Kathy (Mark) Klein of Rickardsville, Rick (Kassandra) O'Mara of Otter Creek and Randy (Lisa) O'Mara of Dubuque. There are also fourteen grandchildren: Jeremy (fiancee, Glade) Paige, Amanda (Nicholas) Edwards, and Melissa Paige; Ryan and Lexi O'Mara; Jackie (Joe) Irving, Justin (Sarah) O'Mara, and Tracy (Fiancee, Zach) O'Mara; Stephanie (Nick) Hoffman, Eric (Kelly) Klein, and Kelsey Klein; Samantha and Travis O'Mara; and Logan O'Mara; and four step grandchildren; four great grandchildren: Brielle and Myla Hoffman, Regan Edwards, and Emberly Klein and a brother, Lloyd "Butch" Schromen and many nieces and nephews.

Beverly was proceeded in death by her parents, a son, Joseph III in infancy and a sister, Mildred Stierman.

Special thanks to our dad, who showed us his true love for our mother with his unconditional care and compassion for the last several years and also to our sister and brother, Holly and Randy, for their continuing help with care for mom.

Thanks to Lindsey and Peg from Hospice; Dr. Mark Moore and his staff; and Phyllis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Beverly O'Mara memorial fund has been established.



Austin James Hennings


Austin James "A.J." Hennings, 25, of Asbury, Iowa passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Asbury. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Church. A parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin was born on December 6, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa, the beloved son of Kevin and Lynne (Hansen) Hennings. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Austin was an Installation Technician with RACOM Critical Communications, an active volunteer with the Asbury Fire Department and the Sundown Mountain Ski Patrol. Prior to joining RACOM, Austin previously worked at Menards, Horsfield Construction, Weber Concrete Services, Gronen Restoration, MC Sports and Dairy Queen.

At a young age, Austin loved to tinker with cars and anything that involved a remote control. He participated in, and won, several RC car races. He was so excited and proud to show off his Grandpa Wayne's 1973 Ford LTD at the local car shows that he became a member of the Tri-State Antique and Classic Automobile Club. Austin loved riding and driving "Papa John's" John Deere Tractor around the yard.

Austin's love of skiing led him to Sundown Mountain, where he became a ski-wee instructor and a nationally certified ski patrol member. That willingness to help others and his sense of patriotism also led him to become a third-generation member of the Asbury Fire Department. His most recent passion was ATV riding alongside his dad and members of the of the North East Iowa Action Trail "NEAT" Riders Club, of which he was Vice President.

Austin found his perfect job when he joined the RACOM team in 2013 as he quickly realized his passion for the position. Austin was a perfectionist who took pride in his work and was so meticulous that several customers would specifically request him to work on their projects. He loved the RACOM family and looked up to Tanner Metz as a brother. 

Austin's life was filled with so much fun and activity. He enjoyed hiking, running, sports, bowling, video games, country music, line-dancing and bonfires with family and friends. Austin had a love of animals, especially his dog Bailey.

Austin's trademark features, other than a baseball hat, were his infectious smile, laugh, quiet sensitivity and genuine personality all of which left a positive impact on everyone around him. When anything needed to be done, Austin was there to get it done. He just loved to help. Austin never knew a stranger because people were immediately attracted to his warmth and kindness. He will be dearly missed; however, his countless contributions to family, friends and the community will live on forever.

Those left to honor and cherish Austin's memory include his parents Kevin and Lynne Hennings of Asbury, IA; his sister Ashley (Chad) Saeugling of East Dubuque, IL and their daughters Brianna, Brooklyn and Becca; his maternal grandparents John and Mary Ann (Bahl) Hansen of Asbury, IA; his paternal grandmother Jeneene (Hines) Hennings of Dubuque, IA; aunts Dawn (Chuck) Andracchio, JoAnn Hansen (fiancé Tom Goodman) all of Dubuque, Shelly Holland, of Durango, IA; uncles Steve (Diane) Hansen, of Blue Grass, IA, Calvin "C.J." (Debbie) Hennings, Jack (Yolanda) Hennings, Billy (Mary) Hennings, all of Dubuque; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Wayne Hennings, uncle Dan Holland, and his dog Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, an Austin Hennings memorial fund has been established. Donations may also be sent to the Asbury Fire Department, the Asbury Eagle's Club or the Dubuque Regional Humane Society in his name.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support, love, thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time, especially the Dubuque Police and Fire Departments, the Resurrection Church family, the RACOM family, the Asbury Fire Department, and a very special thank you to Tom Henneberry, Asbury Police Chief.



Arthur C. Winne


Arthur C. (Art) Winne, 89, of Asbury passed away on Sunday, October 22, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Art was born June 28, 1928, at the Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, son of Arthur C. Winne Sr. and Eugenia Olsen Winne. He married his one true love, Nancy M. Wilson on April 17, 1982, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

As a young boy in Cedar Rapids, Art was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1940 receiving a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt honoring him for being the youngest Eagle Scout in the country at that time. As an Eagle Scout he received the bronze palm, gold palm, silver palm, 2nd bronze palm and Order of the Arrow. He also received a 10 year veteran award. Art's first job was in the 8th grade as a staff member at Camp Waubeek scout camp in Cedar Rapids.

Art pre-enlisted in the U.S. Army when in high school. Until graduation from high school he worked at Cherry Burrell as Assistant to Machine Operator. Upon graduation he officially entered the U.S. Army in June 1946. After training he was sent to Japan where he served until President Truman declared the cessation of hostilities. He received an honorable discharge of the U.S. Army in December, 1947.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army he returned to Cherry Burrell under the Serviceman Re-Employment Act where he worked as a Process Engineer until 1962.

Art and his family moved to Dubuque in 1962 where he began employment at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. as a General Foreman of Machining & Assembly. He retired from A.Y. McDonald Mfg. in 1992 as a Vice President.

Art was very active in the Dubuque YMCA as a volunteer where he started a competitive swimming program and served as Coach, Referee, and Administrator of the Red Cross Water Safety Program for Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He was awarded the Moco Mercer Outstanding Sports Contributor Award by the Dubuque Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Art loved the time he spent throughout the years with his family and friends fishing and wilderness camping both on the Mississippi and in Canada. He was a recognized wilderness camper. He spent 43 years wilderness camping, fishing, and hunting in northwestern Ontario.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; five children, Deborah (Barry) Blair of Peosta; Thomas Winne (Nancy) of Mesa, Colorado; Eric (Shelley) Winne of Even, Colorado; Susan (Jay) Powers of Denver, Colorado; Sherry (Randy) Brown of Schaumburg, Illinois; and two step children, Eric (Toni) Gullett of Polk City, Iowa; Sean (Amy) Wilson of Roanoke, Virginia. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 stepsisters and 2 stepbrothers.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations should be made to Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Iowa Council, 10601 Military Road, Dubuque IA 52004-0732.

The family would like to thank the nurses, caregivers and staff of LutherManor Grand Meadows for their wonderful care and their love for Art.



Dorothy Mae Reeg


Dorothy Mae Reeg, 83, of Dubuque, lowa, formerly of Bellevue, IA passed away Monday morning, October 23, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

Dorothy was born on October 20, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, lA, the daughter of Paul and Roseanne (Stanisha) Beckley. She married Edwin Reeg on June 22, 1953, at Saint Mary's Church in Dubuque.

She worked at the Pillow Factory and Ensign Coil Co. in Bellevue. She was active in her church and her faith in God was very important to her.

Dorothy loved to travel with Ed throughout their lifetime. She loved her family, loved visits from grandchildren and would do any sewing and mending of clothes when needed by the family. She was a very good baker of breads, pies and Christmas cookies. She loved to work outside in her flower garden and took pride in keeping a tidy yard.

She is survived by her children Shirley (Gary) Deppe, of DeWitt, lA, Danny Reeg of Key West, lA, Ronnie Reeg, of Bellevue, Terry (Sue) Reeg, of Dubuque, lA, Rick (Emily) Reeg of Bellevue, Amy Livermore of Bellevue, 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, brothers Robert, Paul Jr. (Carol), and George Beckley, sisters Joann (Ray) Schumacher, Mary Ellen (Tom) Timmermann O'Brien, Janet (Bob) Graff, and Jean Lemm.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed, daughter-in-law Nancy Reeg, her parents and brother Fr. Clarence Beckley.



Randy W. Eggers


Randy W. Eggers, 65, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at home. Services will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 3-5:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Randy was born on December 5, 1951, in Hastings, Minnesota, the son of Dwight E. and Leona (Killian) Eggers. He was a self-employed painter who took pride in his work. Randy attended Cuba City High School where he was a talented basketball and baseball player, graduating in 1970. His love of sports continued throughout his life as he was a youth baseball and basketball coach and an avid Packer and Badger fan. Randy also loved to fish, hunt, and bowl. He especially enjoyed his mother's good food.

Survivors include his children, Matt and Abbey; his mother, Leona C. Eggers, of Cuba City; a sister, Diane (Dick) Gile, of Hazel Green; two brothers, Dwight Jr. "Peanuts" (Donna) Eggers, of Cuba City; and Kim (Mary Jo) Eggers; of Marshall, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua, and his father Dwight Sr.

A Randy W. Eggers Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Earl A. Shady


Earl A. "Butch" Shady, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, October 20, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Earl Arthur Shady was born on July 30, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to J. Neville and Helen A. (Johnson) Shady. He attended Monmouth schools and graduated from Midland High School. He then farmed for a year prior to being drafted. He served in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Patty Westphal. They later divorced and he married Debi Todhunter. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced. He then married Kathy Gray in 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

"Butch" was a family oriented man who always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He would help anyone who needed help. He loved horses and enjoyed raising them, often giving them away. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and liked to build things. He was known to tear down old barns and then rebuild them. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Earl's memory include his wife, Kathy Shady of Maquoketa, IA; children, Lohnne Shady of Charleston, SC, Lance (Misty) Shady of Chillicothe, MO, Luke (Chrissie) Shady of Ely, NV, Joshua (Tara) Shady of Boone, IA, and Jennifer Vorbeck Moore of Iowa City, IA; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Audra) Shady of Zwingle, IA, and Theodore "Ted" Shady of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Elaine Watters of New Orleans, LA; a sister-in-law, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers James and Jesse Shady, and sisters-in-law, Genevieve Shady and Joan Shady.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earl A. "Butch" Shady memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis J. Lueck


Dennis J. Lueck, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Dennis was born on December 24, 1940 in Delaware County, Iowa the son of Arthur and Marie (Ferring) Lueck. He graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary in Fond DuLac, WI in 1959. Dennis studied business at Loras College in Dubuque and graduated in 1964. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 6 years.
He worked at John Deere for 26 years retiring in 1992. He then went to work at American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque for over 24 years.

Dennis married Patricia Marie Davis in September of 1965. Together they had a son, Sean, of Houston Texas. He later married Sandra Caroline Follman, in February of 1976. Through that marriage he gained a son, Jeffrey and together they had a daughter, Lindsay.

Dennis enjoyed playing sports in his youth. He enjoyed attending farm auctions and helping his brother on the family farm and was especially helpful with any needed equipment repairs. Dennis always had a smile on his face. He was known to be an avid and skilled euchre player. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends and family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include, his son, Sean Lueck, of Houston Texas; daughter Lindsay (Brad) Temple, of Frisco, Texas; his grandson Jordan (Alyssa) Lueck, of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughters, Anna and Sylvie Temple, of Frisco, Texas. His siblings, Lillian (Merlin) Jasper, Marian (David) Brunkan, and Mary Jane (Charles) Boerner; brother-in-law Dale Bartels along with many nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sandy and his first wife Pat. His son Jeffrey Loney; his sister Helen Witte Bartels; brother David Lueck and brother-in-law John Witte.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rambadran and the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center for the care and compassion shown to Dennis.



Paul Donald Hosch


Paul Donald Hosch, age 91, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Wisconsin Veteran's Home in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

He was born on March 5, 1926 to Paul John and Marie (McCarthy) Hosch in Jones County, IA. He proudly served in the US Army during World War II stationed in Japan. He was awarded World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan.

Paul Donald married Rosella Laufenberg on September 24, 1960 in Lancaster, WI.

Paul Donald farmed in the Bernard, IA area and operated his own trucking business prior to working as a truck driver for Stanley Home Products in Dubuque, IA along with working part time at Roeder Implement. When Stanley Home Products closed, Paul Donald worked for his very good friend, Dave McAndrews, until he was hired as a semi driver for the former Trausch Baking Company until his retirement.

He was a member of the Church of the Nativity where he served as Usher for many years. Paul Donald enjoyed traveling, playing cards and spending time with his many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosella; children, Ann (John) Meyer of Eau Claire, WI and Paul Joseph (Joy Morgan) of Cedar Rapids, IA. Grandchildren, Courtney (Yeng) Vang, Stevens Point, WI, Meredith (Josh) Lindbom, Appleton, WI and Michael Meyer, Wausau, WI., Staci (Tony) Novak, Cedar Rapids, IA. Great grandchildren, Michael & Mya Novak, Song, Leon and Hope Vang. A sister, Mary (Richard, deceased) Prior, Rush City, MN, sisters-in-law, Shirley Hosch, and Vonda Hosch, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul John and Marie, his brothers, Loras, Charles, Wilfred and Raymond, sister-in-law Virg.



Wesley D. Nissen


Wesley D. Nissen, 36, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017, from injuries received in a motorcycle and van accident near Springville, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Wesley from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 5:30 P.M. prayer service will be held. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date from the Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

Wesley Donn Nissen was born on July 16, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Junior and Connie Lee (Waters) Nissen. He had attended Midland High School. He married Kendra Stanton on September 11, 2010 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wesley was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked for Foam Rubber in Monticello from 2007 to 2013, and then for Liberty Tire for four years. He most recently started working for Orbis in Monticello as a machine operator.

Wesley was always busy doing something. He loved riding his Harley and was a member of the Midwest Motorcycle Mafia. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and liked going to auctions. He adored his son Corbin and loved spending time with him, especially playing remote control cars.

Those left to honor Wesley's memory include his mother, Connie Nissen of Bernard, IA; a son Corbin Nissen; sisters, Kayleen (Todd) Barten of Maquoketa, IA and Kristen Hagemann of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Tom Nissen of Bernard, IA, and Jens (Paula) Nissen of Des Moines, IA; his wife, Kendra Nissen of Monticello, IA; nieces and nephews, Jens, Drake, Dakota, Landen and Walker Barten, all of Maquoketa, IA, Maddie and Gabbie Hagemann, both of Maquoketa, IA, Rodney John Nissen of Wyoming, IA, and Kaden Nehl and Jordyn Hoff, both of Guttenberg, IA; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carrie and Kenny Stanton of Scotch Grove, IA; and sisters-in-law, Brandi (Steve) Hoff of Guttenberg, IA, Courtney (Joe) Dirks of Anamosa, IA, and Lynsey (Kyle Gates) Stanton of Anamosa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father John Junior Nissen and a brother Donny.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wesley D. Nissen memorial fund has been established.

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



Rita M. Foley


Rita Marie Foley, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 21st, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Gathering of family and friends will be after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

Rita was born on June 21, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Logan) Murphy. She married Patrick Foley, on January 11, 1958 at St. Raphael Cathedral, and he preceded her in death.

She attended St. Raphael grade school, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from Mercy School of Nursing. She worked for Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque in the Surgery Department until her retirement.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas (Suzanne) Foley and Paul (Lori) Foley both of St. Paul, MN; four grandchildren, Megan, Katherine, Allyson and Michael. Two sisters, Gertrude Wersinger and Agnes Bernhard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Patrick; siblings Mary Beck, John Murphy, Theresa Moran and Ann Xavier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Nativity Church.



John J. Cody


John J. Cody 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. John has lived 38 years with a spinal cord injury.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Church. The Reiff Funeral Home in Farley is in charge of arrangements.

Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Duane Thoman Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

John was born February 8, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Merlin "Bill" and Anastasia "Stasia" (Henkel) Cody. He is a 1973 graduate of Wahlert High School and a 1989 graduate of Loras College. John was a lineman for REC in Marion and Interstate Power in Dubuque prior to his injury.

On July 13, 1991 he was united in marriage to Susanne Potter in Dubuque, Iowa, the couple celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2017.

John was a member of the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps from 1965 to 1975. He was inducted into the Colts Hall of Fame in 2012 and was named corps member of the year in 1973.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Susanne "Sue" Cody of Dubuque; a son, Matthew Cody of Falling Waters, W. VA; a granddaughter, Alyssa of Dubuque; his siblings, Jan Cody of Dubuque, Kathleen Cody of Portland, OR, and Robert (Beth) Cody of Woodbury, MN; his godchild, Leah; nephews and nieces; a cousin Rick Leibfried; and Matt's mother, Betty.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Cody; a stepdaughter, Mary Beth and his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Nancy Potter.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy ICU and everyone who has provided care and support over these 38 years, especially Phyllis, Laurie, Liz, Melissa and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Megan.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps.



Leo F. Woods


Leo F. Woods, 84, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, Oct 21, 2017.  As requested he was at home and surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm and an Ancient Order of Hibernians service will be held at 7 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Leo was born August 18, 1933, near Hopkinton, Iowa the son of John and Sadie (Burke) Woods.  He was the youngest of seven children.  He married Judy Swenson on September 14, 1952, in Clermont, Iowa.  They moved to Clermont, Iowa and began a career delivering gas and fuel oil then moved into the sales of agricultural products such as feed and livestock. They moved to Dyersville in 1976, where they made many new friends and became active in St. Francis Xavier Parish. After retirement he enjoyed driving an RTA bus for special needs adults.  Leo was a talented salesman because he loved talking to people.  His interest in people guided his association with the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he was named 2016 Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Leo was also loved by many local friends, known for often telling a good story or joke and visiting his big family frequently, especially his grandchildren.

Leo is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy, two sons: Michael Woods & Katie Pague of Berthoud, CO, and Stephen Woods & Carol Katsumes of Elgin, Iowa; his very dear grandchildren: Jonathan & Nadine Woods of Johnstown, IA,  Stephen & Melodee Woods of Hawkeye, IA,  Kara & Bud Johnson and Danny & Aleisha Woods, both of West Union, IA, and Emily & Steven Beard of Gilbert, AZ; great grandchildren include Conner, Duncan, & Megan, Brody, Ali, Kade, Megan, Addison, Mia, Kole, Jackson and Liam with Sarge, Brielle and Esaias; two brothers: Thomas & Carolyn Woods of Oelwein, IA, and James Woods of Cedar Rapids; and a brother-in-law, Sheldon Fox of Oelwein, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Woods in 2002, siblings: Donald (Jean) Woods, Paul (Carolee) Woods, Margaret (Thomas) Henry and Betty Fox; a sister-in-law: Patricia Woods.

Memorials are preferred and can be made in his name to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Francis Xavier Church and Schools, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Terry D. Droessler


Terry D. Droessler, 64 of Potosi, sawed through the gates of heaven on Thursday October 19, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family after a short courageous battle with lung cancer.

Terry was born on November 3, 1952, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Marie (Langkamp) Droessler. He married the love of his life, Marlene "Beanie" Gillen on June 17, 1972, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.

Terry was employed by John Deere for 30 years retiring in 2002. After his retirement, he went to work doing some of his true passions; logging, cutting firewood and spending time at his log cabin "paradise". He was a lifelong avid hunter. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Words cannot express the sadness being felt by the loss of such a wonderful man and he will be truly missed by so many. One of his most famous sayings was "You're going to miss me when I'm gone" and there is nothing more truthful than this.

Terry was a husband to Beanie, of Potosi; father to Jenni (Larry) Larson, of Sun Prairie, WI and Jessie (Ben) Gavinski, of Potosi; Papa to Jared Wunderlin, Brianna Gavinski, Zachary Larson, Brianna Larson and Mason Gavinski; a brother to Arleen (Fran) Ouderkirk, of Sherrill, IA, Gary (Deb) Droessler, of Potosi, and David Droessler, of Platteville; brother-in-law to Jug (Pam) Gillen, of Kieler, Sitsy (late, Larry) Koeller, of Kieler, Sandy (Clete) Jerrett, of Lancaster, John (Linda) Gillen, of Dubuque, IA and Vicki (fiancé, Joe) Haverland, of Hazel Green. He is further survived by several family and friends and a special, life-long best friend, Tom Droessler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marie; two brothers, Wayne and Merlin; and his father and mother-in-law, Cracker and Edna Gillen.

The family would like to extend a special to thank Dr. Wagner and Dr. Hermann and their staff; the exceptional nurses and staff of Finley Hospital; Hospice of Dubuque; and the many family members and friends for their amazing care, compassion and support.

A Terry Droessler Memorial Fund has been established, in lieu of plants and flowers.

Services will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. A private family burial will take place. Friends may call from 2 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caseyfuneralhome.net



Kelly A. Blewett


Kelly A. Blewett, 49, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road and Monday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Kelly was born December 23, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Norman and Ruth (Westmark) Middleman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1986 and received her associate's degree from NICC. 

On July 4, 2010 she married Harry Blewett Jr. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Together they enjoyed riding their Harley-Davidsons together. This past June, they rode to Beartooth Pass, MT., together, accomplishing one of her goals.

Kelly was proud to be a part of the Medline family. She also enjoyed her bees and organizing family get-togethers. She loved spending time with her grandson, Damon.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was like a mother hen to many; seemingly helping to raise other people's kids.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Harry Blewett, Jr; daughter, Jamie Fransen of Granbury, TX and her son, Damon; two sons, Zach and Michael Puckett, both of Epworth; two step children, Nikole Blewett of Rock Island, IL, and Harry M. Blewett of Dubuque; her mother, Ruth Middleman of Dubuque; siblings, Dan Middleman of Dubuque, Larry (Amy) Middleman of Dubuque and their daughters, Ashley and Nicole; Chris Middleman of Denver, CO, Tom (Jennifer) Middleman of Broussard, LA and their children, Emma and Jack; and Billy Middleman of Dubuque; aunts and uncles, including a special aunt, Shirley Behnke. She is also survived by her parents in law, Harry and Peggy Blewett of Dubuque, as well as brothers and sisters in law, Lorinda (Mark) Hinderman of Potosi, Chris Blewett of Tampa, FL, Becca (Dan) Scherr of Dubuque and Brett (Lisa) Blewett of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her father.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Kelly Blewett Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care as well as their church family at St. Matthew Lutheran Church for their love and support.



Kenneth F. Kemp

Kenneth F. "Ken" Kemp, 93, of Oak Park Place and formerly of the Woodlands, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Ken was born on April 26, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Tillie (Manders) Kemp. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.

On November 11, 1946, Ken married Doris Kraus at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Farley, Iowa. They managed the Dubuque Shooting Society for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Three years later, Ken and Doris moved to Ft. Myers, Florida where they enjoyed walking, going to the beach and golfing. Ken enjoyed watching any sport on T.V. that used a ball and especially loved watching his youngest grandchildren participating in sporting events. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are his two sons, Jim (Sue) Kemp of Estero, FL and Tom (Carla) Kemp of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Kelly (Joe) Roth and Kerry (Jim) Griffin both of Downers Grove, IL, Karla Bridgeman of Hugo, MN, Tim (Brandy) Kemp of Chicago, IL, Loren (Jeanne) Kemp of Clarendon Hills, IL, Amy (Josh) Printz and Bradley (fiancé' Caitlyn Crawford) Kemp both of Dubuque, IA; step-grandchildren Kelly (Michele) Mudge of Ankeny, IA and Amy (Bob) Larson of Farmington Hills, MI; 17 great grandchildren; his brother Bob (Marlene) Chapman of Dubuque, IA; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jim (Sue) Kraus and Irene (Larry) Scherrman both of Farley, IA, Mary Westermeyer of Dyersville, IA and Betty Kraus of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris on May 16, 2004; his parents William and Tillie Kemp; his stepfather Robert Chapman Sr.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bill Kraus, Carlton Westermeyer, Phyllis Kraus, Ralph (Liz) Kraus and Melita (Harry) O'Neill.

The Kemp family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ken's special friends at the Woodlands, the nurses and staffs at Ennoble Manor and Medical Associates, Dr. Thomas Sinsky and Hospice of Dubuque.



Dr. Jay A. Moeller


Dr. Jay A. Moeller, 91, of Peosta, IA, formerly of Dubuque, died on October 10, 2017 at his home.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 also at the Church of the Resurrection; additional visitation will also be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Jay, the son of Arnold and Hilda (Jockheck) Moeller, was born on October 19, 1925, in Davenport, IA. He grew up in Des Moines, and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1943.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II (1944-1945). Returning to Des Moines, he attended Drake University, graduating with a BA in zoology. He attended the University of Iowa School of Medicine and graduated in 1952, and completed his medical internship in the Air Force Medical Corps during the Korean War (1952-1954). He returned to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Jay A. Moeller MD, FACOG, FACS, practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Dubuque for 33 years, retiring in 1990 after delivering more than 7,000 babies.

Jay and Melba Mae Caviness were united in marriage on December 21, 1951 in Iowa City, IA. She preceded him in death, bringing an end to 53 years of marriage.

He married Madonna Rose Sullivan on October 14, 2005 at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. Jay and Madonna spent 12 years together, supporting each other, endeavoring to make their golden years truly golden.

Jay is survived by his wife, Madonna, eight children, Jayne (Steve Torrence) Moeller of Alameda, CA, Dr. Mark (Cordelia) Moeller of Newmarket, NH, Brian (Bonna Rae) Moeller of Leland, IA, Dr. Nancy Moeller of Alexandria, VA, Rodney (Susan) Moeller of Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Caroline (Patrick) Sheridan of Lisbon, WI, Paul (Ellen) Moeller of Boulder, CO, and Dr. Jean (Kevin) Craig of New Prague, MN, his sister Dorothy Farley of Madison, WI, and eleven grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diane, a granddaughter, Herald Renee Holcomb, and his parents.

Jay enjoyed hunting and fishing as a youngster with his father, mother and sister. As a parent, he shared his love of the out-of-doors with his children. There were picnics and hiking at state parks, lots of canoeing and fishing throughout the Midwest and Canada and pheasant hunting expeditions at their grandparents farm near Greenfield, IA. There were also family pets - cats, dogs, a bantam hen, a skunk, snakes, gerbils, flying squirrels, rabbits, fish, skinks and turtles. He believed in lifelong learning for himself and others He attended school and sporting events to support and cheer on his children as they grew. The family attended Westminster Presbyterian Church where Jay was an Elder.

Jay was a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, and a charter member and past president (1988-89) of Rotary Club of Dubuque-Key City. He loved to play bridge, belonging to many bridge clubs over the years, resulting in a host of lifelong friends. He was an active member of the Bryant School PTA for over 20 years. He enjoyed and supported the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Jay delighted in being a senior companion to elementary children at Resurrection School.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society or the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library are appreciated.

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

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



RoseMary A. Frericks


RoseMary A. Frericks, 91 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 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. Friday, October 20, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

RoseMary was born June 7, 1926 in Dyersville, Iowa the oldest child of 15 children to Edward and Marie (Kluesner) Bartels.  She married LaVerne A. Frericks on September 20, 1958 in Dyersville.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 1976.   RoseMary was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She cherished time with her 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and had a special bond with each one of them.  She loved to play BINGO and cards and praying the Rosary.   

Survivors include one son, Jeff (Beth) Frericks of Gurnee, IL, 5 daughters: Ann (Ron) Domeyer of Earlville, Sue (Terry) Huberty of Clearwater, FL, Mary Jo (Terry) Goerdt of Bettendorf, IA, Peggy (Tim) Pirc of Charlotte, NC and Sally (Brad) Milz of Colorado Springs, CO, grandchildren: Jason (Jenny) Domeyer, Melissa (Lucas) Payne, Jenna (Rick) Duddeck, Zach (Jacque Manternach) Domeyer, Jonathan and Lauren Frericks, Sara and Kyle Huberty, Kelli (Nathan) Johnson, Casey and Michael Goerdt, Molly (Joe) Medlin, Rebecca, Makenzie and Rachael Pirc, Joshua, Matthew and Tyler Milz, great grandchildren, Parker, Autumn, Blake, A.J., Hunter Domeyer, Myles and Kian Payne, Jordan, Kennedy and Quinn Duddeck and Wyatt Medlin, siblings: Emily, Joan, Dale and Bill Bartels, all of Dyersville, Doris Crow of Dubuque, Patricia Bartels of Elk Horn, WI, Marlene (Steve) McAleer of Monticello, Bevlin Bartels of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Frank) Caruso of The Villages, FL, John Bartels of Moore, OK, Nancy (Burt) Fairchild of Woodbury, MN, in-laws:Velma Frericks and Ruth Frericks both of Dyesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne, her parents, parents-in-law, Edward and

Margaret Frericks, several nephews, siblings and in-laws: Myrna and Chuck Carty, Phyllis Bartels, Kay and Roy Krapfl, Bill Crow, Jean Bartels, Helen (Witte) Bartels, Helen and Jim Bell, Rosemary and Howard Konzen, Elmer Frericks and LeRoy Frericks.

A special heartfelt thank you to the staff of Oak Crest Manor (family) for their loving care.  Also our gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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

 

 



Juliana Marie Didesch


Juliana Marie Didesch, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 14th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Juliana was born on May 23, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Marie (Bushman) Kramer. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School. She married Robert Didesch on August 8, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she enjoyed playing bridge and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Robert A. (Debra Rose) Didesch, of Asbury, and his son Adam (Ashley) Didesch and their son William. Dan (Deb) Didesch, of East Dubuque, and their children, Eric (Stephanie) Didesch and their son Drake and daughter Declyn, Scott (Angie Koppes) Didesch, and their daughters, Courtney and Kiley, and Brian (Lara Temperly) Didesch. Mollysue (Dennis) Beidler, of Dubuque and their children, Nicole (Rod) McDowell and their daughter Elizabeth, Kaitlyn (Dan) Ernzen, and their daughters Charley and Chanley, Brianna (Kyle Merkes) Beidler. Sister-in-law Betty Kramer, of Merced, CA; special nieces and nephew, Karilyn (Jim) Steffen, Marilyn (Gary) Hillard and Tom (Bonnie) Osterhoff all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert; her son Joseph; grandson Jody; sister Rita Osterhoff and brother Ken Kramer.

In lieu of flowers a Juliana Marie Didesch memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Sunset Park Place and her nurse Kathy, the Finley Wound Clinic and to all the health care professionals for their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Stanley E. Weets


Stanley E. "Stan" Weets, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Stanley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, with military honors.

Stanley Erwin Weets was born on March 14, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Martin Peter and Helen (DeMoss) Weets. He was a 1947 graduate of Baldwin High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Dorothy Shaw on February 11, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. She preceded him in death on December 27, 1987. He later married Patricia A. Wallace Bean on October 13, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2014.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Stanley worked as a machinist for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 24 years, Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and E.J Voggenthaler for 19 years. He also farmed for many years and owned and operated the Hootonanny Cafe for 5 years.

Stanley was a former member of both the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, and pool leagues. He was an avid bowler and had served as past president of the Maquoketa Bowling Association.

Those left to honor Stanley's memory include his children, Nancy (Rodney) Hooton of Dyersville, IA, Robert Violette of Abernathy, TX, Martin Weets of Savannah, MO, Tom (Narja) Weets of Warrensburg, MO, Shirley (Frank) Sallee of Livingston, MT, Dale Weets of Wilton, IA, Wayne Weets of Oskaloosa, IA, Barbara (James Jr.) Kemp of Delmar, IA, Jerry (Heidi) Weets of Lockport, IL, Virginia (Craig) McCoy of Des Moines, IA, and Mary Jo (Paul) Geerts of Lost Nation, IA; honorary son and nephew, Edward Beam of Delavan, WI; many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; a brother Marvin Weets of Sabula, IA; and sisters, Deloris Newell of Maquoketa, IA, Marlana Steiner of AZ, Sharon Kreutner of Cedar Rapids, IA, & Kaye (Bill) West of AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Pat, a son Keith, a sister Betty Mott, 2 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild Brentley Kemp.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stanley E. "Stan" Weets memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sharon A. McDermott


Sharon A. McDermott, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sharon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Church. Services for Sharon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa.

Sharon was born September 5, 1948 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Clifford J. "Shorty" and Lucille (McCarthy) Donovan. She is a 1966 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. She then attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, IA and Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA.

She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. as a Nurse and later at Finley Hospital in the ER Department until retiring in 1998.

She was united in marriage to Larry McDermott on October 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, taking photographs, traveling and winters in Arizona.

Sharon was a member of the Centralia-Peosta Fire Department and served as its first paramedic and as their Medical Director until retiring in 2010. Sharon was extremely dedicated to her role in Emergency Services. She was also a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Larry McDermott of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy (Kate Conlon) McDermott of Dubuque, IA and their children Natalie and Clara, Tara (Bo) Duggan of Pewaukee, WI and their children Cooper and Maverick and Tina (Jon) Humston of Iowa City, IA and their children, Levi and Dallas; her Mother-in-law; Dorothy McDermott; three siblings, Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, IA, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA and Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, IA, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, IA and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion, IA; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Emmett McDermott.

A Sharon A. McDermott Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Kathleen M. Osterhaus


Kathleen M. Osterhaus, 81, of Petersburg passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Kathleen was born October 19, 1935, in Petersburg the daughter of August and Rose (Thole) Knipper. She married Laverne M. Osterhaus on June 12, 1956, in Petersburg. Together they farmed near Petersburg for 25 years until moving to town.

She was a cook at SS Peter & Paul School and they managed the Petersburg Parish Hall for over 20 years. Later they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center in 2014. Kathleen was a lifelong member of SS Peter & Paul Parish and their Choir.

Survivors include her 6 children: Gary (Deb) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Jane (Joyce Bonifas) Osterhaus of Dubuque, Carl (Debbie) Osterhaus of Rosemount, MN, Pat (Patsy) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Lori (Tim) Daly of Bankston, Tammy (Eric McClintock) Osterhaus of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren: Chad (Kris) Osterhaus, Kurt (Christy) Osterhaus, Lara (Shawn Summer) Osterhaus, Jordan and Baylee Osterhaus, Ashley (Jimmy Geerts) Osterhaus and Leah (Nick Burger) Osterhaus, Jimmy and Eric Boeckenstedt Sarah (Jordan) Kluesner; 6 great grandchildren and two more due later this year; a brother, Rick (Janie) Knipper; in-laws: Venita Knipper, Julia Knipper, Charlotte Knipper, Gladys Osterhaus and Rosemary Klein.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Laverne in 2015, 2 grandchildren: Greg Osterhaus in 1984, and Abby Osterhaus in 1999; siblings: Laverne (Alice) Knipper, Gilbert (Viola) Knipper, Ralph Knipper, Joe (Norma) Knipper, Walter (Nellie) Knipper and Mary Knipper in infancy; in-laws: Lester Osterhaus, Marie (Mickey) Domeyer, Raymond Osterhaus in infancy, Ambrose (Emily) Osterhaus, Omer (Elaine) Osterhaus, Julanda (Lawrence) Koch, Gene Osterhaus, Daniel (Virgie) Domeyer and Dick Klein.

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



Berdella E. Pitz


Berdella "Birdie" E. Pitz, 99, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October, 7, 2017, at Luther Manor, Grand Meadows, Asbury Campus.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19th at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street in Dubuque, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Berdella was born November 24, 1917, daughter of Rudolph and Caroline (Schlesch) Schroeder near LaMotte, Iowa. She attended school in Jackson County and then helped her father on the farm. She then moved to Dubuque where she worked at several dry cleaning businesses: Sommerfield, Graves-Aladdin, and Magic Cleaner.

She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church. She also sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School, attended ladies aid, and helped with the Clothes Closet.

She married Robert Pitz on January 12, 1957. She enjoyed fishing with her dad and husband and loved to go for rides. She enjoyed the outdoors, flowers and especially her garden. She canned and froze many vegetables from the garden, and shared her harvest with many.

She is survived by her son, Randy; 2 stepchildren, Judy Reisdorf and Robert Pitz Jr.; 7 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Kirton, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Robert, sisters Mathilda Goepfert, Mildred Goepfert, Esther Rubel and brother Harvey Schroeder; two step-daughters, Carol Slack and Patricia Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

The family would like to thank the home care providers, friends, Luther Manor Staff at Hillcrest Campus and Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque for their extraordinary care and compassion.

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



Steven J. Gottschalk


Steven J. Gottschalk, 64, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at U of I Hospital & Clinics. Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Faith Temple 12805 Seippel Rd, where the family will greet friends 4:00 pm until service time. Graveside Service and Inurnment 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Steven was born August 19, 1953 in Dubuque the son of Alvin and Roselyn (Woodman) Gottschalk. He married Patricia Henge on September 3, 1977. Steven worked at Saint Regis and Americold Logistics. Steven enjoyed reading his bible, country music, and playing Euchre. He enjoyed his dogs, especially his favorite one Pup, fishing, bowling, playing dominos, wrestling, and above all having Sunday dinner with family. Steven and Patricia were very active at Faith Temple and with Food and Talk.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Holly (Joseph) Andresen; a grandson, Alex; a sister, Mary (Daniel) Metz; a brother in-law, Joseph Henge; a niece and nephew, Peter (Katie) Metz and their children, Evelyn and Hank; Jennifer Metz and her children, Danielle and Ruby.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy; his best fishing buddy, Delbert Oberfell; and his mother and father in-law; Marie and Edward Henge.

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

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

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



Romelda V. Westmark


Romelda V. "Ronnie" Westmark, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St Raphael, 231 Bluff Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ronnie was born October 2, 1930 in Dubuque. She was the oldest daughter of George and Theresa (Wilhelm) Pappas. She and her parents and younger sister, Mary, lived downtown on Washington Street until they moved to their home on Simpson Street in the 40s. At that time, Simpson was sparsely populated and the Pappas family had a large garden, a lot of fruit trees, chickens, cats, and dogs on their land.

After graduating from high school, Ronnie worked as a secretary at the Adams Company, where she met the love of her life, Jim Westmark. They were married on October 22, 1955.

She started her own candle-making business in the 1970s and made wedding candles until she was in her 70s. She enjoyed baking cookies at Christmas time - many dozens of cookies were trayed up over the holidays and given to friends every December! She also loved to crochet and bought a lot of yarn during the many thrift-store shopping trips she and Jim made after his retirement. They loved to travel - sometimes on their own and sometimes with their grandchildren. Often the travel they did on their own involved a trip to a casino because Ronnie loved to gamble - especially the slot machines. She also enjoyed Bingo and many different card games.

She was very proud of her Greek heritage. Her father emigrated from Greece as a young man. She loved the music and she experimented with many Greek delicacies like baklava and kourabiedes. Possibly the Greek heritage was also behind her love of the sun. Even when she was wheel-chair bound at Stonehill, she loved to go outside and would roll up her pant legs and shirt sleeves to get the most sun possible. The staff at Stonehill joked that she was "solar-powered" because it made such a difference in her demeanor to soak up some rays.

She is survived by four children: Terri (Eric) Winsor of Luxemburg, IA; Steve (Sherrie) Westmark and Mike (Sue) Westmark of Dubuque; Gary Westmark of Princeton, MN; and six grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary, and her husband Jim.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK, Dubuque

The family would like to thank the nurses, music therapists, and all the other people at Hospice of Dubuque who added to Ronnie's quality of life this year. They would also like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center for taking such good care of Ronnie these past six years

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

 



Frank J. Konzen


Frank J. Konzen, 85, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Friends and relatives of Frank may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:45 p.m. and a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Frank will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post 656.

Frank was born April 9, 1932 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Frank and Elizabeth M. (Neumann) Konzen. He was united in marriage to Lois Kramer of Worthington, Iowa, they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 4th.

Frank served in the Korean War and was a member of the Farley American Legion Post 656, for which he served as past Commander.
He worked hard all his life and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He worked at Chevrolet dealerships in Worthington and Dyersville before he began with the Western Dubuque School District. He worked over 33 years with W.D. until his retirement in 1994.
His love of sports, particularly baseball followed him throughout his life. He was the first little league coach in Worthington when his boys were very young. He continued to coach when they moved to Farley in 1977 until his youngest went to High school. He was proud of the young men he coached through the years, and many still will recount those years with him and how they enjoyed him. Frank was fortunate to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Family was very important to him, he was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lois Konzen of Cascade, Iowa; their eight children, Keith of Cascade, Kymn (Kevin Wenkman) of Madison, WI, Kevin of Mansfield, TX, Kari of McFarland, WI, Kelly (Dennis) McElmeel of Cascade, Kristi of West Des Moines, Ken (Tammy) of LaPlata, MD, and Kammy (Rod Sears) of West Des Moines; seventeen grandchildren, Shanon, Jason, Kyle, Alana, Sean, Justin, Sam, Natale, Troy, Ave, Brett, Hannah, Danielle, Paige, Sophia, Tyler and Kali; four step grandchildren, Dean, Shelby, Jordan, and Gavin; four great grandchildren, Koen, Hans, Wren, and Gianna and one step great granddaughter, Dahlia; two siblings, Lloyd Konzen of Dyersville, IA and Mary Robey of Belle Vista, AR; two sisters-in-law, Lois (Mrs. Jim) Konzen of Farley and Elaine Konzen of Dyersville; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosalyn Kramer of Farley, Vera Steger of Dyersville, Paul and Pat Kramer of Dubuque, Walter "Hub" and Doris Kramer and Gene and Dorothy Kramer both of Worthington, and a close family friend Bo Smith of Mansfield, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents; A Son-in-law, John Prevo; two sisters, Ardell and Carl Craugh and a sister in infancy; three brothers, Clarence, James and Fred Konzen; his father and mother-in-law, Walter & Celeste Kramer; a sister-in-law, Mary Konzen; 2 brothers-in-law, Earl Kramer and Leon Kramer; Great nieces and nephews, Shelly Kramer, Zach Kramer, Casey Craugh and Nancy Forler.
Words cannot express the sorrow being felt by the loss of this wonderful man. He will truly be missed in this world.

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



Clara M. Crane


Clara M. Crane, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Grand Meadows in Asbury. To honor Clara's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October, 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Clara's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Clara was born on October 1, 1927, in Sterling, IL, daughter of Leroy Boyer and Phoebe (McGee) Boyer Holdren.

Sadly, Clara's mother was called home at a very young age and Clara would quickly learn the importance of family, and love for others, almost immediately within the experience of her earthly journey. Thankfully, Clara was lovingly raised by her grandma, Bernice McGee, until she eventually met her soul-mate, Robert K. Crane. The cute couple was blessed with 32 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 children, before he was also called home ahead of her much too soon. Clara would joyfully share her love and care for others through her mission field of nursing. She devoted over 20 years of her time and talents as a Licensed Practical Nurse; working not only at the Dixon State Mental Hospital, but also in several nursing homes and private homes over the years. Clara's faith was always a priority in her life and she was very proud to be a loyal and longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. In her free-time, Clara was quite comfortable to curl up in a blanket with a good book in hand, or maybe even venture out in search of the next perfect angel to add to her growing collection. There is no denying that Clara's 90 years here have been full of both joy and sorrow at times. Thankfully, she taught us to both persevere through the trials, and remember to savor the precious moments when they arrive. We're truly sad that we've lost our amazing mother, grandmother and friend today, but we are also glad that she is finally going to be reunited with all of her family who've gone to their eternal home already. God bless you Clara and thank you very much for the love and the lessons you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Clara's memory include

her 2 daughters,
Deborah (Jerry "Butch") Hall, Davenport, IA
and Carmen Burds, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Richelle (Eddie) Hunsucker, Renee Humphreys, Robert Humphreys, Charity Myhre, Daniel Myhre, David Truitt, James Truitt and Cristy (Brian) Knutson-Elmore;

and her 10 great-grandchildren,
Justin Thompson, Emily Heitz, Elaina Sammon, Aleska Sammon, Anthony Humphreys, Kaylee Humphreys, Claire Humphreys, Tyler Schmit, Alexis Schmitt and Amanda Truitt.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Crane; her grandmother, Bernice McGee; a daughter, Carla Knutsen; a son, David Gregory Parton, in infancy; a sister, Merium (Tom) McCue; a brother, Charles (Doris) Holdren; and a son-in-law, Richard Burds.

A Clara M. Crane memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Clara's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Luther Manor Grand Meadows, for all of their compassionate care, love and support of Clara, and her family.

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

 



Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun


Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun, 90, died of natural causes on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial be held 10 a.m., Saturday, October 14 at St. Columbkille church where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rose Marie Chun was born on July 9, 1927 in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Nicholas and Jennie (Lee) Peschang. She attended St Mary's Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Clarke University and the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she entered the post-war work force as a registered dietitian at Rockford Memorial Hospital. This was followed by another dietitian position at Chicago's Presbyterian Hospital.

Mrs. Chun was the wife of the late Dr. Newton Chun. They married in Chicago in 1952. After a short residence in Honolulu, her husband's birth place, the couple relocated to Dubuque and set down roots. "If Newt and I had stayed in Hawaii, we would have ended up raising a clan of beach bums," was the stock answer she gave to those who inquired about this curious change of scenery.

Although she raised six children, Mrs. Chun was also active in community service, including a stint as president of the Dubuque County Medical Auxiliary and serving on the Alumni Board at Clarke University. Her participation as a judge at Telegraph Herald's Recipe Roundup lasted for decades.

A longtime member of the international travel organization Friendship Force, Mrs. Chun visited many countries. Despite this penchant for adventure, the native daughter never missed the opportunity to share her civic pride with foreign hosts. She once told an overbearing Frenchman that while the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral were nice enough, they paled in comparison to such Dubuque landmarks as the 4th Street Elevator and Shot Tower.

Rose Marie Chun is survived by her six children. This includes two daughters and four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth Van Vleck) Chun of Palo Alto, CA, Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, OH, Rene (Jolande Boot) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun of Manhattan Beach, CA, Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, NM, and Jon (Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, OH.

There are also fourteen surviving grandchildren: Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne Chun, Dakota and Sequoia Ford; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicholas Elkins.

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

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

Memorials may be submitted to St. Columbkille church or Clarke University.

The family extends a sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and the entire Stonehill staff for providing expert care and comfort during Mrs. Chun's final months.



Bobby W. Lyons


With his loving family surrounding him, Bobby "Bob" Lyons, 45, passed away on October 9 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Bobby's family thanks the countless family and friends for the incredible outpouring of support in the last few weeks as this has been a powerful source of strength during this time.

Bobby was an original spirit and had tremendous character - he was fiercely loyal, genuine, funny, confident, protective, and supportive of everyone he loved.

Bobby was a free spirit who enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, grilling, feeding the birds and deer in his yard, and socializing with his family and countless friends. He was also an avid collector of unique and nostalgic items. 

His love language was gift-giving - he enjoyed buying thoughtful and/or quirky gifts for friends and family. He donated to various causes to help others.

He was a highly decorated arm wrestling champion and was the 1999 Iowa State champion.

Bobby was a 1991 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for the family business, American Tree Service. He also pursued entrepreneurial interests in the logging trade.

Bobby is forever lovingly remembered by parents Terry and Becky (Callahan) Lyons; sisters Vicki Lyons (husband Patrick McElroy) and Lesley Lyons (husband Lee Monahan); and the love of his life, Julie Wernimont (and her children Mackenzie, Myles, and Mitchell Wernimont), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Bobby was predeceased by grandparents Margaret and Bill "Bullets" Lyons and Lester and Lillian Callahan; aunts, uncles, and his Black Lab Shadow Lyons.

A celebration of Bobby's life will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday October 13, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in placid.

A Bobby Lyons memorial fund has been established.



David C. Juergens


David C. "Moke" Juergens 68 of Dubuque and Fort Myers, FL. passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 after a 5 ½ year long and hard battle with Colorectal cancer, with great dignity and strength. He died at home surrounded by friends and family.

Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 13, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Celebration of Life and Remembrance Service.

David was born November 9, 1948, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph J. and Mary C. (Swift) Juergens. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1967.

David spent 34 years in the meat industry, beginning his career at Dubuque Packing Co., moving on to FDL Foods, and later retiring from Farmland Foods in 2000. He married Lynne Placke and together they had two beautiful daughters, Gina and Jana. He later married Julie Hoffmann.

David loved to have fun, had a great love for life, family and friends. He treasured weekends spent with his daughters and other family at Nita-Ho Valley.

David played competitive fast pitch softball for a number of teams, winning numerous state tournaments and competing a number of times in the World Fast Pitch Tournaments. He was inducted into the Kiwanis Hall of Fame and Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.

David loved to fish, whether making a trip to Canada with his brothers and friends, throwing a rod into the Mississippi, or a deep sea fishing trip in Florida.

David gained golf bragging privileges when he played with Tiger Woods in the 1996 Quad City Classic Pro Am. He had a great passion for golf, which allowed him the opportunity to form so many great friendships. Many loved to have a game with "Moke".

David was a lifelong Yankee fan where he spent countless hours cheering them on watching on TV or in person at Yankee Stadium. He also was a true and avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; a daughter, Gina (Jeff) Juergens of Omaha, NE; his beloved granddaughter, Amanda Hohensee; siblings, Sue (Don) Vandermillen of Bonita Springs, FL; Steve (Sue) Juergens and Tom (Carla) Juergens of Dubuque; father in-law, Emil Hoffmann; brothers in-law, David (Sue) Hoffmann of Louisville, KY, Steve (Diann) Hoffmann of Hilo, HI, and Scott Hoffmann of Farmington, NM.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jana Juergens; a brother, William O. Juergens; and his mother in-law, Betty Hoffmann.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Oncology, Florida Cancer Center and Hope Hospice. These medical professionals, along with so many supportive family members and friends, helped David and his family walk through his journey.

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



Dennis R. Hasenbank


Dennis R. Hasenbank, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 2, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the St. John's Cemetery, Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis Ray Hasenbank was born on May 31, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond Chris and Irene Martha (Wenndt) Hasenbank. He grew up in Tipton and was a 1959 graduate of Tipton High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 earning an honorable discharge.

He married Patricia Marie "Pat" Gorsch on April 1, 1967 in Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis was dedicated to work but never missed family events. He first farmed for a short time and then became an egg broker working throughout the center of the United States for many years. At the age of 70 he decided to take the insurance examination and then sold insurance for Health Markets for several years.

Dennis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Rotary Club, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM.

He loved his family and the love of his life, Pat. He and Pat danced every week and enjoyed spending time with their dancing friends. He also loved basketball and while in high school was a standout player. Additionally, he liked golf, was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan, and was always meticulous about having a clean car. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Patricia "Pat" Hasenbank of Maquoketa, IA; children, Calvin (Heidi) Willson of Bay City, MI, Crystal (Scott) Burmeister of Oxford Junction, IA, Terry Hasenbank of Wyoming, IA, Teresa (Kevin) Bock of Sebring, FL, Dennis (Nicole) Hasenbank Jr. of Hiawatha, IA, and Denise (Wesley) Abbott of Roswell, GA; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother Darvin (Rhonda) Hasenbank of Scottsdale, AZ; and a sister Deanna Rohlf of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Mary I. Drexler


Mary I. Drexler, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Mary was born on June 15, 1930, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Carmelita (Hoffman) McMullen. She was a graduate of St. Martin's High School and the University of Dubuque with a Bachelors in Arts degree. She went onto teach at the rural county schools in White Water Township and later taught in the Dubuque Community School District for 29 years. She was united in marriage to Wayne Drexler on June 4, 1955 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. The couple enjoyed spending time in Guttenberg at their summer home, especially spending quality time with family and friends.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Drexler of Dyersville, IA; four sons, Douglas (Sharene) Drexler of Spread Eagle, WI, and their children, Samantha, Ben and Shannon, Daniel (Donna) Drexler of Bettendorf, IA, and their children, Abigail, Olivia, Eleanor and Anastasia, Dean (Pam) Drexler of Safe Harbor, FL, and their children, Amy, Shelley, Sarah and Alex, Wayne Drexler Jr. of Iron Mountain, MI; two great grandchildren, Connor and Khloe; three sisters, Jane Slauson of Webster City, IA, Kathy (Jim) Funke of Edgewood, IA, Pat (Dan) Ott of Madison, WI; two sister-in-law, Charlotte McMullen of Sherrill, IA and Joyce McMullen of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mary Jean (Ed) Gansen; two brothers, Bob McMullen and Thomas J. McMullen, one brother-in-law, Duane Slauson.

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



James J. Miller, Sr.


It is with great sadness that the family of James J. (Jim) Miller, Sr. (husband of the late Brenda Benda Miller) of Dubuque, Iowa announces his passing, on October 7, 2017, at the age of 88.

He was born at home on October 3, 1929 and graciously died at home surrounded by his family.

Friends and Relatives of Jim may call from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday, October 13 at Nativity Church on 1001 Alta Vista St in Dubuque, IA. The funeral mass will also be at Nativity Church on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 AM. Reverend Jim Miller and Deacon Dave McGee will officiate the mass followed by the burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Jim is survived by and lovingly remembered by his family, brother: Charles L. Miller (Charlie), sister-in-law: Thelma Loes, his children: Meg Miller of Minneapolis, MN, Betzy Miller of Tacoma, WA, JJ Miller, Jr. of Alpine, TX, D'Arcy Figuracion of Minneapolis, MN and Bart Miller of Houston, TX; and his grandchildren: Frankie Torrey, Alyce Torrey, James D. (Chelsea) Miller, Jessica (Clay) Brauch, James J Miller, III, Brenda Miller, Nicholas Miller, Kevin Miller, Travis Figuracion, Grace Miller and Abigail Miller; and his great grandchildren: Riley, Addyson, Ronix, Roczen, and J Monster. He leaves behind beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife: Brenda Benda Miller, son: Samuel Miller, parents: Margaret K. (Sullivan) and Erwin J. Miller, his brother: Daniel Miller, and sister: Mary Miller Schurb; sisters-in-law: Beth (Dan) Miller, Jean Bisanz (Charlie) Miller, brothers-in-law: Joseph Schurb, Rev. John Benda, Rev. Francis Benda, Edward Benda (Thelma), Gene Loes (Thelma); and in-laws: Dr. Thomas and Margaret Benda. 

Jim enjoyed growing up in this historic city nestled in the great bluffs of the Tri-State area. He spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, he and his family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many other cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released Wizard of Oz in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.

He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947 and then Loras College in the 1950s after serving in the Korean War. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.

His work experiences are rich with stories, learnings and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the Holy Trinity bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, Ring's, the Paige, Sutter's Bakery, Clarke University, or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.

He met his sassy and savvy wife and then wed several years later at Nativity Church in 1957. Together they taught thousands of children and adults of Dubuque. Jim started out at Lincoln School (Health and Physical Education), transitioned to Holy Ghost, Hempstead and then Jones Junior High School (Math). He then finished his career at the spry age of 85 at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) (Math). Interspersed throughout all of this, his work journey included selling cleaning products, insurance, household products, and gizmos. He tried his hand at Oky Doky as a clerk and as an unexpected adventure met Sylvester Stallone and was encouraged to try out as an extra in the movie "Fist", set in Dubuque. Jim was cast in the role of union buster.

Two main values Jim lived and modeled were working hard and volunteering with sincerity. His motto was "do more than was expected" and "always give to those who would benefit from his over-abundance".

His volunteer efforts were vast and varied. He and Brenda taught CCD, housed mothers from Catholic Charities, welcomed children through Operation Friendship (Chicago), and marching members of the Colts. Throughout the years he also served dinners at Nativity School, Christmas dinners in Spillville, Iowa, the Dubuque Fellowship club (where he was a lifetime member), and for the parish priests. He even welcomed, through sibling coercion, his brother Charlie's help to join in on the fun.

He also spent his passions through involvement in the American Legion as Third Vice Chair (retired), Boy's State and various other efforts. He spent several times a week at the Dubuque Rescue Mission serving meals. Several of his children and grandchildren also joined him in giving back what they had been so generously been given. For many years, he ushered at 6:30 morning mass at Nativity Church, guiding the regulars and welcoming new parishioners and visitors.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim's life and the loving affect he left us. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Rescue Mission, all of Dubuque, IA.

We leave behind a man who was genuine, sincere, kind, and humble. He inspired many of us in ways that will last throughout our lives. We are all blessed to have had the honor to live with a loving man.

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

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque (Katie, Melanie, Emily, Diane, Barb, Cindy, Ryan and those who participated in the Veteran's Honorary Pinning), Dr. Tom and Anne Benda, and all those who joined our Dad at his Celebration of Life ceremony. We thank all of you who have offered our Dad and us the support and love over the years.

The Millers: Meg, Betzy, JJ, D'Arcy and Bart



Rev. Paul F. McDonald


Rev. Paul F. McDonald (Chaplain Colonel USAF Ret.), 90, died on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12 at St. Raphael Cathedral Dubuque, Iowa, with Archbishop Michael Jackels presiding and Very Rev. Michael Mescher as homilist. Burial will be in Holy Family cemetery, New Melleray with military honors by United States Air Force and American Legion Post #6. Visitation for Fr. Paul will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on March 25,1927, in Dubuque to Joseph and Cecelia (Chapman) McDonald. He graduated from St. Raphael Cathedral Grade School, Loras Academy and Loras College (1947) and completed theological studies at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained on June 2, 1951, by Archbishop Leo Binz at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College. He served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Osage and St. Ansgar Mission Parish in St. Ansgar, 1951-53; St. Edward's in Waterloo, 1953-58; and St. Mary's in Marshalltown, 1958-59.

He served as a United States Air Force Chaplain, 1959-1989. His assignments were: Edward's AFB, Calif.; Site Chaplain to six remote radar sites in Alaska; Stead AFB, Reno, Nevada; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Minot AFB, N.D.; University of Oklahoma School of Journalism; Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., where he served for four years on the USAF Chaplain Resource Board; HQ USAF Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany; Wright-Patterson AFB, Fairborn, Ohio; HQ Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.; Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; HQ 15th Air Force, March AFB, CA; and Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, from where he retired in 1989, following 30 years of active duty.

He served in the rank of Colonel since 1978. His military decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He was also a life member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
In 1988, he was presented with the Churchmanship Award from the Greater San Antonio Community of Churches.

He retired on July 11, 1989, and later returned to Dubuque to reside at Villa Raphael and later at Stonehill. One of his final accomplishments was to author a book, A Collar Well Worn, about his 60 years of experiences as a priest and chaplain.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews Rebecca "Becky" McDonald, Carol Postel, Bruce (Vicki) Postel, Bonnita McDonald, Susan (Bob) Vesper, Barbara Howell and Helen (David) Splinter, along with great nieces nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wilfred and Joseph and a special nephew Brent Postel who he enjoyed spending many hours with playing cards and fishing along with other activities.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Villa Raphael especially Patty, the staff at Assisi Village especially Lisa, the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, and to all his family and friends who visited father over the years.



Darriel Hoskins


Darriel Hoskins, 47, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Darriel was born on September 2, 1970 in New York the son of Samuel and Suzie (Ervin) Hoskins. He married Stacy Tigges on April 13, 2002. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works.

Darriel provided strength and love for his family and was involved in their lives teaching them life lessons every chance he had. He enjoyed going to the kids' sporting activities and in his spare time he enjoyed visiting the casino.

Darriel loved his family above all and was looking forward to the arrival of his newest grandson Mason.

He is survived by his wife Stacy; children, Zachary (Brittany Blake) Tigges, Darriel Jr., Jayden, Jocelyn and Gabrielle Hoskins; a brother, sisters, many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was looked upon by Ariane, Michael, Ebony, and Keith Hayes as a father figure who always held a very special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
In lieu of flowers a Darriel Hoskins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.



Dolores I. Castillo

Dolores I. Castillo, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dolores Irene Fadale was born on May 28, 1927 in New York to Anthony and Ida (Nelson) Fadale. She grew up in New York and graduated from High School.

She married Alfredo "Fred" Castillo on August 2, 1958 in Adrian, Michigan. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2010. 

Dolores had owned and operated a restaurant in Wisconsin for many years.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Fadale of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, a son Terry Savage, and a daughter Marion Green.

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



Sister Susann Rogers, OSF

Sister Susann Rogers, OSF, 94, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on June 25, 1923 in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of George and Susanna (Hosch) Rogers.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950.

Sister received her BA in History from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA in 1957. She was missioned in Iowa at Dyersville, Odebolt, Ionia, Rockwell City, Webster City, Cherokee; at St. Anthony's Home and Villa Maria, Sioux City; at Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Home, and Mount St. Francis Center, Dubuque; and at St. Cloud, MN. She also served in Congregational leadership for Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister is survived by her brother-in-law Edwin Kleitsch; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 72 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Kathryn (Frank) Kremer, Mary Rogers, Florence (Arnold) Cigrand, Carolyn (Richard) Wood, Sr. Mary Keith Rogers, OSF, Lorraine (Ralph) Kurt, Dolores Kleitsch; brothers, John (Ruth) Rogers and Bill (Elaine) Rogers.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA. The Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL is in charge of the arrangements.



Ryan Paul Schromen


Ryan Paul Schromen, 29, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 25, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will take place at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Christian Kincaid officiating.

Ryan was born on December 31, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd "Butch Schromen and Linda Hadowanetz. He married Emily Amunrud on June 16, 2012.

Ryan was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and Blackhawks fan, enjoyed fishing with his brother Danny, enjoyed stock car racing and working on cars, especially his dad's Corvette, and cooking, especially with garlic.

He is survived by his wife Emily Schromen, and her son Brayden Amunrud; his parents, Lloyd "Butch" Schromen, and Linda Kenkel, both of Dubuque. His siblings, April (John) Berendes, of St. Donatus, Kelly Schmitt, of Dubuque, Danny Schromen, of Dubuque, Step-sisters, Shelly (Butch) Rosecke, Karen (Eugene) Dwars, Jackie Kenkel, Kerrie Bidlingmaier, his nieces and nephews, Autumn, Jeremy, Morgan, Will, Aubree, Robert, Elyse, and Willa. His best friends Derrik and Brandon Bredekamp and Chris and Josh Clemen.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two brothers Robert "Robbie" Schromen, and Lloyd Schromen Jr., and his good friend Oldag.

The family wishes to thank all of Ryan's doctors at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Elliot, Dr. Sharif, Dr. Hoshi, and Dr. Berkowitz; also to U of I Home Care and Unity Point Home care for all their wonderful care they gave to Ryan.

In lieu of flowers a Ryan Schromen memorial fund will be established.



Evelyn L. Fagerland


Evelyn L. Fagerland, 86, of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2017, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn was born to Martin and Alma (Jansen) Hoffman on December 16, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Camanche, Iowa, attended rural schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948.

She worked at Excelsior Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Clinton for a short time. She was then joined in marriage to John Fagerland on September 17, 1950 in Elvira, Iowa. Three daughters were born to the marriage, Karen, Kendra and Krista. John preceded her in death on April 10, 2006.

Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was always very active as a volunteer, serving in her church throughout the years as a Sunday school teacher, choir director, and was active in the women's groups. When her girls were young she was also a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader and active in band boosters. Her more recent community interests included serving as president for the Jackson County Public Hospital Auxiliary, Maquoketa Woman's Club, and the Jackson County Historical Society to which she was very devoted. Evelyn was a strong support to her husband, John, in his banking career.

Evelyn was most happy when she was having fun with her girls and grandchildren and she loved decorating the entire house for Christmas each year. She also enjoyed sewing, antiques, genealogy and she and her husband traveled extensively and also hosted 5 foreign exchange students over the years, several of which were relatives from Norway.

She is survived by her daughters Karen (Terry) Slattery, Kendra (Mark) Beck, both of Maquoketa; 5 grandchildren, Jodi (Anthony) Capicchioni of Morton Grove, IL, Brian (Brandi) Slattery of North Liberty, IA, Brandon (Jill) Beck of Bellevue, IA, Bjorn (Nikki) Beck of Maquoketa and Marta Grant of Preston; 8 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Hansen of Clinton, IA.

Her parents, husband, daughter Krista Grant and grandson Andreas Grant preceded her in death.

The family would like to thank Pastor Judy Heinrich, Hospice of Jackson County, the staff of Clover Ridge Place and Crestridge Nursing Home for their care and support.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County, the Jackson County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

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



Robert L. O’Brien


Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien, age 87, of Dubuque, and formerly of East Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:28 a.m., on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bob was born on April 17, 1930, in Peoria, IL, son of Fred "Jack" and Elsie (Frey) O'Brien.

Bob honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy on the Battleship New Jersey during the Korean War. After returning home, Bob was united in marriage to his first love, Margaret Donahue, on July 28, 1955. They would make East Dubuque their home and be blessed with 45 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before she was called home ahead of him in August of 2000. Bob was fortunate enough to find love again and was blessed with another 11 years of devoted companionship after being united in marriage to Gladys Scheckel on November 14, 2005. Bob diligently provided for his family by first investing over 22 years as an architect for private clients, and secondly as an electrical engineer with Interstate Power Company for another 19 years of his working career. Bob was a true man of faith and his membership with The Church of the Resurrection was an undeniable badge of honor in his life. He would also generously devote countless hours of his free-time with the Mississippi Hiking Club, the Dubuque Community Y, the Gramercy Park Foundation, and the Dunleith Railroad Historical Society. Bob was also quite an accomplished drummer at heart who would routinely share his talents with his friends in various bands, the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps, and also as a loyal instructor with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Bob has surely lived a full and fruitful 87 years here among us. His kindness, patience and compassion for those around him has impacted numerous lives along his journey and the Tri-state Community is absolutely in much better condition because of Bob. We will definitely miss him, forever love and respect him and never doubt that the Heavenly Choir now has a very welcome new addition to their percussion section. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his wife,
Gladys O'Brien, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Sheila (Terry) Wacker, Round Rock, TX,
Patricia (Adam) Bertram, Nashville, TN,
Terry (Mary) O'Brien, Burlington, IA,
James (Shirley) O'Brien, East Dubuque, IL,
Robert (Susan) O'Brien Jr., Dubuque, IA
and Dan O'Brien, Elgin, IL;

and his 10 grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Margaret O'Brien; and a brother, Jack O'Brien.

A Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Bob's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bob, and the family.

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



Christopher E. Schreyer


Christopher E. Schreyer, 42, died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family on Friday, October 6. After being diagnosed with lung cancer this summer, his last months were spent enjoying time with his family and friends while showing his strong and resilient spirit.

A celebration of his life will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friends may gather at Happy's Place immediately following.

Chris was born in Dubuque on November 26, 1974, to Bernie and Deb (Duccini) Schreyer, and became a wonderful big brother to Jonathan and Tim.

On March 5, 2002, Chris married his childhood sweetheart, Carrie Fagan. He was a very proud dad to two sons, Nicholas and Nathan. He was also a mentor to many as owner of a local metal fabricating business, Performance Fabrication, and welding instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College. His work can be seen throughout the community, including the ironwork at Bee Branch, Carnegie Stout Public Library, and Eagle Point Park.

Chris enjoyed riding his motorcycle; motorsports; and spending time working on projects and playing with his boys.

Chris is lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Carrie; children, Nicholas and Nathan; parents, Bernie and Deb; brothers, Jonathan (Jessica) and Timothy (Anne); in-laws Kevin, Pam, and Trisha Fagan; and aunts, uncles, nephews and niece.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family would like to thank Chris's medical team and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Schreyer fund at Dubuque Bank and Trust.



Judy A Jentz


Judy A Jentz, 74, of Potosi, passed very peacefully into eternal life at home on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

A celebration of life service will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Ss. Andrew -Thomas School in Potosi, Wisconsin. There will be a private family burial at a later date in Van Buren Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Judy was born on March 15, 1943 in Boaz, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Roger E "Payday" Jentz, Sr., on September 12, 1959 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA; he passed away and has been waiting for her since September 2, 2013. 

Surviving are three children, Michelle "Shelley" Doser, Roger Jentz, Jr., and Carrie Pluemer of Potosi, WI., six grandchildren, Kylie (Alex) Wagner of Platteville, WI.; Taylor Doser, Brandon Jentz, Dylan, Trevor, and Katie Pluemer, all of Potosi; one great-grandson, Mason Wagner; two brothers-in-law, John "Jack" (Patty) Fortney, Kenny Jentz; and four sisters-in-law Helene (Jack) Bennett; Darlene Chapman; Donna (Sonny) Weires; and Patsy Jentz.

Others who preceded her in death are her mother, Edna Reynolds; brother, Larry Reynolds; sister, Donna Reynolds; three brothers-in-law Clarence and Ronnie Jentz, and Gary Chapman; and one sister-in-law, Donna Fortney.

The family requests no flowers or plants. A Judy A Jentz Memorial fund has been established.

Judy's family wish to give special thanks to the staff of Grand River Medical of Dubuque, especially Dr. Hermann and Dr. Kelly, for many years of care and concern; Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful guidance; MaryAnn Durst for her help and care over the past several months; and to mom's best friend, Wendy Scholbrock for many years of friendship and loving care, and all that she has done for our family over many years.



Carol Marie Brimeyer


Carol Marie Brimeyer, 78, of Dyersville passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after a long illness surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 am Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at St Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Carol was born Nov. 14, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Soloman "Sal" and Viola (Stockel) Thoeni. She received her education in Dyersville and married Gerald "Greg" Brimeyer in Dyersville on June 21, 1958.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. Other interests include traveling with Greg, doing cross stitch and needlework.

Carol was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald "Greg", 3 children: Kevin (Cathy) of Lubbock, TX., Linda (Ron) Streck of Shaumburg, IL, and Keith of Marion, Iowa; 7 grandchildren: Meghan (fiancé Corey Rupp) Streck of Monticello, IA, Lisa (Daniel) Kaminski of Roselle, IL, and Katie (fiancé Patrick Smith) Streck, Ashley (Brian) Hentges of Austin, TX and Elizabeth Brimeyer of Lubbock, TX, Callie Brimeyer of Cedar Falls, IA, and Andrew Brimeyer of Cedar Rapids, IA; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Susie (George "Butch") Tittle of St. Catherine, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by 5 siblings: Betty Hunt, Shirley Taylor, Kathleen Jaeger, Donald Thoeni and David Thoeni.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Robert D. McCarty


Robert D. McCarty 92, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Holy Spirit Pastorate, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman and Rev. Rick Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Robert was born on May 5, 1925 in San Diego, CA, the son of David and Iva (Wickens) McCarty. He entered the military at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was employed by John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1988. On February 9, 1952, Robert was married to Louise Herbst at Assumption Church, Zwingle. She preceded him in death on September 20, 2006. Robert was a craftsman who could fix anything, an avid bicyclist until the age of 91 and a NASCAR enthusiast who built and raced cars. He was a long time member of Holy Trinity parish, the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and the "Slo-Pokes" car club.

Surviving are his children Steven McCarty of Colorado, Debra (Dennis) Giese of Peosta, IA, Dennis (Rina Hovden) McCarty of Santa Rosa, CA, Tim (Sheila) McCarty of Dubuque, IA and Mary Beth (Randy) Halvorson of Bernard, IA; his grandchildren Sara Kruser, Cory (Amanda) Giese, Meggan Bennett, Jessica (James) Kelly, Pauline (Matt) Flood, Tyler (Tiffany) Halvorson, Acacia (Aaron) Schmitt, Abigail and Cody Halvorson; 11 great grandchildren.

A Robert D. McCarty memorial fund has been established.

The McCarty family wishes to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Specialty Care. Also, a special thank you to the "Cook Lady" (Ronni) for her wonderful in home care.

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

 



Joseph D. Wells


Joseph D. "Don" Wells, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:10 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born on June 2, 1929, in Shullsburg, WI, son of William and Mary (Teasdale) Wells.

Don always took great pride in honorably serving his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Don was also a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1967. He was joyfully united in marriage to the love of his life, Camilla Rummel, on March 10, 1951, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 66 wonderful years together, and 3 beautiful daughters. Don was raised with a strong work ethic, which he eagerly shared with his company, and co-workers at Caradco for 25 years, and lastly as an electrician at Dubuque John Deere Works for over 16 years, until his well earned retirement. Don was a longtime and active member of St. Mary's Church, St. Patrick's Church, as well as the John Deere Retirees, U.A.W. Local #94 and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. In his free time, Don could generally be found with his trusty remote close at hand while watching his favorite programs, or even thoroughly working on his crossword puzzles while confidently completing them in pen. Sadly, our hearts are broken today as we must face the reality that Don's 88 year earthly journey has arrived at its conclusion today. But, even through the unrelenting sorrow and tears we realize that we are eternally grateful for all of the absolutely precious memories he leaves behind, as well as the life lessons which will be evident within our family lineage for generations. Thank you Don for continually making the world a better place and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Camilla Wells, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Catherine (Steve) Underwood, Ringsted, IA,
Christine (Michael) Gibson, Dubuque, IA
and Constance (Michael) Kubesheski, Coconut Creek, FL;

3 grandchildren,
Joseph Kubesheski, Katherine Kubesheski and Jason (Gina) Eygabroad;

and 2 great-granddaughters,
Presley and Ava Eygabroad.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Audrey (Eugene) Niday, William Austin (Shirley) Wells and Robert (Nancy) Wells; and a grandson, Christopher Joseph Eygabroad.

In lieu of flowers, a Joseph D. "Don" Wells memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Don's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall, his nurse, Kate, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Don, and his family.

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

 



Velva Gadient


Velva Gadient, 91, of Monticello died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary and vigil service will be held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 - 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the church cemetery.

Velva was born June 4, 1926, in Prairieburg the daughter of Victor A. and Rose Marie (Marek) Holub.  She married Irvin Gadient on Oct. 2, 1945 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Central City.  Together they farmed all of their lives.

She is survived by 4 children: Gary (Katy) Gadient of Delhi, June (Roy Davis) Koelker, Jim (Tami Bartram) Gadient, and Joan (Ed) Sauser, all of Monticello; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dorrance (Mary Pat) Holub of Coggon; a sister-n-law, Edna Gadient of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Irvin, a granddaughter, Jackie Koelker-Niehaus; 4 siblings: Alvina (John) Eden, Arthur (Leona) Holub, Violet (Bernard) Crowley and Irvin Holub.

Memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Monticello Senior Dining.

Special thanks to Tami Bartram, Margie Taylor, Dr. Philip First and Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello for the wonderful care of our mother.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 

 



Alverna J. Ricke

Alverna J. Ricke, 91, a long time beloved resident of Mount Saint Joseph in Lake Zurich, IL, formerly of Menominee, passed away October 4, 2017, at home.

She was born on October 7, 1925, to Herman and Susan (Bonnet) Ricke in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County.

Alverna is survived by two sisters, Rosella McCarthy, of Lake Villa, IL, and Anna Mae (Robert) Sadler, of East Dubuque, IL. She was a beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Celia Ricke, Rosemary Heller and Rita Knautz; two brothers, Clarence Ricke and Arnold in infancy; two half-sisters, Irma Kohler and Alvina Hasken; and five half-brothers, Victor, Ed, Joe, Al and Bill Ricke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, with visitation from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Saint Joseph, 24955 N. Hwy 12, Lake Zurich, IL 60047, for resident care.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

 



Dale J. Denlinger


Dale J. Denlinger, 49, of Holy Cross passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Thursday, October 5, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 - 7:30 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at the Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross prior to services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, October 9, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dale was born December 14, 1967, in Dubuque, the son of John and Ruth Ann (Rolwes) Denlinger. He graduated from Hempstead with the Class of 1986. He married Sandra Roling on June 18, 1994, in Holy Cross, and was a loving husband and father.

He owned and operated Denlinger Construction in Holy Cross and was a perfectionist who was proud of the work that he did.

Dale enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, and riding ATVs on the family farm. He also enjoyed grilling out and being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; 2 daughters: Nicole (fiancé, Michael Colson) of Norwalk, and Kelli, of Iowa City; his father, John (friend Shirley) of Dubuque; a brother, Steve of Balltown; a brother-in-law, Jim (Amy) Kauffmann of Epworth, his mother-in-law, Sharon Roling of Dyersville; brothers-in-law: Steve Schmal, Terry Roling, Andrew (Neal Gallegos) Roling; sisters-in-law: Cheryl (Shawn) Bandy and Karen Roling,

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Denlinger, a sister, Linda Kauffmann, and his father-in-law, Jerome Roling.

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



Frances Ilene Pritchard Leggett


Frances Ilene Pritchard Leggett, 91, of Monticello, Iowa passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017 at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center.

Private services are on October 6, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Pallbearers are grandsons: Todd Catlett, Michael Weber, Rodney Weber, Robbie Paulson Jonathan Leggett, and Chuck Carley. Honorary Pallbearers are granddaughters: Kim Shephard, Diane Weber, Jennifer Carley, Jennifer Fetzer and Denise Nealson.

Frances Pritchard was born on November 28, 1925 to Lawrence and Maude (Starr) Pritchard in Fayette, Iowa. Frances was baptized on June 26, 1927 at the Methodist Church in Fayette, Iowa. She attended school in Fayette through her junior year. Her family moved to Springville, Iowa, where Frances graduated from the Springville High School in 1944.

Frances married Stuart Leggett on July 19, 1944 at the Anamosa Methodist Church in Anamosa, Iowa. Frances raised three children, Douglas, Dixie and Barb. Frances and Stuart celebrated 68 years of marriage, until December 28, 2012 when Stuart passed away.

Frances helped Stuart on the farm and with his trucking business northeast of Scotch Grove, Iowa. Frances enjoyed milking cows, raising hogs and sheep, and a flock of chickens. Then in March of 2003, Frances and Stuart moved to Monticello to enjoy their retirement.

Frances was a member of the Oak Drive Club for over 58 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to Old Country Western music, Polka music and watching the RFD channel. During the warmer months she enjoyed fishing at local farm ponds and enjoyed the Monticello Fourth of July Parade and Great Jones County Fair. She self-taught herself to play the organ, and especially enjoyed playing "You Are My Sunshine.

Frances is survived by two daughters Dixie Weber of Monticello, Barb (Denis) Paulson of Olin, one daughter-in-law; Jackie (Mrs. Douglas) Leggett of West Branch; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, her sister, Dorothy Brunscheen of Florence, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart, her parents, her son, Douglas, a sister, Darlene Stender of Monmoth, brother Russell Pritchard of Longmont, Colorado and brother-in-law Eddy Brunscheen of Florence, AZ.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established for Unity Point Hospice C/O Robin-RN and Bobbie Jo-CNA at Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello Iowa.

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



John C. Sabers


John C. "Jack" Sabers, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2017 at home in Dubuque, IA surrounded by the love of his family. Jack was born on September 13, 1934 in New Vienna, IA to Arthur and Elizabeth (Ploessl) Sabers.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jack graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1953 and then attended Loras College. He went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works and retired as a supervisor after 28 years in 1985.

Jack married Mary Ann Wallenhorst on April 8, 1958 in Dickeyville, WI. They were happily married for 59 years and offered a shining example of commitment and devotion. Jack was a true sportsman. He was a Chicago fan following the Bears and Cubs faithfully, win or lose, until the very end. He was an sport fisherman and spent hours on the water teaching his children and grandchildren to cast a line. He played baseball and softball for many, many years with a group of guys he loved like brothers. He also loved to golf and belonged to Timber Line Golf Course from its beginning. He played in many golf leagues for many years. He also bowled and threw horseshoes in leagues. He played a mean game of Euchre and loved the challenge and strategy. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Club.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; his children: Dennis (Nancy), Kathy (Tim) Hamel, Joan (Dave "Spider") Meyer, Bob (Cathy), Ken (Lory), Karen (Jim) Vaassen, Carol (Dave) Lambert all of Dubuque, Kevin (Marianne) of Galena and Laurie (David) Chapman of Phoenix, AZ; twenty-four favorite grandchildren and nine very special great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sylveria Ruden , of Dubuque, and Pat Klosterman of New Vienna; In-Laws Darlean Sabers of Dubuque, Bernie Obershaw, Dolly (Bob) Klein, Janet Macaluso of Dickeyville, WI, Mellie Reynolds of Kieler, WI, Doris Bussan of Dubuque, Clarence "Junior" Wallenhorst of Hazel Green and Jeanette Wallenhorst and Gloria Wallenhorst of Cuba City, WI.

Jack was preceded in death by an infant son, John, his parents, Arthur and Elizabeth, his brothers Floyd, Roger, Marv, and Gene; and a sister, Ruth.



Leonard A. Clark


Leonard A. Clark, 89, of Wichita, Kansas, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

A celebration of Leonard's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, October 14, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.

Leonard Allen Clark was born on August 15, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ezra and Louise (Durkop) Clark. He married Barbara H. Allison on December 15, 1951 and she preceded him in death after 25 years of marriage. He later married Edith Lavon Hayzlett Moore in 1978.

Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the Battleship USS Massachusetts. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked in many small shops and finally worked for Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, IA, retiring in 1977.

He lived for many years in Joplin, MO, briefly in Topeka KS, and finally in Wichita KS. He was a lifetime member of the Edward W. Knapper VFW Post #6174. His other passions included fishing, mushroom hunting, playing music, and playing cards and dice with family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Edith of 39 years; brothers Dave (Loretta) Clark and Glenn (Mickey) Clark; a sister Darlene Kay Streets; sons Timothy (Geradette) Clark, Steve (Jacinta) Clark, Edwin Clark, Stanly Clark, Jason Clark, Kenny (Sherry) Hayzlett and Rodney (Yvonne) Hayzlett; daughters Vickey Clark, Linda (Jeff) Facemire, Debbie (Doug) Blain, Lora (Ed) Schiffelbein, and Judy (Garry) Nelson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry, brothers Walter, Pete, Henry, James and George, a sister Melva, a half-brother Basil Clark, half-sisters Anna Clark, Mary Mundon, Virginia Clark, and Alberta Louise Clark, and several grandchildren.

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



Elizabeth A. Sullivan

Elizabeth A. Sullivan, 65, of Dubuque died Thursday, September 28, 2017.  A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday October 5, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Elizabeth was born April 22, 1952 in Dubuque, daughter of Richard and Janet (Buchan) Sullivan.

Elizabeth graduated from the Finley School of Nursing, earning her associates degree in nursing.

She worked as a nurse at Finley Hospital for over 30 years.  She enjoyed reading and her numerous pets.

She is survived by a sister, Sandy (Max) McCullough of Waterloo, Iowa; a brother, Richard Sullivan of Portland, Oregon; and three nieces, Jennifer, Erin and Laura; a grand-niece Ella and grand-nephew Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



John H. Austin


John H. Austin, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his family after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 Route 52 North, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, 2017. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

John was born on May 28th, 1961 in Chicago, IL to Lorraine Margaret (Stepek) Austin. He graduated high school in 1979 and on October 11, 1980 he married Chris Kressin in Madison, WI.

He worked in the Dubuque area as a carpenter for 30 years, 25 of those years being with McNamer Construction.

John loved to golf and could be found most weekends at Timberline in Peosta with his friends. He was even golfing just a few weeks ago. John also loved to cook and created amazing meals for his family every day, mainly because John joked many times that his wife was a danger to herself and others while she was in the kitchen. He also loved to bake cakes, always with sprinkles on top. At home he was known for completing anyone's unfinished Pinterest projects. He would argue every evening with the nightly news and often said that Lifetime movies should be on Comedy Central because they were a joke. He was an avid Saints fan, or a fan of any team playing against his family or friends' favorite teams.

He touched the lives of many people. He was an amazing man, loving husband, father, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Chris; three daughters Michele Austin of East Dubuque, IL, Andrea Austin, of Dubuque, and Lauren Austin of Oshkosh, WI. His sister Lee Mares, of Racine WI; brothers, Bill (Lynnell) Austin, of Lake Mills, WI, Shawn Austin of Lake Mills, WI, and Jim Austin, of Wisconsin Dells, WI. His mother and father-in-law, Sally and Richard Kressin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Peggy (Todd Overdahl) Kressin, Patti Kressin all of Lake Mills, WI, and Mike Kressin of Oregon, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine "Peggy" Austin, his grandmother Lorraine Margaret Stepek, grandfather Lester John Stepek Sr., and his uncle Lester John Stepek, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and compassionate staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and kindness they provided. Also, a huge thank you to all of our family and friends for the love, support and friendship they have shown to John and his family.



James W. Winter

James W. Winter, 83, of Galena, IL, passed away Monday morning, October 2, 2017 at home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating.

Jim was born on January 11, 1934 at Hanover, IL, the son of George and Sarah (Turner) Winter.  He was united in marriage to Audrey Bergman on July 26, 1958 at the South Presbyterian Church now known as Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Galena.  She preceded him in death on August 17, 2015.

Jim received his B. S. at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and his M. A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He formerly taught in Stockton and Galena, IL, was Principal of Cuba City High School.  He also operated The Frame Shop in Galena for nearly 25 years. Jim was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church and served as a Ruling Elder.  He was a member of Miner's Lodge # 273 A.F. & A. M. and the Shriners. He was also a member of the Galena Chamber of Commerce and Galena Elks Lodge # 882.

Surviving is a son, Thomas J. Winter of Galena; his siblings, John (Mary) Winter of Winnebago, and Kay (Allen) Smith of Chadwick; nieces and nephews, Rebecca Buening (Michael) Ferris, Patrick (Martha) Winter, Timothy (Melody) Winter, Kerry (Chuck)Sedivy, James (Aimee) Winter, Mary (Paul) Panther and Eric Smith, numerous great nieces and nephews, amongst them, special great nieces, Grace and Anna Putman, Lydia and Ceci Ferris; and sister-in-law, Nancy Buening of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sarah, his wife Audrey, a brother, Forest (Joanne) Winter and a brother-in-law, Ron Buening; two nieces, Eydie and Sarah Winter and two nephews, John and Michael (Kris) Winter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Galena or the Galena EMTs.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

 

 



Susan K. (Ring) Doerr


Susan K. (Ring) Doerr, 64, formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 peacefully in the comfort of her only daughter's home with the ones she loved most by her side.

Per Sue's wishes, she will be cremated. A private memorial gathering for close family and friends to celebrate her life will be held at Leisure Lake where she lived for many years. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Sue was born on March 5, 1953, the daughter of Robert Ring and Virginia Hubbard.

Sue went to St. Patrick's Catholic School and Dubuque Senior High School. In later years, Sue went to NICC to study social work.

She had numerous jobs throughout her life, favorites being a blackjack dealer at two Dubuque Casinos and also being a waitress.

Sue always led a simple life, never having, needing, wanting or asking for much. It would always be the little things in life that gave her the greatest joy.

Sue enjoyed being outdoors and fishing, playing cards, bingo, music, karaoke, dancing, going to the casino, and watching sports. Her favorite teams were the Chicago Bulls and Cubs. She has a special love for animals, especially dogs. Most importantly, she loved to spend time with family.

She loved meeting new people and loved to talk, the conversations always included bragging about her two grandsons that she was so proud of and adored with all of her heart.

Nieces and nephews were a huge part of Sue's life from their childhood to adult life. They were very special to her and spending time with "Aunt Suzi" was always a good time.

The mother and daughter bond that Sue and Brenda shared can never be broken. Not a day went by without a phone call, usually multiple calls a day. The conversations and time spent together will be missed greatly but the fact that Sue will not suffer or worry anymore will help. She will be happy to be reunited with those that have passed before her.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughter, Brenda (Ryan) Duvè; grandsons, Douglas and Evan; stepfather Herman Motsch; special friend Robin Bass; siblings, Linda (Don) Slattery, Barb McDermott, Dan Ring, Wayne Ring, and sister-in-law Sandy Ring, along with several wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert Ring; her mother Virginia Motsch, her grandmother Evelyn Hubbard, her brother Randy Ring and a nephew Tim Slattery.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care; a special thank you to her family and friends especially Laura, Don, Gerlie, Stacy and Angie and the entire Schultz Family Dentistry Team for all their compassion, love and support.



Douglas G. Brown


Douglas G. Brown, 85, of Dubuque, died Monday, Oct 2, 2017.

A funeral service will be held 7:30 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from 4:30 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Oliver Cemetery.

Douglas was born January 7, 1932 in Davenport, son of Dr. Douglas and Ilo (Gifford) Brown.

After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Douglas attended the University of Iowa for a year and a half, before joining the US Army. Upon his discharge from the Army, he married Joanne Lee, and they returned to the University of Iowa to continue their studies.

Douglas retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1986.

He and Joanne enjoyed spending the winters in Corpus Christi, Texas for the past 25 years. He also enjoyed sailing and golfing.

Douglas was active in AA for over 40 years, helping hundreds of people with their sobriety.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne, of Dubuque; five children, Michael D. (Beth) Brown of Davenport, Douglas L. Brown of West Des Moines, Iowa, Patricia A. (Dr. Tom) Kelly of Genoa, Nev., Mary E. (David) Hammer of Morrison, Colo., and David G. Brown of Dubuque; and six grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Brown, Emily (Andy) Goodell and Matthew Brown; Aaron (Jana) Brown; and Max and Sam Hammer.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven G. Brown in 2003.

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



Paul A. Williams


Paul A. Williams, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 6 P.M., Thursday, October 5, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Paul Allen Williams was born on June 11, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa, to Harold Paul and Geraldine Elaine (Farnum) Williams. He was raised by his father and grandparents and attended Davenport West High School. He then served two enlistments in the U.S. Navy as a utility mechanic with the Navy CB's. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he immediately began working for the Rock Island Arsenal as a boiler plant operator and obtained the rank of 1st Class Operating Engineer. He retired in 2012 after 34 years of service.

Paul married LaVonne Martensen Andersen on September 21, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He had attended the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, creating and growing things, gardening, baking cookies, and in recent years watching the stock market.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include his wife, LaVonne Williams of Maquoketa, IA; 3 sons, Chris Williams of Davenport, IA, Jason (Dana) Williams of Tipton, IA, and Bryan Williams of IA; a step-daughter, Tiffany Anderson of Walcott, IA; a sister, Beverly (Kenny) Holzrichter of Preston, IA; a brother Rodger (Pat) Williams of Rockford, IL; a half-brother Larry (Kathy) Matejcek of MO; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a half-sister Becky Pritchard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Paul A. Williams memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marianne Hoerschelman


Marianne Hoerschelman, 78, of Andrew, Iowa, passed on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon in Lisbon, Iowa.

A celebration of Marianne's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:15 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Marianne Fuglsang was born on October 30, 1938 in Elwood, Iowa, to John L. and Marie M. (Heneke) Fuglsang. She attended country school in Jackson County and was a 1956 graduate of Andrew High School.

She married Allen R. Hoerschelman on October 9, 1960 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2013.

Marianne had worked as a telephone operator in Maquoketa, the Andrew gas station, and as a home health caregiver for several years. She also farmed with her husband in the Andrew area for many years.

Marianne was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and the WELCA. Through the years, she had been an active Andrew community volunteer and supporter. She enjoyed baking, gardening, playing cards, dancing, traveling and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Marianne's memory include her children, Gary Hoerschelman of Dubuque, IA, Lori (Brad) Edaburn of Marion, IA, Lisa Dursky of Andrew, IA, and Jan (Adam) Pyatt of Mount Vernon, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob (Nancy) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allen, a brother Max, and a sister Betty Whitmore.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Marianne Hoerschelman memorial fund has been established.

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



Herman T. Lahr


Herman T. Lahr, 79, of Worthington passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held 2-8 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Worthington Fire Department will gather at 6 pm and a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Herman was born November 15, 1937, in Monticello, the son of Raymond and Delores (Westhoff) Lahr.

He married Beverly Tuel on June 18, 1960, in Worthington. Together they farmed just south of Worthington.

He enjoyed fishing, sharing the joy of his model trains and visiting with family and friends.

Survivors include his children: 5 children: Gary (Diane) of Worthington, Richard "Dick" (Karen) of Onslow, IA, Barbara (Phil) Cheek of Palm Harbor, FL, Deborah (Sam) Lahr-Gnagey of Columbia City, IN, and Diane (Tob) Patzner of Durango, IA; grandchildren: Eric (Emily) Lahr, Morgan Lahr, Amy (Ray) Clark, Shelley (Kevin) Sheridan, Sarah (Jason) Downing, Jessica Cheek, Adam (Niki) Lahr, Alyssa (Ty) Wheeler, Tashina (Herb) Lahr-Manifold, Megan and Cory Benz, Amber and Ashley Steffen and Corbin Collins-Patzner; great grandchildren: Connor Sheridan, Dashiel Lahr, Khloe Downing, Olive Lahr and Aubrey and Nolan Lahr; siblings: Robert (Rosemary) Lahr of Manchester, IA, Harold (Lois) Lahr of Earlville, IA, Patricia (Robert) Wolfe of Dubuque, IA, and Wayne Lahr of Worthington, IA; in-laws: Juanita (Tom) Hearst of Tipton, IA, Gene (Leellyn) Tuel of Lawrence, KS, Clarence (Diane) Tuel of Worthington, IA and Dennis (Karen) Tuel of Mt. Pleasant, IA,

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly in 2010, his parents, his step-father, Leo Manternach, a son, Brad Lahr, parents in-law: Arvil and Eunice (Boxwell) Tuel; brother-in-law: James Tuel, and a nephew, Brett Hearst.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Carl N. Hentges


Carl N. Hentges, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 30th, 2017 in Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 6th, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Church Cemetery, Epworth, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Carl was born on March 11, 1936 the son of Lester and LaVerne (Kurt) Hentges. He married Sally Schmitt on April 19th, 1958 at St. Patrick's Church in Epworth. Carl and Sally were long time parishioners of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere until his retirement and was a member of the John Deere Retirees and the UAW.

He is survived by his wife Sally; their children, Julie (Gordon) Winkler, Tony (Margie) Hentges, Joe (Tami) Hentges and Tom (Jill) Hentges. Eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Three brothers, Jerry Hentges, Fred (Marion) Hentges, and Pat (Mary Beth) Hentges.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lois Walling.

The family would like to thank Finley Home Healthcare, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Specialty Care for all their wonderful care they gave to Carl.



Anne Marie Lampe


Anne Marie Lampe, 96 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Luther Manor Communities Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4th at St. Raphael's Cathedral, a funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Msgr. Toale officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Anne Marie was born on July 12, 1921, in Bernard, Iowa, the daughter of Cornelius and Emma (Bergfeld) Koch. On October 3, 1945 she married Roman Lampe Sr. at Fillmore Catholic Church and celebrated 69 years together.

Anne worked at Kalmes Restaurant and Finley Hospital Food Service, and catered with Kalmes Restaurant until she was 86. She journeyed through life making some of the best wedding cakes, pies, and breads with great love for her family. Anne made First Communion cakes for each of her 11 grandchildren and at 83 she decorated her last wedding cake.

Anne Marie was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. She will be remembered for her love of card games, bingo, and occasionally going to the casino with her sons. She especially loved family gatherings with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in attendance. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anne Marie is survived by four sons: Roman Jr. (Mary Jane) of Dubuque, Lynn (Janet) of Dubuque, Steven (Dena) of Dubuque, Philip (Linda) of Dubuque and two daughters: Marianne (Dan) Weber, of St. Donatus and Janice of Dubuque, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two siblings Peggy Hannig of Peosta and Elaine Forest of Clearwater, Florida. She is also survived by four brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roman, on April 14, 2015, her parents, and three siblings, Ardella, Kaye, and Helen.

The family would like to thank the staff and her friends at Mt. Pleasant Home, Luther Manor Communities, and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and kindness shown to our mom.

The family requests no flowers.



Walter W. Burkle


Walter W. Burkle, 90, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Walter was born May 19, 1927, in Dyersville the son of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle. He served in the Army during WWII as a Military Policeman in New York.

He married Verna Honkomp on Nov. 25, 1948, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed east of Dyersville raising 13 children.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, American Legion Post 137 and the Dyersville Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, playing cards, bowling and following the LA Dodgers and Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include his wife, Verna, his children: Mary Ann (Dick) Recker, Linda (Norm) Chambers, Elaine (Dave) Schieltz, Donna (Dave) Riniker, Mark (Karla), Glen (Kathy), Earl (Barb), Marv (Diane), Merle (Pam), Karla (Wayne) Dille, Bill (Wendy), and Lee (Michelle); a daughter-in-law, Judy Burkle; 39 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandaughter; 2 sisters: Betty Gassmann and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, and 2 brothers: Harold (Gladys) and Gerald (Rose Ann); and sisters-in-law, Theresa Burkle and Lorraine Burkle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in law, Lawrence and Margaret Honkomp, a son, Neal, a grandson, Spencer Arnold, a sister, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, four brothers: Charles (Luetta), George (Thelma), Bernard and Leon Burkle; in-laws: Jerome Hermsen, John Gassmann and, Gilbert (Helen) Honkomp.

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



Gerald G. Imbus


Gerald G. "Jerry" Imbus, 80, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Church.

Jerry was born on September 11, 1937 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County the son of Henry and Mary (Vogt) Imbus. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1997 after 37 years of service.
He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Jerry loved woodworking, fixing old tractors, fishing, and enjoyed attending "Old Thrashing Shows".

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Kristen Hurlocker) Imbus of Bellevue, and Jeanine (Romeo) Liong-A-San of Coral Springs, Florida; four grandchildren, Cassandra, Kate, Victoria and Alexander; four great-grandchildren, Lucas, Melanie, Jordyn and Evelyn; his siblings, Mary Agnes Melssen of Potosi, WI, Art (Diane) Imbus and Herb Imbus both of Menominee, Bob (Marian) Imbus of Luana, IA, Don (Rose) Imbus of Menominee, Doris (Bob) Watkins of Springfield, MO, Jim Imbus of Menominee, Joyce (Pat) Powers of Dubuque, Dan (Linda) Imbus of Menominee and Nancy Roepke of East Dubuque; numerous nieces and nephews; and Lila Willman of Dubuque, his significant other.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary, and a great-grandchild, Izzabella.

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



David L. Lambert


David L. Lambert, 82, of Dubuque passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

A funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. at the church until the time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

David was born on December 30, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Flora (Kieler) Lambert. He married Shirley Weber on September 15, 1956, at Nativity Church in Dubuque and together celebrated 59 years of marriage together. He served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1959 on the USS English.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing company for over 45 years.

David was a member of the Iowa State Beekeepers Association, Dubuque County Master Gardeners and the Elks Lodge.

He was most comfortable in the outdoors, passing on his love for hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, beekeeping, making maple syrup, growing Christmas Trees, cutting fire wood and harvesting walnuts.
David is survived by his children, Vicki (Don) Brandell, Mike (Chris) Lambert, Jeff (Nancy) Lambert, and Dave (Carol) Lambert. Twelve grandchildren, Ryan, Alyson, John, Joe, Jeana, Megan, Joshua, Angela, Garrett, Ethan, Andy, and Kayla . Two great grandchildren, Myles and Marcos. Two sisters, Sr. Eleanor Joann Lambert, OSF, and Mary (John) Brehm; one brother Terry (Roberta) Lambert; and sister-in-law Hazel Lambert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley; and three brothers Jerry, Jim and Danny.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Church Key West.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and to all their family and friends for their care, kindness and love.



Edith A. Dayton


Edith Annella  (Norman) Dayton, 97 years old, of Galena, Illinois, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.   Annella was born on September 27, 1920 in Eddyville, Iowa the eldest child of Frank and Pearl (Whitsel) Norman and graduated from Galena High School in 1938.  She married John R. Dayton on June 17, 1944.  Annella enjoyed playing piano, knitting, crocheting, puzzles and seamstress work.  Was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, volunteered at the Galena Stauss Hospital gift shop, delivered meals on wheels and helped with fundraising for Rainbow Ridge.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon (James) Stodden, Galena, daughter-in-law Nancy Dayton, East Dubuque, sister Hylene Anderson, Dubuque and 6 granddaughters; Michelle (Michael) Houy, Melisa (Ron) Hammer, Martha (Art) Thompson, Monica (Todd) Evans, Renee (Frank) Reddington and Katie Dayton.  Great grandchildren; Jennifer (Houy) Petersen, Amanda (Houy) Gries, Tristen (Hammer) Travis, Seth Hammer,  Anna (DaCosta) Hopkins, Charlie DaCosta, Justine Thompson, Gabby and  Brooke Bingham, Grace Evans, Jacob and Tristan Evans, Hannah and JD Reddington, Samantha Dayton,  Skyler and Tucker Nestaby and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Durrell and Richard Dayton, brothers Orville and Leonard Norman and a sister Joan Norman.

Services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 3rd at Crossroads Community Church, 900 Galena Square Drive, in Galena, with Pastor Bill Longmore officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 2nd at Crossroads Community Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Vandigo and staff, Galena Stauss Senior Care Community Center and staff and caregivers Betty Schetgen and Sally Frasher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Crossroads Community Church of Galena.

 

 



James A. Cocayne, Sr.


James A. "Jim" Cocayne Sr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:40 a.m., on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Big Meadows. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on July 11, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John M. and Mildred (Lenertz) Cocayne.

Jim honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy while being stationed in Hawaii. Upon his return home, he was lovingly united in marriage to Patricia Leslein on September 21, 1963, at 3rd Presbyterian Church. Their union was blessed with 2 children and 54 years, which they just celebrated this past week. Jim learned the value of a strong work ethic early in life, and would put those lessons to use as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, until his well earned retirement in 1994. Jim's faith was a priority in his daily life and he was a longtime, loyal and proud member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In his free time, Jim could regularly be found breaking in his bowling shoes and socializing with family and friends. Jim successfully threw several 300 games and eventually became a member of the 700 club, an accomplishment many only ever dream of. Jim also always enjoyed warming up in the batters box during a fun, yet competitive game of softball. We sadly discover an unrelenting grip of sorrow upon our hearts today with the departure of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Thankfully, we know that Jim is finally free of his earthly health issues for good, and we find true peace in knowing that not only is he now residing in his Heavenly Estate today, but that he will also be waiting patiently for us to join him in a most glorious of family reunions one day. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his wife,
Pat Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cathy (Mick) Webb, Las Vegas, NV
and Jim (Angie) Cocayne Jr., Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Taylor (Clarrissa) Webb, Jordan Webb, Haley Webb, Brady Webb and Carter Cocayne;

2 brothers,
John "Bud" (Janet) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA
and Marv (Shirley) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Jerrie Cheffer, Bettendorf, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale Cocayne.

A James A. "Jim" Cocayne memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Pastor Jay, and the nurses and staff at Hospice, and Big Meadows Care Center in Savanna, for all of their love, care and compassion for Jim, and his family.

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

 



John M. Waul


John M. Waul, age 45, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly from natural causes at 7:05 a.m., on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at home. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 2, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

John was born on February 17, 1972, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James and Janet (Schueller) Waul.

John was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, class of 1990. He would go on to share his time and talents with the Dubuque Pack, EIMCO, and most recently with Propulse. In his free time, John loved spending time in the great outdoors; whether it was casting his line in search of bragging rites for catching "the big one", waiting patiently in the blind for the perfect rack to slowly rise over the horizon, hitting the freshly coated trails with the warming hum of the snowmobiles, or even getting together with friends to put on the greatest fireworks show to date. John also enjoyed a fun evening of cold beers and hot exhausts with friends at the races, and was always up for a spirited game of cards eagerly awaiting the opportunity to go "Big" and "Alone". John's greatest joy, however, was definitely found in the truly special moments he would spend with his family, especially his nephews. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our beloved brother, uncle and friend at such a young age. Time and faith will be our strength moving forward, but for today we find real comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with his parents, and we are grateful to have many wonderful memories of an always smiling and continually friendly man who absolutely lived life to it's fullest and embraced every moment.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his siblings,
James (Mary Kay) Waul, Platteville, WI
and Joyce (Jay) Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and 3 nephews,
Jaime and Tyler Waul and Ben Valentine.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

A John M. Waul 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

 



Luella M. Frost


Luella Meyer Frost, age 86 of Saint Donatus, Iowa died peacefully on September 18, 2017 in her family home of lung cancer with her family & faithful canine companion Gilda at her side.

Born on June 19th, 1931 in Lime Springs, Iowa Luella was the 7th child of John and Josephine Meyer. She grew up on a small farm without electricity or indoor plumbing. Luella was always a good athlete who played basketball and kittenball at Lime Springs High School. After high school graduation, she earned her teaching degree from Teacher's College (later to become University of Northern Iowa). Luella taught first through fourth grade at Waucoma and West Branch, Iowa schools.

Luella married her college sweetheart John F. (Jack) Frost of Jesup Iowa. Jack was a first year medical student at the University of Iowa when they first met. They married a year later and relocated to West Branch Iowa until Jack finished medical school. Upon graduation, Jack and Luella moved to Wichita, KS for Jack's internship. Jack enlisted the United States Air Force a year later and they spend the next 4 years moving to a number of different states. By the time Jack finished his tour of duty, Luella had borne him 5 sons and the sixth and final followed a short time later, making a complete basketball team with one bench warmer. In 1963 Luella and Jack finally put down roots in Saint Donatus where they raised their family.

Over the years, Luella and Jack were partners in several businesses including Tri-State Dermatology, Hypo Speed Shop, and Action Performance Exotic Motor Cars. Luella managed Tri-State Dermatology and was Dr. Frost's chief surgical assistant. Luella also was the CEO of Action Performance. Luella and Jack enjoyed collecting exotic cars and participating in the racing motor sports. Luella and Jack were inseparable in their everyday lives. Their family vacations were all thinly veiled excuses to visit automotive- related attractions, like the trips across country where they "coincidentally" visited the headquarters of Hooker Header and Cragar Mags, or the annual trip to Florida where Dr. Frost volunteered as a Track Medical Doctor for the 12 Hours of Sebring from 1964 to 1972.

Luella and Jack travelled extensively (fulfilling their childhood dreams) throughout the USA and Europe. Through these travels, they enjoyed the cuisine of the regions they visited. Luella quickly became fascinated with the culinary arts and she became an accomplished home chef, inspiring her boys to be great cooks too. Their travels usually included the boys who equally enjoyed these experiences. Food and family blended together to create cherished memories of their parents and family time together.

Luella was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years John Francis Frost MD (Jack), her oldest son Gregory Michael Frost, and Greg's wife Candas Kay Frost. She is survived by her 5 sons Christopher J. Frost MD, John Frost, Marc L Frost MD, Michael Frost and Andrew M. Frost. Luella was the proud Grandmother of 9 and she leaves behind 18 great grandchildren.

Luella was a lover of animals and she welcomed many strays into her loving pack over her many years including: Schwartz, Storm, Caesar, Red Dog, Prince, Princess and Steve Kalmes.

Luella and the entire Frost family would like to thank Pat Koenig for her many years of friendship and dedication as well as the caregivers at Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dubuque Humane Society.

Private Family Memorial services for Luella will be held at a later date.

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

 



Teresa A. Donar


Teresa A. (Kammerude) Donar, 82, of Cuba City, WI, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows, Asbury, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, with Fr. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at St. Rose Church, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is serving the family.

Teresa was born on July 4, 1935 in Dodgeville, WI, the daughter of Lester and Miranda (McKernan) Kammerude. She was united in marriage to Melvin J. Donar on September 26, 1953 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Tuesday September 26, 2017 would have been their 64th wedding anniversary.

She was a member of St. Rose Parish and the Catholic Daughters of America, Court #4. She enjoyed pitching horseshoes, bowling, but her main goal in life was that of being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She attended St. Raphael's Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy both in Dubuque. She and Melvin farmed for many years. They operated the Cuba City Greenhouse for 15 years. Teresa drove School Bus, was an EMT for the Cuba City Rescue Squad, worked for Caring Angels, was a Secretary for Heer Chiropractic, worked at St. Dominic Villa, was a Cub Scout, Brownie and 4-H Leader, and worked for St. Rose Church and School, where she also taught religion.

Surviving is her husband, Melvin; 12 children, Ronald (Brenda) Donar of Cuba City, Sue (John) Dalsing of Kieler, Cheryl McGuire of Darlington, Donald (Debra Jentz) Donar and Charles (Paula Digmann) Donar both of Cuba City, Dan Donar of Highland, Jerry (Jane Melssen) Donar and Mark (Joyce) Donar both of Cuba City, Lisa (Mark) Wright of Benton, Teri (Carl) Pickel of Kieler, Scott (Carla) Donar of Cuba City and Chris (Shawna) Donar of Benton; 33 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Tony (Pat) Kammerude, Dave (Peg) Kammerude, Mike Kammerude, Kathy Kaiser and Joan Kammerude.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Miranda, two sons, Dale and Jeff; her siblings, Darlene Magby, Gertrude Leslein, Bob, Kenneth, and Donald Kammerude and Pat Williams.

Teresa's family wishes to thank everyone at Luther Manor-Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to Teresa and for the care and compassion shown to her family.

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



Stanley J. McLane


Stanley J. McLane, 87, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 10 am - 1 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 pm, September 28, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with committal in the church cemetery.

Stanley was born on August 8, 1930, the son of James & Margaret (Meyer) McLane at Garber, Iowa.  On June 27, 1951, he married Betty Lou Meyer. They started their life together farming in Garber, and later purchased a farm in Worthington, where they farmed until 1975. At that time they moved to Farley.

Stanley drove school bus for the Western Dubuque School District for over 30 years. After retiring from that he was involved in real estate and drove tour buses. He also thoroughly enjoyed his job of driving for White Rose Limousine Service.

He and Betty enjoyed traveling and he was proud of the fact that they visited all 49 continental states.

Stanley is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty, daughters: LouAnn Habel (Cavin Grady) of Bettendorf, Shar (Luke) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Cindy (Joe) Burdt  of Dubuque, and son, Kevin (Jessica) of Leander, Texas;  14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren plus another expected soon; in-laws: Mary Jane (Harry) Steger, Helen Meyer, Patricia Meyer, Dorothy Meyer, Jim (Sheila) Meyer, Joyce (Ron) Drey, Kenneth (Kathy) Meyer and Janice (Ron) Alfred.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rick, a grandson, David McLane, brothers: Kenneth (Jean), Jerome (Frances) and Loraine (Clarissa); and in-laws: Donald Meyer, Richard Meyer, Loras Meyer and Ron Olberding.  

A special thanks to the nurses and staff at Oak Crest Manor for the care given to him the last two years.

He will be missed greatly, but we will move forward with one of his favorite sayings, "You can handle it now."

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



Bruce A. Glew


Bruce A. Glew, 75, of Asbury, Iowa formerly of Farley, Iowa passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Aurora Summit Medical Center in Summit, Wisconsin.

Friends and relatives of Bruce may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. They may also call after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Funeral home where services will be held at 10 a.m., with Pastor Stephanie Schlimm Presiding. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Military Honors afforded.

He was born January 4, 1942 in Farley, Iowa, son of Everett and Myrtle (Theilan) Glew Sr. He graduated in 1960 from Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served with the United States Army from 1966 - 1968.

In July 1969 he married Sue Fessler, from this union two wonderful children were born, Michelle and Jason. He worked at John Deere and later at Rite Hite where he later retired from.

Bruce was a wonderful loving father and grandfather to nine grandchildren, known fondly and lovingly as "PaPa Bruce." He loved his morning coffee and talking with his brother Mike and friends. He was well known for his love of classic cars and car shows. He will be sadly missed by all those who loved him dearly.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Richey; his son Jason Glew; 9 grandchildren, Jacie, Jessica, Ian, Mia, Matthew, Kylie, Dillon, Zach and Madelyn; two brothers, Gerald Glew and Mike Glew; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Joseph Glew in infancy, Michael Glew, Everett "Sonny" Glew Jr. and Jan (Patricia) Glew; one sister, Gloria Fox; two nephews, Jim and Craig Fox.

A Bruce A. Glew memorial fund has been established.

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



Pamela P. (Hansen) Coleman


Pamela P. (Hansen) Coleman, 49, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Pamela was born April 15, 1968 in Dubuque the daughter of James and Judy (Meyer) Hansen. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1986 then attended NICC. Pamela worked in Early Childhood Development at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Head Start Program. She enjoyed cooking, baking and snow skiing. Pamela enjoyed going to amusement parks and especially enjoyed going to Disney World. She had a love for animals, especially dogs. Pamela will be truly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Colin and Aspen Coleman of Dubuque; her parents, James and Judy Hansen of Dubuque; siblings, Brian "Chopper" Hansen of East Dubuque, and Wendy (Daryl) Hansen Bornemeier of Waukesha, WI; aunts and uncle, Joyce and Bill Stoffel of Dubuque, and Dee Hansen of Waverly, IA; niece and nephew, Jacob and Emily Bornemeier; and her beloved dog, Pippa. 

Pamela was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, Clarence and Margaret Meyer and Vincent and Helen Hansen Sahm; her step-grandfather, Joseph Sahm; and an uncle, Donald Hansen.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Bender and staff in Iowa City, Paramount Ambulance and the St. Joseph Church community.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund for her children's education, and other charities. 

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



Darla Jean Shady


Darla Jean Shady, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, September 22, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Darla's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017, from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Darla Jean Shady was born on August 31, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jesse Neville and Georgia (Lund) Shady, Jr. She was a 1978 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

While in high school, Darla worked in the laundry department at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa. She then worked for DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years.

Darla enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, unicorns, horses, and going for coffee with her Mom, Aunt Lil and Dee. She was also especially proud of her daughter April.

Those left to honor Darla's memory include a daughter April Shady-Pierce and her husband Brandon of Mauston, WI; her mother Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers, Dean (Cindy) Shady of Clinton, IA, Dennis (Maureen) Shady of Pittsville, VA, Danny Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Darin (Keri) Shady of Maquoketa, IA; and her special friend and beloved cat, Angel.

She was preceded in death by her father Jesse N. Shady Jr., infant brother Donald, and an infant sister Debbie.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Crestridge Nursing Home and Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Altha Raisbeck


Altha "Ginger" Raisbeck, 94, of Dubuque died Friday, September 22, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 27 at Grand View United Methodist Church, with Rev. Thomas Shinkle officiating. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. and from 9:30-10:15 a.m., Wednesday at the church.

Altha was born on April 25,1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of John Raymond and Lucille (Voelker) Dettman.

After graduation from Senior High School she began working at Adam's Company. While working there she met her future husband, the love of her life, William "Bill" Raisbeck. They were married on February 16, 1946.

Ginger stayed home to raise their two children and then went on to work at Jefferson Junior High School for over 20 rewarding years.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Gerald) Husby and her son, David (Ellen) Raisbeck, both of Florida; grandchildren, William (Laura) Raisbeck and their children, Emma and Cassie; and Carrie (Jason) Landstrom, and their children, Taylor and J.D., all of Minnesota; and her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Meyer, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her brother-in-law, Robert Meyer.

In lieu of flowers an Altha Raisbeck Memorial Fund has been established. Please forward donations to the funeral home.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Home Instead for their exceptional care and devotion to mom over the past 9 years, and to Hospice of Dubuque.



Franklin D. Reavis


Franklin D. "Frank" Reavis, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 20th, 2017, at home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at Highland Lutheran Church in rural Elkader where there will be a short visitation at 10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

Frank was born February 4, 1942 the son of Floyd and Ernestine (Schoien) Reavis in Postville, Iowa. He attended high school at Central Community and graduated with the class of 1960. He was a member of the track team and was the leading scorer for the basketball team.

He was employed at Belsky Motor Co., Shike-Richardson, and later retired as the Service Manager for Richardson Motors Dubuque. Frank was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Frank spent much of his time on his family farm located in Elgin, IA where he enjoyed morale and deer hunting. He liked to watch his grandchildren play sports and was an avid fisherman. He especially enjoyed fishing for walleye.

Frank was mechanically inclined and loved to tinker with anything that had a motor. He was also competitive by nature whether it was playing euchre with family and friends or playing golf in which he enjoyed weekly up until this past year, (special thanks to Dave Paisley) Frank will be sadly missed by his family and friends but will be fondly remembered as a person who lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by his sons Daniel (Kerry) Reavis of Dubuque, IA, Jason Reavis of Dubuque, Ryan Reavis of Delta, CO; sister Eleanor Krieg of Elkader, IA and her family; grandchildren Zachary, Logan and Rachel Reavis of Dubuque; longtime companion Darlene Hogan of Dubuque, IA; and Aunt Corinne Schoien of Elkader, IA.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents Ernestine and Floyd "Shorty" Reavis; brother-in-law Neal Krieg; Aunt Arlene Schoien.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Sunshine Home Care for their care and kindness; also to Bob Tharp who graciously cared for Frank; and a special acknowledgement to Dan Wolff who was like a son to Frank.

 



David E. Beckman


David Edward Beckman, 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, identified by his family and himself as "Tough as Nails" - lost his fierce battle with cancer on September 12, 2017, at home surrounded by family. He was predeceased by: his mother, Shirley Richardson, father, David B. Beckman, stepfather, Albert Richardson, brother, John Richardson and sister, Corinne Jameson.

He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Susie (of 26+ years), daughters Elizabeth Burns and Barbara Smith (Randy); three grandchildren: Nicki Tocci (Ryan), Josh Smith, and Luke Smith; sisters: Elisabeth Anderson (Kip), Margaret Chambers (Tom), Anne Ikard (David), and Rebecca Moe, and brothers, Butch Beckman (Susan), and Steve Richardson.

David was born April 9, 1953, the son of Shirley (Dial) Beckman and David B. Beckman in Ashland, Wisconsin. He grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his mother and stepfather Al Richardson, four sisters and two brothers. He completed a marketing program at the UNM and was in sales most of his life.

He overcame many obstacles in his life that would have stopped most people: a misshapen leg due to rickets; three kidney transplants; and dyslexia. Although he couldn't read when he graduated from high school, after listening to many self-help tapes, and with encouragement from a good friend, he taught himself to read and became an avid reader.

David was one of the world's first kidney transplants, performed by Dr. Thomas Starzyl, in 1968. After his second transplant, against medical advice, this very strong-willed man became a certified scuba diver, worked construction, rode horses, lived at the Grand Canyon for 10 years and hiked rim to rim several times. He loved the outdoors and later became an assistant manager for an outdoor store.

David worked for Sam's Club in Arizona and Iowa for a total of 18 years and was well liked by fellow employees and members. Rather than criticize and grumble, he always looked for solutions. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could diffuse a difficult situation in an instant.

He was a resolute Christian and served at several churches throughout the years, most recently at Word of Life Church in Dubuque. He was an amazing example of Christian love and kindness and serving others was always his focus. Even the many medical obstacles faced throughout his life, could not extinguish his faith or dampen his spirits. No matter how he felt, he would not complain but would pray for and help those around him.

David, an exceptional husband, dad, brother, and employee, will be sorely missed. He was a hero to his wife and children and an inspiration to his family and friends because he never gave up, and he always put God first.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional and compassionate care of David. They would also like to thank the US Cremation Society for their dignified and compassionate service in his cremation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Word of Life Church in Dubuque, Iowa on November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Stories and pictures are encouraged and, in lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the National Kidney Foundation.

 



Donald C. Hasken


Donald C. Hasken 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Visitation will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois on Monday, September 25th from 3 to 8 pm, and the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 pm. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 26th at St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Donald C. Hasken is the oldest child of Alvina Ricke and Joseph Hasken. He was born in Vinegar Hill Township, IL on November 23, 1931. Don took a leadership role very early on in his life by helping direct his younger brothers and sisters on the farm. Don always protected his siblings and worked side by side with his dear mother, Alvina. He married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth (Betty) Oster on Jan. 30, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois and together they raised ten children. Don served in the Army as a newlywed and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling back to East Dubuque to work as a foreman for the John Deere foundry for 33 years. During retirement, he enjoyed traveling the country driving for Iowa Coaches Tour Buses. Don and Betty also enjoyed traveling together especially with their children during their 49 years of marriage. Don was a member of St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois. He was a former volunteer fireman for East Dubuque in his younger days along with being an East Dubuque City Council member. Don loved the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He was a kind and generous soul who devoted his life to his family. He had a great sense of humor and was a very loving, hardworking and patient man. Don was a person that loved meeting new people and enjoyed a good conversation.

Don is survived by his nine children: Mike Hasken (and his children Stephanie and Jared), Jim (& Lorna) Hasken of Muscatine, Iowa and their children Andrew, Christopher, and Emily), Jack (& Sarah) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Heather and Taylor), Mary (& Vladimir) Kotacka of Yelm, Washington, Donny (& Kim) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Amber, Adam and Austin), Ann (& John) Ward of Mendota, Illinois and their children Brittany and Angela, Betsy McClurge of Cedar Rapids (and her children Emma and Ava), and Maria (& Glenn) Averkamp of Cedar Rapids and their children Sam and Natalie) and Don's youngest son David of Dubuque. Don and Betty's love for children was evident when their grandchildren started showing up and this was very special to both of them. He also has nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Roseann Nauman and her husband Harlan of East Dubuque, his in-laws: Jim Richman, Doris Hasken, LouMae Hasken, Helen Oster and Roger Gartner along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his son Patrick, his mother Alvina, his sister Darlene Gartner, his brothers Vince and Earl Hasken along with his wife's siblings.

The family would like to thank Sunshine Home Care, Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital Emergency Department, Stonehill Care Center, Finley Home Care and his hospice helpers for bringing comfort to Don in his last months.

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



Madonna T. Krapfl


Madonna T. "Donna" Krapfl, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:40 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Donna may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Donna will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Donna was born on October 3, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Emil and Martha (Kramer) Esch. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. She was united in marriage to Merle Krapfl on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Donna was a 4H Leader and a member of the Dyersville Merry Maids for many years. She loved to cook, fish, camp and tend to her flower gardens. She enjoyed attending sporting events for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Merle Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; one sister, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil Manternach of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; four sisters, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer and Ellen Manternach; one brother, Nick Esch.

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



Lori K. Gibbs


Lori K. (Weiland) Gibbs, age 55 of Epworth, IA was taken in the arms of her loving angels on September 19, 2017 surrounded with the love of family after a courageous six year battle with Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma Cancer. Never has a person fought with such dignity and determination. She was such an inspiration to her hundreds of supporters.

Per Lori's wishes, she will be cremated. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday September 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be at 11:45 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grave officiating. The family requests no flowers and memorials may be made per your wishes.

Lori was born on January 30th, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Kay (Duehr) Weiland. She graduated in 1980 from Hempstead High School and NICC in 1982. Lori married Robert A. (Bob) Gibbs on January 1st, 1995 and they made their home in Epworth, Iowa. Bob was the love of her life and she called him "My Bob".

Lori's employment included Prudential, Myers Cox, Weitzel Financial, and her favorite at Medical Associates West since 2005, retiring in April 2017 due to her cancer.

Lori's favorite hobbies included gardening, deer hunting, and fishing with her best friend and loving husband, Bob. They spent many hours on the Ole Mississippi River in Guttenberg fishing the back waters, laughing and enjoying each other's company. She also enjoyed her annual fishing trip at 3 Mile Lake. In addition, she enjoyed shotgun deer season and quiet times with Bob in the woods. She had a love for wildlife and flowers and it showed by the many plants and flowers surrounding their house. She loved family fun times with family dinners and playing Shanghai and Canasta. Lori loved her weekend rides in Bob's 1952 Ford Pickup as they held hands and cruised the country roads.

Lori was a very fun-loving gal and made so many friends with her outgoing personality. She was a very dedicated employee and was loved and admired by her MAC family.

At the age of 49, the same age she was stricken with cancer, she became "Grammy" to her only grandson, Kane Straub. Kane was her proudest joy in life along with her step-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries. Lori looked forward to the weekends when Cory and Kane would visit. They loved making craft projects, fishing, swimming and baking. Lori loved the holidays and her home glowed with the many lights and decorations.

In 2015, Lori became a very active advocate with Compassion and Choices. She held the chair for the Dubuque County Action Team where she educated the public on the Iowa End of Life Options. Lori spent endless hour giving presentations, holding tabling events, meetings, and lobbying with her local Senators and House of Representatives. Sad to say, the State of Iowa never passed the bill in time of Lori's need.

Those left to honor her memory includes her husband Bob Gibbs, son Cory Straub, parents Wayne and Kay Weiland, sister and best friend Kari Weiland, and niece Kaylee (Doug) Thomas, step-children Jason Gibbs of Manchester and Corina (Brian) Ries of Ryan, Iowa, Mother-in-Law Hilda Gibbs of Manchester, brothers and sisters-in-laws, Shirley and Rich Lee, Pat and Rick Palmer, Deb and Gary Gibbs, Linda Holtaus, all of the Manchester area, grandchildren Kane Straub, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries also several most caring and supportive aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as her Medical Associates family. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law Burl Gibbs, grandparents Milt and Dorothy Weiland, and Bill and Izzy Duehr.

Lori battled a very brave fight against cancer for six years thanks to faith, family, friends, as well as a positive attitude, a sense of humor and amazing doctors. Her final gift to others is to give the gift of sight through her donation of her eyes to the Iowa Donor Network. Her family would like to thank University of Iowa dream team of doctors, as well as Dr. Eric Engelman, special nurse Jenny, and the Oncology Nursing Staff. The family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center. Lori will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Our "Miracle Lori" is now our "Angel Lori".



Esther Christina Link


Esther Christina Link, 93, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, beginning a well-deserved rest after a life well spent.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew A-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m.

Esther was born on January 18, 1924, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of John and Christina (Zimmer) Schmidt. She married Marion J. Link on August 12, 1943; he died on January 5, 1989. She later married John F. "Bud" Hefel Jr. on November 17, 1990; he died December 29, 1998.

Esther took her first job at 14 as a live-in maid and cook, and spent the rest of her life working hard at all her many roles, including cleaning houses into her 80s. She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Sacred Heart) and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 1959.

She loved to play softball on Monday nights at Comiskey Park with her grandkids and other family and friends. She was always ready to play a good game of euchre, and enjoyed quilting, especially with the ladies in Buenie.

Esther is survived by 7 children: Gerald (Phyllis) Link, James "Jim"(Linda) Link, David (Judy) Link, Joy (Mike) Behnke, Carol Link, Jean (Mark) Kohn, and Greg (Sue) Link, all of Dubuque; 2 foster children: Charles (Rita) Wagner and Donna (Verlon) Bailey to whom she was "Mom-For-A-Little-While"; 12 grandchildren: Patty (Rich) Berrier, Cathy (Grant) Copic, Eric (William) Link, Neal (Kim) Link, Jason (Shannon) Link, Jolene (Dan) Koopmann, Dawn Link, Tricia and Laura Behnke, Chris (Sara) Kohn, Darren (Sherese) Kohn, and Brian Link; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 step-children: Lorna Paisley, Dennis (Sharon) Hefel, Beverly (Bill) Rettenmeier, Connie Kintzle, Mary Kay "Punkie" (Phil) Birkel, Brian (Dianne) Hefel, Trudy Hefel, Amy Eudaley, and Shawn (Perry) Bromen; and their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Link (in infancy); a grandson, Jeffrey Link; a great-granddaughter, Samantha "Sammie" Link; a foster daughter, Carol (Eugene) Laugesen; 5 sisters: Thelma Schmidt (in infancy), Marie (John) Spielbauer, Alvina (Elton) Riddle, Rosina (William) O'Toole, and Walburga "Rita" (John) Pothoff; 2 brothers, Wilfred (Marie) and Leonard (Anna) Schmidt; and 2 sisters-in-law: Stella (Wilbur) Saylor and Irma (John) Beitzel.

Esther was the epitome of Christian kindness, and dedicated her life to helping others. Her home was always open, and she made the best kneffles and apple crisp, and served them up with heaps of common sense, comfort, and understanding. We are all better people for having known and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, an Esther Link Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Esther's niece, Mary CR Schmidt, Dr. Kristin Nelson, and to Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Esther.



Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde


Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde, 76, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Ennoble Manor Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler. Visitation is from 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. A visitation will also be held on Saturday at the Church from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Mary Ann was born on August 15, 1941 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Delvan and Irene (Wiederholt) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to Philip A. Runde on June 6, 1961 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2013.

Mary Ann was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, where she collected CCA points to benefit CCW. She attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated with the first graduation class of Wahlert High School.

In her younger years she loved bowling, playing poker with the girls, shopping, going for late night pizza, and later playing triple yatzee with her sister. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was formerly employed at Betty Jane Candy, Sinsinawa Mound, cooked for various area restaurants, ran Bob's Recreation softball league and tournaments, and drove bus for Stratton Bus Company. She and Phil operated Runde's Bar & Hall in Kieler from 1984 - 2000. Mary Ann would also hold clothing parties at her home for Queen's Way.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Dale) Haverland of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Angela (Dion) Nickel of Wylie, Texas; four grandchildren, Andrew Haverland, Rebecca (fiancé Bryan Johnson) Haverland, Ashley and Bryce Nickel; her siblings, Eldred "Gus" (Alvina) Timmerman of rural Cuba City, Anita (Bernard) Heileman of Dickeyville, and Jeanette (Faber) Runde of Kieler; and many nieces and nephews; her in-laws, LaVerne (Dola) Runde of East Dubuque, Illinois and David (Joyce) Runde of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delvan and Irene; her husband, Phil; nieces and nephews, Charlie Runde, Daniel Heileman, Tony Timmerman and Cheryl Heileman; her in-laws, Bernard (Eileen) Runde and Gerald (Mary A.) Runde.

Mary Ann's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and compassionate care shown to their mother.

Mary Ann will be remembered by the staff at Ennoble Manor for her beautiful smile, singing and dancing.

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



Elizabeth A. Delaney


Elizabeth A. "Betty" Delaney, 92, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. They may also call after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Funeral home where services will be held at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born May 25, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Madeline (Theisen) Schadle. On May 1, 1945 she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Delaney in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked with the foster Grandparents in West Dubuque and Dubuque Community School for over 25 years. She loved to fly to visit her grandchildren in New Jersey.

Betty is survived by her children, Jim (Shirley) Delaney, Delaine (Norb) Heim both of Dubuque, IA, Beta (Harvey) King of Epworth, IA and Penny (Michael) Iannella of Sterling, NJ; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one sister Joan (Gene) Frith and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, one son, Dennis Delaney in infancy, her parents and one brother Donald Schadle.

The family would like to thank the staff at Alverna Apts. And Stonehill Nursing Home where she enjoyed excellent care for many years.

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



Lillian M. Wessels


Lillian M. Wessels, 86, of New Vienna, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Lillian was born January 30, 1931, in Colesburg, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Lansing) Steger. She married James H. Wessels on June 2, 1952, in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until retirement in 1996.

She was a devoted farmer's wife, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Jim loved Polka dancing, country music and traveling.

Lillian is survived by her 3 sons: Patrick (Brenda) and Gary (Pam), both of Dyersville, Marty (Wanda) of Farley; 3 daughters: Lynn (Jeff) Cizek of Traer, IA, Joyce (Kevin) Willman of Worthington, IA and Lois (Mark) Bonifas of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Robert (Lillian) Steger of Dyersville, Patrick (Margie) Steger of New Vienna, Charles (Carol) Steger of New Vienna, Mary Ann Bonert of Dyersville; in-laws: Leon (Eileen) Wessels of Dyersville, Kay Wessels and Ruth Wessels, both of New Vienna, and Rosemary (Marvin) Nickol of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim in 2002, a granddaughter, Kimberly Wessels; a brother, John Steger and in-laws: Fred J. (Mary Ann) Wessels, Louis and Earl Wessels and William Bonert.

The family wishes to send a special thanks to the nurses, CNA's and staff of Luther Manor Memory Care Unit and Nursing Home for their compassion and care they provided to Lillian.

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



Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF

Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, September 18, 2017, at Clare House, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sister's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 22, 2017, in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Mary Ann was born on November 3, 1937, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of George and Sedella (Kramer) Helle and Joan (Jaeger) Helle.

Sr. Mary Ann entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1956 and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1962. Sister received her Masters in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1972. She was joyfully missioned in Iowa at Granville, Remsen, Sioux City-Sacred Heart, Humboldt, and Mount St. Francis, Dubuque; and at Melrose Park and Hazel Crest, IL.

Those left to cherish her memory include

her sisters,
Pearl (Harold) Kelchen,
Norma Kelchen,
Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann,
Janet Schwendinger,
Ruth (Larry) Griffin,
LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand,
Joanie (Tom) Tauke
and Doris (Clair) Riesberg;

her brothers,
George (Connie),
LeRoy (Margie),
Paul (Stella),
Frank (Joann)
and Bob (Camie Pedersen);

she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 60 years along her earthly journey.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathleen Helle; a brother, Henry; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Kelchen and John Schwendinger.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassion, care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

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



Msgr. Francis P. Friedl


Msgr. Francis P. Friedl died Monday, September 18 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, two months short of his 100th birthday.

The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church. Burial will take place after the Funeral Mass, at 4:00 p.m., in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo.

Msgr. Friedl was born on November 26, 1917, to Philip and Rose (Schares) Friedl in Waterloo. He graduated from Loras College and took his theological training at Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary in Norwood, Ohio.

He was ordained April 26, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church, Waterloo, by Archbishop Francis J.L. Beckman. After a brief assignment at St. Francis Parish, Dumont, he was named associate at Nativity Parish, Dubuque, in 1943.
He joined the faculty of Loras College in 1947, during which time he also served as chaplain at the Dubuque County Home and later as associate at St. Joseph Church, Dubuque. In 1950, he entered Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology.

He returned to the Archdiocese in 1954 to become director of public relations at Loras College, where he was appointed vice-president in 1956. He was named a monsignor in 1956. In 1965, Msgr. Friedl became dean of studies at Loras and served as acting president from 1966 to 1967. In 1971, he was appointed president of the college and dean of the Loras Deanery.

He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph, Elkader, in 1977 and St. Columbkille, Dubuque, in 1984. He retired in 1987.

He authored "The Loras College Story - 150 Years," for the college's sesquicentennial observances in 1969. In addition he authored 12 other books on topics ranging from the priesthood, homilies, Loras College, and people of Dubuque.

Msgr. Friedl is survived by a sister, Mary Billings of California and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Philip, James and Thomas Friedl; and four sisters, Catherine Porter, Sister Mary Margaret, Rosemary Ralston, and Shirley Kapler.

Memorials may be directed to the Archdiocese of Dubuque Seminarian Education Fund.



Lawrence J. Gaul


Lawrence J. "Larry" Gaul, 79, of Epworth passed away September 19, 2017, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, September 25, 2017, from 9:30 - 10:45 am in the Breitbach Room at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Monday, September 25, 2017, St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Rev. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Larry was born on February 15, 1938, near New Vienna, IA the son of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1960, in Germany.

He married Dolores Wente on November 17, 1962, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa. Together they farmed the family farm where he was born and raised.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Luxemburg and served as a lector for many years. His love of photography led him to serve 25 years as a videographer for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. In retirement, Larry enjoyed driving his team of horses in area parades.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; children: Linda Gaul of Indianapolis, IN, Craig Gaul of New Vienna, Tom (Martina) Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of Luxemburg, and Jenny Gaul of Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Brandon (fiancé Brittany Dolphin), Dillon (friend Katie Koopman), Nathan, Taylor, Bailey, Angela, Douglas (friend Sierra Kramer), Jack, and Molly; siblings: Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Eldon Gaul of Dyersville, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque and Eileen (Richard) Hermsen of Luxemburg; and a sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Jerome) Lansing of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three children in infancy, Angela, Jean, and Matthew; a grandson, Tyler Gaul; siblings: Leander Gaul in infancy, and his twin sister, Laura Meyer, and in-laws: Germaine Gaul, Helen Gaul, Ralph Meyer, and Robert Wente.

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



Dave J. Leytem


Dave J. "Ace" Leytem, 71, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dave may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., day, at the funeral home. Services for Dave will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dave was born June 26, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harland and Rose Mary (Quint) Leytem. He is a 1964 graduate of Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa.

He began his career in food service at Thompson's Food and B&M Groceries in Cascade, Iowa. After the closing of B&M he went to work for Hy-vee in Dubuque until his retirement.

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

Dave was an avid sports fan for the Cascade Cougars, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox.

He is survived by four brothers, Terry (Jill) Leytem, Wayne (Nancy) Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Bill (Lisa) Leytem of Asbury, IA, Greg (Julie) Leytem of Swisher, IA; five sisters, Sandy (Paul) Koppes of Monmouth, IA, Carol Annis of Cascade, IA, Linda (Marty) Hill of Dixon, IL, Lois Leytem of Dubuque, Julie Hartmann of Dubuque; and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Leytem and Mary Kay Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Sheri Leytem of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Harland "Bub" Leytem on October 31, 1985 and his mother Rosemary on October 25, 2012; three brothers, Gary "Jake" Leytem on August 17, 2004; Robert "Bub" Leytem on July 9, 2012; Steve "Ben" Leytem on November 17, 2012; and two nephews, Rick Annis on October 8, 1987; Benjamin Leytem on October 14, 1989.

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



Olive V. Anderton


Olive V. "Ollie" Anderton, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017, at the Trinity Medical Center, Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Ollie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 22, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private Inurnment will be held at a later date from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Olive Vivian Boyington was born on September 2, 1941 in Dows, Iowa, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Lamberson) Boyington. She first attended a one room schoolhouse in Elma, Iowa and then graduated from Riceville High School in 1960. She married James "Jim" Anderton on February 25, 1961 in Riceville, Iowa. To this union four daughters were born: Lee Ann, Wanda, Lori and Rebecca.

Prior to her marriage, Ollie worked as a nurse's aide at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1963 she and Jim moved to Maquoketa and she worked as a preschool teacher at Mother Goose Pre-School and then Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa until her kids were all in school. In 1978, she became Activities Director at the Maquoketa Care Center for 25 years, retiring in 2003.

Ollie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in the UMW and the Ruth Circle. For many years she had been a member of card clubs, the Jackson County Master Gardeners, and in retirement served on the Board of Directors of the Maquoketa Care Center.

Ollie enjoyed shopping with her daughters, flower gardening, cooking, baking, her kittens, dogs, and horses and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Jim Anderton of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Lee Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Wanda (Mike) Meagher of Brookline, NH, Lori (Laura Taylor) Hollingshead of Robins, IA, and Rebecca Formenti of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Claude Boyington and a grandchild Meagan Hollingshead.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being set up for a gift of kitchen items to the United Methodist Church.

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



Ariyl Faith True


Ariyl Faith True, 27, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 16th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Ariyl was born in Libertyville, Illinois on Sept. 18, 1990, she attended Hempstead High School and graduated in 2008.

Ariyl was very active and involved throughout her school days. She participated in basketball, volleyball, and cross country, just to name a few, and she excelled at everything she did.

She is survived by numerous, loving family members and special friends that felt blessed to claim her as their own.

Ariyl faced many challenges in her short life and has now found the peace and comfort she deserves. We will celebrate her life forever and will hold a memorial service for her on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m.



Loras Edwin Mitchell


Loras Edwin Mitchell, 88, of St. Catherine's, Iowa passed away September 19, 2017 at home.

The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Father Philip Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday September 22nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Burial will take place after the funeral mass in the St. Catherine's Church Cemetery.

Loras was born December 11, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edwin and Florence (Hilkin) Mitchell. He married Ann Joiner December 1, 1951 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Loras was employed as an Iron Worker and worked on bridges. He started in working at St. Catherine's building the tower and later traveling through the country doing iron work. He later retired in 1993 and moved back to St. Catherine's.

He loved deer hunting and fishing trips, as well as a good game of Euchre. Mitch also loved to watch sports. There was always a game of baseball or football on. His wife thought that was the only channel they ever got. Mitch could also fix "rig" anything. He had a knack for getting it done or making it work.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his children Barb (Loras) Manders, of St. Catherine's, Belva (Jeannie Costanza) Mitchell, of New Jersey, Pete (Julia) Mitchell, of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders, Shaina Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Pam (Mitch) Hayes & Kenny (Julia) Mitchell; 17 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren; his sister Gloria Lenstra; and brother John (Rose) Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Darwin, and his sister Mary Maiden.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Mitchell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Molly Manders for her care and comfort and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.



Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney


Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney, 73, of Dubuque, died on Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Friday, at the church until time of mass. A celebration of her life will also be held at The Grand River Center in the Glass River Room from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 22nd, all are welcome.

Sharon was born on August 16, 1944, in Bernard, IA, daughter of Dorance & Deloras (Stoffel) Gassman.
Sharon graduated from the Visitation Academy, and was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where she helped cook the Oktoberfest meal for 13 years.

Sharon started her career as an OR Tech at Mercy, eventually segueing to the business world working for Prudential.

After retirement Sharon became the Activities Director at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL where she made many friends and enjoyed helping the residents to be comfortable and enjoy their time to the fullest. Sharon truly adored her work there.

Sharon is survived by her children, Thomas (Melissa) Haupert, of Anthem, AZ, Terrence Haupert, of East Troy, WI, Stephen (Michelle) Haupert, of Dubuque, IA, Deb (Derek) Monnig, of Coppell, TX, and Bill Sweeney, of Janesville, WI; and grandchildren Addie Haupert, Tyler and Tessa Haupert, Rowan Monnig and Cole and Callie Sweeney; and her brother, Harry (Lois) Gassman, of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis Fritz Sweeney, and twin brothers John and Joseph Gassman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Sharon's many neighbors that helped out when needed and the medical professionals at Mercy Medical Center & Mercy Home Health Care for their outstanding service in Sharon's final months.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.



Rosella C. Eckert


Rosella C. "Sally" Eckert, 90, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Kieler. Visitation will be from 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. on Thursday. A visitation will also be held on Friday from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Sally was born on July 3, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Webster and Loretta (Soat) Smith. She was united in marriage to Ernest A. Eckert on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2003.

Sally was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, bingo and doing needle work.

Surviving are two children, Wayne J. Eckert (fiancé Joyce Steffen) of Dubuque, Iowa and Roseann (Rocky) Emler of Potosi, Wisconsin, a granddaughter, Heather (Marcus) Emler Groom; a great grandson, Wyatt Emler; and a brother Eugene Smith of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Webster and Loretta; her husband, Ernest; and one sister, Mary Lou Korber.

Wayne and Roseann would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and the Cardiac Medical Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the special care given to their mother.

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



N. Dean Boyes


N. Dean Boyes, 77, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at Ennoble Manor with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3 to 8 Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 at the funeral home and also after 9:00 a.m. Friday.

Norman Dean Boyes was born on July 26, 1940 in Epworth, Iowa the son of Norman "Newt" and Imogene (Schlosser) Boyes. He grew up on the family farm at Graf Iowa and was especially fond of sharing his many stories of those days on the farm and his time spent in Graf. He graduated from Epworth High School in 1957; and married Janet Althaus on June 15, 1963 at Saint Joseph the Worker. Together they shared 54 wonderful years.

Dean worked at John Deere in the Experimental Shop until his retirement in 1999, and was a member of the UAW Local #94. He was a talented mechanic and loved to work on tractors, especially restoring old John Deere and helping the boys with their pulling tractors and stock cars. He also enjoyed restoring old toys and pedal tractors. He was very active in HVFMA Pulling Tractor Club, and often did the announcing at the area pulls. He had quite the gift of gab and you would often hear his famous stories during the pulls.

Dean was active with the Cub Scouts and calling bingo at Nativity Church for many years. He enjoyed the Labor Day parades with the UAW float; and like to help Bill and Dennis Conrad on the farm.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his two sons Kevin (Jeanne) Boyes and Kenneth "Kenny" (Sandy Temperley) Boyes, both of Key West, Iowa; his two granddaughters Allison (Dan) Tringale, of Houston, TX and Jaclyn Boyes of Key West; Sandy's daughters Brooke and Brenda; his twin Brother Gene (Roxy) Boyes, of Dubuque; his sister Alice (Jerry) Schueller, of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lois (Dan) Potter.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Elizabeth, Betsy and Nicole; and Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy for all their care and kindness, and to all Dean's friends especially the Sunshine breakfast club.



Mary Ellen Althoff


Mary Ellen Althoff, 69, of Marion and formerly of New Vienna, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday 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. Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Mary Ellen Althoff was born on Oct. 30, 1947, the daughter of Ted H. and Leona (Klas) Althoff. After graduating from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, she worked at Kerper's Store in New Vienna and then at Harrison's and Theisen's in Dyersville. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1969, and worked in inventory control at Quik-Way and Dysert-Peck and retired from the Accounting Department of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2010.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Marion, IA. She will be remembered always for her quick wit and sense of humor; for the care she gave to her mother for 31 years; for the guidance, and support she gave her siblings, and her many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and for her love of casinos, card games, country and polka music, and phone visiting.

She is survived by her siblings and their families: Margie (Art) Nachtman of Ryan and their family Kenny Nachtman, Dr. Jane (Ian Ferguson) Nachtman, Karen (Jim) Oppelt, Lisa (Dan) Edwards, Dennis (Sarah) Nachtman, Matt (Jill) Nachtman; Fred (Joan) Althoff of Robins, and their family Kristine (Matt) Coulter, Dr. Keri Althoff (Dr. C. John Sperati), Amy Althoff, Erin (Dustin Hittenmiller) Althoff, Nathan Althoff; Laurie (Craig) Rogers of Rockford, IL, and their family, Heather (Jamie) Jackman, Sarah (Steve) Schrandt, Kyle (Ashley) Rogers; Gary (Marilyn) Althoff of Earlville, and their family, Tammy (Earl) March, Shannon (Dee) Althoff, Josh Althoff; Joyce (Mike) Wessels of Rickardsville, and their family, Brian (Amanda) Wessels, Wendy (Kyle) Askling, and Anne (Matt) Delaney. Also surviving are great-nieces and nephews, Andy, Shane, and Devon Nachtman; Jeremy and Thomas Ferguson; Madison Oppelt; Samantha, Rebecca and Kathyrn Edwards; Madeline, Abigail, and Zachary Nachtman; Maximus and Layla Nachtman; Ella, Claire, Jackson, Bryn, Luke and Sam Coulter; Charleston, Eleanor and Camille Sperati; Declan and Sawyer Althoff; Michaela, Moira and Thomas Jackman; Alexa, Ryan and Jake Schrandt; Briana, Shelby and Anthony March; Aubrie and Emalynn Althoff; John, Luke, Matthew and Samantha Wessels; Haylee and Cassandra Askling and Ava Delaney. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a great niece, Caitlin Schrandt, and her long time friend, Ralph (Cliff) Kluesner in 2003.

Her family deeply appreciates all those who laughed with her, enjoyed the casinos with her, and also the fellowship of ABWA and her condo association friends who shared their time, stories and lives with Mary.

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



Goldie E. Harmon


Goldie E. Harmon, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Rev. DeWayne Teig will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date, in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Goldie was born April 19, 1931 in Stahl, MO, the daughter of John S. and Annie (Campbell) Walters. She married George F. Harmon on December 6, 1947 in Novinger, MO. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2012.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, as well as the UAW Auxiliary 344, VFW 508 Auxiliary, all in Dubuque, and TOPS 1198 in Sageville.

Goldie is survived by her son, Ellis Eugene (Sharon) Harmon of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christopher (Sue) Harmon of Dubuque, and Laura Lee (Mack) Alongi of Carol Stream, IL; eight great grandchildren, Valeria and Peter "P.J." Alongi, Ryleigh "Jean" Harmon, Owen and Alex Thompson, Brandon (Jamie) Urban, and Ashley and Caitlyn Picolotti; two great great grandchildren, Riley and Ryan Urban; her sister, Bernice Baggs of Kansas City, MO; her sisters in law, Alfreda James of Kirksville, MO, Dorothy Rice of Moline, IL, and Dorothy Harmon of Kankakee, IL; and her brother in law, Bob (Rosie) Harmon of St. Paul, KS.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lucille Phillips; four brothers, Mark, Ellis, Paul, and Raymond Walters; and two brothers in law, Ross Baggs and Tom Phillips.

According to her wishes, the family requests no flowers.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center.

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



Edna Mae Orr


Edna Mae Orr, 89, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at 5:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Edna Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where an American Legion Auxillary service will be held at 4 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 21st, at the funeral home. Services for Edna Mae will be held at 10:30 Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Edna Mae was born November 1, 1927, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Tommy and Mae (Tobin) Zoller. She received her education from St. Mary's School and the University of Dubuque. On March 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Orr at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

Edna Mae enjoyed visiting with all, sharing pictures and stories about her children and grandchildren. In earlier years, she enjoyed bowling and bingo with friends and neighbors. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Most recently, Edna Mae resided at Shady Rest Care Center and enjoyed visiting with friends and caregivers. In all of her travels, Edna Mae always returned to the center of her universe, Cascade!

She is survived by eight children, Diana Kay (Christopher Flynn) of San Jose, CA, Ken Orr of Cascade, IA, Becky (Paul Oberbroeckling) Orr of Denver, CO, Stan Orr, Patrick Orr both of Cascade, IA, Michael Orr of San Jose, CA, Nancy Otting of Mt. Juliet, TN and Ross (Shontele) Orr of Cascade, IA; Eight granddaughters, Amy, Erin, Allison, Helen, Madeline, Mia, Mollie and Charlee; one great granddaughter, Sidney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles F. Orr on December 14, 1994, two daughters in infancy, Sarah and Mary Beth Orr; one sister, Annabelle "Doll" O'Shea.

The Orr family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Shady Rest Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave to Edna Mae.

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



Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha


Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha, 61, Laughlin, NV, passed away September 3, 2017, at the UCH-Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband at her side.

A Celebration of Beth's Life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A Celebration of Life luncheon will follow at the Centerstone Inn, Maquoketa, IA. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beth was born on November 16, 1955, in La Porte, Indiana to John and Kathryn (Scoville) Myatt. Beth was born and raised in La Porte, IN, lived in Denver, Maquoketa, IA and presently resided in Laughlin, NV. Beth graduated from La Porte High School and Purdue University and retired from the Colorado Medical Society. She married Kenneth L. Crusha on April 7, 1989 in Kauai, Hawaii.

Beth enjoyed friends, photography, antiques and travel and was a great design/decorator. Photography was to remain an avid life-long interest. Beth combined photography and antique collecting as she and Kenneth traveled across the United States. Beth and Kenneth shared 28+ years of fantastic companionship, photo clubs, metal-detecting, and desert off-roading. Beth and Kenneth traveled extensively during the summer and visited many, many family and friends in 2017.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Crusha of Laughlin, NV; a brother, Alan and his wife Josephine and their two daughters, Ann & Jennifer Myatt; three step-children, Shania Plantz, Shaun Crusha and Renee Horton; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Beth was always a shining light wherever she traveled. The Lord has taken a "shining" angel home. She will be greatly missed but incredible memories of her will bring a smile to many a soul. Beth loved sunshine and will be shining light for us all.

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

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



Mary S. Teeling


Mary S. Teeling, 88, peacefully passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:30.

Mary was born on September 28, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Hans and Anna (Healey) Mennig. She graduated from St. Columbkille high school and at the age of 18, began her 65 year career in the insurance profession. She spent the majority of her working years with MP Hogan Insurance Agency and ended her career with DB&T and Sheehan Insurance Agency.

On September 2, 1950, Mary married Ralph L. Teeling at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2002.

Mary was a 75 year member of St. Columbkille parish, past president of Insurance Women of Dubuque and member of the Dominican Laity. She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren. Her love for learning and travel never ceased.

Surviving are her children Catherine (Robert) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Michael) Berendes of Hartland, WI, Joseph (Leslie) Teeling of Waukee, IA, Thomas (Barbara) Teeling of Wesley Chapel, FL and John Teeling of Paso Robles, CA; her son-in-law, James Overman of Lisbon, IA; her 24 grandchildren Matthew, Timothy, Jacob, Kathleen, Daniel and Elizabeth Overman, Joshua, Nathaniel, Jessica, Gretchen, Hans and Caleb Breitbach, Michael, Brianna, Mariah and Sean Berendes, Joseph, Benjamin, Alexander, Jackson and Anne Teeling and Luke, Nicholas, and Ashlie Teeling; 26great grandchildren; also surviving is her maid of honor and cousin, Charlotte Powers of Davenport, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; daughter Suzanne; grandchildren John David and Mark Overman; brothers Leonard, Joseph, George and Alan "Ducky" and her sister, Rosadel.

The family would like to thank all her caregivers, especially Pat, Shirley and her beloved granddaughter, Gretchen.

Her gentle spirit, her love for Jesus Christ, and her love and compassion for everyone will remain with us forever.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church.



Gerald H. Schnieders


Gerald H. "Gerry" Schnieders, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Manor Care at 10:25 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. and Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial for Gerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gerry was born on March 14, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Arthur and Marcina (Steger) Schnieders. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Gladys Tauke on September 26, 1951, in Greeley, IA. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948.

Gerry lived on an acreage for 39 years where he raised and showed Quarter horses. He worked for Dyersville National Bank for 28-1/2 years. He went on to sell real estate for 8 years and then worked at Fidelity Bank for 8 years and he also sold granite monuments for many years.

He loved spending time with his family. Gerry also enjoyed photography, golf, Flower gardening, playing the Hammond organ and visiting with the Amish.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137, Dubuque and Dyersville Barbershop Choir and Quartet, Commercial Club and served on the Beckman School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Schnieders of Dyersville, IA; four children Sam Schnieders of Tampa, FL, Jeff (Tammy) Schnieders, Lori (Bradley) Knight both of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sally (Terry) Steffen of New Vienna, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Justin, Matthew, Jeremy, Kelly and Ryan; four great grandchildren, Killian, Emma, Paisley and Baylor.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Geraldine McQuillen, one brother, Bobby Schnieders.

A Gerald H. Schnieders memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeanne Kay Reynolds


Jeanne Kay Reynolds, 56, originally from Dubuque, IA passed away September 13th, 2017. Jeanne passed away in Rochester, MN at Mayo Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne was born in Dubuque, Iowa on May 25th, 1961, to Robert and Barb (Strong) Durey. She was married on January 8th, 1983, to Richard Rex Reynolds.

Jeanne graduated at Loras College in 1983 with a BA in Psychology. She had three children, Amanda M Reynolds, Kelly A Reynolds (deceased), and Jordan K Reynolds. Jeanne later went on to complete her Masters in Nursing at St. Schoalstica. Jeanne and her family moved around the country as her husband served in the military. Jeanne and her husband relocated to Waterloo, IA in 2012 to be closer to family.

Jeanne will be remembered as a giving and caring individual. Jeanne was an avid crafter and often could be found crocheting, knitting, or sewing. She often donated her homemade goods to others and organizations. Jeanne had the ability to laugh at herself and had a good sense of humor. It is thought that she developed this skill over years of living with her husband, who loves to be a prankster.

She is survived by her husband Richard Rex Reynolds; her two children Amanda M. Reynolds, and Jordan K. Reynolds; her two grandchildren, Aiden and Amelia Hoffman. Her parents, Robert and Barb Durey; Jeanne is also survived by her siblings, Julie (John) Potter, Robert Durey, and Jennifer Durey Waugh; her 3 brothers-in-law, Robert Reynolds, Ronald (Doug) Reynolds, and Brian Remakel. She also is survived by her nieces and nephews, Taylor (Matt Nemmers) Durey, Caitlin Remakel, and Christopher Remakel; and two great niece and nephews, Auroa and Garrick Fishel.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Anne Reynolds; her mother-in-law, Freda Reynolds; her father-in-law, Rex Reynolds; and her sister-in-law, Cathy Remakel (Reynolds).



John F. Barton


John F. "Jack" Barton, 80, of Dubuque died Friday, September 15, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church, where visitation will be held Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Jack was born October 1, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Helen (Mueller) Barton. After graduating from Loras Academy in 1954, he served in the US Army. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Loras College.
He worked as a salesman for Flexsteel from 1964 until his retirement in 2001.

Jack was an avid bowler, golfer and Cubs fan. He enjoyed poetry and was a volunteer with Hospice of Dubuque and Meals on Wheels. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Eagles Club.

He is survived by his special friend, Doris Churchill of Dubuque; children, Emily (Marty) Lambe of Pekin, IL and their children, Andrew, Allison and Devin; Nick (Shauna) Barton of Maquoketa and their children, Cole and Anna; and Steve Barton of Dubuque; his former spouse, Elaine Barton of Dubuque; a sister, Mary Ann Barton of Dubuque and a niece, Beth Weiland of Dubuque and her children, Matt and Kayley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Kay Frohs.

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

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

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

The family would like to thank Jack's special friend, Doris, Elaine Barton, and the nurses and staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Thomas J. McDonough


Thomas J. McDonough, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 11th, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with the Very. Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. With Military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is handling arrangements.

Tom was born on May 18, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Loras Academy; and he served in the US Army and the Iowa National Guard for eight years.

He married Connie Nicks on May 17, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

Tom worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, Skowronek Jewelry, and at Mount Carmel for the BVM Sisters.

Tom's Catholic faith was very important to him. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church for 59 years where he served on the finance board, was a daily mass server, volunteered for funeral masses, and was Co-Chair of Sacred Heart Festivals; he also served as past president for the Holy Name Society.

Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he cherished his family. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his wife Connie; three children, Michael (Laure) McDonough, Diane (Steve) Maas, and Joseph (Nancy) McDonough. His grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Ryan) Berning, Kristen (Adam) Shaffer, Ryan (fiancé Caitie Parten) Maas, Molly (Garrett) Campbell, Emily McDonough, Mitchell McDonough, and Kelly McDonough. His great grandchildren Braeden, Adelaide, Vincent, and Theodore Berning; two brothers Lou McDonough and Bill McDonough and two sisters Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson; sister-in-law Jan McDonough.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; his parents; brothers Francis McDonough and Jack (Frances) McDonough; sisters-in-law Gerry McDonough and Rita McDonough; and brother-in-law, Loras Grant.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas McDonough memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated care of Medical Associates, Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Ringold and his staff at Grand River Medical Group and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics that so lovingly cared for Tom on his last journey. A very special thank you for all the prayer groups and especially the BVM Sisters who Tom enjoyed spending time with.



Robert L. Selle


Robert L. Selle 79 of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his children on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Church of the Nativity with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Bob was born February 26, 1938 in Dubuque the son of Horace J. and Marcella (Maas) Selle, Sr. He attended Dubuque Senior High School and then served in the US Army 1957-1960. In his childhood he was a national pull up champion for the Boys Club. Bob worked at the Dubuque Packing Company retiring in 1981 after 24 years. He later became a school bus aid and enjoyed all the interactions with the children. He was an avid Miami Dolphin, New York Yankee, and Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Bob was most proud of his children and grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to carry on his legacy are, his children, JoLynn (Jim) Davis, JoAnn (Jim) Weitz, Jody McKay, Robert (Kathleen) Selle, Chris (Tim) Valentine, and Cindy Selle; 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Jane White, Sharon Dress, Becky (Tom) Weidenbacher, and David (Kathy) Selle; his children's mother, Lois Selle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Lance McKay; siblings, Horace, Jr., Wayne, and Diane Sharkey; 4 infant brothers and I infant sister.

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

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



Jerry J. Eberhardt


Jerry J. Eberhardt, 93, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, September 16, at the Stonehill Care Center Chapel, 3485 Windsor Ave. Family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.

Jerry was born on June 13, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Emily (Spielbauer) Eberhardt. He was a graduate of Loras College and served in the military, during which he was stationed in Japan. He married Odra Carney in 1952.

Jerry worked primarily in the insurance business for many years until his retirement in 1996.

Jerry enjoyed sports of all kinds, but was especially devoted to baseball. He played semi-pro baseball for 14 years with the popular local team, the Dubuque Star Brewers. The ball club toured around the Tri-States area, playing against famous barnstorming teams that included legendary players like Satchel Paige.

Jerry also had a lifelong love of language and writing. He wrote a sports column for the Loras college newspaper, and later entertained his friends with countless song parodies and poems written in honor of their birthdays. When he became a grandfather, he started writing a series of "memories" for his grandchildren which captured daily life in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. These vignettes eventually became a featured column in the local newspaper, The Golden View.

Jerry was well known for his outgoing and friendly personality. He had a talent for making strong and enduring friendships, many of which lasted more than five decades.

He is survived by three children: Nancy Eberhardt (Steve Cohn) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dan Eberhardt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dave (Kelly) Eberhardt of Naperville, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren: Maury, Alex, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Sam.

He was preceded in death by one son, James, as well as his parents and his sister, Sr. Rita Eberhardt, OSF.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Stonehill Care Center or to a charity of your choice.

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

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and loving care.



Marilyn Reiter


Marilyn Reiter, 86, of Bethany Home, passed away peacefully there on Monday, September 11, 2017. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Marilyn was born on November 10, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Madeline (Peck) Wise. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. She worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 34 years. On August 5, 1967, she married Eugene (Gene) Reiter at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2006.

Marilyn was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed collecting through the years - especially David Winter cottages and jewelry.

Surviving are two step-children: Sharron (Roger) Konzen of Marion, IA, and Randy (Jeanne) Reiter of Floyds Knobs, IN; grandchildren: Mike(Amy) Reiter of Dubuque, Christopher Reiter of Collinsville, IL, Laura Mazanowski of Louisville, KY, and Hannah and Abbey Konzen, both of Marion; one great-granddaughter Kyla Mazanowski of Louisville, KY; sisters-in-law: Gloria Hocking of Dubuque, Jean Reiter of Silverdale, WA; brother-in-law: Richard (Carol) Reiter of Marshfield, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-daughter Kathy Reiter; her sisters: Dorothy Grantham and Helen Nelson; brothers-in-law: Ted Reiter, Curt Hocking and Frank Nelson; her nephews: Chris Allan Graham, Terry Joe Graham and Doug Timmerman; and a great-niece, Cora Jaques.

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

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

The family of Marilyn Reiter would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the extra comfort and peace they gave her during these last weeks.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.



William G. Kehl


William G. "Bill" Kehl 85 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 15, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born March 7, 1932 in Dubuque the son of George and Christina (Wild) Kehl. Bill went to grade school at Dalonga Country School till seventh grade, then continued to Catholic Central High. He served in the US Army during the Korean War 1952-1954. He was a Staff Sargent while serving in Korea. He returned home and worked at Trausch Baking as a chief engineer. Bill also attend LaSalle Institute for Machinery. Bill married Mary E. Hughes on December 27, 1952 in Albia, Iowa. Bill enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family. Bill was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, American Legion Post, and the V.F.W.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Kehl; five children, John and Vera Kehl, Michael Kehl, Bill Kehl, Mary Kay and Mark Connolly, and Jeana Berzle; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings; Lucille Echer, Katherine May, George Kehl, and a sister in-law, Ruth Ann Kehl .

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father, Al Eitting; a brother, Robert Kehl; 2 great-granddaughters, Danica Rose Keune and Allie Jo Luhman; two brother-in-laws, Robert Echer and and Bud May.

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

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

 



Marcella M. Noonan


Marcella M. Noonan, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center.

According to Marcella's wishes, no public visitation or service will be held.

She was born on October 11, 1922, in Millville, Iowa the daughter of William and Minnie (Pierce) Kickbush.

Marcella married Kenneth Noonan at St Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA, on December 27, 1944.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Hoerstman; granddaughter, Dana (Rick) Buol, and their son Tanner; Great Grandson, Casey (& Randi Bielenberg and her son Trenten); and Great Granddaughter, Kylie Weitz; along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Kickbush; her brother Carl Kickbush; her sister Maxine Handke; husband Kenneth Noonan; her beloved son-in-law, Bill Hoerstman; and granddaughter, Kim Hoerstman.

Memorials in Marcella's name may be given to Make a Wish Foundation or Veterans Freedom.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and compassion.



James J. Waldbillig


James (Jim) J. Waldbillig, 75, of Dubuque, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, September 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Msrg. James Miller will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, immediately following the visitation at the funeral home on Saturday, where committal services will be held and Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

Jim was born on September 20, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Raymond A. and Eileen F. (Sloan) Waldbillig. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy, serving with the Patrol Squad Fifty-Six stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. His military career included ratings as a Builder in the Navy Seabees and as a Recruiter stationed at the United States Naval Reserve Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

He married JoAnn Catherine Link on August 27, 1960. She preceded him in death on February 17, 1988.

Jim was employed at Jackson Tuckpointing for many years, where he developed many close friendships. He enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. He was a skilled target shooter and liked being outdoors. He was devoted to his family and his 2 dogs, Coco and Maya.

He is survived by his children, James Waldbillig Jr., and Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, and Jeffrey (Polly) Waldbillig of Rochester, MN.; grandchildren, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig of MN., and Debbie Walczyk of CO.; siblings, Sandra (Robert) Smith, of Dubuque, Nancy Sannito, of IL., and Kathy (Ken) Manahl, of AZ.; two nieces and many nephews; and his close friends Jack (Corrine) Schwartz, Dick (Charlene) Dunwoody, Bill (Pat) Sweeney and Tara Beckett.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Raymond John and daughter, Cindy; his former wife, Mary Ann M. Duschen-Waldbillig; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Sannito.

A James Waldbillig Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the Dubuque EMS, Finley Hospital ER and ICU and his caregiver Harold from Home Instead.



Charles J. Rooney, Jr.


Charles J. “Chuck” Rooney, Jr., age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:17 p.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Chuck’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Chuck’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Chuck was born on December 26, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Charles J. and Margaret (Murray) Rooney Sr.

Chuck proudly served his country as a medic with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Chuck would begin working at the Dubuque Pack after the war and loyally devote his entire working career there until his eventual retirement. When Chuck wasn't at work, you could be sure to find him investing his valuable time with his family. His devotion to family was instilled as a child who grew up in a home with 12 brothers and sisters. Chuck would seamlessly evolve into the world's greatest dad in time and all those around him would clearly see that family was where his heart really beat. Whether it was years of Boy Scouts, playing catch in the back yard, putting on the bowling shoes, warming up in the batters cage, teeing off from the back pins on a sunny day, or even a "friendly" game of euchre; if family was involved (especially his boys), so was Chuck. Now Chuck was also a man of great faith and would spend almost his entire life growing within his relationship to his Lord and Savior. Weekly bible studies, years of Men's Catholic Retreats, countless hours of prayers, attending mass multiple times weekly, and living his outward physical life just as he did his inner spiritual life were all ways in which Chuck joyfully expressed his faith. Our hearts are broken today at the mere thought of never again, in this life, hearing our dear Chuck sincerely belly laugh at his own joke before he's even finished with it. But we know that his eternal soul is surely at peace from his earthly struggles now and we definitely find peace in knowing that we will all be together again one day where every tear will be dried, every heart will know love in it's truest form, and every joke "will" be funny. So until then, we'll tell the stories, cherish the memories and try to live our lives as a true testament to one of the greatest men the Lord has ever shared with our mortal world. Thank you and God bless you Chuck for all you did during your journey with us!

Those left to cherish Chuck's memory include

his 2 sons,
Anthony Rooney,
Robert (Jessica) Rooney, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 7 granddaughters,
Bobbie Jo Rooney, Samantha (Loran Lightfoot) Rooney, Sara (Toby Sarazin) Rooney, Rachel Rooney, Hayley Ostrander, Abigail Janeliunas and Erica Ostrander;

his 9 great grandchildren;

his 9 siblings,
Michael (Tansy) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Terrance (Alice) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Rooney, Rockford, IL,
Donna (Greg) Kuhle, Dubuque, IA,
Colleen (Jerry) Dotterweick, Otter Creek, IA,
Sharon (Gary) Goldman, Peosta, IA,
Paul (Mary Jo) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas Rooney, Dubuque, IA
and Margaret (Timothy) Sullivan, Dubuque, IA;

and his special friend,
Sandra Klingman, Dubuque, IA.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Patrick Rooney; a great-grandson, Tyzia Kaesbauer; 2 sisters, Mary Breitbach and Patricia Klossner; and a special friend, Peggy McMahon.

A Charles J. "Chuck" Rooney, Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Chuck's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley HomeCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and attentive care.

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

 



Dale Allen Koos


Dale Allen Koos, 37, of Peosta, Iowa entered eternal peace on August 28, 2017 on his farm, which was his pride and joy.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West. Private funeral services will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Placid.
Dale was born on October 23, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Ruth (Lewis) Koos. He graduated from Hempstead High School and attended NICC then graduated from UNI with a Construction Management Degree.

He married Jennifer Ann Weber on June 25, 2011 in Placid. Dale devoted his life to trucking with Bellevue Sand and Gravel, Fassport, Western Coop, then Molo, But most recently working at Rite Hite.

His passions in life were farming with his dad and family, along with being a father and a foster father.

Dale was a great man, loving husband and father, and devoted son. Dale made everyone smile with his silly grin. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by Hunnybun (his wife) Jennifer; sons, Jayeden (4) and Justin (3) Koos; his parents Donald and Ruth Koos; paternal grandmother Loretta Koos; aunts and uncles, Richard (Lynn) Koos, Jane (Roger) Edwards, and Judy Lewis. His In-laws, Ronald and Barbara Weber, Amanda (Benjamin) Flessner, Theresa Weber, Abigail (Kyle) Gibson, Katie Weber (special friend Jonna Berry), Mike Weber, Anna Weber, Ben Weber, Becca Weber (special friend Josh Wanzek), and Louis Weber; along with many nieces, nephews, former foster children, and special cousins, Joe (Diane) Edwards, Jason (Lori) Edwards and Janell (Joe) Cannavo.

Dale was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Velma and Joe Lewis; paternal grandfather John Koos, and brother-in-law Jarad Weber.

The family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and thoughtful actions.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Allen Koos memorial fund will be established.



John P. Shanahan

John Patrick ‘Jack" Shanahan, 69, of Dubuque passed away September 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family.

Family and friends of Jack may visit on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Gabriel Anderson.

Jack was born August 18, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa to Francis and Loretta (O'Connell) Shanahan.

He attended school in the South Garryowen and Zwingle area and graduated from Wahlert high School in 1967.
Jack is a US Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

He worked as a partner with his Dad, Francis Shanahan, at their service station; for Klauer Manufacturing and retired from John Deere.

Jack loved spending time with his family and friends. You could frequently find him on the side lines watching his sons, nephews and nieces playing sports. Jack was always willing to lend a helping hand and never wanted anything in return.

He is survived by his two sons, Christopher (Tanya) Shanahan, and Nicholas (Andrea) Shanahan, both of Cedar Rapids. Iowa. His mother Loretta Shanahan, of Dubuque; two sisters, Jane (B.J.) Featherston, of Epworth, Iowa and Julie Shanahan, of Dubuque; two brothers Mike Shanahan, of Springbrook, Iowa and Bob (Becky) Shanahan, of Maquoketa, Iowa; along with many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Francis Shanahan.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center especially the 3rd Floor for making Jack's last days comfortable for him and his grieving family and friends.



Mary E. Mangers


Mary E. Mangers, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home, on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

She was born on September 18, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clarence and Agnes (Streff) Butlett. She married Dale Mangers on November 24th, 1956 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, and spending time with family.

Mary is survived by her husband Dale; son Dave (Kim) Mangers; daughters Debbie (Rick Brewer) Frommelt, Julie (Mike) Ritt; Grandchildren Nikki (Gary) Ostrander, Jessica (Tom) Mangers, Steven (Sarah) Mangers, Michael (Ashley) Mangers, James (Matt) Mangers, and Jasmine Ritt; as well as 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Agnes Butlett.

The family would like to thank the girls from Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristin for their care and kindness.



Sr. Joan Losey

Sr. Joan Losey, OSF, 87, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born November 10, 1929 in Teeds Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Lester A. and Mary (Barnoske) Losey.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1948 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1954. Sister received her BS in nursing from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI in 1969. She was missioned in Iowa at Clinton and Xavier Hospital and Holy Family Hall in Dubuque; at St. Mary's Hospital, Emporia, Kansas; in Cortez, Colorado; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister is survived by her brother Maurice; brother-in-law Jack Spoden; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 68 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Catherine (Norbert) Kirsch, Geraldine (Wayne) Keel, infant twins June and Jean Losey, and her twin sister Jane Spoden; brothers John (Freda) Losey, and one infant brother.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, Dubuque is in charge of the arrangements.



Eleanor E. Clark


Eleanor E. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Eleanor's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 15, 2017, a the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Eleanor Elizabeth Schoop was born on October 12, 1920, in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Henry and Mamie Dorothy (Schnoor) Schoop. She attended Bellevue High School. She married Leonard M. Clark on September 28, 1941 in St. Donatus, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Eleanor was a housewife and had farmed with her husband in the LaMotte area for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Iowa Road Runners Camping Club. She enjoyed traveling, always looking her best, and playing cards, especially Euchre and Bridge.

Those left to honor Eleanor's memory include her children, Judy Keeney of Dubuque, IA, Leonard (Patricia) Clark Jr. of Clear Lake, IA, and James (Patricia) Clark of Medford, WI; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, Pauline Schoop of Lost Nation, IA, and Bernice Schoop of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard on February 6, 2016, brothers Emil, John and Robert Schoop, half-brothers Fred Schoop, Arthur Schoop, Harold Miller and Blaine Miller, a half-sister Dorothy McCrosky, and a step-grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Eleanor E. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Regina C. Sagers


Regina C. Sagers, 104, of Amana, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Lakeview Village in Amana, Iowa.

A celebration of Regina's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A luncheon will follow the services in the church fellowship hall. A private burial will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Regina Campbell Swift was born April 17, 1913 to Blanche Emma Campbell and Frederick James Swift Sr. She attended the Maquoketa Schools graduating from High School in 1931, and Maquoketa Junior College in 1933. She completed her college at Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1935 with a B.A degree in psychology.

After teaching for 2 years, she married Christian Blair Sagers on December 4, 1937 in Marshalltown, IA.

Mrs Sagers served on the Jackson County Board of Social Welfare, the Maquoketa School Board, the Library Board, Arts Committee of the Maquoketa Area Foundation, President of Chapter BX P.E.O. And served on the Historical Preservation Commission. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church.

She was very active in her community, loved playing cards, spending time with her family, and made friends anywhere she went.

Mrs. Sagers is survived by her daughter, Janna Poula of Williamsburg, IA; Three grandchildren, Christopher Poula, Mitchell (Lynnette) Poula, and Jennifer (James) Portwood; 5 great-grandchildren, David (Haley) Ramsey, Heather Poula, Haley Poula, Ruthie Portwood, and Chloe Portwood; and 2 great-great grandchildren Chay and Avery Ramsay. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1975 C. Blair Sagers, Brother FJ Swift Jr, and two sisters Anna Mary DeWitt and Suzanne Navin.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Lakeview Village and Essence of Life Hospice, in Amana IA for the care they took of Regina Sagers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Regina C. Sagers memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas Klostermann


Thomas "Tom" Klostermann, 52, of Dyersville, passed away after a brief battle with cancer at his sister's home in Marion, Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue 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, September 12, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Tom was born June 23, 1965, the son of Alfred and Lorraine (Weber) Klostermann.  He graduated from Beckman High School.  He worked for area farmers and was most recently employed by Rally Trucking in Earlville.  Tom was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #137. 

Survivors include his mother, Lorraine Klostermann of Dyersville, sister, Joyce (Ron) Peiffer of Marion, sisters-in-law, Nancy Klostermann of Dubuque and Roxanne Klostermann of Dyersville and his 6 nieces & nephews; Chad (Anna) Klostermann, Kristin (fiancé JJ Snyder) Klostermann, Heather (David) Martin, Sean (Ariel) Klostermann, Erin Peiffer and Brandon Peiffer.

He was preceded in death by his father Alfred in 2008, brothers: Jim and Don in 2005, paternal grandparents, Alfred and Rose Klostermann, maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Mary Weber, and several aunts and uncles.                  

The Klostermann family would like to thank the staff at the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the staff at the Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids.

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

 

 



Thomas C. “Tom” Mettel

Thomas C. "Tom" Mettel, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:05 a.m., on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born on June 24, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis and Genevieve (West) Mettel.

Tom graduated from the Loras Academy and would go on to marry his high school sweetheart, Emily Simpson, at Sacred Heart Church on September 6, 1958. The cute couple was truly blessed with 59 years together, and 3 boys, before Tom was sadly called to his eternal home upon their wedding anniversary. Tom spent most of his working career as a paint salesman, but his most recent place of employment was working security at the Dubuque Dog Track. In his free time, Tom enjoyed getting comfortable in his recliner, or venturing out to lunch with Tim on a nice day, but truly any time where his family was by his side was a perfect way to pass the day with Tom. We are broken hearted today with the absence of Tom from our daily lives, but we know that his earthly medical struggles have been numerous and he is finally at peace from the confines of his physical body. We will surely miss our always positive and quite personable husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we know we'll see him again, and trust that the Lord will keep him safe in His loving arms until that time finally arrives.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his loving wife of 59 years,
Emily Mettel, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael (Dawn Krug) Mettel, Metamora, IL,
Bruce (Susan) Mettel, Sacramento, CA
and Tim Mettel, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 grandchildren,
Jeff (Laura) Mettel and Kathleen (Brett) Nekolny;

1 great-grandson who is due to begin his earthly journey in November;

his siblings,
Mary Mettel
and Janice (Robert) Munson, both of St. Paul, MN;

and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bill Mettel.

A Thomas C. "Tom" Mettel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Tom's family would like to thank all who have helped them over the past few years, including the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the kind, caring, compassionate and professional care the provided to Tom and his family.

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



Lois A. Gruenwald


Lois A. Gruenwald, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 3 P.M., Thursday, September 21, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2 to 3 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Lois Alberta Taylor was born on April 5, 1924, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Albert Ellsworth and Hazel Lois (Babcook) Taylor. She was a 1941 graduate of Maquoketa High School and following graduation worked in her father's Radio Shop where she met her favorite customer, Lyle. They were married on March 16, 1948, in Maquoketa and to this union three children were born: Russell, Gary and Alice. They were married for over 66 years when Lyle passed away on August 30, 2014.

Lois and her husband owned and operated a taxicab business in Maquoketa for 35 years. After retirement they enjoyed traveling to Italy and California to visit family.

Lois lived most of her life in Maquoketa and was a lifetime member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where she was very active and especially enjoyed preparing the church bulletin until 2011. She wasn't afraid of technology getting her first computer after retirement which made preparing the church bulletin much easier. She loved to read, play KMAQ Radio Bingo and games on her computer.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Russell Gruenwald of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Adri) Gruenwald of Venice, Italy, and Alice (Tom) Daurelle of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Jim (Ila) Taylor of Lisbon, IA; 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle, and brothers Eugene and Ellsworth.

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.

 



June E. Strueber Dinneen Pausch


June E. Strueber (Stern) Dinneen Pausch, 90, died peacefully at home Monday, September 4, 2017.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert, Caper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

June was born in Staten Island in NYC on June 23, 1927 and was raised in the loving foster family of Pauline, Morris and Charlotte Brode.

She graduated from LA City College with an AA degree, Cal State, Los Angeles with a BA degree, and University of Sarasota with a PHD.

June's first love was the theater and had the honor of being chosen as director/actor Ida Lupino's "NEW FIND" of 1953. She also loved learning and chose teaching as her career. June was chosen "Teacher of the Month" and "Teacher of the Year" at Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA, taught Speech/Drama at Coachello Valley Joint United School District, CA, English and Advanced Placement English, at Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA.

June was elected to the Dubuque Community School Bd. (1982-1988). She helped to bring computers and Advanced Placement; English in Dubuque High Schools.

She was a member of SAG, AAUW, CA., Retired Teachers Assoc., AARP, Dubuque Families in Action, served on the first Board of the Substance Abuse Center, served on the Board of MADD and Stone Ridge Condominium Association, was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Dubuque Symphony and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

June is survived by her son Stephen L. (Edie) Dinneen; stepchildren David F. (Pam) Strueber, Nancy A. (Peter) Citrone, Thomas G. (Denise) Strueber, Jean M. (Mark) Weber, Richard C. (Marianne) Strueber; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence L. Dinneen, her infant daughter Laurie Anne Dinneen and her husband, Paul F. Strueber.

The family wishes to thank the staff of No Place Like Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care of June during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or charities of your choice.

 



Darlene A. Hefel


Darlene A. (Auderer) Hefel 74 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be 9:30 am, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, September 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born March 27, 1943 in Dubuque, the daughter of Raymond and Justina (Pothoff) Auderer. She married Emmet Hefel on May 12, 1962 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville. Darlene was a member of Church of the Resurrection, worked at Loras College for over 30 years before retiring as Supervisor of Housekeeping. She was a nurturing caregiver to everyone around her and never said no. Darlene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She babysat after retiring for many children and shared a special bond with her special boys Jacob and Jack.

Survivors include her husband, Emmet; children, Ellen (Tim Pallas) Walczyk, Loren Hefel, and Brian Hefel; five (5) grandchildren, Justin (Samantha), Olivia (Cory), Tyler (Ashley), Brandon, and Marissa; three (3) great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Emma Darlene Hefel.

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

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

 



Irene S. Engelmann


Irene S. Engelmann, 87 of Dyersville formerly of Grinnell, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.  A celebration of life will be held in the Carmen Center at Mayflower Homes in Grinnell, IA on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Irene was born February 5, 1930 in Tilden, NE, the daughter of Otto and Josie (Cornett) Eggers.  She married Rev. Victor Engelmann on October 19, 1952 in Tilden, NE.  He preceded her in death in 2004. Irene and Vic were a team, they served churches together, did woodworking and played table tennis together.  She was a very talented seamstress. Irene was very involved at Pilgrim Heights Camp. Irene was active in the United Church of Christ. 

Survivors include her children: Gloria (Mike) Kelly of Dyersville, Rev. Vicki Engelmann of Central City, Mark Engelmann of Dyersville, 13 grandchildren: Sean (Mary) Kelly, Seth (Jana) Kelly, Shea (Emily) Kelly, Marie (Brandon) Tessau, Katherine (Pete) Schwarten, Michelle (Christian) Helmholz, Theresa Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly, Veronica Kelly, Patrick Kelly,  Christina Engelmann, Julianne Engelmann, 21 great grandchildren with two on the way, siblings: Robert (Dorothy) Eggers of Centerville, OH.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband Vic Engelmann, and brother, James Eggers.

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

 

 



Dorothy J. Beck


Dorothy J. "Toots" Beck, 89, of Spragueville, Iowa, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and her beloved husband, George, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, September 10, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Preston. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from Noon to 2 P.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Spragueville, Iowa Cemetery.

Dorothy Jean Reistroffer was born on August 15, 1928 in Preston, Iowa, to Edward and Gladys (McMahon) Reistroffer. She was a 1946 graduate of Preston High School. She married George F. "Shorty" Beck on June 29, 1947 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where they were active in many leadership roles of the church for over 65 years. "Shorty" and Dorothy were recipients of the Heart of Gold Volunteerism Award given by Lutheran Brotherhood. They celebrated their 65th anniversary prior to "Shorty's" passing on September 13, 2012.

Dorothy and "Shorty" owned a farm north of Spragueville for over 50 years. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and partner in their farm operation.

Dorothy enjoyed square dancing, cooking, sewing and making quilts. Her faith was very important to her. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where she served as the church bookkeeper until its recent closing. Additionally, she was a member of Lutheran Brotherhood, Spragueville Legion Auxiliary, and the Town and Country Twirlers. She and "Shorty" operated the food stand at the Preston Little League and men's softball games for many years, and were always avid supporters of the Preston Trojans. They had also served as Parade Marshalls at the Preston High School Homecoming several years ago.

Those left to honor Dorothy's memory include her sons, Doug (Cathy) Beck of Wyoming, MN, Dick (Giny) Beck of Anamosa, IA, and Dan (Carla) Beck of Preston, IA; 8 grandchildren, Matt Beck, Bryan Beck, Jeff (Kelly) Beck, Bradley (Sara) Beck, Michelle (Jeremy) Samuels, Russie (Tony) Reisgies, Alicia (Danny) Adams and Brice (Falicia) Beck; 12 great-grandchildren, Damen, Natalie, Trevor, Hudson, Dustin, Isla, Brooklyn, Landon, Jace, Sevi, Andee and Avery; and a brother, Charles (Delores) Reistroffer of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Robert, Donald and Allen, and sisters Jerrine Boyert, Betty Mootz and Lois Tebbe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.

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

 

 

 



Clarence J. Weber


Clarence J. Weber, 86, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Placid, rural Bernard, Iowa, passed away at 8:25 a.m., Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Clarence may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Services for Clarence will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Clarence was born January 25, 1931 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Ben "J.C." and Anna M. (Erdmann) Weber. He received his education in a one room country school in rural Placid. On August 18, 1965 he was united in marriage to Alice Fortmann at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Placid area until their retirement in 2013 at which time they moved to Dyersville, Iowa.

Clarence was an inspiration to everyone he met by spreading his love, kindness and helping hands. He was a hardworking man spending most of his life farming on the home place in Placid. He took pride in his Allis Chalmers tractors and used his sharp mind to invent things like his mail box and coon trap. During his conversations he was sure to tell you a joke and raise his eyebrows to make you smile. Even through his long battle with COPD he kept smiling and cracking jokes. During his free time he loved drawing horses and fishing for bass, carp and catfish. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by all.

He was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, he helped to rebuild the church after it burned down in 1959.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Weber of Dyersville, IA; two children, Lois Thurston (fiancé Gary Higgins) of Peosta, IA and Sharon (Joe) Gaul of Dyersville, IA; six grandchildren, Blake, Sierra, and Shyla Thurston, Tirzah, Quinton and Vanessa Gaul; two brothers, Raymond Weber of Bernard, IA and Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Weber of Dyersville, IA, Norma Weber of Bernard, IA; Jerome Trenkamp, Marsha Weigel both of Dyersville, IA, Dorothy Bittner of Guttenberg, IA, Mary Ann Oberfoell of Monticello, IA, Ralph Fortmann and Ronnie (Phyllis) Fortmann both of Dyersville, IA.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Weber in infancy; his siblings, Helen (Albert) Gansemer, Elmer Weber, Leo Weber; sisters-in-law, Doris Weber and Bernice Trenkamp; brothers-in-law, LaVern Fortmann, John Bittner and Louie Oberfoell.

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



Gerald Anthony Jobgen


Gerald Anthony Jobgen, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on August 30, 2017.

Services will be held at a later date per request of the family. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Gerald was born November 10, 1937 at home in East Dubuque, IL, the son of Joseph and Mary (Martel) Jobgen. He attended and graduated from East Dubuque High School.

He married Judith Ann Lesch on August 27, 1960 at Sacred Heart Church.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years and then retired from Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Additionally, he was an avid Bears fan and professional tinkerer.

Gerald was a dedicated husband for 57 years as well as a dedicated father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Gerald is survived by his wife Judith (Lesch) Jobgen; his son James Jobgen; daughter Paula Tschudi; daughter-in-law Donna Jobgen; grandchildren Adam Jobgen, Matt Jobgen, Caleb Jobgen, Jarrett Jobgen, Sydney Sebation Fox, Carter Tschudi; and great granddaughter Natalie Fox.

He was preceded in death by his son Timothy Jobgen; parents Mary and Joseph; brothers Gene, Joseph, Charles, and sisters Milldred, Virginia, Leanora, Amelda, and Dorothy; In-laws Jack and Kay Lesch, Joan an Roger Hoskins; Jane and Ken Hefel; and Jim Lesch.

Memorials in his name may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Key West, Iowa in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness, especially Cindy.



Carol Ann Dohrer


Carol Ann Dohrer, 67, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with family by her side.

A prayer service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Carol was born on October 15, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Helen (Hittenmiller) Kauffmann.
She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1967.

Carol has worked for the Holy Family Catholic School system for the past 29 years. She worked at St. Mary's/St. Patrick's School for 14 years, St. Joseph The Worker School for 2 years, and the past 13 years at St. Columbkille's School. Carol's co-workers, the students, & their families were very important to her and she loved them like family. Carol took great pride in her work and went above and beyond to make sure the students, staff, and families were taken care of. She will be greatly missed around St. Columbkille's School.

Carol loved her daughters, grandson, and son-in law more than anything. Spending time with them gave her great joy! She loved her B-bop to the moon & back, twice.

Carol is survived by two daughters, Kristy (Jake) Meyer and Lindsey Dohrer, both of Dubuque, Iowa; her Grandson, Blake Meyer; and her sister, Jan (Paul) Wiedemann of Dubuque, Iowa. Sister-in-law Berti (Tom) Buelow of Dubuque, Iowa. Nieces & Nephews Michelle (Steve Hopkins) Freiburger, of Mesa, Arizona, Mike (Sara) Wiedemann & their children Nicholas & Addison Ruth, of Dubuque, Iowa, Katie (Jason) Schwass & their children Knox & Sterrin of Dubuque, Iowa, Andy (Beth) Buelow, of Waterloo, Iowa, Katie (Kevin) Kopp and their children Macy & Milo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents Helen & Harold Kauffmann; her sister Mariella Freiburger; and her brother Timmy Kauffmann.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Bender & the entire Oncology team at UIHC for their love, support, and dedication in Carol's fight with cancer the past 5 years. We also want to thank the staff of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center of Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave Carol in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial fund has been established and monetary donations can be made to Leonard Funeral Home.



Kenneth R. Erickson


Kenneth R. "Ken" Erickson, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 2, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

At Ken's request, private services with burial to follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens will be held. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri State Vietnam Veterans. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on February 8, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Harvey and Beatrice Marie (McCollough) Erickson.
He is a 16 year US Army veteran serving in Vietnam, Korea and Germany. He is an active member of Post #128 in Aberdeen, Maryland; in his later years he was a honorary member of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Disabled Veterans of America.

He was an owner and operator of a trucking business where he was a Long Haul Driver for many years until he had to retire due to becoming disabled from service connected health issues.

Ken enjoyed going to the Diamond Jo for his weekly entertainment and harassment. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Brewers; he also loved NASCAR and NHRA Drag Racing.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Maureen; his mother Beatrice (Jerry) Payne; two sisters Gloria Harrison and Kathryn Luher; two brothers David (Gayle) Erickson and Daniel Erickson; along with nieces, nephews and his Goddaughter Katie Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his father Harvey; two sisters Barbara Erickson and Sandra Kay Erickson in infancy.

The family request no flowers; memorials may be given to the Veterans Freedom Center or Make a Wish Foundation of Iowa.

The family would like to thank Hartig Home Care, Unity Point at Home in Dubuque, the PVA, Finley Hospital ICU staff, Health Care Spinal Team at the VA Hospitals in Iowa City and Minneapolis, and to Key West Fire & EMS for all their wonderful care they gave to Ken. A special thank you to Dr. Garrett Ridgley and Dr. Keith Shaw for their many life saving efforts.



Shirley M. Manternach


Shirley Mae Manternach, 82, of Monticello died Monday, September 4, 2017, at Pinicon Place Senior Living in Anamosa after a long illness.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm.

Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.

Shirley was born February 5, 1935, in Farley, IA the daughter of Joseph E. and Molly (Soppe) Besler. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Farley. On September 2, 1961, she married James Edwin Manternach at St. Joseph Church in Farley, and they made their home in rural Monticello. They retired and moved off the farm in 2000. Shirley worked at Monticello Nursing and Rehab for 28 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, bowling and dancing.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Manternach, and three sons: Keith (Carla) Manternach, Neil (Marlena) Manternach & Kraig (Mikki) Manternach, all of Monticello;  seven grandchildren: Josh Manternach, Nichole (Nick) Wilson, Marissa, Andrea, Jenna, Riley & Karli Manternach; two great grandchildren: Peyton & Clay Wilson;  five sisters: Jean (Mike) Knepper of Dyersville, Verla (Pat) Horsfield of Epworth, Norma (Jim) Butcher of Farley, Helen (Dick) Schnier of Dyersville, and Theresa (Steve) Gulyosh, Dubuque; in-laws: Paul (Elodie) Manternach of Cedar Rapids, Fr. Carl Manternach of Dubuque, Melvin (Betty) Manternach and Bernard (Anna) Manternach of Monticello, Ruth Ahart of Dows City, Mary (George) Whalen of Carson City, NV and Joyce (Richard) Lynch of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Nancy Lynn, a brother, Don (Mary) Besler, and a brother-in-law, Mike Ahart.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic School and Preschool.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Merwin Rupp


Merwin "Ted", "Smoky" Rupp, 84, died September 2, 2017 in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Darlington, where visitation will also be held Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

He was born in Epworth, IA to Glenn and Mildred (Fuoss) Rupp. His father died when he was three years old. Ted married Jean Ann Kilkelly in 1953 and they were blessed with four children. She preceded him in death on June 21, 1987.

Ted had a series of careers where he displayed his many talents. He was a welder and heavy equipment operator on the pipe line across Lake Michigan, a twenty nine-year employee of the Dubuque Packing Company, and a mechanic and bus driver for Dubuque Community Schools. He also drove truck and charter bus. On more than one occasion he would show up unannounced in Texas or Idaho in a big rig or bus to see his grandchildren.

Auto racing was a lifelong passion. Early in life he raced with Skip Kennedy at the Dubuque Sports Bowl, Darlington, Lancaster and other local tracks. Later in life he enjoyed watching his son Sean compete. He served the community as the leader of Sea Explorer Ship 307 (St. Anthony's) at the time Explorer Scouts were going co-ed. With Jean, they grew the organization and helped six scouts complete their journey to the rank of Eagle. Additionally, five scouts received the Pope Pious XII Award, the highest religious award for Catholics in Scouting.

Ted followed girls' softball, the Cubs and the Packers. He truly loved watching the Cubs during their World Series winning season.

He is survived by his children Jacque, Kelly (Beth), Sean (Brigitte) and Carrie, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph; and two sisters, Mabel and Glennice.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff's of Luther Manor and Finley Hospital.

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

 

 



Harriet A. Streets


On September 1, 2017, Harriet Adell (Cook) Streets departed from Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue to eternally join Gene, her husband of almost 72 years.

A celebration of Harriet's life will be conducted by Pastor Judy Heinrich at First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, on Friday, September 8 at 11 A.M. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at First Lutheran Church. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. In accordance with Harriet's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at Cady Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, at a later date.

Harriet Adell Cook was born to 1st Lt. Joseph and Nell (Sullivan) Cook on July 11, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she remained during her youth. At the age of 17, on January 25, 1942, she and Eugene R. "Gene" Streets eloped in Kahoka, Missouri. They became parents to their daughter Pamela on August 6, 1949.

Harriet spent her early married years at various jobs until her daughter was born. She loved working in the yard and took great pride in her gardens. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf, boating and traveling. Each year she looked forward to traveling to Lake Okoboji where she started going as a young girl. Harriet was known for her famous potato salad, zucchini bread, delicious cookies, her quick wit, and earning the nickname of "Sarge". She was definitely "one of a kind".

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Gary Eggers of Maquoketa; grandchildren, Shane (Katrina) Whaley of MI, Shelby (Wayne) Scharff of Maquoketa, Seth Whaley of Maquoketa, Paul (Annette) Eggers of Dubuque, Jon (Carrie) Eggers of Andrew, Ben (Jamie) Eggers of TN, Elizabeth Eggers of Maquoketa, Larry Eggers of Cedar Rapids, Carlos Eggers USMC stationed in SC, Gilbert Eggers of Maquoketa, and Pam (PJ) Eggers of Story City; 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Margaret Cook; along with cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene on September 11, 2013, sisters Phyllis and Shirley, and a very special niece, Sandra (Turner) Wescott.

Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa or Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Sylvan R. Chapman


Sylvan R. "Murph" Chapman, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:28 p.m., on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Sylvan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Sylvan's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sylvan was born on September 27, 1930, in Chicago, IL, son of Sylvan and Madeline (Forbes) Chapman.

Sylvan honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Just prior to being called up for duty, Sylvan had met and married the love of his life, Catherine Newton, on September 11, 1951 in Platteville. The Lord graciously blessed them with 64 wonderful years together, and 5 children, before calling Catherine home ahead of Sylvan on August 22, 2015. Sylvan proudly provided for his family by investing over 35 years of his time and talents as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works. He also spent countless hours helping out on the farm and was commonly known as the "go-to-man" by those around him. Sylvan was a long-time and loyal member of St. Mary's Church, the John Deere Retirees, and the U.A.W. Local #94. When free time would find its way into Sylvan's day, you could easily discover him working on his 300 bowling game, baiting a hook, walking the timber on his latest hunting trip, warming up in the batters cage, or even strapping on his guitar in preparation to throw down a few of his favorite country licks. But let it be known that Sylvan was about so much more than work, church and play; he was about family! Spending time with his loved ones was where Sylvan's heart truly shined. To know Sylvan was to have the concepts of devotion, hard work, commitment, positive attitude and a relentless love and respect for others on continual display. He would lead by example and his love for you was never in question. Sadly, Sylvan has been called home and there is now a tear in the fabric of our world which can only be healed by faith and time. But, we are forever grateful that his earthly struggles have concluded, that he is listening to the Heavenly Choirs while hand in hand with Catherine once more, and that we will all be together again one day for a most glorious of family reunions. Thank you Sylvan for all of the beautiful memories you leave behind and may God forever bless you and Catherine, as you have blessed our lives.

Those left to cherish Sylvan's memory include

his 5 children,
Diane (William) Henning, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Steve Eigenberger) Canon, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Leovic) Chapman, Largo, FL,
Debra (David) Schmit, Dubuque, IA,
and Tina (Jeff) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Lori (Andy Schwendinger) Henning, Sara Henning, Josh (Reina) Canon, Luke Canon, Anthony Chapman, Ryan (Skye) Kelley, Jake (Annie Paradiso) Schmit and Mitchell Dougherty;

his 4 great-grandchildren,
Gracelyn, Harper, Jackson and Violet Canon;

and his sister-in-law,
Sharon Chapman, Lancaster, WI.

Sylvan was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, William "Bill" Chapman.

Sylvan's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sylvan, and his family, over the years.

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

 



Phillip J. Brunsman


Phillip J. Brunsman, 59, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phil may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial for Phil will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Phil was born on August 16, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vernon and Norma (Goedken) Brunsman. He was a 1976 graduate of Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Betty Hellmann on October 17, 1987 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, IA.

Phil was formerly employed at Ertl's Toy Company for 25 years and the Diamond Jo Casino which he greatly enjoyed. Phil loved socializing with many people and keeping up on news and local events. He loved traveling and truly enjoyed every trip he went on.

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

He is survived by his wife, Betty Brunsman of Farley, IA; one daughter, Tracy (Matt Kayser) Brunsman of Renton, WA; his mother, Norma Brunsman of Dyersville, IA; two brothers, Ron Brunsman of Hopkinton, IA and Wayne (Denise) Brunsman of New Vienna, IA; three sisters, Janet Brunsman of Dyersville, IA, Karen (Glen) Hahn of Dyersville, IA and Connie (Roger) Rivard of Bloomington, MN; father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Mary Hellmann of Holy Cross, IA, two brothers-in-law, Mike Hellmann of Dubuque, IA and Wayne (Teresita) Hellmann of Holy Cross, IA; two sisters-in-law, Barb Hellmann and Rhonda (Tim) Tranel both of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Brunsman on February 19, 2017, one great nephew, Benjamin Brunsman on September 1, 2008.

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



Melvin L. Heins


Melvin L. Heins, 84, of Dubuque, formerly of Galena, Illinois died Thursday, August 31, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 3 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Sister Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services, Sunday at the funeral home.

Melvin was born on November 7, 1932 in Galena, Illinois the son of Leo and Alice (Breitencam) Heins. He married Jean Raisbeck on May 31, 1952 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena.

Melvin was employed in the maintenance department at Kraft Foods for 25 years. In 1974, he began working at John Deere as an electrician until retiring in 1995.

His hobbies were fishing, hunting, bowling and gardening. He enjoyed puzzles and playing cards. Melvin's greatest joy was spending time with family. His life was a testament to this. Always there to help with home projects and a popular caretaker with his grandchildren. Mel was comfortable in the kitchen and not opposed to experiment - rhubarb pie and such. Mel loved to tinker around the house. Home was important - where his heart was and where he wanted to live out his life. He suffered numerous medical afflictions over the past 3 years compromising the likelihood of his wishes to remain at home. His wife for over 65 years, Jean, provided the needed care - and Melvin did spend his remaining years at home. Characteristically, Melvin was selfless in nature, mild mannered, avoided the spotlight, a man of few words - but much action. Love of being with family kept Melvin looking forward to all of his tomorrow's in spite of his physical limitations and discomfort. His loss is beyond measure. We anxiously await our reunion. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Ellen Reddies, Richard Heins, Dan Heins, Connie Heins, Liz Heins, Jane (Gregg) White and Steve (Heather) Heins; grandchildren, Jenny (Torrey) Bahr, Karl Reddies, Rachael (Jeremy) Allen, Samantha Heins, Dylan Heins, Ryan (Jessica) Murphy, Kat Foley, Nate (Leah) White, Julie (Kyle) Ager, Amber (Adrianne) Heins, Jake Heins, Tim Wall and Erica Wall; great- grandchildren, Deandra Reddies, Maddy Allen, Caleb Allen, Michael Reddies, Crissy Reddies, Oliver, Sawyer, Willow and Sophie; and sisters, Marilyn Abrahamsen and Janet (John) Connors.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Patricia A. Butler


Patricia A. Butler, 64, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 of metastatic breast cancer.

Memorial Visitation will be 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday, September 4, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Private family burial will be at a later date.

She was born April 8, 1953, the third child of Howard and Delpha (Smith) Schuster.

Patti grew up in Dyersville and attended parochial schools there. She married Dean Butler November 23, 1973 in Dyersville. Patti worked several clerical jobs in Dubuque until she took an accounting class and found her niche. She graduated from The University of Dubuque in 1990 summa cum laude with a double major in accounting and business administration and passed the Certificated Public Accountant Exam. This accomplishment was done when she had two small children and was working full time most of those years. When asked how she did it, she replied, "We lived in filth for a few years." After graduation she worked for a Dubuque CPA firm and a couple of area banks before landing her "dream" job at Dutrac Credit Union. She worked at Dutrac until her retirement in 2012.

Patti liked to get on "kicks," as she called them. She was always trying new things and wouldn't be done until she had completed it, perfected it, and had given all the materials away because she was done and was "moving on." Patti was never afraid to speak up and had an unrivaled sense of humor. She was incredibly generous.

Work was a big part of her life but not nearly as important as her family. She enjoyed watching her sons' achievements in athletics and academics. Patti was extremely proud that both of her boys graduated from college the "easy" way (right after high school). She enjoyed a special bond with her sisters, often vacationing together in Ireland, Sanibel, and other destinations. Her two grandsons kept her spirits up and squeezed her heart. Hosting Christmas and 4th of July celebrations for her and Dean's family, at the house she designed on Derby Grange, brought her great joy.

Survivors include her husband Dean, two sons, Sam Butler, Dubuque, IA, and Dan & Johna Butler, Epworth, IA; two grandsons, Mason & Nolan Butler, Epworth, IA; her parents Howard & Delpha Schuster, Edgewood, IA; two brothers, Mark & Marie Schuster, Dyersville, IA; Randy & Debbie Schuster, North Buena Vista, IA; three sisters, Mickey & John McNulty, Ireland; Mary & Darrel Willadsen, Madison, WI; and Pam & Tony Ostwinkle, Edgewood, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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



Connie J. Bradley


Connie Jean Bradley, 74, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where services will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Linda Vonfumetti officiating.

Connie was born on November 22, 1942, in Monroe, Wisconsin the daughter of Floyd and Elda Mae (Dohse) Churchill. She attended high school in Lancaster, WI and on October 15th, 1960 married Larry Leo Bradley in Lancaster.

She worked as a Teachers Associate for the Dubuque Community Schools.

She was a past member of the Dubuque Field Archers, and the Eagles Club; she is a current member of Rockdale United Methodist Church; US Archery Team 1979 and 1982 and received Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the World Games and PanAm Games.

Connie was an avid Green Bay Packer fan; enjoyed camping and fishing with Larry and friends from the Rolling Thunder resort in Sarona Wisconsin. She loved spending time with her cats and loved her Facebook friends.

She is survived by her husband Larry; children, Larry (Heidi) Bradley, Jr., Holly (Kevin) Scholbrock, Ronnie Bradley, and Garry Bradley. Grandchildren, Sean, Kristen, Jessica, Amanda, Bradley, Austin, Caley, Jeff and Nick along with 10 great grandchildren. Her brothers Floyd, Calvin and Joseph and sisters Linda and Cheryl.

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

The family wishes to thank Sacred Heart CCU in Eau Claire, WI and to the Rescue Squad from Shell Lake, Wisconsin for the fantastic care they gave our loved one.

In lieu of flowers a Connie Bradley memorial fund will be established in care of her husband Larry Bradley, 2721 Muscatine Street Dubuque, Iowa 52001



Marian L. Murphy


Marian L. Murphy, age 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Bellevue, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Friday, September 1, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marian's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marian's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marian was born on September 19, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Irene (Hipschen) Boxleiter.

Marian was united in marriage to the love of her life, Daniel Murphy, on February 9, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years together, and 3 daughters, before Daniel was called home ahead of her on April 26, 1996. Marian had a helpful personality and put her talents to use as an operator with the telephone company for over 30 years until her well earned retirement. Marian wasn't all about work though, she did enjoy trying her luck with the "one arm bandits" at the local casinos; usually donating to the cause, but continually being patient enough to occasionally win a nice jackpot. Marian was also quite a card player who religiously kept a fresh deck in her purse just in case a festive game of Euchre or Cribbage was about to break out. Marian was also known for her affinity for a relaxing day of fishing from the rivers bank, or even some productive hours in the kitchen creating a fantastic meal to share with her loved ones, or even her world famous chicken wings when a special occasion arose. Some of the most treasured moments in Marian's life though clearly revolved around her 7 grandchildren. Whether is was the weekly summer vacation with everyone together to make lifelong memories, or a more random and simple gathering, Marian was always in her glory when she was in the presence of her deeply adored family. Sadly, Marian has completed her earthly journey today, just a couple of weeks short of being given 87 years among us, but we know that she has finally found relief from her physical ailments and is, once again, joyfully holding hands with her eternal love, Daniel. Thank you Mom and Grandma for all of the love, joy and laughs you've shared along the way and we'll surely remember them all with true fondness until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Marian's memory include

her daughters,
Gayle (Rich) Atkins,
Susan (Ken Hansen) Saffran
and Peggy (Harris) Shaller, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren;

her 16 great-grandchildren;

her 4 great great-grandchildren;

her sister,
Elizabeth "Betty" Gibson, Dubuque, IA;

and her brothers-in-law,
Larry Murphy
and Robert "Bob" Murphy.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Daniel Murphy; a grandson, Alan Saffran; a son-in-law, John Saffran; 2 brothers, Donald (Betty) Boxleiter and Raymond (Stella) Boxleiter; and 2 brothers-in-law, Joseph Sutter and William Gibson.

A Marian L. Murphy memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Marian's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer and Jeanette, for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Marian, and her family.

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

 



Jonathon P. Engler


Jonathon P. "Yish" Engler, 41, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, September 4, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Jon was born November 25, 1975, in Dubuque, the son of James and Jerri (Kettmann) Engler. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1994, and earned a degree from Loras College. He married Erin Cavanaugh on February 2, 2013, in Dyersville where they made their residence. Jon was an insurance agent at Engler-Oberbroeckling Insurance and worked with the Catholic Order of Foresters for seventeen years.

Jon was a very loving family man who spent most of his free time with them. He was an avid Cubs, Hawkeyes and Bears fan whose highlight was witnessing the Cubs win a World Series. He also enjoyed fantasy football, bowling, softball, golf and fishing.

He will forever be remembered for his huge heart, booming laugh and incredible bear hugs.

Survivors include his wife, Erin; 3 children: Cavi, Patrick and Liam; his mother, Jerri (Jim) Pennekamp of Dyersville, his parents-in-law, Brian and Denise Cavanaugh of Dubuque; siblings: Mike (Bev) Engler of Worthington, and their family, Jason, Jeremy and Justin Engler; Paul (Deb) Engler of Worthington, and their family, James, Josh and Joe Engler; Sharon (Richard) Cody of Dubuque, and their family, Shane, Marissa and Lauren Cody; Karla (Robert) Larsen of East Moline, IL, and their family, Blake, Garrett and Mackenzie Larsen; in-laws: Alyssa (Tony) Dalsing of Peosta, and their family, Bailey, Cael and Addy Dalsing; and Tom (Mary) Cavanaugh of Dubuque, and their daughter, Fiona.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Engler, and an infant sister-in-law, Jennifer Cavanaugh.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 

 



Mary L. Kennicker


Mary L. Kennicker (Mother Mary), age 84, of Cuba City (Georgetown), Wisconsin peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin, with Father Dave Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. The family will receive friends at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City on Monday from 3-8 p.m. where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Tuesday morning from 9-10:15 a.m. before the service.

Mary was born on May 13th, 1933, one of nine siblings, near Spokane, Washington, daughter of Louie and Bessie (Knepp) Franz . On June 6th, 1959, she married Marvin Kennicker at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1970 Mary and Marvin purchased the family farm in Georgetown which is their present home.

Mary worked twenty-one years, full-time at the Dubuque Packing Co, retiring in 1978. Her second interest was her enjoyment of working on the family farm with her friends and family.

Mother Mary was an avid cook and loved feeding her army of helpers. In addition, she enjoyed teaching others how to cook and can, as well as took interest in the animals on the farm. She always looked forward to visiting with company coming and going from their farm house, including the many children who would enjoy her home cooking. Mary always looked forward to the holiday time and celebrations, including the 4th of July fireworks, to the kids' wild game feed, as well as the joys of Christmas, where she would shower her family and friends with gifts.

Mary was a caretaker, watching over everyone, especially through late nights of field work. She always put others first and herself second. Mary was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She will be deeply missed by her many friends. She touched everyone who she met and treated friends as family.

Mary is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Marilyn (Patrick Mulligan); sons, James, John, Joey (Amy Baus), Jeffery (Sue Steinhoff); granddaughters, Jamie (Chet Lee), Abbey Baus (Jakob Stein), Shannon Mulligan, and Maddey Kennicker; great-grandsons Brett and Alex Lee; sister Bertha Franz; and brother-in-law Bob ‘Nubbins' Bechen.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the many caregivers, friends, and family that have helped, your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

The family prefers contributions be made to the Mary Kennicker Memorial Fund.

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



Melvin D. Brodrecht


Melvin C. "Mel" Brodrecht, 83, of Galena, IL, passed away Tuesday morning, August 29, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Galena, with Fr. David Vogel officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Rt. 20 West, where members of the Galena Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 7:00 p.m. and members of the Galena EMS will meet at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Mel was born on August 16, 1934 in Galena, IL, the son of Delbert and Hilda (Wieters) Brodrecht.   He was united in marriage to Mary R. Feeley on January 8, 1955 in Galena.  She preceded him in death on December 29, 2003.

He was a member of St. Michael's Parish and served on the parish council, was a eucharistic minister and member of the Altar & Rosary Society.  A charter member of the Galena EMT's, a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, Galena Eagles Club # 952, and Elks Lodge # 882, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 696. He was life member of the North American Hunting Club and Pheasants Forever, Illinois State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association. Mel was a graduate of C.T.I. of Chicago, a Deputy Coroner for Jo Daviess County for over 40 years, a Boy Scout leader for Troop # 93 for 14 years, Cub Scout committeeman and treasurer for 14 years.  He was named EMS person of the year in 2000, received a Meritorius Award from the Governor of Illinois in 2002 for over 70 years of combined service to the Galena Fire and EMS Service. In 2007 Mel was voted Eagle of the year by the Galena Eagles Club, and citizen of the year by the Rotary Club of Galena in 2012.

He was employed by Rentech Nitrogen (formerly Phoenix Chemical) until his retirement and was a member of U.A.W. Local # 1391. Mel also was an associate of the Nash, Schmadeke, Steinke, and Kitchen, Miller & Steinke Funeral Homes from approximately 1954 - 2016.

Surviving are three sons, Mark of Winslow, IL, Marty of Hawaii, and Matt of Galena; five grandchildren, Mike, Kirk, Nathan and Mercedes Brodrecht, and Dan Groves; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Gene (Sandra) Brodrecht of Marion, IA, and Leroy (Marion) Cook of Freeport, IL; Brother and Sister-in-laws, James (Joan) Benson of Galena, Robert (Carol) Metzger of Longwood, FL, and Mark (Ann) Oldenburg of Rochester, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Delbert & Hilda, wife Mary, by his son Michael on May 27, 1975 also his father in law, Joseph Feeley and mother-in-law, Irene (Muchow) Feeley.

Mel's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided for their father and grandfather.

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

Mel's family wishes to thank THE GALENA BIBLE CHURCH for the use of their building for the family and the Galena Community.

 

 



Robert J. Keller


Robert J. Keller passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017, at the age of 83.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

He was the son of Elizabeth and Raymond Keller. He spent four years in the United States Air Force. Following the Air Force, he spent 33 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was also the president of the Dubuque Postal Employees Credit Union for 32 years.

Robert married LaVonne "Bonnie" Hoppman on June 24, 1961. They had two daughters, Denise Marie (John) Middleman and Susan Lynn Keller.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne who passed away on October 28, 2013, after 52 years of marriage and his sister, Shirley Wagner.

Thank You: Denise and Sue would like to send a very HEARTFELT thank you to Monty and Julie Scheckel, Bob Pankow, Mark Giese, Pat McClain, Kevin Botsford, Butch Pregler and Kevin Mihm for their years of friendship and willingness to help dad whenever and however needed. You all meant a lot to him and we will be forever grateful and hold you in our hearts.



Janet Jensen Stenberg


Janet Jensen "Jan" Stenberg died peacefully on August 26, 2017 surrounded by her family following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 2 at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:45, Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

She was born to N Peter Jensen and Maude Markham Jensen in Dickenson, ND on November 4,1942. Her family moved to Rochester MN where she attended elementary school. The family moved to Minneapolis MN in 1953 where she completed elementary school and Southwest High School graduating in 1960. After graduation she attended the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis and then at the Morris MN campus. In 1961 she entered St. Barnabas School of Nursing receiving her RN in 1964. She worked as a nurse at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis until 1967. She married Michael Stenberg, her high school sweetheart, on March 19, 1966 and began the adventure of being a Navy wife, "the hardest job in the Navy." While Mike served in the Navy and after his retirement from the Navy in 1990, they visited all fifty states and many foreign countries.

Jan was artistic. She achieved her teaching shingle in the Kofu School of Ikebana, made several Japanese dolls and silk paintings while they were stationed in Japan 1973-1979. After returning to the USA she became an avid quilter and created many beautiful quilts and wall hangings.

Jan and Mike were active in the churches they joined as they moved from place to place and have been active members of 1st Congregational UCC of Dubuque for twenty years.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Michael Stenberg; her daughters, Carolyn [Steven] Yaden and Elizabeth "Beth" [Ronald] Cooksley; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Yaden, Sarah Yaden, and Michael Cooksley; her brother, Mark [Liane] Jensen; and her sister, Jane [Marvin] Maas.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Her family wants to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Mercy Hospital, and Medical Associates for their care over the past few years. We also want to thank the staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque. In lieu of flowers, people may donate to Hospice of Dubuque, 1st Congregational UCC of Dubuque, or Parkinson's disease research.



Fred F. Ertl, Jr.


Fred F. Ertl, Jr. 87, formerly of Peosta, Iowa, sadly passed away in his sleep Wednesday, August 23, 2017 while at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September, 2, with visitation from 9:15 to 10:15 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, September 1, from 1 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road .

Fred was born on June 6, 1930 in Dubuque Iowa.

He was the son of Fred F. Ertl, Sr., a German immigrant and Gertrude M. Sauser of Cascade Iowa, the daughter of a German immigrant. Fred lived a long and very fulfilling life where he was very proud of being a practicing Catholic. He made every attempt to attend church whenever he could. He touched many people's lives and took great pride in trying to help anyone succeed. At the young age of 15 Fred Jr. started helping his Father Fred Sr. with the Family business. Fred Sr., a journeyman mold maker, had been the union steward at the Adams company in Dubuque Iowa. After a strike was voted in, Fred Sr. himself, too proud to strike against his employer, chose to terminate his employment. With 5 boys and one daughter soon on the way, he began making toy tractors in his basement furnace using sand from the river and used airplane pistons as aluminum material. Fred often said they had the hottest house in town. It became a family effort. Often-times the brothers would carry toys in their cars as they bartered for hunting rights from farmers around the state. Eventually the company began selling to stores in other counties as word spread. The back seat of the family car was removed so they could use it to make deliveries. Soon Fred Sr. became ill and at around 18 years of age Fred Jr. took up the reins of the family business as vice president. In 1967 Fred took the role of President until 1990 when he became CEO. Fred helped grow the company through the acquisition of 6 major toy brands.

Fred Jr. retired as CEO in 1992 after almost 50 years of employment, surviving three corporate mergers; sold to Victor Comptometer in 1967, Kidde Corporation in 1977 and Hanson PLC in 1987. In his various management roles for many years at the Ertl Toy company he always kept his employees first and cared about each and every one. While he never showed it publicly, he was devastated when management chose to move the manufacturing out of Dyersville after his retirement.

In the earlier years, Fred was proud of the fact that he had regularly employed young juveniles who had spent time being rehabilitated in a youth facility in Eldora Iowa. He kept track of the young men, many who went on to lead successful and happy lives. He kept on this tradition by creating scholarship programs for high schoolers. In his later years in Arizona, he and his wife Nancy, supported Sunshine Acres, a nonprofit organization in Mesa, Az., by each taking an underprivileged child Christmas shopping for a day at their own expense. He enhanced that effort by giving motivational talks to young children in the area in the hopes he could convince them that, if he and his family could succeed in their capacity, anyone of them could also.

Throughout Fred's career he accomplished many things. Fred served on the board of the Toy Manufacturers of America from 1968 until 1975, serving as president from 1970 to 1971. Fred was instrumental in creating the first Toy Safety Standards, many of which, later went into effect as legal safety measures. The toy industry was the first industry which was self-regulated regarding safety issues following Fred's lead of always putting children first. Later, in 1976 Fred was President of the Hobby industry where he sat on the board from 1973 to 1975 and was the first inductee into the Hobby Manufacturers Association Legends of Industry in 2008. He was inducted into the Toy Manufacturers of America Hall of Fame in February of 2000 and the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. He was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Toy Museum and sat on the board from 1982 until present. He also served on the Iowa Manufacturers Association Board of Directors from 1967 to 1968. He even helped the shipping industry create zones for shipping. Seems at the time, they had difficulty understanding where Dyersville was and what the rates should be around the rest of the country.

Fred was also a pioneer in licensing, as a long-term licensee of John Deere, Case IH, Allis-Chalmers and other agricultural and construction companies. He was very proud of the very fair and iron clad licenses he helped negotiate, especially with John Deere. He broadened his reach with Universal Studio and other major movie companies with licenses for properties like Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey and the Bandit, Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Thomas the Tank and even Gremlins. The Ertl company was also an early licensee of NASCAR racing. As a former dirt track racer, this was right up his alley. His parents put a stop to that after the bankers told them they would no longer finance the business if he was going to put himself at risk by driving a stock car. Through these connections, he experienced many things, like driving an actual NASCAR race car on the track and making friends with the heads of NASCAR including Bill France and Richard Petty. Unfortunately, just before NASCAR really took off, the Ertl Co. management at the time chose to discontinue that license.

Fred, along with his wife Nancy enjoyed many great years travelling, golfing and entertaining friends, colleagues and family. Christmas and holidays were extremely important to them both. They always made the extra effort to cook, organize and execute enjoyable celebrations at every opportunity.

Being the head a multi-national business, Fred had the opportunity to travel the world. He spent many months in other countries, particularly in China, where he was one of the first Americans allowed in the mainland. He immediately noticed many safety hazards and began helping the new manufacturers understand the importance of safety for both the toys and workers. Fred truly believed that if he did a portion of the manufacturing overseas, he could offset the higher cost and keep a substantial amount of production in Dyersville Iowa, where the Ertl Toy Company at times employed over 1000 people. The Ertl company eventually had offices in New York City, Canada, UK, Italy, and in Hong Kong. Fred made annual trips to the World Toy Fair held in Nuremburg, Germany and the American Toy Fair held in New York City. He attended many company sponsored fishing trips where he spent weeks in Canada hosting many customers and employees. He even met Fred Bear, the founder of Bear Archery and world renowned archery hunter, on a corporate sponsored hunting trip to Alaska.

Fred loved to hunt, fish and golf. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs (the 2016 World Series Champions). He also loved watching the Hawkeyes play any sport and eventually became an Arizona Cardinals and Diamondbacks fan. He absolutely loved being able to spend time with his wife Nancy golfing. For his retirement, the staff at the Ertl company sent them both on a trip to Scotland where they enjoyed a few rounds of golf together. He also golfed in a few Pro-Am Tournaments like the Disney Oldsmobile Classic in Florida, where he met and golfed with his favorite player, Freddy Couples. In his early days, he loved to go bowling and he and his brothers often won trophies together as a team. They even built and co-owned, for many years, the Ertl Lanes and Supper Club. Fred and Nancy were longtime members of the Thunder Hills Country Club where Fred helped create the Ertl/Thunder Hills Couples Golf Classic which is still running today and is on its 30th year. Fred and Nancy were also long time members of the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa Arizona. He loved playing Hearts and Gin Rummy card games and enjoyed attending pot luck together with his friends.

Fred attended and graduated from Loras Academy where he was head Sacristan his junior and senior years. He also attended Loras College for 1 ½ years and was a member of the ROTC until he was forced to forgo his education and commit to the family business. Fred was also involved with both the Dubuque and Dyersville Junior Achievement on and off over the years.

Fred married Nancy Torgler, who became his lifelong best friend on December 3, 1969. Fred brought to the marriage two wonderful children, Cathy (Jim) Hubbard and Fred III (fiancé Joan Nicks) and eventually three grandchildren, who were the love, enjoyment and pride of both Fred and Nancy; Audrey (Nate Miller), Erick Hubbard and Alexis Ertl. All surviving.

Also surviving are a sister and brothers, Carol (Mike) Lundgren, Joe (Helen) Ertl, Allan (Sue) Ertl, of Dyersville, and John (Pat) Ertl of Guttenberg. Three brothers- in- law, Larry (Alice) Torgler of Winterhaven, Florida, Ron (Dale) Torgler of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Naples, Florida, George (Linda) Torgler of East Dubuque, Illinois;  Sisters-in-law, Darlene Ertl, of Dyersville, and Pat Torgler of Dubuque and many wonderful nieces and nephews and friends from both Iowa and Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, parents, Frederick and Gertrude Ertl and beloved brother and friend, often considered the heart of the company, Robert Ertl.

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

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff and management of the Hotel Julien Dubuque for their wonderful accommodations and kind treatment of our father during his many extended stays over the past couple years.

 



Byrl J. Denlinger


Byrl J. Denlinger, 86, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 28, 2017, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A celebration of Byrl's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Byrl John Denlinger was born on August 4, 1931 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Dale and Frances (Stumper) Denlinger Sr. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Ona Mae Bowman on December 16, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Lou Ann, Carol and Janet.

Byrl farmed all of his life. First with his parents in the Maquoketa area, and upon his marriage in 1951, Byrl and Ona Mae continued farming on a farm near Wyoming, Iowa.

Byrl was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Jones County Farm Bureau. He loved farm life and enjoyed watching old western movies on television and John Deere Tractors. He was especially proud that two great-grandchildren, Ava and Aubree, shared his birth date. Above all things, he cherished his family and close friends.

Those left to honor Byrl's memory include his daughters, Lou Ann (Jerry) Hora of Maquoketa, IA, Carol (Tom) Smith of Green Bay, WI, and Janet (Earl) Waller of Bernard, IA; 5 grandchildren, Michael (Sarah) Hora, Karen (Chris) Leemon, Matt Smith, Austin (Caitlin) Smith and Jennie (Ryan) Gruber; and 7 great-grandchildren, Rachel, Shannon, Brendan, Hannah, Vienna, Ava, Aubree and Baby Girl Leemon on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dale Jr., and his wife Ona Mae on December 22, 2004.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Byrl J. Denlinger memorial fund has been established.

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



Della Nettie Louise Hoerner


Della Nettie Louise Hoerner, 92, died Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 30 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with the Rev. Steven Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 29 and from 10-10:45 a.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Della was born on June 24, 1925 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Conrad W. and Mary M. (Timmerman) Blosch.

She married Eldon M. Hoerner in 1946, he preceded her in death on October 3, 1982. In 1985 she married Verle "Buck" Leathers, he preceded her in death in 1998.

She worked at the Epworth Locker Plant and assisted her husband alongside the family farm.

Della was a member of Center Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, country music and dancing. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Gail (Alice) Hoerner, of Dubuque, Marvin (Carolyn) Hoerner, of Epworth, Donna Schmitt (special friend, Steve Brandel), of Dubuque, Cheryl (Jerry) Gotto, of Delhi, IA., and Artice (John) Kudalis, of Rockford, IL; 13 grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren; 6 great- great-grandchildren; 2 step- grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Poulsen, of Spencer, IA; brothers, Carmen (Anna Mae) Blosch, of Cuba City, WI. and Carvel Blosch, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Twila Hoerner; and sister, Dorothy Bradley.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Alzheimer's Association.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your compassionate care.



Patricia A. McDonell


Patricia A. McDonell, 90, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm. Visitation will continue from 10- 11 a.m. Friday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am Friday, September 1, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Rev Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Patricia was born April 27, 1927, in Monticello the daughter of Joseph and Angie (Bader) Oswald. She married William F. McDonell on November 14, 1945, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Together they farmed south of Worthington and owned and operated the Monticello Sale Barn for nearly 30 years. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Parish.

Survivors include three daughters: Sharon (Merlin) Wiskus of Epworth, Mickey (Ron) Kelchen of Dyersville; June (Paul) Fellinger of Monticello and 1 son, Bob McDonell of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister, Kathleen Hunt of Hopkinton, a sisters-in-law, AnnaBelle Oswald and Rosie Oswald, both of Monticello,

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, a son-in-law, John Geers, 2 grandsons-in-law, John C. Hall and Steve Weaver, a great-great grandson, Zayden Weaver, a sister, Mary (Harold) Schneiter, and two brothers, Lloyd Oswald and Earl Oswald, and a brother-in-law, Bob Hunt.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School.

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



Don R. Saefkow


Don R. Saefkow, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where military honors will be accorded at 6 p.m. by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born September 13, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Harold and Annette (Hildebrand) Saefkow. He married Judith Ryan on June 6, 1964 at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. Don served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. He was employed with Celotex for 20 years, and for Jim Giese Commercial Roofing for 26 years.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, and working in his vegetable garden. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburg Pirates and the New Orleans Saints. Don was a longtime patron of the Leaky Lodge, the Swiss Inn, the Airline Inn, and the Walnut Tap.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Dean (Paige) Saefkow; his granddaughter, Anna Sutton; his sister, Calline (Ron) Westemeyer , all of Dubuque; his brother, Harold "Rick" Saefkow of Phoenix, AZ; two god-daughters; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; a sister-in-law, Maurna (Jim) Gerhards of Potosi, WI; and a brother-in-law, James (Pat) Ryan of Wausau, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Don R. Saefkow Memorial Fund.

Don's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center; and especially all his wonderful neighbors.

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



Kathleen M. Daly


Kathleen M. Daly, 97, formerly of Alta Vista St.,  passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Church of the Nativity. Family will greet friends from 10:30 am until Mass time on Wednesday at the church. The Rosary Society will recite the Rosary prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Clement Catholic Cemetery in Bankston.

Kathleen was born November 22, 1919 in Bankston the daughter of George and Susan (Kertels) Daly. She graduated from Clarke College in 1938 and then taught in the Dubuque Community School District from 1938-1982, mostly at Marshall School in 3rd grade. Kathleen was a member of Church of the Nativity, Rosary Society, Nativity Guild, and retired teachers club.

Survivors include a cousin, Katie (Jim) Olberding; a godchild, Carol (Mike) Mooney; and a cousin, Eileen Schmitt.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jimmy.

Memorials may be directed to Church of the Nativity in Kathleen's memory.

Local arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Kimberly Kay Althoff


 

Kimberly Kay (Johnson) Althoff of Dyersville, changed her address to Heaven on August 26, 2017. She died peacefully at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital, in Rochester, MN with her loving family around her. She was 50 years old and was very bravely fighting her second bout with cancer, with other medical complications.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Kim's story began on August 5, 1967, when she became the only child of Lucinda (Vorwald) and James Johnson in Guttenberg, Iowa. With her big brown eyes and dark hair, her charming dimples and adorable smile, she quickly stole everyone's heart.

Kim spent her school days at Guttenberg School, graduating in 1985. After high school she earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On November 18, 1995, she was united in marriage to Wayne Althoff. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Lindsay Alea and Alyssa Michelle. The Althoffs lived their entire 21 years together on an acreage outside of Dyersville.

Kim's work career started at Von Mauer Department Store in Cedar Rapids, until she moved to Dyersville. She was employed by Kann's Import in Guttenberg and she spent many years at the Country Junction Restaurant, as a hostess and an Assistant Manager. Kim also managed the gift shop there which was her favorite part. She worked part time at Fareway, and for the past year she has worked at The Fidelity Bank and Trust in Dyersville and really enjoyed this job and her co-workers.

During that time she also did a lot of volunteer work at church events and at Xavier and Beckman School functions.

Kim loved her family dearly, there was nothing she enjoyed more than being a mother to her girls. Some of her favorite pastimes were to go to dance performances of The Beckman Dance Team, volleyball games, plays and musicals. She enjoyed sitting down with a good book. She really liked spending time on the river boating, camping and picnicking. She loved concerts, dancing and laughing with her family and friends. She cherished going on vacations with her family, her parents and her best friend, Janet. Kim taught her daughters how to love unconditionally, enjoy life, be independent, and fun- loving.  Kim's smile is what people will remember most about her.

Kim is survived by her husband, Wayne; her daughters, Lindsay and Alyssa; and her parents, Cindy and Jim Johnson of Guttenberg, her parents-in-law, Emil and Elsie Althoff; in-laws: Ken (Mary) Althoff, Rick (Vicki) Althoff, Elaine White, Rose (Gary) Bryant, Sandy (Arnie) Bockenstedt and Bonnie (Pat) McAllister, plus a large extended family and a multitude of friends.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



William D. Kringle


William "Bill" D. Kringle, 94, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:10 a.m. at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bill may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the funeral home.

Services for Bill will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born May 17, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William L. and Augusta M. (Schneider) Kringle. He received his education from West St. Joseph's Prairie in Zwingle, Iowa. On September 6, 1970 he was united in marriage to Shirley Beringer in Las Vegas, Nevada. He owned and operated Kringle Well Drilling and farmed in Cascade for many years.

He is a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Kringle of Cascade, IA; one sister-in-law, Marlene Heiderscheit of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John (Elsie) Kringle, two brothers-in-law, Ralph Beringer and George Heiderscheit.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab for the wonderful care and support they gave Bill.

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



Kathy A. Stumpf


Kathy A. Stumpf, 66 of Asbury, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Kathy was born on December 19, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Dorrance and Marilyn (Kieffer) Welter. She graduated from the Academy of the Visitation, class of 1968 and then attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville.

She married Donald Stumpf, her loving husband of nearly 48 years on September 20, 1969 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL.

Kathy was an RSVP Volunteer and for many years delivered mobile meals out of Finley Hospital. She was also a driver for DuRide and she enjoyed visiting with all the great people she met through these groups.
For many years Kathy and Don spent the winter months at their home in Ft. Myers, Florida where they enjoyed having their family and friends visit.

She is survived by her husband Don; one son Don Jr. of Dubuque, and daughter Julie (Alan) Gahlbeck, of Des Peres, MO. Her grandson Nolan; two brothers, Dick (Margaret) Welter, of Kieler, WI and Dennis Welter, of Galena. Her brothers and sister-in-law, Daniel (Mary) Stumpf, Ron (Janet) Stumpf, Luke (Deb) Stumpf, and Kim Stumpf, all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her loving grandson Ethan Gahlbeck; her parents; one brother; two brothers-in-law; and her caring in-laws Bonnie and Ralph.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Noah's Hope to help fight against Batten Disease.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff; Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy, and to all the family and friends for the cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers.



Donald J. Jackson


Donald J. "Don" Jackson, 85, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services in Dubuque, IA, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Don was born on February 17, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Samuel and Mary (Goldhagen) Jackson. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, and was united in marriage to Lucille Hinderman on April 7, 1950, celebrating 67 years of marriage this past April.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1995. Don was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Holy Name Society, a former member of United Food & Commercial Workers Local #150-A. He loved fishing, gardening, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. Don was a simple man, who served as a former coach for the East Dubuque Little League and wrestling coach for St. Mary's School.

Surviving is his wife Lucille; 11 children, Carol McGrath of Cedar Rapids, IA, Karen (Steve) Sebastian of Dubuque, Janet (Bill) Hartmann and Jim (Dawn) Jackson both of East Dubuque, Tom Jackson of Dyersville, Brenda (Larry) Cox of Bellevue, John (Robyn) Jackson of East Dubuque, Elaine (Kevin) Herman of Dubuque, Joyce (Dave) Merfeld of Menominee, IL, Chris (John) Cahalan of Cedar Rapids and Shelley Jackson of Dubuque; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; his inlaws, Jerome Hinderman, Germaine Hayes, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Val Hinderman and Betty Jackson.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Fr. Robert, Bill & Jim Jackson, Anna Mae Otting and Pat Lange.

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

 

 



Sister Mary Ellen Caldwell, BVM

Sister Mary Ellen Caldwell, BVM (Eugenio), 97, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary Ellen was elementary school principal at St. Patrick in Dubuque, where she also served as theology, religious studies, and philosophy teacher and department chair at Clarke University. She taught elementary school in DeKalb and Chicago, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan. She also taught at a seminary in Kumasi, Ghana, and later volunteered as ESL teacher.

She was born in Milwaukee on June 11, 1920, to Francis S. and Helen Fitzsimmons Caldwell. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1938, from St. Michael Parish, Milwaukee. She professed first vows on March 19, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Joseph Caldwell; and sisters: Mary Remi Caldwell, BVM; Sarah Marie Tyson; and Frances Mary Kilcollins.

She is survived by a sister, Helen Smith, Waukesha, Wis.; brothers, Rev. Thomas A. Caldwell, SJ, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and Joseph Kerwin Caldwell, New York, N.Y.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 78 years.

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

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



Louis William Husemann


Louis William Husemann, 88, of Key West, Iowa passed away on August 22, 2017 at Stonehill Care Facility.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 25th, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Louis was born at home December 12, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the last surviving child of Ludwig William and Frieda Marie Emma (Tietz) Husemann who immigrated from Germany to the United States in the early 1900's.

He married Kathryn Elizabeth Doyle on October 26, 1946 at St. Raphael Cathedral, and they celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage. Kathryn passed away on February 2, 2013.

He worked at American Trust and Savings Bank as a Building Manager until his retirement in 1988. Previously Louie co-owned Husemann and Huseman Concrete Contractors.

He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral and past member of the Eagle's Club.

Louie enjoyed listening to music, a good game of euchre or cribbage, a fall Octoberfest, a lively Polka song and his morning crossword puzzle (done in ink!). His favorite way to spend an afternoon would be watching barges pass through Lock & Dam #11 on the Mississippi River. He loved visiting with his children, grandchildren and neighbors, and would have a good crowd on his front porch. Through thick and thin his children provided him with love and care.

He is survived by his eight children: Jim (Kate) Husemann, Betsy (Jim) Basten, Steve (Rose) Husemann, Susan (Rich) Barrett, LouAnn (Mike) Wilson, Faye (Jim) Herrig, Connie (Randy) Mueller, and Carrie (Jeff) Burger; twenty grandchildren; Jim (Kristina) Husemann, Chris (Leslie Horton) Husemann, Jenny Miller, Kathy (Jeff) Welp, Alan (Molly) Basten, Susie (fiancé, Chad Kopp) Church, Louie (Pauline) Husemann, Kristie (Travis) Pfiffner, Lindsey (Joe) Schreiber, Jody (Ron) Kenneally, Marty (Kate) Barrett, Scott (Theresa) Wilson, Jason (Christina) Wilson, Kara (Scott) Hetzel, Gina (Matt Oberbroeckling) Schilling, Mike (Jessica) Mueller, Matt (Jackie Rome) Mueller, Randy John Mueller, Morgan Burger, and Wyatt Burger; twenty-six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Colleen Smith, Rose (Dick) Huseman, Betty Doyle and brother-in-law Louis Wagner.

He was preceded in death by wife Kathryn; parents Ludwig and Freida; three sisters, Dora (Howard) Schultz, Edith (Joe) Stack, Mary (Ted) Kalloway; nine brothers, Ernest (Mary Ann), Henry (Viorene), Bill (Olive), Al (Kate), Fred (Rose), Benjamin (Shirley), George (Mary), Rudolph (Bernice), and Carl (Gladys); sisters-in-law Evelyn, and Betty Wagner; and brothers-in-law, George Smith and Donald Doyle.

We would like to thank the Stonehill Skilled Rehab Household for their kindness in taking care of our Dad.



Jillian L. Suthers


Jillian L. Suthers, 63, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017, at her home in Lost Nation.

A celebration of Jillian's life will be at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 2, 2017 from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jillian Lue Keller was born on August 26, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clarence Wesley and Mildred Lavanchie (Hartford) Keller. She married Gene Suthers on July 27, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

In her early years, Jillian had ran Keller's Tap in Lost Nation. She then became a homemaker and raised a family, as well as worked as a nurses aid.

She was a member of the Lost Nation American Legion Auxiliary, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and camping.

Those left to honor Jillian's memory include her husband Gene Suthers of Lost Nation, IA; children, Robert Joseph Suthers of Lost Nation, IA, and Dawn Heather Suthers of Maquoketa, IA; a former daughter-in-law, Amber Suthers of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Caroline (Randy) Keller-Williams of Falls Church, VA; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Connie and 3 brothers, Jacque, Ronald and David.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jillian L. Suthers memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeanne H. Schmitt


Jeanne H. (Oertel) Schmitt, 94, of Durango passed on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Manor Care in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 24, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Rickardsville.

Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Jeanne was born September 10, 1922 in Dubuque the daughter of Elmer and Alice (Sprague) Oertel. She married Sylvester M. Schmitt on November 22, 1939 in Lattnerville, Iowa, he passed on March 17, 2002. She worked on the cutting floor at the Dubuque Packing House for 34 years prior to retiring. Jeanne then went to work at Zuckie's Clothing Store, the Silver Eagle, and for Poorman's Catering. Jeanne was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling and spending Sundays at the cottage, playing cards and spoiling her granddogs, Oliver and Parker.

Jeanne's family includes her daughter, Sharon (J. Michael) Faley of Dubuque and their children: Tim (special friend Abby Kiburz) Faley of Dubuque; Tammy (Reggie) Ash of Midway, UT, and Tammy's children, Alex (Haley) Meyer and their children, Kael and Joanna of Mishawaka, IN, Emily Meyer of Chicago, and Elizabeth Meyer of Sycamore, IL; the late Todd Faley and his children, Hanna, Holly, and Hope Faley, all of Marion, IA; Teddy Jo (Janet) Faley, and their children, John "Duke" Faley and Nickolas Faley, all of Dubuque. Her son, David (Mary Kay) Schmitt of Durango and their children: Kevin (Donna) Schmitt and their son Tyler (Kaysha) Schmitt, and their son Owen "Pete", all of Sherrill; Nicole (special friend Nick Jaeger) Schmitt of Sherrill; Terry (Rosanne) Schmitt and their son Travis (Tiffany) Schmitt of North Liberty, IA; Cody Schmitt of Durango; Jay (Lori) Schmitt of Dubuque and their children, Cory (Anna) McDermott of OR, Callie (Brett) Fagan of Onslow, IA, and Carmen McDermott of Dubuque; and Jeff (Emily) Schmitt and their children, Olivia, Harper, Sawyer, and Kinsley Schmitt, all of DeWitt, IA. Her sister, Alice Mae Krapfl of Denison, IA; a sister in law, Leta Wagner of Dubuque; and a brother in law, Clem Schmitt of Durango.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandchild, Todd Faley; four brothers, Ray, Clarence, Louis, and Buddy Oertel; and brothers and sister in law, Karl Krapfl, Raymond Schmitt, Donald Schmitt, Ted Schmitt, Bernadine McGrath, Dorothy Gotto and Catherine Neyens.

Thank you to Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Mark Moore for the wonder ful care. Thank you also to her niece, Melanie Oertel for being there through Jeanne's journey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Joseph's Church, Rickardsville or Hillcrest Family Services.

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



Ronald D. Brooks


Ronald D. "Ron" Brooks, age 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:12 a.m., on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ron was born on June 19, 1952, in Battle Creek, Michigan, son of Duane Ray and Barbara Jean (Hiscock) Brooks.

Ron proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and was lovingly known as "Radar" to his friends. Ronald D. Brooks; retired computer programmer, genuinely kind-hearted, volunteer, animal lover, gardener and dear friend to many. God bless you Ron and thank you for all of the joy you graciously shared with us along your journey!

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his long-time friend and divinely inspired sister,
Diana Haberkorn-Fouché, Dubuque, IA;

Diana's children whom he helped raise and loved dearly,
Dena Roberts, Rebecca Nolan, Brittnie Nolan, Tyler Roberts, Bailey Roberts and Brandon Roberts;

his father,
Duane Brooks;

his siblings,
Janine (Keith) Blanck,
Dan (Cathy) Brooks
and Jim (Mindy) Brooks;

and his beloved cat and confidant,
Little Thumper.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Jean Brooks.

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

 



Nancy G. Clark


Nancy G. Clark, 77, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A private family gathering will be held in her honor at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Nancy Gertrude Englkens was born on November 7, 1938 in Clinton, Illinois, to Arthur and Alice (Sikkema) Englkens. She was a high school graduate and married Ronald A. Clark in Fulton, Illinois.

Nancy enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and gardening. She had a great love of animals and had numerous dogs, cats, chickens and ducks as pets in her adult life. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Bellevue, Iowa; children, Boyd (Randa) Clark of Libertyville, IL, Christine (Brad) Thom of Railroad Flat, CA, Neal (Donna) Clark of Gardnerville, NV, and Lyle Clark of Frisco, TX; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Betty) Engelkins and Millard (Shirley) Engelkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Dale and a sister Ardith.

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

 



Mary Katherine Stoeckel

Mary Katherine "Kay" Stoeckel, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Kay's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Kay's life, private family visitation will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kay was born on September 20, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Vincent and Ella (McKenna) Conlan.

Kay was united in marriage to William E. "Bill" Stoeckel on June 9, 1949, and they were blessed with 45 years together before Bill was called home ahead of her on February 1, 1995.

Those left to cherish Kay's memory include

her children,
Vicki S. (Rick Langheim) Stoeckel, Alpharetta, GA
and Nick (Lori) Stoeckel, Mayville, WI;

2 granddaughters,
Danielle (Shane Soppe) Langheim, Johns Creek, GA
and Natalie Stoeckel, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan;

and a great-grandson,
Grayson Soppe.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Stoeckel; and a son, Terry William Stoeckel in infancy.

Kay's family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, and the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all of the kind, professional and attentive care they provided to Kay, and her family, over the past few months.

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

 



Arnold J. Van Etten


Arnold J. Van Etten, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Mercy Hospital at the age of 87.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at St. Luke's Methodist Church. A private burial will be at a later date. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church.

Arnie was born on July 30, 1930, at home in Havana, Illinois. The youngest child of Lora B. (Dobson) and D. Melvin Van Etten. He was an outstanding athlete, fondly known as "Red" at Havana High School. He earned a football scholarship to Bradley University and graduated in 1952. After college Arnie returned to his roots as a high school math teacher and coached football and basketball. It was there he met his "love", Catherine Anne McKone, who was teaching Home Economics. In 1956 he married Anne and after teaching High School together for a year, he was accepted into the University of Iowa College of Law. They then found their forever home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Arnie started practicing law with Kintzinger Law Firm and remained a dedicated partner until retiring a few years ago, after more than 50 years of supporting, counseling and guiding countless clients, who often became lifelong friends.

His passion for helping people and nurturing meaningful relationships was apparent by his longstanding participation and commitment in various service and social organizations, including The Elks, The Optimists and The Dubuque Shooting Society. He was proud and honored to be a active leader through the years of various community counsels and boards. He valued compassion, generosity, seeing the best in people, and forever offering a helping hand.

On Arnie's best days he would find delight in pheasant hunting with his favorite cronies, playing a competitive game of Euchre, dancing with Annie or spotting the first morel mushroom of the season. Lately, he took great comfort in visiting with dear friends, sitting on his backyard deck and mowing his beautiful lawn.

Arnie will be remembered for his generosity of time, love and laughter, in addition to his quick wit, patience, faith, willingness to serve and of course, his spirited wardrobe.

Arnie will forever touch the lives and continue to be celebrated by his friends and family, which includes "the girls", Julia A. Van Etten, of Hudson ,WI, and Jennifer K.(Dennis) Hammel, of Fairfield, IA; grandchildren, Vanessa (Chris) Patton, Reason and Madison Davis, Griffin, Riley and Olivia Hammel; great-grandchild, Ellis Patton.

With open arms, Arnie will join his "love" Anne and son Greg, along with son-in-law Denny Davis and Arnie's sister Joyce Wright and sister-in-laws, Alice Van Etten, and Grace Bowers, in Heaven.

We wish to deeply thank the friends and neighbors who provided a continuous stream of love, care and compassion without batting an eye. You lifted our hearts and we knew he was in good hands when we were miles away. Your generosity give us the most precious gift... time with our dad.

In lieu of flowers, an Arnold J. Van Etten memorial fund has been established to be distributed to his favorite charities.

If you can attend the service...."Spirited Joyful Attire" is welcomed.

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



Margaret Wolfe


Margaret "Louise "Wolfe, age 81, of Round Up, MT., and formerly of Green Island, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT. To honor Louise's life, private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Kean officiating. To celebrate Louise's life, family may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Louise was born on July 18, 1936 in Delta, Iowa, daughter of Howard and Edith (Roberts) Wells.

Louise was united in marriage to the love of her life, Daniel J. Wolfe, on May 29, 1958, at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. They were truly blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 3 boys, before Daniel was called home ahead of her on March 3, 2017. The couple spent over 40 years together on the family farm while Louise lovingly raised her family with a nurturing devotion which seemed to come quite naturally to her. Louise's caring character was not only confined to her family at home though; she was also able to put her compassion for others to work in the nursing field for over 30 years. Our hearts ache today, and we are quite devastated to lose our sweetest mom within 5 months of our dad; but we are also quite relieved to know that our loving parents are once again reunited and will never have to part ways again. Thank you mom for all of the love, wisdom and memories you leave behind for us to embrace, cherish and remember, and may you enjoy eternal peace with dad until we are all together again one day.

Those left to cherish Louise's memory include

3 sons,
Howard (JoDee) Wolfe, Bellevue, IA,
Todd (Janette) Wolfe, West Point, IA
and John (CJ) Wolfe, Round Up, MT;

her 8 grandchildren,
Jessica (Vamsi) Manda, Ryan (Gina) Cochran, Andrew Cochran, KayDee (Tony) Sells, Kellie (Sklar) Orth, Kayla (Matt) Bitting, Madison (Josh) Wolfe and Jake Wolfe;

and her 11 great-grandchildren,
Theron and Liberty Reiter, Blair Cochran, Daniel Sells, LynDee Sells, Bentley Bitting, Adelyn Bitting, Broderick Robertson, Harleiah Robertson, J.T. Robertson and Zander Robertson.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Daniel; and 3 sisters, Ruth Wells, Mary Lou (Doyle) Christy and Maxine Verdeer.

A Margaret Louise Wolfe memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Mildred F. Heiderscheit


Mildred F. Heiderscheit, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:55 a.m., on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mildred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Mildred's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mildred was born on September 29, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Katharine (Davidsaver) Duster.

Mildred was united in marriage to Francis J. "Frank" Heiderscheit on January 5, 1944, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville. The couple was truly blessed with over 67 wonderful years together, and 4 children, before Frank was called home ahead of her on December 27, 2011. She was a very loving and selfless wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. Mildred loved to spend her spare time tending to the flower gardens and apple trees while always looking forward to a full season of ever changing color, as well as a nice fall harvest. Mildred also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandson, Tim; and every gathering was one we will surely cherish forever. Mildred has been referred to as a continual "ray of sunshine" and to know her, or experience her beautiful spirit firsthand, was to absolutely understand that statement in no uncertain terms. She was definitely a faith-filled woman who not only recited the Rosary daily, but also spent countless hours along her earthly journey praying for missions, as well as watching for her next opportunity to help someone in their time of need. Sorrow surely grips our hearts today with the sudden absence of our beloved Mildred; but we are thankful for the peace which comes from our understanding that Mildred has now rejoined Frank, once again, to begin their eternal union together while tending to their always bountiful and perpetually weedless garden on the grounds of their Heavenly Estate.

Those left to cherish Mildred's memory include

her children,
Rose Marie (Wayne) Small, Dubuque, IA,
Pauline (Norlyn) Michel, Bettendorf, IA
and Mark (Karen) Heiderscheit, Dubuque, IA;

a grandson,
Tim Heiderscheit, Iowa City, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis "Frank" Heiderscheit; a son, Donald in infancy; a sister, Sr. Francois Duster, OSF; and a brother, Fabian (Lucille) Duster.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Finley Hospital, for all of their professional and attentive care.

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

 



Steven A. Hoftender


Steven A. "Steve" Hoftender, 55, of Davenport, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, IA, from complications of lung cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Davenport, IA.

Steve was born on September 3, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Vince "Jiggs" and Modesta "Sis" (Splinter) Hoftender. He was united in marriage to Paula Herber on November 30, 1986 in Galena, IL. He was employed as a millwright for Cedar Valley Mechanical.

Steve was a 1980 graduate of East Dubuque High School.

He loved baseball and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, bowling, golf and being with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Paula; five children, Crystal (Bob) Crandall of Cedar Rapids, IA, Erin (fiancé Dustin Wilson) of Moline, IL, Melissa (fiancé Larry Hepner), Ashley and Joe all of Davenport; five grandchildren; his father, Vince "Jiggs" Hoftender of East Dubuque, IL; his siblings, Keith (friend Jolene) Hoftender of Dubuque, IA, Mark (Vicki) Hoftender of Raymond, IA, Lori (John) Schulting of Vernona, WI, Jeff (Julie) Hoftender of Burlington, IA, David Hoftender of East Dubuque, and Pam Hoftender of Ormond Beach, FL.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother "Sis", a brother Tom Hoftender, granddaughter Avery Wilson, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. 

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



Giovanna Gagliano


Giovanna "Jennie" Gagliano of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her niece's home.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer presiding. Family will greet friends 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:30 pm Scripture Service led by Deacon Jim Schmidt. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Jennie was born January 21, 1929 in New York City, New York, the daughter of Angelo J. and Mary A. (Majuri) Gagliano. After working at the Long Island Star Journal in New York she moved to St. Louis in 1960. Jennie then worked at the St. Louis Review followed by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. She retired in 1992 to Dubuque. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her sister in-law, Jan Gagliano; nephew, Frank (Shari) Gagliano; nieces, Jean (Terry) Gagliano-Hilkin, Mary (Jim) Schmidt, and Teresa Gagliano; great nieces and nephews, Michael (Jennifer) Gagliano, Angela (Jason) Cox, Brian (Michelle) Gagliano, Tricia (Bob) Kilburg, Nicole (E.J.) Droessler, Tim (Penny) Hilkin, Gina David, Janelle (Jeff) Menz, and Joel Schmidt; great-great nieces and nephews, Ben, Kara, Melody, Ethan, Ryan, Mary Gianna, Kourtney, Tamie, Hannah, May, Garrett, Ella, Kylie, Charlie Angelo, Cooper, and Nora; special friends, Pat Rich, and Colton (Lindsey) Rich.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother and sister in-law, Angelo and Eleanor Gagliano.

The family would like to thank the Church of the Resurrection Staff, especially, Fr. Jo