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John M. Bennett

John M. "Benny" Bennett, 70, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at home with his family by his side.

Per Benny's request there will be no formal visitation or funeral services. There will be a celebration of Benny's life from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Midtown Marina in East Dubuque. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Benny was born on July 10, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ormal E. and Wealtha A. (Pape) Bennett. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1962.
He married Linda Krabacher on Nov. 14, 2006. They had been companions since April 2, 1980. He was employed by Tschiggfrie Excavating as a truck driver for 40 years, retiring in 2006.

Benny loved boating, tropical vacations in Mexico, Nascar Racing and was a huge Chicago Bears fan.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Krabacher-Bennett; two children, Tina M. (John) Winders of East Dubuque, and Michael J. (Julie) Bennett of Peosta, Iowa, and a step-son, John (Ressie) Krabacher of Chicago, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Synthia, Sara, Alex, Gregory, Peyton, Kayla and John Carlos; two great-grandchildren, Kalub and Colton; his father-in-law, LaVern Pfiffner of Dubuque; his in-laws, Bob (Ann) Pfiffner of Long Grove, Iowa, Kathy (Alan) Ernzen of Dubuque, and Jim (Michelle) Pfiffner of Davenport, Iowa; deveral nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great nephews; his aunt and godmother, Harriett Fasselius of Dubuque; his very close friends, Denny Koppes, Mike Duffy and Dave Koehler; and also his football friends and river friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ormal and Wealtha; a sister, Rosemary (Royce) Ohde; and his mother-in-law, Kate Pfiffner.

A John M. "Benny" Bennett memorial fund has been established.

Linda & family wish to thank Dr. Eric Engelman, the Oncology staff at Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Benny.

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

I am the Judge now!
"Go Bears"



Michael W. Kactro

Michael W. Kactro, 92, of Bethany Home, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Delleart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Church.

Michael was born March 21, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Rachel (Coohey) Kactro. He graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College. Michael served in the U.S. Navy/Marines during WW II, serving as a lieutenant on the USS Core.

On June 12, 1947, Michael married Florence Hermann at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2014.

He retired from Coca Cola in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Michael enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time with his family. The family always looked forward to Christmas woodworking projects.

He is survived by his children, Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, Iowa, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, Ill., Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, Wisc., Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, Ill., and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, Iowa; his grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Rheault and Margaret Hanson.

A Michael Kactro Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Dr. Tom Sinsky and staff for all of their wonderful care.

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



Norma J. Schmidt

Norma J. Schmidt, 74, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 P.M. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Norma Jean Grosskruger was born on December 14, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, John Louis and Agnes Irene (Kruse) Grosskruger. She grew up on the family farm near Preston and was a 1957 graduate of Preston High School.

Norma had farmed with her parents on the century farm until 1984. She married Dale E. Schmidt in that same year on July 14. They then farmed north of Baldwin until retirement.

Norma was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville. She and Dale had spent time volunteering at the Jackson County Historical Society.

Norma and Dale enjoyed traveling. They had taken trips to Europe, the west coast of the United States, Texas, Mexico and Kansas. She took great pleasure in gardening and cooking for family and friends. Her pies were famous and were Dale's favorite. Norma also had an extensive cookbook collection.

Those left to honor Norma's memory include her husband, Dale Schmidt of Baldwin, IA; a step-son Lawrence Schmidt of Baldwin, IA; 2 step-grandsons Ben Schmidt and Zach Schmidt; a brother Herman (JoAnn) Grosskruger of Andrew, IA; brother-in-law J.C. Engel of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Wenzel of Clinton, IA, and Alberta Smith of Marion, IA; and nephews Dean, Lynn and Neal Engel, David, Paul and Mark Grosskruger, and John Grosskruger III. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Arlene Engel, and a brother John Grosskruger, Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville.

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

 



David H. Makovec

David H. Makovec, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17,2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate David's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Behr Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born on May 26, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of Henry and Margaret (Wehrspann) Makovec.

David proudly served with in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years until his retirement. In his free time he enjoyed relaxing and watching TV. David loved spending time with his grandchildren.

David is survived by, his partner, Joseph Bartels, Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Nicole Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Stephanie Makovec, Minneapolis, MN, Angela McCollums, Minneapolis, MN; his grandchildren, Sydney, Makayla and Gabrielle Makovec; his siblings, Richard (Nancy) Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Pat) Makovec, Nevada, IA, Donald (Annie) Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Dianne Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Michelle (Mike) Grauer, Lake in the Hills, IL, Amy (Kevin) Shear, Marengo, IL; his mother, Margaret Makovec, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his father and two grandchildren, Alana and Kingston McCollums.

A David H. Makovec memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Tri-State Dialysis and the Jule drivers for all of their help and support throughout the years.

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

 



Jerry Lynn Bartlett

Jerry Lynn Bartlett, 61, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 7:10 a.m. on August 3, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Private family services are being held to honor Jerry's life. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on May 18, 1953 in Dubuque, son of Jerry Lewis and Catherine Mae (Truby) Bartlett.

Jerry married Karlotta Knospe, of Elkader, on June 14, 2002 in Dubuque. He enjoyed photography, fishing and wildlife, especially wolves and birds. All who knew and loved Jerry will miss him, especially his canine companion Penny.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Karlotta Bartlett of Dubuque; sons Paul (Bridget) and Matt (Nicole), both of Dubuque; step-children Joe (Brandy) of Mississippi, Keith (Holly) of Elgin, Iowa, Anna of New Mexico, Dustin (Kendra) of Georgia and Josh of Dubuque; grandchildren Aiden, Sawyer, Dalton, Colton and Haley; step-grandchildren Andrew, Gracie, Laina, Riley, Colby, Max and Liam; a sister, Mary Weaver, of Steamboat Rock, Iowa; a nephew, John (Jacqui), and a niece, Cathy (Roger), both of Steamboat Rock, Iowa.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his favorite canine companion, Dakota.

A Jerry Lynn Bartlett memorial fund has been established.

The family of Jerry would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, University of Iowa and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support during this very difficult time.

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



James A. Klein

James A. Klein, 60, of Dubuque died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

James was born on December 13, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Merlin"Jim" and Pearl (Ploessl) Klein.

He married Connie A. Schultz on February 4, 1978 in Holy Cross, Iowa.

He was employed for 38 years at Flexsteel.

James was family man and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and went on many hunting trips to Waukon with his buddies and fishing trips to Southern Iowa with his family.

James enjoyed gathering around the table and playing cards with his family and good friends. He was an old time country music fan and a "North end boy" his entire life.

Surviving is his wife, Connie; children Steve (Jill) Klein of Cedar Rapids, and their children, Ryland and Ellisyn; and Chris Klein, of Dubuque; siblings, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel, Marvin (Sherry) Klein, Marlene (Tom) Pfeiler, Bev (Tom) Uthe, Geralyn (Jim) Jogerst and Don (Mindy) Klein; brothers and sisters-in-law, LaVonne (Earl) Brimeyer, Dave (Nancy) Schultz, Donna (Bob) Schmidt, Ron (Marilyn) Schultz and Cindy (Paul) Ludovissy; two uncles, Andy (Mary) Ploessl and John "Sonny" (Lorene) Ploessl; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Robert Legrande, Janice Legrande, Carol and Nick Errthum.

A James A. Klein memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen and to Dr. Schultheis and Dr. Chapman.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 

 



James C. Odefey

James C. Odefey, 73, of Red Oak, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born September 1, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Herbert and Mabel (Brown) Odefey.

He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam War with the 85th Evac. supporting the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cav. They established the first field hospital in Quinhon South Viet Nam.

Jim worked as a nurse anesthetist for 45 years until his retirement in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Odefey of Red Oak, Iowa; a son, Chad (Misti) Odefey of Rainbow City, Alabama and their children, Nicholas, Andrew and Paige; a daughter, Shannon Marshall of Battle Creek, Michigan and her children, Demmy, Jalyn and Ethan; seven siblings, Mary Lou (Don) Schemmel, Bill (Barb) Odefey, Jan (Jerry) Deutmeyer, Jerry (Mary) Odefey, Donna (Jim) Hosier, Gary (Nancy) Odefey and Debbie (Jeff) Hurd; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ron Odefey.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established by the family.

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

 



Aaron L. Schramm

Aaron LeRoy Schramm, infant son of Richard Schramm Jr. and Ambrea Pfeiler was welcomed into heaven on July 30, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 5, 2014 at 4pm at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Reverend Pamela Starr Officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 pm at the Funeral Home.

Aaron was born July 25, 2014 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Although Aaron was only with us for a short time he was able to impact the lives of many family members and friends. His memory will forever live on in all of our hearts and his gift will live on through his donation to the Iowa Lyons Eye Bank.

He is survived by his parents, a brother Richard Schramm III, grandparents Karla Schramm, Regina(Tim) Clark, and Rick Pfeiler. Great Grandparents; Darien Hayward, Calista(Clyde "LeRoy") Butson, Paul(Cindy) Lester and Gary Pfeiler. And many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Dear relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa Richard Schramm Sr. and his great grandma Dixie Carnicle. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff of the University of Iowa NICU Unit. Also a very special thank you to all of our family and friends for their wonderful support through this very difficult time.

 



Robert W. Fortmann

Robert W. Fortmann, age 69, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.

Funeral liturgy to honor Robert's life will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 15, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. The mass and readings will be those of the Holy Day.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. To celebrate Robert's life, friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born on June 27, 1945, in Rickardsville, IA, son of August and Elizabeth (Feldmann) Fortmann.

Robert served with the National Guard from 1963 to 1969. He married the love of his life, Judith Hess, on Sept. 9, 1967, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He was employed at Caradco, John Deere Dubuque Works, Holiday Inn/Days Inn and recently retired from Wartburg in 2012.

Robert was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a current member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. In his free time he loved restoring old cars, a Ford man and Mark Martin fan through and through, collecting clocks and trains and was continually making improvements around the home for Judy. Robert's greatest joy by far was found in spending time with his family, especially his great-granddaughter, Addison. All who knew and loved Robert will miss him, and his favorite canine companion Remy will surely be on the list.

Robert is survived by his wife, Judy Fortmann, Dubuque, IA; his children, Darla Sue Fortmann, Dubuque, IA, and Donald (Tricia) Fortmann, Nevada, IA; 6 grandchildren, Taylor, Trenton, Matthew, Amanda, Mitchell and Alyssa; 1 great-granddaughter, Addison; his sister, Betty Klein, Guttenberg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Rita Brown, Dubuque, IA.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Laverne and Bernard Fortmann.

A Robert W. Fortmann memorial fund has been established.

Robert's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Schultheis and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support as Robert's health declined.

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



Neda F. Wagoner

Neda F. Wagoner, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, August 11, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

Private family graveside services and burial celebrating Neda's life will be held on Saturday, August 16, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. A public gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Neda Fern Widel was born on Dec. 20, 1924 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Lyle Ford and Rebecca Emma (Bruns) Widel. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She married Glen W. Wagoner on Feb. 4, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2008.

Neda had worked for 25 years as the head baker for the Maquoketa Community Schools hot lunch program.

Neda was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She loved reading mysteries, cooking magazines and books. Additionally she liked watching the cooking channel and visiting with friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. Family was everything to Neda.

Those left to honor Neda's memory include her children, Dr. Wayne (Nancy) Wagoner of Maquoketa, IA, Rebecca (Ronald) Sipes of Davenport, IA, and Jane (Dr. Daryl) Sas of Beaver Falls, PA; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dana Widel of Maquoketa, IA; and a brother-in-law, Arthur Wheatley of Marion, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 3 brothers, Menzo, Lyle and Robert Widel; 5 sisters, Nola Hinz, Glatha Wheatley, Waive Bailey and 2 in infancy; twin grandchildren Andrew and Sarah Sas; and a great-grandchild, Addison Sipes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church Women's Sewing Circle to be used for the baby layettes being sent to third world countries.

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



Phyllis Ann Willey

Phyllis Ann Willey, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Private graveside services will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is assisting the family.

Phyllis Ann Willey was born on May 13, 1927 at home in rural Baldwin, Iowa, to A.I. and Ruth (Peterman) Willey. Phyllis graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1944. She received degrees in music from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

She had taught music in several Iowa public school systems, including Washington, Clinton and Bettendorf. Her last position was teaching music at the Maquoketa Middle School from 1969 to 1989, when she retired.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling all over the world, highlighted by visiting many major cathedrals and opera houses. One of her favorite trips was going on an African safari.

Those left to honor Phyllis' memory include her nieces Marilyn Nothstine of Baldwin, IA, Madeline (Jim) Meyer of Odebolt, IA, Sara (Allan) Haytcher of Moline, IL, Carla Getz of Missoula, MT; nephew Donn (Nancy) Willey of Baldwin, IA; and two long time teaching friends, Betty Radloff of Springfield, OH, and Betty (A.E.) Jones of Clinton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, LaVerne and Wirth; and a sister, Ruth Blood; a niece, Colleen Achenbach; and nephews Duane Willey and Wythe Willey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis Ann Willey memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol Lynn Packard Ellett

Carol Lynn Packard Ellett, 75, of Corvallis, Ore., peacefully passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Regency Park Place in Corvallis.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Carol's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 16, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The family will host friends and relatives at a light reception immediately following the service at the Decker Hotel and Restaurant in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Lynn Packard was born on Sept. 19, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Emmett M. and Helen Frances (Wendell) Packard. Her father died when she was ten and her mother later remarried her step-father, Max Morehead. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then the State College of Iowa (UNI) in 1965.

Carol first taught in Bettendorf, Iowa, and later worked as a secretary and receptionist in the medical profession in Corvallis for many years. She had lived in Corvallis for most of her adult life.

Carol was a member of the Phi Sigma Phi Sorority and the PEO. She loved spending time with her family and friends and taking annual trips to Vegas for birthday celebrations. She enjoyed playing blackjack and was an avid fan of all sports.

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her sons, Jay (Laura) Ellett and their daughter Francie of Simi Valley, CA, and David (Alexia) Ellett and their daughters Aubrey, Brynn and Devyn of Geneva, IL; a sister, Marilyn Morehead of Waterloo, IA; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and step-father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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



Alfred J. Dupont

Alfred J. "Joe" Dupont, 76, a resident of Sunnycrest Manor, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., conducted by Deacon Bill Biver. The family will greet friends starting at 9 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Alfred was born March 13, 1938 in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Alfred J. and Marie (Stecher) Dupont, Sr.

Survivors include his siblings, Mary Ann Schroeder of Austin, TX, Paul (Sara) Dupont of Dubuque, and Jean Cupps of Nevada, IA; a sister in-law, Janice Dupont of Jenkintown, PA; an aunt, Marie Dupont; and several nieces and nephews.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; a sister, Audrey; and brothers-in-law Kenneth Cupps and Bob Schroeder.

Alfred was a Cubs fan and had a personality that everyone loved. He was the greeter and ambassador of his different homes over the years. Alfred enjoyed his extended families at ARC- Key Way group and most recently Sunnycrest Manor.

The family requests no flowers, and memorials can be directed to ARC or Sunnycrest Manor in Alfred's memory.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Mary H. Kelleher

Mary H. Kelleher, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Manor Care Health Services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Nativity Catholic Church, with Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
There will be no visitation. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born June 5, 1929, in St. Paul, Minn., daughter of Frank and Martha (Hoffmann) Kelleher.

She was a graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, and received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During her teaching career, she taught in Rockford, Ill., and suburban Milwaukee, Wis., until moving to Madison in 1962. While in Madison she taught at the former Odana School and VanHise Elementary School until her retirement in 1993.

She is survived by an aunt, Helen Kelleher, of Lansing, IA; cousins Kay Hoffmann of Dubuque, Barbara (Scott) Motto of Dubuque, and many other cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Martha; and an uncle, Kern Kelleher.

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



Margaret M. Weiler

Margaret Mary Weiler, 85, of 2130 Woodland Drive, Dubuque, Iowa was called to Heaven on Saturday, August 9, at Mercy Health Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at St. Catherine Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Catherine Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret was born on January 5, 1929 in Dubuque, daughter of Melvin and Immelda Schneider. She graduated from Visitation Academy, and enjoyed attending class reunions. She married Robert Arthur Weiler on April 10, 1950. He preceded her in death.  

Margaret was a supervisor of international telephone operators for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until assuming the role of full time mother and housewife.  Since Margaret was an only child and lost her mother at a young age, she placed great importance on raising a family. Once Robert retired, they enjoyed traveling and she was especially fond of the memories of their trips to Florida.

Surviving are her eight children, Mary Weiler of Dubuque, Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Hillery of Dubuque, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Drummond of New Baden, IL, Thomas of Dubuque, Robert Joseph of Melbourne, FL, William and Donald of Dubuque, Mrs. Timothy (Susan) Gantz of Wisconsin Dells, WI; nine grandchildren Steve, Jamie, Kayla, Ronnie, Trudi, Molli, Tiffany, Tyler, and Trevor; four great grandchildren, Logan, Landry, Lucas, and Blake; two sisters in law, Sister Anne Marie Weiler and Jane Weiler.

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

 



Elizabeth J. Riley

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Riley, age 90, of 3390 Lake Ridge Dr., formerly of 1906 Catherine St., passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at home, lovingly surrounded by her family. Funeral services to honor Betty's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St. with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Betty's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on June 4, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Thomas and Jennie (Keefe) Hocking.

Betty married Joseph R. "Dick" Riley on November 9, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, he preceded her in death on January 3, 1975. Betty was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. She was a member of St. Anthony's Rosary Society. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betty enjoyed bowling, playing cards and sports, especially Hawkeye basketball. Betty was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital Ambulatory Services for many years and belonged to the "Betty Club". She was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Betty is survived by her children, Pat Swartz, Dubuque, Peggy (Ron) Swartz, Dubuque, Richard O. (Kim) Riley, Eldridge, IA.,  John T. (Mari Lea) Riley, Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Andrea (Kevin) Sabus, Brian (Pam) Swartz, Matt (Jenny) Swartz, Katie (Cory Ballina) Swartz, Aaron (Laura) Riley, Sean Riley, Paige Riley, Taylor (Fiance Emily) Riley, Brooke Riley; 10 great-grandchildren, Zach, Jake, Addison, Andrew, Cole, Hayden, Kamryn, Wade, Elise, Ronnie and One on the way.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Steve, her infant son Michael, a son-in-law, Andrew Swartz and 3 brothers, Melvin (Ruth), John (Mattie) and Thomas (Rosie) Hocking.

In lieu of flowers an Elizabeth J. Riley memorial fund has been established.

Betty's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Angi, for all their sincere care. They would also like to thank her friends and staff at The Rose, especially Lolly, for all their love and support.

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

 



Leland R. Nebel

Leland R. "Fritz" Nebel, 86, of Dyersville died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 13 at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 4:00 p.m. and American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Fritz was born Feb. 12, 1928 in Earlville the son of Fred and Gertrude (Brown) Nebel.  He graduated from the Earlville High School and enlisted in the US Army from 1946 - 1952, serving during two war periods, WWII and Korea.

On November 10, 1953, he married Mary Stevens at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.  Together they moved to Dyersville where they raised their family of 6 children.  Fritz worked for Interstate Power Company for 39 years and retired as the area manager.

Fritz was very active in the community.  He was a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, American Legion Post 137, the Dyersville Sportsman Club, Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years where he served as Chief for 12 years, the Iowa Fireman's Association, and was a current board member of the National Farm Toy Museum.

His accomplishments include serving as the Curator of the National Farm Toy Museum, serving as President of Dyersville Industries, Inc., receiving the Dyersville Lion's Club Citizen of the Year Award, induction into the Dubuque County Fireman's Hall of Flame, and was a recipient of the Iowa Fireman's Association Governor's Award.

In his spare time, he enjoyed having family and friends at the cabin at Lake Delhi, and his winter home in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; 6 children: Jackie (Brad) Devine of Cedar Rapids, Jane (John) Hubler of Marion, Steve (Julie) Nebel of Dubuque, Dan (Kim) Nebel of El Segundo, CA, Dave (Connie) Nebel of Dyersville, and Tim (Joy) Nebel of Fort Dodge; 14 grandchildren: Andy (Holly) and Carla Devine, Jamie and Hilary Hubler, Nicole (Mike) Trotter, Matt (Laura) Nebel, Kim (Steven) Koos, Rachel Nebel, Grant and Pierce Nebel, Abbi and Grace Nebel, Megan and Ben Nebel; 13 great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Crane of Dubuque; 2 sisters-in-law: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Grace Stevens of Dyersville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard (Becky and Ann) Nebel, in-laws: Jack Crane, Lawrence, John, Louis, Bill (Norma) and Frederick Stevens;

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Lloyd J. Hoppman

Lloyd J. Hoppman, 86, of Menominee, Illinois passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Lloyd was born on February 26. 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Philip & Genevieve (Wiegman) Hoppman.  He married Virginia A. "Ginny" Duehr on January 19, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on August 31, 2013.

Lloyd was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He and Ginny raised 11 children on their family farm near Menominee.  Over the years he enjoyed golfing, bowling, farming, was an avid card player and looked forward to the annual family camping trip to Sugar Bottom. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, and retired from Ruan Transport Company as shop foreman in 1990 after 36 years of service. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during World War 2 and was a graduate of Loras Academy.

Surviving are his nine children, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel. A daughter-in-law Sue Ellen Hoppman.  29-grandchildren and 25-Great Grandchildren.  His siblings, Paul (Cal) Hoppman, John (Sheri Tomkins) Hoppman and Maryann Tuegel.  His in-laws, Velma Hoppman and Doris Hoppman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ginny, two sons, David & Richard, a great-grandson Dylan Howell, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Peter & Martha (Spielbauer) Duehr, his siblings, Virgil, Jim, Tom and Charlie (Phyllis) Hoppman, his in-laws, Rita (Ray) Leppert, Bill (Isabelle) Duehr, Jeanette Hoppman and Bob Tuegel.

Lloyd's family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for the excellent care given to their father and grandfather.

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

 

 



Jerry S. Thill

Jerry Scott Thill, age 53, of Dubuque, passed away Friday evening, August 8, 2014 at 6:58 p.m. following a swimming accident on the Mississippi River.  Family and friends of Jerry S. Thill may visit from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Behr’s Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.  Funeral services to honor Jerry’s life will be held at noon on Tuesday at Behr’s with Deacon Tim LoBianco presiding.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry was born on March 6, 1961 in Davenport, son of Robert P. Thill Sr. And Mary “Skip” (Cleary) Revelle.
Jerry proudly served over 21 years with the Iowa National Guard and has worked for Behr Iron and Steel for the last 14 years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, working on cars and riding his Harley, and his greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, children and granddaughter.  Jerry was known for his huge heart and his willingness to always help anyone.  His abundance of friends is clear by the fact that you couldn’t be a stranger to Jerry for long.  The family would like to thank all Jerry’s friends who brought so much happiness into his life over the years.  
Jerry is survived by his father, Robert (Betty) Thill, Dubuque. 5 Children, Heather, Holly, Jeremy, Stacey and Jamie Thill, all of Dubuque. 1 Granddaughter, Bailey Wright, Dubuque. Former Spouses, Imogene and Rose Thill, of Dubuque. 10 Brothers and Sisters, Ginger Lyons of Cedar Rapids, Gloria Hines of Cedar Rapids, Penny Thill, Robert Thill, both of Dubuque, Marty Thill of Nixa, Missouri, Tonna Howell, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder, Kerry (Rob) Rogers and Todd Revelle all of Dubuque.
Jerry was preceded in death by his Mom and his Grandparents, Hilbert and Dorthea Thill.
A Jerry S. Thill memorial fund has been established. 
Jerry’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all the emergency and rescue personnel who assisted so quickly and professionally during this tragic situation.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Regina A. Boulting

Regina "Jeanne" A. Boulting, 59, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, at home surrounded by her loved ones following a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Grand View United Methodist Church 3342 John Wesley Drive. Private interment will be held at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Jeanne was born March 12, 1955 in Estherville, Iowa to Wilbur (Bill) and Rowena (Sal) Clouse. She was a 1973 graduate of Western Dubuque High School, Epworth. A month after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Steve Boulting. Steve & Jeanne enjoyed forty-one wonderful years of marriage, together the couple raised two sons. Jeanne loved being a homemaker and took pride in always providing a warm and loving home for her family.

Jeanne was employed by The Friedman Group for eighteen-years, until her retirement in February 2013. She was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church serving on several committees over the years. Jeanne and Steve enjoyed many mission trips with their Grand View family.

Jeanne enjoyed watching the birds, deer and wild turkey that populated her backyard. Jeanne's passion was spending time with her grandchildren; many hours were spent swinging in the backyard, reading, sharing her homemade goodies & family vacations.

In addition to her loving husband, Steve, those left to cherish her memory include two sons & their families; Brian & Brandy Boulting, and children Olivia & Abbi, of Ankeny; and Craig & Stacey Boulting, and children Chase, Haylee & newborn Cameron, of Peosta; two brothers, Ed (Treva) Clouse, of Dysart; Eldon (Debbie) Clouse, of Marion; four sisters, Linda Weaver (Milt), of Estherville; Kathy (Dave) Jungen, of Big Bend, Wisconsin; Alesha (Duane) Kress, and Paula Riesselman, of Dubuque; one sister-in-law, Diane Ollendick, of Dyersville; and one brother in-law, David Boulting, of Guttenberg; and twenty nieces and nephews. It was Jeanne's wish to make special mention of two friendships she especially cherished; Pam Miller and Lin VanderMuelen.

Jeanne was at peace as she neared the end of her journey. She was content knowing she would be lovingly greeted by many loved ones who passed before her, including her parents, Wilbur (Bill) & Rowena (Sal) Clouse; her brother Allen Clouse; her mother & father-in-law, John & Mary Boulting; and a her sister & brother-in-law, Carol & Donnie Martin; and her special Aunt Babe.

In lieu flowers a Regina A. Boulting Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie; Dr. Goodheart of UIHC; the Oncology Department, Dubuque Internal Medicine; The Friedman Group, members of Grand View Church, and all friends & family members.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Theresa A. Brokus

Theresa A. Brokus, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Manor Care Health Services.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where the service will be held at 1 p.m. Deacon Jim Thill will officiate.
Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Theresa was born April 21, 1945 in Dubuque, daughter of Cecil and Marie (Vopelak) Potter. She married John L. Brokus, May 16, 1981 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2000.

She was a homemaker who liked to bake homemade cinnamon rolls and chicken noodle soup. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching Walker Texas Ranger. She enjoyed playing bingo. Her faith was very important to her.

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish.

Surviving are her children, Barb (Don) Brenner, Tammy (Tom) Thurston, Eileen Brokus, Bruce (Michelle) Brokus, and Susie Brokus, all of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a sister, Marian (Douglas) Schiffman, of Cassville, Wisc; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Peggy (Shawn) Thomas, Jim (Nancy) Brokus, Dave Brokus, Billy (Linda) Brokus, Donna Brokus, and Diane (Paul) Kelly; and her best friend, Joanne (Lloyd) Schmitt, of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Norman Marcov; a daughter, Gloria; a sister Ursula (Quentin) Bottoms and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Brokus and Rita Friebel..

A Theresa Brokus Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks to the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, her home health care nurse, Laura Murphy, the staff at Accurate Care and the Finley Home Health Care Staff for their care of Theresa.

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



Vaughn F. Kray

Vaughn F. Kray, "Doctor V", 63, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Vaughn was born on May 27, 1951 in Morrison, Ill., the son of Frank and Anne (Letschka) Kray. Vaughn's family relocated to Clinton, Iowa, finally settling in Dubuque where his father established Hruska-Kray Photographers. Vaughn loved the scenery and history of Dubuque and living here. He married Elaine DuHack on March 1, 2002.

Vaughn graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1969. He attended UW-Platteville and the University of Dubuque, and served in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. Upon his father's passing, Vaughn took over the photography business which was located at 1135 Main Street in downtown Dubuque. By his count, Vaughn photographed over 1,400 weddings, took thousands of Senior High and family portraits, and did commercial photography for companies such as John Deere, Ertl, and the Dubuque Packing Company. He became a Certified Professional Photographer in 1988.

Vaughn earned an Associate's Degree in Electronic Technology in 1990 from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport. He made a career change to apply his skills in the gaming business, joining the Casino Belle and Mississippi Belle II, and later the Silver Eagle, where he met his wife and the love of his life, Elaine. He has been the Slot Manager at the Mystique Casino since 1997.

Vaughn was a lifelong musician and one of Dubuque's premier drummers. He began playing professionally in junior high, with his father chauffeuring during the years when the band members were too young to drive. He played in countless bands, including The Dark Side, Butter Scotch Grove ("The Grove"), touring the Midwest in a converted school bus during the late 1960's, and Phase III, who performed every weekend during many a ski season at Chestnut Mountain Resort. Later in life he would be instrumental in reuniting some of these bands while on the steering committee for Rock & Roll Rewind.

Vaughn was a popular guy and no matter where he went, someone always knew him, even in seemingly random places like the Sears Tower, an Amtrak train to Washington DC, or a gas station in San Diego. Even more incredible is the fact that no one (aside from someone outside of an East Dubuque bar in '68) had any ill will toward him.

His unparalleled sense of humor and his passion for music were things his family loved sharing with him. He was a voracious reader, a curious man, and the holder of many distinctions, including: the Editor In Chief of the Geebwee Town News and Geebwee Gazette, a wrestler unbeaten in his high school weight class, Employee of the Year, the Inventor of Weasel Aide, a Cherisher of Mr. Blue, the Master of the Falcon grill, a telemarketer's worst nightmare, and Dubuque's primary ambassador to the Moonhouses.

He could also be a quiet man with a gentle and compassionate nature. He would feel that his greatest accomplishments were those of the heart...his great love for his family and friends and taking care of those he loved. We will continue to cherish this man, father, husband, and friend forever...and honor him for all that he taught us. We were blessed to be able to share him in this life.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elaine; his children Erin (Michael) Dusil of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steven (Jen) Kray of Portland, OR, Elizabeth (Jeff Slobey) DuHack of Nashville, TN, Tim (Amanda) DuHack and Lehn M.J. DuHack of Galena, IL; his grandchildren Oliver and Miles Dusil, Junie and Dottie Kray, Samantha, Gracie, Sebastian, and Tucker DuHack, and Eliana and Zoë Slobey; his sister, Myra (Robert) Benzer, of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Joyce Mezzano, of Dubuque; his sister-in-law, Barbara (Ken) Hoving, of Elk Grove Village, IL; his nephew, Jeff (Kati) Benzer, of Dubuque; and in lifelong friendship, the Pregler, Swartz and Trilk families.

Vaughn was preceded in death by his father in 1979 and his mother in 1987, and in later years by Tibby, Jordan, and Trouble.

Memorials may be made to the Vaughn Kray Memorial Fund and sent to: Elaine Kray, 3095 Lindale St., Dubuque, IA 52001-8445

Please share online condolences and fun Vaughn stories at: www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



LeVon Agnes Althaus

Our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was so very loving, lovable, and loved, LeVon Agnes Althaus, age 91, of Assisi Village, Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully Thursday, August 7, 2014.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 2 pm to 8 pm Sunday, August 10, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 11, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

LeVon was born Jan. 13th, 1923 in Wesley, IA, daughter of Jacob and Clara Hanig. She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, IA after the early deaths of both parents. Lovingly known as NanaBon, she was the cherished grandmother of 19, and proud great-grandmother of 24. 

She and Herb were former residents of Holy Trinity and St. Columbkille's parishes in Dubuque, and the retirement villages of Horseshoe Bend, AK and Sun City, AZ. While she and Herb lived in Arkansas, she worked in retail management at one of the early WalMart stores. LeVon moved to Assisi Village in 2012.

Throughout her life, LeVon had a deep devotion to her Catholic faith, supported many Catholic charities, and was a life long member of the Legion of Mary. She was proud of being able to lead the daily recitation of the Rosary at Assisi Village.

LeVon will be remembered for her sense of humor, generosity, positive outlook on life, love of family and friends, and her friendly and outgoing personality, which she was proud of passing on to her family. She had joy for the simpler things of life and loved playing dominoes and card games, especially Euchre. After the death of Herb in 1999, she lived as an example to all on how to continue as the matriarch of a large and loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Herbert for 55 years; and devoted mother of DiAnn Rooney (Terry) of Lincoln, CA; Dennis (Jean Ann) of Dubuque; Roger (Sharon) and Linda Kemp-Weretka of Phoenix, AZ; Judi Bartell; Herb Jr.; and Harry (Mary), Rick (Patty), and Kevin (Joan), all of Dubuque. She is also survived by son-in-law, Richard Bartell.

She was preceded in death by Herb; a daughter, Judi Bartell; and a son, Herbert Jr.; grandchildren Sonya and Keegan Althaus and Jennifer Bartell; daughter-in-law Kimberly (Gisel) Althaus; son-in-law George Weretka; as well as three sisters, Evelyn Kunkel, Maxine Zuber, and Bernadine Diehl.

Her family wishes to extend special appreciation and gratitude to the nurses and staff of Assisi Village, Stonehill Care Center and Dubuque Hospice for their kind care and support in the last years and weeks of her life.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Bernice P. Robbins

Bernice P. Robbins, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Bernice was born May 26, 1926 in Menominee, IL, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Brockman) Thiltgen. She married Charles Robbins on June 21, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1983.

Bernice attended Sand Ridge School, and she and Charles resided in Bellevue until moving to Dubuque in 1969. Her faith was very important to her. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and was active with the Rosary Society and the Sacred Heart Prayer Group. She enjoyed playing euchre, going for walks, and attending garage sales. Bernice was a devoted homemaker, and loved baking for the family and attending family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, James (Joanne) Robbins of Dillsburg, PA, Janice (Gregg) Finn of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Dick) Rohner of Dubuque, Jane (Bob) Droeszler of St. Donatus, John (Pam) Robbins of Dubuque, Joseph (Dee) Robbins of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Tammy) Robbins of Dubuque, and Judith (Fred) Brimeyer of Holy Cross; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 sisters-in-law, Cora Mae Thiltgen of Dubuque, Agnes Thiltgen of MO, Maryel Mittelsteadt of Rockford, IL, and Pat Robbins of MN; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Joan Robbins; two sons, Jess Robbins and Jerome (Mary Kay) Robbins; grandchildren Jerome, Charles, Billy, and Wesley; great-grandchild Noland; her sister, Margaret Fairbanks; three brothers, Melvin, Frank, and Harry Thiltgen; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Bernice Robbins Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center.

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



Elmer T. Mills

Elmer T. Mills, age 81, of Dubuque, passed away, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at home of natural causes. Private family services are being held to honor Elmer's life. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer was born on November 17, 1932 in Dubuque, Son of Elmer F. and Bernetta (Cain) Mills.

Elmer married Nancy (Sarazin) Mills on December 1, 1951, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on August 27, 1989. Elmer was employed as a truck driver with the City of Dubuque and in the foundry with Morrison Brothers for 30 years. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. In his free time Elmer enjoyed traveling, ice fishing and playing BINGO.

Elmer is survived by his children, Judy (Larry) Wilsbach, Murfreesboro, TN, Rick (Vicki) Mills, Key West, IA, Ron (Karen) Mills, Dubuque, IA,Randy (Brenda) Mills, Dubuque, IA, Kenny (Linda) Mills, Dubuque, IA, Lisa (Gary) Hinderman, Platteville, WI, Kevin (Sue) Mills, Epworth, IA; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Viola Steffen, Dubuque, IA.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy, his siblings, Gladys Curler, Bernell "Red" Mills, Carl Mills, Donald Mills, Pearl Bennett, Harold Mills, Ruth Davis, Merlin Mills.

An Elmer T. Mills memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Michael R. Roepke, Sr.

Michael R. Roepke, Sr., age 61, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 10:55 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014, peacefully at home of natural causes with his family by his side. Private family services are being held to honor Mike's life. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorials Gardens. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Mike was born on December 30, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Richard and Delores (Neverol) Roepke.

Mike served with the U.S. Navy. He married Nancy Imbus on February 10, 1990, in Dubuque, Iowa. Mike was employed with the Trausch Baking Company as a semi driver for 34 years until his retirement. He served as a member of the East Dubuque City Council for 12 years, was a member of the Teamsters and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his free time he loved riding his motorcycle and woodworking.

Mike is survived by his wife, Nancy Roepke, East Dubuque, IL; his children, Jeff (Nicole) Imbus, East Dubuque, IL, Vicky (Doug Pluemer) Kramer, Massey Station, IA, Michael (Tabitha) Roepke, Jr., Dubuque, IA, Kristi (David) Welter, Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jacob, Kali and Dalton Kramer, Will, Elaina and Henry Imbus, Tyler and Meiska Roepke, Ben Welter; 2 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Arnie Roepke, Guttenberg, IA, Rick (Sheri) Roepke, Jr., Phoenix, AZ, Connie (Charlie) Roepke, Cedar Rapids, IA, Diane Roepke, Madison, WI; his 10 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

A Michael R. Roepke Sr. memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cynthia Konz, their neighbor, Joan Thompson and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the loving care they have provided for Mike and his family.

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

 



Gary C. Von Fumetti

Gary Charles Von Fumetti, 65, of Lakeside, CA , and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 2:10 am on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at his home, surrounded by family.

Gary's funeral mass was held on July 31st at his current parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lakeside. Rev. Ron Buchmiller officiated. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 9th at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia, IA. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, also at the funeral home. Those wishing to travel in procession to the cemetery may meet at the funeral home on Saturday before 10:00 a.m.

Gary was born on May 16, 1949 in Dubuque, son of William and Lorraine (Konzen) Von Fumetti. He married Madonna M. Steuer of Dubuque on June 1, 1974 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Gary was a Vietnam Veteran, proudly serving his country in the US Air Force from 1968 to 1972 as an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Specialist. He served the majority of his enlistment at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California where he maintained the Titan II missile. While there, Gary graduated from Allan Hancock College with a degree in Business Administration in 1971. He finished out his final year in the Air Force stationed in Iceland.

After his discharge, Gary worked at John Deere in Dubuque for 10 years. After moving to Council Bluffs, IA with his family, he became a manager at Campbell Soup Company in Omaha, NE. He finished his working career as a Corrections Officer at the Pottawattamie County Jail. He retired to the San Diego area with his wife in 2006.

Gary's Catholic faith was a major part of his life, which was reflected in the way he lived. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lakeside and previously, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque. Gary also enjoyed late night poker games with his family, taking road trips and playing the stock market.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lorraine Von Fumetti of Dubuque. He is survived by his wife, Madonna, and five children: Amy Brownell (Barry) of New York, NY, William Von Fumetti of Santa Monica, CA, Brandy Babin (Joshua) of DuPont, WA, Kirsten Von Fumetti of Lakeside, Sherry Von Fumetti of Lakeside, and one grandchild, Cole Stevenson of Lakeside. Gary is also survived by his brothers: Richard of Dubuque, Donald of Dubuque, Randy of Johnston, IA and Steve of Yuma, AZ.

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

 



Janet E. Buchan Sullivan

Janet E. Buchan Sullivan entered into heaven Monday, August 4, 2014.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive.  Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 Wednesday and from 12:00 to 12:45 Thursday at the church.

Janet was born on October 3, 1929 at Laying-In Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Edward and Myrtle (Clason) Buchan.  She graduated from Caldwell elementary school, Bowen high school and received her BS from the University of Dubuque.  On September 1, 1950, Janet married Richard J. Sullivan II at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago.  She was a social worker for the Department of Human Services in Dubuque and was presented the State of Iowa Service Certificate for 27 years of service.  Janet loved horses and was a member of her high school's equestrian team.  "When riding her horse in Grant Park Chicago; Janet was stopped by the Park Police for excessive speeding! Gardening, reading, family camping and painting china were some of her favorite past times. Janet was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary of Dubuque, District 9 Flotilla 6 and Mobile Nobles (Shriners).

Surviving  are her husband, Richard of Dubuque; her daughters Elizabeth Ann Sullivan of Dubuque, IA and Sandra Lynn (Max) McCullough of Waterloo, IA; her son Richard John Sullivan III of Portland, OR; her grandchildren Jennifer, Erin and Laura McCullough and 2 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Robert and James.

A Janet E. Buchan Sullivan memorial fund has been established.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Mitchell J. Kluesner

Mitchell J. Kluesner, 14, of Epworth, Iowa died Saturday afternoon, August 2, 2014 in rural Epworth, Iowa from injuries sustained in a utility vehicle/truck accident.

Friends and relative of Mitchell may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.. and the Epworth Fire Department will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Mitchell will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating.  Lector will be Jackie Bambert. Placing of the pall will be done by Todd and Laura Kluesner, Giftbearers will be Kayleigh Simon, Mackenzie Simon and Morgan Bergfeld.  Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

An Honorary escort will be afforded by Mitchell's baseball team.

Casketbearers for Mitchell will be Matt Simon, Mike Harkey, Chaz Bergfeld, Mike Kluesner, Kyle Bergfeld, Isaac Connolly, Logan Bamberg, Dustin Kramer and Dustin DeMuth.

Mitchell was born may 5, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa son of Todd "Lumpy" and Laura (Connolly) Kluesner.  He is an upcoming freshman at Western Dubuque School in Epworth, Iowa.  Mitchell enjoyed baseball, football and wrestling, he was an avid sports fan especially of the Iowa State Cyclones and the Chicago Cubs.

Mitchell was always the life of any party and was well known for his contagious smile.  Of course he was also known for his favorite quote- "Doubt It"!  We know Mitchell is in heaven smiling and saying--"If you think you're gonna forget me....DOUBT IT!!"

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

He is survived by his parents, Todd "Lumpy" and Laura Kluesner of Epworth; one sister, Angie Connolly of Balltown, and one brother Carter Kluesner at home; his grandparets James and Carol Kluesner of Farley, and Francis Connolly of Epworth; aunts and uncles, Mike (Marce) Kluesner of Wissillia, AL, Karen Kluesner (&Jay Lease) of Dodgeville, WI, Jackie (Scott) Bamberg of Epworth, Becky (Kevin) Bergfeld of Peosta, Kim Harkey of Dubuque, Jim Kluesner (Heather Peterson) of Madrid, Jodi (Ben) Simon of Farley, Kizzy Gaul (Mike Vaupel) of Farley, Shannon Kluesner (Gary Givens) of Joliet, IL, Beth Duncan and Pattie Kluesner both of San Antonio, TX, David (Tammy) Kluesner of Anderson IN, Tim (Diana) Connolly, Larry (Connie) Connolly and Dan Connolly (Nancy Thomas) all of Epworth, Deb Demuth of Dubuque, Brenda (Marty) Oberfoell of Epworth and Kim (Don) Avenarius of Dubuque, and Laura Connolly of Dubuque; numerous step aunts and uncles and cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Leola Connolly; his maternal step grandmother, Ardella Connolly; and three uncles, Richard Duncan, Robert Kluesner, and Jerry Kluesner; and a cousin, Christian Kluesner.

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

The Family would like to offer a very special thanks to the Epworth Fire & Ambulance, Farley Ambulance, Centrlia- Peosta 451, Epwoth Police, DBQ County Sheriff's office, Iowa State Patrol, and DBQ County Medical Exainers office. 

And most of all- Thank you to our Bobcat Nation for keeping us Bobcat Strong!! 

 



Bryce R. Wilwert

Bryce R. Wilwert, 14, of Placid, Iowa died Saturday afternoon as the results of injuries sustained in a utility vehicle/truck accident.

Friends and relatives of Bryce may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

Services for Bryce will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

He was born February 13, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Steve and Dawn (Hoefler) Wilwert.  He is a upcoming freshman at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, where he is a very active athlete.  He is a true farm boy, and always enjoyed being outdoors and hunting.  Bryce was truly a special young man, always had a smile for everyone and like to argue his view point on any and all subjects.

He is a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, and a member of the Placid Pepper Uppers 4-H group, where he and his father restored a 4430, which is Bryce's pride and joy.

He is survived by his parents; Steve and Dawn Wilwert of Epworth; three brothers, Brandon (& fiancé, Billie Jo) of East Dubuque, IL, Mitchel of Boulder, CO and Trevor at home; a niece and nephew, Mia and Ryker; his grandfather, John G. Hoefler of New Vienna; uncles and aunts, Doug (Nancy) Hoefler, Craig (Karen) Hoefler, Keith (Brenda) Hoefler, John J. Hoefler (partner, Andy Ferguson) all of New Vienna, Todd (Traci) Hoefler of Mechanicsville, Cheryl (Bill) Kramer of Epworth, Janet (Jack) Zalaznik of Dyersville, Sue (Jerry) Ostwinkle of Epworth, Peg Wilwert of Dubuque, and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Norbert and Germaine (Steffen) Wilwert; his maternal grandmother, Marilyn (Funke) Hoefler and an aunt, Pam Hoefler.

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

 

 



Sean J. Kenneally

Sean Joseph Kenneally, 14, of Peosta, Iowa graced heaven with his presence on Saturday, August 2, 2014 as the result of injuries sustained in a utility vehicle/truck accident in rural Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sean may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Friends may also call after 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Sean will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St. Holy Family Catholic Church in Peosta (New Melleray), Iowa, with Rev. Michael Podhajski officiating.  Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in Peosta, (New Melleray) Iowa.

Sean was born May 16, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Cathy (Gansen) Kenneally Jr.  Sean lived in and loved Farley before moving to the country life in Peosta.  Sean was about to begin his freshman year at Western Dubuque High School.  He was looking so forward to the merging of his awesome circle of friends from Drexler and Seton schools.

Sean's love for fun challenge and hard work will be forever remembered.  Sean had a knack to figure things out coining the phrase "what would Sean do?' 

Win or lose he played football, baseball, and wrestled with heart, intensity and class.

While he was the youngest member of the Bernard hunting group he cherished being treated as one of the boys.

Sean enjoyed swimming at grandma's, wrenching in the garage, working with his calves, goofing off and pitching in whenever he could.

Whether people knew him as Super Sean McGyver, Spike or Seanie all would agree he lit up every room he entered with his charming smile.

He is a member of Holy Family Parish in Peosta (New Melleray), Iowa and a proud member of the Bobcat Nation.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Cathy Kenneally Jr of Peosta; two brothers, Ryan Kenneally and Daniel Kenneally both at home; his paternal grandparents, Bob and Lynda Kenneally of Bernard; his maternal grandmother, Elaine Gansen of Peosta; aunts and uncles, Deb (Kevin) Rea of Fillmore, Ronnie (Jodi) Kenneally of Bernard, Dianna (Bart) Elder of Pella, Tammy (Denny) VanCleve of Peosta, Jeff (Julie) Gansen of Farley, Bonnie (Tom) Edlund of Oakdale, MN, Ken (Lori) Gansen of Farley, and Billy (Wendy) Gansen of Peosta; and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bill Gansen.

A Sean J. Kenneally memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



James N. Stecklein

James N. Stecklein, 80, of rural Dubuque, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Ennoble Manor, surrounded by family members.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, on Friday, August 8, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque, IA. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, on Thursday, August 7, 2014 , at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 pm. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born on May 29, 1934, in Sherrill's Mound, Iowa, son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Hamblin) Stecklein. He married Shirley Birch on January 3, 1953 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

He attended school at Sacred Heart in Dubuque. He worked for John Deere in Dubuque and retired in 1990 after 30 years. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and the American Quarter horse Association.

Jim loved his farm but gave up farming in 1978. He raised and raced quarter horses with a passion. He was a fan of the Chicago White Sox, the Baltimore Colts / Indianapolis Colts.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Shirley, four sons, James A. (Karen) Stecklein of Belmont, WI, Nick Stecklein of North English, IA, Thomas (Mina) Stecklein of Lexington, KY and Don "Pee Wee" (Kathy) Stecklein of Platteville, WI; one daughter, Jeannie (Bob) Moore of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two sisters, Sandy (David) Smith and Patricia Smith of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Lisa, a grandson Ben and a sister JoAnn Boleyn.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Iowa.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Finley Hospital and Ennoble Manor for the wonderful care they extended to James.

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



Rita J. Schmitt

Rita Jeanette Schmitt, 84, of Dubuque passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 8 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Rita was born on February 26, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Udelhoven) Siegert.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed at Resurrection Church, Montgomery Wards, and the Milk House.

Rita married Charles Robert Schmitt on July 17, 1951 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. They were blessed with a wonderful marriage and had just celebrated 63 years together.

Rita was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She cherished time spent with her family and adored her grandchildren. She was always ready for a lively game of euchre and looked forward to going out dancing with Charlie or her family and friends. She had countless friendships and treasured each one dearly.

Rita had a zest for life that was contagious and unmatched. She was an inspiration for all of her children, grandchildren and everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. Rita had a quick wit and loved to tell a great story.

Surviving is her husband, Charles; children, Janet (Rich) Bales, Jim (Ann) Schmitt, Joe (Geri) Schmitt, and Jeff (Deb) Schmitt; Grandchildren, Shawna (Christopher) Donar, Trista (Steve) Calonder, Michael (Fiancé Kimberly) Willey, Kalen (Randi) Bales, Katie (Rob) Peterson, Gina Schmitt, Madeline Schmitt, Eric (Stacey) Schmitt, Nick (Megan) Schmitt, Ali Schmitt and Anna Schmitt, Alex Schmitt and Sam Schmitt; great- grandchildren, Emma, Cael, Austin, Aidan, Nathanial, Ethan, Noah, Hannah, Ellie, Grace, Sophie, Aurelia, Charlie, Lilly, Noah Lee and Jacob;  sister and dear friend, Edna Schiel and brother in laws, Robert and Herb (Lorraine) Schmitt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; along with siblings, Walter, Earl, Joseph "Sonny", Leonard, Marie Kress, Eileen Bahl, and brother- in-laws Louis and Lester Schmitt

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Rita's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque Caregivers, Luther Manor Care at Home Caregivers, especially Marsha and Alex, and special friends and neighbors, Dee and Ernie.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Elvin S. Thomas

Elvin S. "Smiley" Thomas, age 42, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Elvin's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Smiley was born on June 20, 1972, in Dubuque, IA, son of William and Lorraine (Griebel) Thomas.

Smiley was a devoted soul mate to the love of his life, Linda Shaw, and her grandchildren. He enjoyed visiting the neighbors and watching the cars drive by. Smiley was employed for Service Master for several years. In his free time he loved riding his bike, cooking, singing and having Star Wars conversations with Byren. Smiley had a very special relationship with his step-grandchildren, Tyler and Lanie, and loved teasing his "favorite" niece Brittany.

Smiley is survived by his soul mate, Linda Shaw, Dubuque, IA; his step-daughter, Cari Bedtka, Dubuque, IA; his step-grandchildren, Tyler and Lanie Bedtka; his mother, Lorraine Thomas, Horicon, WI; his father, William "Doc" Thomas, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, William "Willy" Thomas, Rockford, IL, Kimberly (Tom) Hayes, Asbury, IA; his nieces and nephews, Brittany Winders, April Houselog, Colton Thomas and Byren Hayes; and a great niece and great nephew, Cadence and Brayden.

Smiley was preceded in death by his grandmother, Florine Griebel.

An Elvin S. "Smiley" Thomas memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all of their wonderful care.

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

 



Nicholas J. Kramer

Nicholas J. Kramer, 14 year old son of Chris and Jill Kramer of Dyersville, died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Nick was born Feb. 25, 2000, in Dubuque the son of Chris and Jill (Goedken) Kramer.  As a student at the Western Dubuque School System he was looking forward to beginning his Freshman Year in Epworth.

He had a tight circle of friends with whom he spent a lot of time just hanging out, or conversing and sharing pictures through Instagram. He customized his own bicycle and loved riding with his friends, floating down the creek in an inner tube, hunting deer and turkey, and going fishing.

As a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and a member of the Dyersville Screaming Eagles model flying club, he loved to fly his radio controlled Cap 232 and his Four Star 40 at his grandpa's private airstrip.  Nick also enjoyed running his RC truck up and down the alley. During the winter, snowmobiling on his Skidoo 580 was his favorite pastime.

He will be deeply missed by his parents, Jill and Chris Kramer of Dyersville; 2 brothers, Kyle and Caden, both at home; maternal grandparents, Lavern and Patsy Goedken of Holy Cross, paternal grandparents, Jerome and Lois Kramer of Dyersville; aunts and uncles: Dan Goedken of Holy Cross,  Lynn Steger of Dyersville, Ron Goedken of New Vienna, Larry and Stephanie Goedken of Guttenberg, Jody and Bob Lawrence of Manchester, Cheryl and Bill Kluesner of New Vienna, Lynn and Doug Knipper of Dyersville and Nicole and Brad Murty of Conrad; 15 cousins: Leah Fousek, Nate and Erin Steger, Madison and Will Goedken, David and Kalista Lawrence, Kaitlyn and Sean Kluesner, Kaylee, Collin, Libby and Allison Knipper, Megan and Paul Murty.

He was preceded in death by an aunt, Karla Goedken, and a cousin, Karley Lawrence.

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

 

 



Jeffrey D. Atkins

Jeffrey D. Atkins, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 6 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Jeff was born October 18, 1951 in Rock Island, IL, the son of Jesse and Mary (Gang) Atkins. He graduated from Rock Island High School with the class of 1969, and went on to earn his B.A. in Business from Loras College in Dubuque. He married Karen Schmitt on March 3, 1972 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Jeff was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years, retiring in 2004 as an IT Analyst. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, and volunteered for Meals On Wheels. His greatest joy was his family, and he loved to play with his kids and grandkids. Jeff enjoyed traveling, music, and playing his guitar. He played softball for many years, and was an excellent second baseman. He was a talented photographer, and received several amateur photography awards. He had a passion for nature, loved being outdoors, and hiking in national parks. He was young at heart, and always made sure to enjoy life.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen; his children, Lisa (Matt) Gasper, and Greg (Heather) Atkins, both of Dubuque, and Dan (Kristi) Atkins of Peosta; his grandchildren, Austin, Hannah, and Abigail Gasper, Jacob Atkins, and Nolan and Kameron Atkins; his mother, Mary Atkins of Davenport, IA; three sisters, Kathy (Brian) Downey and Marsha Atkins, both of Davenport, and Linda Sandberg of St. Charles, MO; and his brothers and sisters in law, Merle (Sherry) Schmitt, Ralph (Lynn) Schmitt, Donna (Frank) Toth, Jane (Ron) Paisley, all of Dubuque, Judy (Terry) Timmerman of Cuba City, WI, Mary Ann (Pete) Whelan, and Elaine (Boyd) Monaghen of Lewisville, TX; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse; a sister in infancy; and his mother and father in law, Ray and Frances Schmitt.

Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey Atkins Memorial Fund, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb, for their loving care through Jeff's journey to the Lord. 

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



Armilla J. Goepfert

Armilla J. "Mickie" Goepfert, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Friday, August 1, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Armilla's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Armilla Jeanette Goepfert was born on July 1, 1947 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Arthur John and Mildred Louise (Schroeder) Goepfert. She was a 1965 graduate of Andrew High School and had received her LPN and Associate of Arts from Clinton Community College. She married Ervin Mangler, Jr. on September 6, 1969 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Sonia and Brad.

Armilla had worked as an LPN and caregiver for many years retiring in 2005.

Armilla was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew where she had served in many capacities. She enjoyed making flower arrangements and visiting with her special friends Sue Ostert, Judy Ganzer and Sally Rowan. Her greatest joy was her family and watching her grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor Armilla's memory include her children Sonia Mangler of Maquoketa, IA, and Brad (Tiffany) Mangler of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Skyler, Payton and Dylan; a sister, Carol DeWulf of Lost Nation, IA; and a sister-in-law, Connie Goepfert of Wilton, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Lorin Goepfert, a sister Judy Wulf, a grandchild Averee, and 2 brothers-in-law Arnold Wulf and Darrell DeWulf.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Armilla J. "Mickie" Goepfert memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Jerald W. Erickson

Jerald W. Erickson, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday morning, August 2, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Jerald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Jerald Wayne Erickson was born on October 6, 1941 in Rugby, ND, to Frank and Selma (Iverson) Erickson. He grew up in Towner, ND where he was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church. He graduated from Towner High School where he participated in music and class plays. He married Bonnie Larson on October 10, 1964 at the First Lutheran Church in Lignite, North Dakota.

Jerald and Bonnie first lived in the Minot area where Jerald was employed at Lindsay Bros. Company. In 1967 they moved to Melrose, MN where he began his cheesemaking career working for Kraft Cheese, then Land 'O Lakes Cheese in Zumbrota, MN, LeSeur Cheese Company in LeSeur, MN and Prairie Land Cheese, Inc. in Powers Lake, ND. In 1980 Jerald became plant manager of Beatrice Cheese in Preston, IA. They bought a home just outside of nearby Maquoketa and have lived in the Maquoketa area since that time. In their retirement years they wintered in Mesa, AZ.

Jerald loved music and was a member of the Barbershopper's Chorus in St. Peter, MN. He also had been a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Son's of Norway and the Swedish Institute. He had been a faithful member of many church choirs and of the Monte Vista Chorus and Vista Singers in Mesa. Outside of his love for music was his devotion and love for his family. Additionally he enjoyed camping and meeting new people. He was known for his great sense of humor and loved to share laughter with others.

Those left to honor Jerald's memory include his wife Bonnie Erickson of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Caroline ( and husband Rory) Garien of Edmond, OK and Camille (and husband Jonathan Fruen) Erickson of Saint Paul, MN; 3 grandsons, Aaron, Cole and Tad; sisters-in-law, Barbara Erickson and Annette Erickson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Allen and Kathy Larson; and all his special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister at birth, and his brother, John Milton Erickson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jerald Wayne Erickson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Kay Bohr

Mary Kay (Theisen) Bohr, 75, of Asbury, was called home, August 1, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.6, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. 

Mary Kay was born February 2, 1939 in Holy Cross, the daughter of Lawrence M. and Cecilia E. (Pfeiler) Theisen.  She married William R. Bohr on May 27, 1961 in Holy Cross.

Mary Kay graduated from Holy Cross schools and the Dubuque Beauty Academy. She was employed at Roshek's Style Salon, and then owned and operated Mary Kay's Beauty Shop.  Her clients were some of her best friends. 

Mary Kay enjoyed playing cards and eating out, and had a love and passion for growing flowers and gardening.  She had many talents, was a great cook and baker, and really loved people.  Mary Kay was devoted to her family, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren's sporting events.  She loved and was greatly loved in return, and will be missed by family and many friends.   

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 53 years, Bill; her children, Jeff (Jacque) Bohr of Dubuque and their children, Jacob and Joey, Rob (Dana) Bohr of Dubuque and their children, Ries and Riley, and Tim (Kelly) Bohr of Eldridge, IA and their children, Mackenzie and Ruby; her brothers and sisters, John (Bill) Theisen of Holy Cross, James (Shirley) Theisen of Holy Cross, and Rita J. Theisen of Dubuque; her brothers and sisters in law, Cyril (Margaret) Bohr of Ossian, IA, Theresa Moellers of West Union, IA, Joan Hennis of Protivin, IA, Ma Donna Rask of White Bear Lake, MN, Jim (Jeannie) Bohr of Protivin, IA, and Gene Novak of Protivin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Cecilia (Pfeiler) Theisen; her mother and father in law, William and Hildegarde Bohr; and her brothers and sisters in law, Dolores Riniker, Vernon Bohr, Rose Mary Gerleman, Gertrude Novak, and Jerome Bohr. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Schultheis, the staff at Mercy Medical Center; and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be made to the Mary Kay Bohr Memorial Fund,

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

 

 



Gloria M. Sprague

Gloria M. Sprague, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:58 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with her loving family by her side. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on June 23, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Josephine (Krier) Entringer.

Gloria married Leslie "Les" Sprague on November 17, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company. Gloria was a former member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Iowa Special Olympics Family Committee, Winter Games Committee and Fund Raising Committee and a volunteer at Xavier and Mercy Hospitals. In her free time Gloria enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. She was an avid Hawkeyes fan and a loyal member of the Hawkeyes "I" Club.

Gloria is survived by, her husband, Leslie "Les" Sprague, Dubuque, IA; her children, Connie (Richard) Neumann, Dubuque, IA, Barbara Murphy, Bloomfield, CO, Terry (Cindy) Sprague, Albany, IL, Randy Sprague, Rockford, IL, Gary Sprague, Dubuque, IA, Steven Sprague, Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer (Fred) Neumann, Melinda Miller, Dustin Murphy, Shaun Murphy, Terra Sprague, Joshua Sprague, Nick (Stacy) Sprague, Allison Sprague, Emily Sprague; 9 great-grandchildren, Preston, Madison and Kenley Gantt, Derek Miller, Rhianna Benford, Mackenzie and Payton Cook, Hunter and Carson Sprague.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Jason Neumann in infancy, a great-granddaughter, Makayla Cook, a sister, Patricia "Patsy" Schmit and a son-in-law, Pat Murphy.

In lieu of flowers Gloria M. Sprague memorial fund has been established.

The family will be forever grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff on 4th floor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all their care of Gloria and the family.

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

 



Allen L. Lattner

Allen L. Lattner, 72 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday July 31, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 on Tuesday, August 3rd at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on Monday, August 4th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Allen was born on April 18, 1942, in Zwingle, Iowa the son of Lyle and Helen (Sweeney) Lattner.

He married Carol Maiers in 1964 together they had four children. He later married Linda Lutgen on August 9, 1996.

Allen farmed in the Key West area and worked at John Deere for 10 years. After being laid off he found his true passion in long haul trucking.

Family and friends were very important to Allen and during his 35 years of truck driving he cultivated many friends around the country. In his younger days he participated in tractor pulls and has always enjoyed watching them. His favorite tractor being International Harvester. Allen truly enjoyed motor sports and if he could find a euchre game he was delighted. Allen worked hard but also packed a lot of fun into his life.

He is survived by his wife Linda, his children; Paul Lattner, of Dubuque, Pam (Scott Sippel) Vaassen, of Dubuque, Pat (Kathy) Lattner, of Long Grove, IA, Peggy (Mike) Flanagan, of Dubuque, and Mark Woller, of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren, Nick Vaassen, Dylan & Logan Flanagan, Mason Lattner, Hannah & Ava Woller, and Danika Bass. His brother Carl Lattner, of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Paul Lattner, sister-in-law Joan Lattner and his in-laws Whitey and Grace Lutgen.

In lieu of flowers a Allen Lattner memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Irvin O. Nachtman

Irvin O. "Irv" Nachtman, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00a.m. on Monday August 4th, 2014 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 1:00p.m.

Irv was born on February 18, 1932, in Grant County, Wisconsin the son of Irvin O. and Lucille (Kratz) Nachtman. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1954. He married Kathleen Knockel on September 8, 1956 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

He worked for Farley & Loetsher for eleven years and retired from Dubuque John Deere after 32 years.

He was member of the Key West Sportsman Club, UAW Local 94, and St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Irv enjoyed the outdoors and maintaining his 40 acres which was his pride and joy. He was a avid hunter and fisherman, especially walleye fishing (the walleye will be safe now)

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was a great mentor to them all.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen "Kay", three children; Mark (Deb Koenig) Nachtman, of Dubuque, Jerry "Doc" (Julie) Nachtman, of St. Donatus, Sara (Bob) Moyer, of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, Kenny, Joey, and Cody Nachtman, and Amber (Nick) Marolf, Austin Moyer, Lindsay Nachtman. Two great grandchildren, Lane Nachtman and Tillie Marolf. Two sisters, Corrine (Jack) Schwartz, and Mary Ann Nachtman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law William and Kathryn Knockel, and his sister Lorraine (Carl) Sprague.

A big thank you to Dr. Hillard Salas, and hugs and kisses to the nurses on; ICU, 4th floor and 5th floor at Unity Point, Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Irv. Also to Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave.

In lieu of flowers an Irvin Nachtman memorial fund has been established.



Harold L. Dement

Harold L. Dement, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday July 31, 2014 at home. Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m., Wednesday August 6th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3p.m. to 7p.m. on Tuesday August 5th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Harold was born on March 12, 1925 in East Dubuque, IL the son of Charles and Elsie (Ziegenfuss) Dement.

He married Irene Felton on March 22, 1975.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps for 8 years. He retired from Dubuque Stamping Company as a Engineer Manager.

He is survived by his wife Irene, children; Glenn Dement, Renee (Wade) Johnson, Cindy (Masa) Campton-Iwasaki, Terry (Laura) Dement, Wendy (Ray) Schickel, Ruth Jurisic, Bob Soppe, and a daughter-in-law Mae Dement. 28 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Virginia Stablefeldt, children; Dean Dement, Rocky Dement, Connie Dement, Rose Marie Soppe, and John Soppe, a daughter-in-law Sam Dement and son-in-law Joe Jurisic.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Christine Sinsky and her staff, Mercy Medical Center and their staff and Hospice of Dubuque especially Sherry, Jennie and Peggy for all the wonderful care they gave to Harold.



Carol L. Packard Ellett

Carol Lynn Packard Ellett, 75, of Corvallis, Oregon, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Regency Park Place in Corvallis, Oregon.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Carol's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 16, 2014, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The family will host friends and relatives at a light reception immediately following the service at the Decker Hotel and Restaurant in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Lynn Packard was born on September 19, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Emmett M. and Helen Frances (Wendell) Packard. Her father died when she was ten and her mother later remarried her step-father Max Morehead. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then the State College of Iowa (UNI) in 1965.

Carol first taught in Bettendorf, Iowa, and later worked as a secretary and receptionist in the medical profession in Corvallis for many years. She had lived in Corvallis for most of her adult life.

Carol was a member of the Phi Sigma Phi Sorority and the PEO. She loved spending time with her family and friends and taking annual trips to Vegas for birthday celebrations. She enjoyed playing blackjack and was an avid fan of all sports.

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her sons, Jay (Laura) Ellett and their daughter Francie of Simi Valley, CA, and David (Alexia) Ellett and their daughters Aubrey, Brynn and Devyn of Geneva, IL; a sister, Marilyn Morehead of Waterloo, IA; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and step-father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Barbara J. Kirkpatrick LaRue

Barbara Jean Kirkpatrick LaRue, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Heritage Manor.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Okitakoyi Lundula will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may also call from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Jean was born December 30, 1937 in Shaw, Kansas, daughter of Raymond Eugene and Loretta Josephine (Mintz) Kirkpatrick. She married Ray Loyd LaRue, Aug. 21, 1955, in Chanute, Kansas. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1997.

She was a member of People In Need; P.E.O. Organization; Iowa Volunteers Hall of Fame; Dubuque Area Literacy YMCA/YWCA; United Way; Social Concerns and Sub Housing Committee; Dubuque Area Christians United and she held various positions at St. Luke United Methodist Church. She was also a lay member for the United Methodist Conference.

Jean was an avid collector of Fostoria Crystal. She liked to play bridge, enjoyed reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, David Loyd (Judith Behrens) LaRue, of Sarasota, FL and Mark Alan (Sandy) Siegert-LaRue, of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Sydney and Joshua LaRue; a sister, Shirley Larkey of Houston, Texas; and two sisters-in-law, Dee Kirkpatrick and Mary Kirkpatrick.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Jim and Larry Kirkpatrick.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Heritage Manor, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque.

A Jean LaRue Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Michael G. Tigges

Michael G. "Mike" Tigges, age 58, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 2:03 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate Michael's life, friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mike was born on May 10, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gerald and Stella (Friederick) Tigges.

Mike married Gail Kobs Unsen on April 19, 2014, in Dubuque. He was employed for several years at Garda and was also a group leader at Thermolyne for 23 years until his retirement in 2010. Mike played softball for many years. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Cubs, Hawkeyes and Bears and going to flea markets and garage sales with "his 3 wives", Gail, Chris G. and Sheila J. Mike liked traveling and trying his luck at the local casinos and in Las Vegas. Family was very important to Mike, he was the Patriarch that held everyone together and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mike is survived by his wife, Gail Tigges, Dubuque, IA; his canine companions, Missy and Riley; his step-daughters, Amy Unsen, Gibsonton, FL, Angela Unsen, Orlando, FL; special grandchildren, Ben and Maggie; his siblings, Jim (Julie) Tigges, Betty (Terry) McGovern, Linda Medley, all of Dubuque; his nieces and nephews, Angie (Mike) Welbes, Stacey Medley, Craig (Amy) McGovern, Todd McGovern, Shane (Molly) McGovern, Luke (Brook) Tigges, Adam Tigges, Sara (Estevan) Rojas and Jessica (Vaughn) Wassmer; his mother-in-law,  Dorothy Kobs, Dubuque, IA; his sister-in-law, Karen (George) Boraiko, Valrico, FL.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a Michael G. Tigges memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to our neighbor, Mary, for being there for Mike on Tuesday in his final moments of life.

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

 



Ronald D. Hinzman

Ronald D. Hinzman 67, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing. Funeral Services will be 1 pm., Friday, August 1, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, conducted by Rev. Penny Thomsen of Hospice of Dubuque, where the family will greet friends starting at 11:30 a.m., till service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with Military Honors Conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Ronald was born September 28, 1946 in Monona, Iowa, the son of Ray and Dorothy (Havelick) Hinzman. He served in the US Army during Vietnam. Ronald married Dixie Lynn Ward on July 17, 1993. He retired in December of 1999 after 30 years at John Deere in Dubuque, where he was a member of UAW Local Union 94.

Ronald enjoyed NASCAR Racing, football, watching Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune, cars, especially his 1996 Corvette, trucks, and John Deere tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie; step-children, Tom (Jodi) Johnson of Dubuque, John (Kasia) Johnson of Fulton, NY, and Denise (Val) Kohout of DeForest, WI; step-grandchildren, Josh, Morgan, Lydia and Cole Johnson, Haiden and Grant Johnson, and Carsen Kohout; siblings, Pat (Terry) Meyer, Shirley (Al) Leliefeld, Bob (Donna) Hinzman, Mary Lou (George) Harbaugh, Rick (Deb) Hinzman, and Ray (Linda) Hinzman.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Rosalie Duwe; brothers, Ralph and Roger Hinzman

The family would like to thank University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Ronald.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Eleanor M. Tigges

Eleanor M. Tigges, 99, of Bell Tower Retirement Community, formerly of St. Mary's Apartments, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 - 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor was born on December 26, 1914 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank A. and Alice (Udelhoven) Weiland.

She married Sylvester A. Tigges in 1935 in Asbury, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1986.

Eleanor farmed west of Dubuque her entire life. She was employed at Armstong's and Roshek's.

She was a lifetime member of Resurrection Church, where she volunteered serving funeral meals. She also volunteered her time at the BVM.

Eleanor enjoyed playing cards, crafting and gardening. She was extremely talented at quilting, designing grottos and zipper pins.

Surviving is her daughter, Darlene (Tom) Leibold; 3 grandchildren, Bruce (Betty "Sam") Leibold, Denise (Jerry Killens) Ronek, and Michelle (John Simpson) Leibold, DVM; 4 great- grandchildren, Tracy (Ryan) Ricketts, Heather Ronek, Forrest and Quinn Simpson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 sisters, Anna Heller, Regina Trimpler, Marie Scheller and Alice Ranson; and her brother, Frank Weiland, Jr.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Bernadine L. Amling

Bernadine L. Amling, 85, of Marion Iowa, formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, where visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Bernadine was born May 7, 1929 in Juniata, Nebraska, daughter of William and Eleanor (Gilles) Mangers. She married Cletus Amling on August 7, 1950, he preceded her in death on December 2, 2011.

Bernie worked for the Dubuque Community Schools. She enjoyed taking her walks, going on the river, going to Laughlin, and spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her daughter, Tammy (Chris) Fauconniere; a son, Todd Amling; two granddaughters, Haley and Payton; a step grandson, Blake (Jodi); a sister, Alice Schnoor; a brother, Dale (Mary) Mangers and a sister in law, Pat Helton.

She was preceded in death by sisters and brother in laws, Mildred and John Kueter, Esther and Earl Goedert; a brother, William Mangers; a brother in law, Norman Schnoor; and a sister in childhood, Katherine.

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



Wanda L. Reynolds

Wanda Lou Reynolds, 89, of Dubuque died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Manor Care Health Services-Dubuque. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Wanda was born October 5, 1924 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, daughter of James Melvin and Lou Willie (Howell) Tindel. She married James Lee Reynolds on March 11, 1950 in Waurika, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1988.

She moved to Dubuque with her family in September of 1969. James was the minister at the Dubuque Church of Christ. Wanda worked at the Carnegie Stout Public Library for eighteen years as the Children's Programmer, retiring in 1987. She became well known in Dubuque as the Storybook Lady. She then worked for 15 years at Scenic Valley Area Agency on Aging in Dubuque as Resident Advocate Committee Coordinator.

She was a member of Bridge Christian Church, Kiwanis Club and an evening reading club. Throughout her life, Wanda loved God, loved her family, loved books and loved Dubuque - the community she called home for 45 years.

Wanda is survived by two children, Jimmy Dean (Marcia) Reynolds, of Barrington, IL and Debra Boyer of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Aaron Boyer, Chelsey (Nick) Heim, Morgen (Edward) Szall and Austin (Megan) Reynolds;
a brother, Jerry (Nancy) Tindel; a niece, Tamara (Keith) Welch, and two nephews, Todd (Shelley) Tindel and Trey (Michelle) Tindel.

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



Marcella L. Riesselman

Marcella L. Riesselman, 67, of Dubuque died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. In keeping with Marcella's wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella was born June 5, 1947 in Dubuque, daughter of Virgil and Eleanor (Lang) Riesselman. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965.

She worked as a secretary for UFCW Local #150 for many years. She then worked as the church secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church for several years.

Marcella enjoyed playing cards and dominos with her friends.

She is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, Connie and Bill Welter, Kim Link, Frankie Nigh, and Jackie Welter-Mayne; Donald, Sharon and Jeff Riesselman; Mike Riesselman and Debbie and Julie; Jo Moss, Brian Birch and Leisa Horn. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews and a sister in law, Mary Ann Riesselman.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Welter and Arlene Birch; and two brothers, Harold and Virgil Riesselman.

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

 



Melrose M. Schute

Melrose M. Schute, 89, of Farley, Iowa died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and relatives of Melrose may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m., and the Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Services for Melrose will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 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.

Melrose was born November 21, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Viola (Sweeney) Beresford. She graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque, IA. On August 8, 1953 she was united in marriage to Marvin A. "Marve" Schute in Eagle River, WI. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1998.

Melrose worked at Interstate Power Company, Lange Insurance, Town and Country Insurance and English Insurance until her retirement. She was a member of the Insurance women's group.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, Farley, its Altar and Rosary Society, and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary for which she held various positions in the local unit and served as District President.

Melrose loved spending time with her grandchildren. She looked forward to her bi-weekly card club and loved the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and St. Louis Cardinals. Melrose's favorite season was the Christmas Holiday. She always welcomed and enjoyed entertaining friends at her pool. She loved her flowers and her favorite color was red.

She is survived by her children, Deb (David) Fondell of Dubuque, IA and Michael Schute of Farley, IA; a daughter-in-law Jennifer Schute of Epworth, IA; her grandchildren, Cambrie and Carson Schute of Farley, IA; step-grandchildren, Taylor Steffen of Iowa city, IA, Dave (Darsey) Fondell of Dubuque, IA, Barb Fondell of East Dubuque, IL, and Carol Fondell of Dubuque, IA; three siblings, Donna (William) Gerken of Farley, IA, Nelda (Pat) Kennedy of Placid, IA and Terry (Donna) Beresford of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law, Jean (John) Heiberger of Epworth, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nona (Gus) Rossknecht, Darlene (Ray) Fries, William, Tom and Jim Beresford, Arnold (Phyllis) Schute, Urban Schute, Delbert (Florence) Schute, Ray (Armella) Schute, Dorothy Schute, Norma (Cyril) Kluesner, Delores (Oscar) Padden, Bernice (Clarence) Keller, and Lavern (Sylvia) Schute.

A Melrose M. Schute memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bill Casel

Bill Casel, 79 of La Motte, Iowa passed away on Thursday July 24, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family following a sudden illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Lawrence Otter Creek, with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. To 7:00p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m. . Friends may also call after 9:00a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bill was born on March 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Marie (McKenna) Casel.

He married Norma Michels on August 31, 1954, at St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue and together they shared 60 years of marriage.

He farmed most of his life in the Otter Creek area, he raised and showed Quarter Horses and he especially loved barrel racing. After retiring in 1995 he then worked at Maquoketa Live Stock.

He was a member of Bellevue Horseman Club, member of the Jackson County Fair Board, member of Farm Bureau and St. Lawrence Church in Otter Creek. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and attending his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's events.

He is survived by his wife Norma, four children, Cindy Casel, of Dubuque, Tom (Deona) Casel, of Maquoketa, Rick (Wendy) Casel, of Otter Creek, Mike (Kelly) Casel, of Ankeny, Iowa. Eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Three brothers John (Arlene) Casel, Carl (Dorothy) Casel, and Bob "Shorty" (Jean) Casel. Many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Bill Casel memorial fund has been established.



Ann Michalski

Ann Michalski, age 81, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home on July 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Ann Elizabeth O'Hara on December 21, 1932 to John Campbell O'Hara and Esther Mary Murray in Harvey, IL. She married James Joseph Michalski on April 12, 1958 in Hazel Crest, IL, who preceded her in death.
Ann attended high school at Loretto Academy, Chicago, graduating in 1950. While visiting colleges, Ann "fell in love at first sight" with both Clarke College and the City of Dubuque. She graduated from Clarke in 1954. She served on the Board of the Clarke College Alumni Association and always looked forward to Clarke Homecomings so she could celebrate with lifelong friends.

Ann's first job as a social worker intensified her passion for care for the underprivileged and human rights, which continued throughout her life. Later, she taught high school at Mother of Sorrows in Blue Island, IL and Elizabeth Seton in South Holland, IL, and, in 1972, received an MA in Theology from Saint Xavier College.

Looking for a change, she and Jim moved to Dubuque, in 1979, where son John attended college at Loras. She became a Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick's Parish, where she worked until 1986. From 1986 until her retirement in 1998, she worked as an Administrative Assistant, Development Director and finally, Director of Human Resources at The Gannon Center for Community Mental Health. Her work at the Gannon Center represented only a small part of her life-long commitment to mental health.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, she also served as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Clarke University and Loras. 
She was a dedicated community activist and advocate for many issues. She was a member of the Mental Health America Board. She was very committed to revitalizing downtown Dubuque and was a long time member of the Housing Commission, the CDBG, Dubuque Main Street, Dubuque Initiatives, and the Solid Waste Management Board. In 1996, she was elected to the Dubuque City Council and served three terms, leaving office in 2007. Her principle commitments as city council member were to coalition-building, advocacy for the voiceless, and promotion of quality of life. She was especially proud of having worked to pass a Human Rights ordinance protecting the LGBT community, and to re-open Main Street in downtown Dubuque.

Ann had a lifelong passion forthe arts, and loved music, theater and books. She served on the Dubuque Symphony League, the Fine Arts Commission and the Four Mounds Association, and was a strong advocate for the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. 

Ann was a devout Catholic and was a long-time member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and, later, St. Joseph the Worker parish. She was an Associate of the Sisters of Charity, BVM. She was also a staunch liberal Democrat-a great fan of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson-and believed that government should work actively to improve people's lives. She always said the Civil Rights Act and Medicare made Lyndon Johnson her favorite President. Ann was very proud to have been inducted into the Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Special achievements include the Clarke Humanitarian Award, Dubuque Mental Health Advocate Award, the State of Iowa Volunteer Award, the Gannon Center Outstanding Staff Member Award, Iowa Community Mental Health Center Outstanding Staff Award, National League of Cities Outstanding Woman Elected Official, CWV Human Rights Award, the 2007 Elisha Darlin Arts Award, the Library Advocacy Award and the Barbara Boatwright Lifetime Achievement Award. 

She is survived by her son, John Michalski, daughter-in-law Jennifer Hope, and step-granddaughter Alexandra Jaworowski. She is also survived by Kathleen O'Hara of Oak Brook, IL, Philip Michaels of Goshen, IN, Norman Falete of Traverse City, MI, and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Jim, brother John O'Hara and sister Patricia O'Hara Falete.

Visitation will be at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home (1640 Main St., Dubuque) on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3:00-7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10:00 AM. 



Richard L. Beecher

Richard L. Beecher, 84, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Richard was born May 24, 1930 in Dubuque, son of Joseph A. and Vivian (Meloy) Beecher.

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

Richard managed Beechers Beverage, 24th and White Street retiring October 1989. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Richard enjoyed going to the dog track, and accompanied his mother on many trips and cruises. He was a quiet, gentle man.

Surviving are his brother, Robert (Betty) Beecher, of Dubuque; his sister, Patricia (Al) Maiers, of Dubuque, his brother in law, Walter Driggers, of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John (Flora Lu), Joseph, and David (Barb); and two sisters, Virginia and Jannan Driggers.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque; the staff at Ennoble Manor; and his niece Ann and her husband Jeff for their care of Richard.

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



Adella T. Duehr

Adella T. Duehr, age 99, of Marion, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, went home to be with the Lord at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Adella's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Adella was born on Sept. 27, 1914, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of John J. and Anna (Tigges) Schmitt. Adella married Albert Duehr on Jan. 14, 1936, in Sherrill, IA. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2004.

She was employed as a teacher's aid at St. Anthony's School for 10 years until her retirement. Adella was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rosary Society, St. Ann's Circle, St. Francis of Rome and the Mother's Club. In her free time she enjoyed playing Euchre and always lived life to the fullest. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Adella is survived by her children, Lois (Pete) Gombert, Anamosa, IA, Jeanette Duehr, Commerce, MI, Carol (Robert) Brown, Marion, IA, and John (Jane) Duehr, Waterville, IA; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Adella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings, Alphonse "Jess" Schmitt, Verena Schrobilgen, Cletus Schmitt, Mary Heitzman, and Josephine Schmitt.

An Adella T. Duehr memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses, staff of the Villages of Marion and Hospice of Mercy for all of their care of Adella.

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



Arlene F. Johannes

Arlene F. Johannes, 87, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call from 11:00 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Father James Bergin, SVD will officiate.

Arlene was born June 10, 1927, in Earlville, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore and Frances (Welchert) Roling. She married Arthur C. Johannes on Jan. 18, 1949. Together they farmed near Earlville in Delaware County for over 20 years and then semi-retired in Dubuque.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Mary Kay) Johannes of Greeley, Roger Johannes of Earlville, Linda (George) Clark of Dubuque, Julie (Tim) Brant of Scales Mound, IL, Sue Walsh of Iowa City, and Nancy (Rob) Wegmann of Dyersville; 21 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren;
siblings Al (Mary) Roling of Oregon, Art "Mike" (Paula) Roling of Dubuque; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Roling, of Earlville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur in 1989; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Johannes; siblings Rose Fessler, Agnes Sellner, Amanda Schraad, Mary Cherne, Hilda Lehman, Leona Lukan, Viola Sellner, Helen Bessey, Raymond Roling, Donald Roling, Ted Roling and LaVerne Roling; and sisters-in-law Rita Boge and Germaine Fendell.

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



Paul A. Kasel

Paul A. Kasel, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Paul's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Paul was born on Feb. 23, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Josephine (Theisen) Kasel. Paul graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School, Loras Academy and Loras College.

He was called to service with the Navy in May 1944 and served until June 1946. He was stationed on Treasure Island, California, and on the USS ABNAKI at Tokyo, Japan.

Paul began with the John Deere Dubuque Works in May 1948, retiring after 29 years of service. He worked in the Business Systems Department, holding assignments in data processing and control, supervision, advanced systems programming and was a data base analyst. Paul enjoyed boating, fishing, reading, traveling and gardening. He was a lifelong member of St. Columbkille's Church. Paul was known for his generosity and kind heart.

Paul is survived by his niece, Christine Kasel, Los Angeles, CA; his nephews, Karl (Linda) Kasel, Vista, CA, George (Jill) Kasel, Dubuque, IA, Steven Kasel, Dubuque, IA; his great-niece, Jennifer Kasel; and his great-nephew, Jeffrey Kasel.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marian Kasel; and a brother, Cletus J. Kasel.

A Paul A. Kasel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Katie, for all of the wonderful care they gave Paul.

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



Gracie Lynn Ungs

Gracie Lynn Ungs, infant daughter of Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, Iowa, received her angel wings on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gracie Lynn Ungs is survived by her parents, Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, IA; maternal grandmother Denise (Jim Roeder) Neuhaus of Dubuque, IA; paternal grandparents David and Sheila Ungs of Bankston, IA; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lonnie Jay Hamilton, Sr.; and her paternal and maternal great-grandparents.

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



Thomas J. Determan

Thomas Determan completed his transition to the uncertain, albeit likely, next phase of existence on July 22, 2014.

He entered life on April 10, 1948. His parents, Don and Helen Determan, nurtured and raised him in Clinton, Iowa. At age 18, the family moved to Bettendorf, IA. He studied and graduated with degrees in History and Secondary School Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970.

On August 22, 1970 he married the wonderful Kathleen Marshall. This life partnership thrived to the moment of his exit from human life. Three days after the marriage, he began a second journey, launching his teaching career at Hempstead High School. The honeymoon was a trip on Highway 61 to Dubuque. Thinking they would be in Dubuque for perhaps a five-year stint, Thom and Katie entered their 44th year in the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi".

Thom lived his early years discovering that teaching was his lifestyle. By 8th grade, this career was the focus. With the help of many, he achieved this as a primary way to find meaning and to contribute to the larger society. Thom's joyous moments included playing baseball from earliest childhood to age 21 as a pitcher, playing ball with his kids and watching them play baseball, softball and soccer. He visited many golf courses and eventually learned the score to be irrelevant. Special treats were the three cushion billiards matches with friend Robert Byrne.

Three children were also the love of Thom's life. These loved ones include Ben, Emily and Laura and one cherished granddaughter, Kailynn (Emily). Each one is distinctively connected to Thom and carving out a life story full of marinated memories.

Helen, Thom's beloved mother, thrives in Bettendorf. Don, Thom's father, was stricken with a heart event and died in 1976.

His two loving brothers, Rick (JoAnn) and John (Kathleen), and his dear baby sister Jane (Edward) all reside in the Quad Cities.

Following cremation, My Life's Plan, a transition event, will be held on Sunday, August 10. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. at the Hotel Julien.

Thom requested that any gift be directed to the Thomas J. Determan Global Perspectives Endowment. The endowment supports student scholarships and global education teacher workshops.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Mark A. Klinkhammer

Mark A. Klinkhammer, 59, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, conducted by Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, and visitation will be held there Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 8 pm. Visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Mark was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Alice (Clemen) Klinkhammer.

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Mark is survived by two children, Matthew (Kate Crist) Klinkhammer and Alice (Kyle) Greenwood; seven siblings, Donald (Judy), Steve (Karen), Dale (Kim), Kenny (Kris), David (Karen), and John Klinkhammer and Mary (Mike) Plein; his former spouse, Vickie Klinkhammner; and his stepmother, Carol Klinkhammer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine, in infancy.

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



Harriet I. Tschiggfrie

Harriet I. Tschiggfrie, 96, a resident of Stonehill Care Center, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m Friday, July 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Harriet was born Nov. 25, 1917 in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Elsie (Strong) Schueler. She married Elmer L. Tschiggfrie, who passed away on May 2, 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Carol) Tschiggfrie of Tamarac, FL; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; a daughter, Judith Lucas; son-in-law Robert Lucas; 2 brothers, Harlan and George Schueler; and a sister, Lorraine Pottebaum.

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



Thomas L. Steffen

Thomas L. Steffen, age 67, of East Dubuque, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 8:55 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said 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.

Tom was born on April 16, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of Bernard and Laurabelle "Betty" (Jacobsmeier) Steffen.

Tom served with the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, spending time in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Constance Engler on August 10, 1968. Tom was employed at Hawkeye Tractor Trailer until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of Hawkeye Vintage Tractor Machinery Association and Teamster Union Local 120. Tom was an avid tractor puller. He took great pride in his Oliver tractors and one of Tom's proudest achievements was winning all 5 weight classes in 2012.

Tom is survived by his wife, Connie Steffen, East Dubuque, IL; his children, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, Dubuque, IA, Julie (Scot) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, East Dubuque, IL, Laura (Jeff) Walton, Cedar Rapids, IA; his 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty, Richard, Cameron, Tyler, Beau and Alexandra; his siblings, Jane (Robert) Kirby, Dubuque, IA, Mazie (Mike) Arthofer, Peosta, IA, Bob (Melinda) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Gary (Patti) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Phil (Vicki) Steffen, Zwingle, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Betty, his three siblings, Bernard and Diane, in infancy, and Carol Steffen, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Irvin and Mary Engler and a Goddaughter, Michelle Arthofer.

A Thomas L. Steffen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schultheis and his nurses and staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci, Heather and Dawn, for all their wonderful care of Tom.

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

 



John C. Erickson

John C. "Jack" Erickson, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the funeral home.

Jack was born October 28, 1924 in Marquette, the son of Clifford H. and Edith (McCain) Erickson. He graduated high school at the age of 17, and joined the U.S. Navy.  Jack served his country during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of the V.F.W.

On March 7, 1945, Jack married the girl next door, Ruth Fuller. He worked in construction for over 50 years, building oil refineries around the world.He was a lifetime member of the Carpenter's Union Local #678. He enjoyed playing euchre and golf. Jack was a hardworking man with deep integrity and old fashioned values. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Judy (Richard) Henkel, David (Joan Jellison) Erickson, and Penny Pacheco, all of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Dan, Corinne, Ivan John, Sherry, Jennifer, and Ruth; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 1997; his parents; his son in law, Ivan E. Pacheco; and  his brother, LeRoy "Ike" (Dorothy) Erickson.

The family extends  a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center, the staff at Ennoble Manor, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all their care of Jack.

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

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

 

 



Lynn A. Jellison

Lynn Ann Jellison, 48 of Maquoketa, Iowa, formally of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00p.m. Friday, July 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Friends my call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lynn was born on May 3, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Rosalie Shaffer. She graduated from Hempstead High School and married Vince Jellison on April 16, 1994 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family, and caring for her pets. She had a great imagination and talent for arts and crafts. Above all else she was her passion and love for Jesus.

She is survived by her husband Vince, four children; Amber (Darrell) Schmitt of Dubuque, Jacob Shaffer of Dubuque, Jesse and Dennis Jellison of Maquoketa. Stepchildren, Vincent Jellison Jr. of Dubuque, and Samantha (Justin) Warner of Florida, and seven grandchildren. Her mother and father, James and Rosalie Shaffer of Dubuque. Three siblings, Robert Shaffer of Dubuque, Christy (Gary) Belisle of Madison WI, and Amy (Michael) Becker of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews that she adored.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Abigail Tracy for her close friendship and devotion to Lynn the last few years.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, a Lynn Ann Jellison memorial has been established.

 



James A. Angelos

James A. Angelos, 88, of Good Samaritan Society, 700 Waverly Rd., Davenport, IA, formerly of 1145 McGregor Dr., Dubuque, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends starting at 1 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

The son of Greek immigrants, James ‘Costa' A. Angelos was born October 31, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to Andrew D. and Vera T. (Vrotsos) Angelos. He married Helen M. Petrakis in Dubuque on June 6, 1948 at St. John's Episcopal Church. She died on April 9, 2011.

Baptized Konstantinos, he was one of 6 children of a family that traced its Greek heritage to the villages of Tsarartsa (modern name: Chrissokelaria) in the prefecture of Messinias on his father's side, and Karlovasi on the island of Samos on his mother's side.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea S. (John R.) Ellerbach, Whittier, NC; a son, Michael C. Angelos, Davenport, IA; granddaughters, Aurora J. (Jason A.) Hawk, Punxsutawney, PA and Natalie S. (Larry J.), Cadile, Homer City, PA; sisters, Helen Hemmer, Independence, IA and Molly Hudson, Ames, IA; a sister in-law, Sara "Sally" Daisy (Robert) Mason and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the US Navy during WW II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the S.S. George A. Johnson, including at a Repair & Security Base at Bahia (Salvatore), Brazil; finishing his tenure at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Louisville, KY. From 1965-1973 he was a member of Ready Naval Reserve. He was employed at John Deere and owned and operated the University Inn (Goats) restaurant from 1952-1957. He also worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., from which he retired in 1982.

He received a Private Pilot's license in 1967. He enjoyed golf, music, and time spent with his children and grandchildren.

No memorials are requested.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Theodore G. and Irene E. (Skondrianos) Vrotsos, a brother, Andrew "Tykie" A. Angelos; sisters, Irene Howes Foster and Mary Moore; brothers in-law, Maurice B. Howes, Theodore J. Foster, Donald E. Moore, Donald J. Hemmer and H. Bruce Hudson.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Mason A. Deutmeyer

Mason Allen Deutmeyer, 2-1/2 month old infant son of Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer of Worthington, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mason was born April 26, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Brian and Dawn (Taft) Deutmeyer.  

Survivors include his parents, Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer; a sister, Mackenzie, his maternal grandparents, Marilyn and John Taft of Epworth, paternal grandparents, Paul and Jean Deutmeyer of Worthington, paternal great-grandmother, Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville; aunts and uncles: Jennifer (Steve) Driscoll of Epworth, Conor (Amber) Taft of Cascade, Amy (Brian) Brunsman of Dubuque, Casey (Tony) Reinert of Dyersville and Niki (Adam) Lahr of Worthington; 11 cousins and many great aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Donald and Margaret Koopmann and Calvin and Irene Taft; paternal great grandparents, Donald and Marjorie Cooksley and Roger Deutmeyer.

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

 

 



Paul E. Westmark

Paul E. Westmark, 77, of Dyersville died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, 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.

Paul was born September 12, 1936, in Dyersville the son of Cleo and Loretta (Kluesner) Westmark.  He graduated from Xavier High School and attended the University of Iowa for a year and then a year at Bayless Business College.  In 1956, he entered the US Air Force.  His tours of duty overseas consisted of 4 tours of duty in the Far East including Korea, Japan, Viet Nam and Okinawa.  He also served a tour in Germany and at several bases in the US.  While he was in Japan, Paul met Toyoko Miki Hyodo who was working at the Base.  They were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo on November 14, 1968.  Paul retired from Lawry AF Base in 1978. He began working at the Department of the Interior doing the Geological Survey from 1978 - 1995.  He and Miki retired to Dyersville in 1995.  Paul was a brain tumor survivor since 1987.

Paul is survived by his wife, Toyoko, a sister, Mary (Walter) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, a brother, Frederick Westmark of Cambodia, a nephew, Paul( Cathy) Bockenstedt of Eden Prairie, MN, a niece, Ann (Andy) Rettenmeier of Dubuque, a great niece, Lara Bockenstedt and great nephews, Daniel Bockenstedt and James and Peter Rettenmeier, two nephews in Japan, Takayoshi Hyodo and Yoshinori Horie, an uncle, Arthur Westmark of Dyersville, and a cousin, Judy Henke of Dyersville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen Westmark, his nephew/Godchild, Daniel J. Bockenstedt and several in-laws in Japan.

We would like to thank Dr. Caceras and nurses, Ann and Peggy, at Mercy Medical Center for the care and compassion given to Paul, and also to Angela with Hospice of Dubuque.  Thank you also to the Nurses of Manor Care, especially Mike and Miranda.

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

 

 



Brentley L. Kemp

Brentley Louis Kemp, infant son of Justin and Michelle (Pierson) Kemp of Maquoketa, Iowa, received his angel wings on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Brentley Louis Kemp is survived by his parents, Michelle and Justin Kemp of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Ryan Schenkel, Riley Kemp and Braxton Kemp; maternal grandparents, Anne Pierson and Scott Rieck of Belle Plaine, IA; paternal grandparents, Barbara and James Kemp, Jr. of Delmar, IA; and paternal great-grandparents, Stanley and Patricia Weets of Maquoketa, IA; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

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

 



Dorothy M. Pfeiler

Dorothy M. Pfeiler, 93, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg, died July 19, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Dorothy was born April 12, 1921, in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Antoinette Wegmann.  She married Arthur B. Esch during August of 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in November of 1961. She married Emmett J. Pfeiler on Sept. 25, 1965, in Dyersville. He preceded her in death in July of 2002.  Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who spoke kindly of all. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her 4 children: Thomas (Roberta "Bobbi") Esch of Naperville, Illinois, Jan Kuhl of Perrysburg, Ohio, Terry (Laura) Esch, of Moline, Illinois, and Daniel (Nancy) Esch of Minnetonka, MN; 10 grandchildren: Kristin (James) Gecan and William Esch, Jessica (David) Blosser, Emily (Matt) Schuff, and Katherine Kuhl, Sarah and Alex Esch, and Nina, Andrew, and Brian Esch; 4 great grandchildren:  Reagan and Camryn Blosser and Lily and Gabby Schuff; siblings: Harriet (Leon) Maiers, Ralph (Leona) Wegmann, Ambrose (Pat) Wegmann, and LuAnn (Robert) Mescher.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur B. Esch and Emmett J. Pfeiler, a grandson, Thomas R. Esch, and siblings: Armella Wieferich, John Wegmann, Alvin Wegmann, and Eileen Meder.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Roger R. Anderson

Roger R. Anderson, 73, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 Tuesday at the church prior to services.

Roger was born May 28, 1941 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, son of Raymond and Shirley (Domske) Anderson. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Sue Faherty on Sept. 26, 1970 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Roger served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war, then continued serving in the Naval Reserves as a machinist until retiring.He worked as a tool and die maker for John Deere, retiring after 50 years of service. He collected antiques and enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota with his sons. Roger was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by three sons, Jason (Wendi) Anderson of Dubuque, Brian (LeAnn) Anderson of Omaha, Neb., and Matt Anderson of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Jessica, Elisha, and Hannah Anderson and Joshua and Evelyn Anderson; brother in law, Kim Sanford and nephew Brad Sanford of Dubuque and his former spouse, Sue Smith of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy in infancy, and Barbara Sanford.

Memorials may be made to Roger Anderson Memorial Fund.

For further information, or to submit an online obituary, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Judith Curtis Meyer

Judith "Judy" Curtis Meyer, of Dubuque, found peace on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Heritage Manor, at the age of 87 years old surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Mark Murphy will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Judy was born August 11, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She married George Meyer on October 14, 1961 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2012. 

Judy Graduated from Finley School of Nursing in 1947 and went to work for Dr. Cary until he retired. In the early 1950's she worked for Dr. Merritt, a pediatrician in the Roshek building in downtown Dubuque until 1963. She later returned to nursing around 1975 and was a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital and Mercy Medical Center for many years until retirement. 

She was a member of the Iowa Nurses Association. She was also a member of St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, G. Curt Meyer of Overland Park, KS, John (Joyce) Meyer of Dubuque, and Amy (E.J.) Strother of Whitefish Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Noah and Megan Meyer, and Tess, Gaby, and Natalie Strother; her sisters, Jane Leibold of Peoria, IL, Joan (Howard) Higley of Dubuque, and Jean Jaeggi of East Dubuque, IL; and a brother in law, Dr. John C. Meyer of Peoria, IL. In addition to many loving nieces and nephews.

Judy was a kind hearted soul who touched everyone she met. She was a wonderful mother and loving wife. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her beloved husband of 50 years, Judy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Albert Curtis; and a sisters, Joyce Wollschlager and Janet Marshall and brothers/sisters in law Bill Marshall, Bob Jaeggi, Joe Leibold, Joe Meyer, Ben and Eloise Meyer, Mary Katherine and Bob Weydert and Bernie Curtis.

The family extends their grateful thanks to Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their superior care and kindness.

Memorials may be given in Judy's name to Hospice of Dubuque.


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

 



James R. Kluesner

James R. Kluesner, 77, of Dubuque passed away Friday, July 18, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 2:30 to 7:00 pm Sunday, July 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30.

Jim was born March 1, 1937 in Holy Cross, IA, son of Cyril and Norma (Schute) Kluesner. He married Sharon Tigges, April 28, 1962 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

He graduated from Monona, IA High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Jim worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 14 years and then became co-owner of Gill's Equipment for 14 years. He then started his own business, James Kluesner Repair, which he owned and operated until his retirement. Jim was noted for his hard work and integrity.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish. His faith was very important to him.

Jim was a devoted husband and father and was very family oriented. He loved to spread Christmas joy as Santa. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and could often be found working on one of his many projects. He was also known to have a unique sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Dubuque; his children, Kelly (Fred) Deube, of Grayslake, IL., Karey (Pietro Bajona) Kluesner, of Rochester, MN, Kevin (Elaine) Kluesner, of Dubuque and Kenyon (Elizabeth) Kluesner, of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Bailey, Alex, Jenna, and Madison Deube, Eleonora Bajona, Jimmy, Yianni, and Tommy Kluesner, and Ethan and Jonah Kluesner; one great grandchild, Myah Hernandez; his siblings, Carol (Cyril) Elsinger, of Rickardsville, Gloria Johnson, of Lakeland, FL, Loras John Kluesner, of Marquette, IA, Janet (Roger) Bernhard, of Monona, IA, Lonnie Kay Kluesner, of Friendship, WI, and Mike (Randi) Kluesner, of Marquette, IA; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Dixie) Tigges, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jean Kluesner; a brother-in-law, David Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Maylo Tigges.

Memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Parish or to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thanks to all the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Peggy; Dr. Ronald Schope; the nurses at Finley Respiratory Department and Pulmonary Rehab; and the nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine Lab.

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

 



Darlene C. Gogg Colbert

Dolly (Darlene) Christine Gogg Colbert , 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, peacefully went to her eternal rest on Wednesday, July 17, surrounded by her seven children and her husband of 63 years, Edward, at Mercy Medical Center.

The Catholic Mass will be held at 10 am Monday, July 21, at the Church of the Nativity. The Wake will be held Sunday, July 20, from 2pm to 6pm at the Church of the Nativity and all are welcome to come celebrate the beautiful, long life of Dolly Colbert.

The Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the funeral services.

Dolly was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Delia (Olsen) Gogg, formerly of Clarkesville, Iowa, where she was crowned Miss Melody during her high school years.

She was an excellent student and attended the University of Iowa School of Nursing. While attending the university she met the charming sports star and love of her life, Eddie Colbert. She was an avid Catholic. Dolly and Ed were married on Oct. 27, 1951, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua Iowa.

She worked for many years at Loras College Counselling Services as an Executive Assistant. She was a devoted member of the Dubuque Mother's Club as well as a volunteer for The American Cancer Society.

Her most fulfilling job was raising her seven children, Shawn, Debbie, Paula, David, Lisa, Daniel and Mark, and looking after her husband, Coach Eddie Colbert, and their beloved dog, Muffin.

Born an only child, of Norwegian descent, Dolly took special joy in raising her large family and playing an active role in her children's lives. After her retirement she served on the Dubuque County Foster Care Review Board and wintered in Palm Springs.

Some of Dolly's favorite things included: flowers and gardening and being active in the Church. She was stylish and enjoyed fashion, but her greatest love was taking care of children. She was "everyone's mother" and will be greatly missed by all.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Edward Colbert, and her seven children: Shawn Turner (Judd Turner) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Deborah Rondeau of Eden Prairie, Minn., Paula Ruden (Nicholas Ruden) of Dubuque, David Colbert, MD (JP Van Laere) of New York City, Lisa Hallowell (Todd Hallowell) of Los Angeles, Daniel Colbert (Eriece Colbert) of Cedar Rapids, and Mark Colbert of New York City.

Grandchildren include: Laura Udelhoven, Nate Ruden, Zachary Ruden, Daniel Ruden, Katie Turner, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert & Devin Colbert. Great-grandchildren include Megan Gower and Griffin Ramerth.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, Delia and Paul Gogg; her grandchild Luke Turner; and her best friend, Bonnie Spahn.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Mercy Medical Center and its amazing staff of healthcare providers as well as Bethany Home and Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center.

Memorials may be made to Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Dorothea J. Hook

Dorothea J. "Dorothy" Hook, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 a.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on August 27, 1926, the adopted daughter of Louis and Bertha (Leinneger) Cherrier.

Dorothy married Joseph Hook on May 29, 1945, in Leavenworth, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2007. She was a lifelong Dubuque resident and was employed as a clerk at K Mart for over 23 years. In her free time Dorothy enjoyed camping and fishing and was a avid BINGO player. Her greatest joy was to be with her family.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Patricia "Pat" (Daniel) Farnum, Dubuque, IA, Roger (Cindy) Hook, Des Moines, IA; her daughter-in-law, Dori Hook, Dubuque, IA; her 10 grandchildren, Brian, Tammy, Michelle, Harold, Jeremy, Joseph, Carrie, Stacy, Jamie and Amanda; her 25 great-grandchildren; her 4 great great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph, her son, Harold Hook, her biological parents, Vern Kennedy and Margaret Hargrove and a sister in infancy.

A Dorothea J. Hook memorial fund has been established.

A heartfelt "thank you" to the nurses, staff and fellow residents at ManorCare for their wonderful care of Dorothy over the years.

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

 



Kenneth J. Spark

Kenneth J. Spark, age 67, of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

Committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Deacon Bill Beaver officiating. Military detail will follow committal by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Columbarium. A private family gathering will follow committal services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 18, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, to James and Bernice (Bradbury) Spark. After being raised and educated in Dubuque, Ken met his future wife, Donna L. Birch, and they were married on Sept. 28, 1968 in Dubuque.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Ken served aboard the USS Murray and the USS Beatty during the Vietnam War. Because service to his country was a meaningful time in his life, Ken was elated when he was able to attend a 45-year reunion event with his fellow veterans.

Ken furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering in 1973 and a Master of Business Communication in 1993 from Louis University in Schaumburg.

A resident of McHenry County, Ill., for the past 32 years, he enjoyed a career as a manufacturing engineer. Most recently employed by Chrysler, he retired in 2008. Previously Ken had been employed by Navistar.

Enjoyments during his leisure time included working on his favorite project, his home, as well as gardening and star-gazing. Most importantly, his family always remained his main priority in life.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna; son Chad (Aimee) Spark of Woodstock; a granddaughter, Alex, and a grandson, Joseph; and three sisters, Bernice Besler of Elgin, Mary Kay Burton of Dubuque, and Darlene Hedley of Dubuque.

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

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.



Oliver J. Merz, Jr.

Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr., age 83, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Ollie's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque
Post 6.

Oliver was born on June 6, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Oliver J. and Mary (Garrett) Merz, Sr.

Ollie was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He served with the U.S. Navy during Korea where he earned a Silver Star Medal. He married Rae M. Bisdorf on July 23, 1954, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2012. Ollie was employed at Trausch Baking Company as a route driver for 33 years until his retirement in 1994. He served on the board for the Dubuque Area Harvest Labor. Ollie was a former member of the Teamsters and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his younger days he enjoyed camping and fishing. Ollie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He also enjoyed trying his luck at the Dog Track and the Casino.

Ollie is survived by, his children, Doris (Don) Capaul, Epworth, IA, Pat Root, Dubuque, IA, Beth (Mike Ashby) Hanson, Dubuque, IA, John (Sandy) Merz, Buffalo, MN, Greg Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA; his step-daughter, Rhonda (Art) Hanson, Waterloo, IA; his grandchildren, Michelle Hoppmann, Benjamin Root, Joey Merz, Libby Root, Luke Merz, Allie Merz and Chris Hanson; his great-grandchildren, Haley, Courtney and Caitlin Hoppmann; his step-granddaughter, Amanda (Tim Hasbrouk) Schmit; his step-great-grandchildren, Tori Schmit, Courtney Brady, Rylee and Jordan Hasbrouk; his brothers, Terry, Dennis and Donald; his sisters, Dian, Gloria, Beverly, Carol, Nancy, Sue and Janice; and several nieces and nephews.

Ollie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rae M. Merz, 2 daughters, Kathy Jo in infancy and Sherry Merz, 2 grandchildren, his brother Joe Merz, his step-brother, Bob and his step-sister, Betty.

In lieu of flowers, an Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eloise M. Meyer

Eloise M. Meyer, 87, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2315 Martin Dr., passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Eloise was born on Jan. 13, 1927 at home in Waterville, Iowa, the only child of Victor C. and Delories (Hermanson) Anderson, weighing only 3 1/2 pounds. At the age of 17 she moved from Elma, Iowa, to Dubuque to attend Finley School of Nursing.

While in school she met the love of her life, Ben Meyer. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1948 at Nativity Catholic Church. Together they shared a love only few were lucky enough to find. They took joy in spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She had a beautiful marriage with so much special love from Ben and family.

Being a Registered Nurse was a passion of Eloise's. She worked full and part time for 28 years at Finley Hospital, briefly at Xavier Hospital (1 year), then returned to Finley for a total of 43 years and was able to enjoy 25 years of retirement.

Co-workers always talked of Eloise as being kind, generous and loving in all of her relationships with her patients and staff. After she retired she still considered herself an R.O.N., "Real Old Nurse".

Although she achieved many accomplishments through her nursing career, she will be remembered, most importantly for her kind, generous and loving spirit. She was an expert in her field and treated everyone as she would a close friend. She took great pride in being an R.N.

Eloise especially enjoyed going to the Village Inn with her family and friends on a regular basis.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Christopher Meyer, Cathy (Terry) Nauman, and Carolyn (Jay) Gottschalk, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Dr. Sonya (Todd Wolter) Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Grant Meyer, Troy (Jenny) Steffen, Stacey Wiest (Luke Abbitt), Nick (Tara Bragg) Steffen, Eric Nauman (Lisa Truitt) , and Nathan Steffen; great-grandchildren Isabel Eloise, Ben, Shane, Raelyn Rose, Hailey, and Adelyn Grace; brother-in-law Dr. John (Mary) Meyer; sister-in-law Judy Meyer; niece Mary Anne (Bill) Stegeman; special nephew John Meyer; special friends Agnes Wagner and Marie Vogt; and her nurse buddies, Ann Fessler, Alice Weick, Marlene Frye and Janet Dwane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her parents; special brothers-in-law Joe Meyer and George Meyer; sister-in-law Mary Catherine (Bob) Weydert; special friends Darla (Clete) Pillard and Marge (Ted) Siefker; and her beloved dog, Minnie.

Memorials may be given to Finley Hospital and Resurrection Church.

For more information and to submit an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A very special thank you to Dr. Hillard Salas, all of the special nurses at Finley Hospital, especially Travis, Jo, Jessie and Sarah at the Finley Hospital and to the staff at Stonehill for all of their compassionate care.



Mary J. Albert

Mary J. Albert, 83, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

In accordance with Mary's wishes, there will be no public services.

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



Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM

Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM, died July 13, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 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. 

She was born July 17, 1921, to Joseph Bernard and Margaret Kenney Kramer. She entered the BVM congregation from Holy Name Parish, Marcus, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1939. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Mary Joel was an elementary school educator in Fort Dodge, Manly, Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Iowa; Rapid City, S.D.; Chicago; and Kauai, Hawaii. She ministered as an LPN and in hospice/home health care in Sioux City. She worked in food service at Mount Carmel in Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Fern Addy, Nan Strasser, Patricia Slebodnik and Ruth Fenton Weis; and adopted brother Robert Kenney.

She is survived by a sister, Marge (Maggie) Kistel, Safety Harbor, Fla.; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Richard A. Frerich

Richard A. "Dick" Frerich, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

Richard was born on Oct. 3, 1935, the son of Joe and Virginia Frerich. He married Florence Jaeger on Sept. 30, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Richard served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a produce manager at Del Farm and Eagles Country Market, and later retired from John Deere.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence; two children, Joe (Judy) Frerich, of Moline, IL, and Rita Persian, Dubuque; and three grandchildren, Emily Persian, stationed in San Diego, CA, Josh Persian, of Dubuque, and Michelle Frerich, of Moline, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Joel Persian.

A Richard Frerich memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Heritage Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Angela Kelly for all their wonderful care.



Mary Margaret Arenz

Mary Margaret (Malin) Arenz , 95, of 1001 Assisi Drive, formerly of 275 N. Grandview Ave., died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Margaret was born June 17, 1919 in LaCrosse, WI, daughter of John C. and Ann Mary (Downey) Malin. She married James T. Arenz on June 22, 1942 in LaCrosse, WI. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1998. In 1951 Mary Margaret and Jim moved to Dubuque to operate the Arenz Shoe Store until their retirement in 1987.

Mary Margaret was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church from October 1951 until her death. She was a member of St. Josita's Catholic Mother's Study Club.

Mary Margaret's family and faith were the cornerstones of her life. She loved all of her family members unconditionally and started each day praying for all of us, enumerating each and every name, child and in-law alike, always having room to add one more as she did this last year for little William and Michael's new wife, Alisa.

Surviving are her children, Thomas J. (Kathleen) Arenz of Milwaukee, WI; Mary Kathryn "Miki" (Dr. Edmond) O'Neill of Dubuque and A. John (Cynthia) Arenz of rural LaMotte, IA; seven grandchildren, Carolyn (Justin) Johns, Patrick (Christine) Arenz, Kathryn O'Neill, Michael (Alisa) O'Neill, Allison Arenz, James Arenz and Anna Arenz; four great-grandchildren, Wey Henry and Thomas Johns, and Katherine and William Arenz; one sister, Ann Jeanette Malin, of LaCrosse, WI; a brother-in-law, Robert (Gwen) Braun of Manitowac, WI; a sister-in-law, Roslyn Kellock of California; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law James (Betty) Malin and Gerard (Kathryn) Malin; her sister, Carlie Braun; sisters-in-law and their spouses Margaret (John) Nekola, Mary Ellen (Dr. Mahmoud) Shihata, Catherine (Charles) Specht, Alberta (Arthur) Atkinson and brother-in-law Edward Arenz.

Mary Margaret had a long and wonderful life for which she expressed gratitude daily. We were blessed that she was our mom, gramma and great gramma.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Stonehill, and Holy Family Catholic Schools.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, the staff at Stonehill Skilled Nursing and her second family at Assisi Village for all their care, concern, love and friendship for Mary Margaret.



Joseph S. Weber

Joseph S. Weber, 75, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Joe was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Alphonse and Marcella (Langel) Weber. He married Elaine Gudenkauf on May 26, 1962, in Worthington, Iowa. Together they farmed near Dyersville for 30 years until retiring in Dyersville in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; 4 children: Deanne (Paul) Gieser of St. Paul, MN, Cathy Long of Cedar, IA, Philip (Janet) Weber of Norwalk, IA and Patrick (Caryn) Weber of Minneapolis, MN; 5 grandchildren: Adam, Sydney and Jake Long, Rachel and Morgan Weber; his mother, Marcella Steger of Dyersville; and 4 siblings: Arthur (Joan) Weber, Kay (Bill) Recker, Lois (Kenneth) Bries and Gerald (Jan) Weber, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alphonse; his step-father, Edmund "Skinny" Steger; and 2 nephews in infancy.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Francis J. O’Connor

Francis "Frank" J. O'Connor, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Frank was born August 28, 1929 in Elkport, Iowa, the son of Verni and Elva (Hansel) O'Connor. He married Darlene Meyer on June 21, 1949, in New Vienna, Iowa. Frank worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years, and after retirement he helped prepare taxes at H&R Block for 10 years.

He was an avid bowler and golfer who offered a lot to his sports, having been a Men's Bowling League Secretary for 20 years, being inducted into the Dyersville Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1995, and seving as the Tuesday Night Golf League organizer at the Dyersville Golf and Country Club for over 40 years.

Frank was a skilled handyman who enjoyed doing projects around his home. He was a beloved husband, father and father figure to his brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; 3 children: Judy (Bill) Engler of Dyersville, Tom (Yong) O'Connor of Katy, TX, and Kris (Clint) Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tim (Lindsay) O'Connor of Seattle, WA, Jennifer Engler of Waterloo, IA, Lisa Engler of Oakland, CA, Samantha and Grace Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; one brother, Bernard O'Connor of Mundelein, IL; a sister-in-law, Nancy O'Connor of Ankeny, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1947, mother in 1980, brother Dr. Lowell O'Connor in 1975, brother Louis O'Connor in 2003, and a sister-in-law, Jean O'Connor, in 2010.

We would like to offer thanks to the staffs of Bi-County Ambulance, the Finley Hospital, Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the fine care and compassion you have provided to all of us.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Beckman Catholic High School or the American Stroke Foundation.

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



Emmett W. Young

Emmett W. Young Sr., age 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Emmett's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. and a rosary led by the family at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emmett was born on May 17, 1941, in Dubuque, IA, son of Emmett and Ada (Lugrain) Young.

Emmett married Pat Frommelt on November 9, 1963. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. He was employed at Wahlert High School for over 30 years until his retirement. In his free time Emmett enjoyed collecting stamps, watching Westerns and playing with his grandchildren.

Emmett is survived by his wife of 50 years,  Pat Young, Dubuque, IA; his 5 children, Emmett (Jolene) Young Jr., Wendy (Joe Pregler) Johnson, Michelle (Sam Birch) Young, Jennifer (James Heim)Young, Angella (Casey) Brokus, all of Dubuque, IA; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his goddaughter, Rose Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, John (Kay) Young, Dubuque, IA, Bob (Betty) Young, Dubuque, IA, Eddie (Donna) Young, Springfield, MO, Phyllis (Gene) Ousley, Dubuque, IA, Linda (Jim) Strong, Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Jim) Carner, Dubuque, IA.

Emmett was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Candy Marie Young, his siblings, Bernice Young, Dennis Young, Tom Young, Mark Young.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ridgley, his nurse Carrie, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tracy and Angie, Rose Brimeyer, Karen O'Rourke, Bobby and Donna Young for all of their wonderful care.

An Emmett W. Young Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis J. Mulvehill

Dennis James Mulvehill, 72, of Maryville Heights, rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at home.

A prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dennis was born on November 16, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of James J. and Rose G. (Quillin) Mulvehill.  He married Jane A. Kramer on December 31, 1965. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2005.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a former member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He retired from AmeriCold Logistics in East Dubuque.

Surviving is a son Michael D. Mulvehill of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one sister Mary (Rich) Tomas of Solon, Iowa, a sister-in-law Patricia Mulvehill of Dubuque and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Steven D. Mulvehill in 2007 and a brother Mark Mulvehill.

 



Roslyn Ehrlich

Roslyn Ehrlich, 84, of Dubuque and formerly of Rickardsville, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her family, after suffering a stroke. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Roslyn was born in rural Asbury, daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Finzel) Herbst, on December 27, 1929. She was united in marriage to Thomas F. Ehrlich on December 29, 1947. He preceded her in death on January 17, 1999. Together they farmed in Dubuque while raising their seven children. Later they moved to Rickardsville.

Roslyn was a very hard worker. She loved quilting, gardening, and her flowers. She made the best pies and cinnamon rolls. Later in life she loved playing cards with her new friends at Applewood I. Roslyn loved when her family came to visit, especially seeing new grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the love of her life.

Roslyn is survived by her children; Louise (Don) Stoffel and Thomas (Kathy) Ehrlich, of Rickardsville, Joan (Ron) Kramer and Sue (Mike) Klein, both of Epworth, Mary Jo (Jeff) Ramler, of Luxemberg, and Robert (Jan) Ehrlich of Davenport, IA; 22 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and a great grandbaby expected in September ; 2 sisters, Anita (Jim) Guylash and Sylvia (Ken) Dietz, of Dubuque; brothers and sisters in law, Irene Herbst, Bill Theisen, Vince Ehrlich, Paul and Bernice Ehrlich, Mark and Lois Ehrlich, Cletus and Delores Ambrosy, Daniel and Barb Gaul, Dick and Ethel Thoma, Dick and Marilyn Borgerding, Norbert and Nancy Ehrlich, and Linda Ehrlich.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Tom; her son, John; her granddaughter, Kristi (Stoffel) Berendes; her parents Leo and Elizabeth Herbst, her sisters Florence Weiland, Arlene Chapman, Betty Theisen, and LaVon Abitz, her brother Leo Herbst, her parents in law Fred and Thelma Ehrlich, brothers and sisters in law, Charles Weiland, Charlie Chapman, Leo Abitz, Carl and Frances Pfeiler, Robert and Ina Hohmann, Diane Ehrlich, Fritz Ehrlich, and Ernie Ehrlich. 

The family would like to extend a thank you to the residents at Applewood I. They were good friends to Roslyn. Thank you to the doctors and staff for all their care and kindness while mom was at Mercy Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, a Roslyn Ehrlich memorial fund has been established.

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



Gertrude A. Oberbroeckling

Gertrude Ann Oberbroeckling, 82, 751 June Drive, formerly of 12519 N. Cascade Road died Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta. Friends may call from 3-8p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Gertrude was born on October 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Keatley) Winders.

She married John E. Oberbroeckling in 1953 at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Gertrude was a wonderful homemaker and always had food prepared for her family and friends. She was a hard worker and farmed alongside her husband for over 50 years on their family farm. She was very proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

Gertrude was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and a proud Leaky member of the Grand Tap.

Surviving is her husband, John "Dick"; two sons, John Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque and Karl (Coralee) Oberbroeckling, of Peosta; grandchildren, Jessica and Sarah of Dubuque, and Matt and Jesse of Peosta, and Daniel(Christine Edwards) of St. Donatus and her first great-granddaughter on the way; nephew, Ron Oberbroeckling of Dubuque and niece, Linda Puddicombe of Carolton, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Mitchell; brother, Robert Winders; sisters, Janet Ryan and Eleanor "Sis" Bennett.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to her granddaughter, Sarah for taking care of Gertrude.

Online condolences and more information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Dolores A. Manley

Mrs. William "Milt" (Dolores A.) Manley, age 98, of East Dubuque, formerly of 789 Chestnut St., Dubuque, IA, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA.

Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Dolores was born on October 16, 1915 in Dubuque, the daughter of Emil & Elizabeth (Russ) Henschel.  She married William Milton Manley on December 30, 1937 at Sacred Heart Chruch in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on February 19, 1995. Dolores and Milt moved from Dubuque to the Frentress Lake area of East Dubuque and resided there since 1975.

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and the Altar & Rosary Society, and a former member of Nativity Parish and the Rosary Society in Dubuque.  Dolores was a member of several organizations, amongst them, the Catholic Daughters of American - Our Lady of Victory Court # 351, the Tuesday Euchre Club and the Monthly 500 Club, the Wednesday morning "Strikers" Bowling Club, the Mercy Hospital Guild and the Pickwick Club.  She was formerly employed at Henschel Hardware Store and later for 28 years at Montgomery Ward & Co. as an auditor and department manager.

Surviving is one son, William E. (Jonie) Angell-Manley of Atlanta, GA, her son-in-law, Gerald (Carolyn Gantz) Ihm of Dubuque, 9 grandchildren, William R. Manley of Trenton, New Jersey; Amy Jo Christman of Houston, Texas; Dr. Kelley (Andy) Frank of Chicago, Illinois; Michelle (Jeff) Espinoza of Madison, Wisconsin; Daniel (Sheri) Ihm of Wichita, Kansas; Gretchen (Nate) Garcia; and Andrea Jewell both of Denver, Colorado and D. Chris (Susan) Jewell of Matthews, North Carolina & Angell (Robbie) Bomar of Cincinnati, Ohio. 23-great grandchildren.  Her siblings, Margaret Dolson of Dubuque and Richard Henschel of Colleyville, Texas, her in-laws, Ward Harstick of Clinton, Iowa; Frank Hovar of Roscoe, Illinois and Bernice Henschel of Winnebago, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Elizabeth, a daughter Lorlee A. Ihm on December 26, 1995. Her siblings, Mary Jane Harstick, Eileen Richmond, Cathleen Hovar and Emil Henschel.  Her in-laws, Henry Dolson, Robert Richmond and Jean Henschel.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Dolores' family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, the staff of the Bell Tower Retirement Community, The Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. 

 



Merlyn E. Gohlmann

Merlyn E. Gohlmann, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at a later date from the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. His body has been deeded to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy in Iowa City, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Merlyn Estel Gohlmann was born on September 27, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Durward and Irene (Gombert) Gohlmann. He was a 1955 graduate of Lost Nation High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He married and then later divorced.

Merlyn had worked various jobs most notably at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the laundry maintenance department.

Merlyn was of the Lutheran faith. He was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed bicycling and could often be seen riding around town.

Merlyn is survived by his children, Scott (Stacy) Gohlmann of Windsor Heights, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Gasper of Calamus, IA; 2 grandsons, Tyler and Connor; 2 step-grandchildren, Courtney and Darr; a brother Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; and sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, IA, Myrna (Bob) Larkey of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother J.C.

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

 



Christopher W. Summers

Christopher W. Summers, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa died Thursday July 10, 2014. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial will be in Heslop Cemetery, Lehigh, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Chris was born on January 7, 1954, the son of Carl M. Summers and Frances Heslop. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982 and married LouWanna Goins in 1984. He served in the US Army, 2nd Airborne Infantry. He worked as a lumber grader for Sitco.

Chris enjoyed spending time with his family and riding his Harley.

He is survived by three children, Felon M. Summers, Kc James Summer, and Caleb Finch. Grandchildren; Taylor, Marley, Jaydon, Wyatt and Hunter. His father Carl M. (Mary) Summers, his brother Carl "Charlie" (Anna) Summers, a nephew Carl (Robin) "Jr." Summers and a niece Tiffany Lee.

He was preceded in death by his mother Frances.



Helen Therese Kapler

Helen Therese Kapler, 84, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Helen was born on June 19, 1930. The daughter of James Martin and Bridget (Gallagher) Bamrick, Helen grew up on farms near Cartersville and Dougherty, Iowa. In 1948 she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Rockwell, Iowa, and graduated in 1951 from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque.

She married Joseph Edward Kapler on August 22, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell, Iowa.

Helen began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital, Mason City, and was employed at various hospitals and medical offices including Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Children's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wis.; University of California, San Francisco; Mercy Hospital, Dubuque; McAuley Center, Dubuque; Heritage Manor, Dubuque; and Dubuque Internal Medicine.

Helen loved taking care of her patients as well as many family and friends throughout the years. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren, especially making ice cream cones and waffles for the kids. She was a person of deep faith and a longtime member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Surviving is her husband, Joseph; children David (Jeni) Kapler, Mark (Tracie) Kapler, Joseph (Erin Hoag) Kapler, and Mary (Shawn) Blythe; grandchildren Zach Kapler, Alex and Emma Kapler, Christopher, Jack, Sam, and Martin Blythe, and Kasey and Kylie Kapler; and siblings Martin Bamrick, Mary Skyles, Joe (Jean) Bamrick, Jack (Eunice) Bamrick, Dick (Pat) Bamrick, Marge Nowell, Bridget (Tawfik) Sohl, and Paul (Sharon) Bamrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law Nancy Bamrick; and brothers-in-law Bob Skyles and Jim Nowell.

Service information and online condolences may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Memorials may be made to the Helen T. Kapler memorial fund.

Helen's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, M.D., Tony Heiar ARNP and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine. Also, the family is very grateful to Cyndy, Stacy and Stephani at Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care Helen received at home.



Dorothy A. Meyer

Dorothy A. Meyer, 79, of New Vienna, Iowa, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dorothy was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf. She married Alvin Meyer on May 29, 1954, in Dyersville, where they resided until 1966, when they moved to New Vienna. She was a loving mother and grandmother who took care of her family while working several part-time jobs. She enjoyed camping, fishing, needlework, cooking and playing cards.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda (Dean) Hemesath of Cedar Rapids and Polly (Mike) Haight of North Liberty; 3 sons, Steve (Susie) Meyer of Lake Delhi, Wayne (Jayne) Meyer of Dyersville and Ken (Liz) Meyer of New Vienna; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Wilgenbusch of New Vienna; in-laws Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Leo Meyer, Darlene (Frank) O'Connor and Mary Ann Heinrichs, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin in 2008; siblings Margaret (Charles) McDermott, Ivan (Anita) Wolf, Helen "Jane" (Ben) Westemeier, Rosemary Wolf and Charles (Catherine) Wolf; and in-laws John Wilgenbusch, Ginger Meyer, and Bob Heinrichs.

Memorials to the Good Neighbor Home are preferred.

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

 



Mark G. Delaney

Mark Gerard Delaney, 57, of Dubuque, died Wednesday July 9, at home surrounded by his family.

The funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

He was born March 1, 1957, the son of Mary and John Delaney. He went to Sacred Heart School and was a 1975 graduate of Hempstead High School. He worked at Tri-State Blueprinting & Framing for 17 years. He was an avid bowler, bowling in many of the premier leagues in Dubuque, and once bowled a 300 game. He also played softball for many years, pitching for various teams in the area. He was a member of the Dubuque Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame as well as serving on the Board of Directors. He was a Dubuquer through and through.

He is survived by his daughters, Lynn (Chris) DeMaio and Amanda Delaney, both of Dubuque, his mother, Mary Delaney, of Dubuque; a sister, Judy Cooper of Omaha, Neb., and four brothers, Mike Delaney, Carmel, Ind., Steve Delaney, Burlington, Iowa, Ted Delaney, Heyworth, IL and Terry Delaney, of Dubuque, and two grandchildren, Payton and Cameron DeMaio, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father, two sisters, and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.



Richard J. Clemens

Richard "Rich" J. Clemens, 66, of English Mill Rd, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at home surrounded by his family and friends. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call 2 pm. - 8 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Rich was born on January 31, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Albert "Abe" Joseph and Evelyn (Strumberger) Clemens. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and married Patty Mellon on January 27, 1968 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. Rich worked at Edwards Construction, FlexSteel and John Deere and was a lifelong laborer and always worked hard to provide for his family, he never missed any of his children's events. Rich enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and caught many Hall Of Fame pitchers, including; Eddie "The King" Feigner. His love for animals and the outdoors was evident and he passed this trait onto all of his children.

Survivors include his wife, Patty (Mellon) Clemens of 46 1/2 years; three sons, Mike (Deb) Clemens, Mark (Laurie) Clemens, Christopher "Stoph" Clemens; twin daughters, Keri (Mathias) Ginter, Kelly Shetler (Tim Kaiser); grandchildren and loves of his life, Tracy, Tammy, Austin, Jordan, Noah, Mya, Kobe, Lauren, Andrew, Ethan, Kaelan, Morgan, and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Rylan, Riley, Landan, and Mason; siblings, Jean (Rick) Stierman of Solon, A.J. Clemens of Dubuque; in-laws, Mike Mellon, Jim (Jeannie) Mellon, Ann (Steve) Wood, John (Jeanne) Mellon, Scott (Cass) Mellon, Jo Ann Brinkman (Dave), Doug Bausch, and Leeds Pickering; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved in his own special way (everyone was his favorite).

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Evelyn; father and mother in-law, James and Ginny Mellon; siblings, Michael J. Clemens (Vietnam), Kathy Pickering, infant Caroline, twins, Ronald and Donald; sister in-laws, Amy Mellon and Sue Bausch; great nephews, infant Colter Allen and Abraham Bausch.

A special thank you to Doctors, Brian Sullivan, Mark Janes, Karin Loukinen, R.S. Ramabadran, and nurses, Tabitha, Laura, Lee and Jane, and all the staff a Medical Associates for all the years of loving care. We would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care of our husband, father and friend. Thank you Paulie Frommelt for your daily visits to Rich and sharing all your memories over your never ending cups of coffee. Mike Blok and David Nelson, you are truly the definition of "true friends"

In lieu of flowers a Richard Clemens memorial fund has been established.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Frances J. German

Frances J. (Gruber) German 92, of Stonehill Franciscan Center, formerly of 815 Merz Street, passed away on July 7, 2014. At Frances's request burial of the cremated remains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with no services or visitation. The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on November 12, 1921, in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Schmidt) Gruber. She married William German; he preceded her in death on December 13, 1986.

Frances was a full time homemaker, caring for her family. She enjoyed, her animals, gardening, reading, traveling and talking with family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory are two nieces, Catherine (Louis) Greibe ­Vorwald, and Sandy (Jerald) Heth; three great nieces, Katelyn Vorwald, Kayla Vorwald, and Sandra Heth all of Dubuque. A nephew Joseph (Shonda Hart) Gruber, of Bethany Oklahoma, great nephew, Dr. Jason (fiancé Elizabeth) Heth, of Ann Arbor, MI, two great great nieces Emmaclee Hart-Gruber, of Bethany Oklahoma, and Emma Heth, of Ann Arbor, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Leona Gruber, two brothers Joseph L. Gruber Jr., and George T. "Pudge" Gruber, four sisters, Leonora "Snookie" Gruber-Davis, Dolores "Butz" Gruber, Kathleen "Katie" Gruber-Greibe, and Madonna "Donna" Gruber. Brothers-in-law, Merle "Jim" Davis, Charles "Chub" Greibe and a nephew Christian "Chris" Greibe.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Frances laughing made her last joke, "This is what my deceased husband Bill is going to say when I pass." "Chuck those cards and card table, the old lady is coming up.'

Frances thanks everyone for their kindness and care.



John J. Delaney

John J. Delaney, age 57, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:15 a.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate John's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m.

John was born on February 28, 1957, in Iowa City, IA, son of Raphael and Helen (McElmeel) Delaney.

John was employed at Rainbow Tire in Dubuque before moving to Florida. After moving, he worked for his uncle at Mazza and Son Carpentry in Miami and then at Fair Havens in Miami Springs, FL. John became an accomplished finish carpenter who took great pride in his work. John married Judy Collins in August of 1999, in Florida. She preceded him in death in November of 2013. In his free time John loved to spend time in the outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and riding his Harleys. John was always a dreamer with a plan on the horizon. He was a spiritual person and John's family was very important to him. John possessed an unconditional love for his children and his granddaughter, Sammi Jo. The more he agitated you, the more you knew he loved you.

John is survived by his children, Amanda (Mark) Delaney-Cawthorn, Dubuque, IA, Drake Delaney, Cocoa, FL; his granddaughter, Samantha Jo Cawthorn; his siblings, Jeri Jahries, Salt Lake City, UT, Jim (Leticia) Delaney, East Dubuque, IL, Connie Maiers, Dubuque, IA, Katie (Larry) Wolbers, Dubuque, IA, Jean Kerr, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Pat) Donley, Sandy, UT, Dorie (Frank) Dawson, West Valley City, UT, Mary Ingle, Dubuque, IA, Teresa (Gary Pfohl) Delaney, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judy Delaney, his sister, Patricia Delaney, a brother, Joseph Delaney and two nephews, Andrew Wolbers and Timothy Jahries.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, especially Gina "GF", Neola, Kat, Kathy and Penny, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided for John.

A John J. Delaney memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sr. Helen Dailey, OP

Sister Helen Dailey, OP. (Joeline), 85, died July 4, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial of cremains in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m. 

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

Sister Helen was a long-time educator. She taught 29 years in grades kindergarten through junior high; and as a reading specialist in high school. These schools were in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Nebraska. For 14 years, Sister Helen was an associate professor in the Education department of Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., and was the director of the weekend degree program.
Sister Helen moved to Florida and found other outlets for her talents. She spent five years as director of religious education; seven years as a pastoral associate; and for four years taught reading in an after school program sponsored by the AFCAAM Catholic Center.

Sister Helen spent these last years volunteering and enriching community life at the Motherhouse.

Sister Helen, born July 8, 1928 in Pecatonica, Ill. to Ann Burke and Leo C. Dailey, made her profession Aug. 5, 1949. She is survived by nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 64 years.



Alan J. Julson

Alan J. Julson, 54, of Hazel Green, Wisc., formerly of Dubuque for most of his life, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA., after a courageous battle of cancer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9th, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8th, at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Alan was born April 15, 1960 in Dubuque, son of William and Geralderine (Clancey) Julson. He married Kim Kearney his long time love and best friend of 14 years, on May 25, 2014.

He was employed at Eagle Window and Door for 23 years.
Al was an avid fisherman, deer hunter, morel hunter and loved everything to do with the outdoors. He was a lover of old Rock n Roll, Country Music and the Viking Football team. He was truly the life of all our parties. He is still deeply loved and has touched many people's lives and will be truly missed by all.

Surviving is his wife, Kim Julson, of Hazel Green, Wisc., his sons, Roger (Chrissy Bush) Kearney, of Dubuque, Randy (Emily Arensdorf) Kearney, of Dubuque, Alan Julson Jr, of Dubuque, Travis Julson, of Dubuque; a daughter, Rachel (Jamie) Brown, of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; and two brothers, Bob (Cathy) Julson, of Milan, IL., and Glen (Norene Dole) Julson, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Diane M. Benz

Diane M. Benz, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 4, 2014. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Diane's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White St. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Diane was born on January 3, 1944, in Yankton, SD, daughter of Michael and Evelyn (Schmidt) Lee.

Diane married Reginald Benz on February 23, 1963. They traveled to several different cities for Reginald's job before moving to Dubuque in 1989. Diane enjoyed her work and was employed at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for 25 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed her friends and liked helping others. Diane's family was the most important thing in her life. She loved searching for trinkets for her children and grandchildren. Diane will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Diane is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Reginald "Reg" Benz, Dubuque, IA; her children, Kris (David) O'Leary, Janesville, WI, Tom (Melissa) Benz, Hooksett, NH, Marc (Christine) Benz, Eagan, MN; her 5 grandchildren, Maggie, Emily, Brooke, Amanda and Daniel; her siblings, Rodney Lee, Chicago, IL, Mike (Jill) Lee, Mesa, AZ, Debbie Lee, Slayton, MN; her 3 brothers-in-law, Tom (Barb) Benz, Pipestone, MN, Mark (Deb) Benz, Gaithersburg, MD, Paul (Linda) Benz, Clinton, WA; several nieces and nephews. 

Diane was preceded in death by her parents.

A Diane M. Benz memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold J. Hook

Harold J. Hook, Sr., 66, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at home. In keeping with Harold's wishes, there will be no public funeral service.

Harold was born December 18, 1947 in Lansing, Iowa, son of Joseph and Dorthea (Cherrier) Hook. He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam War.

Harold is survived by his wife, Dori Hook of Dubuque; four children, Harold Hook II, Jeremy Hook, Joseph (Abigail) Hook, and Michelle O'Brien, all of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; his mother, Dorthea Hook of Dubuque; and two siblings, Pat (Daniel) Farnum of Dubuque and Roger (Cindy) Hook of Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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

A Harold Hook Memorial Fund has been established.

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

For further information, or to submit and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Raphael Reiss

Raphael "Ralph" Reiss, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray. Msgr. Richard Funke will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:00 p.m.

Ralph was born on Nov. 19, 1931 to Reinhart and Theresa (Schuster) Reiss in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ralph was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked for the USDA as a Meat Inspector and for the FHA as a Housing Inspector. He was an avid traveler, visiting Australia this past March. Ralph enjoyed being outdoors and was a proud grandfather. He also liked to dance and was a fun-loving man who loved joking around.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, David (Pam) Reiss of Peosta, IA, Catherine Caitlin of Perth, Australia, Caroline Reiss of Cedar Rapids, IA, Julie Garrels of Indiana, and Linda (Graham Mullins) Reiss of Perth, Australia; three grandchildren, Melanie Mirville, Gaven Reiss, and Rebecca Mullins; his sister-in-law, Jo Ann Reiss; brother-in-law Richard Benson; and his former wife and mother of his children, MaryAnn Winter.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Carl Reiss, Martin Reiss, Marie Benson, and Robert Reiss.

Memorials may be made to the Ralph Reiss Memorial Fund.

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



James Klein

James "Wimpy" Klein, 82, formerly of St. Catherine, IA, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5th at St. Catherine Catholic Church, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Wimpy was born April 11, 1932, in Dubuque, son of Anthony and Frances (Arensdorf) Klein.

He attended the Dubuque area schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, 1947-1953.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company from 1953 until they closed. He then retired to the family farm which he fully enjoyed.

Wimpy was a quiet, gentle person and took joy in helping others.

He was a member of St. Catherine's parish.

Surviving are three sisters, Marie Boleyn, Margaret Mootz, and Donna Klein, all of Dubuque; one brother, John Klein, of St. Catherine; one nephew, Cletus Moots, of Dubuque; and three nieces, Carol Boleyn, Karen Mootz, and Debra Mootz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Theodore, Robert, Richard and Donald; and two brothers-in-law, Roger Boleyn and Cletus Mootz.

The family requests no flowers.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

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

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.



Mary C. Hanson

Mary C. Hanson, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Jack Paisley officiating. The Nativity Church Rosary Society service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church. To celebrate Mary's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on June 25, 1921, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Charles F. and Emily (Weirich) Schreiber.

Mary graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy. She married Albert Hanson on January 13, 1941, at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death, after 52 years of marriage, on March 11, 1993. Mary was employed as a bacon slicer at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity and their Rosary Society. Mary spent many years camping and traveling with her husband and family. Her greatest talent was playing the piano. Due to macular degeneration she had great difficulty reading music, but could play for hours by memory and ear. She was the kindest, most gentle and caring woman and will be greatly missed by many.

Mary is survived by her children, Charlene (Wayne) Pregler, Elkader, IA, Linda (Steve) Charley, Fortmill SC, Thomas Hanson, Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Robert (Jeanette) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA, John (Mary Ann) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Schreiber, Dubuque, IA, Pat Schreiber, Dubuque, IA; her son-in-law, Duke Eppler, Dickeyville, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Albert, a daughter, Patricia Eppler, two sons, David and Richard Hanson, 3 grandchildren, Keith, Jason and Preston Ries, a sister, Marita Kreamer, two brothers, Fred and Charles Schreiber and two daughters-in-law, Pat Hanson and Judy Hanson.

A special thank you to Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their brief and compassionate care. Also thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi, for their compassionate, caring and dignified care. Hospice allowed her to spend her last week of life at home. A heartfelt thanks to her loving, kind and caring granddaughter, Melissa Hanson, who's generosity and compassion allowed her to stay in her own home for the last many years. We will forever be indebted to her dedication and selflessness.

A Mary C. Hanson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rita M. Lux

Rita M. Lux, 91 formerly of 2034 Jeffrey Drive and most recently was residing with her granddaughter Nicky for the last seven years, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Friday July 4th, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Thursday July 3rd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a wake service will be held at 6:30p.m.

Rita was born on December 9, 1922 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Theresa (Koppes) Schilling. She attended Holy Rosary School in La Motte and married Leo Lux on November 22, 1951 at Holy Rosary Church. She and Leo moved to Dubuque in 1976. Leo preceded Rita in death on August 22, 1989.

Rita was a great homemaker and a wonderful baker and cook. She loved to support local sports teams especially if her grandchildren were involved.

In the words of her granddaughter Melissa, "Tonight I said goodbye to one of the most precious people in my life, my beautiful Grandma. My soul rests at the thought that she is with Jesus Now, and that she is reunited with my Grandpa. My Grandma was hardworking, diligent, patient, loving, kind, gentle, and compassionate. However, those words do not even seem to begin to fully explain how wonderful of a woman she really was. I consider myself very blessed to have had her in my life for so many years. I do wish I could rewind to the times of sleepovers at Grandma's house for just a moment. I wonder who enjoyed it more, me or her? I am sure it was me! Her home welcomed many visitors, her meals fed many mouths, but most importantly her love touched many hearts. The thing I will treasure most about my Grandma is that she always had enough love for one more person."

She is survived by five children, Wade (Sherry) Lux, of Dubuque, Loras (Jan) Lux, of Port Washington, WI, James (Deanna) Lux, of Peosta, Mary (David) Story, of Dubuque, and Rose (Louis) Oswald, of Dubuque, her honorary son Steven (Peggy) Schilling, 20 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many others that knew her as grandma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Donald and Raymond, sisters, Helen Herrig, Monica Brown, and Celeste Ames.

In lieu of flowers a Rita M. Lux memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and especially to the nurses and staff of Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rita.



Mildred Boge

Mildred "Millie" "Mil" (Atkinson) Boge 86, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

In keeping with Mil's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Private family burial services will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Mil was born in Dubuque, daughter of Franklin and Amelia (Richard) Atkinson. Millie married Dan Boge in 1975 at The Church at the Side of the Road in Rockton, Illinois.

Millie was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. She was always happy when her grandchildren were around.

Surviving are her husband Dan, of Dubuque, two sons Jim (Mary) Pregler of Texas, Tom Pregler of Dubuque, four daughters; Lynn (Pat) Bullard of Texas, Jodie (Ralph) Darrow of Dubuque, Debbie Kreiss of Dubuque and Judy Andresen of Dubuque, 11 grandchildren. 6 great grandchildren, her sister Jeanne McLaughlin of Loves Park, Illinois, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs: Brandy, Balto, and Smokey.

Mil was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob "Curly" Atkinson (Mil's buddy) and his wife Barb, her sister Elaine Earl and niece Suzy Lampe, and her brother-in-law Tom McLaughlin.

Memorials may be given to Dubuque Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left at Leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Thomas Johnson and all the very special people at Mercy Medical Center for all their care they gave to Millie.



Richard W. Hauber

Richard W. Hauber, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at his home. Richard, better known as "Dick" or "Double D." was surrounded by his family and his dog, Rascal.

Dick's final wishes were to have private services with his family only. He wanted all of his friends and family to remember him as he was when he was alive. Dick wanted to pass along a message to all of his acquaintances and family, "It was great to know you and it was wonderful having you as a friend." Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

Dick was born July 17, 1945, in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Dorothy (Robinson) Hauber. He married Donna K. Cullen, Dec. 24, 1964 and they had a family of three daughters.

Dick worked 7 years at Trenkle's Sausage, of Dubuque, until 1969. He then worked at Flexsteel Industries and retired after 41 years of service.

Dick was a fun, loving man who was devoted to his wife, kids, and dog. He was a great cook and liked to try different recipes to find just the right taste. He made all of his own spices, sausage, brats, and sauces. He was an intelligent, hardworking man who took pride in what he was doing. Dick had many close friends and has a special message for these individuals. He wanted to say, "Adios to the Three Musketeers," "So long Beats," "Trucks with flying purple ribbons," and "to my deer hunting buddy at the Great White Hunting Party up North in the 70's, where we never did get a deer but from what I remember, we did have fun!"

Surviving is his wife, Donna Hauber, of Dubuque; his daughters, Diana Lynn (Kevin) Duhme, of Dubuque, Debra Ann Hauber, of Dubuque, and Dawn Marie (Kevin) Wolf, of Holy Cross, IA; six grandchildren, Nick Bandy, Ryan Bandy, Kevin Wolf, Kaitlyn Wolf, William Wolf, and Danielle Wolf; two great grandchildren, James and Jeremy Bandy; a brother, Robert J. Hauber, of Dubuque; and two sisters, Julie Smith, of Dubuque, and Liz (Jeff) Running, of Aitkin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Dorothy Hauber, a sister Kathryn Kramer, his in-laws, Donald and Margaret Cullen and a sister-in-law, Judi Connolly.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic physicians and Hospice of Dubuque for making it possible to get Dick home. He passed comfortable at home, surrounded by his loved ones.

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

 



Donald F. Mareske

Donald F. Mareske 93, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Luther Manor Care Center. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street conducted by Rev. Pamela Starr. Family will greet friends 2 pm. - 5 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Graveside Service will be 2 pm., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Donald was born May 28, 1921 in Dubuque, the son of Ernest and Anna (Spiegelhalter) Mareske. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Donald was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church serving as a trustee and in the choir for 80 years, volunteered at Luther Manor and enjoyed golfing and pared Bunker Hill at the age of 90 and fishing. Donald enjoyed all sports and was an excellent softball hitter and catcher. He was the 1965 City of Dubuque Match Play Champion. He worked as a machine operator for Farley & Lechers, Caradco and retired from Clarke College in the maintenance department.

Survivors include his brother, Ernest (Lois) Mareske of Dubuque; one niece and two nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Donald's memory.

Service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Patricia A. Schroeder

Patricia A. "Shreds" Schroeder, age 80, of Dubuque, IA., passed away peacefully at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at home surrounded by her family and friends. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on October 24, 1933, in Dubuque, IA., daughter of Lawrence A. and Elecia (Miller) Schroeder.

Pat retired from Loras College in 1998, she also worked at American Optical, and the Dubuque Packing Company. Pat was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a current member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing softball for the Rockford Peaches, playing dice and gambling. Pat's family and friends were a very important part of her life and her nieces and nephews always held a special place in her heart.

Pat is survived by her 2 brothers,  Richard "Dick" (Pat) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA, Donald Schroeder, Dubuque, IA; 9 nieces and nephews, 27 great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews; and special friend, Carol Fleckenstein.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law, Estelle Schroeder, 2 nephews, Jeff and Dennis Schroeder, and a niece.

A Patricia Ann Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Jen, Stacey, Amy and Elizabeth, for all of their wonderful care of Pat.

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

 



Charles J. Forman

Charles J. "CJ" Forman, age 64, of Decorah, IA, died Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at home in Decorah.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. Additional visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque, IA. Entombment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque are serving the family.

Charles Justin "CJ" Forman was born on June 29, 1949 to Clarence and Ethel (Kress) Forman in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque with the class of 1967 and from Loras College in Dubuque with a B.A. degree in Accounting with the class of 1971.

CJ married Jolyn Perrott on April 28, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children: Catherine, Andrew and Christopher.

He worked for People's Natural Gas, which became Black Hills Energy, in Dubuque and they transferred him to the Decorah office in 1986. He worked in a variety of positions, most recently as a Service Specialist. CJ retired in February 2010 after 38 years with the company. He was a volunteer with the Decorah Fire Department for 18 years, volunteer camera operator for the Decorah Eagles, and a Red Cross volunteer in Decorah.

CJ died Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at home in Decorah, in hospice care, at age 64.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ethel, and an infant sister, Ruth Forman.

CJ is survived by his wife Jolyn; one daughter, Catherine Forman (Craig Erickson) of Decorah; two sons, Andrew (Tammy) Forman of Hazel Green, WI and Christopher Forman of Waterloo, IA; one granddaughter, Lexee Forman; two grandsons, Griffin Forman and Dude Dagel; one brother, James Forman of Epworth, IA; one cousin, Barbara Stevenson of Colleyville, TX; three sisters-in-law, Nina Perrott (Dennis Horch), Susan (Paul) Kurt and Carla (Ron) Klosterman, all of Dubuque; one brother-in-law, William (Denise) Perrott of Waverly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com or at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Vincent R. Lopez II

Vincent R. "Toupe" Lopez II, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cardiff St., passed away at 6:10 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, peacefully at ManorCare Health Services surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Vincent's life, friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vincent was born on April 2, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, son on Vincent R. and Ruth M. (Adams) Lopez.

Vincent was a lifelong Dubuque resident. During WWII he volunteered to serve his country and did so with the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 spending time in the Aleutian Islands. On August 24, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Vincent was united in marriage with Virginia Mae Oberbrockling. She preceded him in death, after 66 years of marriage, on January 21, 2013. Vincent was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, VFW Post 9663, United Food Commercial Workers and a former member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Vincent is survived by his three children, Vincent R. (Cheryl "Sue") Lopez III, Dubuque, IA, Virgil R. (Jo-El) Lopez, Farley, IA, Sharyl A. "Shari" (James) Hohnecker, Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchidren, Jeremy Lopez, Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Pablo) Bautista, Key West, IA, Stephen (Tina) Lopez, Downers Grove, IL, Richard (Miriam) Lopez, Ames, IA, Michael (Amanda) Lopez, Dubuque, IA, David Lopez, Farley, IA, Katie (Kent) Wedeking, Marion, IA; his great-grandchildren, Abigail, Alexander and Nathan Lopez, Eleanor, Greta and Raymond Lopez, Isabella, Gianna and Nicolina Lopez, Allison and Cameron Wedeking, Jorge Osoria "George" Bautista.

Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Virginia and his siblings, Clyde "Bunny" Adams, Leo "Firp" Adams, Carmen Bickert, Katherine Schindhelm, Mary LuGrain and Gertrude Welch.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare Health Services and Dr. Longo for all of the wonderful care they provided for Vincent.

A Vincent R. Lopez memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thelma M. McGinnis

Thelma M. McGinnis, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 2:18 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. To celebrate Thelma's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, where there will be a rosary said at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma was born on March 24, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Rhue and Loretta (Seward) Brown.

Thelma was a lifelong Dubuque resident. She married Leo McGinnis on May 29, 1941, in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1994. Thelma was employed at JC Penney for 24 years as a sales clerk and a buyer until her retirement. She loved playing Euchre and Poker with her daughter-in-law, Sue, and her nieces and nephews. Thelma was an amazing cook and would spend hours preparing meals for her family. She always loved watching her granddaughters and teaching them many different card games. Thelma loved their yearly fishing trips to Minnesota with family. She was a former member of St. Mary's Church, a current member of the Church of the Nativity, the Dubuque Wa-ta-I Club, Women's American Legion, JC Penney Retirees, VFW 9663 Auxiliary and the 62+ Club of the Dubuque Inn. Always before we left we would say "I love you grandma" and grandma would say "I know honey, I love you too."

Those left to honor Thelma's memory include her son, Michael (Sue) McGinnis, Dubuque, IA; her four grandchildren, Amanda (Scott) Schemmel, Amy (Jeff) Haverland, Angela (Doug) Weig, Michelle McGinnis; eight great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kalyn Schemmel, Jack and Anna Haverland, Carolyn and Davin Weig and Keylee and Ava Cole.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo, 2 grandsons, John and Leo McGinnis and 2 brothers, Clarence and Leo Brown.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare Health Services and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela N., for all of their wonderful care of Thelma.

A Thelma M. McGinnis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Glen H Siefker

Glen H. Siefker, 77 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral Services will be 5 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.  Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., until service time Sunday at the funeral home.  Private Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Glen was born August 24, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Henry and Mabel (Germain) Siefker.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1955.  Glen served in the Army National Guard and was Honorable Discharge.  He spent much time working at his father's gas station and racing stock cars.  Glen moved west living with his brother Ken (Bert) to attend General Motors school while working at a Wyoming Chevrolet Dealership.  He returned to Dubuque and met his beautiful wife Edna (Bremer) and have celebrated 53 wonderful years.  Glen began working at John Deere works in 1965, retiring in 1992 as a Supervisor in the experimental division. He earned numerous degrees, certification and recognitions related to mechanical and hydraulics, and earned an industrial management diploma from Lincoln Extension Institute.  Glen was highly educated and looked up to for his automotive and mechanical expertise. He was a member of the American Legion, loved warm sunny days, spending time with family, pets, fishing, hunting and cars. He was a buddy to his pets; Beaner, Desi, and Rocko.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Edna; children, Susan Siefker, Lori Siefker, and Steve (Sherry) Siefker; grandchildren, Tiffany, Alisha, Cody, Alana, and Kyle Siefker; great grandchildren, Celesity, Dallas, and Alexis; a brother, Dale Siefker; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Ken, John (Jack), and Violet Palen.

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

For service details and to leave an on line condolence  www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Mary E. Richards

Mary Eveleen Richards, 93, of Bethany Home, formerly of 1472 Locust Street, died peacefully at Bethany Home December 26, 2013.

A memorial Eucharist and celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5 at St. John's Episcopal Church. Friends may call from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert& Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on May 7, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence Whitaker Richards and Lora Lindenberg Richards.

She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. A veteran of WW II, she enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served from 1944 to 1946 in the hospital corps in Philadelphia and Great Lakes, IL. After receiving a master's degree in social work from Columbia University, she did postgraduate study in social work at Smith College. She worked for over 50 years at agencies in New York and Cincinnati and Dubuque, where she returned to care for her mother. In Dubuque she worked at Hillcrest Babyfold, now Hillcrest Family Services, the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health and University of Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics and was still active in her profession into her 80s.

Mary was a dedicated and tireless supporter of many organizations. She served on the board of Bethany Home and she was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church, where her father was a founding member and where she served on the vestry and in various other capacities. A fellow member of a writers' group at St. John's remembers her wit and wisdom, but says that most of all "the person of Mary was what attracted good people."

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Benjamin Billings Richards and Frederick Whitaker Richards. Survivors include five nieces and nephews and many friends and family who will miss her dearly.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Mt. Pleasant Home, or Hospice of Dubuque.

Our special thanks go to Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Home for their kindness and loving care during Mary's last illness.

More information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Jordan Lynn Clark

Jordan Lynn Clark, 19, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 25, 2014.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 1, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, June 30, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jordan Lynn Clark was born on Sept. 20, 1994 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jason and Kelli (Manning) Clark. He was a 2014 graduate of Midland High School.

He enjoyed video games and hanging out with friends playing basketball and football. He had been working for a construction company and was looking forward to starting his new job in Anamosa on June 26. He recently applied to take his schooling to become a welder. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and loved spending time with his children, especially his daughter.

Those left to honor Jordan's memory include his parents, Kelli (Rick) Wilslef of Lost Nation, IA, and Jason (Elizabeth "Buffy") Clark of Monticello, IA; his children, Aleah, Carter and Lane; a sister, Kali Clark; a step-sister, Carly Wilslef; half-brothers Tristin Clark, Malcom Clark and Zachary Wilslef; a step-brother, Anthony Wilslef; grandparents Cindy (Ed) Clark, Richard Manning, Lucky (Mary) Clark and Caroline Wilslef; maternal great-grandmother Marlene Vohringer; aunts and uncles; and a special friend, Celeste.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Justin Clark, on August 30, 1999; paternal grandmother Ruth Ann Clark; and maternal great-grandparents Chuck Manning, Jane Manning, and Karl Vohringer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jordan Lynn Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



William J. Dooty

William J. Dooty, 74, died on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

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

Among survivors is his wife Barbara.

 



Loren T. Heber

Loren T. Heber, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday June 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky Officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri-State Vietnam Vets. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Wednesday June 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on March 22, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Nicholas and Mary (Wehlage) Heber. He served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1972. He married JoAnn Green on November 3, 1973 St. Joseph of the Prairie, rural Dubuque.

He worked for Interstate Power Company, which later became Alliant Energy from where he retired. He was recently working for ITC Midwest for the past 5 years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #297, the Great River Amateur Radio Club and the IBEW Local 204.

He is survived by his wife of forty years JoAnn, two sons, Sean (Melody) Heber, and Eric (Stacey) Heber, three grandsons, Amos, Sheldon, and Jonas. His mother-in-law Lois Green. Brothers and sisters-in-law; Mel (Barb) Green, Ed Green, Cliff (Pat) Green, Barb Barth, Joe (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, Mary (Kevin) Love and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Theresa Grace and Nancy Ann both in infancy, and his father-in-law Arnold Green.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS Department, and Mercy Medical Center emergency room department.

In lieu of flowers a Loren T. Heber memorial fund has been established.



Clara W. Moore

Clara W. Brissey Moore, 97 of Dubuque, formerly of Rock Island, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Luther Manor in Dubuque. Private Family funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jesse Cearlock. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Clara was born February 16, 1917 in Cook, Nebraska, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Weber) Rosenthal. She lived on a farm with her parents before marrying Everett B. Brissey on October 20, 1940. They then moved to Rock Island, ILL., Everett passed away in 1963, she later married Larry Moore and he passed away in May of 1996.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, ILL before moving to Dubuque, where she became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She excelled at quilting, sewing and crafts

She is survived by her son, Robert (Juanita) Brissey of Dubuque; three step sons, Larry (Barbara) Moore of Lawton, Okla., Mark (Carol) Moore of Hudson, Wisc., and Mike (Laura) Moore of Maplewood, Minn.; grandchildren, Brad (Lisa) Brissey; of Dubuque, Sarah and Aaron Moore of Oklahoma, Benjamin of Wisc., and Zackery & Alexander Moore of Maplewood, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Amanda Brissey; a sister, Helen Siefken of Omaha, Neb.; sister in law, Belva Jean Rosenthal of Syracuse, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

Clara was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer and Chris Rosenthal; a sister in law, Frances Rosenthal; and a grandson, Robb Brissey.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Dr. Salas, Dr. Whalen, Pastor Kincaid and Pastor Cearlock for their professional care and comfort they gave to Clara.

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

 



Frederick C. Voels

Frederick C. "Fred" Voels, 66 of East Dubuque, formerly of Kaufmann Avenue in Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street, Dubuque. Family will greet friends 3 pm. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Burial with Military Honors at Linwood Cemetery.

Fred was born September 14, 1947, the son of Frederick Martin and Loretta Barbara (Hillery) Voels. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965. Fred was drafted into the US Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He married Barbara Ann Blakeman on April 8, 1967, she passed away on January 12, 2001. Fred later married Sue Tinkham on October 5, 2002, they then resided in East Dubuque. He worked for All Seasons Heating and Cooling since 1986. Fred was a long time member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and served as a Deacon. He also worked security for the Dubuque Fighting Saints starting in the early 1980's until the late 1990's. Fred enjoyed playing softball, fishing and playing his guitar. He could do a great Willie Nelson impersonation when he sang and learned to play by ear. Fred was always the person to call when someone needed something and was a "Hero" to many family, and close friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; children, Jody (Daniel) Kruser of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Jill Oglesby of Dubuque; grandchildren, Alexander McCarthy, Jacob Hubanks, Madison Kruser, Porter Oglesby, and Paris Oglesby; a sister, Mary (Richard) Mishler of Spirit Lake, Iowa; in-laws, Merlin (Cindy) Tinkham, Robert (Donna) Tinkham, Mark Tinkham, Sandy Zirkelbach, Jackie (Gary) Fullbright, Denise (Kim) Brestrup; and his registered poodle, Midnight Marcus Voels.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara Ann Voels; in-laws, Wayne Lock, Ronald Blakeman, and Dennis Zirkelbach.

The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and Staff and Hospice of Dubuque for your care during this difficult time.

A memorial fund had been established in Fred's memory.

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Judith Bly

Judith Bly, 60, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service.

Judith was born February 8, 1954 in Dubuque, the daughter of William "Jack" and Margaret (Mueller) Aird. She graduated from Hempstead High School with the class of 1972. Growing up, Judy was involved in the family business, the Dubuque Advertiser. She was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and embroidery. She was an avid bingo player, and loved going to the casino. Carmel apple pie and buffalo wings were a favorite of hers. Judy was devoted to her family, and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Tyler (Maggie Hosier) Bly, of Dubuque; her daughter, Sarah Bly, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Morgan Kass, Shelby Selken, Xavier Kohl, Jazlynn Bly-Rogers, and Jackson Rogers; her brother, Randall (Lisa) Aird of Dubuque; her nieces Melinda Ragona and Amanda Kuhl; her nephews, Chris and Brian Aird; and her former husband, John (Kim) Bly of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Jack David Aird and Steven John Aird.

Memorials may be made to the Judith Bly Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, Dubuque Advertiser, and all the family and friends that have been a part of her life.

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



Thomas C. McDermott

Thomas Clare McDermott, 80, of Oak Park Place, formerly of 2030 Key Largo Drive, died Friday, June 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque, Iowa. The Rev. Monsignor Daniel Knepper will be the celebrant and Rev. Joseph E. McDermott will concelebrate. Entombment will be in Mt Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The wake will be held from 4- 7p.m., the preceding evening at Egelhof Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F.Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 4p.m.

Thomas Clare McDermott, the fourth son of Ambrose and Ruth White Kennedy McDermott, was born at Bankston, Iowa on August 14th, 1933. A few days later he was baptized by Father William A. Banfield at St. Clement's, Bankston, Iowa. He began his grade school at St. Clement's, Bankston, Iowa and continued it at rural country schools in the Farley and Worthington areas, graduating from eighth grade at Dutch Lane, Epworth  Iowa in 1946. From 1941 until 1945 he attended Sacred Heart School in Fillmore, Iowa. His high school years from 1946  -- 1950 were spent at St. Paul's Mission House, Epworth, Iowa and Holy Ghost Seminary, East Troy, Wisconsin. His years of novitiate 1950 - 1952 were spent at Techny, Illinois. From 1952 -1954 he once again returned to Epworth for his college courses before he went back to Techny for his Philosophy Training, 1954 -1956.

On March 15th, 1957, Thomas was inducted into the Army and spent the next two years in Panama.

Returning from the Army, he became employed as an Inspector  at John Deere Works in Dubuque and worked there for 30 years, 1959 - 1989.

On May 12th, 1962 he married Erica Casares at St. Raphael's' Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa.

For many years Tom and Erica lived at 2030 Key Largo in Dubuque, Iowa until moving to Oak Park Place five and one half years ago.

Thomas was an avid sportsman in many different areas. Perhaps he was happiest when he was chalking up a pool stick or maybe shooting a basket, but his enthusiasm and expertise on the baseball diamond, playing ping pong or tennis, throwing horseshoes or playing racquetball were just as impressive. Recently he concentrated on bowling and registered high scores along with his wife Erica, and Oak Park friends, Steve and Brad. 151 times he could boast of a perfect score of 300, quite an accomplishment when you have opponents like Monsignor Knepper and Doctor Hermann.

Added to his athletic skills were his academic talents. Endowed with a keen intellect, a deep understanding and a phenomenal memory, he was conversant on almost any subject.

Thomas was deeply involved in family history and extremely proud of his great grandparents James and Priscilla McDermott. In 2010 he undertook the task of erecting the present tombstone in their honor at the Garryowen Cemetery. Under his leadership some years earlier, the present tombstone for his parents and family was erected at St John's Cemetery, Placid, Iowa.

Beyond the strong bravado of his character laid a deep concern for others. Many a time he was known to help a weaker student, to sit with a lonely senior citizen or to play cards with a shut-in.  Deeply religious throughout his entire life, he never lost his love for the missions, as is so forcefully shown by the four mission chapels he and Erica built in the Serengeti Plains of Africa, Paraguay and the Philippines.  He loved being chaplain's assistant whether it was in Panama or at Oak Park. Though Erica and he had no children of their own, they delighted in adopting foreign babies to support and educate.

Thomas Clare was also a man of prayer who centered his entire day's activities around the mass and personal relationship with God. He was a constant supporter of the Power of Prayer and one of its stalwart members for many years. His devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is quite evident in his request that the Entrance Antiphon, orations and prayer after communion as well as the Preface and Sequence and Readings be taken from the mass of Corpus Christi. This selection is unique and uncommon, but so was Tom.

Another one of Tom's daily goals was to work on the cross word puzzle and to keep abreast of current events by reading the newspaper. His inquisitive, forceful and argumentative nature often got him into trouble, but he seemed too thrive on it all.

Thomas is survived by his wife Erica.   Also by his sister Beatrice Soens(Richard), five, brothers, Rev Joseph McDermott SVD , Patrick ( Patricia ), Michael all of Epworth, Iowa, Linus ( Shirley) of Cascade, Iowa and Camillus ( Maureen) of Manchester Missouri. Surviving also are many nephews and nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ambrose and Ruth McDermott,  his father and mother in law Heinrich and Anna Casares, three sisters Mary Joan Ernst ( Marvin James ), Helen Ann Kraemer ( Donald), Frances Raab ( David),two brothers, Jerome James and Anthony William ( Mag),one sister in law Lois McQuillen ( Michael), one brother in law, Marvin James Ernst.

Tom's wife Erica and all of Tom's family wish to thank those who were so good to him throughout his many weeks, months and years of sickness. Especially to Dr. Hermann , for his loving care and friendship; to Monsignor Knepper and Sister Agnes for their visits and pastoral ministry;  To all the angels from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa: and to the persons from 24 hour care; as well as to all his friends at Oak Park, Thank You !

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

 

 



Phillip A. Callahan

Phillip A. Callahan, 81, of Cascade died Friday, June 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Friends may continue to call after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley. Rev. Douglas Loecke willofficiate and American Legion Post 528 will accord Military Honors.

Phil was born September 16, 1932, in Cascade the son of Eugene and Mary (Hosch) Callahan. He served in the Army during the Korean War and upon his return he married Mary "Lorlei" Fox on September 3, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He taught briefly and then became established with the Social Security Administration, from which he retiredafter thirty years. He traveled the country to educate many groups regarding Social Security and Medicare.

Phil was a die-hard Cubs fan who also spent a lot of time fishing and reading. He also spent a great deal of time with his children and grandchildren. He was an honest man who would have given you the shirt off of his back.

Survivors include his children: Patrick D. Callahan of Kansas City, MO, Erin (Patrick) Callahan-Halpin of Lawrence, KS, Mary "Boodie" (Rick) Reeves of Pittsburg, KS, Laurie Ann "Loochie" Callahan of Ottawa, KS, Dennis Callahan of Baldwin City, KS, Teri Callahan of Farley, Tara (Drew) Mescher of Monticello;17grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; siblings: Ron "Jess"(Joan) of Chicago, IL, Roger "Jeep" (Mary) of Colfax, Joyce (Tom) Burke of Menomonie Falls, WI, Claude of Dubuque, Judy Callahan of Dubuque, Lois (Chuck) Mast of Whitewater, WI, Warren "Jerry" (Bonnie) of Cascade, Stanley (Karen) of Cascade, Quentin of Cascade, and Mary Lou Callahan of Jackson, WI; a sister-in-law, Judy Callahan of Independence, IA; honorary neighbor grandchildren, Jake and Maggie Loes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 1995, a son, Kevin in 1958, a brother, Maurice "Red" Callahan, a brother-in-law, Tom Burke and all of the in-laws of the Albert Fox family

Memorials are preferred to Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello, Iowa.

We would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice and Pat Brady for all of your care and concern. You truly were Dad's lifeline.

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

 



Melvin F. Brimeyer

Melvin F. Brimeyer, 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, with military honors accorded by the Farley American Legion Post #656. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where the Farley American Legion will offer a salute at 6:00 p.m.

Melvin was born Jan. 9, 1928 in Balltown, the son of Arthur and Leona (Link) Brimeyer. Melvin attended St. Francis School in Balltown, and later served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1952 in the 1st Calvary in the Korean War. He married Anna Mae Klein on Nov. 5, 1952 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, IA. Anna Mae passed away on Jan. 7, 1996. He then married Marilyn (Backes) Boeckenstedt on May 21, 1999 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, IA.

Melvin farmed in the Balltown area while raising his family. He drove school bus for Western Dubuque Community Schools for a number of years after retiring from farming. Melvin was a 50-year member of the Farley American Legion Post #656. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, dancing, watching the Cubs, and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marilyn, of Dubuque; 7 children, Connie (Myron) Williams, of Cedar Rapids, Sandy (John) Kafura of Muskego, WI, Julie (Joe) Healy, of Dubuque, Jim (Kay) Brimeyer, of Balltown, Jeff (Dianne) Brimeyer, of Dubuque, Mike (Kathi) Brimeyer, of Maple Grove, MN, and Jane (Joe) Boge, of Peosta; 2 step-children, Stefani (Corey) DeMoss, of Dyersville, Travis (Lisa) Boeckenstedt, of Luxemburg; 19 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Stoffel, of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law Doris Brimeyer and Nancy Brimeyer, both of Sherrill.

In addition to his wife, Anna Mae, he was preceded in death by his parents; a baby daughter, Rose Ann; his three brothers, Arnold, Cliff, and Herb; brother-in-law George Stoffel; and sister-in-law Marie Brimeyer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi, for all of their loving care and concern.

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



Roy O. Harmon Jr.

Roy O. Harmon Jr., 66, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, June 16, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Roy was born Sept. 6, 1947 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, the son of Roy and Lois (Nolf) Harmon.

Survivors include his children, David Harmon of Chicago, IL, and Benjamin Harmon of Baltimore, MD; one brother, Thomas Harmon; and a sister, Sandy Marquetta of Tampa, FL; and a very special friend, Patricia Steger of Dyersville, IA.

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



William E. Shumard

William E. (Bill) Shumard, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away June 19, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque Iowa.

Bill was born on Oct. 25, 1928 in Stubenville, Ohio, on the family farm. He was the 6th child of Howard and Doris (Yates) Shumard.

According to Bill's wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

Bill married Rosmarie Haines on March is, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. Rosemarie preceded him in death in 2003.

Bill was a WWII veteran. Entering the army when he was 17 years old, he served in Berlin, Germany during the Occupation. He was an avid bowler and golfer who was especially proud of his 3 holes in one. He also loved piloting private aircraft, hiking with his favorite dogs and was always up for a game of cards.

In October 2010 Bill was on the second Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, and he loved every minute of it.

Bill lived in California for many years before his retirement where he worked in steel manufacturing. He was also a fireman with the Bloomington, Calif., Volunteer Fire Department for several years.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Leslie (Steve) Neyens, of Dubuque, Iowa; his 3 sisters, Norma Bell of Smith Mountain Lake, VA, Ruth Nutting of Sarasota, FL, and Ruby Bell of Wintersville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William E. "Wes" Shumard; and 2 brothers, Charles and Robert Shumard.



John R. Hirsch

John R. "Jack" Hirsch, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of services.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Helen (Butler) Hirsch. He married Lorraine Fransen on Dec. 31, 1954 and together they shared 59 years of marriage.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1953 to 1957. He worked as a self-employed contractor for many years and retired from University of Dubuque after 9 years of employment. He and Lorraine also owned and operated Lorraine's Tap in Dubuque.

He enjoyed spending time in his shop making cabinets and working on his inventions.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He liked to spend time at his cottage, on his pontoon and working on his cars. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, teaching them his woodworking skills.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; 6 children, Linda (Craig) Bowman, John (Joyce) Hirsch, Peggy (Jack) Redmond, Steve (Janet) Hirsch, Tina (Greg) LaRue, and Dave (Gina) Hirsch; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; his siblings Bill (Loretta) Wittstock, Ruth Ballinger, Dick (Rosalie) Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois (Allen) Jones, Ronnie Hirsch, and Tom (Carol) Hirsch; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie Fransen & Betty Milroy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Sandy Kaesebauer and Dorothy McNinch; a brother, Donnie Joe, in infancy; and 10 brothers-in-law and 4 sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and to Dr. John Whalen & staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ott, Dr. Runde and Dr. Schulthies for all the wonderful care they gave to Jack.

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



Lorraine M. Langheim

Lorraine M. Langheim, 89, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at a residential facility in Plymouth, MN.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Sr. Margaret Ann Kramer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lorraine was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Margaret (Reuter) Schuster. She married Robert Langheim on Feb. 19, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He passed away on Jan. 22, 2005. Prior to her marriage Lorraine was employed at the former J.P. Smith Shoe Company in Dubuque. She is a member of St. Anthony's Parish and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Auxiliary. Lorraine was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Pam) Langheim of Albuquerque, NM, and Rick (Vicki Stoeckel) Langheim of Alpharetta, GA; one daughter, Peggy (Dr. Tom) Murphy of Plymouth, MN; and four grandchildren, Rob Langheim, Julie Langheim, Dan Murphy, and Danielle Langheim; five great-grandchildren, Aiden Robert, Finn, and Ari Langheim, and Shea and Jake Jackson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Schuster; and one sister, Dorothy Seely.

Memorials may be made to North Memorial Residential Hospice, 4201 58th Ave. North, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff of North Memorial Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Center, MN.

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



Mary K. Meyer

Mary K. Meyer, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may also gather after 9 am Monday at the church until time of mass.

Mary was born May 24, 1926 in Cascade, Iowa, to Peter and Agnes (Wagner) Knepper. She graduated from Mercy Hospital's Registered Nursing Program. She married Mark B. Meyer on Oct 9, 1948 in Cascade. He preceded her in death on Nov 6, 1990.

Mary was a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Anthony Parish, and more recently St. Raphael's. She had a long career in the nursing field including hospital setting, visiting nurse (VNA/County VNA) and private duty.

Upon retirement she was a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum, was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed visiting with her neighbors both at her former home and current residence. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially at the holidays.

Surviving are her children, Judi (Stan) Daniels, Bellevue, IA; Mary Ann (Jerry) Finco, Davenport, IA; Mark (Marsha) Meyer, Johnston, IA; Richard Meyer, Eldridge, IA; and Luke (Jane) Meyer, Rockford, IL; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mark; two daughters in infancy; siblings Lawrence (Darlene) Knepper, Vince (Mary Jane) Knepper, and Helen (Andy) Stoll; and daughter-in-law Debra Meyer.

Memorials may be made to Divine Word Seminary of Epworth, IA, St. Raphael's Cathedral, Hospice of Dubuque, or to a favorite charity of your choice.

The family extends special thanks to Msgr. Dan Knepper, Dr. Chris Stille and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and comfort to Mary.



Raymond L. Geistkemper

Raymond L. Geistkemper, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his home. Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Petersburg, Iowa. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ray was born January 5, 1925, in Petersburg, the son of Hubert and Rose (Kramer) Geistkemper. He married the love of his life, Mildred E. Sellner on June 4, 1946, in Earlville, Iowa. Together they farmed for 30 years near Earlville and Petersburg. Toward the end of his farming career he began driving school bus for Western Dubuque School System, an occupation he continued for two generations of students over the course of 34 years.

Ray loved to watch sports and his bus driving allowed him to watch many Beckman sporting events in which his grandchildren participated.  Baseball was his favorite sport and he was an avid fan.  He never gave up on the Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include his 5 children: Patricia (Jim) Bonert, Lois (Steve) Mescher, both of Dyersville, Mary Lou (Harry) White of Worthington, Randy (Meg) Geistkemper of Petersburg and Mark (Lori) Geistkemper of Dyersville; 19 grandchildren, Shellie Olberding, Brian, Dan and Tim Bonert, Rhonda, Scot and Jayme Mescher, Renee Heery, Jason, Wendy and Matt White, Jenny Winsand, Laura Herbers, Jeff and Greg Geistkemper, Jill Grawe, Liz Benyo, Tony Geistkemper and Tricia Dreiling; 24 great-grandchildren, and one more due in August; siblings: Ethel Pins, Dorothy (Harold) Lake, Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper, Joan Ament and Dan (Sandy) Geistkemper; his step-mother, Dolores Deutmeyer; in-laws: Germaine  Goedken, Delores (Jim) Burkle, Irvin (Donna) Sellner, Don (Bonnie) Sellner, John (Ann) Sellner, Carlyn Sellner, Carol (Merlin) Krapfl, and David (Carol) Sellner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred in 2012, a son, Duane in 1969, siblings: Margie Geistkemper, Eleanor (John) Hoeger, Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, and several in infancy, in-laws: Jerry Pins, Tom Ament, Jim Sellner, and Gib Goedken.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Margaret G. Gisel

Margaret G. Gisel, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, June 15, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, June 20, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Friday, June 20, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Margaret G. Stoll was born on Dec. 4, 1920 in rural Preston, Iowa, to Carl Franz and Eda Caroline (Felten) Stoll, Sr. She attended the Summer Hill country school through the 8th grade. She met the love of her life, Paul E. Gisel, at a dance and they were married on Sept. 8, 1943 at her home in rural Preston. To this union three children were born: Elaine, Marilyn and Kathleen. Paul preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1994.

Before her marriage, Margaret had worked as a housekeeper. Following her marriage, she became a farm wife and farmed with her husband southwest of Andrew for many years. They sold the farm and moved to Maquoketa in 1972 where she worked for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe for several years and later Dolch's Bakery. She had been a resident at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa since 2008.

Margaret was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and its women's group. She was an avid reader and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, crocheting, baking and cake decorating.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her children, Elaine (Ron) Cornelius of Maquoketa, IA, Marilyn (Robert) Everding of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathleen (Gary) Heiar of Anamosa, IA; a sister, Helen Stoltz of Ennis, MT; 5 grandchildren, Michael Cornelius, Brian (Kristy) Cornelius, Paul (Kelly) Everding, April (Doug) Edwards, and Annette (Tony) Blomme; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 brothers, Ernest Stoll and Carl Stoll, Jr.; and a sister, Hilda Crist.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Margaret V. Mihalakis

Margaret V. Mihalakis, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Private family funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Margaret's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Margaret was born on June 13, 1922, in Farley, IA, daughter of Henry and Apollonia (Franck) Waltz.

Margaret's family moved to Dubuque when she was a still a young child and took up residence at 1450 Pine Street. On March 7, 1942, she was married to Louis Mihalakis in New Orleans, Louisiana. Louis and Margaret met when they were 12 years old. The first time Louie met her he told his friends that she was the girl he was going to marry. Margaret was lithe, lean, dark and beautiful and was known as "Bacon" to close friends and family. There was a direct line between her heart and her hands. She had a simple generosity of spirit and understood on a deep level the nature of need in people and did everything in her power to help others. Animals naturally gravitated to her because of her gentleness and compassion for them. To say she loved nature is an understatement - she belonged to it; respected it; reveled in it. Margaret was intensely private; a thinker, a doer, a provider and the catalyst for all that was good in our lives. The world just won't be the same without her. The realization of our loss will be compounded by the gulf of years between her death and the day we will all meet her again. Babe and Peanuts Atchison and their children were like family to her, and she always appreciated their sense of humor and their simple enjoyment of life. Her lifelong best friends were Jennie Atchison and Ruthie Elliot.

Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 73 years, Louis Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA; her seven children, Phillip (Marlene) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Michael (Elizabeth) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Bryan (Sally) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Virginia Mihalakis, Davenport, IA, Georgia Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Michelle Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Maria (Thomas) Mihalakis Waterman, Pleasant Valley, IA; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet Weber.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, two children, George "Henry" and Ellas "Bum" Mihalakis, her three sisters Mary "Mae" Cauley, Louise Schmitz and Lillian Freyhage and two brothers Fred and Henry "Hank" Waltz.

The family wishes to especially thank her personal care-givers, Anna Schlunaker, Jessie McCallister, Kathy Walker and Theresa Holland; and many thanks also to Home Instead and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret V. Mihalakis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Henry C. Willett

Henry C. Willett will no longer be opening his garage door at 6:30 a.m. to greet visitors with a fresh pot of coffee. Henry passed away on June 16, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Church of the Nativity, where there will be a Parish Rosary at a.m. Fr. Scott Bullock will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Henry was born July 20, 1933, the son of Henry and Frances (Wagner) Willett. He married Patricia Jean Schmit on May 7, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque. Patricia passed away on October 24, 1999.

Henry worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 43 years before retiring in May of 1996. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1951-1953 and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. On September 16, 2013, Henry was able to be part of the Dubuque Honor Flight to Washington D. C. 

Henry was a lifelong member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque where he served as volunteer for many projects. He was also involved in Cub Scouting. Fishing with family members or his close friends was something he would always look forward to. Afterward, he enjoyed reminiscing of those times, whether the fishing was good or bad. He was forever ready to help out whenever his friends or his family were in need of his various skills or assistance.

Henry was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Pat, and a kind and understanding father who taught and mentored his young sons with love, discipline, and patience. Henry selflessly spent the necessary time and energy required to raise his boys. The family enjoyed many fun filled times at their summer home at Freddy's Beach in Delhi, Iowa. As his boys grew older, he began to enjoy his newfound free time, vacationing with Pat, or going on road trips with some close friends. After his boys moved away from home, he continued to guide and advise them when asked. 

Later in life, his favorite pastimes included traveling, going on casino trips, or having some cold beer and drinks with friends. His great joy was watching his young grandchildren, Lucas, Brianna, Justin, Morgan, and Drew, and visiting with them as they grew older. He had one great granddaughter, Dylan.

Henry is survived by sons Dennis (Barbara) of Dubuque, Samuel (Renee) of Peosta, and Andrew (Susan) of Peosta. His memory will be cherished by his very special friend and loving companion Lynn; his brother James (Geri) of Bettendorf; his sister Linda (Willett) Ferguson and her husband Donald; brother-in-law Donald A. Stroh; and sister-in-law Darlene (Schmit) Eddy and her husband Richard. Henry had many nieces and nephews. 

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his parents; his daughter-in-law Sheri; his brother Robert; his sister Mary; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harold and Helen Schmit. Henry had many close friends who passed before him and he remembered them always.

The family wishes to express warmfelt gratitude to Medical Associates staff and in particular Dr. Christian Schultheis and his staff for their kindness.

As per Henry's instructions, the family requests any donations be sent to Hospice of Dubuque in lieu of flowers.

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



Charles Bertling

Charles (Chuck) Bertling passed away on June 14, 2014 at the age of 80 from complications of melanoma cancer.  He died peacefully surrounded by family at his home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center (EKLC).  He will be remembered at a celebratory gathering from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday June 21st at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville IA.  Interment will be at a later date.

Chuck was born on May 10, 1934 at home in Worthington to Roman and Rose (Lola Digman) Bertling, graduated from St. Paul School in Worthington in 1952 and enlisted in the Navy in 1954.  In 1957 he married the love of his life Mary Alice Sadler at St. Paul's Church in Worthington IA and enjoyed 56 years of marriage

Chuck's career as a communications technician in naval aviation sent him all across the U.S., living in locations from Maryland to Hawaii.  His three sons were all born in different states.  Over his career he saw communications progress from Morse Code to satellites and he progressed along with it.  Flying with patrol squadrons in the Pacific theater, Chuck went to India, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand.  In 1975, he retired with over 20 years of service and the family moved back to Iowa.

There he started another career delivering mail from the Dyersville Post Office to over 300 customers six days a week in all kinds of weather as a rural route carrier.  He retired after 19 years in 1996 at the age of 62 and he and Mary began their journey as RVers.  For the rest of his life, they migrated south for the winter spending the last 15 winters in Pharr Texas. During their travels, Chuck and Mary managed to see all 50 states and drove all the way from Key West Florida to Anchorage Alaska one year. 

Chuck raised three wonderful sons and participated in all of their activities including coaching baseball teams and working with Boy Scout troops.  In Dyersville, with Troop 60, Chuck helped many young men, including his own sons, become Eagle Scouts.  He also served three years on Keystone Area Education Agency 1, Board of Education.

In his younger days, his hobbies were baseball and hunting.  Since moving to the EKLC in 2003, he spent many hours tending flower beds and vegetable gardens and helping any resident who needed it. His passion was cards, though and was always ready for a game of euchre or 500.

Survivors include his wife Mary (Sadler), sons Sam in Chicago IL, Tim, wife Alicia and daughter Abby in Tabernash CO, and Pete, wife Sinem and son Troy in Monroe WI. Siblings Roman (Buck) (Margret) in Worthington IA, Elizabeth (Betty) Ockenfels in Iowa City IA, and Madonna (Donna) (Norb) Manternach in Monticello IA. His in-laws Robert (Anna Mae) Sadler in St. Catherines IA, Suzanne (Alvin) Blum in Dubuque IA, Michael (Elaine) Sadler in Strawberry Point IA, and John (Mary Ann) Sadler in California MD. Plus many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, parents-in-law, brother-in-law Richard Ockefels and niece Laura Sadler.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to the Charles Bertling Memorial Fund to benefit the EKLC.

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

 

 



Daniel L. Hoy

Daniel L. "Dan" Hoy, 72, of East Dubuque, formerly of Stockton, IL died at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, June 12, 2014 after a long series of strokes that started in October of 2013.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Dan was born on May 16, 1942 in Nora, IL at home, the son of Alfred Joseph and Margaret Ellen (Graves) Hoy.

He started working at the age of 6 on the Hoy family farm in Stockton.  A graduate of Stockton High School, he furthered his studies with a focus on Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

Dan turned his passion for fast cars into the favorite career of his lifetime.  He was the proud owner/operator of Hoy Ford Garage in Lena, IL in the 1970's and early 1980's.

Dan married Mary Thompson on August 18, 1989 after a five year courtship.

Survivors include his wife Mary, daughter Jennifer Hoy of Woodridge, IL, his step-daughters Dee Ann Deaton, Tammy (Tim) Freisinger both of East Dubuque, and Danielle (Noller) VenHuizen of Apple River, a step-son Dana (Debra) Noller of Stockton.  He was blessed with six grandchildren, Adam Deaton, Heather & Tanner Freisinger all of East Dubuque, and Austin, Jacob & Tyler VenHuizen of Apple River, his brother Richard (Donna) Hoy of Conowingo, Maryland, and an uncle Rodney (Jeanne) Graves of Pahrump, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Donald (Cheryl) Hoy of Kent, IL.

Dan's family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care provided to Dan and the support given to his family.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Alice J. Rockwell

Alice Joyce Rockwell, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, June 13, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Alice's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, June 19, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alice Joyce Moeller was born on November 8, 1918 in Fulton, Iowa, to Carl and Henrietta (Moravec) Moeller. After a short time, her parents divorced and her grandparents, Tony and Evelyn Moravec raised her and her sister, Dorothy. Alice attended Jackson County country schools and married the love of her life, Myron G. Rockwell, on October 17, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1984.

Alice Joyce was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Bellevue and Maquoketa areas for many years.

Alice Joyce enjoyed staying very busy. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Garden Club, Fantasy Art Club, Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Wine Club, Sewing Club and Quilt Club. She loved poetry, painting, reading, gardening and animals.

Those left to honor Alice's memory include her son, Mark Allan Rockwell of Galena, IL; and many friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Barbara Joyce, her husband Myron, and a sister Dorothy Mae Stevenson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alice Joyce Rockwell memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at ht#mce_temp_url#.

 



Robert N. LeGrand

Robert N. "Buck" LeGrand, 75, of Sunset Park Place in Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died peacefully with his family at his side, Thursday, June 12, 2014, the same day his wife died just 6 years ago, at Sunset Park Place, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross, where a Vigil Service will be held at 5 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate.

Buck was born December 17, 1938, in Holy Cross Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Lorene (Link) LeGrand.  He married Janice M. Schultz on September 2, 1961, in Holy Cross, Iowa.  He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years and retired in 1991.  He enjoyed helping Janice raise his family and especially enjoyed the grandchildren.  Buck's pride was his gardening and when he was at Sunset Park Place he earned the nickname of "Mayor of Sunset" for his volunteerism.

Survivors include his special friend and companion, Carol Burchette of Dubuque; 6 sons: Mark of Dubuque, Bruce (Deb) of East Dubuque, Todd and Paul, both of Guttenberg, Rick (Lona) of Colesburg, and Dan (Tammy) of Dyersville, a daughter: Kris (Bob) Bender-Heinze of Peosta, 17 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren, 1 great grandchild expected in 2 weeks; siblings: Marvin LeGrand of Dubuque, Ken (Vicki) LeGrand of North Buena Vista, Ron (Carol) LeGrand of Peosta, Dorothy (Leroy) Kennicker of Holy Cross, Darlene (John) Scudder of Dubuque; in-laws:, LaVonne (Earl) Brimeyer of North BuenaVista, Donna (Robert) Schmidt of Durango, Connie (Jim) Klein of Dubuque, Sherry (Mick) Klein of Holy Cross, Cindy (Paul) Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, David (Nancy) Schultz of Durango and Ronald (Marilyn) Schultz of Holy Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janice in 2008, a grandson, Nicholas Robert LeGrand in 2010, a sister-in-law Carol (Nick) Errthum.

Special thanks to everyone at Sunset Park Place, especially the staff and his many friends for the camaraderie and care, and also to Amy with Hospice of Dubuque for her tenderness and compassion.

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

 

 



Marie H. Dunkel

Marie H. Dunkel, 97, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Kramer Funeral

Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Marie was born July 21, 1916, south of Dyersville on the home farm, the youngest daughter of Henry and Josephine (Albang) Timmer.  She married LaVern A. Dunkel on May 23, 1939, in Dyersville. Together they farmed near Worthington until he preceded her in death in 1989.  Marie was a member of the St. Paul Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.  Marie moved to Dyersville after LaVern's death and became a member of St. Francis Xavier parish, and was a long-time volunteer at Oak Crest Manor.

Marie grew up on a farm and played the exemplary role of a farm wife during the era.  She kept herself busy milking cows, helping with the hay, tending her large garden, cooking and canning, sewing and mending clothes for the family and doing embroidery for quilts.  She was a proud and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  In her spare time she loved fishing all of her life, playing cards, especially euchre,

Survivors include her 3 children: Robert (Emma) Dunkel of Hopkinton, and Linda (Laverne) Tauke of Holy Cross, and Richard (Jane) of Worthington; 9 grandchildren: Peggy (Dave) Sellnau, Tracy (Brady) Smith, Jeff  Tauke, Kelly (Josh) Vinquist, Matthew (friend Keri Johnson) Tauke, Steve (Cindy) Dunkel, Kathy (Bob) Polfer, Mark Dunkel, Andrew (Rachel) Dunkel; 9 great grandchildren:  Nicholas, Alex, Daniel and Lucas Sellnau, Jake and Sloane Smith, Hayden Vinquist, Rebecca, Elijah, Sophia and Noah Dunkel, Hattie and Maggie Dunkel; in-laws: Dorothy Vorwald of Dyersville, Nick (Joan) Dunkel of Manchester, and Diane Dunkel of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LaVern in 1989, a grandson, Kevin M. Tauke in 2002, siblings: Albert (Pat) Timmer, Elmer (Mary) Timmer, Florian (Leona) Timmer, Viola (Camillus) Meyer, Alvinia (Otto) Olberbroeckling and Germaine (Alex) Meyer; in-laws: Helen (John) Bonert, Jim (Lorraine) Dunkel, Rev. H.J. Dunkel, Bernard (Rose) Dunkel, Herb Dunkel, Francis Vorwald, Ruth (Gerald) Stronk, and Eileen (Roy) Sperfslage.

Special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest for all the wonderful care of our Mother.

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

 



Charles R. Moyer

Charles R."Bob" Moyer, 88, of Dubuque died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at home. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Charles was born March 31, 1926 in Toledo, Iowa, son of John and Mildred (Strong) Moyer. He served in the US Army during WW II.  He worked as a construction estimator before his retirement, most recently with McDermott Excavating. 

On December 8, 1956 he married Eunice Hochhausen. She preceded him in death on February 9, 1990.

He is survived by his special friend, Lucille Schmitt of Dubuque and her family; two sons, Eric (Mary) Moyer and Scott Moyer, both of Dubuque; a step daughter, Vickie (Leon) Schultz of Blaine, Minn., two step grand children, Jennifer (Jay) Bartle of Minneapolis, Minn. and Jim Vallet of Chicago, Ill., two step great grandchildren, Alexander and Henry Bartle; five brothers, Alan (Shirley) Moyer, Harold (Bev) Moyer, Frank (Marcella) Moyer, Roger Moyer all of Grinnell, Iowa, and Russell Moyer of Colorado; and three sisters, Carol (John) Gilliland of Marshalltown, Iowa, Mary (John) Schmidt of Grinnell, Iowa and Joyce Lincoln of Stuart, Iowa.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Pierce and her husband Harold and Maxine Oswald and her husband Keith; two brothers, Jim Moyer and his wife Mildred and John Moyer Jr. and a sister in law, Joan Moyer.

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

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

 

 



Ronald J. Breitbach

Ronald J. "Pops" Breitbach, age 71, of Graf, IA, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta St., Peosta, IA, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 1:00 p.m. Friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ron was born on May 25, 1943, in Dubuque, son of Clarence and Eileen (Cole) Breitbach.

Pops was a loving husband, devoted father, and a cherished grandfather. He grew up in Dubuque with his 4 sisters. He served his country by enlisting in the Navy in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1965. After he returned from the service, he met the love of his life, Sherry Koenig, while ice skating at Comisky Park. They married on April 1, 1967. Pops was employed at Flexsteel Industries for 42 years. Pops spent hours in his garden tending to his grand duke kohlrabies, numerous tomatoes, and giant pumpkins. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and an occasional trip to the casino to play the slots. Pops always had a cold one in the fridge for whoever would stop by. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. Pops loved spoiling, teasing, and feeding his grandkids sprinkled donuts and extreme amounts of sugar.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Breitbach, of Graf, IA; his children, Jerry (Lisa) Breitbach of Winchester, IL, Tom "Booie" (Jenny) Breitbach of Cascade, IA, Mike (Angie) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Ronda (Bryon "Homer") Schueller of Graf, IA; his grandchildren, Hayden, Hayley, Hogan, Cody, Caitlyn, Avery, Hannah, Cohen and Joah; his sisters, Jean Bruce, Dori Breitbach, Mary (Jim) Leslein of Dubuque, IA  and LoAnn (Duane) VanHemert of Des Moines, IA; his mother-in-law, Maggie Koenig of Dubuque; his brother and sister-in laws; Jack (Judy) Koenig, Dubuque, IA, RaeAnn (Tom) Freund, Dubuque, IA, Kris (Jon) Russett of Plymoth, MN; and lifelong friends and neighbors Dan (Jeanne) Mayne of Graf, IA.

Ron was proceeded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Ray Koenig.

In lieu of flowers, a Ronald J. Breitbach memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 4th floor medical and rehab nurses at Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Sherry, for their wonderful care and compassion.

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

 



Janice L. Daehler

Janice L. "Jan" Daehler, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

A celebration of Jan's life will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Janice Louise Dryer was born on April 28, 1947 in Graf, Iowa, to Alvin and Florence (Lipstock) Dryer. She married Don Daehler on July 26, 1980 in Delmar, Iowa.

Jan had owned and operated Jan's Café in Delmar, Iowa and then became the general manager of manufactured housing parks for many years.

Jan enjoyed camping, fishing, playing Poker and Texas Hold'em, and Shuffleboard. She loved being a "snowbird", and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Jan's memory include her husband, Don Daehler of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tammy Current of Maquoketa, IA, and Gary Fields, Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Jonathan (Kelsey) Fields, Alyssa Current and Ryan Current; 1 great-grandchild, Lincoln Fields; sisters, Helen Roth of Dubuque, IA and Betty Shellhouse of Dubuque, IA; and brothers, Robert (Ann) Dryer of MO, and Alan (Donna) Dryer of Zwingle, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Judy Dryer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janice L. "Jan" Daehler memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Randall J. Morgan

Randall J. "Randy" Morgan, 53 of Irving, Texas, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Memorial Service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends from 1 p.m. - 4 pm. on Saturday at the funeral home prior to service time. Private family burial will be at a later date.

Randy was born May 6, 1961 in Dubuque, the son of Barney and Jane (Runde) Morgan. He graduated in 1979 from Wahlert High School and then from Iowa State University in 1983, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. Randy moved to Texas after graduation, and worked for Texas Instruments, most recently he was the Executive Vice President of Operations for CID in Irving, Texas. Randy enjoyed golfing with his dad and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks, and the rock band KISS.

Randy loved his family, friends, and his dog Sammy.

Survivors include his parents; Barney and Jane Morgan; a sister; Ann (Mark) Peter of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; a nephew, Zach, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Randy was preceded in death by his brother; Mike.

The family would like to thank our Texas Family for all your help during this difficult time.

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

For service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Anne W. McNamee

Anne W. (Bent) McNamee, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Tuesday afternoon, June 10, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Anne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 14, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Anne W. Bent was born on April 7, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts to Russell and Mary (Woods) Bent. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, Freeport, Maine and spent her high school years in Clinton, Iowa graduating with the Class of 1957. She married James "Jim" McNamee on April 7, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa.

Anne had worked as a tax preparer and managing owner of the H & R Block Franchise in Maquoketa for 25 1/2 years until retirement.

Anne was an avid bowler and a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. She enjoyed golfing, fishing, scratch off tickets, having coffee with her friends at Flapjacks, and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved watching sports and was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan, as well as traveling with the camper each year to the Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Those left to honor Anne's memory include her husband James "Jim" McNamee of Delmar, IA; daughters, Marianne (Kevin) Blue of Clinton, IA, and Cathleen (Gary) Holtz of Delmar, IA; 6 grandchildren, Gary, Kimberly (Nate), Tony, Deidra, Travis and Elizabeth (Ericka); 3 great-grandchildren, Zoey Anne, Maddie and Macie Anne; a brother Robert (Carrie) Bent of Springfield, VA; sisters, Carol (Rick) Abel of Liberty, MO, and Susan Hook of Pleasant Valley, MO; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Verna McNamee of Delmar, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Betty Allen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Anne W. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Esther L. Hammel

Esther L. Hammel, 94 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday June 10th at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be 10:00 a.m on Friday June 13th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday June 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9am at the church on Friday.

Esther was born on January 5, 1920 in Fairplay, Wisconsin. The daughter of Earl and Mary (Kahle) Kluck. She graduated from the former St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa.

She married Clem "Shorty" Hammel, on May 8, 1943 in St. Paul, MN. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1985.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Rosary Society.

She will be missed by her family and friends especially her children and grandchildren with whom she loved spending her time.

She is survived by her children, Daniel (Diane Shannon) Hammel, of Dubuque, Janice Mitchley of Gilbert, AZ, David (Kathy) Hammel, of Dubuque, Debra (James) Calhoun, of Dubuque, Karen (Dwayne) Fudge, of St. Catherines. Nine grandchildren; David Hammel, Tricia (Tim) Loso, Scott Hammel, Lori (Mark) Chapman, Kari (Doug) Yenter, Jolene Mitchley, Chris (Aimee) Hammel, Christa (Pete) Daszkiewicz, and Andy (Megan) Rieck and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clem, two sisters Lilian Pfiffner, and Celestine "Sally" Heiberger and two brothers Raymond Kluck and William Kluck.

The family wishes to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care they gave to Esther.



Jeanette M. Slattery

Jeanette M. Slattery, age 84, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, after surviving breast cancer for 37 years. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanette's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanette was born on June 12, 1929, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Alvina (Meyer) Rettenmeier.

Jeanette married Raymond "Gus" Slattery on October 6, 1947, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, IA. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on November 19, 2010. Jeanette was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 27 years until her retirement. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, the Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters and the Women of the Moose. She and Ray enjoyed many winters spent in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Jeanette is survived by her daughters Sandra Jutson, Dubuque, IA, Sally Schrobilgen, Dubuque, IA; her 3 grandchildren, David (Jodie) Jutson, Peosta, IA, Jamie (Brooke O'Malley) Schrobilgen, Dubuque, IA, Jon Schrobilgen, Cedar Rapids, IA; her 2 great-grandchildren, Alivia and Alyssa Jutson; her siblings, Earl (Marlene) Rettenmeier, Dubuque, IA, Howard (Shirley) Rettenmeier, Dyersville, IA, Mardell "Mert" Habel, Dubuque, IA, Elaine Link, Dubuque, IA; her 4 fun loving godchildren, Beverly Geltz, Connie Steiner, Peg DeLoe and Nancy Pape.

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray, a granddaughter, Joy Jutson, a son-in-law, Dave Jutson and 2 brothers-in-law, Lyle Link and Jim Habel.

A special thanks to friends and neighbors on Stone Ridge Place, especially those in her court for prayers and many good deeds. Also thanks to the doctors and staff at Medical Associates Clinic, especially Dr. Lawrence Kukla and his "Angels", Dr. Andrea Ries, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and Amy and Home Instead, especially Carla and Jennifer.

A Jeanette M. Slattery memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Edward L. Byars

Edward Luther "Ed" Byars, 65 of 955 Mayfair Court formerly of DeKalb, IL, passed away on June 10th, 2014 at his home. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, Illinois. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on July 27, 1948, in DeKalb, IL the son of Sylvester Luther and Daisy (Fry) Byars. He married Patricia Clausen on April 8, 1994 in Lancaster, WI.

He worked as a Glazer in the Window Industry in the Dubuque, Florida & DeKalb areas. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Faith Temple Pentecostal Church.

He loved to hunt, fish and go camping. He was a CB Radio and old car enthusiast, and enjoyed his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Patricia "Trish", of Dubquue, two daughters Andrea and Eva, and two grandchildren Emily and Sarah. Four sisters Kathryn (Donald) Lockwood, of Racine, Wi, Marva (Louis) Moore, of Salida, CA, Evelyn (Gerald) Simpson, of DeKalb, IL, and Damaris (Dennis) Keef, of DeKalb, IL. One brother John (Jeanne) Byars, of Rochester, NH. His two dogs Toby and Gismo, AKA Heathen & Wezzel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Gloria Eggers,

Memorials may be given to a charity of choice in memory of Edward Byars.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care, Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and all the health care professionals for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Ed.



Gerald E. Wiederhold

Gerald E. "Jerry" Wiederhold, 55, of Dickeyville, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 at home following a brief illness surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Jerry was born on October 6, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Firmin "Pat" and Eldeen M. (Bauer) Wiederhold.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

On October 7, 1994 he was united in marriage to Cindy Vaassen at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.  He was the store manager of the Shopko Store in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Jerry loved baseball and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.  While at Wahlert High School he participated in baseball, basketball and track. He loved photography and enjoyed to travel and was very interested in history. Along with his love of photography was his love of lighthouses and his quest to see as many as possible. Also, "His love for the nieces and nephews was so great that he considered them his own children."Jerry was a selfless, kind & loving husband, brother and uncle.  There was nothing more important to him than his family.  Jerry & Cindy spent many hours attending school and sporting events of their nieces and nephews.  He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish.

Surviving is his wife Cindy, his siblings, Kathy Hannan of Epworth, Iowa; Steven (Debra) Wiederhold of Saco, Maine; Tom Wiederhold of Dubuque, and Mary (Roger) Edwards of Madison, Wisconsin, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, his brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Steve (Carol) Vaassen of Dubuque: Jan Vaassen of Potosi; Mary (Brian) Siegenthaler of New Glarus, Wisconsin; Jamie (Amanda) Vaassen of Kieler, step-brother Thomas (Kelly) Bastis of Hiram, GA, step-sister Nikki (Cole) Kaiser of Sinsinawa and step-mother Pat (Bruce) Mundschenk of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Firmin "Pat" and Eldeen Wiederhold, his father & mother-in-law Gilbert and Marian Vaassen, sister-in-law Julie "Peach" Hasken and brother-in-law Marty Vaassen.

In lieu of flowers a Jerry Wiederhold memorial fund has been established.

Cindy and family wish to thank Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and compassion provided to Jerry.

 



Karen W. N. Hardtke

Karen W. N. Hardtke, 76, of Sherrill, passed away from Alzheimer's Disease Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her family. 

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Kristian Kincaid will officiate. Private burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the funeral home.

Karen was born April 23, 1938 in LaCrosse, WI, the daughter of Hector and Ida (Selke) Olson. She married Fred Hardtke on August 10, 1957 in Winona, MN. 
She graduated from Winona High School, and later attended NICC.

Karen was a wonderful cook, and owned and operated her own catering businesses, including Showcase Café and Karen Hardtke Catering and Decorating. She was an inspector for ESKA, where she also headed the ESKA credit union.

Karen loved to keep busy, was involved in many activities, and served as Activity Director at Bethany Home. She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary, and served as president. She was an excellent bowler, and was a bowling coach for many years. She was also a Girl Scout leader, and loved working with kids. Karen enjoyed camping, gardening, and was an avid game player. She loved to do crafts, and was a member of a craft club. Karen was a devoted wife and mother, and her family always came first. She had a special love for all babies, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Fred, of Sherrill; her children, Fred (Pam) Hardtke Jr., Faith (Milt) Eichman, Becky Schmelzer, and Tammy (Pat) Rolwes, all of Dubuque, and Traci (fiancé Tom Meyers) Schmitt of Sherrill; her grandchildren, Jayson Hardtke, Joshua (Kelly) and Bradley Shannon, Stacy (Al) Sabers, Jennifer (Jason DeMaio) Eichman, Janell (Jason) Schueller, Stacy, Kendra, and Haley Schmelzer, Justin (Karla), Kyla, Derrick, and Dallas Rolwes, Chasity (Ben Hartman), Chantel, and Cheyanne Schmitt, and Sammi Jo and Brady Meyers; her great grandchildren, Chase, Zach, Carson, Addyson, Kylie, Ella, Adalida, Ivy, Aubri, Olivia, Averi, Alexa, and Ella; her sisters, Janet Konkel, Sonja Dulek, Denise (Fritz) Stark, Doreen Mish, and Debra (Dave) Burce; her brothers, Carlyle (Norma), Dennis, Hector (Karen) and Loren Olson; her sisters in law, Linda Olson and Geri (John) McConnell; and her brother in law, Bob (Diane) Hardtke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph, Arlen, and Roger Olson; and several brothers and sisters in law.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the amazing staff at Luther Manor, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Karen Hardtke Memorial Fund.

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



Shirley C. Schauer

Shirley Catherine Schauer, 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m. and a Power of Prayer Rosary said at 8:00 p.m.

Shirley was born on August 16, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Rose (Meyer) Stoffel. She married Dorrance Schauer on August 3, 1963 at Holy Family New Melleray Church. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of Power of Prayer, Mother of Good Council Mothers Club, and she is a professional member of the Lay Missionaries of the Eternal Word.

Shirley loved to travel, and like to watch the Cardinals both the birds and the baseball team. But most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was known and loved by many and will be sadly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne (Tom) Pregler, of Dubuque, Sara Ricke, of Austin, Texas, three sons, Larry Schauer, of Marietta, GA, Kenneth Schauer of Maryville, Missouri, and John (Linda) Schauer, of Cambridge, NY. Six grandchildren, Renee, Jeff, Ellen Ann, Ethan, Rebecca and Daniel. Sister-in-law Kay (Harold) Wiederholt and brothers-in-law, Jo (Connie) Schauer, and Orville Ludwig

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Marguerite Ludwig, Bernice Gassman and Delores Gassman, and a brother Francis Stoffel.

In lieu of flowers a Shirley Catherine Schauer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff and all of Shirley's friends at Bell Tower for all their wonderful care and friendship they gave to Shirley.

 



Mary A. Nauman

Mary A. Nauman, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday June 9th, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday, June 12th St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 8:30a.m. Thursday at church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on March 6, 1936 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Theresa (Lenz) Roussel. She married Harold Greenwood in 1954 and he preceded her in death. She later married Alfred Nauman on June 18, 1982.

She worked at Ertl's Toy Factory, managed Eliane Powers, and then worked at Flexsteel until retirement in 2002.

She loved to sing and play music with her family, had yearly country music jams, loved to crochet, knit, cook and go to the casino.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and friends. Mary always went out of her way to comfort those in need around her.

She is survived by three children, Steven (Lisa) Greenwood, of Dubuque, Mark (Narumi) Greenwood, Osaka, Japan, and Tracy (Richard) Kopp, of Kenosha, WI. 9 step children, Nancy (Kevin) McCarty, Jolene (Dean) Franzen, Dan (Penny) Nauman, Jackie (Tom) Avery, Lori (Mike) Lamb, Jill Nauman, Jeff (Shelby) Nauman, Lynn (Jim) Hackman, Becky (Alan) Moore. Twenty eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her sister Geraldine (Marion) Wiest, two brothers Ray Roussel, and Gerald (Bonnie) Roussel. Brothers and sisters-in-law; Gerald (Phyllis) Nauman, Irv (Mary) Nauman, Donald (Helen) Nauman, Peggy Nauman, Donna Nauman, Darlene (Donald Schmitt) Hoerner, and Joan Nauman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mildred (Bill) Bruck, Robert (Rita) Roussel, Dorothy (Sylvester) Welty, and her sister-in-law Mary Lou Roussel. Brothers-in-law Ronald Nauman, Melvern Nauman, and Kenneth Nauman.

In lieu of flowers a Mary A. Nauman memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Barb K. and Stacy, also Dr. Christine Holm, and Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and their staff for all their wonderful care. Also to all of Mary's family especially Toby Clauer, for all their kindness and love they gave to Mary. The family would also like to express their appreciation for the musical contributions of Jay Roussel and Jim Welty.



Robert L. Schilling

Robert L. "Ace" Schilling, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.
Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, IA at 10:30 on Thursday, June 12. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in Centralia at St. John Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Ace was born August 16, 1937 in Dubuque County, the son of Fred and Florence (Winders) Schilling. He married Dorothy Maas on April 4, 1959 at St. John's in Peosta. 
Ace was married to the love of his life, Dorothy, for 55 years. Together they had 6 children. They were later rewarded with 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Ace built the family home while he was working full time at John Deere. He retired from John Deere in 1992 after 32 years.

Despite the rigors of a full time job and building a house, Ace's greatest fit was the role he played as a father to his children and later on as a grandfather. Together they shared memorable vacations and camping trips, hunting and fishing excursions, and campfire stories that become legendary family treasures. Those were special events, but he could make every day special by the love and guidance he provided his family. Webster's Dictionary defines genius as a person of great natural ability, remarkable talent or intelligence. Those lucky enough to have him as a mentor were educated at "The School of Ace". Though he never attended college, genius described Ace. He had an innate knowledge of diagnosing and repairing cars and appliances and how to build and renovate structures. He understood the proper way to hunt and fish and how to provide to be a good steward of our wildlife and environment. He passed this knowledge on to others in his family, providing them with information, joy, and a lifelong ability to problem solve. 

He was steadfast in his belief that Ford made the best vehicles and John Deere the best equipment. He loved watching his son and then his grandsons race at local stock car tracks. He enjoyed NASCAR and Iowa basketball, but definitely not the referees. 

Ace had a natural way of communicating with people. He had friends all over the country. It didn't matter if you were the King of England or if you had just met him at a campground - you got the same Ace. He would shake your hand and offer you a beer, or two or three. Ace was an enthusiastic conversationalist, with a strong voice, and an abundant use of his hands when speaking.

If the world were suddenly falling apart, Ace would be someone you would want by your side. To those who knew and loved him, the thought of life without him can feel as if the world is falling apart. However, the lessons that Ace gave them, the ability to problem solve and persevere will carry them through and life will continue. Ace loved God and was loyal to his Catholic faith his entire life. He is now with God and those who departed before him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dorothy; his children, Bob (Laura) Schilling of Graf, IA, Judy (Randy) Kroeger of Dubuque, Ron (Nancy) Schilling of Bernard, IA, Julie (Jamie) Brown of Asbury, Jayne (Kevin) O'Brien of Asbury, and June (Terry) Jahn of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Jim and Jeffrey Schilling, Stacy and Brian (Dana) Mess, Ryan and Nicole Schilling, Jason, Jared, and Jessica Brown, Kaitlyn and Scott O'Brien, and Matt, Jacob, and Elizabeth Jahn, his great-granchildren, Kayden Mess and Hailey Schueller; his sisters, Darlene Berzle, of Dubuque, Rita McFadden, of Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt of Peosta, IA , and Jean (Virgil) Hansen of Dubuque; two brothers, Fred (Shirley) Schilling, of Dubuque, and John (Vicky) Schilling of Rickardsville, sisters-in-law Arlene (Pete) Dietz of Asbury, Donna (Jim) Weydert of Peosta and Madelyn Schilling of Peosta; one brother-in-law Earl Maas of California; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wilma Schilling and Mary (Matt "Babe") Maas; and two brothers, James and David (Joyce) Schilling; sisters-in-law Marian (Tom) Gloeckner and Helen (Ed) Burds; and brothers-in-law Pete McFadden, George Schmitt, and Joe Berzle.

Memorials may be made to the Robert L. Schilling Memorial Fund.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at the Wendt Center and Dubuque Internal Medicine.

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



Wayne J. Hingtgen

Wayne J. Hingtgen, 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home at Sunset Park Place. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Monday, prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West with Military Honors conducted by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Wayne was born September 8, 1928 in Otter Creek, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Mary Ellen (McCarthy) Hingtgen. He graduated from High School and then served in the US Army during the Korean War. Wayne worked for many years at Dubuque Packing Company as an order filler, and after retiring worked for DuPaco for 9 years as a courier. He was a volunteer driver for DuRide. Wayne loved to travel, making it to all 50 States and also took trips to Europe, Ireland and Asia. An avid Cubs and Bears fan, he often treated friends and family with trips to Chicago to watch the games. Another form of entertainment for him was playing euchre. Wayne was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus and took part in the Honor Flight in 2012. Wayne was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He was a man who could always be counted on, and was constantly lending a helping hand to community and family, alike.

Survivors include a sister in-law, Vivian Hingtgen of Keiler, WI. He was a loving caring uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernadine (Ament) Geisler; and a brother, John Hingtgen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Wayne's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Richard E. Nilles

Richard " Dick" E. Nilles, 93, of Dubuque died Friday June 6,2014 at Bethany Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, preceded by visitation from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Church. Fr. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque , where military rites will be accorded by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Richard was born on November 19, 1920, son of Joseph and Bertha (Wagner) Nilles. He married Evelyn M. Helbing on November 25, 1941 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dickeyville, WI. Evelyn preceded him in death on October 21, 2004. He married Lois Walinch April 21, 2006 at Resurrection Church, Dubuque, IA. He served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific and China during WW II. Richard was a member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.  He worked for and retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1974.

Surviving are his wife, Lois; three children, Keith Nilles, Joyce (Dick) Smith and Ann Powers, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph(Bonnie) Nilles of Florence, KY, Joseph (Jeanette) Nilles of Dyersville, IA; and a step-sister Therese Puetz of Earlville, IA.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, Richard was preceded in death by his sons, Larry Nilles and Tom Nilles; daughter-in-law, Laura Nilles and son-in-law, John Powers; and his brother, Donald Nilles.

The family requests no flowers. A Richard E. Nilles Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gregory M. Frost

Gregory M. Frost, age 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack at 8:15 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014. To celebrate Greg's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Behr's Funeral Home at 1491 Main Street. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 7:00 p.m.

Greg was a loving husband, devoted father, and most revered grandfather. He was born on April 5, 1953, in Iowa City, IA, son of Jack and Luella (Meyer) Frost.

He grew up in St. Donatus, IA with his five brothers. He was a gregarious kid who loved causing trouble. Greg graduated from Bellevue High School. During his senior year of high school he met his beloved wife, Candas Kay (Morett) Frost. They were married on March 26, 1971. Greg, a Vietnam era veteran, served his country by entering the Air Force in 1971. He was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, NV and at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and was honorably discharged in 1977.

Greg was a journeyman in the local sheet metal industry and then started Tri-State Sheet Metal. Later in his career, he was a United States Postal Carrier retiring in 2008.

During his wife's battle with a rare cancer five years ago, he was steadfast and showed the true meaning of "in sickness and in health." Greg was well-known for his beard that he said would only be shaved off when they cured cancer.

Greg loved motorcycles - especially his Harley. He was an accomplished mechanic and a motorcycle flat track, motocross, and drag racer from his days in the military service to the track in Humboldt. He was a "do-it-yourselfer" tinkering with projects around the house and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed shooting sports, hunting, and fishing. But we all know that Greg was happiest riding his Harley on long rides on country roads and spoiling his two grandsons.

Greg is survived by his children, Jennifer (Alan) Hennagir, Chicago, IL, Jonathon (Julie) Frost, St. Donatus, IA; his grandchildren, Julian Hennagir and Breckin Frost; his mother, Luella Frost, St. Donatus; his brothers, Chris (Sandi) Frost, Sommerset, KY, John (Susan) Frost, Seattle, WA, Marc (Monica) Frost, Indianapolis, IN, Michael (Nanae) Frost, Fallbrook, CA, Andy (Patty) Frost, Oskaloosa, IA; his beloved companion, Lynn Pollock, Dubuque, IA,

Gregory was preceded in death by his father, Jack Frost, M.D., and his wife of nearly 40 years, Candas Frost.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Marine Corps League for providing military honors for Greg and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their support throughout his wife's illness. The family would also like thank all of his friends, especially Kennard, Worm, Griz and Devo.

In lieu of flowers a Gregory M. Frost memorial fund has been established to benefit Hospice of Dubuque and several cancer treatment and research organizations.

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

 



Kevin L. Winkelman

Kevin L. Winkelman, age 65, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, suddenly at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. To celebrate Kevin's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kevin was born on May 22, 1949, in Ottumwa, IA, son of Otis and Beverly (Thatcher) Winkelman.

Kevin married Patti Houselog on January 18, 1974, in Asbury, Iowa. They were married for 38 years before she preceded him in death on June 30, 2012. Kevin starting his working career at the Dubuque Packing Company and was lastly employed as a Quality Assurance Manager for Berry Plastics in Peosta, IA, for several years. Kevin and Patti enjoyed their date nights at the casino every Friday night. When the children were young he loved watching Jaime's swim meets, Heather's dance recitals and enjoyed Ryan's artwork. Kevin gained notoriety during his high school years by being the bulldog mascot, who rode a unicycle at school pep rallies and games. He enjoyed traveling to Germany, China, Brazil and Europe for business while also getting in some sightseeing. Kevin valued education and enjoyed tutoring children and teens. Reading was his passion, one kindle was not enough, he had three. Kevin was a proud "Trekkie" and devoted Chicago Bears and New York Yankees fan. His grandchilden were a huge part of his life. Kevin looked forward to Brittany working in Walt Disney World as a Disney Princess, Brock playing football for Wahlert and Brielle competing in the Jr Olympics for gymnastics.

Kevin is survived by his children; Jaime Winkelman, St. Paul, MN, Heather (Aaron) Osthoff, Dubuque, IA, Ryan (Marci) Winkelman, Peosta, IA; his grandchildren, the 3 B's, Brittany, Brock and Brielle Osthoff.

Kevin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patti.

A Kevin L. Winkelman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John Rhomberg

John "Jack" Rhomberg, age 84, of Dubuque died on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, with his wife by his side. A funeral mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 9th at the Church of the Nativity, with the Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will recite the rosary before mass. Friends may call from call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a parish wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at Nativity Church before the funeral, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Private burial will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jack was born in Dubuque on August 13, 1929, the son of Joseph W. and Madeline (Enzler) Rhomberg. He grew up in a strong Catholic family, members of Cathedral Parish, where Jack received his grade school education. He attended high school at Campion Academy, a Catholic boarding school run by the Jesuits in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

He then attended Loras College, before deciding to pursue his dream of being a foreign missionary. He joined the Maryknoll Missionary Society and completed college at the Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellyn, Il. He continued his studies with the intention of becoming a priest but eventually realized that this was not his calling. However, he never gave up his desire to help the missions and directed much of his charitable giving to those who were serving the poor and sharing the faith.

Jack was blessed with a beautiful baritone voice. He performed in many plays and musicals in high school and college and sang at many weddings as a young man. After college he taught high school for several years while he continued pursuing music training. He then moved to Michigan for further training in opera at the Detroit Institute of Musical Art. In 1954 he won a concerto competition at Michigan's Interlochen National Music Camp. He performed with the Detroit Michigan Opera Company and at one point was among the finalists of a New York Metropolitan Opera audition. He never lost his love of singing though the ravages of Alzheimer's disease robbed him of his voice in its final stages.

Jack was a very good athlete and competed in basketball, football, and track in high school and college. He later treasured attending the athletic competitions of his three children, especially track, volleyball, and football. Jack's love of sports and music continues with his grandchildren. Before his health declined he loved opportunities to watch their games or swim meets or hear them sing and play the piano.

Jack had an array of talents and was not afraid to pursue new opportunities and make career changes when he felt called to do so. Over the years Jack and his brothers worked during the summer at the Dubuque Star Brewery, which was founded by his grandfather and was still in the family. His uncle asked him to train to become a licensed brew master, so he moved to Chicago to enroll at The Siebel Institute of Brewing. After finishing his training, Jack returned to Dubuque and served for years as brew master and president of the Dubuque Star Brewery. Jack later decided to return to teaching and attended St. Louis University, where he completed his master's degree and did additional graduate work in sociology. He then taught sociology at Loras College. Jack spent most of his professional life selling real estate and as a broker of his own firm, Abba Realty. He also did property management and financial management for two private corporations.

Jack enjoyed his work, but his life was truly centered in his family and his faith. When he was 39 years old he left bachelorhood behind to marry Alice Regan of Rickardsville, Ia. After a courtship of less than six months they were married on Oct. 5, 1968 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Alice shared Jack's faith commitment, and their beautiful marriage of over 45 years was blessed with three children (Maria, Thomas, and David), who are all so very grateful to their beloved mother for the incredibly devoted, loving, and patient care that she has provided to their dear father in these last difficult years.

Jack was a kind, gentle, generous man. He loved his Catholic faith and attended daily mass as often as he could. He was an avid reader of spiritual books, and in his younger years would get up every day at 4:30 a.m. to have some quiet time to be with the Lord. It was at 4:30 a.m. this past Friday that the Lord called Jack to come to be with Him.

Jack is survived by his wife, Alice, and by their three children: Maria (Randall) Kolar of Norman, Oklahoma; Thomas (Emily) Rhomberg of Chicago; and David (Jennifer) Rhomberg of Cascade, and by 12 treasured grandchildren: John, Charles, Samuel, Katie, and Benjamin Kolar of Norman; Ellie, Anna, and Luke Rhomberg of Chicago; and Madeline, Rachel, Grace, and Isabella Rhomberg of Cascade. Jack is survived by one brother, William (Mary Kay) Rhomberg of Dubuque. Surviving also are his brothers-in-law, John (Maureen) Regan of Newton, N.J. and James (Sandy) Regan of Dubuque, and his sisters-in- law, Mary (Carl) Lange, Katie (Perly) Reeg, and Jeanne (LeRoy) Reeg, all of Dubuque, and Margaret (Kenneth) Kurth of Mendota, IL, and Irene Hauber of Richland Center, WI.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife's parents, John and Veronica (Lex) Regan), by his brothers, Joseph (Barbara and LaVarr) Rhomberg and Father Thomas Rhomberg, and by his sister, Mary (Edward) Bailey.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice or designated for The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa's order), to Maryknoll, or to the Nativity Parish mission in India.

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



Norma J. Hammerand

Norma Jean Hammerand, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away at 12:48 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, IA, with Rev. José Luis Comparan officiating. To celebrate Norma's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, where there will be a parish wake service said at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jean was born on July 20, 1940, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

Norma married Martin Hammerand on February 2, 1963, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years until her retirement. Norma also farmed with her husband on Mud Lake Road. Her favorite things were feeding the calves, watching the Cubs and yearly campouts with family. Norma was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her husband, Martin W. Hammerand, Dubuque, IA, her children, Tim (Lynne) Hammerand, Dubuque, IA, Douglas (Christine) Hammerand, Carlisle, IA, Victoria (Brian) Hein, Durant, IA, Amy (JR) Gregoire, North Liberty, IA; 9 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tommy) Schmitt, Jennifer Hammerand, Derek Hammerand, Brittan, Trey, Garrett and Noah Gregoire, Grant and Elise Hein; 3 great-grandchildren, Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand; her siblings, Peter (Joan) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, John (Katie) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Lillian) Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA, Albert "Albie" Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA, Millie Scharf, Dubuque, IA, Lillian (Don) Huff, Dubuque, IA, Diane (Bill) Kreiman, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Karen Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Audrey Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA; her brother-in-law, Rich Griebel, Dubuque, IA; several nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Alice Mooney, Effie Smith and Irene Griebel and three brothers, Paul, Delbert and Melvin Oberfoell.

A Norma Jean Hammerand memorial fund has been established.

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

 



LaVerne Bottoms

LaVerne "Verne" Bottoms, 82, of ManorCare Health Services, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at ManoreCare.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Rockdale Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to services.

Verne was born on May 5, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Alfred and Marian (Welter) Bottoms.

Verne farmed on the family farm for his entire life. He enjoyed working with the cattle, gardening and being around the animals.

He was a member of Rockdale Methodist Church, where he was baptized.

Surviving are his sisters, Ruth Elaine Kiel, of Bellevue, IA, Dorothy (Harlan) Robey, of Sherrill, IA and June (Duane) Bradfield, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Quentin (Ursula) Bottoms; a sister, Mary Jane Bottoms; and a brother-in-law, Norbert Kiel.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at ManorCare for their compassionate care.



Edmund J. Vandermillen

Edmund J. Vandermillen, 78, of Dubuque, died at home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, with family at his side.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, preceded by visitation from 9:30 to 10:15. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the church; a wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m.

Ed was born on June 18, 1935, on his family's farm in South Garryowen, IA. His family later moved to Dubuque where he attended St. Columbkille's School. Here he met his future wife, Ann Doll. He and Ann were married on Dec. 27, 1958, and celebrated 50 years of marriage. Ed attended Loras College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Forestry.

His 30-year forestry career brought him to many places across the country. Career highlights included serving as State Forester of Connecticut and Director of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies in Milford, PA.

Ed retired in 1990, and he and Ann returned to Dubuque. In retirement he turned his lifelong interest in books, history, and nature into a book business. He also served on the Boards of the Carnegie-Stout Library and Cascade Forestry, and volunteered at the Loras College Center for Dubuque History.

Ed enjoyed many interests, especially books, music, art, traveling, the ritual of afternoon tea, birding, working in his yard, and exploring in the woods. While his accomplishments were many, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren.

Ed made friends wherever he went, and he cherished his many friendships both old and new.

He married Peg Hennagir July 6, 2012. While their time together was short, it was filled with much joy which included family, friends, and travel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his father, Henry J. Vandermillen; his mother, Mary Veronica (Noonan) Vandermillen; his sister, Marguerite Callahan; his brother, Raymond Vandermillen.

He is survived by his wife, Peg Hennagir; his four children, Julie (Bob) Cooney, Kathy (Michael) Berardi, Michael (Heather) Vandermillen, and Jim (Debby) Vandermillen; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his brothers Michael, James, Donald, and Joseph Vandermillen.

Ed's family would like to thank his good friend, Dr. Tom Lally; Dr. Mark Hermann; and the many friends who supported him and his family over the past six months. Thank you to the caring staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, Cindy, Peggy, and Jennifer.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of arrangements.



Patrick G. O’Brien

Patrick G. O'Brien, 83, of Dubuque, formerly of Fillmore, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Msgr. Dan Knepper officiating and Rev. Msgr. John McClean concelebrating. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, where military rites will be accorded by Cascade American Legion Post 528. Friends and relatives of Pat may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.

Pat was born June 2, 1931, in Dubuque, son of Earl and Grace (Callahan) O'Brien. He attended school at Fillmore and graduated from St. Martin's High School.

Pat served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 in the 323rd Eng. Co. in the Korean War.

On June 1, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ann Meirick at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven Iowa.

Pat farmed in the Fillmore area while raising his family and was active with Dubuque County Pork Producers and later worked at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta.

He was a member of St. Raphael Parish in Dubuque and an active member of Cascade American Legion Post 528 where he served as past commander.

He is survived by his wife, Ann O'Brien, of Dubuque; five children: Tom (Meg) O'Brien of Cascade, Bill (Amy) O'Brien of Takoma Park, MD, Peg O'Brien of Woody Creek, CO, Dave (Melissa) O'Brien of Epworth, and Doug (Alisa) O'Brien of Takoma Park, MD; ten grandchildren: Clancy, Bailey, and Gannon O'Brien; Colin O'Brien-Lux and Callahan O'Brien; Jack, Patrick, and Will O'Brien; and Molly and Jimmy O'Brien; three brothers: Mike (Joyce) O‘Brien, Terry (Delores) O‘Brien, and Joe, all of Cascade; four sisters: Kay (Rex) Gogerty of Hubbard, Joannel (Irwin) McDermott of Epworth, Lois (Rich) Schlegel of Fairfield, CT, and Deb (Bob) Green of Cascade; sisters-in-law: Elaine (Earl), O‘Brien, Mary Ann (Ralph) O‘Brien and Maurna (George) O‘Brien; and two brothers-in-law: Bill (Ann) Meirick of Protivin, and Dick (Ginger) Meirick of Orchard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Earl, Ralph, George, and Steve O'Brien; a sister-in-law, Monica (Urbain) O'Brien; a brother-in-law, Danny Meirick; two nephews, Phil McDermott and Tim O'Brien; and a niece, Kathy Meirick.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care.



Mary K. Miller

Mary K. Miller, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:50 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on July 18, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Evelyn E. Butler.

Mary graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Dubuque in 1956 and worked as a registered professional nurse for 58 years. During that time she served as a nurse for Dr. Logan and the Galena Hospital and Nursing Home. Mary was also a charge nurse for many years at Ennoble Manor Nursing Home in Dubuque, Iowa. After retirement from Ennoble she worked as an in care service provider for Home Instead until January of 2014. She married Edward A. Miller on November 24, 1956 and they were united until his death in June of 1995. Mary was an avid card player and gardener who enjoyed being around family and friends.

Mary is survived by her children, Linda (Jim) Roberts, Erie, IL, Michael Miller, Hanover, IL; her grandchildren, Ashley Roberts, Moline, IL, Jordan Miller, Springfield, OH.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and her husband, Edward A. Miller.

A Mary K. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lyndon C. Ludovissy

Lyndon "Lynn" C. Ludovissy, 49, of North Buena Vista died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa on his annual fishing trip with family and friends.

Friends called from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista with inurnment in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries officiated. Mass servers were Charlie Hefel and Wyatt Errthum. Lector was Samantha Hefel and giftbearers were Logan, Dylan and Owen Ludovissy. Music was provided by Bev Ploessl and the North Buena Vista Choir. Eucharistic minister was Ben Hefel. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Freiburger, Terry Steffen, Dave Osterhaus, Pat Steffen, Al Vonderhaar, Robie Vonderhaar, Dennis Errthum, Dan Ludovissy and Duane Kutsch.

Lynn was born January 31, 1965, in Guttenberg, Iowa, the son of Donald and Mary (Breitbach) Ludovissy. He graduated with the Class of 1983 at the Guttenberg High School. He married Karen Theisen on May 16, 1987, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Lynn worked at Mi-T-M as a metal fabrication supervisor for 23 years. He served on the North Buena Vista City Council, the Immaculate Conception Parish Council and was formerly on the St. Mary's School Board. He and Karen enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing with the family and he especially enjoyed his time with his new grandson, Noah Lynn. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter. The mottos he lived by were "Who has more fun than us!" and "We're only here for a little while."

Survivors include his wife, Karen; 2 children: Benjamin (fiancé Lacey Bailey) of Holy Cross and Amber at home; 1 grandchild: Noah Lynn Ludovissy, his parents, Don and Mary Ludovissy of North Buena Vista; Siblings: Alice (Duane) Phelps of Colesburg, Arlus Keller of Bettendorf, Aggie Lammers (John Houston) of West Des Moines, Amy (Robie) Vonderhaar of Guttenberg, Henry Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Dan (Kim) Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Harve (Mandy) Ludovissy of Guttenberg, and Donna (Ken) Kuhlman of Colesburg; parents-in law: Jim and Shirley Theisen of Holy Cross, brothers and sisters-in-law, Patty (Pat) Steffen of Luxemburg, Ken (Cyndi) Theisen of Holy Cross, Nancy (Joe) Oberbroeckling of Asbury, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Baby.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Ludovissy, and in-laws: Heather Ludovissy, John Keller, and Ron Theisen.

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

 



Margaret M. Hastings

Margaret M. Hastings, age 75, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 11:42 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Sr. Amy L. Golm officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Margaret was born on July 13, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Eliza (Scott) Hoag.

Margaret married David Hastings Sr., on December 9, 1978, at St. Luke's Methodist Church. She was employed at Mt. Carmel as a CNA for 22 years. She enjoyed playing with her dogs and birds, playing Bingo, making dolls and watching football, especially the K.C. Chiefs and 49ers. She also enjoyed her flowers; roses and lilacs were her favorites. Margaret loved spending time with her family and getting everyone together. She cherished her trip to Wyoming with her cousin Carm.

Margaret is survived by her husband, David Hastings Sr., Dubuque, IA; her children, Lonnie (Fiancé Wayne Hall) Rooney, Dubuque, IA, Lorie (Eugene) Key, Dubuque, IA, Luann Becker, Dubuque, IA, LeRoy (Mary) Harkey Jr., Dubuque, IA, Robin (Brian) Connor, 29 Palms, CA, Hazel (Dave) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA, Amy (Jeff) Scholtes, Dubuque, IA, David (Wendy) Hastings Jr., Dubuque, IA, Curt (Linda) Curiel, Dubuque, IA, Debbie Curiel, Dubuque, IA, Carl Phend, Rhode Island, Richard (Michelle) VanDasselaar, Dubuque, IA;,49 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren; 16 great great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean (Harold) Brietspecker, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Hoyer, Stockton, IL, Cathy Hastings, Shullsburg, WI, Shirley Hoag, Dubuque, IA; her brothers-in-law, Willie (Christy) Hastings, Warren, IL, Duane (Shirley) Hastings, Shullsburg, WI, Ralph Hastings, Dubuque, IA.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Dean Hastings Sr., grandchildren, Amanda Jean, Daniel, Crystal and LeRoy Charles, a great-grandson, Lucas Harkey-Johnson, 4 sisters, Amanda Rowell, Henrietta Shireman, Betty Tigges and Louise Petrakis, 3 brothers, James Hoag, Alfred Hoag and Robert Hoag.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Powers, Dr. Schope and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of their wonderful care.

A Margaret M. Hastings memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Randy J. Schmitt

Randy J. Schmitt, age 52, of 2015 Winne Ct., peacefully passed away at home on Sunday , June 1, 2014, at 12:36 p.m. with his family at his side after a three year courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Randy's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Randy was born on April 10, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cletus and Judy (Brimeyer) Schmitt.

Randy graduated from St. Anthony School, Wahlert High School, Class of 1980 and attended NICC for one year. He married Monica Walker on May 30, 1987, at St. Anthony Church in Dubuque and they have two daughters. Randy was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Randy was employed at Hy-Vee on Dodge Street and worked weekends at Timmerman's Supper Club, both for 23 years. Randy had an exceptional work ethic. He was a kind, gentle man always willing to help others. He was always smiling. Even on his worst pain days he never complained and always said "I'm good". He was truly an inspiration for all who knew him. He had great faith and attended daily mass whenever possible. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing his guitar, assembling WWII tanks and airplanes, listening to his CD collection and playing with family pets Daisy and Rocketman, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid fan of the Hawkeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns and enjoyed watching the games with his dad. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Randy is survived by his loving wife, Monica Schmitt; his two daughters, Nicole Schmitt, Emily Schmitt, at home; his parents, Cletus and Judy Schmitt, all of Dubuque; his sisters, Lori (Don) Latham, Jackie Schmitt; his mother-in-law, Sandy Walker; his brother-in-law, Chris (Kerri) Walker; his aunts, Marian Schmitt, Eileen Roby, Mary (Mike) Dolan; his uncles, Donald (Mary) Brimeyer, Joseph (Sue) Schmitt; his niece and nephew, Rachael and Zach Latham; numerous cousins.

Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rainer and Marie Schmitt, Arnold and Marie Brimeyer, his father-in-law, David Walker and his uncle, Joe Roby.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Holm and her oncology staff and Randy's other physicians at Medical Associates; Dr. Koneru and staff at the Wendt Center; Dr. Arce and his team at Mayo Clinic; and the physicians and staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their great care of Randy. Also a special thank you to the staffs of Hy-Vee, Timmerman's Supper Club and Portzen Construction for their support and concern.

In lieu of flowers, a Randy J. Schmitt memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elaine Adams

L. Elaine (Hird) Adams, 89 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Summit Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2885 John F. Kennedy Rd, conducted by Rev. Karen Candee, where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Wednesday at the church prior to services. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Elaine was born August 21, 1924 in Dubuque the daughter of Arthur M. and Edna A. (Zimmerman) Bennett. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942. Elaine married Raymond A. Hird on December 20, 1945 at Summit Congregational Church UCC, he passed away on May 22, 1971. She later married Clarence J. Adams on October 18, 1980.

She was active in all class events of Dubuque Senior High School. Elaine enjoyed walking with her friend Ann over Grandview, golfing, biking, lunching with friends and classmates, and baking. Mom was the best cookie maker, especially her O'Henry Bars. She was a volunteer for RSVP at Finley Hospital for many years, Finley Auxiliary, Women's Fellowship at Summit Church, Eastern Star. Elaine was a 85 year member of Summit Church, charter member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and TTT Chapter BX. She worked in Public Relations and Alumni Affairs at the University of Dubuque, and retired as a receptionist from West Third Oral Surgeons in 1986.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence; children, Linda (Donald) Campbell of Huntley, IL, Jane (Bill) English of Bernard, and Mark (Christine) Hird of Roselle, IL; grandchildren, Tara (Brian) Norris, Laura (Jason) Fisk, Jason (Heather) English, Jeremy (Denise) English, and Anthony R. Hird; great-grandchildren, Tatum and Audrey Norris, Enedelia and Jonas Fisk, and Willa and Hannah English; step-children, Patricia (Mike) Boardman, Valerie Adams, and Trudy (Bob) Stauffacher; nine step-grandchildren; numerous step great-grandchildren; a sister, Maylo (Earl) Nation; sister in-law, Cathy Bennett; and many other relatives.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Raymond; and a brother, John J. Bennett.

A special Thank You to the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, especially Jennifer and Catherine for your care and support.

Memorials may be given to Summit Congregational Church UCC or Hospice of Dubuque in Elaine's memory.

For Service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Harlan E. Clapham

Harlan E. Clapham, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Zwingle, Iowa died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Heritage Manor. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harlan was born August 7, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Eldon and Lorraine (Coates) Clapham. He grew up on a farm near Zwingle and moved to Dubuque in the 1990's.

He was a farmer, John Deere mechanic and truck driver for Charlie Bergfeld Trucking. He enjoyed collecting farm toys and tractor pulling.

Harlan was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

He is survived by three sisters, Janice (Ernie) Feldermann of LaMotte, Arlene (Carl) Selzer of Otter Creek, and Denise (Lyle) Richardson of Colonial, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Leland, Leita, Mark, Anita, Danny, Kristine and Kathleen. He also had many special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step father, Leroy Weiderman and one niece, Regina Feldermann.

A Harlan Clapham Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Steven E. Schmitt

Steven E. "Steve" Schmitt, 65, of East Dubuque, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 31, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve was born on January 16, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Vincent and Mabel (Ames) Schmitt. He married Annette Schueller (Winchell) on April 19, 1975 in Dubuque.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 17 years, later operated a bulk milk transport company serving southwest Wisconsin farmers, was an owner/operator for North American Van Lines with his wife for 10 years, then started Steve Schmitt Trucking Company, specializing in the transport and installation of fitness equipment in high-end health and fitness facilities located throughout the United States, and lastly was employed by J & R Trucking Company of Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

Steve loved fishing, taking annual fishing trips to Cygnet Lake in Ontario, Canada.  He took pride in helping his mother, loved his family, especially his grandchildren, enjoyed meeting with his buddies for coffee and morning "bull sessions," and playing cards with family and friends.  He also had a special love for animals.

Surviving are his wife Annette, his four children, Julie Winchell of Decorah, Iowa; Steve (Lou Ann) Winchell of Lakeville, Minnesota; Robert (Kris) Winchell of Epworth, Iowa and James (Jody) Winchell of East Dubuque, six grandchildren, Nicole, Paulina, Kayla, Andrea, Ryan and Andrew, his mother Mabel Schmitt of Galena, his siblings, Darlene (Terry) Leifker of Galena; Dave (Roxie) Schmitt of DeWitt, Iowa; Donnie (Doris) Schmitt of Galena; Jerry (Rita) Schmitt of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Mary (Mike) Drapeau of Bellevue, Iowa and Dawn (Dean) DeVauk of Princeton, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Vincent, a nephew Ryan Vincent Schmitt and his aunt Marge Beadle.

The family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith and East Dubuque Fire Departments and EMS units and the East Dubuque Police Department for their quick response, expert care and assistance.

 



Florence A. Meis

Florence A. Meis, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, and formerly of Holy Cross, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Good Neighbor Home, Manchester.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. June 2 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Florence was born on May 30, 1925, the oldest of ten children born to Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier on the family farm east of Dyersville. After graduating from the eighth grade from the country school, she worked on the home farm, and later worked as a hired girl in homes around Dyersville. She married Joseph C. Meis, son of William and Josephine (Hoefer) Meis on Feb. 5, 1948, at the Basilica in Dyersville. Together they were proud to work and raise their family on a century farm south of Holy Cross.

She enjoyed tending to her garden and flowers, raising chickens, and attending church card parties and picnics. Faith was always a very important aspect in her life.

Joe and Florence retired to Holy Cross in 1984, where she continued to tend to beautiful flower gardens. They later became residents of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in 2006.

Survivors include a son, Bill (Laurie) Meis of Platteville, WI; two daughters, Donna (Lial) Prier of Ryan, and Karla Meis of Deerfield, WI; 8 grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany) Meis of Las Vegas, NV, Laurie (Olin) Skattum of Dubuque, Julie (Grant) Haugen of Farmington, MN, Brittani Meis of Platteville, WI, Melissa Prier of Marion, Holly Prier of Ames and Clinton Prier of Ryan and Kevin Kieler of Deerfield, WI; 2 sisters, Alice (Richard) Nadermann of Dyersville and Mary (Charles) Hellmann of Holy Cross; 4 brothers, Eldon (Clara) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Donald (Elaine) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Wilfred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley and James (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law, Agnes Steffensmeier of Dyersville and Jeanette Hilkin of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Eugene Prier of Dyersville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Meis; siblings Arthur Steffensmeier, Eugene (Helen) Steffensmeier and Lucille Prier; in-laws Leora (Lester) Willenbring, Helen Meis and Elmer Hilkin.

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



Robert C. Vondran

Robert C. Vondran, age 89, of Potosi, WI, passed away on May 30, 2014. Private family services will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Tennyson, WI. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Potosi Post 473 and Potosi VFW Post 5276. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born on March 7, 1925, in Grant County, WI, son of William and Magdalena (Wilhelm) Vondran.

Robert served in the Army Air Corp as a tailgunner in a B17 during WWII. He was united in marriage with Grace Vivian Kirchberg. Together they built a life in Potosi, Wisconsin for themselves and their family. Robert was known for his strong work ethic and was employed as a butcher at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 32 years before retiring in 1983. Robert was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He loved to go metal detecting, playing cards and going on family road trips and car rides. Robert also liked to try his luck gambling at the Diamond Jo Casino and sitting on the shore of the Mississippi River. He loved his country and was a proud patriot and member of the American Legion. Robert will forever remain in our hearts.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Grace Vivian Vondran, Potosi, WI; his 10 children, Daria Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Robert (Tina) Vondran, Monticello, IA, Debra (Dennis) Byrnes, Bettendorf, IA, Dennis Vondran, Platteville, WI, Doug (Vikki) Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Daniel Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Randy Vondran, Cuba City, WI, Donna Hessling, Dickeyville, WI, Doris Vondran, Cuba City, WI, Denise Vondran, Cuba City, WI; 11 grandchildren, Scott Bradley, Andrew (Sarah) Bradley, Heather (Scott) Byrnes Isley, Brendan Byrnes, Catherine Byrnes, Joshua (Dominque) Vondran, Zachary Vondran, Randi Lynn (Adam) Berning, Nathaniel Vondran, Isaih Hessling, Rachel Hessling; 3 great granddaughters, Kaitlyn Vondran, Persephone Berning and Chloe Isabel Isley and a great grandson, Tytus Vondran; his brother, Harold Vondran, Springdale, AR.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Chad Michael Vondran, a brother, Edward Vondran, a sister, Eileen Meisenberg, his step-brothers, Cletus and Ernest Eckert and a step-sister, Viola Eckert.

A Robert C. Vondran memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marie V. Brimeyer

Marie V. Brimeyer, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Sunset Park Place and 990 Davis Street, passed away at 2:06 a.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born on September 10, 1917, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Anna (Schueller) Neuses.

Marie married Arnold Brimeyer on May 4, 1937, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2011. Marie was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Rosary Society, Stonehill Auxiliary and St. Vincent dePaul. Marie did volunteer work at Xavier Hospital for several years. In her free time she enjoyed bowling and traveling and loved to play cards. Marie was very modest, but everyone knew she was a great cook. She loved to cook for people and was famous for her generous dessert portions.

Marie is survived by her children, Judy (Cletus) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA, Mary (Michael) Dolan, Asbury, IA, Donald (Mary) Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 9 great great-grandchildren.

Marie preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arnold, a great-granddaughter, Emily Brimeyer, three sisters, Lorraine (Elmer) Klein, Lucille (Vincent) Rowles and Clara (Elmer) Rowles and three brothers, Raymond (Freida), Fr. Clarence and Clement (Rita) Neuses.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, Sunset Park Place and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of their wonderful care of Marie.

A Marie V. Brimeyer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Christian C. Greibe

Christian Charles "Chris" Greibe, 44, devoted husband of Shelby, and loving stepfather of Austin and Parker, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Services and sharing will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 4 p.m.

Chris was employed at United Parcel Services for the past 16 years. He loved going into work & enjoyed the friendship & laughs with his co-workers. He formerly worked at Medical Associates West Campus, Behr Funeral Home, MJS Carpentry and Construction with Mike Sievers, Weber Paper Co., and the former Walsh Stores.

He was born on May 29, 1970, in Dubuque, son of Charles "Chub" and Kathleen "Katie" (Gruber) Greibe. Chris married Shelby (Steuer) Lippstock on Oct. 17, 2011, at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They both said they'd never get married again, but realized almost instantly that there was something special about the other. They wrote their own wedding vows, which was a struggle for Chris, but they were definitely from the heart, although Shelby cringed as Chris said he knew they were a perfect match because "she was sick and twisted like he was."
Chris was a loving and devoted husband, and took exceptional care of Shelby the past 2 ½ years. He was by her side through every surgery, and every procedure, driving her to all of her doctors and therapists appointments without a complaint, always encouraging and being optimistic that things would improve. He loved being a stepfather to Austin and Parker. Chris and Parker had a very special bond, always laughing and joking with each other. Chris made it a point to try to attend every doctor appointment, every school function, every funny movie he could with Parker. He was so proud of the fact he was learning the viola & the glockenspiel all on his own. He was very proud of Austin and his service with the Marine Corps. Chris looked on with immense pride when Austin graduated from basic training in September. He knew the man Austin could become and never failed to remind him of that and show him his love and support. He wanted Austin to know he would never let him down & did whatever he could to show him that.

Chris enjoyed going to movies and out to eat with Shelby and Parker, watching reality TV, working around the house, and spending time with his three dogs, Cooper, Diesel and his beloved little Tippy. Chris spent the last few years turning his bachelor pad into a beautiful home for his new family. He had spent the last few days helping Shelby get the yard decorated with flowers and working on getting the swimming pool ready for summer. They all enjoyed their days spent lounging in the pool together. Chris would help anyone out anytime they needed it. He was honestly the nicest person you could ever meet. His goal in life was to make things easier for Shelby and for the boys and took great pride in doing that. Chris never walked anywhere without holding Shelby's hand.

Surviving are his loving wife, Shelby; two stepsons, PFC Austin Oberbroeckling, stationed with the Marines in Quantico, Va., and Parker Lippstock, at home; a sister, Catherine (Louis) Greibe-Vorwald, of Dubuque; two nieces, Katelyn and Kayla Vorwald; a cousin, Sandy (Jerry) Heth, of Dubuque; cousins, Sandra Heth, of Dubuque, and Jason (fiancée, Elizabeth Walkowiak) Heth, of Ann Arbor, Mich., who Chris loved immensely and said was more like a brother to him than a cousin; his only surviving aunt, Frances German, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Chris (Tami) Steuer, of Bellevue, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Erinne (Andy) Fessler, and their daughter, Marley, all of Dundee, Iowa; his father and mother-in-law, Kenneth Steuer and Joan (David Erickson) Owens; his three dogs, Cooper, Diesel and Tippy; and his many, many friends. He will be missed more than words can say.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three aunts, Lenora Davis, Dolores Gruber and Madonna Gruber; and two uncles, Joseph Gruber Jr. and George Gruber.

Chris, I love you more than words can say. The past six years have been the absolute best for me because of you. Thank you for accepting my boys and loving them as your own. Thank you so much for allowing me to continue to bring puppies home; I know they will keep me company in the days to come. As much as I wish I could bring you back, I know that I will have you as my guardian angel for the rest of my life. Until we meet again, my love. I love you.

A Chris Greibe Memorial Fund has been established in his memory.

Shelby, Austin and Parker and the family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Dubuque Police and Fire Departments and the Medical Examiners Office, Kevin and Nancy Conlon, Chris, Shelby's brother, and our close friends, Melissa and Todd, for everything they did for Chris and our family. Kevin, Chris truly loved you as a brother and was so happy to have your friendship in his life.

 



John P. Theobald

John P. "Honest John" Theobald, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate John's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 29, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Jacob A. and Elizabeth M. (Spautz) Theobald.

John married Irene Kennedy in Placid, Iowa, on December 18, 1943. He served with the U.S. Army for 4 ½ years and was on Omaha Beach and all throughout France. John was employed as a Supervisor of Sales for Interstate Power Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, a founding member of Dubuque Homebuilders Association, the Dubuque Electric League and the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. John was a former member of the Red Cross and the Lions Club. In his free time John enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle, which he did for 73 years.

John is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Irene Theobald, Dubuque, IA; his children, Richard John (Cathy) Theobald, Asbury, IA, Ronald Edward (Kathy) Theobald, Dubuque, IA, Randy Martin (Sue Young) Theobald, Farley, IA, Roger Charles Theobald, Dubuque, IA, Lynn Elizabeth (William) Meyer, Asbury, IA, John Jacob "Jake" Theobald, Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Carol Hannan, Dubuque, IA.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Micah Theobald, his 3 sisters, Dorothy (Don) Breitbach, Charlotte (Joe) Martel and Pat (John) Jordan and his 2 brothers, Joe (Addy) Theobald and Chuck Cushing.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ryan Stille, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Eagle Point Place for all of their wonderful care for John and the family.

A John P. Theobald memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy

Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy, age 86, of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA., passed away at 8:40 a.m. on May 27, 2014. A private service will be held at 5:15 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at New Melleray Abbey. Burial will be in New Melleray Abbey Cemetery.

Fr. Thaddeus was born November 21, 1927 in Chicago, IL., Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy, monk and priest of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, Iowa, passed away at 8:40 a.m., an hour and a half after concelebrating at the community Eucharist from his powered wheelchair, as has been his practice for a number of years.Fr. Thaddeus was raised in Chicago, IL, and after serving in the US Marine Corps in China, John entered New Melleray and took the name Thaddeus. Fr. Thaddeus, like many of his generation, saw Ecclesial order and regulation not as authoritarian but as a theological and practical means of living out a specific and unique monastic vocation in Roman Catholicism. Being highly inured personally in habit and structure, Fr. Thaddeus served wholeheartedly as Assistant Novice Director and Subprior, yet he preferred the more solitary tasks of Bellringer and Senior Corn-Dryer Operator, rising at Midnight to begin his shift during the harvest. When his shift was over he celebrated the Eucharist privately. Even during the final years of his life, when illness limited his mobility, he regularly came to community prayers, meetings, and meals. His interest in everything was only surpassed by his unwavering cheerfulness and lovely smile.

Fr. Thaddeus is survived by his sister, Margaret Ronan.

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

 



Barbara A. Biedermann

Barbara A. Biedermann Gatena, 47 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014, surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.

Visitation will be on Saturday May 31st, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Diane Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Barb was born on March 5, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William H. Biedermann and Darlene Spark. She married Michael Gatena in Dubuque.

She worked at Advanced Design in Dubuque for many years.

She is a member of the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed spending time with her friends playing darts, and Foosball watching or going to NASCAR Races, Sunday Fun-Day at her sister's pool but most of all spending time with her children and attending their events.

She is survived by two children; Joshua Weber, Jordan Weber, step daughter, Mariah Gatena, step grandson Cameron. Her mother; Darlene (Jerry) Hedley, grandmothers Darlene Biedermann, and Patricia Biedermann. Her sister Donna (Allen) Weber, 2 step brothers; Jeremy (Sabrina) Hedley, Jamey (Cindy) Hedley, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman, the Finley Hospital 4th floor Nurses and staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Barb.

In lieu of flowers a Barbara A. Biedermann-Gatena memorial fund has been established.



Robert E. Redding

Robert E. "Bob" Redding, 55, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

In keeping with Bob's wishes, there will be no services.  Committal services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, May 30, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Bob was born October 25, 1958, in Dubuque, son of Donald L. and Eunice M. (Evarts) Redding. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1977 and graduated from California State University-Northridge.

He married Yolanda Rios on November 29, 1987 in California. Bob was employed by the Veterans Administration as a Counseling Psychologist for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife, Yolanda, and daughter Amanda of Minnesota, and sons Daniel and Donald of California; his siblings Jim (Kris) Redding, Minnesota, Marion (Larry) Laster, North Carolina, Anna Redding, Wisconsin, and Bruce (Sarah) Redding, Donna (Robert) Maas, Mark (Susan) Redding, and Laura Redding all of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews James Redding and Eric Redding. 

 



Dr. Newton Chun

Dr. Newton Chun, 90, of Dubuque, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Saturday at the Church.

Newton was born on June 3, 1923 at Queens Hospital in Honolulu. Growing up in Hawaii made for idyllic childhood. As a boy, the lush island paradise, including a pristine and undeveloped Waikiki Beach was his backyard and playground. His father died young and his mother, a Korean picture bride, had to struggle to raise five children on her own during the Great Depression. Wishing for them a better life, she stressed the importance of higher education.

Newton dedicated himself to the rigors of the classroom. After graduating from Farrington High School he enrolled at the University of Hawaii where he hoped to lay the academic groundwork that would enable him to pursue a medical career. However, his plans were interrupted when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

In addition to his academic responsibilities at the University of Hawaii Newton was also a member of the schools venerable Hawaii Territorial Guard. This was the only senior ROTC unit in the country to see active duty during World War II. Cadet Newton Chun assisted the U.S. Armed Forces by lending his services as an ambulance driver. Being in such close contact with wounded soldiers and civilians was a profound experience for a young pre-med student. Not only did it strengthen his resolve to become a doctor, it made him consider the possibility of making surgery his specialty.

During the war years, the University of Hawaii temporarily closed its doors, forcing Newton to abandon his studies. Realizing that the dream of one day becoming a surgeon was in jeopardy, he immediately applied to medical schools on the mainland. In the interim, he worked at nearby Ford Island as an airplane mechanic while he waited for someone in college admissions office to rubber-stamp one of his applications. His excellent grades earned him a nod from Northwestern University. It was here where he received his B.S., M.S., and M.D. degrees.

After graduation from Northwestern medical school he fulfilled his surgical residency at nearby Presbyterian Hospital. Fascinated by the rapid advances being made in heart surgery, he decided to focus his attention on this burgeoning medical field. He completed his thoracic residency at Children's Memorial Hospital and the Chicago State Tuberculosis Sanitarium a fellowship in cardio- vascular surgery at the world- renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills, New Jersey.

After completing his medical training, he married Dubuquer Rosemarie Peschang on December 26, 1952 at Chicago's St. Jarlath's Catholic Church. The couple's marital bliss however was cut short when Newton was drafted into the Korean war after serving on a Pacific tour as Ships Medical Officer. Stationed in San Diego, where he served at the Balboa Naval Hospital. After the war he remained in the Naval Reserve for 16 years. Honorably discharged, he retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, the most senior of the junior officer ranks.

In the late 1950's Newton returned to Hawaii with his new bride to explore job opportunities and start a family. But his return to paradise was a failed experiment. In this instance at least, the familiar Thomas Wolfe line about outgrowing one's home town applied. Concerning his wife's prospects, however, the hoary aphorism proved stunningly inaccurate. Knowing her husband was open to suggestions on where to relocate, Rosemarie said Dubuque was "a fantastic place to settle down and have kids."
It was here, over 4,000 miles from Pearl Harbor, in a place where pineapple plantations and volcanic beaches gave way to corn fields and Mississippi mud, where a Hawaiian native's future was forged. After acclimating to his new surroundings, Newton prospered both in his private and professional life. He fathered six children and established a thriving private medical practice.

A compassionate man, he never turned away someone seeking treatment, no matter how dire their financial situation might be. Over the years, grateful patients from nearby rural towns supplied the Chun household with a steady stream of farm-raised meat and produce in order to pay off their medical bills.

Recognized as a top thoracic- cardiovascular surgeon, Newton was held in high esteem by the local medical community and received numerous citations and awards. To accommodate his rapidly expanding patient list, Newton commissioned a spacious modern office building on John F. Kennedy Road in 1970. He was one of the first professionals to have the foresight and entrepreneurial spirit to stake a claim on Dubuque's up - and - coming West side.

In addition to his wife Rosemarie, all six Chun children survive him. Two daughters, four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth) Van Vleck of Palo Alto, CA. and Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, OH; Rene (Jolande) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun, of Manhattan Beach, CA., Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Jon (Prof. Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, OH. He also leaves fourteen grandchildren behind; Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne, Dakota and Sequoia Chun; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicolas Elkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

'A' ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha ("Distance is ignored by love"; Hawaiian Proverb).

 



Lynn M. Westhoff

Lynn M. Westhoff, 46, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at her home following a courageous 4-year battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lynn was born November 8, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Darlene (Funke) Wegmann.  She graduated with the Western Dubuque Class of 1986, and went on to receive an Associates Degree in Accounting from AIB. She married Doug Westhoff on June 30, 1990, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Lynn was a dedicated employee at Ed Fett Accounting in Dubuque for the past 26 years.  She was an avid sports fan, taking her parents to the Girls State Basketball Tournament during her junior year of high school, and later watching her boys participate in many sports including football, basketball, track, and baseball.  She also enjoyed Noah's creative side.  His time spent baking, the enjoyment he got from gardening, and his interest in choir and the stage always brought a smile to her face. She loved the Hawkeyes, the Cardinals, and Yankees.  She also enjoyed walking in the early mornings and family vacations to Lake Okoboji. The sunsets, nutty bars, and evening boat rides were her favorites. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister.

Survivors include her husband, Doug, 3 sons: Hunter, Jacob and Noah, her parents: Wayne and Darlene Wegmann of Dyersville, father and mother-in-law:  Henry and Mary Jean Westhoff of New Vienna; 1 sister, Lisa (Randy) Ludwig of Dyersville, three brothers: Scott (Mary) Wegmann of Manchester, Brian (Sara) Wegmann of Grundy Center and Brad (Julie) Wegmann of Marion; in-laws: Kurt (Amy) Westhoff of Des Moines, Brian (special friend Judy Rosenow) Westhoff of Dubuque, Chris (Sheri) Westhoff of Altoona, Sally (Jeff) Vetter of Altoona, Karen (special friend Blake Liles)  Chiasson of Abilene, TX, and Andy (Amanda) Westhoff of Strawberry Point; 23 nieces and nephews; her grandmother-in-law, Delores Deutmeyer of Dyersville and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hugo and Regina Funke, Joe and Henrietta Wegmann, her grandparents-in-law, Hubert and Marie Westhoff and Gregor Tegeler.

Lynn asked that a special thank you be extended to Ed Fett Accounting, especially Ed and Shirley Fett, Deb Kittoe, and Scott Fett for their years of support.

A college education memorial fund has been established for her sons and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Sharon A. Hefel

Sharon A. Hefel, 71 of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Saturday May 31st at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church where funeral mass will be held at 1:00p.m. With Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, 2595 Rockdale Rd in charge of arrangements.

She was born on May 11, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Marcella (Kelzer) Weig. She married Jerome A. Hefel on May 13, 1961 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

She worked at Mercy Medical Center in the Purchasing Department until retirement.

Sharon was a kind, gentle loving person. She never said a unkind word about anyone, she was a selfless person who always worried about others. She enjoyed to feed the birds and squirrels daily.

She was the best wife, mother, grandma, great grandma and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Jerry, four children; Steve (Diane) Hefel, Jack (Michele) Hefel, Julie (Steve) DeWitt, and Bill Hefel. Seven grandchildren; Nikki (Mike) Vondra, Megan (Tyler) Timmerman, Jared, Alex, Linsey, Abbie, and Erik Hefel, step granddaughter Kristal Kruse, and one great granddaughter, Lucy. Two brothers, Dan (Vee) Weig, Dennis (Lori) Weig, one sister Janice Weig.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings David, and Mary.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon Hefel memorial fund has been established. Memorials may also be given to Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Christian Schulthies and their staff, Mercy Medical Center 3rd floor especially Katie & Emily, Hospice of Dubuque and to Becky McDonald for all their wonder care, kindness, they gave to Sharon.



Carol L. Jasper

Carol Lee Jasper, 69, of Dyersville died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call Friday at the funeral home from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and Deacon Dan Hoeger will assist.

Carol was born April 9, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Linus "Lee" and Valeria (Krapfl) Mensen.  She married Loyd Jasper on September 7, 1964, in Dyersville, Iowa.  Carol enjoyed helping her husband, Loyd with his custom toys and was very proud of his work.  She also enjoyed playing cards with friends and visiting with the lunch ladies.  Carol especially loved traveling to attend her grandchildren's events and family celebrations and gatherings.  She was selfless and always put the interests and needs of her family ahead of her own.

Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Loyd, four children: Duane (Anne), Glen (Kris), Kevin (Courtney) all of Cedar Rapids, and Janet (Jamie) Hogan of Lake Villa, IL, 12 grandchildren: Alexander, Nathaniel, Logan, Oren, Whitney, Erica, Hanna, Zachary, Lucille, Ryan, Tyler and Travis; one brother, Dale (Wilma) Mensen of Dyersville, step-mother, Jean Mensen of Dyersville, step siblings: Judy (Bill) Walke, Joan Hough, Mary (John) Sievertsen, Diane (Tim) Dingbaum, Dave (Ingrid) Goerdt, and Ken (Beth) Goerdt; brother-in-law: Kenneth (Margie) Jasper of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Emil and Monica Jasper, a sister-in-law, Gladys (Tony) Hoeger, and a step-brother, Gary Goerdt.

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

 

 



Kene K. Quade

Kene K. Quade, 70, of Epworth, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Unity Point Hospital - Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with Rev. Hal Murry officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m., Friday and from 11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Kene was born on September 10, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Frieda (Biebermann) Quade. He married Betty Comer on May 23, 1964 in Dubuque. Kene was a dairy farmer for 22 years and then was an animal consultant for the past 28 years. His greatest hobby was putting his wife and kids first. Kene always shared his sense of humour and love with everyone around him and touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Betty; children, Deborah (Monty) Wambold, of Western Springs, Ill., Randall "Hank" (Becky) Quade, of Littleton, CO., and Dawnell (David) Johnson, of Waterloo, IA; "son-like" nephew, Kevin (Darcie) Richman; grandchildren, Connor and Reilly Wambold, Katie and Allie Quade, and Hanna and Eli Johnson; siblings, Roger (Pat) Quade, Lois (Doug) Pearce, and Ty (Bonnie) Quade; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jean (Bill) White, Marilyn (Jerry) Shanahan, Lois (Carson) Aurand, and Darrell Comer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Frieda; and his father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lylia Comer.

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth Quade memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John F. Kunkel

John F. Kunkel, age 73, of 7344 S. Walnut Street in East Dubuque, IL died suddenly, Sunday Morning May 25, 2014 while at his cabin in Prairie du Chien, WI.

The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in East Dubuque, IL, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a wake service will be held at 3:45p.m.

John was born on September 30, 1940 in Kieler, WI the son of Joseph and Florence (Folmer) Kunkel.

He married Marna R. Frick on May 10, 1968 at St. John's Catholic Church, Patch Grove, WI. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2007.

He later married Linda McCann-Reynolds on November 30, 2013 in Cassville, WI.

He was owner and operator of Kunkel's Body Shop, in East Dubuque, IL., and was a longtime member of the East Dubuque Cemetery Board.

John lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed fishing, his 50 + trips to Danbury, WI., going to his cabin in Prairie du Chien, WI and spending time with his children and grandchildren; especially at his "Papa Kunkel's Farm."

He is survived by his wife Linda and six children; Julie Kunkel-Schmidt, (Ed Hansen) of Sparta, WI, Sheri (Dave) Weimerskirch, of East Dubuque, Shelly Sadler, (Steve Diskin) of Monticello, Iowa, Robert (Meecie) Kunkel, of Dubuque, Kris (Rob) Winchell, of Epworth, Jason (Marion) Kunkel, of Aurora, CO. 20 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. As well as Linda's children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Marna proceeding him in death. He also was preceded in death by his grandson Eric Schonhoff. Brothers; Claire, Elmer and Duane, sisters, Rita, Mary and Iola.



Donna J. Arterberry

Donna J. Arterberry, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Donna's life will be held at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, May 29, 2014, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. There is no visitation. All friends and family are invited to a luncheon immediately following at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Janette McCarty was born on March 17, 1935 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Bernie and Bernice Iva (Keister) McCarty. She grew up in the Canton area and attended Jackson County country schools. She married Levi Arterberry, Jr. on July 29, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1977.

Donna was a homemaker and also had worked at Clinton Engines, Mississippi Valley, Fareway, and for Pamida at the courtesy counter for 19 years. After retirement she had worked part-time for the Department of Human Services office.

Donna was family oriented and her life centered around her family.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her children, Deb Jenkins of Maquoketa, IA, Bonnie (Clint) Robertson of Mabank, TX, David (Dee Gee) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Lori) Arterberry of Bunceton, MO, and Bernie (Dani Wells) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Berna (Lane) Sagers of Maquoketa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, and 13 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 children Ronald, Robert and Sandra, a brother Marvin McCarty, and 2 grandchildren Matthew Arterberry and Jake Arterberry.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Donna J. Arterberry memorial fund.

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

 



Sister Mary Lou (James)

Sister Mary Lou (James), OSF, 86, died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:50pm at the Clare House, Dubuque, IA where she resided.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Mary Lou was born October 24, 1927 in Hopkinton, Iowa to Louis and Veronica (Turnis) Murray.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister ministered in the Iowa cities of Bancroft, Cascade, Pocahontas, Dubuque (Wahlert High School, Sacred Heart and with various prayer groups), Waterloo (Columbus High School). She also ministered in Melrose Park, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.

Sister is survived by her sister Monica Murray, nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 67 years of her life

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles (Anna), Patrick (Mary Eileen), and James.

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

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 



Ronald L.Newton

Ronald L. Newton, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ronald's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ronald was born on February 18, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Evelyn (Mishak) Newton.

Ronald married his teenage sweetheart, Eileen Mitte, on August 7, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 39 ½ years until his retirement in 1985. Ronald was an avid fisherman and hunter in his younger years, and made yearly trips to Minnesota fishing with family and close friends, the Beyer Family. Ron and his wife spent 20 years as winter Texans at Mission Bell Resort, Mission, Texas. There he was known as the "veggie man," because he gleaned the citrus groves and vegetable fields, giving half to the food bank and the rest to the residents of the park. He and a group of men also volunteered their time and talents once a week at a children's home in Reynosa, Mexico. Ronald loved to dance and was a square dancer for over 40 years, where he and Eileen made lasting friendships. Eileen and Ron visited 49 states, traveling in their RV or with the Local #94 John Deere Retirees. In his spare time he loved woodworking, and was an excellent craftsman. He also was a number one fan of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting activities and musical events. Most of all, he loved camping with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Eileen Newton; his 6 children, Karen DeMuth, Kathy Newton, Linda (Philip) Lampe, Lori (Bill) Zmudka, Steve (Jean) Newton, Sheila (Jeff) Meyer, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; his 2 brothers, Richard (Mary) Newton, Waterloo, IA, Bernard (Sharon) Newton, Sedalia, MO; his sister-in-law, Bernice McConnell, Bettendorf, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wallace Newton, a sister, Joan Smith, a grandson Jamey Newton and his son-in-law, Terry DeMuth.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Viner, and his wonderful nurse, Ann, for 34 years of excellent care; also, Dr. Martin and the nurses at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital ICU, especially Shelby (the "chief").

A Ronald L. Newton memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley A. Cummins

Shirley A. Cummins, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 29, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Shirley Ann Brown was born on April 29, 1928 in Jones County, Iowa, to Grover and Mary Francis (Flannagan) Brown. She grew up in Jones County and attended school often by horseback at Clay Mills, Temple Hill, and Onslow, graduating from Independence High School in 1946. She married Jacob P. Appelhans in October of 1948 and to this union four children were born, Pamela, Dennis, David Joe and Debra. She married Stanley C. "Stan" Cummins on August 26, 1977 in Galesburg, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2002.

Shirley was a mother of four children and had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 28 years as a rod bore operator and later as a tool crib operator. She also helped run "Jake's Tap" in Monmouth from 1967 to 1972.

Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156.

Shirley was a hard worker. She enjoyed going to garage sales, horses, refinishing furniture and collecting Fiestaware.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children, Pam (Dean) Spain of Maquoketa, IA, Dennis (Kathy) Appelhans of Monmouth, IA, David Joe Appelhans of Ankeny, IA, and Debra Hart of Maquoketa, IA; 2 step-children, Margo Park of Punta Gorda, FL, and Tony (Stacy) Cummins of Sarasota, FL; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stan, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley A. Cummins memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Victor M. Nila

Victor M. Nila, Jr. 44 of Dubuque passed away on May 24, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7p.m.

Victor was born on August 28, 1969 in West Covina, Ca, the son of Victor M. and Jeri-Ann (Cornell) Nila Sr. He moved to Dubuque in 1992 and enjoyed his pets, Sugar Pie, Joey Boy and his favorite Piggy Wiggy and Henry the Cat.

He is survived by his parents, Jeri-Ann Rondeau, of Dubuque and Victor Nila Sr. of California, many aunts, uncles and cousins in California and especially his aunt Royline

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen, Tri State Dialysis, and the staff of Ennoble Manor for all the care during his stays there.



Patricia A. O'Connell

Patricia Ann "Patsy" O'Connell, 78, of Bernard Iowa died Friday May 23, 2014 at River Bend in Cascade.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Saint Patrick's Garryowen with Fr. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014, at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be at 12:45.

Patsy was born on March 19, 1936, in Bernard, Iowa to Vern & Rita (Donovan) McCarthy. She was a 1953 Class President & Graduate of St. Patrick's Garryowen.

She married Edmund O'Connell, June 21, 1958 at St. Patrick's Garryowen, and worked for Clinton Engines & retired from Mt. Carmel Sisters of Charity, BVM.
She was a Associate Member of Sisters of Charity, BVM, member of Bernard Senior Citizens, and St. Patrick's Rosary Society. She enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends and spending time with her children, grandchildren and the Birthday Group.

She is survived by her children; Barbara (Donnie) Schuster, Zwingle, Johnny (Rita) O'Connell, Bernard, Raymond (Joann) O'Connell, Zwingle, Cathy (Rick) Rubel, Zwingle, Leonard (Beth) O'Connell, Zwingle, Laurie (Kenny) Morehead, Bernard, Judy (Kraig) Kruse, Maquoketa, Shirley (Chuck) Soliday, Bernard. 20 Grandchildren & 2 Great-grandchildren. Her Sister Arlene (Dick) Henneberry, Sisters-in-law: Loretta Shanahan, Rose Asbury, and many nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death by: Her husband, Edmund, her infant son, William Joseph, her parents, her sister Janeen (Don) Pape, her brother Jack (Mary Jean) McCarthy, Brothers & Sisters-in-law: James O'Connell, Pat O'Connell, Eileen Fassbinder & Eleanor Slattery.

In lieu of flowers a Patsy O'Connell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Staff & Residents of River Bend Retirement, The Staff of Medical Associates, and Dr. Whalen & Staff for all their wonderful care.



Jerry L. Weaver

Jerry L. Weaver, 66, of Dubuque died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League,
1 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Ruth Weaver; a brother, Tom Weaver; six children, Molly (Chris) Gansen, and Sara (Chris Fiegen), Sam, Dorothy, Pete, and Hannelore Weaver; and 14 grandchildren.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of arrangements.

 



John M. Powers

John Milton Powers, 62 of 2705 Zwingle Ct, Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Cousins Rd., Peosta, Iowa passed away on Friday May 23rd, 2014 at home surrounded by his family after a short illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Committal services and entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday May 27th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.


John was born on October 15, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Milton and Helen V. (Nelson) Powers. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969.

John married Ann Nilles, on August 31, 1973, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 2001 and for TSA Security for the Dubuque Regional Airport, retiring in 2012

He was a member of the Eagles Club Drum and Bugle Corp, Hempstead Booster Club, where he served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer, he was also manager of concession for football games and wrestling meets. He was active with the Special Olympics and coached the adult team for 17 years. In 2013 he received the Coach of the Year award. He was also guardian for his uncle, Richard Powers from 1995-2014.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan.

He is survive by his wife of 40 years, Ann Powers, sons; Robert (Karen) Powers, Tony (Dawn) Powers both of Dubuque, Scott ( Jill ) Powers, of Cedar Rapids. His daughter Amy ( fiance Josh Hickey) Powers, of Dubuque. Grandchildren; Darren Arner, Trevor Powers, Tyler Powers, Anna Powers and Nathan Powers, all of Dubuque, and Hattie Powers, of Cedar Rapids. His brothers; Jeff ( Ronda) Powers, Joe ( Carol) Powers, Jim Powers, and Jerry ( Sandy) Powers all of Dubuque, sisters; Jeanne (Ed) Lester, Judy (Chuck) Stokes all of Dubuque, his uncle Richard Powers, of Dubuque.

Preceded in death by parents Milton and Helen V. ( Nelson) Powers

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



Edna L. Hill

Edna Lorraine (Beckert) Hill, 100, of Bethany Home passed away on Friday May 23, 2014 at Bethany Home, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of services. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery

Edna was born on December 16, 1913 in Glenwood Springs, CO. the daughter of Michael and Ida (Price) Beckert. She married Claude Hill on May 26, 1934 and they celebrated 76 years together. Edna and Claude toured the United States in their travel trailer and spent over 30 years as Winter Texans in McAllen, TX.

Edna was an excellent homemaker. She spent many hours with needlework and made beautiful hand-stitched quilts. She enjoyed playing bridge, scrabble, and reading a good book. The last few years she lived at Bethany Home and was happy she "didn't have to cook or clean anymore". Edna was a good woman

She is survived by her daughters; Shirley (Jim) Christensen, Delhi, IA and Connie Allendorf, Galena, IL,. Her brother Byrl Beckert, Effingham, IL. Grandchildren, Jerry Christensen, Naples, FL, John Christensen, Fort Madison, IA, Joe Christensen, Delhi, IA, Wende Yonda, East Dubuque, IL, Dean Allendorf, Alpharetta, GA, Vicki Allendorf, Dubuque, IA Beth Hill Dyersville, IA, and Brian Stoner, Key Largo, FL. and many great and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Claude in 2010, daughter Doris Mae at 1 year of age, daughter June Stoner in 2014, great grandson Derek Christensen and a brother Harold Beckert.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Dr. Ryan Stille for all the care and comfort given to Edna.



Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Pursey

The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Pursey (nee Parker), 84 died peacefully at Bethany Home in Dubuque on May 21, with her husband and son at her bedside. Barb, as she liked to be called, was born in Los Angeles on August 3, 1929.

Barb earned a BS in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from UCLA, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After she received her PhD, she taught chemistry at California State University Northridge until her marriage to Dr. Derek Pursey in 1962. The Purseys lived in Glasgow, Scotland, for two years where Barb was a postdoctoral research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow University. In 1964, they immigrated to Ames, Iowa, where Barb continued to do postdoctoral research at Iowa State University until her son was born in 1970.

A lifelong Christian, in the late 1980s Barb was called to structured ministry, and studied for a Master of Divinity degree at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (her husband says that UDTS gave her the "third degree"). After her graduation in 1988, she was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served on the faculty of UDTS until her retirement in 1996, teaching mostly Christian formation. The Purseys established their home in Dubuque in 1993 when Derek retired from Iowa State University.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Barb was active in the charismatic movement. As well as speaking at various venues, she served on the board of Presbyterian and Reformed Ministries International, and wrote three teaching booklets (The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, The Charismatic Renewal and You, and Prayer Beyond the Beginnings) for that organization. These booklets reflect Barb's strong sense of balance in matters of faith.

In the last half of her life, her ministry passions were for healing ministry, helping people mature spiritually through spiritual direction, and the relation between science and Christian faith. Hearing the late Fr. John Park speak at a conference triggered her interest in healing ministry. Fr. Park was Director of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL). Barb joined OSL, and served as Director of Region XI of OSL for a number of years. As well as leading healing events in churches and retreats, she made major contributions to several OSL publications, especially the Going Deeper series. Her final contribution was an article Promise or Contract? published in the January/February 2014 issue of the OSL journal Sharing.

Barb received her training as a spiritual director at Pecos Benedictine Monastery, in New Mexico. Most of her ministry as a spiritual director was with students at UDTS and with UDTS graduates, providing a needed spiritual balance to the intellectual emphasis that is inevitable in any academic setting.

Barb's interest in how science and Christian faith relate date from her youth, thanks to her beloved Uncle Ad-a chemist working in the oil industry and a mature Christian. This interest was revived by a Presbyterian-sponsored conference in 1987, which led to a PC(USA) Working Group on Christian Faith, Science, and Technology, on which Barb served. This in turn led to the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith (PASTCF). Barb was a founding Board member of PASTCF, and later served as Secretary/Treasurer. Her work for PASTCF included a series of courses at Ghost Ranch with PASTCF colleague Rev. Dr. James Miller, courses at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies Summer School, seminars at several conferences, and essays in the PASTCF journal SciTech†. In 2012 she was inducted into the Society of Ordained Scientists.

For recreation Barb loved hiking (and tent camping), especially in the mountains, but also locally on the Heritage Trail and at Pike's Peak State Park. She was also a keen gardener. She loved symphonic music and live theater, and reading all kinds of literature. She worked New York Times crossword puzzles, and was fond of Sudoku puzzles. She loved to cook, especially dishes from many different cuisines.

Barb is survived by her husband Derek, her son John (Eva), grandsons Derek and Maxwell, her brother Tom Parker (Kathy), her brother-in-law Lindsay Pursey (Connie), and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent either to OSL (Order of St. Luke, PO Box 780909, San Antonio, TX 78278-0909) or to PASTCF for the Endowment Fund (PASTCF, 10 Hickory Drive, Slingerlands, NY 12159).

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Bethany Home for their loving care of Barb during her last three weeks.

A memorial service for Barb will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave, Dubuque, on Thursday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Hal Murry officiating, to be followed by lunch at the church. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper are in charge of arrangements.

Service Details and to leave an on line www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Sister Mary Anthony Rottinghaus

Sister Mary Anthony Rottinghaus, PBVM, 88, died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 27 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Monday, May 26 at Sacred Heart Chapel where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Anthony, daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Gudenkauf), was born Frances Helen Rottinghaus, in Seneca, Kansas, on August 29, 1925. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in June of 1944 and professed her perpetual vows on May 16, 1950.

She received her BA from Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Her Presentation journey, spanning 53 years, took her to Lawler, Ryan, Farley, Elkader, Clare, Algona, Key West, Waukon, and Charles City, all in Iowa, Monticello and St. Paul, MN and Winner, SD. She ministered as a music teacher, parish liturgist, pastoral minister and liturgy coordinator.

Sister Anthony celebrated her 60th Diamond Jubilee in 2005 and stated, "I thank God for the support of my family, religious community and friends. Truly my vocation has been a pearl of great price."  She enjoyed spending time with her Presentation sisters, and especially in her retirement, with her siblings, Sister Michael (deceased) and Sister Rosanne. Together the three siblings kept the Mt. Loretto dining room decorated for the seasons and special celebrations. Enjoying each other and community life made Sister Anthony's life complete.

Surviving are her sisters, Mary Catherine Clark and Sister Rosanne Rottinghaus, her brothers, Raymond, Joseph and James, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Anthony (Bud) and Raphael and her sisters, Winifred Merfeld, and Sister Michael Rottinghaus.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.

 



Linda M. Theis

Linda M. Theis, 67, of Dubuque, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

To celebrate Linda's life, a visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where sharing of memories will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Linda was born on April 15, 1947 in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Willard and Agnes (Kruse) Kramer.

She married James E. Theis on June 1, 1968 in Dyersville. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2013.

Linda was employed as an office administrator at IDS Financial Services and as a blackjack dealer at the Diamond Jo Casino.

She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre; reading, crossword puzzles and playing games with her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Stephanie (Doug) Hentges, and their children, Tyler and Tuesday, of Chicago, Ill. and Nicole (Tony) Wernke, and their children, Crede, Max and Ozzy, of Dubuque; siblings, Steve (Rose) Kramer, of Dubuque and Jean "Sis" (Tom) Oeschger, of Cascade, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Dennis Mulvehill, of Hazel Green, Wis.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet Mulvehill; nephew, Steve Mulvehill; 4 brothers-in-laws, Tom and Ronnie Theis, Don Stelpflug and Gene Swift.

As a final act of generosity Linda has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research.

A Linda Theis memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences and more information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A special thank you to Dubuque Nursing & Rehab staff and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Linda during her time of need.

 



Grant J. Marti

Grant J. Marti, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, with the Rev. Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the funeral home.

Grant was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Waukon, Iowa, son of Philip and Inga (Sorun) Marti. He married Corey Daniel on March 25, 1977, in New Mexico; she preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2006.

Grant served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was looking forward to going on the Honor Flight, and was scheduled to go on the day he passed away.

Mr. Marti was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co., Klauer Mfg. Co. and John Deere Dubuque Works.
He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. Grant enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved playing cards and reading. Grant was a devoted husband and father, and dearly loved his wife, Corey.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Goldie (Mark) Duve, of East Dubuque, IL, Sheila (Luke) Duve and Patricia Terry, both of Dubuque, and James Terry, of Monticello, IA, Cheryl Stussie, Kathryn Coughlin and Gloria (Glen) Degenhart, all of Norwalk, WI, Sarah Houden, of Buena Vista, CO, Nancy Jensen, of Thief River, MN, Norman Marti, of Marshall, MO, and Helen Fischer, of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Amy (William) Miller, Benjamin (Darcy Teal) Duve, Dustin (Emily Van De Wiel) Duve, Jordan (Stephanie) Duve, Hayley (Conner Henkes) Duve, Jacob (Sandy) Terry, Grant Terry, Dakota Terry, Adam Terry, Mark, Matt, Candy, Holly, Jeff, Tony, Peggy Jo, Shane, Shelly, Chad, Jo Ellen, Eric, Justin, Allen, Russell, Karrie, Kelsey, Sarah, Matthew, Kassie, Robbie, Millie, Sophie and Levi; many great-grandchildren; his brother Gordon Marti; two sisters in law, Sylvia and Penny Marti; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant daughter, Melissa Marti; two sons, Philip and Paul Marti; a daughter, Marilyn Moen; a granddaughter, Hannah; a grandson Logan; a daughter in law Lisa Terry; his brothers, Victor, Alton, Herman, Marvin, Lester, Kenneth, and Wilbur; and a sister, Alice Marti.
Memorials may be made to the Grant J. Marti Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill, especially the 3rd floor household, and the Visiting Nurses.

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



Thomas J. Trilk

Thomas J. Trilk, 87, of Dubuque, quietly passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at his home.

According to his wishes there will be no public service or visitation. Private family burial with military honors will be at Linwood Cemetery at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

His gregarious personality and laugh will be missed.

Tom was born on July 5, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl "Kelly" and Della O'tille (Herold) Trilk. He grew up attending Audubon, Jefferson and Senior High Schools.

He served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1944 to 1946. He was assigned to the 9th and 71st Divisions and participated in the Rhineland Campaign and the Occupation of Post War Germany.

On Nov. 29, 1947 he married Lois Gertrude Frommelt. They spent the next 66 years at each other's side, in Dubuque.

Tom was a pressman for the Telegraph Herald and later for the William C. Brown Publishing Co. as foreman for 17 years. He then attended the United Electronics Laboratories School of Electronics. He worked in the Tri-State area as an Electronics Technician, employed by the 3M Company. He retired in 1987, after 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Keith (Julie) Trilk, of Portland, Oregon, Cliff Trilk, of Dubuque, and a daughter-in-law Darlene Palm-Trilk, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Rob (Carissa) Trilk, of Peosta, Iowa, Erik (Heather) Trilk, of Marion, Iowa, Jennifer Trilk, of Greenville, South Carolina, Ryan (Natasha) Trilk, of Dubuque, Kyle Trilk, of Seattle, Washington, Eric Nielsen, of Minneapolis, Christopher Nielsen, of Kansas City, Missouri; and nine great-grandchildren, to carry on.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert David Trilk Sr., and his daughter-in-law, Andrea Barbara Hayslett-Trilk.

Memorials may be sent to the Dubuque Rescue Mission or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, good friends, and especially his nephew Paul Macko and Diane Hanson for all your help, love and support.



Lois A. Burds

Lois Ann Burds, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa, of natural causes. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Ronald G. Friedell as celebrant. To celebrate Lois' life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lois was born on October 31, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Marie (Zugenbuehler) Friedell.

Lois was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1944. After graduation she was employed at Adams Company, Dubuque Breeders Associates and Hadley Insurance. She later went to work for Interstate Power until her retirement. She married William C. Burds on July 15, 1947, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1979. Lois was very active with the choir at St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Churches and the ICA Alumnae. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, knitting, playing cards, especially Euchre and Rummikub. Lois was an avid reader and patron of the symphony, spent many hours at the Dubuque Arboretum and a proud member of the Dubuque Lois Club. She also played violin in her younger years. Lois was a enthusiastic Cubs fan.

Lois is survived by: her daughters, Kathryn Burds Oetjen, DVM, Fond du Lac, WI, Jane Wiggins, Packwood, IA, Judy L. Burds, Milton, GA; her grandchildren, Karolyn (Brian Bartek) Oetjen MD, Tom (Erin) Oetjen, Nathan (Jamie) Wiggins, Daren (Emily) Wiggins, Aurora (Christopher) Connor, Erica M. Burds; her 6 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Rosemary McGovern, Baton Rouge, LA, Anita Uebelhart, Kansas City, KS, Darlene "Mert" (Gerald) Pfiffner, Laguna Beach, CA, Rev. Ronald G. Friedell, Dubuque, IA; her daughter-in-law, Thresa "Terry" Burds, Waterloo, IA.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William; her son, Daniel J. Burds; her son-in-law, Brian Oetjen; and her brother, Rev. John C. Friedell.

In lieu of flowers, a Lois A. Burds memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lee Grant

Lee Grant, 97, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. According to her wishes there will be a private family service held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Lee was born Leona Eugenia Barbara Mary Helen Mohr on December, 25, 1916 the daughter of Leo and Mary Jane (Burns) Mohr in Dubuque.

She married James W. Grant on April 30, 1942. James preceded her in death on November 1, 2004.

Lee was a graduate of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. She was a member of the Senior Board of VNA for 16 years and held office of the Treasurer for many of those years. Lee was also a member of the Family Service Board, the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, St. Rita's Catholic Mother's Study Club, and also the Dubuque and Glades Golf and Country Clubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother George Mohr.

Surviving are her son David Grant of San Francisco, CA, Her daughter Sheila (Dennis) Frank: Grandsons Andrew W. Frank and Martin (Kayti) Frank and two great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the Nurses and Staff of Stonehill Care Center.

In Lieu of flowers all donations may be given to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

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



Thomas C. Schrader

Thomas C. Schrader, 84, formerly of Robin Hood Drive, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27th at Resurrection Catholic Church, with Fr. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 26th, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Tom was born April 19, 1930 in Urbana, IL, son of Herman John and Alice (Carroll) Schrader. He married Martha J. Tenk, April 23, 1960 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, in Rock Island, IL.

His first job was acting as a scarecrow for the University of Illinois Experimental Farm. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 with a B.S. degree in General Engineering. He was employed as a design and reliability engineer at John Deere in Moline, IL and Dubuque retiring in 1988 after 32 years.

He served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in France during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of Resurrection Parish and a former active member of Holy Ghost Parish serving on the Parish Council, the Board of Education and the Cub Scouts. He served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Asbury Fire Department for 35 years.

Tom was a gentle man, devoted husband and patient father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening and traveling with Martha and building many woodworking projects.

Tom is survived by his wife, Martha Schrader, of Dubuque; three children, Sally (John) Gyorog, of Sun Prairie, WI, Steven (Maria) Schrader, of Cedar Rapids, and Amy (Scott) Westermeyer, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Emily Gyorog, Andrew, Natalie and Ella Schrader and Brittney and Jacob Westermeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Schrader and a sister Katharine Schrader.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to the Asbury Fire Department, Resurrection Parish or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Jeanne E. Clemens

Jeanne E. Clemens, age 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of 380 E. 21st St., and Sherrill, IA, passed away at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 24, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanne's life, friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanne was born April 13, 1916, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Derby) Morgan.

Jeanne married Eldon on November 10, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2010. Jeanne was employed as a teacher's aid at St. Mary's School for 10 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Church until they closed when she became a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Jeanne was also a member of the Salvation Army Senior Citizens. Jeanne had a stand at Farmer's Market for over 30 years selling items geared toward children, including quilts, bonnets and clothing. Some of her greatest joys were found in time spent with her family and passing hours watching her Chicago Cubs.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Michelle "Trudy" Clemens, Dubuque, IA, Toni (Robert) Erhart, Keokuk, IA, Tina (Gus) Gerken, Fairfax, IA, Ted Clemens, Grayslake, IL, Tim (Kathy) Clemens, Marion, IA, Todd (Debbi) Clemens, Vera, OK; 27 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eldon, her two sons, Tom and Terry, her granddaughter Connie Fury, her sisters, Helen Gukeisen and Mary Larson.

A Jeanne E. Clemens memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for all their wonderful care of Jeanne over the years.

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

 



Johanna Tasker

Johanna Tasker, age 91, of Bethany Home formerly of 2139 Graham Circle died Friday May 16, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be at 2 pm Friday May 23, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Iliana Wood from Westminster Presbyterian officiating. Friends may gather from 1 PM until the services. Burial will be at Cady Cemetery in Wyoming Iowa.

Johanna was born in Germany on May 27, 1922 the daughter of Georg and Maria (Winterweber) Baier. She married James Tasker in 1948 in Germany and he preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

She is survived by her son Winfried (Jan) Tasker of St. Peters, MO, three grandchildren Winfried Tasker, Jr. Heidi (Tim) Stokes and Ryan (Shirley) Tasker, 2 great grandchildren Kieran Stokes and Madelyn Tasker, a niece Ingrid Zimmer in Frankfurt Germany, a sister-in-law Barbara Saunders of Wyoming, Iowa and her very good friend Patricia (Ron) Nauman of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany for all the care they gave to Johanna and for making her feel at home there.



Gregory L. Reddick

Gregory Lyle Reddick of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 18, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Greg was born on June 1, 1943, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the son of Everett and Bonetha (Ferguson) Reddick. Greg started out his career as an electrician for Moldt Electric.  He worked for many years as facilities manager for William C. Brown (Times Mirror, McGraw Hill), and then he was President and CEO of American Commercial Realty until his retirement in 2013. He was united in marriage to Karen Bohn-Gmur; they have been married for 47 years.  Greg was a member of the Mighty Mississippi Chapter of the Harley's Owner "Hog" Group.

Greg is survived by his wife, Karen; 6 children, Jacob (Pam) Fergusson of Cedar Rapids, Laurie Ferring, Lana (Mike) Heiderscheit, Lynn Gmur (Ron Leubka), Shawn (Tracy) Reddick, all of Dubuque, Laurie-Lynn (Jim) Augsburg, Elburn, Illinois; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; stepfather, Carl Goecks; siblings, Jon (Deede) Goecks, Alan Goecks, Carla Goecks all of California. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Greg passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer; the family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Thomas O'Dorisio from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Mark Hermann of Dubuque Internal Medicine, over the 9 years there grew a  great friendship trying to battle this disease.  Also, special thanks to the Finley nursing staff/techs on 5th floor Medical/Surgical for taking wonderful care of Greg.

Memorials may be sent to Dubuque Harley-Davidson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Joyce M. Kennedy

Joyce Mae Kennedy, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. is entrusted with arrangements.

Joyce was born Nov. 6, 1938 in Key West, IA., the daughter of Walter and Florence (Mangler) Redmond. She married Jerry A. Kennedy March 8, 1958 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death January 27, 2014.

Joyce enjoyed bingo, the dog track, Wheel of Fortune, Game Show Network and Sunday afternoon's playing card games with the family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Geraldine ‘Dee' (Jay) Gross Kelley, Tina (John) Campbell, and Steve (Johnathan Starko) Kennedy, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, John (Nicole) Campbell, Jeremy (Crystal) Campbell, Jessica Freeman, and Jason Gross; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Ron (Sis) Redmond, of Dubuque and a sister, Darlene (Rick) Orr, of Branson, MO.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Beverly Seastrand Clancy, Pat Alexander; a brother Robert Redmond; and three nephews Chad Seastrand, Rick Redmond and Chuck Seastrand.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Joyce Kennedy Memorial Fund.

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

 



Richard W. Kringle

Richard W. "Rick" Kringle, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, 20-14 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Rick was born January 27, 1956, in Dubuque, son of Richard O. and Frances (Highness) Kringle.

Rick wore many hats in his short life. He laid flooring, roofer, construction worker, cemetery grounds keeper, caregiver, and good friend were just a few examples.

He had a big heart and will be missed by his survivors, mother, Frances Kringle, of Dubuque; his sisters, Mary (Gary) Kottman, of Minneapolis, Minn., Janice (Vernon) Linenfelser of East Dubuque, Ill., Diane (Eldon) Begle of Donna, Texas, Julie (Michael) Yakin of Elk River, Minn.; a brother, James (Linda Seys) Kringle of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard O. Kringle, grandparents, Violet and Oscar Lundgren, and Alfred and Emma Highness; and all his aunts and uncles.

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

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

 



Donald J. Heinz

Donald Joseph Heinz, 82, of 4514 Lark Drive passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by The American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 19th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Don was born August 30, 1931 in Dubuque, Ia, son of Marlo and Callista (Donovan) Heinz.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed as a Toll Terminal Technician for Northwestern Bell and A.T. and T.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, on the USS Iowa.

Don was a member of the USS Iowa Veterans Association, the Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of the C.W.A. 7110.

Surviving are four sons, Daniel J. Heinz, Craig Heinz, Donald J. Heinz, all of Inveness, Florida,, and Michael Heinz, of Syracuse, NY; a daughter Lisa K. (Robert) Miller, of Inveness, Florida; step-children, Lisa (Bob) Meyer, of Dubuque, Mary (Ron) Keehn, of Peosta, IA, Patty (Alberto) Perez, of Louisville, KY, Peggy (Terry) Moore, of Dubuque and Pam (Tom) Hawko, of LaCrosse, WI.; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary (Harvey) Avery, and Joyce (Robert) Thilmany both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffrey Donald Heinz.

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



John J. Woerdehoff

John "Jack" J. Woerdehoff, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 10:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at home peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., Dubuque, with the Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

John was born on September 16, 1918, in Petersburg, Iowa, son of Bernard "Ben" and Henrietta (Klostermann) Woerdehoff.

John served for eight years with the U.S. Army, including service in Europe during WWII. He married Mildred Weidenbacher on June 21, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2007. John was employed by John Deere for 36 years until his retirement as a supervisor in 1982. He was a member of St. Anthony Church, Knights of Columbus #510, Sierra Club, John Deere Retirees Club, Dubuque Arboretum, John Deere Supervisors and the V.F.W.

John enjoyed traveling, golf, reading, gardening, walking, following sports and especially time with his family.

John is survived by, his children, Michael (Edee) Woerdehoff, Oregon, Wis., Thomas (Valorie) Woerdehoff, Ann (Perry) Schroeder, Janet (William) Hendricks, all of Dubuque, Bruce Woerdehoff, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Jon (Carol) Woerdehoff, Cologne, Minn.; grandchildren, Johanna (Brian) Groene, Matthew and Christopher Breyfogle, John and Elise Woerdehoff, Nicholas Koos, Mitchell Schroeder, Joshua, Scott and Katherine Hendricks; sisters Elva Woerdehoff, Minneapolis, Minn., and Lola Kies, Dubuque; brother Merle Woerdehoff, Edgewood, Iowa.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, grandson Christopher Koos, a brother Cyril Woerdehoff and 2 sisters Vera Seward and Stella Woerdehoff.

A John J. "Jack" Woerdehoff memorial fund has been established to be distributed to his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor Care.

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

 



Christopher Hefel

Christopher "Chris" Hefel, 63, Dubuque, IA was pronounced dead May 14, 2014 and is now with his heavenly family.

Chris was born on August 29, 1950 in Dubuque, IA -the son of Albert Jr. & Dorothy (Curtis) Hefel. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for several years, before being employed at Flexsteel Industries for 17 years.

He served in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division from March 1970 thru February 1972, during which time he was injured in Viet N am. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, and other commendations for his bravery.

Chris will be remembered for his courage, love of horses, piercing blue eyes, and a love of western movies. He endured many hardships during his life.

Survivors include a son, Chad C. (Kristie) Hefel of Grimes, IA, and a daughter, Katie L. (Erik) Ramnath of Cave Creek, Az.; three grandchildren, Weston & Eva Hefel & Gibson Ramnath; one brother, Steven Hefel of North Buena Vista, Ia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Jr. & Dorothy Hefel, a brother, Clark R. Hefel, and a godson, Jeremy C. Hefel.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held with burial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Ia.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.



Donald R. Strausse

Donald R. Strausse, 86 of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Arbor Oaks Court, died, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Unity Point Hospitals - Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Family will hold a private service, no public memorial service is scheduled.

Donald was born July 30, 1927 in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Nickolus and Margaret (Hunt) Strausse. He enlisted in the US Army and served from September 1945 to January 1947 in the European Theatre.

Donald moved to Dubuque in 1958 to join Dubuque Pack as Plant Superintendent and retired as Executive Vice President in September 1987. He married Cynthia, his wife of 40 years in April 1972 in Beverly Hills, California. They loved to travel to Europe, but their favorite trip was to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Don loved to ride his bike, his favorite places to ride were the trails in Sparta, Wisconsin, Heritage Trail, and his own neighborhood of Arbor Oaks.

Survivors include his daughter; Patty of Kamuela, Hawaii and many dear friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia; a son, Kurt; siblings; George Strausse and Tom Strausse.

Don had an incredibly sharp mind, witty personality, and was a very loyal friend. He will be missed.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Lorraine B. Beall

Lorraine B. Beall, 77, of Dubuque, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where visitation will be held Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Lorraine was born August 27, 1936 in Clayton County, Iowa, daughter of Alois and Sylvia (Schmidt) Junk.

Prior to working as a nurse's aide at Manor Care, she worked as a nanny. She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

On August 21, 1981, she married James Beall Jr. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Lorraine is survived by four sisters, Maryann Cadwell of Cassville, Wisc., Dorothy Kirchberg of Dubuque, Janell Bradshaw of Lancaster, Wisc., and Lois Houghton of Cassville, Wisc.; and five brothers, Al (Donna) Junk of East Dubuque, Ill., Leo (Deb) Junk of Dubuque, Paul (Donna) Junk of LaCrescent, Minn., Kenny (Lois) Junk of Cuba City, Wisc., and Joe (Sue) Junk of South Wayne, Wisc.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister, Karen Brown; and a brother, Richard Junk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lorraine Beall Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Rhomberg family for all of their love and friendship.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Diane E. Kerstein

Diane E. Kerstein, 67 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Monday May 12, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque. In keeping with Diane's wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Burial of her cremated remains will held in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on February 23, 1947 to Henry and Constance Simon. She married William J. Kerstein Sr.

She is survived by her husband William, two sons Michael James and Shannon Paul and her daughter Rhonda Marie. Grandchildren, Marisa, America, Desperado, Ashley, Austin, Justin, and Amber. Great grandchildren, Layleni, Elizabeth & Gage. Her brother Danny (Carol) Simon, along with her special friends Jackie Delaney, Pat Feldman, and many more.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son William "Little Bill" a sister Darlene, three brothers Dale, Richard and Gary.

 



Janis M. Comer

Janis M. (Weber) Comer, 68 of Dubuque passed away peacefully into eternal life surrounded by her family at home on Monday, May 12, 2014 after an extended illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL with the Rev. James Parker and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Janis was born September 17, 1945 in Hanover, IL, daughter of Herman and Leonetta (Pfohl) Weber. She married Wendell G. Comer on July 23, 1966 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Janis attended St. Mary's grade school in Galena and graduated from Galena High School in 1963. She worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 10 years to raise her family. She was actively involved in their school, their activities, and as President of the PTA. Janis along with her husband Wendell took great pride in the ownership of the Comer family farm. She was a medical transcriptionist in Dubuque and for Medquist, where her excellent typing and medical term skills served her well.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends and planning vacations, events and get-togethers. She enjoyed volleyball, card club, camping, crocheting, cross stitching, cruising, collecting, following football and time spent with her dog, Daisy. She was an avid fan of the Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts.

Her grandson Andy played a special role in her life and was always there to help her. He cared for her tenderly and always gave her a reason to go on. She loved him with all her heart. She found great joy and love through her children and grandchildren.

Janis was a strong, courageous woman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, godmother, sister and friend. She loved spending time with friends, being a friend, laughing, hearing a good joke, listening, being mischievous and making others laugh. Her curiosity was insatiable. She had a heart of gold, a sparkle in her eyes and a voice that expressed genuine happiness for others. She is deeply loved, will be greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts.

Surviving are her husband Wendell, her children Lisa Comer of Trotwood, OH, Terri Comer of Washington, D.C. and Brad (Leila) Comer of Alpharetta, Ga.: grandchildren Andy, Julia, Andrew and Rafe Comer; sisters Irene Budden, Rose (Ira) Kunkel, Jean Redman, Mary (John) Trannel, Nancy Miller and Rita (Bob) Leifker; brothers Jim (Carol) Weber and Joe (Cyndi) Weber; her mother-in-law, Bonnie Comer, sister-in-law Nancy (Marty) McNamer, brother-in-law Wayne Comer and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, father-in-law Glenn Comer, brothers-in-law Gary Comer, Mike Miller, Andy Redman and Don Budden and nephews Danny Kunkel, Marvin Redman and Chuck Miller.
In lieu of flowers, a Janis M. Comer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, his nurse Lorie, the staff of Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving and compassionate care. Also, a thank-you to Nancy Miller, Mary Trannel, Nancy McNamer and a special thank-you to Father Parker for his support and encouragement.



George R. Haas

George R. Haas, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with the Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at St. Peter Lutheran Church and from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m., Thursday at the Church.

George was born on February 22, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Theresa (Grobstig) Haas. He served during WWII in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan. 

On June 23, 1951, George married his best friend and the girl next door, Sally R. Beyhl. He worked as a carpenter for Dubuque Community Schools for 26 years until his retirement in 1989.

George was an exemplary family man and was devoted to Sally, his wife of almost 63 years. They liked to dance, and shared many camping trips, bike rides, and walks with their dog, Amberly, on Heritage Trail. As a couple, they were known throughout Dubuque for their many hours of community service, and for many years served on the Senior Board at The Salvation Army. They volunteered at the Dubuque Rescue Mission for 19 years. They mentored for many years at the St. Mark Community Center and Immanuel UCC. Together, George and Sally made wooden Christmas ornaments yearly for their family, friends, and church. These treasured ornaments number in the thousands.

George bowled in a league for many years and was a longtime member of the Mississippi Valley Running Association. As a runner, he enjoyed participating in area races with his family and often won his age division.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his son, Steven (Rebecca) Haas, of Dubuque; his daughter, Tracy (Kenneth) Engling, of Moline, IL; grandchildren, Rachael (Justin) Scherschel, Ceric (Kendall) Keck, Keenan Engling, and Christopher Haas; great-grandchildren, Braeden and Kiersten Scherschel; sisters-in-law, Adele Daack, Lolly Goedert, Karen (Don) Heath, and Delores Beyhl; brother-in-law, Dean (Berniece) Beyhl.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Clarence and Blanche Haas, and Henry and Violet Haas; two sisters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Ralph Brockman, and Catherine and Fred Welty; a step-brother and his wife, Sylvester and Dorothy Welty.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; especially, Peggy, Elizabeth, and Amy, and Dr. Charles Longo.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

 



Shirley A. Risley

Shirley Ann Risley, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at the East Dubuque Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

She was born on August 11, 1937, the daughter of Raymond C. and Mary Elizabeth (Krueger) Grewe.  Shirley married Arnold J. Risley on August 27, 1955 in East Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on September 28,1994.

She was formerly employed at Hartig Durg on Locust St. in Dubuque and D. J.'s Foods in East Dubuque.  Her hobbies included bowling and going to the Casinos.

Surviving are two children, a daughter Mary Stella (Tony) Carter of Austin, Texas and a son Arnold J. (Kelly) Risley, Jr. of Hendersonville, North Carolina, 4-grandchildren, Kendra Lawrence, Maverick Risley, Beau Risley and Easton Risley, and a great granddaughter Lillee Lawrence

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 



Robert J. Thill

Robert J. "Bob" Thill, 80, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating and Deacon Jim Thill assisting.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where a flag presentation will be accorded by members of American Legions Post # 787.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m.

Bob was born on November 7, 1933 in Dubuque, the son of Kenneth C. and Genevieve (Furlong) Thill.  He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. 

Bob married Mary C. Carpenter on May 30, 1960 at Ft. Dodge, Iowa.  He was formerly employed at Bradley Iron Works as office manager for 35 years until his retirement.  He was a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept, a Boy Scout Troop Leader for Troop # 71, which he helped to form serving for over 20 plus years.  He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed his hobby of taxidermy and in later years going to the casino.

Bob along with his three sons and four grandsons have all earned their Eagle Scout award in scouting.

Surviving is his wife Mary, five children, Mike (Lynn) Thill of Dubuque; Ellen (Don) Shobe of Lawrence, KS; Anne (Bob) Wallraff of Cedar Rapids, IA; Dan (Beth) Thill of Fitchburg, WI and Greg (Angie) Thill of Dubuque, 9 Grandchildren and 2 great grandsons, his sister Mary Jean (Harold) "Skip" Lange of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mary and her family would like to thank Dr. Kukla and his staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Barb for their kind and compassionate care.

 



James M. Bickford

James M. "Jim" Bickford, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, May 11, 2014, at the home of his son in rural Monmouth, Iowa surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

James Marion Bickford was born on February 24, 1932 in Canton, Iowa, to Earl Riley and Myrtle Oaker (Ralston) Bickford. He grew up in Canton and attended country school through the 8th grade. He then went to Maquoketa High School graduating in 1949. He was U.S Army veteran of the Korean War serving from 1952 to 1954. He married Barbara J. Risden on July 11, 1956 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1995.

Following high school, Jim worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time prior to his military service. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Jim returned to working at Clinton Engines as a forklift operator until 1979. He then worked for Caterpillar in Mt. Joy from 1979 to 1984 and lastly at Hoof Products in Maquoketa from 1987 to 1992.

Jim was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, the Friends of Canton, and had served as past president of the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

Jim enjoyed camping at Canton with family and friends, watching the Cubs, dancing, mushroom hunting, having a good time and "supervising" many projects.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his three sons, Frank (Dyanne) Bickford of Monticello, IA, Owen (Vicki) Bickford of Monmouth, IA, and Jimmy (Lisa) Bickford of Martelle, IA; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nelda Bailey of TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and an honorary son, Denny Miller of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and 2 grandsons Michael Paul Bickford and Curtis Allen Bickford.

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

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

 

 



Sandra K. Finn

Sandra K. Finn, 70, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 after a 2-year battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Sandy was born January 31, 1944 in Elkport, Iowa, the daughter of Richard L. and Iola M. (Hansel) Krepfle. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Sandy married Thomas J. Finn on November 16,1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a stay at home mom who loved taking care of her family. Later she worked as a legal secretary, first at Fuerste Carew Law Firm and later at Gilloon, Wright & Hamel Law Firm. They were like a second family to Sandy; staying very close even after her retirement. Sandy loved the holidays and nothing made her happier than to have everyone together. Her grandchildren brought great joy and she cherished the time she spent with them. She spent countless hours in bleachers watching ball games, but wouldn't have missed it for anything. She enjoyed staying close with her 8th grade classmates from Sacred Heart, getting together on many occasions. Sandy also enjoyed reading, sewing, and working with Tom in the yard. We will all miss her dearly.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas; children, Shaun (Lesley) Finn of Clear Lake, Iowa, Michele (Douglas) West of Iowa City, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jackson, Benjamin, and William Finn, Taylor and Austin West; a brother, Roger (Phyllis) Krepfle of Dubuque; in-laws, Patricia (Rick) Althaus, Bernard (Mary) Finn, James (Sandra) Finn, David Finn, and Suellen Finn.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Bernard & Kathryn Finn, brothers-in-law John, Richard and Michael Finn.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bender and the medical staff in Iowa City for their care of Sandy.

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

Service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Donald E. Cain

Donald E. "Don" Cain, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, May 8, 2014, from injuries received in a farm tractor accident.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery, rural Grand Mound, Iowa.

Donald Eugene Cain was born on May 7, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Roy Eugene and Ruth Dorothy Marie (Geronzin) Cain. He grew up on the family farm in rural Delmar and graduated from Elwood High School in 1957. He then began farming and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He met Carol Jane Petersen in 1962 and they were married on February 23, 1963 in Clinton, Iowa.

Don was a lifelong farmer and farmed the family farm with his wife Carol for over 50 years.

Don was devoted to many projects and organizations and was generous with his time, talent and resources. He was a 33 year board member on the Clinton County Fair Board and had received the Clinton County Hall of Fame Award in 2013. He had been an 11 year director of the AIF Southeast District and had received the Iowa Fair "Man of the Year" Award in Des Moines. Additionally, he had served as board member for the Clinton County Pork Producers for six years and as a board member of the First Trust and Savings Bank in Wheatland. He was first a member of the Lost Nation Masonic Lodge and later the Zealous Masonic Lodge #435 of Oxford Junction.

Don loved his family and farming and had a longtime interest with his family in showing sheep. He also loved his church, St. John's Lutheran Church at Bliedorn, where he was an active member. Through the years he enjoyed playing slow pitch baseball and was an avid bowler.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his wife Carol J. Cain of Delmar, IA; children, Douglas Cain of Delmar, IA, Cawyn Cain of DeWitt, IA, and Daryn Cain of Maquoketa, IA; 1 grandchild, Regina (Raymond) Dascher; 2 great-grandchildren, Skylee and Samuel; a sister, Linda (Dick) Block of Delmar, IA; a brother, Darrell (Lola) Cain of Elwood, IA; 19 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Robby.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa Blue Ribbon Foundation or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 



Merlin J. Meyer

Merlin J. Meyer, age 73, of Cuba City, WI, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on May 7, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Merlin's life friends may visit on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Merlin was born on December 29, 1940, Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard and Verda (Miehe) Meyer. Merlin married Sandra Leslein on April 6, 1984 in Asbury, Iowa. Merlin worked for the Dubuque Pack, FDL and Farmland Foods over his lifetime. Merlin lived in Dubuque most of his life, also in Florida and moved to Cuba City 3 years ago. Merlin was a member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, Dubuque Packing Company Union and was the Seventh District Director for Midwest King Club. Merlin raised Show King Pigeons while traveling the country showing the pigeons and eventually became a judge. Merlin loved animals, fishing, coon hunting with his coon dogs and was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Sandy Meyer, his children, Tina (Richard) Bogosian, Dubuque, IA,  Dawn (Jim) Leach, Dubuque, IA, Kelly (Mike) Greenleaf, Eldridge, IA, Christy (Tony) Quinn, Worcester, MA, Kim (Tom) Berthold, Land O'Lakes, FL, Stacy Ann (Jeff) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA, Stacy Lynn (Joel) Gratz, Cuba City, WI, Tony (Beth) Gatena, Dubuque, IA, David (Lisa) Gatena, Dubuque, IA, Chris (Christie) Gatena, Clinton, IA., Michael Thomas Gatena, Levenworth, KS; 37 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Donna Mae Moore, Dubuque, IA, Darlene (Loras) Flynn, Dubuque, IA, Gerry (Walter) Hutchinson, East Moline, IL; 2 brothers, Harlow (Pauline) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, David F. Meyer, Dubuque, IA.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, Lewis and Geraldine Leslein, 3 sisters, Shirley Kennedy, Janaan McPoland, and Carol Lou Meyer in infancy, 2 brothers -in-law, Wayne Moore and Robert Leslein.

In lieu of flowers a Merlin J. Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving care and support.

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

 



Geraldine M. Bingham

Geraldine M. "Jerry" Bingham, 87, of East Dubuque, passed away Monday morning, May 5, 2014, at home, with her family by her side, of ovarian cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. To celebrate Jerry's life, friends may call from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m.

Jerry was born on December 8, 1926 in Dubuque, to Charles and Orele (VonDale) Elgin. She married John N. Bingham on May 17, 1947. Together they had five children.

Jerry was past president of the St. Mary's Altar & Rosary Society and the East Dubuque VFW Auxillary Post # 7976.  She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She belonged to the Galena Golf Course for 50 years and was in the women's league until last summer when her illness caused her to quit. She had 3 holes-in-one throughout her years of golfing. Over the years Jerry developed a passion for card playing, especially bridge. She was an excellent player and would rarely pass up an offer to play. She developed many long lasting friendships. She will be missed, not only by her family, but by the many friends she made.

Surviving is her husband of 66 years, John. Her children John Jr. (Judi) of Eagle River, WI, Joan (Jim) Willenbring of Farley, Judy Newcomer of Dubuque, Jeff (Kenna) of East Dubuque and Janice (Kevin) Pellow of Cottage Grove, MN. Her nine grandchildren; Terry Bingham, Tim (Jessica) Bingham, Amy (Scott) Meskimen, Sarah (Jayme) Mescher, Scott (Lisa) Willenbring, Ashley (Andrew) Dirksen, Cody Newcomer, Ryan and Kaitlin Pellow; and fifteen great-grandchildren, Isaac and Egan Bingham, Cayden, Connor, Olivia and Owen Meskimen, Kacie, Madeline, Abigail and Alex Mescher, Tanis, Johnathon and Jacob Willenbring, Landon and Logan Dirksen and one sister Rosemary Schoen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-laws, William Jr., Jerry and Helen, and Lloyd Bingham and a son-in-law, Edgar Newcomer.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, Barb, Lisa and Peggy, for the care and support they gave our mother and family throughout her illness.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, And she laughs without fear of the future.

 

 



Mary V. Davidsaver

Mary V. "Ginny" Davidsaver, 80, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 6th at Windsor Nursing Care Center in Cedar Falls from complications of COPD.
Memorial services will be at 12:00p.m. Friday May 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on April 27, 1934 in Dubuque to Thomas A. and Ivadelle (Reisner) O'Donnell. She married George G. Davidsaver on April 30th, 1955 also in Dubuque.
Ginny was a stay at home Mom while volunteering at St. Patrick's school for several years until re-entering the workplace as a teacher aide in 1981. She taught computer classes and ran the computer lab at St Mary's/St. Patrick's school until she retired in 2001. In her spare time, Ginny found great enjoyment crocheting, reading, baking for family, friends and co-workers, as well as watching all types of animals in her back yard. She also relished in cheering for (and many times yelling at) her beloved Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football teams and Chicago White Sox baseball team. She was a loving and caring wife and mother, who touched the lives of everyone who met her whether it be through friendships, teaching or her quick-wit and humor.

Surviving her are her daughter Amy (Mike) Rube of Cedar Falls, two sons, Theodore and George, and daughter Mary. Her beloved Grand-dog Louie, Granddaughter Amber (Bob) Urbain, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Sister-In-Law Jean (Nicholas) Davidsaver of Bellevue.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Tommy, and Brother-In-Law Nicholas.

Memorials may be directed to Care Initiatives Hospice.



Rollie L. Sampson

Rollie L. Sampson, 77, of Colesburg, Iowa died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his family after a long illnesses.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Friends may continue to call after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg with burial in the church cemetery. Allen Craft will officiate.

Rollie was born July 19, 1936, in Colesburg, the second child of Howard and Hazel (O'Neal) Sampson. He attended Colesburg High School and Upper Iowa University on a football scholarship. Rollie worked at the Ertl Toy Company before opening the Eighth Inning in Colesburg. He retired from sales at Kendrick Forest Products in Edgewood in 2004.

On November 16, 1957, Rollie married Beverly Jean Fitzgerald. Beverly survives him along with their 2 children: Rhonda (Tim) Kendrick of Edgewood, Robyn (Kyle) Maiers of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Kerra (Troy) Boriskey, Andrea (Eric) Harbaugh, Morgan & Kirby Kendrick, Jenna, Michael & Sage Maiers; 1 great granddaughter, Lilee Boriskey; 1 brother, Richard (Fay) Sampson of Colesburg; 1 sister: Rosie (Greg) Elvidge of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Rachel Sampson of Evansville, IN, Robert Fitzgerald of Dyersville, Mary Jane Banning of Vancouver, WA, James "Cheetah" Fitzgerald of Oelwein, and Carol (Leo) Klostermann of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert, as well as his parents-in-law, Cleo and Lucille Fitzgerald, in-laws: John (Jean) Fitzgerald, Dale Fitzgerald, Lois Fitzgerald, Sylvia Fitzgerald, Keith Banning, Ed (Karen) Fitzgerald and Marion "Cookie" Fitzgerald.

Rollie was an outstanding athlete at Colesburg High School and played football, basketball and baseball at Upper Iowa University. After college he played baseball for the Dyersville White Hawks for many years. His love of sports never faded as his children and grandchildren grew up he taught and watched them with the same enthusiasm.

Rollie was a passionate person who took great pride in his family, sports, unique farm animals and woodworking. He spent many years in his shop building beautiful furniture for his family and the community. Rollie's final years were spent taking care of his animals, watching his grandchildren play ball, and still trying to improve his golf game.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Daniel T. Kuhle

Daniel T. Kuhle, 25, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 3, 2014 while visiting friends in Chesapeake, Virginia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Danny was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 2, 1988, the son of Thomas C. and Cathy (Fellenzer) Kuhle.

Danny was a graduate of Wahlert High School and attended Loras College. He had been employed at Best Buy for many years and was recently certified as an ordained minister.

Danny was an Ambassador for the MDA Telethon in 2002, and was an honored member of Junior Achievement.  He enjoyed many years attending Camp Courageous of Iowa at Monticello and was a former member of the Boy Scouts.

He received many awards with his talent for Debate through high school and through the American Legion in Dubuque, as well as for his gift of writing.  Danny loved to experiment with gourmet cooking and frequently enticed friends and family to join him in a home cooked meal.

Surviving are his parents Cathy (Kevin) Kramer of East Dubuque and Thomas C. (Edie) Kuhle of Dubuque, his brothers Ryan Kuhle of Austin, Texas, Jamison Kuhle of East Dubuque and Cory Kramer of East Dubuque, his sister Natalie Kuhle of Dubuque, his step-brother Max Huss of Dubuque, his maternal grandmother Rose Zirtzman of Galena, and his paternal grandparents Edwin and Joyce (Welp) Kuhle of Menominee, his maternal aunts and uncles, Mark (Lori) Fellenzer of East Moline, Illinois and Cindy (Jeff) Maeder of Galena, his paternal aunts and uncles Dave (Lois) Kuhle of Hazel Green, JoAnn (Al) Roberts of Peosta, Mary Kruser of Kieler, Barb (Gene) Osterholz of Menominee and Bob (Barb) Kuhle of Monroe, Wisconsin, his step family, grandmother Sharon Kramer of East Dubuque and grandfather Robert Huss of Dubuque, great grandmother Madonna Knockel of East Dubuque, uncle & aunt Kyle (Linda) Kramer of Dubuque and their children Hannah & Ethan, and by a very special friend Becky Diercks with whom he spent his final days.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents and by his friend Sydney Bobbit.

Danny was a very special person with great compassion.  He will be greatly missed by many.

Love you Danny!

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

 



Raymond N. Hoftender

Raymond N. Hoftender, 80, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. 

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family. 

Ray was born on November 20, 1933 near Menominee, Illinois, the son of Vincent L. and Marie (Loeffelholz) Hoftender.  He married Deanna Harrison on September 14, 1957 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. 

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL Foods for 42 years.  He then was employed in recovery at the Telegraph Herald for 13 years.

Ray was formerly a member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department, East Dubuque Boat Club, the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps, and a former member of Local 150A of the Meat Cutter's Union.  He also served in the Iowa National Guard. 

Surviving are his wife, Deanna, and four children, Raymond W. Hoftender, Sandy Luchterhand, Rhonda Hoftender and Julie Hoftender (T.J. Freytag), all of East Dubuque, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter, his siblings, LeRoy (Virginia) Hoftender, Rosie (Hubert) "Jr" Brimeyer and Vincent "Jiggs' Hoftender all of East Dubuque; Shirley (Rick) Gassman of Dubuque; Gerald "Moe" (Lynn) Hoftender of East Dubuque and Patricia (Roger) Gross of Dubuque. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Robert. 

Deanna & family wish to thank the 3-West Medical Staff at Mercy Medical Center, the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. and Paramount Ambulance for their kind and compassionate care of Ray.  Ray was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

 



Leroy Vogt

Leroy Vogt of Bethany Home, previously residing in St. Mary's Apartments, entered the Church Triumphant at 10:55 AM on Sunday, May 4, 2014 with beloved friends at his side. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and his ashes sent for burial in the family plot in Marion, South Dakota. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in loving memory of Leroy will take place on Saturday, June 7th at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Dubuque, Iowa (1684 Iowa St.). A time to share memories and speak with the family will take place following the service at a reception in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (downstairs).
Of the 24 pastors installed at First Presbyterian Church since its founding in 1847, exactly half of them had the privilege of serving with Leroy, and many other pastors who trained at the seminary were sent to serve the church with his blessing and continual encouragement: Leroy passes onto to us the calling of preparing pastors for the church.

Leroy was born on December 7, 1922 in Turner County, South Dakota, to Theodore and Bertha (Ratzlaff) Vogt, the first of five children. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Virginia (Don Wagner) and brother Lester (Martha); Surviving are his brothers Orval (Virginia) and Lawrence (Laverne); as well as two uncles; Clarence Vogt and Andrew Ratzlaff, and numerous nieces and nephews. After a sojourn of several years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where his parents worked in a meat processing plant, the family moved to Marion, South Dakota where his father and mother operated their own business, "Vogt's Meat Market" during the 1930's, the Great Depression. Leroy attended the local school and graduated from Marion High School in 1940. He graduated from Freeman Junior College before being drafted into the Navy in 1942, where he served as a signalman in the South Pacific until the end of the war. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1949 on the GI bill and worked in South Dakota as a meat salesman until 1951, when he accepted a position at the University of Dubuque bookstore, located across from what had been Steffens Hall. The bookstore serviced not only college and seminary, but also the educational needs of the churches of the former German Synod of the West. After retiring from the bookstore in 1973, he worked at Bethany Home in maintenance and the laundry until 1987. Both the University of Dubuque and Bethany home are Presbyterian missions which began in what is now First Presbyterian Church. Throughout his 63 years in Dubuque, Leroy lived a life of service and Christian influence on the many students, faculty, church goers and friends in the community who were touched by his light-hearted and uplifting personality. He sang in the church choir, taught and supervised the Sunday school, played piano for nearly 60 years for the Sunday School program and for many worship services (including those most recently at Bethany Home and Manor Care), was actively involved in Presbytery work and served as clerk of the First Presbyterian Church session for many years. Those who had the privilege of knowing Leroy, have had their lives enriched and deepened by a good and honorable man who lived of Christian service for the up-building of the church he so dearly loved.

We grieve our loss, yet rejoice that Leroy has been welcomed into the arms of his Savior. He has persevered and run the race set before him. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Memorials and remembrances may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or Bethany Home at 1684 Iowa St. Dubuque, IA 52001 or fpcdbq@yahoo.com or on-line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Carl N. Kleitsch

Carl N. Kleitsch, 89, of Monticello, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Carl was born June 1, 1924, in Walker, Iowa, the son of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. He attended rural schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cascade. Carl worked on farms in the area, then did some share-farming. After that, he worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and John Deere Dubuque Works until he retired. He married Mary Marugg on March 6, 1964, in Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Carl was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council for over 65 years, and the Monticello Lions Club. As a young man, Carl loved racing stock cars and dancing. Carl enjoyed eating out with family, playing cards with his brothers and sisters, watching sports, going to stock car races, and riding RAGBRAI for 15 years with his wife, Mary.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; stepchildren Lois Newholm of Marion and Danny (Linda) Bauer of Monticello; a daughter, Debra (Dave) Meyers of Monticello; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Bauer, Cory (friend Melanie Wilson) Bauer and Troy (friend Brandy Dietiker) Bauer, Chelsea, Kathryn and Nicholas Meyers; 4 great-grandchildren: Lexi, Rylee and Breanna Bauer and Chase Bauer; siblings Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch and Wilfred (Rita) Kleitsch, all of Monticello, Edwin and Irvin Kleitsch, Marion (Bob) Hosch, all of Cascade; in-laws Margaret Faust of Edgewood, Helen (Dave) Sackett of Anamosa and Charlotte (Dale) Lowrey of Fostoria, OH, Irene Marugg of Upper Sandusky, OH, Peggy Marugg of Franklin, KY, Nadine Marugg and Darlene Marugg, both of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Charles Bauer; a stepson-in-law, Craig Newholm; in-laws Alve Onken, Doloris Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Robert Marugg, Russell Marugg, Richard Marugg, John Marugg, James Marugg, Fritz Marugg and Loren Faust.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Information is available and condolences will be accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Darlene O. Hoffman

Darlene Opal Hoffman, 76, of Dubuque, IA passed away May 2, 2014, at home with her loving husband.

In honor of Darlene's wishes a family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of cremation arrangements.

She was born on June 22, 1937, in Dubuque, the daughter of Fredrick and Berniece (Durey) Reimer. On June 28, 1958, she married Dale LeRoy Hoffman of Elkport, Iowa.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Dale, and their four children - Dale (Vonda) Hoffman, Darla Herbst, Deanna "Dee" (John) Sanner, Dan (Brenda) Hoffman. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren; and her brother Fredrick "Tom" (Dottie) Reimer along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, along with two brothers Jack (Sandy) Reimer and Gary Reimer.

 



L.J. Bromberg

L. J. "Vern" Bromberg, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Charles City, Iowa and Tampa, Florida, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa.

There will be no formal funeral service at this time.  A memorial service will be held later in Charles City, Iowa.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Vern was born on June 25, 1927 on a farm southwest of Canby, Minnesota, the son of Herman and Jennie (Saltee) Bromberg.  He attended school in Canby, MN.  He married Norma E. Vandevoorde in Marshall, MN on October 8, 1945. 

Vern served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps, attending both Central and Eastern Signal Corps Schools in the 1940's. He was employed by Radio Station KMHL in Marshall, MN from 1948-1951 and Radio Station KCHA, Charles City, Iowa from 1951-1955. He purchased KCHA in 1955 and built KCHA-FM in 1971.

He anchored the "Noon News" broadcast on KCHA in Charles City, Iowa for 30 years.  Vern was known as "Freckled Freddie" on the country western show, Cedar Valley Ranch.

Vern was active in Charles City community endeavors.  He was awarded the distinquished service award by the Iowa Jaycees.  He also was Editor of the State Jaycee Paper, "Action".  He served on a number of Boards of Directors including the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, also serving as President of the board.  He was a member of the chamber ambassadors, and a member of the National & Iowa Broadcasting Associations.

He sold KCHA in 1986 and retired to the Tampa, Florida area.  The family returned to the Midwest in 2006.

Surviving is his wife Norma, a daughter Pamela (Steve) Popelka of Charles City; a son Barry (Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque, IA, three grandchildren, Dirk (Kelly) Popelka of Austin, TX, Trevor Bromberg of Littleton, CO, & Theresa Bromberg of Ft. Collins, CO, and one great grandson Dax Popelka of Austin, TX, and by one sister, Doris Reiners of Lakeville, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, the Cancer Fund and to Hospice of Dubuque.

Vern's family wishes to extend a special thank you to "Hospice of Dubuque" for their kind and compassionate care.

 



David P. Alquist

David P. Alquist, 75, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on April 16, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of David on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and graveside services and burial will be held at a later date from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

David Peter Alquist was born on December 1, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to William and Mildred (Hartford) Alquist. He was a Korean war veteran of the Air Force receiving an honorable discharge. He married Mildred Hanson and she preceded him in death in 1991. He later married Bonnie Bullen.

David had worked as a meat packer at Oscar Meyer in the Quad Cities for several years, and then as a truck driver for Lou Somerville Trucking in Wyoming, Iowa for over 20 years.

Those left to honor David's memory include his children, Gladys (Doug) Daniels of Preston, IA, Sharon (Richard) Nodurft of Lost Nation, IA, and Jim (Barb) Curtis of Davenport, IA; a half-sister, Jill (Gene) Suthers of Lost Nation, IA; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred, 2 sons Earle and Leigh, and a sister Connie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a David P. Alquist memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Fr. Clarence R. Beckley

Fr. Clarence R. Beckley, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at Stonehill Care Center at 9:10 a.m. on May 1, 2014. Friends and family of Fr. Beckley may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p. m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday. A Funeral mass for Fr. Beckley will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper, Rev. Tim Mulroy and Rev. Tom Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, LaMotte, IA, with Rev. Charles Duster offering committal prayers.

Fr. Clarence R. Beckley was born on February 8, 1939, in Springville, Iowa, son of Paul and Rosann (Stanisha) Beckley.

Father Beckley graduated from Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte in 1957. He then studied philosophy and theology at St. Columban's Major Seminary in Milton, MA. He was ordained as a priest in 1966. Father served in several capacities throughout the years. He began with mission work in Mindanao Southern Philippines in 1967. Father served as Chaplain at Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines from 1981-1985. He then volunteered to be a member of the first Columban mission team to Brazil in 1985. After language studies, he served in Cristopolis and Riachão das Neves, all in the Diocese of Barreiras, Bahia. He returned to the United States in 2000. He became part of the pastoring team at St. Philomena Parish in Chicago until 2007. He then helped in the Spanish Ministry in the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa. In 2012 he was assigned to St. Columbans, NE. There he courageously faced health problems marked by cancer and infections. He died in hospice care in Dubuque, Iowa, near family members and people he had served. Throughout his life he was known for his cheerfulness in serving people and relating to fellow Columbans.

Fr. Beckley is survived by, his siblings, Robert Beckley, Bellevue, IA, Paul (Carol) Beckley, Dubuque, IA, George (Dee) Beckley, Blaine, WA, Dorothy (Edwin) Reeg, Dubuque, IA, Joann (Ray) Schumacher, Zwingle, IA, Mary Ellen (Tom) Timmerman O'Brien, Crystal Lake, IL, Janet (Robert) Graff, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Jean Lemm, Beemer, NE, and many nieces and nephews.

Fr. Beckley was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law, Mary C. Beckley and a brother-in-law, William J. Timmerman.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Father Beckley.

A Father Clarence R. Beckley memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William A. Brady

William A. "Bill" Brady, 92, of Ennoble Manor, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Family graveside services will be at the East Dubuque Cemetery with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born on April 25, 1922 in East Dubuque, the son of Lloyd R. and Wilhelmina "Min" (Stoeffler) Brady.

He was a graduate of Independence, Iowa High School.  Bill was formerly employed as a physician assistant at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and did maintenance for both EDSB and Liberty Banks in East Dubuque.

Surviving are three sisters, Lavida "Sis" Springer of Spring Hill, Florida; Audrey Overhouse of East Dubuque; and Peggy Bardsley of Waterloo, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Lloyd "Rip" Brady and a sister Charlene McCarthy.

 

 



Helen J. Willenborg

Helen Jane Willenborg, 93, of Dyersville died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the CD of A and the VFW/American Legion Auxiliary will recite the rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Helen was born August 7, 1920, in Dyersville, Iowa, the only daughter of John and Grace (Bockenstedt) Naber. She graduated from Xavier High School in 1938. Helen married Maurice G. Willenborg on November 9, 1943, in Dyersville, Iowa. When Maurice returned from his tour of duty in World War II, they farmed near Petersburg until they retired to Dyersville in 1983. Helen later moved to Ellen Kennedy Living Center in May of 2012.

Helen was active in her community volunteering at Oak Crest Manor, Beckman Catholic High School, the Dyer House, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary and she led the rosary at the Basilica. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A), the American Legion Auxiliary Post 137, VFW Auxiliary Post 7736, Friends of the Library and the Dyersville Historical Society.

She was a good cook and enjoyed her vegetable and beautiful flower gardens. Helen loved to visit with her many relatives - she being the oldest living relative of the Naber-Bockenstedt families. She treasured many activities especially Christmas with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Carla (William) Aldershof of Little Rock, AK, Lola (Dean) Baragary of Winthrop, Paula Forest of Iowa City, and Nyla (Randy) Pettinger of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren: Jeffrey (Dana) Baum, Jon (Tina) Baum, Elizabeth Forest, Zachary (Mia) Pettinger, and Abby Pettinger (Chris Hech); great grandchildren: Jesse, Emily, Ashley and Jacob Baum, Charlie and Evan Baum; step grandchildren: Julie Horne, Leslie George, Sean Baragary (Kelsey Leonard) and step great grandchildren: Joe, John, Josh and Jordan Horne, and Caleb and Tessa George; sisters-in-law: Betty Naber, Kay Naber, Caryl Willenborg; brother-in-law, Lee Krapfl and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Maurice in 2001, a daughter, Marcia Lynn in 1953, parents-in-law, Herman and Ella Willenborg, brothers: Donald "Bud" and William Naber; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Marcella) Naber, sister-in-law, Mildred Krapfl and brother-in-law, Marvin Willenborg.

Memorials may be given to Beckman Catholic High School, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Above and Beyond Hospice or the Good Neighbor Home.

A special thank you to the caring and professional staff of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and the Good Neighbor Home.

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



Janet M. Marshall

Janet M. Marshall, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away at Stonehill Care Center at 9:27 a.m. on April 29, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Grace Point, 3100 Windsor Ave. , with Pastor Chris English officiating. To celebrate Janet's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on March 31, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Millie (Grassel) Curtis.

Before she married, Janet was employed at Chicago-Dubuque. She later managed Manpower with her sister Jean, and was lastly employed at Timmerman's Motor Inn. Janet married William J. Marshall on October 30, 1950, in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2009. She was an avid gardener and loved listening to big band and Willie Nelson music. Janet volunteered her time with Finley Sunshine Circle putting her seamstress skills to good use. She also enjoyed spending time with her exercise club. Janet was a life-time member of Grace Point Church.

Janet is survived by her daughter Cathy (Steve) Roddick, Balltown, IA; her siblings,  Joan (Howard) Higley, Dubuque, IA,  Jane Leibold, Peoria, IL,  Judy Meyer, Dubuque, IA,  Jean Jaeggi, Dubuque, IA.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband ,William J. Marshall, her parents, a sister, Joyce (Bob) Wallschlager, a brother Albert (Bernie) Curtis and 3 brothers-in-law, Joe Leibold, George Meyer and Bob Jaeggi.

A Janet M. Marshall memorial fund had been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff from No Place Like Home Senior Care and Stonehill Care Center for all of the wonderful care they gave Janet.

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

 



Douglas J. Beidler

Douglas J. Beidler, 51, of Key West, Iowa passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014 after a long illness. At Doug's request, there will be private services. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Doug was born on August 22, 1962, son of Robert C. Beidler. He married Jodi L. Herbst on October 11, 1985. He was the proud father of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Beidler, of the United States Air Force. His son, Rob was his pride and joy. Doug graduated from Wahlert High School. He was a member of the Rockdale United Methodist Church and a retired member of the Key West Fire Department. He was an outstanding welder, loved large equipment and known as a "Jack of all trades" who could fix or build anything. Doug had a heart of gold and was always willing to help others. He loved animals, children, old westerns and Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3!

Doug is welcomed into heaven by his father and his dear friends Ray "Whitey" Mueller, Doug Tabor, Mike Hefel and his beloved dog "Tuff".

In addition to his wife Jodi, and son Rob, he is survived by his mother and father-in-law, Don and Juanita Herbst; brother-in-law, Don (Pam) Herbst Jr. and family; sister-in-law, Karin (Mike) Friend and family, all of Dubuque.

His closest friends who always supported and believed in him, Dave and Linda, Dave Jr. and Tammi Herbst, Kevin Schadl, Tony (Barb) Gantenbein, Jim (Cindy) Riedl, Tom (Kim) Reittinger, Kevin (Jennifer) Wernimont and Ray and Deb Nicks.

In lieu of flowers, all memorials may be given to the Rockdale United Methodist Church, 1500 Old Mill Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.

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

Special thanks to Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Ronald Schope, the staff of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Dr. John Phelan, Dr. Frank Jung and the staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI.



John M. Bradley

John M. Bradley 61 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation will be 1 hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home, with Military Honors Conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

John was born on September 7, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of William C. and Verna (Cook) Bradley. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. John then served in the US Army during Vietnam and transitioned to the Army National Guard, completing 22 years of military service. John was a machinist for AY McDonald and retired after 33 years.

On June 2, 1979, John married Mary Beyer at Resurrection Catholic Church. Throughout his life, John enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, going on road trips with the guys and spending time with his family. If anyone needed help he would drop whatever he was doing to lend a hand. In October 2011 John was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, his fight was an inspiration to many, giving him the nickname "Superman in Camo."

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children; Angela (Michael) Hoffman and Anthony (Fiancé' Ashley Black) Bradley; his father, William, siblings, James (Cindy) Bradley and Thomas (Barbie) Bradley; mother in-law, Anna Beyer; in-laws; Michele Beyer, Paul (Shelly) Beyer, Ronald (Robin) Greve, James (Patti) Beyer, Robert (Julie) Beyer, Carla Beyer and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his mother; Verna, father in-law; Edward Beyer, brother in-law; David Beyer, sister in-law; Rose Beyer.

A special thank you to Dr. Mustafa Baskaya and his nurse practitioner Letty Geanon, Dr. Christian Schultheis and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna.

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

For service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



David L. Casper

David L. Casper, 75, of Dubuque, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from noon until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born April 24, 1939 in Shullsburg, Wisc., son of John and Alta (Watson) Casper. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He served in the Army from 1962 to 1964.

David worked at Caradco, then Barnstead-Thermolyne. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by two children, Lori Casper of Dubuque and Timothy (Jessica) Casper of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Alexis and Mercedes Casper; a brother, Bob (Zoe) Casper of Dubuque; and a sister, Susan (Terry) Harris of Peosta.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A David Casper Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all of their loving care.



Cleo C. Zaszczurynski

Cleo C. Zaszczurynski, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Cleo was born on March 17, 1920 in Graf, Iowa, the daughter of William and Frances (Albert) Schmitt. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jo Ann Francois, Kim Burdt, and Kathy Kellogg, all of Dubuque, Michael (Stephanie) Durkin of Silver Spring, Maryland, Timothy (Kathy) Durkin of Dyersville, Iowa, and a daughter-in-law, Sue Durkin of Sarasota, Florida; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Dorothy Avenarius and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Joseph Plein, Paul Durkin and Leon Zaszczurynski; 3 sons, Patrick Durkin, Bill Plein, and Martin Durkin; a daughter, Janie Feldman; and 4 brothers and 10 sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

A memorial fund has been established in Cleo's memory.
For service details and to leave an online condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Richard Lang, Sr.

Richard "Dick Lang, Sr., 81 of 2220 Woodlawn St. died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Diane Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with Military Honors accorded by American legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday May 1, 2014 at the Funeral Home.

Dick was born on March 17, 1933, the son of Clarence and Mildred (Otting) Lang. Graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1951. and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean War.

He married Leilani "Lonnie" Cooper on July 2, 1955 at Saint Mary's Church. She preceded him in death on January 11, 1999. Dick later married Phyllis Cornwell on March 16, 2001.

He was employed at Dubuque Stamp Company for 44 years retiring in 1995. and was the co owner of Lang Construction. He was a member of American Legion Post #6 and served as a Scout Master from 1965 to 1982 for St. Mary's Troop 8. He also loved to go camping and served as the honorary mayor of Camp 17.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis, three sons Richard "Rick" (Sally) Lang Jr, Brian Lang, Daniel (Cathy) Lang, all of Dubuque, daughters Lisa (Bart Wieden) Fritz, of Thoma, WI, Anne (Denis) Kotz, of Dubuque, step daughters Hollie (Tracy Brimmer) Thomas, and Nicole (Mike Ward) Hines, both of East Dubuque, 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren and a sister Jeanne (Arnold) Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leilani, a daughter Lynn Ann and step father Douglas Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers a Richard "Dick" Lang Sr. memorial fund has been established.



Christopher J. Stoffel

Christopher James Stoffel, 21 of Andrew, Iowa formerly of 523 Kaufmann Ave in Dubuque passed away on Saturday April 26, 2014 at home.

Committal services and burial will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday May 3, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on November 23, 1992 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leonard "Lenny" and Gail (George) Stoffel.

He loved all sports and was a fan of the Tennessee Titans and also enjoyed to fish. He attended the Boys and Girls Club for many years.

He will be sadly missed by many friends especially; Tanner McInerney, Tom McDermott, Cody Perry, Trevor, Joann and Jeff Dillon

He is survived by his mother Gail Stoffel, of Andrew, Iowa, his best friend and brother Kyle, of Dubuque and Shawn (Casey) of Dubuque. His niece Emma and nephew Nick. His grandmother Rosemary Stoffel, and many aunts and uncles and his faithful companion "Violet"

He was preceded in death by his father Lenny on July 14, 2009, his grandfather Irvin Stoffel, his grandmother Carol George and his friend Jason Lewis.

The family wishes to thank Dick and Charlene Dunwoody, Milton "Ogger" and Mary Ellen George, Jim and LaVon Haxmeier, and Jim and Dorothy Degenhardt for all their kindness to Christopher over the years. Also the Andrew Rescue Squad for all their help.

The family request no flowers. A Christopher James Stoffel memorial fund has been established.



William M. Hickey

William M. "Bill" Hickey, age 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:15 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Bill's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born on June 13, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank John and Mary Catherine (Baxter) Hickey.

Bill resided most of his life at Area Residential Care with many years spent at the Hacienda Group Home. During all those years he worked at the ARC Vocational Service Center.

Bill is survived by his siblings, John (Pamela) Hickey, Dubuque, IA, Marien Hickey-Davis, VA, Joe (Diane) Hickey, Dubuque, IA; 11 nieces and nephews.

Bill's "family" also includes the loving clients, staff and care givers at ARC, with special affection for Roxanne Ties, Ernie VanOstrand, Lynn Bries, Lynae Duffy, Bill Cullen and Judy Freese.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque ICU for their wonderful care of Bill.

A William M. "Bill" Hickey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ambrose C. Roth

Ambrose C. "Ambie" Roth, 90, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away suddenly at 10:24 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. Sunday and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ambie was born on December 16, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth.  He married his one true love, Margie J. Sarazin on July 25, 1945 in Dubuque.

He was a veteran of the Army serving during World War II.  Ambie served with Cannon Company 347th infantry regiment.  He crossed the English Channel on D-Day fighting thru France, Holland, & Germany.  He also fought in the battle of the Bulge.  Other battles and campaigns included the Rhineland and Ardennes, Central Europe.  Ambie received the Purple Heart, Good conduct medal, American theater campaign ribbon, victory medal, combat infantry badge, European African Middle Eastern campaign ribbon and numerous other medals.  He ended his service on December 14, 1945.

Ambie served as Mayor of East Dubuque.  He was formerly employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1982.  He enjoyed farming, moving from East Dubuque in 1966 to his farm.  Ambie was an avid euchre player. As of late he enjoyed riding his scooter around the farm, especially back to the quarry to talk to his buddies.

He was a member of the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps, U.A.W. Local # 94, VFW Post #7976 and American Legion Post # 787 both of East Dubuque, Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Galena Eagles Club. He was a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept.  Ambie will be remembered for the great man he was and for all the things he did for the people he loved and his community.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years Margie J. Roth, a daughter Diane Korish & (special friend) Carl Langkamp of Benton, Wisconsin, two sons, Duane V. Roth of Ash Flats, Arkansas; and David R. (Pam) Roth of East Dubuque, 6 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren 3 great- great- grandchildren, his siblings Darlene Gibson, Helen (Ron) Metcalf, and a sister-in-law Lois Roth all of East Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine & Freda Roth, a son Daniel A. Roth, a granddaughter Tammy L. Roth, a great granddaughter Chelsie Jo Roth, his siblings, John Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Wayne, Edward, Louis & Donald Roth and brother-in-law Gordon Gibson.

 

 



George F. Meyer

George F. Meyer, 93, of 3427 Kauffmann died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 11:30 am Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory Where visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

George was born July 17, 1920 in Dubuque, son of George and Mary (Valroth) Meyer. He served in the US Army during WW II.

On July 15, 1961 he married Betty Wiest in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2011.

George worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 35 years before his retirement in 1982. He loved to fish at Swiss Valley. He felt truly blessed to be able to go on the Honor Flight in 2010.

He is survived by a daughter, Ginger (Jeff) Cue of Peosta and two grandchildren, Ryan (Allen) Berger of Dubuque and Tyler Cue of Peosta. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Lavone, Jeanette, Delores and Ed.

A George Meyer Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care. They would also like to thank George and Betty's neighbors for their loving kindness over the years.

To submit an online condolence, or for further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Frederick E. Hoeger

Frederick E. Hoeger, 80, of Holy Cross, Iowa died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Holy Cross where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate and V.F.W. Post  will accord Military Honors.

Fred was born September 14, 1933 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Leo F. and Pauline C. (Diers) Hoeger.  He married the love of his life Irene Olsem on June 10, 1958 in Colesburg.at  St. Patrick Church.

He was a farmer all his life and enjoyed driving tractors.  He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post  and the Catholic Order of Foresters

Survivors include his wife, Irene, 6 children: Jody (Dave) Rolfes of Earlville, Jolene (Loras) Bagge of Worthington, Donita Eckrich of Coralville, Janice (Larry) Lansing of Dyersville, Lynn (Casey) Hoeger and Brenda (Brad) McAuliffe, both of Holy Cross; 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Wille of Monona; in-laws: Marlene Hoeger of New Vienna and Elmer (Wilma) Olsem of Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Jean (George) Friedmann, Harold, Leo H. (Ileen), LaVerne (Elizabeth), Cyril, William (Ruth) Hoeger and Thomas J. Hoeger; several brothers-and sisters-in-law.

A Fred E. Hoeger Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Duane P. Ritt

Duane Peter Ritt, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday April 25, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Private family services with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on May 20, 1933, the son of Clarence and Evelyn (Klein) Ritt of Balltown, Iowa. He married Carol Leibfried on April 26, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville.

Duane served proudly in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

He is survived by his wife Carol, six children, Deborah Ritt, of Dubuque, Sharon Maas, of Hazel Green, WI, Michael (Julie) Ritt, of Dubuque, Marsha (Nicholas) Malas, of Madison, WI, Gary (Peggy) Ritt, of Dubuque and Thomas (Nancy) Ritt of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and two brothers Dennis (Beverly) Ritt, of Milwaukee, and Robert (Mary Ann) Ritt, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Helen Streif.



Robert J. Wieland

Robert "Bob" J. Wieland, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, April 28, at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., where the family will greet friends starting at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements are being entrusted with Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Bob was born Jan. 29, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Ida (Kaufmann) Wieland. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob married Louann Powers on Sept. 14, 1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Bob worked for Northwestern Bell and then retired from Lucent Technologies; he later worked for BTS with the phone systems at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Bob volunteered weekly for years at the Dubuque Arboretum. He also enjoyed dining out with friends and dancing on Saturday nights at Timmerman's. He loved to travel with Louann, gardening and sharing the produce with neighbors and friends, and also enjoyed fishing from his canoe.

Survivors include his wife, Louann; son Keith (Geri) Wieland; 2 grandchildren, Samantha and Grace Wieland; a sister, Grace (Richard) Jahries; and nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jeanette Davidshofer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and staff, Hospice of Dubuque (Cindi and Nicole), and Home Care (Carla) for all your care and help with Bob.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Judith A. Harrison

Judith A. "Judy" Harrison, age 71, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 11:56 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.

To celebrate Judy's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Judy was born on June 7, 1942, in Hazel Green, WI, daughter of Harry and Gladys (Dahl) Story. Judy attended school in Cuba City, WI.

She was very creative. Judy enjoyed crafting and attending many area shows over the years, exhibiting and selling the items she made. She was very much a part of her grandchildren's lives and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Judy is survived by her children, Kevin (Brenda) Harrison, Gower, MO, and Christopher (Jodi Hagar) Harrison, Dubuque, IA; her 5 grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Lathem, Brandon, Bailey, Blake and Tyler Harrison; her 2 great-grandchildren, Jackson Lathem and Kayden Harrison; her special friend, Henry Hanson, East Dubuque, IL; and many friends, especially Jackie and Karla.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, JeanAnn Brockmeier; and 2 brothers, Vern and Russell Story.

In lieu of flowers, a Judith A. "Judy" Harrison memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Glenn G. Meader

Glenn G. Meader, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Glenn Gary Meader was born on Jan. 28, 1949 in Elkhart, Indiana, to Glenn Edmond and Verna Evelyn (Tinkey) Meader. He grew up in the Wyoming and Monmouth areas and then served his country honorably from 1968 to 1984. He married Kathleen Rowe on July 26, 2010 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Glenn worked as a truck driver for several years. He enjoyed fishing and computer games.

Those left to honor Glenn's memory include his wife, Kathleen Rowe-Meader, of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kyleigh) Meader, Glynnda (Travis) Bolsinger, Eddie Davis, and David (Candice) Meader; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters Nancy Richmond of WI and Donna Wall of IA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Douglas and Grace Rowe of Shanghai, China; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scotty Meader; and a brother, Lynn Meader.

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



Howard E. Clark

Howard E. "Sonny" Clark, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Sonny's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, April 25, from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Howard Eugene Clark was born on Sept. 13, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Howard and Alvena (Isbell) Clark. He was educated in Ottumwa, Bellevue and lastly Maquoketa. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He married Pat Love, and later married Alberta Cooper on Oct. 23, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2003.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Sonny worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He then worked for his dad clearing and bulldozing roads for many years, and later for his brother Lloyd as a backhoe operator until retirement.

Sonny was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and doing yard work. He also liked to donate his time caring for area cemeteries.

Those left to honor Sonny's memory include his brother, Allen Lee Clark of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Barbara Clark of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alberta; brothers Dillon and Lloyd; and sisters Freida Marie Seiler and Bernadine Heinzel Starr.

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



William L. Kaiser

William L. "Bill" Kaiser, age 63, of Briar Place in Indian Head Park, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 12:51 a.m., on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor John Sorenson officiating. To celebrate Bill's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bill was born on September 8, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William F. and Bernice (Lippstock) Kaiser.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He was employed at A.Y. McDonald as a machinist for several years. In his free time Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, shooting pool, bowling and dancing. He also liked listening to country and western music and singing karoke. Bill played guitar and keyboard and in his younger years played drums in a band.

Bill is survived by, his son, William F. "Bill" Kaiser, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Mona (Jerry) Merrick, Dubuque, IA, Deann Kaiser, Aurora, IL, Gordon J. Kaiser, Dubuque, IA; his nephews, Brandon (Carrie) Merrick, Aren (Joyce) Merrick, both of Dubuque, IA; his niece, Amber (Joe) Otway, Orland Hills, IL.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a William L. "Bill" Kaiser memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley A. Green

Shirley A. Green, 79, of Monticello, Iowa died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit in St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin.

Shirley was born on April 14, 1935, in Viola, Iowa, the daughter of Jonas and Bessie (Drumbarger) Hakes. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Shirley and her sisters were raised in Viola where they shared many fun times and fond memories for a lifetime. She married Claude Green on November 25, 1965, at St. Jospeh Catholic Church in Stone City. They moved from Cascade to their new home in Monticello in 1969, where they raised their daughter. She and Claude loved to travel, especially to Nashville, TN and out West. Shirley was very proud of her family and loved all of the children for whom she babysat. She was especially proud of her granddaughters, who have in recent years blessed her with her dogs, Chanel and Duke. She loved all animals.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Dean) Stevens of Monticello; 2 granddaughters: Danielle and Nicole and special nieces: Tammy and Analecia Harms (Scott Christensen); a sister: LaCretia Graves of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lois Green of Dubuque, John (Marcella) Green and Charles (Mary) Green, both of Cascade, and Robert Offermann of Prairieburg; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Claude in 1998, 2 sisters, an infant sister and Margaret Jaeger; in-laws: Louis Graves, Joseph Green, Mary Jo Offerman, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Ted (Mildred) Green, Loras Green, Arnold Green, Oscar (Bernice) Green and Mary Estelle (Frank) Simon.

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



Bernice Swift

Bernice (Rellihan) Swift, 104, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bethany Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bernice was born on June 3, 1909 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Alice (Martell) Rellihan. She graduated as class valedictorian from Dubuque Senior High School in 1927 and then began work as a secretary at the Chamberlain Insurance Agency in Dubuque.

On September 16, 1931, Bernice married Adrian Swift at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque and together they raised eight children. She was secretary and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Swift Plumbing and Heating. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1979.

Bernice was a kind and gentle woman of strong faith, whose greatest love was her family. She had a great wit and a keen sense of humor. Bernice enjoyed travel, reading, music and following sporting events, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the New York Yankees. She will be sadly missed.

Bernice was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, sons, Terrence (Therese) Swift, of Fairview Park, Ohio, Thomas (Sharon) Swift, of Dubuque, Gerald (Diane) Swift, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; daughters, Nancy (James) Klauer and Susan (John) Miller, both of Dubuque, and Kathy Steffen, of Urbandale, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Preceding Bernice in death, besides her husband, were a daughter, Connie, on Dec. 24, 2003 and a son, Edward, on July 4, 2006; also, a sister, Evelyn Hubbard and brothers, Donald "Scoop" and Robert Rellihan, and a grandson, James Swift, who died at birth.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque or Sacred Heart Church.

The family would like to extend sincerest gratitude to the caregivers at Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque and River Bend Assisted Living for the loving care and kindness they extended to Bernice in her final years.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

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



Laura A. Nilles

Laura A. (Meyer) Nilles, 66, of Dubuque, died peacefully Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014, at Luther Manor surrounded by her family.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, April 26, at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. There will be no visitation. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Laura was born on April 24, 1947, daughter of Robert J. and Rosemary R. (Frommelt) Meyer. She married Keith Nilles on July 25, 1970, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She received a B.A. Degree from Clarke University and a Master Degree in school counseling and guidance from Kansas State University.

Laura spent her life loving children, as a mother, teacher and school counselor. She enjoyed traveling, music, sewing, drawing and gardening. Laura also enjoyed meeting new people and accepted and appreciated people for their uniqueness.

Laura is survived by her husband, Keith; her two daughters, Erika (Jeff) Nilles-Plumlee, of Lawrence, Kansas and Kirstin (Steve) Kunkel, of Perrysburg, Ohio; five grandchildren; and her mother, Rosemary Meyer, of Dubuque.

Laura was preceded in death by her father, Robert J. Meyer.

A Laura A. Nilles Memorial Fund has been established.

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

"Special thanks to the staffs of Luther Manor and Above and Beyond Hospice for their compassionate and loving care for Laura and her family, especially those that share and enjoyed music with Laura."

 



Kenneth L. Ritenour

Kenneth L. Ritenour, 73, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque. Private burial services will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Kenneth was born June 12, 1940 in Aledo, IL, the son of Kenneth and Alice (Schauff) Ritenour. He married his high school sweetheart Janice Driskell on August 1, 1959 in Macomb, IL. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 32 years of service and was a member of UAW Local 94.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very devoted to his grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears with his grandson Nick. He took special delight in his great granddaughter Leah. He enjoyed wintering in Arizona and loved golfing with his friends at Bunker Hill.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Janice; daughter LeeAnn (Bob) Behnke of Dubuque; grandsons Chad Schemmel of Iowa City and Nick Schemmel of Dubuque; great granddaughters Leah and Alanah Schemmel of Dubuque; a sister Jude Claussen of Dubuque; 2 step-granddaughters, 5 step-great grandchildren and 1 step- great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Jimmie and a daughter Laurie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospitals or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and his nurses and Hospice of Dubuque and their kind staff.

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

 



David R. Reno

David R. "Reno" Reno, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of life service will be at 6:00p.m. on Thursday May 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. until time of services Thursday May 1st at the funeral home.

David was born on January 2, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Alphonse and Virginia (Lauck) Reno. He was a self employed mason for 37 years, and for the last four years employed at the Diamond Jo as a Table games Dealer.

He enjoyed reading, nature walks, cooking, lifting weights, and he loved to garden, he received many "Best In Show" ribbons for his flowers.

He is survived by his wife Rose, Three stepdaughters, Jennifer Bradley, Melissa (Chris) Schute, and Dorothy Bradley, and several step grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb K.

In lieu of flowers, a David Reno memorial fund has been established.



Mary Virginia Thompson

Mary Virginia "Winnie" Thompson, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at home with family.

Share your memories of Winnie with friends and family on Sunday, April 20, from 3 to 8 pm at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with visitation at 9 to 10:15 am. at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Born May 2, 1928 in Youngstown, Ohio, Winnie and the Deibel family moved to Dubuque in 1945. After graduating from the Visitation Academy, she married John F. "Jack" Thompson in 1950. She was a passionate advocate for the City of Dubuque with a take charge attitude. As a founding member of Dubuque Main Street, her dedication to historical preservation, passion, energy, hard work and creativity was instrumental in the development of the Dubuque Trolley, Childrens Museum, the Ice Harbor Emporium, the beautification of Riverfront Harbor, the memorial flags on Grandview Avenue, and the resurgence of Farmers Market, to name a few. Her hard working and giving back approach to life earned her numerous local and state awards for her volunteer work. She was a former member of the Dubuque County Historical Society and Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

She was a loving spouse and mother, whose presence will always be felt.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Jack; four children, Tom (Diane) of Farley, Terry (Brigid) of Vadnais Hts, MN, Jean (Charlie) Daoud, Catherine (Paul) Kloft of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Katy (Sean )Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Christina, Rachael, Sam, Gabrielle Daoud, Samantha, Jack, Lauren Kloft, Angie Shields; 2 great-grandchildren, Leilani and Owen; and her brother, Jim Deibel, Belton, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Irene Deibel; and brother, Jerry Deibel.

The family gratefully appreciates the kindness, support, cards and prayers of her friends. They would also like to thank Dr. Viner, Ann Kluesner, and the caregivers from Hospice for their kindness and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Camp Albrecht Acres or Hospice of Dubuque are preferred.



Elmer John Hilkin

Elmer John Hilkin, 92, formerly of 1817 Rhomberg Avenue, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church

Elmer was born July 6, 1921, in St. Catherine, Iowa, son of Albert and Rose (Butlett) Hilkin. He married Jeanette Meis on Nov. 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 6.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years and at American Trust and Savings Bank for four years until he retired.

He was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Hilkin, of Dubuque; three sons, James (Judy) Hilkin, of Burlington, IA, Daniel (Jen) Hilkin, of Fremont, NE, and Chris (Tara) Hilkin, of
Dubuque; four daughters, Lois (Terrence) Hirsch, of Fitchburg, Wisc., Rose (Doug) Bowers, of Waukesha, Wisc., Lynn (Dan) Chapman, of Dubuque, and Mary (Larry) Hird, of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Meis, of Holy Cross, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marcella O'Hea; three brothers-in-law, Steve O'Hea, Joe Meis, and Lester Willenbring; and a sister-in-law, Leora Willenbring.

The family wishes to thank Elmer's Stonehill family for their loving care.

The family requests no flowers; An Elmer J. Hilkin Memorial has been established.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

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



Sandra L. Williams

Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:43 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Sandy's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery.

Sandy was born on May 18, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Kenneth and Rachel (Lang) Foell.

Sandy attended St. Mary's School and then went to work at Flexsteel Industries for 23 years until 1980. She married David Welbes in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962. She later married Dawson "Pete" Williams. Sandy was an accomplished seamstress and could sew just about anything. She enjoyed reading her cookbooks, cooking and watching classic movies. Sandy was the happiest when she was with her family.

Sandy is survived by, her children, Robin (Steve) Welbes Kane, Cedar Rapids, IA, Shelby Joseph Welbes, Asbury, IA, Dawson Peter Williams, Dubuque, IA; her 3 grandchildren, Camille LeGrand, Natalie Kane and Jeremy Kane; her sister, Beverly Duggan, Lakewood Ranch, FL; her 3 aunts, Virginia Eudaley, Donna Bradley, both of Dubuque, IA, June Silverberg, San Juan Capistrano, CA; her uncle, Arnold "Skip" (Mary) Lang, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Foell and her mother and step-father Rachel and Delbert Fullbright.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis for all of the wonderful care they provided Sandy these past years.

In lieu of flowers a Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Hawks

James Edward "Ed" Hawks, 83, of Dubuque, died Saturday April 19, 2014. A wake will be held at Resurrection Church on Tuesday, April 22, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a funeral Mass celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.
Ed was born in Creston, Iowa, on July 16, 1930. He was the much-loved sixth child of Laura and William L. Hawks. His childhood was spent with six siblings, Theresa, Paul, Gene, Vince, Loretta, and Patricia. His was a happy childhood on the family farm despite Depression and drought in that southwestern corner of Iowa.

At the age of 14, he went to boarding school to attend Loras Academy in Dubuque. Here he met the love of his future years, Charlene Vorwald. Ed went on to pre-engineering studies at Loras College for two more years. During his six years at Loras, he made enduring friendships with classmates. These valued friendships continued all of his life.

He transferred to Iowa State University to continue his engineering studies but the Korean War intervened and Ed served four years in the Air Force as a medic. On November 19, 1951, Ed and Char married at Nativity Church in Dubuque. The seven children and spouses are: Tim (Mary Lew McCormick) of Shorewood, Wisconsin; Teri (John) Goodmann of Dubuque, Iowa; Cathy (Tony) Topf of Wonder Lake, Illinois; Laura Hawks of Iowa City, Iowa; Susan (Dan) Goodmann of Sugar Grove, Illinois; Carolyn (Bill) Bates of Davenport, Iowa; and Lisabeth Hawks of Aurora, Illinois. Ed is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Colleen (Tristan) Laura, Tyler, Charlie, Emily, Ellen (Tom), Edward (Kristin), Elise, Nick (Vanessa), Greg (Shannon), Maureen, Joseph, Julia, Anna, Tom, Megan, Peter; and six great-grandchildren, Coralyn, Grace, Alysia, Violet, Freya and Eddie.

Ed, always inspired by a beautiful building, bridge, or elevated walkway, spent the next many years working as a consulting engineer in Des Moines, Davenport, and at the University of Iowa.

Long before retirement Ed and Char bought an old stone house, lovingly called the Rock House, near Bellevue, Iowa. Happy years were spent at the peace of the Rock surrounded by friends and family.

Ed celebrated life despite a damaging aneurysm fourteen years ago. In 2007, Ed and Char moved to Dubuque. Ed died April 19, 2014. He had I lived a life dedicated to his values: his faith, family, friends, and country.

Respecting Ed's commitment to social justice, memorials may be made to: the Dubuque Rescue Mission; Serve Haiti, a mission providing water and health services to a remote mountain community in Haiti; Resurrection Church; or Hospice of Dubuque. If one so desires, simply planting a tree, shrub or flower in his honor would be most fitting.

Ed always had a story to share and a quick smile that will be missed. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. His family was his life.

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

 



Margaret M. Kendall

Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall, age 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:35 a.m., on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marg's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on December 31, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clement and Anna (Charland) Deeny.

Marg married James L. Kendall on August 3, 1963. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered regularly at the nursing homes, with a special fondness for the residents at Sunnycrest Manor. Marg loved spending time with her daughters and granddaughters and especially enjoyed the annual family outing at the Thresher Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.

Marg is survived by, her husband of 50 years, Jim Kendall, Dubuque, IA; her 2 daughters, Karen (Bill) Pins, Karla (Mike) Viertel, both of Dubuque, IA; her granddaughers, Mia Pins, Lillian Viertel and Kayla (Chris) Martin; her two great-grandsons, Tucker and Logan Martin; her sisters, Bernie Scadden, Rock Island, IL, Rita (Wayne) Tschiggfrie, Colorado Springs, CO, Karen (Dick) Wold of Durango, IA; her brother, Tom (Marilyn) Deeny, Dubuque; IA, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Bill) Jaeggi, Joan (Bob) Remakel, all of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Marg was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Special thanks to Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Kirkendall and Kate for their constant care.

A Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Pearl A. Recker

Pearl A. Recker, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014, surrounded by her family at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Pearl was born on July 17, 1921, in Worthington Iowa, the daughter of Ben A. and Rose Mary (Billmeyer) Schemmel. She married Gerald "Jerry" Recker on August 30, 1945, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with 62 years together, until Jerry's passing in 2008. Together they worked in partnership on the family farm near Sand Springs. In 1978, they moved to Dyersville to semi-retire, and pass on the century farm to the next generation.

Pearl remained active with bowling, golfing, traveling, shopping and card clubs. In recent years, she enjoyed an occasional stop at the casino, watching the Cubs, and visiting with friends and family.

Her greatest passion was raising four sons with Jerry. Together they instilled Christian values, a strong work ethic, and the importance of education. She especially treasured her time spent with grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Pearl was deeply committed to her faith and a member of the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include 3 sons: Ken (Anne) of Ames, Steve (Cathy) of Sand Springs and David of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Linda Recker of Iowa City; 7 grandchildren, Beth (Brad) LaCoste, Christine (Brent) Jacobson, Michael (Sarah) Recker, Ben Recker, Jeff (Emily) Recker, Michaela (Jason) Coyle and Megan Recker; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Schemmel, and 2 sisters-in-law: Gladys Schemmel and Madonna Gudenkauf.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Gary in 2014, siblings: Leo and Leroy Schemmel, Marion (Vernon) Gudenkauf and Jeanne (Walter) Moorman; in-laws: Marie (Joe) Moorman, Raymond (Cecilia) Recker, Florian (Helen) Recker, Irvin (Catherine and Anna) Recker and Gilbert (Katherine) Recker, Ernie (Irene) Recker.

A memorial fund has been established.

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



Robert L. Phillips

Robert L. "Bob" Phillips, 72, of Dubuque went home to be with the Lord Thursday morning, April 17, 2014. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Bob was born November 26, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Robert and Cecelia (deRanitz) Phillips. He married Alice Hurst on March 18, 1961 at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisc. They moved to Dubuque in 1963 when Bob went to work for Edwards Concrete. Bob and his partners purchased the company in 1974 and Bob continued working there until his retirement in 2007.
Bob was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as an Usher, Elder and was on the Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Phillips of Dubuque; four children, Rev. Michael (Amy) Phillips of Lima, Ohio, and their children, Noah and Josiah; Susan (Bob) Rehfeldt of Dubuque, and their children, Ryan, Emily and Taylor; Mark Phillips of Dubuque; and Bob Phillips, Jr., of Dubuque and his children, Chad and Dyllon; Three brothers, Roger (Barbara), Bill (Pat) and Earl (Karen) Phillips; two sisters, Janice (Will) Memmel, and Jean Kozinski. He is also survived by a sister in law, Joan Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis and James.

Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Sullivan and Janes, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela and Amy for their wonderful care.

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



Jeanne M. Quade

Jeanne M. Quade, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanne's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jeanne was born on September 28, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Dolores (Janzig) Roeth.

Jeanne was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She married Robert Quade on October 29, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2004. Jeanne was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She had a strong faith in Jesus and was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Jeanne enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo. She loved being a mother, grandma and great-grandma. Jeanne had 5 brothers and loved each one dearly. Jeanne was a true testament and role model of a kind and compassionate woman who not only knew, but understood the value of unconditional love. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jeanne is survived by, her children, Peggy Grant, Port St. Lucie, FL, Brad Quade, Dubuque, IA, Wanda Quade, Dubuque, IA, Tammy Quade, East Dubuque, IL; her grandchildren, Randy Grant, Shannon Lehnhardt and Bobby Lehnhardt, her great-granddaughter, AudRihanna Thomas; her 2 brothers, Jim Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Don Roeth, Madison, WI; 2 Sisters-in-law, Elaine Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Mary Fumoso, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and 3 brothers Ken, Gary and Tom Roeth. 3 Sisters-in-law, Gale, Shirley and Billie Roeth.

The family of Jeanne would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their loving care and abundant hugs.

A Jeanne M. Quade memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Anna C. Heacock

Anna C. Heacock 88 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.  Family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the funeral, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Anna was born on April 13, 1926, the daughter of William and Anna (Johnson) McCarthy.  She married Louis D. Heacock on June 5, 1943, he passed on June 14, 1984.  Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.  She volunteered, an avid bowler, and a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children; Gloria (Ed) Herbst of Sherrill, Carol (Ron) Winter of Asbury, Kenneth (Helen) Heacock of Dubuque, Dean (Sally) Heacock of Asbury, and Duane (Mary) Heacock of Peosta; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; siblings; Joan (Eldon) Schmitt and Mary Smith; in-laws; Mary McCarthy and Dorene McCarthy.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; a son, Arvel "Red"; a grandson, Gene Herbst; siblings; Justin, Orland, William, Robert, Loras, Eileen, and Lorraine.

A special thank you to Becky and Heather, Hospice of Dubuque (Dawn), and the staff of the Dubuque Retirement Community.

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

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Patricia M. Winger

Patricia M. Winger, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:15 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on January 31, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Letha (Lyons) Duggan.

Patricia met the love of her life at age 17, who was the "boy next door" and married Gerald Winger on April 16, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Patricia worked at the Egg Factory and Dubuque Dry Battery Factory until becoming a homemaker to raise her family. Patricia enjoyed conversation and coffee with her open door policy in her loving home. She loved cooking, reading, bird watching, gardening and picnics in the park while spending time with those she cherished.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Gerald Winger, Dubuque, IA; her 8 children, Patti (Jay) Telford, Springfield, MN., Mike Winger, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Bob Carpender) Reisdorf, Dubuque, IA, David Winger, Dubuque, IA, Jayne (Bill Kehl) Winger, Dubuque, IA, Karen (Mike) Bray, Boerne, TX.,  Gerald Jr., (Patti) Winger, Dubuque, IA., Steven (Wendy) Winger, Lancaster, WI; 22 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Carl (Sherry) Duggan, Cedar Rapids, IA; her beloved Shih Tzu, Abby.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Richard (Myrna) Duggan, a sister Joyce (Ivan) Baker, a grandson, Gary Telford.

The family would like to thank Ray Otting, John McCann, Scott Hos, Carol and Lynn Krieg, Ron Powers RN, Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for all their love and support.

A Patricia M. Winger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold R. Otto

Harold R. Otto, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born February 6, 1917 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Bertha (Beyer) Otto. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. Harold married his beloved wife, Iva Bastian on September 28, 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church, she passed on January 16, 1982. He then served in the US Army for 2 years, stationed in the Philippines. Harold worked as a machine operator for 42 years at Caradco, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed the Caradco retirees luncheons throughout the year. Harold was a proud member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was recognized for more then 25 years of volunteering at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He enjoyed conversations and visiting with people, and always welcomed visitors and talking about stories of days passed.

Survivors included a niece; Grace (Robert) Bodish of Dubuque; several great, great-great, and great-great-great, nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Iva; siblings, Louisa and Bernice; a nephew, Richard; nieces, Joyce and Corrinne.

The family requests no flowers; memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church Foundation in Harold's memory.

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Richard W. Claussen

Richard "Dick" William Claussen, M. D. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 15th after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a visitation Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

He was born October 19, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa and graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1962. He attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate where he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He interned at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa in 1975. He then served in the US Navy as a doctor from 1975-1977 at Quantico Marine Base.

In 1977, he returned to the Midwest and began practicing ophthalmology at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque. Dick was a consummate professional who loved not only his practice but also his many loyal patients. He was highly regarded for his professionalism, perfectionism, and dedication to advancing knowledge of his specialty. After almost 30 years of practice, he retired at the end of 2006.

Dr. Claussen is survived by his loving wife Linda; his two sons Brian (Amy) and Scott (Emily); his two brothers, Robert, Jr. (Linda), and Ronald (Donna); and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Roberta.

Dick was a dynamo of a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. Whether he was fishing in Canada with his sons and friends, scuba diving the Caribbean, or playing golf around the country, he was having the time of his life. He hiked, biked, kayaked, canoed, golfed and explored the outdoors with passion whether it was in Iowa or his second home in Tonto Verde, Arizona. Known for an easy laugh, a kind heart, an analytical mind, a helping hand, and boundless energy, he and his radiant smile will be sorely missed.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their tender and merciful care - a special thank you to Katie G. and Stacie.

Birth is a beginning
And death is a destination
And life is a journey
A sacred pilgrimage --
To life everlasting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Hospice of Dubuque, Iowa - www.hospiceofdubuque.org
Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona - www.hov.org
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation C/O Linda Claussen.

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Richard P. Hoppman

Richard P. Hoppman, 59, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away into eternal peace on Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m.

Rick was born on September 14, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Viginia (Duehr) Hoppman.

He owned/operated Hoppman Trucking for more than 25 years. Rick looked forward to the annual Sugar Bottom camping trip with the whole Hoppman clan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially having cookouts and going to his grandkids ball games. Tinkering in his garage was a true passion and he was a master at fixing anything with caulk.

Surviving are his three children, Lynn (Tom) Sheehan of Hazel Green, Heidi Hoppman of Watford City, North Dakota & Cory (Nicolle) Hoppman of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Cody, Alex, Jake, Hunter, Hayden & Olivia (she's on the way), his father Lloyd Hoppman, Rick's special friend of many years Brenda Metcalf, nine siblings, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel, his best friend Chuck Kerstein, former wife Debbie (Bruce) LeGrand, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Hoppman, a brother David, his grandparents Philip & Genevieve Hoppman and Peter & Martha Duehr, a grand-dog Kallie, his in-laws Justin & Doris Donovan, and many aunts and uncles.

A Rick Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

 



Andrew J. Grant

Andrew James Grant, 47, died from complications of cancer at the home of his parents on April 15,2014.

Services will be at 7:00p.m. Friday April 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 3:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private family burial and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray.

Andrew was born on March 30, 1967 in Dubuque, son of John T. (Jack) and Karen (Baumhover) Grant.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985 and attended Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College.

He entered the US Army Reserve while still attending high school. Later, he was a member of the Iowa National Guard. He married Lori Courtney in 1993.

Andy held many and varied jobs. He loved to cook, play cards and ride his bike. He readily volunteered his time to help anyone in need of a handyman, a hearty meal or a big belly laugh. Andy was 'Mr. Mom' to his children; loved and was proud of them and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Selena Courtney, of Dyersville, Austin (Heather Tomkins) Grant, and Sierra Grant, both of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Hayden, Lillyan, Izech, Kaydence and EllieAuna; his parents Jack and Karen Grant of Peosta; siblings, Angie (Tim Bickett) Moore of Dubuque
and Alan Grant of Peosta; nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by an infant son, Alexander James Grant, in 1994; his paternal grandparents, John T and Charlotte (Gerstkamp) Grant
and his maternal grandparents, Wesley G and Betty (Roeber) Baumhover.

The family thanks the staff of the Wendt Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness.



Bev Durkop

Bev Durkop, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bev's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beverly Ann Jean Current was born on January 19, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Sr. and Daisy (Wray) Current. She grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. She married Robert "Bob" Durkop on December 10, 1966 in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2000.

Bev was a homemaker and since 1989 had worked on and off for Hermes Auto and Upholstery in Maquoketa as a parts runner and upholsterer.

Bev loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed woodworking, crafts, fishing, and playing the guitar and singing. In her early years she liked driving race cars and was one of the first females in this area to do so successfully.

Those left to honor Bev's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Ron Covert of Algona, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan and Ronald; brothers, Jim (Sarah) Current of Maquoketa, IA, Donald (Evelyn) Current of Cedar Rapids, IA, George (Donna) Current of Camanche, IA, and Richard (Shirley) Current of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Donna Said of Maquoketa, IA; and a special friend, Joan Maynard of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Donald Said, a nephew David Said, special friend Maxine Countryman, and a brother Robert Lee Current.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bev Durkop memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Florence M. Kactro

Florence M. Kactro, 90 of Bethany Home, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and the Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.

Florence was born on January 13, 1924 in Rockford, Iowa, the daughter of Carlton and Lydia (Vala) Hermann. She received her RN degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked on the obstetrics floor at Mercy for 35 years. On June 12, 1947, Florence married Michael Kactro at the Church of The Nativity. Family was the most important thing in the world to Florence and was the cornerstone in her life. She enjoyed reading, gardening and baking her famous apple pie.

Surviving is her husband, Michael of Dubuque; her children Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, IA, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, WI, Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, IL and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; 8 great grandchildren; her brother, Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann and her sister, Joan (Martin) Mazourek.

She was preceded in death by her sister Bea Hermann and her parents.

Memorials may be given to the Florence M. Kactro memorial fund, Bethany Home, Mercy Medical Center or to a charity of choice.

Florence's family wishes to extend a special thank you Drs. Thomas Sinsky and Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at Bethany Home for their care and support.

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

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Tommy L. Boots

Tommy Lee Boots, 82, 2735 Monastery Dr, Dubuque, IA passed away on April 4th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Thursday April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a service will be held at 6pm with Dianne Grace officiating.

He was born on November 2, 1931 in Elkader, Iowa, the son of Clarence Boots and Grace Henrietta Louisa Lange.

Tommy married Jean Nicks on August 5, 1977 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tommy spent over 40 years as a semi truck driver and was always ready to share tales of the road. During his time behind the wheel, Tommy was lucky enough to see 48 of the 50 states, Mexico and Canada. He enjoyed seeing the country, seeing how people lived in different parts of the nation and in his own words, he learned more driving on the road than he ever did in school.

Tommy is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Angela; sisters Darlene (Edward) Pottebaum, Carol (Lee) Jellison, Betty Ferguson; a brother, Richard "Dick" Boots; and many nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart and adored their Uncle Tom.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, father-in-law Kenneth Nicks, mother-in-law Mary (Pottebaum) Nicks; sisters Sally Drier, Gwen Vanderah; and brothers Clarence "Jim" (Deanne) Boots, Kenny Boots.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, the nurses and staff of Unity Point-Finley hospital, Angie and Keri from Above and Beyond, Jaime from Scenic Valley, and Dubuque Fire and Rescue.

 



Charlotte A. May

Charlotte A. (Moes) May age 82 died Monday April 14, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Because of the upcoming Holy Week a Mass Of Christian Burial will be held Today at 10:30a.m. at The Church of the Nativity, with Rev. Scott Bullock Officiating. Friends of Charlotte may gather after 9 am today at the church and may also join in with the parish Rosary to be recited at 10:00a.m. In memory of her parents commitment to Medicine Charlotte has donated her remains to the Deeded Body Program at Iowa City. Following her gift she will be buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in Charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on September 19, 1931 in Dubuque the daughter of Dr. Matthew and Gertrude Moes. She married Randy May and he preceded her in death. She enjoyed nature and loved to take trips and travel no matter how short or how long a trip may be. She also enjoyed watching Golf and was always up for a good time, even after moving to Stonehill.

She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Theresians of America and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

She is survived by her two children Stephen (Cindy) May, and Kathleen (Daniel) Miklas, both of Bowling Brook, IL. A grandson, two great grandchildren and her cousins especially Sr. Dolores Moes, PBVM who cared for Charlotte for many years.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Charlotte, and especially to Stonehill Care Center nurses and staff for all their wonderful care and friendship these last ten years.

 



Delores M. Tigges

Delores M. Tigges, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home by the angels at 9:50 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Delores was born on September 2, 1926, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Sophia (Conrad) Ries. She grew up on the farm and later became a long time Dubuque resident. In her younger days, she met her future husband, Oscar Leo Tigges, Jr., and they dated while dancing on roller skates. Delores and Oscar were married on November 4, 1950, in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death in February of 1986. Delores worked as an avid housekeeper in several private homes in the Dubuque area for over 30 years. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, dancing, flowers, gardening and caring for her special needs grandson, Jamie. Delores loved polka/country western music. One of her favorite activities was visiting "Reflections in the Park" Christmas lights each year. Delores was a wonderful wife, incredible mom and homemaker, and loving grandmother who deeply cherished her family. Delores dearly loved her 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Delores and her family were long time members of St. Mary's Catholic Church prior to joining St. Patrick's Church. Her faith was always so very important to Delores as well as her family.

Delores is survived by her children, Dennis (Peggy) Tigges, Alvarado, TX, Marianne (Jay) Imhof, Dubuque, IA., Peggy (Al) Garcia, Lakewood, CO, Donna Tigges, Elizabeth, IL, Connie (Jeff) Shanks, North Liberty, IA, Rosie Thill, Dubuque, IA, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Annie Ries, Dyersville, IA.

Delores was preceded in death by her 9 siblings: Lucille Keppler, Ed Ries, Rosie Link, Martha Weidemann, Gilbert Ries, Marie Schmidt, Sally Lucas, Florence Keppler, Elmer Ries.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Hospice of Dubuque and Camp Courageous.

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

 



Erma M. Chapman

Erma Mae Chapman, 79 of Dubuque died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Noon Wednesday.

Erma was born May 10, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Aquanis Institute and Medical Associates Clinic.

She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Erma was a talented artist who had a love of all living things. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and seeing new places. She was an excellent cook, was devoted to her family, and enjoyed family get togethers.

She is survived by two sons, Gene A. Chapman II and Greg M. (Pam) Chapman; and a daughter, Cheri M. (Russell) Masartis, all of Dubuuqe; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren; a brother Orville (Kay) Yager; a sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald; and her beloved pet, St. Nick.

She is preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, three brothers, Ray, John and Ivan Yager; one son, Gary Chapman; and a special friend, Frank "Chief" Blaser.

In lieu of flowers an Erma Mae Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

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Jayne Ann Bowen

Jayne Ann Bowen, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Jayne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, April 17, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life services.

Jayne Ann Fulkerson was born on Dec. 31, 1949 in Evansville, Ind., to Robert and Marion (Holder) Fulkerson. She grew up in Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Evansville High School. She met the love her life, Jerry Bowen, in Louisiana and they were married on Nov. 23, 1969 in Coushatta, La.

Jayne was a mother of two children and helped raise a family with Jerry. She also had worked doing home daycare, and for the past 22 years for DAC, Inc. as an employment support professional.

Jayne loved spending time with her animals, Febe, Bella and Fluffy. She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, going on car rides and vacations to the mountains. She especially enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor Jayne's memory include her husband, Jerry Bowen, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Gary) Courter of Maquoketa, IA, and Christian Bowen of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Faith, Vanessa and Erin; brothers Robert Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, David Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, and Mike Fulkerson of Louisiana; a sister, Deb Fulkerson, of Memphis, TN; 6 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jayne Ann Bowen memorial fund has been established.

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



Leslie A. Kessler

Leslie A. Kessler, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4 pm. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Les was born March 4, 1930 in Leola, South Dakota the son of Anton and Rosalia (Galster) Kessler. He graduated from Loras College in 1952, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Les married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" White on December 27, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, she passed on May 15, 1996. Les began his business career with Federal Discount Corporation and later became a financial advisor, he opened the Dubuque office of Blunt Ellis & Loewi (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and served as branch manager, retiring in 2000. He was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Les was very active in numerous civic organizations, most notably, Albrecht Acres, Divine Word Seminary, Sertoma Club. He was a past president of Dubuque Golf & Country Club, served in numerous capacities as a volunteer at Wahlert High School and was included in the first Hall of Honor for the school in 1992.

Les enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling. He especially enjoyed time spent with family at the lake cottage.

Survivors include his children; David Kessler of Dubuque, Tom (Ann) Kessler of Westminster, CO., Kathy (Todd) Malcolm of Moline, IL., Barb Kessler of Moline, IL., and Jim (Margie) Kessler of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; Kelly (Brendan), Aaron (Brittelle), Sarah (Nickolaus), Peter, Michael, Sara (Greg), Matthew, Kyle, and Shawn; 3 great-grandchildren; Justin, Caitlin, and Allison; siblings; Arnold (Marilyn) Kessler, Darlene Betz, Ardith (Jim) Judkins; In-laws; Bob Oldis (Mary Pat), Joan Furlong, Carole Hannam, Bill (Jean) White, Jim (Sue Fahey) White; daughter in-law; Kathy Kessler, Vivian Kessler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elizabeth "Betty Ann", great granddaughter, Megan, and in-laws, Don Betz, Rosemary Oldis, Art Furlong, Mary Etta White and Chuck Cushing.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Albrecht Acres or Holy Family Catholic Schools in Leslie's memory.

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Charles Richard Schweitzer

Charles Richard Schweitzer, 91, died on April 12, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church before the service beginning at 1:00. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Schweitzer was born on February 7, 1923, in Hannibal, Missouri, son of Samuel and Rosa (Jackson) Schweitzer.

He graduated from Hannibal High School in 1940 and attended Hannibal LaGrange College, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1944 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded membership in Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, both honorary scholastic Engineering Fraternities.

He entered the US Navy in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer in the USNR at Annapolis in 1944. He served on Navy Minesweepers in the pacific area, losing aYMS-47 to a mine explosion in Borneo.

On January 31, 1945, he married Mary Edith Cox, his high school sweetheart, in Hannibal, Missouri. They had three daughters; Constance, Deborah, and Pamela.

He joined the John Deere Dubuque Works in December 1946 in the Industrial Engineering Department. In 1952, he was appointed supervisor of that department.

In 1954, he was transferred to Deere Dubuque Navy Aircraft Landing Gear facility where he served as division superintendent. In 1957, he and his family were sent to Mannheim, Germany, where he spent a year as an engineering consultant at the Deere/Lanz plant.

He was assigned as Production Superintendent (1958) and Mechanical Superintendent (1962) at Dubuque Works. He was subsequently promoted to Manager of Manufacturing and Plant Engineering. He held this position during the rapid plant expansion of the 1970s. After 38 years of service, he retired in March 1984

Mr. Schweitzer was a Charter Member of the Junior Achievement Program in Dubuque and was responsible for procuring the initial operating facilities. He served on numerous JA assignments, including a stint as president.

He was a long-time member of First Congregational UCC, joining in 1954. He served as Moderator, Trustee, and Deacon at various times. In 1972, he was Chair of the Trustees and actively supported and oversaw the addition of the Education Wing. After retirement, he joined a church group of retirees, known as Spruce Up and helped maintain and up-grade the Church buildings and property.

When his family was young, they enjoyed house boating on the Mississippi, spending many weekends and vacations on the river. He maintained this interest throughout his life, always having some kind of boat on the river. His enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was proud to help his children build or up-grade their homes.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Mary Schweitzer of Dubuque; three daughters, Constance (Don) Cherba and Deborah (Don) Otto of Dubuque, Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; four grand-daughters, Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, California, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg and Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle of Dubuque; eight great-grandchildren, Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lillian, Hayden and Gwenyth Loewenberg, Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle. He was proceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Schweitzer.

Memorials may be given to the First Congregational UCC Endowment Fund.

 



Raymond O. Brunsmann

Raymond O. Brunsmann, 90, of Dyersville and formerly of Luxemburg, Iowa died peacefully at home at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Friends may call from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is making arrangements.

Ray was born October 31, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. Ray and his brother, Louis, farmed the family farm all of their lives until Louis died and Ray retired. He was inducted into the Army in 1946, and served in the Phillippines. He enjoyed fishing , photography, and visiting with his nieces and nephews. He was an ardent St. Louis Cardinals fan. Ray conducted his life with great dignity and gentleness.

Surviving are 1 brother, Vernon (Norma) Brunsmann of Dyersville, and 1 sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie duChien, WI. Also surviving are 4 nieces, 7 nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto in 1974 and Clara in 1981, a sister, Alma Brunsmann in 1994, a brother, Louis Brunsmann in 2002, and a brother-in-law, Vincent Hoeger in 2013.

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



Kenneth E. Boelk

Kenneth E. Boelk, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, suddenly at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. with Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was born on March 21, 1938, in Stockton, Illinois, son of Melvin and Viola (Northrup) Boelk.

Kenneth married Viola Stant at First Presbyterian Church in 1958. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2014. Kenneth was an active member, elder and deacon of First Presbyterian Church. He also served the church as a janitor in his retirement. He worked at the Dubuque Pack for over 43 years. He enjoyed playing softball and was a loyal Bears and Cubs fan. His greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, especially during a good game of cards. In his free time, he was known to pull a handle or two on the slot machines.

Kenneth is survived by, his children, Thomas Boelk, Dubuque, Timothy (Annette) Boelk, Farley, Tracy (Bob) Wildermuth, Dubuque, Tarry (Jim) Prine, Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Wildermuth, Cooper and Carlie Boelk, Brandon Prine; his siblings, Robert (Mable) Boelk, Dubuque, Sharon (Dan) Baker, Dubuque, Kathy (Ed) Stoltz, Eldridge, IA, Norman (Pat) Boelk, Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Tom) Hirsch, Montezuma, IA, Steve (Sue) Boelk, Dubuque.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years Viola. 1 sister in infancy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Stanek and Dr. Thomas Schreiber for all their excellent care of Ken.

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

 



Rita C. Roussel

Rita C. Roussel, 79, of Dubuque, died Friday afternoon, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Daniel Knepper will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Rita was born June 14, 1934 in South Garry Owen, IA, the daughter of Louis and Kathryn (Meehan) Moriarty. She married Robert Roussel on January 8, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2002.

Rita was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rita was an excellent cook, and enjoyed being with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Marty) Berns of Dubuque, Randy (Lynne) Roussel of Dubuque, Mike (Kelly) Roussel of Dodge Center, MN, and Jay (JoAnn) Roussel of Durango, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and one on the way; and her sister, Betty Sullivan of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson; a great grandson; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary Nauman and the staff at Unity Health-Finley Hospital, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Rita.

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



Joseph D. Korman

Joseph D. Korman, 76, of Sunnycrest Manor, formerly of 55 Milwaukee St., died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 20, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. He married Mary "Jackie" (Bushman) Beecher on February 1, 1964 in Dubuque. Joe was employed in maintenance at the Dubuque Packing Company and Loras College. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union 758 and in his later years enjoyed his daily walks in Eagle Point Park.

Surviving are his children, Shelly (Gary) Freiburger, Joseph "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., and Cindy (David) Schwendinger, all of Dubuque, Susan (Joe Fecker) Brimeyer, of Andrew, IA.; step- children, Lennie (Terry) Mellows, of Marshalltown, IA., Rick (Julie) Beecher, Gary Beecher, and Diane Beecher, all of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and sisters, Jeanette Lemmer and Sandy (Myron) Cole, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Jackie" Korman; daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; parents; mother-in-law, Mary E. Bushman; step- daughters, Susan E. Smith and Judith A. Beecher; step daughter-in-law, Susan A. Beecher; son-in-law Vince "Butch" Mauer; brother, William F. Korman; sister-in-law, Louise Korman; and brother-in-Law, Ralph Lemmer.

A Joseph Korman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Amy.

 



Robert A. Hayes

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes was born on May 10, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norbert I. "Buck" and LaVonne Adelle (Haddick) Hayes. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Following graduation, Bob first worked as a butcher for Streets Meat Market in Maquoketa for 10 years. He then took a few years off and traveled extensively through the southwest United States and Mexico. When he returned home to Maquoketa he worked as an electronic technician and repairman for Lost Nation T.V. and Appliance for 15 years. Lastly, he worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue as a Quality Control Manager for many years, retiring in 2012.

Bob was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, and a member of the Jackson County Snowmobiler's Club. He loved repairing and fixing things, especially cars and televisions. He enjoyed fishing and taking annual snowmobiling trips to Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He liked meeting the guys for coffee each week, and in recent years he enjoyed bike riding and fishing with his nephew David, and gardening, growing and canning his own vegetables and sharing with family and friends.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his sister, Connie (John) Breno of Oxford, IA; a nephew, David Breno; and one aunt, Maxine Haddick Orange of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert "Buck" on Dec. 31, 2003, and his mother, LaVonne, on Jan. 12, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert A. "Bob" Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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



Connie J. Owen

Connie J. Owen, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 12, from the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Jane Ripple was born on August 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Allen and Ruth V. (Heide) Ripple. She attended school in Andrew and then Maquoketa High School, where she was a 1962 graduate. She married Gerald L. Owen on June 9, 1963 in Fulton, Iowa.

Connie first farmed with her husband and raised a family. She then began working at Sears in Maquoketa for a few years, and later at Maquoketa State Bank as a bookkeeper with Harlan Tonderum of Midwest Farm Management Services. For the past 26 years she has worked at Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in Maquoketa as a licensed insurance agent and accountant.

Connie was an active member of the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa, where she had served as a treasurer for many years and as a Priest.

Connie was always thinking of others and enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities. She liked working on puzzles, traveling, boating, camping and shopping trips with her daughter Susanne.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her husband, Gerald Owen of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kristin) Owen of Evergreen, CO, Ryan (Angie) Owen of Maquoketa, IA, and Susanne (Rick) Edwards of Long Grove, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin, Paden and Faith; and sisters Judy Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Margene Beach of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Connie J. Owen memorial fund has been established.

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



Daniel P. Hennessy

Daniel P. Hennessy, 52, was released from this world on April 8, 2014 following a long illness. 

A remembrance gathering will be held at Swiss Valley Park on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Dan was born March 27, 1962 to James and Rose Mary (Wesenberg) Hennessy. Dan worked for many years in apartment maintenance with McIntrye Realtors, and for the past 22 years with Executive Management Ltd.

Dan loved fishing, cooking, and a good game of cards. Dan's wit and humor were enjoyed by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by the love of his life, his daughter Stephanie Hennessy; his mother, Rosie Hennessy, of Hazel Green; his siblings, Anna (Scott) Morris and Bill Hennessy, both of Marietta, GA, and Michael (Susan) Hennessy, of Dubuque.

He was proceeded in death by his father and his bother, Donald Hennessy.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is handling arrangements.



Ferdinand F. Reinhardt

Ferdinand F. Reinhardt, Jr, 57, of Rewey, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at home of natural causes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, with burial in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Ferd was born on December 27, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Ferdinand F. and Rosemary A. (Knobbe) Reinhardt, Sr.

Surviving is his mother Rosemary Reinhardt of Dubuque, his siblings, Karen Orcutt, Kimberly Olsen (fiancée Marty Schuster), Richard Reinhardt, Karla Reinhardt and Randy (Pam Schmitt) Reinhardt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ferdinand, Sr., maternal grandparents, Harry & Viola Knobbe, and paternal grandparents, Alberta & Ferd Reinhardt, brothers-in-law, John Orcutt and Randy Olsen.

 

 



Tracy A. Goodman

Tracy A. Goodman, 26, soared to heaven April 7th, 2014. A Celebration of her life where everyone is welcomed will be held at Courtside, 2095 Holliday Dr. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1 pm. - 4 p.m..

She left behind her daughter, Haylee Ann Goodman, 8; a brother Jason (Goodie) Goodman; and her parents, Roy F. Goodman and Krista A. Goodman; her grandmother, Anna Marie Eichacker; a very special aunt and godmother, Robin Hovseth and her Uncle Denny Hovseth; cousin and godmother, Kimberly Hovseth and cousins Shawn Hovseth and Chad Hovseth; and a lifelong BFF, Jaymie Follman.

Tracy loved Haylee with her whole heart and committed her life to raising her. Tracy worked at Oral Arts with people she became very close to and cared about deeply. The Oral Arts gang have given Tracy and Haylee unbelievable support through her journey. Tracy loved animals, the outdoors, music, fishing, late night rides and spending time with Haylee and her dog, Lily.

Tracy was proceeded in death by her grandfather Robert John Eichacker and Uncle Ricky Eichacker. Tracy's family asks that you do something kind for someone in memory of her and that you tell your children everyday you love them.

A memorial fund has been established for Haylee's College Education in Tracy's memory.

Tracy is now the most beautiful angel in our heaven and brightest star in our sky.

To leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Hazel Nock

Hazel Nock, age 101, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Resurrection Cemetery on Asbury Road, directly across from Heritage Manor, for family and friends. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel was born on March 5, 1913, in Fanwood, New Jersey, the youngest of 6 children, of Thomas and Louisa (Hartley) Hargreaves.

Hazel grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey, during the great depression. She married William Nock in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1964. She raised two young daughters alone while her husband was overseas during WWII. They had two more children after he returned from the war. In 1972 Hazel moved from New Jersey to Oak Park, Illinois and went to work at Emmaus Bible School for the next ten years. She then moved to New Hampshire and North Carolina before moving to Dubuque in 2006. Hazel was a talented artist and a champion at table tennis. She enjoyed antiques, thrift shops and flowers. In the 1950's Hazel and William received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Her desire was to live for Christ and for many years she had a ministry with older ladies. Hazel's faith and hope in Christ remained firm until the very end.

Hazel is survived by, her children, Nancy (Jack) Fish, Dubuque, IA, Bonnie (Bill) Laspina, Chatham, NJ, Gregory Nock, NJ, Debbie (Joe) Ardolino, Lisbon, NH; her 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Hazel is now united with her parents, her husband William, who preceded her in death by almost 50 years and her great granddaughter Courtney Davis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Hazel.

Memorials may be given to Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

 



Lu Ann C. Miller

Lu Ann C. Miller, age 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Lu Ann's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lu Ann was born on September 14, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Ryan) Kramer.

Lu Ann was employed by Area Residential Care for over 30 years, where she worked with individuals with special needs who loved her personality, sense of humor and spunk. She was an outstanding mother whose heart ran endless and always put her family first. She was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan, devoted wife of 42 years, loved Frosty the Snowman, the color purple and spending time with her family. Lu Ann enjoyed warm weather, summer cookouts and attending Sunday Mass. She will be missed deeply by her family and friends, remembered for her heart and cherished for her life on earth to eternity in heaven.

Lu Ann is survived by, her loving husband, Michael Miller, Dubuque, IA; her 3 wonderful sons, Chris Miller, Minneapolis, MN, Chad Miller, Dubuque, IA, Tony (fiancé Angela Ward) Miller, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Carol (Darryl) Hovind, Dubuque, IA Dennis (Debbie) Kramer, New Bern, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.

Lu Ann was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers Bill and Jack Kramer.

A special thank you to Sandy Muchow and Dr. Andrea Ries for all of their care and concern for Lu Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Lu Ann C. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William H. Duenser

William H. "Bill" (Admiral) Duenser, age 88, passed away at 8:40 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate William's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born on March 7, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Frank and Elsie (Freudlich) Duenser.

He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, except when he proudly served his country. Bill joined the US Navy at the age of 17. He went through boot camp and then came home to graduate from Senior High School, Class of 1943. Bill served from 1943 to 1964 on many different ships at several different naval stations.

When he got out of the service he worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years until his retirement.

Bill married Norma J. Gruel on Sept. 22, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.

He loved to camp and fish. Bill taught his children and grandchildren about fishing. His grandson would say, "Grandpa, you can't have a beer till we catch a fish." There were many fishing trips where no beer was consumed! The apple of his eye was his great grandson whom he called his "Pumpkin Head". In turn, as soon as Noah could talk he called him "Grandpa Pumpkin Head".

Bill was so proud of his family. He never missed anything the grandchildren took part in. He traveled many miles following his granddaughter and grandson's games thru grade school, high school and college.
His grandson had a saying: "If Grandpa can't fix it, no one can!"

Bill is survived by: his wife: Norma Duenser, 2 Sons: Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL, Timothy Duenser, Center Point, IA, 3 Grandchildren: Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA, Anne (fiancé Michael Osgood) Duenser, West Des Moines, IA, Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Loves Park, IL,  5 Great Grandchildren: Noah and Kennedy Duenser, Kylie and McKinzie Stram and Nolan Grant, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be missed by all his family, especially his Goddaughter, Bonnie Erickson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters and their husbands, Dee and Merlin Bjerke and Eunice "Diz" and Wayne Gabriel, his brother-in-laws and their wives, Robert and Lois Gruel, Gerald and Irene Gruel, his sister-in-law, Carol Kramer and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rose and Herbert Gruel. He thought the world of Rose who was more like a mother to him than a mother-in-law.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas, Dr. Longo and the staff at Luther Manor, especially his favorites (you know who you are). Also a special thank you to Bill and Norma's amazing neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker.

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

 



Kenneth R. Jestice

Kenneth R. Jestice, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. L. Jacob officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kenneth was born on November 9, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph C. and Estelle (Backes) Jestice.

Kenneth lived in Hanover, Illinois for most of his life. He married Beverly A. Sincock in Hanover on October 1, 1966. She preceded him in death on December 11, 1992. In his youth, Kenneth helped his father manage the DX station in Savanna, Illinois. He was later employed in the shipping and receiving department at Eaton Corp and Invensys for 41 years until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time Kenneth enjoyed walking with his dog and spending time with his family. Ford Motor Company, the Chicago Cubs and Bears have all just lost one of their most loyal fans.

Kenneth is survived by, his son, Kevin Jestice, Freeport, Illinois.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beverly and a sister, Theresa (Wayne) Jowalski.

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

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth R. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Richard Kelly

Richard "Dick" Kelly Sr.,78, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Wayne Ressler will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Dick was born September 26, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Philip and Irene (Kopp) Kelly. He married Alice Galliart on April 16, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.
Dick was self- employed as the owner of Dubuque Painting & Decorating Service, and later established Kelly Construction Company. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, a charter member and Past President of Dubuque Home Builders Association, Lacoma Golf, Dubuque Eagles Club, the Dubuque Men's Association, and was active with the Dubuque Special Olympics. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Seven Springs Association in New Port Richey, FL.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cathy (Tom) Papenthien of Ixonia, WI, Kris (Alan) Higgs of Thurmont, MD, Tracy Torp of Iowa City, IA, Richard (Traci) Kelly Jr. , and Thaddeus "T.J." Kelly, both of Dubuque, and Kyle (friend Julianna) Kelly of Sete, France; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Karen Payne of Dubuque; his brother, William "Bill" (friend Carol Bandy) Kelly of Dubuque; his brother in law, Don Galliart of Mount Pleasant, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albrecht Acres.

The family would like to thank Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey, FL.

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



Mary J. Willey

Mary Jeanne Willey, 76, of Camanche, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home in Camanche.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary Jeanne's life will be held at 12:30 P.M., Friday, April 11, 2014, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Jeanne Bliss was born on November 1, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin and Dolores (Eckelberg) Bliss. She grew up in Maquoketa. She married Neale L. Hamilton in 1955. They later divorced and she married Oliver Winsor Willey on November 15, 1976 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1987.

Mary Jeanne had first worked for Kirchhoff Locker in Maquoketa and then became the bookkeeper for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for many years until her retirement. She had lived in Maquoketa until 2004 when she moved to Camanche.

Mary Jeanne enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, horses and dogs. She loved being outdoors.

Those left to honor Mary Jeanne's memory include her children, Kathy Hamilton (Greg) Bendixen of Camanche, IA, and Alan (Tina) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA, and Barbara Bliss of Spokane, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Lesa Hamilton, and sons Laverne Hamilton and Lonnie Hamilton, Sr. on October 13, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Jeanne Willey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Schute

Thomas J. "Bone" Schute, age 54, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long time illness. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas was born on March 14, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute.

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He spent most of his working career surveying land for Shive-Hattery and WHKS until his illness prevented him from doing so. He enjoyed watching and playing most sports, especially baseball, softball and golf. Tom was an avid Green Bay Packer, NASCAR and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked to watch old TV shows, work crossword and Sudoko puzzles and try his luck with scratch off lottery tickets. Tom also enjoyed a good conversation over a nice cold drink.

Tom is survived by his father and step-mother, James (Patricia) Schute; his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 6 nieces and a nephew, 5 great-nieces.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Schute memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care of Tom.

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

 



Margaret A. McMahon

Margaret Ann "Peggy" McMahon, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:35 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Peggy's life, friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy was Ennoble's longest resident (33 years) as she faithfully, courageously and gracefully lived with Multiple Sclerosis.

Peggy was born on October 29, 1946 in Farley, Iowa, the daughter of Helen (Hurley) and E.J. McMahon. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's in Farley and was a graduate of the Academy of the Visitation, Class of 1964. Peggy was an accomplished pianist and had planned on majoring in music at Clarke College but at the age of 16 the symptoms of MS became apparent.

Peggy's greatest accomplishment was that she showed all of those with whom she came in contact how to appreciate life's blessings and how to face much lesser challenges. She bravely accepted the hand she was dealt and her strong faith helped her make the best of her physical limitations.

She never complained and she never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and she cared much more about others than herself.

Peggy was an example of true faith. She led the Rosary daily and was a leader of Ennoble's Catholic residents.

She called the Ennoble residents and staff her family and they considered her a part of theirs. The morning of her death staff and fellow residents shed many a tear. As one staff member said, "She was the most grace filled person I have ever met. She always thanked you for the smallest thing you did for her."

Peggy is survived by her sister, Jane (Bob) Ferring; brother, J. Patrick (Roberta) McMahon, nieces and nephews, and her loyal special friend, Chuck Rooney, who faithfully visited her every day. She is also survived by those who have been proud to call her cousin and friend.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Larry McMahon.

Memorials may be given to the Hurley-McNeill Scholarship fund at Clarke University or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family of Peggy McMahon would like to thank the wonderful Ennoble staff for your many years of care and friendship. They also would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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

 



Melvin R. Koeller

Melvin R. "Mel" Koeller, 74, of East Dubuque, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a sudden illness, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mel was born on December 9, 1939 in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Lenstra) Koeller.  He was united in marriage to Donna Vanderah on October 14, 1961 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1959.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 42-years.  He was a former member of Local 150-A of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union.  Mel loved sports, woodworking, yardwork and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.  He was the co-owner of Koeller Apartments in Dickeyville.

Surviving are his wife Donna, four sons, Mark (Shelley) Koeller of East Dubuque, Steve (Amy) Koeller and Jason (Kim) Koeller both of Kieler, Wisconsin, and Jeff Koeller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 10-grandchildren, Tiffany (Nick) Heitkamp, Justin (special friend Torie Lee -Moes), Lindsey, Alyssa, Ryan, Cassie, Cody, Cameron, Ella & Brie.  One great granddaughter Ava Rae, his mother Dorothy Koeller of East Dubuque, four sisters, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, Betty Craig and Debbie (Dan) Spahn both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Geraldine (Jerry) Roth of East Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond.

Donna and family wish to express their appreciation to the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response and assistance, and to their family and friends for their support. 

 

 



Allen L. Bailey

Allen Lee Bailey, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday April 7th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Committal services will be at 11:00am on Thursday at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on August 2, 1949 in Greenfield, OH the son of Elmore and Catherine (Sowder) Bailey. Al and his wife Bonnie married on June 6, 1988 and she preceded him in death on June 22, 2002.

He is survived by his brother Dave (Mary) Bailey of Manchester, his niece Tina (Darwin) Long, of Manchester and their son Bane. His good friend Gail Stoffel and her sons Shawn, Kyle and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie, brothers; Eddie in infancy and Everet Bailey, along with his good friend Lenny Stoffel.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals and especially to Gail Stoffel and her family for all the help over the years.

 



Doris M. Riekena

Doris M. Riekena 92, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3262 Hillcrest Rd., passed awaySunday, April 6, 2014 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Harmony Christian Church, Zwingle, Iowa with the Rev. Stuart Vander Vegte officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Doris was born on February 10, 1922 in Zwingle,IA, the daughter of Ross and Lelia Simpson. On January 25, 1941, Doris married Ben Riekena. He preceded her in death on March 31,1953. She then attended the University of Dubuque where she received her Associates Degree in Education and taught in the Epworth and Farley school districts for several years. She was awarded the Greyhound Ticket Agency in 1959 and for the next 30 years she was the owner operator of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. She was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the Dubuque Transit Board. She loved her family deeply and especially enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Mary Kay Patters and Ron (Carol) Riekena both  of Dubuque; her grandchildren Dan (Karen) Patters of Dubuque and Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, OR; her great grandchildren Abby and Alex Patters of  Clive, IA and Mary and Charlie Connor of West Linn, OR; her step great grandchildren Tony, Katie and Aaron Fassbinder; her step great great grandson Charlie Fassbinder; her brother Rusty (Kitty) Simpson of Puyallup, WA; her brothers-in-law Stan Matthews of Bellevue, IA and Clarence Riekena of Mankato, MN and her sister-in-law Grace Simpson of Dubuque, IA

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her brothers, James, Roland, Fred, Bill, Glen, Al, Ray and Gary Simpson; her sisters, Ethyl Follman, Melva Edwards, Kay Nemmers, Sandra Morgan and Sharon Matthews.

A Doris M. Riekena memorial fund has been established.

 



Pauline C. Rowell

Pauline Clara Rowell, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 7, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30. Friends may also call after 9am Thursday at the church.

Pauline was born on June 29, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Clara (Below) Cassidy. In 1955 she married Robert A. Rowell at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church.

She worked at American Trust as a bookkeeper and after retirement worked as a hostess for Dubuque Gold & Country Club. She loved to play Bingo.

She is survived by her husband Robert, two children, Peter Rowell, of Dubuque, and Carol Ann Herrig, of Memphis, TN. One grandson Jesse Herrig and her sister Patricia Brady of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, sister Kathy Gallagher and a sister in infancy Mary Virginia Cassidy.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals for all their wonderful care they gave to Pauline.



Eileen J. Yager

Eileen J. Yager, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:55 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, 685 Duggan Drive. Friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born on August 13, 1933, in Fayette, Iowa, daughter of Guy and Goldie (Monroe) Holtzman.

Eileen married Ivan L. Yager on June 23, 1956, in Fayette, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2001. Eileen graduated from The Finley School of Nursing and was employed as a nurse until she and Ivan started their family. In her free time Eileen was an avid reader and enjoyed riding bicycles and walking. She loved to volunteer at church, especially in the nursery. Her greatest joy was her family. Eileen loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren whether it was teaching them to read, playing or going on a picnic.

Eileen is survived by, her 4 children, Phyllis (Burton) Rexin, Norwalk, CT, Geoffrey Yager, Ottumwa, IA, Karen Yager, Dubuque, IA, Sandi (Nick) Helgerson, Zwingle, IA, 8 grandchildren, David, Timothy, Tabitha, Tiffany, Hannah, Isaac, Destiny and Andrew, 2 great-grandchildren, Jayden, Kalila, her siblings, Joanne Holtzman, Fayette, IA, Wayne Holtzman, Waterloo, IA.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ivan, her 2 sisters, Maxine Hicks and Jeanne Holtzman and her brother, Ronald Holtzman.

An Eileen J. Yager memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Heitkamp

James E. "Jim" Heitkamp, 88, of Menominee, passed away at 10:28 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church in Menominee, with Rev. Dean Smith, Rev. Ted Lewandowski and Rev. Michael Berry concelebrating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. and the Holy Name Society rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on February 23, 1926 on the family farm in Menominee, the youngest child of Joseph and Irene (Fleege) Heitkamp.  He married LaVonne C. Theill on October 3, 1953 at Nativity B.V.M. Church.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children. Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

Jim served his country from 1954 - 1956 in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Nativity B.V.M. Parish all of his life.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society, finance council, and the school board where he also served as chairman, the Galena Knights of Columbus Council # 696, American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque and the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept.

He was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel in East Dubuque and a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Surviving are his wife LaVonne, six children, Joseph (Judy) & Michael (Laura), both of Menominee, Virginia (Terry) Holland & Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, Paul (Beth) of Rockford, and Mark (Stacey) of East Dubuque, 20-Grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL., his in-laws, Merla (Carlisle) Jacobi, Wesley (Ruth) Theill, Charlene Hinderman and Mervin (Rosie) Theill.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Irene, one brother Robert (Margaret) Heitkamp, sisters, Mary Ellen (Edward) Berning, Monica (Clarence) Houtakker and Hubert "Wimpy" Robinson, his mother & father-in-law Wesley & Ida Theill, and brother-in-law Frank Hinderman.

LaVonne and family wish to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care, and the many neighbors and friends for their visits and kind acts throughout the years.

 

 



Norman K. Hinke

Norman K. "Norm" Hinke, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, April 3, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Norm's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 9, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Norman Kyle Hinke was born on Sept. 24, 1927 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Clarence, Sr. and Lula (Keil) Hinke. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the military, serving from Nov. 20, 1945 until receiving an honorable discharge on Feb. 15, 1947. He married Fern Waite on Sept. 4, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2005.

Norm was a self-employed plumber and area businessman. He first worked for Frank Williams and Herb Nims. From 1956 until retiring in 1991, Norm owned and operated Hinke Plumbing and Heating in Maquoketa.

Norm was devoted to his community and was generous with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He also served as a Mount Hope Cemetery board member, helped build the original Little Bear Park, and volunteered his time at the Jackson County (Maquoketa location) Visitor Center and at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Sagers Museum.

Norm enjoyed traveling, gardening, family, bowling, and playing softball. In his younger years he had played for the Maquoketa Bears baseball team. He was an avid fan of both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor Norm's memory include his children, Jan Hinke of Bettendorf, IA, Jeff (Donna) Hinke of Hidden Meadows, CA, and Amy Hinke of Davenport, IA; a sister, Carol Ripple of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fern; and a brother, Clarence Hinke, Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Norman K. "Norm" Hinke memorial fund has been established.

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



Tyler J. Gaul

Tyler James Gaul, 23 year old son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul, went home to be with Jesus Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a long battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate with Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating and Deacon Bill Black assisting.

T.J. was born August 18, 1990, in Dubuque the son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul. He was raised on, and took a great interest in the family dairy farm east of Luxemburg, often giving advice to his father and brothers. He was diagnosed with Duchenne MD in 1995, and attended RHCL Catholic Grade School and graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 2009. He attended a semester at NICC until his physical condition prevented continuation. T.J. loved sports and acted as a manager for some of his high school teams. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the Minnesota Vikings, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He participated in the High School Choir and dreamed of performing with the Show Choir. He was familiar with many wonderful nurses and caregivers who enjoyed (endured) being harassed by him. Finally, in August of 2013, his declining health necessitated a move to Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque where he spent his final days.We are very grateful to all of these people who have helped T.J. and our family.

He is survived by his parents; 3 brothers, Brandon, Dillon (friend Katie Koopmann) and Nathan Gaul, all at home; maternal grandparents, David and Mary (Gillingham) Sandell of Whittemore, Carol (Derby) Smith of Sioux City; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Dolores (Wente) Gaul of Epworth; a maternal great-grandmother, Eleanor (Peterson) Miller of Lake Mills; Aunts and Uncles: John (Jayna) Becker of Boone, Melissa (Dave) Fisher of Bronson, Linda (friend Mike Bauer) Gaul of Brownsburg, IN, Craig Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of New Vienna, and Jennifer (friend Chris Hetzler) Gaul of Rochester, MN, and numerous cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents and aunts and uncle, Angela Marie Becker, Angela Kay Gaul, Jean Ellen Gaul and Matthew Joseph Gaul.

Tyler's famil

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



Edward T. Cawley

Edward T. Cawley, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Edward's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 with a prayer service following at 7:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. Friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward was born on March 13, 1931, in Oak Park, IL, son of Martin and Rose (Inglesby) Cawley.

Edward married Patricia Kiely on February 5, 1955, in Chicago, IL. He served with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He received a B.S. degree in 1953 from Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now Northern Illinois University) and a M.A. degree in 1958 and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Edward was a Professor of Biology at Loras College for 37 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of St. Raphael's parish, Vice Chairman of Nature Conservancy, Chairman of State Preserve Board of Iowa and a former member of SIGMA XI and Iowa Academy of Science.

Dr. Cawley was a passionate and dedicated researcher and teacher. He carried out an active research program on mussel populations on the Mississippi river over a 20 year period, which included surveying mussel beds by SCUBA diving in the Mississippi. His research interests carried over to the classroom, teaching many biology courses in the field. Students in various field biology courses joined Dr. Cawley SCUBA diving in Florida, the Bahamas, and Belize or surveying the deserts of Arizona. While teaching at Loras College, he incorporated computers and technology into biology lab and lecture courses, including establishing a computer programming course for biologists in 1980, setting up the first Apple/Macintosh computer lab on campus. Dr. Cawley's patience, enthusiasm, and humor made him a beloved teacher

Ed treasured his roles as husband, father, and grandfather, and with his wife Pat of 59 years, offered his services at St. Raphael's parish and in many community organizations.

Edward is survived by, his wife, Patricia Cawley, Dubuque, IA; his children, Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ, Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX, Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA, Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA, Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA, 13 grandchildren; Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley; Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy, Louis and Edward Sievers, Jack, Margaret, Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle; his siblings, Martin L. (Lucille) Cawley, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Judith (Allen) Carlson, Chicago, IL, Edward was preceded in death by his parents.

Edward's family would like to thank the staff and parishioners of St. Raphael's Cathedral, the wonderful care-givers from ‘No Place Like Home' in-home care service, and the many dedicated nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Raphael's parish, Hospice of Dubuque, Loras College Biology Department, Power of Prayer, and Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

 



Madonna M. Flynn

Madonna M. (Cox) Flynn, 91, of Sunset Park Place passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Madonna was born June 26, 1922 in East Dubuque, Ill., the youngest of 11 children of Thomas and Katherine (Hilliard) Cox. She graduated from St. Columbkille's High School as a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. As a young woman she contributed to the war effort by working at the Battery Factory.

She married Melvin P. Flynn on July 27, 1946 at St. Columbkille's. Together they raised six children. They owned and operated Flynn Printing Co. together. With his mechanical abilities and her business acumen, it was the perfect match. In their later years they traveled the world together. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1996.

Madonna was a strong, classy woman with a sense of style. She was always a cheerleader for her family, and was an optimistic and cheerful person (known as the "smiley one" at Sunset Park Place). She was a positive force in her family's lives. Her life centered around faith and family.

She is survived by six children, Patrick (Candy) Flynn of Potosi, Wis. and their children, Daniel (Stephanie) and Patrick "P.J." (Kelly Simon) Flynn and Amy and Brandon Bolton; Barbara (Joseph) Gulyash of Dubuque and their children, Scott and Jay (Rebekah) Gulyash; Kathy (Paul) Flynn Thurlow of Dubuque and their children, Kendra (Kevin) Schmitz, Justin (Bridget Schwartz) Thiltgen and Christopher and Jeff Thurlow; Suellen Flynn of Dubuque and her son Denis Flynn; Tim (JoAnne) Flynn of Dubuque and their children Melissa (Brian) Thola and Jeff, Brianna and Rebecca Flynn; and Julianne (Jeff Free) Nees of Emmettsburg, Iowa and their children, Nicole (Victor Dzirasa), Jack and Riki Lynn (David Hendrix) Nees, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters in law, Betty (Leonard) Sobieski and Donna Flynn; and a brother in law, Gus Casaccio.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Josephine, Sr. Mary Eva OSF, Donald, Magdeline, Dorrance, Delbert, Della, Catherine, Thomas Jr., Myra, and many in laws.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Opening Doors: Maria House and Theresa Shelter.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, and the wonderful staff and friends at Sunset Park Place.

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

 



James H. Wegmann

James H. "Chick" Wegmann, 74, of Petersburg died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family after a 14 year battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 5:00 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W. Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W. Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Jim was born January 13, 1940, the oldest child of Frank and Rosella (Westhoff) Wegmann. He attended S.S. Peter & Paul School thru 8th grade and then helped on the family farm. At age 17 he enlisted in the Navy, where he served 52 months. While in the service he was selected as a member of the Naval All World Softball team in 1961.

On June 22, 1963, Jim married Carol Ann Gudenkauf. Carol survives him along with their 4 children: Lynne (Bob) Radabaugh of Petersburg, Pam (Brian) Vaske of New Vienna, Tom (Jennifer) of Apalachin, NY and Chad (Deb) of Robins; 12 grandchildren: Spencer, Cody, Sydney & Chance Radabaugh; Maddisen, Carley & Joel Vaske, Nick & TJ Wegmann and Riley, Carson & Kennedy Wegmann; 1 great-granddaughter, Kelsie Radabaugh; 5 brothers, Leo (friend Mary Langel) of Delhi, Gerry (Jane), Leroy (Margie) of Cedar Rapids, Ron (Norma) of Petersburg and Carl (Sandra) of Edgewood; 4 sisters: Lois Lammers of Manchester, Joyce (John) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Joan (Pat) Toohey of St. Paul, MN and Rose Ann (Lee) Koelker of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Grace Stevens, Jim (Sharon R.) Gudenkauf, Marian (Dan) Hoeger, Janet (Charlie) Prier, all of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dan "Boone", sister-in-law, Karen Wegmann, and a brother-in-law, Dick Lammers, as well as his parents-in-law, August & Leona Gudenkauf and a brother-in-law, Fred Stevens.

Jim took a lot of pride in his grandchildren and truly enjoyed watching them participate in their sporting events. He now has the best seat and will not miss a game.

Jim's passion for baseball carried over in his playing career, and he was honored to be a member of the 1962 Dyersville Whitehawks National Runner-up team; Jim was named an amateur all-american for his performance that year. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He was an die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and spent many years coaching little league.

Jim spent more than 50 years hauling milk for area farmers, a job he truly enjoyed. He received the distinguished service award from the Delaware County Dairy Board, and also served on the S.S. Peter & Paul parish council, Beckman High School Booster Club Board and Endowment Board.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Shawn R. Pergande

Shawn Richard S. Pergande, 42, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 following a sudden illness while visiting in Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid officiating.  Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery, New Diggings, WI.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Shawn Richard was born on May 13, 1971 at Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Richard G. Pegande and Sherry J. Shireman.  He married Norie McCullick on February 29, 2012 in Manchester, Iowa. 

He was employed at Anderson Window & Door in Dubuque.  Shawn was an avid Wisconsin sports fan, the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Shawn loved spending time with his family and the summertime picnics.

Surviving are his wife Norie, his three children Shawn, Brett and Nathan, three stepchildren, Grace (Kiley) McGuine of Guttenberg, Iowa; Jher and Lexus, two grandchildren, Brody & Sienna, his parents, Richard (Judy) Pergande and Sherry (Darrell) "Pudge" Kritz both of Dubuque, two brothers, Ricky and Jason (Lisa) Pergande both of Dubuque, step-brothers and sister, Dennis Pegande, Ronnie Pergande, Joe (Tiffany) Pergande all of Dubuque and Mary Jo (Larry) Seidl of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Rufina & Henry Saranillo of Marquette, Iowa, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose (Kevin) Dull of Marquette.

 

 



Madona L. Holmes

Madona L. Holmes, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. A memorial service will be held 1 pm Saturday, April 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA on where there will a visitation Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Burial of cremains will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Madona was born March 20, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Ernest and Lucile (Buchanan) Peschong. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940 and the University of Dubuque in 1944.

On November 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, Charles Holmes, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on October 14, 2003.

Prior to her marriage to Charles, she worked in Chicago during the war. She was a member of PEO, loved to play bridge, and enjoyed traveling with her husband to south Texas and Arizona. She loved music, theatre, and the arts. She was an excellent cook and loved being a hostess. "She had a home-economics degree and knew how to use it."
Madona is survived by three children, Susan (Geoffrey) Holmes Parr of Hurst, Texas, Barbara (Roger) Holmes Arentson of Delano, Minn., and John (Deborah) Holmes of Colona, Ill.; six grandchildren, Katherine and Colin (Sarah) Parr, Alice and Andrew Arentson, and John (Julie) and Rebekah Holmes. She is also survived by six great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful Care.



Connie Jo Weber

Connie Jo Weber, 56, of Dubuque, passed away of natural causes, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Finley Hospital.

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 10, at the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St.

Connie was born on July 16, 1957 in Dubuque. She was the daughter of Lois (Reisdorf) and the late Albert Weber.

She is also survived by her brother, Albert Weber, Jr., and her friends at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Local arrangements are being conducted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.



Leo A. Abitz

Leo A. Abitz, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 7, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Leo's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leo was born on Feb. 25, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Julius and Margaret (Groeber) Abitz.

Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. He married LaVon Herbst on August 29, 1964, at St. Philomena's Church in Asbury. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2007.

Leo was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 43-1/2 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Leo was an avid gardener who especially enjoyed raising dahlia flowers. Family was extremely important to Leo. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and also enjoyed going to lunch with his nephews at Wendy's.

Leo is survived by his children, Rhonda G. (Eric) Scott, Benton, WI, Julie A. (Jamey) Aird, Asbury, IA, Karla M. (Sheldon) Scott, Asbury, IA, Joseph G. Abitz, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Danielle (Taylor) Chapman, Brandon Swift, Zachary and Natalie Aird, Sadie and Joseph Abitz, Grace and Benjamin Scott.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVon; 2 grandsons, Joshua and Jacob Aird; and his siblings Julia Gulyash, Joseph Abitz, John Abitz, Julius Abitz and Margaret Brimeyer.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Tri-State Dialysis for all of the wonderful care they gave to Leo.

In lieu of flowers a Leo A. Abitz memorial fund has been established.

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



Sue E. Kaesbauer

Sue E. Kaesbauer, 77, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. There will also be a visitation Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Sue was born July 20, 1936 in Galena, Ill., daughter of Harold J. and Susan E. (Grove) Houy. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1954.

On April 9, 1955, Sue married the love of her life, Joseph Kaesbauer, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 6, 2009.

Sue began her business career in high school, working as a soda jerk. After high school, she worked as an assistant at the Fisher Company, where she learned much about business from Louis Pfohl. She then worked as a bookkeeper at Disco. She was cofounder of Creative Touch Gallery Inc., and Ooh La La.

She was a member of Grandview Women's Auxillary, First Congregational United Church of Christ where she was on various committees, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Finley Sunshine Circle volunteer and PEO chapter IK.

She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge with her friends, spending time with her family and watching all the different sporting events of her grandchildren.

Sue is survived by five children, Cathi (Craig) Olson of Dubuque, Patti (Mark) Johannsen of Peosta, Bill Kaesbauer of Davenport, Julie (Jim) Spelhaug of Bettendorf and Mike (Jane) Kaesbauer of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jeff (Allison) Olson, Katie (Josh) Fernandes, Ben (Ashley), Brian (Melissa) and B.J. Johannsen, Lexi, Ryan, Ellie, and Carli Spelhaug, and Joey, Nick and Nate Kaesbauer; two great-grandchildren, Merek Olson and Joseph Johannsen, and two expectant great-grandchildren; a sister, June Shuler, of Wisconsin, and family members Madrene Houy of South Carolina, Beverly (Tony) Monti of California, and Barb Kruse of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Hazel Houy; sisters and brother-in-law Elaine (William) Kruse, Carol (Ron) Brayton and Don Shuler; and a brother, Don Houy.

A Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope and his staff, the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and all of the other health care professionals who have cared for Sue.

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



Aaron E. Scott

Aaron E. Scott, 30, of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 2, 2014 near Lost Nation, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Aaron's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, April 5, from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service at the Monmouth, Iowa Community Center (formerly the Monmouth School). The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Aaron Edward Scott was born on Jan. 30, 1984 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steven Edward and Linda Sue (Bowman) Scott. He was a 2002 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He married Heather Tubbs on May 22, 2008 in Anamosa, Iowa.

Aaron farmed with his family on the Scott family farm. He loved his pulling truck, hunting, fishing and ATV Ranger Rides. He also liked tinkering in his shop and was a natural at operating his excavator. He was great at construction and with the help of his friends just built his shop doing all of the insulating, tinning and electrical work. He was a hard worker, loved his friends and would do anything for anyone.

Those left to honor Aaron's memory include his wife, Heather Scott of Wyoming, IA; children Trevyn Dean Scott of Wyoming, IA, and Nayeli Kupkowski of Rockford, IL; his parents, Steve and Linda Scott of Baldwin, IA; a brother, Mitch Scott, of Baldwin, IA; a sister, Joellen Scott, of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandmother, Mary Bowman, of Maquoketa, IA; and his paternal grandmother, Betty Scott, of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dean Bowman, and paternal grandfather, Junior Scott.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Aaron E. Scott memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be sent to mainoffice@carsonandson.com



Colette T. Buchheit

Colette T. Buchheit, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5th at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph L. Hauer will officiate. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 4th at  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Colette was born October 27, 1933 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of Albert and Theresa (Laesch) Leuenberger.  She married Harold Buchheit on June 17, 1967 at DeSales Catholic Church, Ossian, IA. 

Colette was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.  She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren.  She enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing Scrabble and Cribbage.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Harold, of Dubuque; two sons, Brian (Maria) Buchheit of Homer Glen, IL, and Dennis (Mary) Buchheit of Asbury, IA;  four grandchildren, Andrew, Mary Kate, Katie, and Emily Buchheit, and a sister, Florence Warne of Deming, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers Dick, Joseph, Melvin, Donald and Arnold and two sister in laws Kathryn Leuenberger and Mary Jane Leuenberger.

In lieu of flowers, a Colette Buchheit Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Manor, Dr. Thomas Sinsky and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Wauneta I. Wiederaenders

Wauneta Ione (Gorrell) Wiederaenders (86) of Dubuque, IA died April 1, 2014 at Ennoble Manor Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Charles Wiederaenders and is survived by her son, Paul Wiederaenders of Sterling IL, her daughters Catherine Dello (Jim) of Chicago IL and Claudia Wiederaenders (Marty Schechtel) of Schaumburg IL, her son Carl Wiederaenders (Melissa Watson) of Des Moines IA and her foster-daughter Cindy Wall Perkins (Kevin) of Uncasville CT; Grandchildren Nicole and Jacob Wiederaenders, Nicholas Watson and Benjamin Wiederaenders; great grandchildren, Marco and Chelsea Wiederaenders; her brother Ken Gorrell (Donna). 

Nita was born July 23, 1927 to Ray and Lieurena Gorrell at the King family homestead in Saluda Township, Jefferson County IN. During World War II, she entertained troops at USO centers with her parents and brother. She studied three years at Illinois Institute of Technology, majoring in bacteriology, and for a period of time worked at Libby McNeill and Libby in Blue Island IL as a bacteriologist.

She married Reverend Robert Wiederaenders on June 15, 1951 at Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago. They served at various churches in Illinois before they moved to Dubuque, IA in 1964. They joined Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where they remained active members for 50 years.  

Nita has had varied interests during this time. She worked as a house mother at Finley Hospital and for 18 years at Hempstead High School in various capacities. At home she was a creative cook, creating new meals for her family to name. As an adept seamstress, Nita sewed clothing for her family- Halloween costumes and much more. She sewed also for local theatrical productions. She and Bob were very interested in local theater and on their 50th Anniversary attended a Fly by Night production where she was amazed to find her wedding dress (with multiple alterations) on stage. She also made wedding outfits for a photo booth in a mall kiosk.

Nita was a member of the Audubon Society for over 40 years, many of those years as a board member. She helped develop the annual Bald Eagle Watch and was listed in the Dubuque phonebook as a bird identification consultant. She served for 15 years on the Dubuque County Conservation board and was a member of Dubuque's Environmental Task Force. She wrote articles such as Special Appeal promotions for Lutheran World Relief and Bread for the World. 

With lifelong interest and creative skill in quilting, Nita was a founding mother of Cable Car Quilters in Dubuque and won multiple awards for her quilting. 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Quilters for Lutheran World Relief, The Dubuque Rescue Mission, The Dubuque County Conservation Board/Wetlands Acquisition and Preservation, The Dubuque Audubon Society and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

 



Mary Margaret Curran-Jenaman

Mary Margaret Curran-Jenaman, age 82, of Dubuque, passed away on April 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., after a long illness, at UnityPoint Health-The Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on Feb. 8, 1932 in Elkport, Iowa, daughter of Bill and Francis (Eilers) Curran.

Mary attended county school in Elkport and St. Mary's Catholic School in Guttenberg, Iowa. Mary lost her mother at the age of 14-1/2 and came to Dubuque to find work. Five of her other siblings were put into St. Mary's Orphanage in Dubuque.

Years and years later, Mary and her older sister Joan and brother Jim found all five of their other brothers and sisters. They were adopted out of St. Mary's Orphanage and living all across the United States with their new lives, careers and families. As a result, family reunions proceeded through the following years.

Mary married Charles Joseph Jenamann in Dubuque on Sept. 1, 1951. Mary was working at Kerrigan's Café when her husband was just a rookie cop walking the beat. He would come in for coffee and that is how they met. Mary was employed for 27 years at Sunnycrest Manor until her retirement in January of 2001.

Mary is survived by her caregiver and daughter Stefanie Candace Mary Jenaman, Dubuque, IA, Carol (Terry) Merz, Dubuque, IA, Charlie R. (Candi Marie) Jenaman, Dubuque, IA, Casey Jenaman, Davenport, IA; Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her siblings, Joan R. Erickson, Des Moines, IA, Sharon J. Sever, Corvallis, OR, William (Mary Ann) Patton, Hampton, IA, and John (Nelda) Patton, Olympia, WA.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Cheryl Renee Jenamann-Knutsen; an infant son, Jenamann in 1967; her parents; her siblings, James Curran, Deer Lodge, MT., Catherine Wagner, Columbia, MO., Terrene Duncalf, Corvallis, OR.; brothers-in-law George Erickson, Harold Sever and Dr. Joe Wagner; sisters-in-law Lorraine Jenamann (Richard Vonk) of Newton, IA., Mildred Jenamann (Harold) Roddick, Platteville, WI; mother- and father-in-law, Edith (McClain) and Raymond Jenamann of Dubuque, IA.

The Heavenly Kingdom 
by Miss S. Candace Mary Jenamann.

In the midst of morning and the dawn of night
You can hear the wraith smoothly taking plight.
With clouds of swooning in and angels near by...
Energizing me up and getting ready to fly.

Fastening the memories to what is now left...
A peaceful calm gets ready to set.
Worrying over nothingness, has now made me laugh
that is a lot easier just following the heavenly path.

Waiting calmly and then...."you" are finally there.
You now feel all the love that is ready to be shared.
THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM so perfect in my sight,
Has now taken me to the glorious light.

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



Ronald L. Houselog Sr.

Ronald L. Houselog Sr., 81, of Key West, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 3, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Ronald was born on Nov. 25, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog Sr. He married Edna M. Reinker on Feb. 7, 1953 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

He is a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War in Alaska. He retired from the former Dubuque Packing Company in 1982 after 32 years. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150A.

He was an avid sports fan, his favorites being baseball and football. In his younger years he enjoyed the outdoors, playing softball, hunting and fishing. One of his favorite things in life was watching his grandsons play football.

He was a loving husband and father and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Edna, of 61 years; 5 children, Dan (Joan) Houselog, of Key West, Rick (Carol) Houselog, Phoenix, AZ, Susan (Dan) Hefel, of Guttenburg, Randy (Nancy) Houselog, of Key West, Tina (Chris) Gau, of Asbury; daughter-in-law Debbie Houselog, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Barbie, Jessica, Emmy, Cassie, Jesse, Ryne, Josh, Luke; three great-grandchildren, Jason, Romy, Cali; his brother Robert (Gertrude) Houselog, and his sister Jean Smith; sisters-in-law Theresa Houselog, Mary Adele Houselog, and Lois Houselog.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Jr.; siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog Jr., Mary (Art) Balk, Joseph (Helen) Houselog, Arthur "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Gerald (Joaan) Houselog, Merle (Jane) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

In lieu of flowers a Ronald Houselog memorial fund has been established.



Christine V. Clark

Christine V. Clark, 65, of Zwingle, Iowa, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Christine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 5, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 4, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Christine Virginia Clapham was born on March 30, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Elmer and Elizabeth Virginia (Troester) Clapham. Her early education was at a one-room schoolhouse near Zwingle. She then attended and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1967. She married Roger Clark on Oct. 2, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Christine grew up on a farm and farmed all of her life. She worked as a farmhand and milker for her dad and then for Zwingle area farmers, retiring in 2010.

Christine took great pleasure in gardening, crocheting, crafts, embroidering and quilting. She enjoyed deer hunting with her husband, son and son-in-law. She liked to spend time doing yard work and anything outside, as well as going on sightseeing trips with her husband and cousin, Jr. Troester. Her family was important to her, especially the grandkids.

Those left to honor Christine's memory include her husband, Roger Clark of Zwingle, IA; children Elizabeth (Aaron) Bruns of Zwingle, IA, and Robert Clark of Boone, IA; 2 grandchildren, Ava and Emily; and sisters Bertha (Donald) Thoma of St. Donatus, IA, Illa McDermott of Dubuque, IA, and Joyce (Don) Schoenberger of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, William, David and Joseph; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence "Butch" McDermott.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Christine V. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald P. Ruefer

Donald P. Ruefer, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Donald's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:30 p.m on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Donald was born on November 29, 1934, in Davenport, 1 of 12 children, son of Anthony and Angela (Schebler) Ruefer.

Don owned Ruefer Insulation from 1968 until he retired and sold the business to his son, Don Jr., in 1986. He also owned Camp O Delhi at Lake Delhi during the 1970's. Don enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening and woodworking in his spare time. Don will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by, his children, Don (Vicky) Ruefer Jr., Dubuque, IA, Jeanne (Barry) Cernoch, Nevada, Ed Ruefer, Florida, 5 Grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents. His 1st wife Carole. 2 Sons: Dean and Jim Ruefer.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their wonderful care and support of Donald.

A Donald P. Ruefer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Kathleen C. Habel

Kathleen C. Habel, 87, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Friends may continue to call after 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at North Buena Vista Hall, prior to the funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Kathleen was born February 15, 1927, in North Buena Vista the daughter of John and Rose (Bakula) Hefel.  She married Bennett J. Habel on Oct. 15, 1947, in North Buena Vista, a marriage that lasted over 66 years.  Together they farmed on the family farm near North Buena Vista for most of their lives.  Kay had a gift for quilting, which she enjoyed with the ladies of the Immaculate Conception Parish.  She loved music, often singing while Benny played his accordion.  She also sang with the Hefel Sisters on many occasions.  She enjoyed playing Euchre, gardening, fishing on the mighty Mississippi or at the pond, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her two daughters: Cheryl Urbalejo of Guttenberg and Deb (Spider) Koetz of North Buena Vista, 10 grandchildren: John, Michael and Dustin (Jen) Urbalejo, Kelli Habel, Kim (Jacob) Breitbach, Kristine Habel, Ann Marie Habel, Randy (Norma) Koetz, Russell (Hillary) Koetz, Rhonda (Matt) Hefel;

12 great grandchilden: Hunter and Paige Koetz, Kayla and Madalyn Breitbach, Evan, Alexys and Madden Urbalejo, Evelyn and Brooke Koetz, Jorgie, Gretta and Markie Hefel;

4 sisters-in-law: Joanne Hefel and Stella Hefel, both of North Buena Vista, Stella McDermott of Benton, WI and Darlene (Loras) Clemen of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bennett in January 2014, two sons: Randy Habel in 1972, and John "Jack" Habel in 2013; one grandson, Jeremy Habel in 1999,

siblings: Milton Hefel, John "Bud" (Florence) Hefel, Matt Hefel, Marie (Adolph) Gansemer, Loretta (Lawrence) Decker, Edith (Clarence) Gloeckner, Alvina (Cyril)Gassmann, Edwina (Clarence) Schmitt, Josephine (Harold) Heiderscheit, Eleanor (Charles) Cook and Arlene Hefel; in-laws: Rose Habel, Cyril (Florence) Habel and James "Bert" McDermott.

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

 

 



Geraldine A. Beaves

Geraldine A. "Gerry" Beaves died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. Her 4-year-old great-grandson Nick said it best when he told his 4-year-old cousin Mary, "It's ok, her spirit is with the angles."

Friends may gather with the family Friday, April 4, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The parish wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Gabriel Anderson at St. Columbkille Church Saturday, April 5, at 10:00 a.m. with internment following at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gerry was born on Dec. 19, 1924 in Boscobel, WI, daughter of Leo Perrott and Edith (Freeman) Perrott.  After graduation from high school she moved to Dubuque, IA, where she met and married her husband, Richard "Dick" Beaves, on Sept. 17, 1946 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque IA. He preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1997.

Gerry was a great wife, loving mother, grandmother and good friend. She was a faith filled, soft spoken, and strong woman who knew the joy of having her family close.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Mary) Beaves of Sewickley, PA, Kathleen (Thomas) Noonan of McLean, VA, Richard (Mary) Beaves of Dubuque and Jane (Paul) Beitzel of Durango; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her siblings Alice Rittenhouse, Edward (Pat) Perrott, and Leo (Melissa) Perrott; her brothers-in-law Ted (Eileen) Beaves, George (Dorothy) Beaves and Peter (Margaret) Beaves; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; her father-in-law George I. Beaves; mother-in-law Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves; her sister Ruth; brothers Carl and Ralph Perrott; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Kadra, Charlotte Hanley, Bea Perrott and Bonnie Perrott; brothers-in-law James Kadra, Bill Hanley, Dave Schwinn and Bob Rittenhouse.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Columbkille Church.

The family wishes to thank Gerry's caregivers from Hospice of Dubuque and Fr. Gabriel Anderson for their loving and spiritual support.



Carl L. Zauche

Carl L. Zauche, 84, of Peosta, passed peacefully into life anew on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Visitation will be Friday, April 4th from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. On Saturday, April 5th, visitation will be 10 a.m. followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. at St Peter Lutheran Church.

Carl was born April 29, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa and lived out his life on his family farm in Peosta. He received 8 years of education at the Johnson Schoolhouse, 2 years at Senior High School, and 2 Winter Quarters of Farm Operations at Iowa State University. Rosemary Shumaker and Carl were united in marriage on October 8, 1960 at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Olin.

Carl served on many county boards such as Cattlemen, Extension, Fairboard and Sunnycrest. He received recognition as "Boardmember of the Year" on the Dubuque County Fairboard for overseeing the construction of the 4-H beef buildings, "Hall of Fame" for the Dubuque County Cattlemen, and "Friend of Agriculture" at the Rural Ministry Conference. For the Dubuque County Cattlemen, he served as President and the Liaison with the Dubuque Area Chamber. He participated in Dale Carnegie courses and was a member of Toastmasters.

He spent his life as a steward of God's creation and a Shepard of God's people. With the farm, he had great pride in his beef operation raising Hereford cattle and later transitioning to Red Angus. He also enjoyed raising and eating garden produce, with a special appetite for strawberries.

He led through his word and his actions as a volunteer. He served as Evangelism chair at St. Peter, Property - Building Committee and Evangelism for Lord of Life, and helped with St. Mark Community Center and Bethany Auxiliary. He was a founding member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church.

Carl is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary; their 4 children, Dan (Jackie) Zauche of Peosta, Cindy (Doug) Recker of Peosta, Carl J. (Beth) Zauche of Hiawatha, and Tim (Geri) Zauche of Platteville; 12 grandchildren, Rob (Kaitlyn), Jacob, Ally, John, Josh, Madalyn Zauche , and Jared Woock, and Sarah (Mark) Wedige, and Vaughn, Andre, Nathan, Natalie Recker; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella Wedige and Devon Zauche. Also surviving is a sister, Helen (Loren) Pahl and sister-in-law, Margaret (Dale) Clyde and 5 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl A. and Emma Zauche.

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

On behalf of Carl, the family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park, Manor Care, Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hospice of Dubuque, St. Peter, Lord of Life Lutheran and the Communion Visitors, and Dubuque Fellowship of Christ.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lord of Life Building Fund.

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

 



Dorothy Hinderman Bechen

Dorothy "Dort" Hinderman Bechen, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, on Friday, April 4, 2014, her 90th birthday, at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends may gather after 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services. Private family burial will be in Linwood Cemetery .

Dorothy was the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Hinderman of Dickeyville, WI. She was born on April 4, 1924 and grew up in Dickeyville.

Dorothy learned to sew when she was 8 years old and had a passion for sewing ever since. She loved making quilts and giving them to family and friends.

Dorothy married Lester Bechen of La Motte, Iowa on June 13, 1946. They lived in Dickeyville until they moved to Dubuque in 1959.

They were snow birds from 1983 till Lesters death in 2001. Dorothy then moved to Arizona year - round. She returned to Dubuque in 2009 and lived at Mt. Pleasant Home before going to Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Dorothy is survived by six sons, Ken of Absoaroke, MT, Rick(Carlene) of Brooklyn,WI, Ron(Anita) of Belleville, WI, Sam(Sue) of Dubuque, IA, Jim(Anita) of Lodi, WI, and Denis(Liz) of Goodyear, AZ. Her grandchildren; Angela (Doug) Hanley, Sheri Moritz, Ashley (Allison) Foxborn, Luke Bechen,Isaac (Erin) Bechen, Adam Bechen, Mary Bechen, Sara Bechen, Steph (Kyle) Cook, Justin (Courtney) Bechen Jason (friend Tiffany) Bechen, Matthew Bechen, Robert Thario and Kristen Thario. Great grandchildren; Emma Hanley, Hannah Rowerdink, Morgan Walsh, Elliott Foxborn, Lauren Bechen and Reagan Wissel. Dorothy is also survived by her brother, John (Mary Lou) Hinderman, sisters-in-law Marie Hinderman and Fran Hinderman and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bechen; her brothers Carl, Edward, Vincent, Lavern, and Alphonse; her sisters Marie and Bertha; and great-grandson, Reed Hanley.

 



William C. Ward

William C. "Doc" Ward, 87 of Dubuque passed away on Monday March 31, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be at 11:00a.m. Thursday April 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born on August 19, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Lena (Oswald) ward. He married Helen L. Miller on Friday August 13, 1954. He served in the US Army from November 25, 1944 to November 11, 1946 and was very proud of his service to his country .

He retired from the Dubuque Packing Company in his early 50's and spent his retirement years in Las Vegas.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the UFCW Local 150A.

"Doc" enjoyed walking and visiting with people at the mall. He was a devoted husband and father and was especially fond of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Helen, three children; Cynthia (Gary) Riniker, of Bernard, Iowa, William J. (Janet) Ward, of Tuscon, AZ, and Michael (Carol) Ward, of Lake Stevens, WA. Three grandchildren; Leann (Michael) Pursell, of Tucson, AZ, Joseph (Angie) Riniker, of Beloit, WI and Lisa (Riniker) DeMoss, of Lost Nation, Iowa. Five great grandchildren, Maleah, Chasity and Grace Riniker, Kailee and Wyatt DeMoss. Two sisters Marlene and Phyllis of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters along with nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff especially Roxanne and Julie, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave to William.



Dolores A. Walbrun

Dolores A. (Ressler) Walbrun, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at UnityPoint Health The Finley Hospital. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on June 27, 1936, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Eleanor (Hosek) Ressler.

Dolores graduated from Walford High School in 1954. She married Dale F. Walbrun on July 21, 1957, at St. Matthew's Methodist Church, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dolores went to nursing school and worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and at Lady of Lords Nursing Home in Dubuque. Dolores was a hard working, practical woman who enjoyed the simple things in life. Spending time with family and friends was very important. She had an avid love of nature, animals, gardening, canning and baking. Dolores enjoyed outings with her sisters, her weekly spa day, spending time with her grandchildren and Atalyn and listening to country music.

Dolores is survived by, her 5 children, Cheryl (Jeff) McCarron, Helen (Bob) Bussan, Dale (Gina) Walbrun, Chris (Mark) Krolick, Carol (Tom) Palya, her 8 grandchildren, Nick (Jill), Emily, Elyse and Nolan Walbrun, Carolyn, Elisabeth and Paul Krolick, Christopher McCarron, her great-granddaughter, Atalyn Walbrun, her 2 sisters, Nadine Tisl, Shirley (Bob) Tschantz, her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cerny.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale of 54 years and her 2 brothers Leonard and Howard Cerny.

In lieu of flowers a Dolores A. Walbrun Memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ervin H. Lange

Ervin H. Lange, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Ervin's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Ervin Herman Lange was born on April 28, 1922 in Scotch Grove, Iowa, to William Frederick and Violet Beatrice (Carr) Lange. He was educated through the 8th grade and then went to work as a farmhand for his uncle Otto. He then met his future wife Evelyn D. Collister. They were married on March 12, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2006.

Upon his marriage to Evelyn, they farmed in the Delmar area and then the Canton area for several years. They then moved to Maquoketa where Ervin worked at Clinton Engines on the pack line for 30 years. After Clinton Engines closed, he worked at French and Hecht in the Quad Cities until retirement.

Ervin enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, camping, hunting and traveling all over. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Ervin's memory include his children, Ronald (Linda) Lange of Maquoketa, IA, Barbara (Donald) Poll of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Harry) Ketelsen of Baldwin, IA, and Roger Lange of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 19 step-great-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Leo, and sisters Leona and Betty.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ervin H. Lange memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harry D. Prull

Harry D. Prull, 89, of Monticello died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Harry was born in Sand Springs, Iowa on April 8, 1924, the son of Henry and Frances (Seery) Prull. He married Betty Holmes on March 2, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic in Monticello. Together they farmed and raised their family south of Monticello until retiring in 2003. They loved traveling together with family and friends.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821, he was on the Farm Bureau Board for several years, was involved as a 4-H leader. His zest for life was infectious and he will be remembered as "Tiger".

Survivors include his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty; 5 children: Tammy (Leo) Leibold and Kevin (Cynthia) Prull, both of Monticello, Kathy (Mike) Althoff of Walford, Carol (Bill) Janssen of Monticello and Crystal (Joe) Camp of Marion; 10 grandchildren: Carrie (Dusty) Cleeton, Michelle (Brian) Hinrichs, Marcus, Curtis and Megan Prull, Courtney Althoff, Caitlyn (fiance Nick Miller) Althoff, Andrea and Alan Janssen and Rachael Camp; 4 great grandchildren: Brayden and Bryce Cleeton, Reid and Leigha Hinrichs; a sister, June Wagner of Dubuque, 2 sisters-in-law, Sophie Prull of Center Junction, and Jean Prull of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Winifred (Aloysius) Heims, Donald (Mary) Prull, Richard Prull, Jimmy Joe Prull and Helen Prull, John Prull, and a brother-in-law, Don Wagner.

Memorials are preferred.

Our family would like to commend and thank the staffs of Above and Beyond Home Health and Hospice, Jones Regional Medical Center and Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care and compassion.

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



Mary Jo Atchison

Mary Jo Atchison, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, Key West, 10204 Key West Drive, with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Mary Jo's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Mary Jo was born on June 22, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Josephine (Galvin) O'Toole.

Mary Jo was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She married Fieldon Atchison on April 13, 1961, in Galena, IL. Mary Jo was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Key West, and Meat Cutter Union 150 Retirees. Mary Jo and Fieldon loved taking camping trips in their motor home. She also enjoyed baking, watching hockey games and volunteering to help with the Donna Ginter Turkey Dinner, which she did for 23 years. Family was the most important thing to Mary Jo. She loved spending time with her husband, children and especially the grandchildren.

Mary Jo is survived by, her husband of almost 53 years, Fieldon "Bubbles" Atchison, Dubuque, IA; her 4 children, Susan Jo Nichols, Mary Atchison-Hollenback,  Amy (Charlie) Davis, David (Rachelle) Atchison, all of Dubuque, IA; her 11 grandchildren, her 2 great-grandchildren, her siblings, John "Jack" (Joyce) O'Toole, Dubuque, IA, Bob (Joann) Benzer, Scottsdale, AZ, Joe (Dorothy) Benzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; her sister-in-laws, Eileen Atchison, Suzie Lane, Marie Lorenz and Kathy Grimme all of Dubuque, and Marilyn O'Toole, Unionville, MO.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers Marty and David O'Toole, a grandson Cole Hollenback and her sister-in-law Donna Ginter.

The family would like thank Dr. Runde and staff, Dr. Fuller and the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Mary Jo.

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

 



Patricia Ann Hefel

Patricia Ann Hefel, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of LaMotte, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by loved ones.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Patricia Ann Hefel was born on October 20, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Leonard N. and Marie L. (Streuser) Hefel. She attended Holy Rosary school in LaMotte through the 8th grade and graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 1973. She then attended NICC in Peosta receiving her medical transcriptionist training.

Patricia had worked as a medical transcriptionist. She first worked for Medical Associates in Dubuque, then for Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado and for 20 years at the University of Michigan, retiring in 2013. She moved to Maquoketa in 2007.

Patricia loved to travel and had been all over the world. She also enjoyed quilting and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her siblings, Leonard (Sue) Hefel of Maquoketa, IA, Jody (Mark) Filloon of Miles, IA, and Steven (Sue) Hefel of Onslow, IA; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Jean Marie.

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

 



Ronald L. Manning

Ronald L. Manning, 53, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party" in remembrance of Ronald on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will follow at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald Lee Manning was born on March 24, 1961 in Iowa City, Iowa, to William J. and Mary (Hines) Manning. He attended Maquoketa schools. He married Lori Bunce in 1980 and to this union two children were born, Heather and Jenny. He later married Michele Bodkin on July 17, 2009 in Maquoketa, Iowa, and she had a daughter, Sasha.

Ron had first worked at ADM and then as an auto glass repair technician for various companies including Krieger Glass and Baggerly Glass Company. Lastly, he worked as a foreman at Stickle Feeds in Anamosa, Iowa from 1997 to 2000 before becoming disabled.

Ron enjoyed fishing and working on glass projects for family. He was always there to help when called upon by family and friends.

Those left to honor Ron's memory include his wife, Michele Manning of Lost Nation, IA; children, Heather (Adam) Weigandt of Clinton, IA, Jenny (Will) Kohl of Clinton, IA, and Sasha (fiancé Chris Leslein) Bodkin of Andrew, IA; 5 grandchildren; his mother, Mary Manning of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Judy Dague of Monmouth, IA, Joyce Manning (Paul Hammerhand) of Maquoketa, IA and Shirley (Charley) Risden of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, his twin, Rick (Flo) Manning of E. Moline, IL, Mike (Tonia DeLong) of Geneseo, IL, Gary (Linda) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Gloria) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert Manning of Maquoketa, IA; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, sister Jenny, brother-in-law Tommy Dague, nephew Robert Dague, and mother-in-law Alberta Bodkin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald L. Manning memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dorothy E. Fettkether

Dorothy E. (Leute) Fettkether, 96, of 406 Lowell St., Dubuque, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27th at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Dorothy was born on January 14, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Beckius) Leute.

Dorothy married Delbert E. Fettkether on March 8, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa. They celebrated 55 wonderful years together in 1996 prior to his death later that year. From this marriage, Keith D. Fettkether was born.

Dorothy attended Holy Ghost grade school and graduated in 1935 from Immaculate Conception Academy both in Dubuque. She was a devoted Catholic and her faith never wavered throughout her life. Her family and friends were always part of her daily prayers and she would add anyone in need.

Dorothy worked for the Licorice Factory. She kept busy by cooking delicious meals, baking, playing euchre, canning, doing seek-n-find puzzles, dancing and helping Delbert. Dorothy had a green thumb when it came to her plants aka her "weeds". She never met a plant she couldn't nurture back to life.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. Her wit, her ability to say it the way it was along with her continuous teachings will forever live on with her family. Dorothy was blessed to have a sharp mind until the end.

Those left to honor her memory include her devoted son, Keith D. (Diana) Fettkether of Dubuque; her three grandchildren, Michael (Georgiann Ender), Lisa (Chris) Vogt and Kristine (Patrick) Fair also of Dubuque; her six great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Samantha, Courtney and McKenzie Pfab, Ryan and Dylan Fair; her step great-grandchildren; Tiffany, Will and Olivia Vogt and Colton and Landon Ender along with many nieces and nephews; and a good friend Kay Aldun.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert E. Fettkether; her parents; her siblings, Charles (Agnes), Robert, Helen Mae and Leo Leute; her father and mother in-law Fred and Esther Fettkether; and her sister-in-law Viola (John) Moore.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Dorothy E. Fettkether memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Sister Mary Agnes, Sister Donard and Denise Krug; Dr. Hendrick Schultz, Dr. Ram, Dr. Scott, Dr. Freiburger, and Dr. Jones; nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for their kindness and compassion to both Dorothy and her family. Thank you to the nurses, staff, including Tracy at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, and especially, Julie Headlee.

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

 



Nancy J. Stroup

Nancy J. (DeBolt Boyer) Stroup, 69, of Dubuque, passed away at home Monday, March 24, 2014. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.   Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Nancy was born December 19, 1944 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Rowena (Johnson) Boyer.  She married Aric Stroup on August 14, 1999 in Galena, IL. 

Nancy earned her B.S. in Information Technologies from Loras College, and went on to earn her Masters of Business Administration from Clarke College.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Nancy was employed as an information technology analyst at John Deere Dubuque Works until her retirement in 2001. 

Genealogy was a passion of Nancy's, and she was a member of the Dubuque Genealogy Society.  She was devoted to her family , and loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.  

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Aric, of Galena; her mother Rowena Boyer of Dubuque; her children, DeLisa Weyhrich of Lincoln, NE, and Dennis (Shannon) DeBolt of Santa Rosa, CA; her step children, Jason Stroup of Dubuque, Amanda (Brady) Ketterling of Overland Park, KS, David (Kay) DeBolt of Ankeny, IA, Doug DeBolt of Ankeny, IA, and Carolyn Sandberg of Denver, CO; her grandchildren, Whitney and Bobby Weyhrich, Danielle (Michael) DeBolt-Fusaro, Rachael DeBolt, and Dennis DeBolt II; her step-grandchildren, Weston and Cooper Ketterling; her great grandchildren, Daniel DeBolt and Charlie Belle Weyhrich; and her siblings, Ronald Boyer of Dubuque, Mary Boyer of Blue Springs, MO, Kelvin (Theresa) Boyer of Tehachapi, CA, Kay (Bob) McCabe of Hazel Green, WI. 

She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Boyer; her sister, Susan Boyer; her niece, Heidi Boyer; and her stepdaughter, Deanna DeBolt. 

Her husband Aric was her primary, loving caregiver throughout her illness.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Hospice, Lincoln, NE.

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

 

 



Edelberta R. Heiderscheit

Mrs. Clarence, Edelberta R. "Edel" Heiderscheit, age 68, of Dyersville and formerly of Key West, Iowa died Sunday March 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. on Saturday March 29th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. on Friday March 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00p.m.

She was born on April 23, 1945 in the Philippines.

She married Clarence Heiderscheit on December 29, 1978 in Rickardsville, IA.

She worked as a CNA Stonehill Care Center, Mount Carmel, and Heritage Manor for many years and lastly was working at Walmart in Dubuque as a greeter. She was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband Clarence, of Dyersville, two sons Michael (Shawn Marie) Heiderscheit, of Dubuque, Alex (fiancé Gina Francois) Heiderscheit, of Petersburg, Iowa, and a daughter Susan from a previous marriage. One granddaughter Clara Rose, one brother and two sisters of the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her parents.



Eugene K. Sand

Eugene "Gene" K. Sand, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque. Family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque.

Gene was born October 20, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Edna Mae Williams and Cleve Mattox. He graduated from Senior High School in 1948. Gene was married on May 1, 1952 and was later divorced. He was drafted into the US Army in 1951 serving 2 years with the 11th Airborne Division. Gene began his career as a Barber on April 1, 1954 at the barber shop at 1036 Main St, he opened Sand's Barber Shop at 1516 Central Ave. on November 1, 1964.

Survivors include his children; Constance (John) Meyer and Christopher (Nickolet) Sand; 2 grandsons; Paul and Matthew; 2 granddaughters, Emma and Isabelle; 4 great grandsons, Dalton, Colton, Aiden, and Sawyer; and a great granddaughter, Haley; a half sister, Bev Tippe; and special friend, Margy Becker.

Memorials may be directed to the Dubuque Boy's and Girl's Club in Gene's memory.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Daniel R. Rupp

Daniel Robert "Dan" Rupp age 48 of Dubuque died Sunday March 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a prayer service at 7 pm. Committal graveside services will be at 10:30 am Thursday March 27, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dan was born on September 24, 1965 in Dubuque the son of Paul and Rose Mary (McDermott) Rupp. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and entered the U.S. Navy in January of 1987.

He served on the USS Eisenhower as an Electrical Technician with Air Traffic Control during Desert Shield and Desert Storm until January 1993. During his service he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal

Dan was a knowledgeable man in all aspects. He shared his talents in his work with Ken Mott and lastly with Crescent Electric Supply.

Dan was a positive person. He never judged anyone or had anything negative to say of anyone. He always found the good in people, he believe in God, prayer and miracles. Dan will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his mother Rose McDermott and his father Paul Rupp. His brothers Doug (Jane), Dave (Gina), and sister Barb (Don) Krieg. Aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews, his many good friends especially David Hernandez of Texas and his beloved tiger cat "Max" whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Virginia McDermott, paternal grandparents, Clarence and Barbara Rupp, two cousins Corina McDermott and David McDermott, aunts; Delores McDermott, Dorothy Echeagaray, and Delores Rupp, and his uncle Jim Rupp.

In lieu of flowers a Daniel Rupp memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dan's aunt and uncle Sue & Dwayne who have helped in so many ways. A special thank you to Dr. Alt, and all the doctors and nurses at ENT at the veterans hospital in Iowa City. Also to the Sisters of the Presentation for all their prayers for Dan.

Until we meet again with love to a very strong courageous man you will be missed, but never forgotten.



Shirley A. Feldman

Shirley Ann (Larkin) Feldman, 75, of Dubuque passed away Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. Services will be Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Church with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Fr. Gary Mayer will officiate. Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m., Tuesday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road where the parish wake service will be said at 7 p.m.

Shirley was born on April 7, 1938, daughter of Phillip and Gertrude (Brandt) Larkin in Sinsinawa, WI. She married Donald J. Feldman on March 30, 1954. This year they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She worked for the Sisters of Mercy, Visitation Sisters, Archdiocesan Pastoral Center and was honored to be Archbishop Kucera's housekeeper.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt who took pride in creating a warm and inviting home for all. She was a strong, beautiful and witty woman with a great Irish sense of humor.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Don, her children, Londie Brauer, Sue Feldman, Kim Feldman, Gina (Mark) Truninger of Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Tanya) Feldman of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd (Dawn) Feldman of Omaha, NE, Tammy (Curtis) DeWulf, Tracy Feldman of Madison, WI and Heather Feldman; her ten grandchildren, Amanda (Bill) Coakley, Rachel (Chad) Kane, Derek (Aria) Truninger, Matthew (Randi) Truninger, Conner Feldman, Curt DeWulf, Stephen DeWulf, Carson Feldman, Hunter Feldman and Spencer Feldman, her four great grandchildren; Kaelynn Kane, Cooper Kane, Olivia Coakley and Addison Coakley; two brothers, Kenneth Larkin of Las Vegas, NV and Patrick Larkin of Freeport, IL; three sisters -in-law, Millie Larkin, Jackie Larkin, and Shirley Smith; and many nieces , nephews, and her beloved dog, Bubbles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons; John in infancy and Timm (T.D.), four sisters; Kathleen, Mary Jane Haase, Geraldine Vosberg and Bernice Larkin and four brothers; Norman, Eugene, Leonard and Ronald.

A Shirley Ann Feldman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dr. Khan of The Finley Heart Center and extend a special thank you to Finley Home Care nurses, especially Patti and Dee.



Lillian M. Spoo

Lillian M Spoo, 99, of Dubuque, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wed. March 26 at St.Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush Street where visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Baldwin,Ia.

Lillian was born June, 26, 1914 near Baldwin, Ia., daughter of Joseph and Lillian (Harnett) Spoo. She attended and graduated from Baldwin High School, and attended business school. She worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for nearly 30 years.

She was an active member of St. Columbkille's Parish nearly 40 yrs.

She is survived by a nephew, Joseph (Geraldine) Spoo, a niece, Phyllis Harrison, a grand niece Theresa Ray and a great niece and great nephew Megan and Kyle Ray, all of Davenport, Ia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Zelma Spoo; and a brother, Joseph Spoo.

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

 



Donald F. Cain

Donald Francis Cain, 80 passed away March 20, 2014 after a long illness. Don was born June 9, 1933.

He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from A Y McDonalds where he worked as an electrician. Don was a talented musician capable of playing both the lead and steel guitar. He and his wife Sally attended the annual Scotty's Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis where he honed his skill on the steel guitar and where he and Sally met and became very close friends with Ted and Vickie Newman. Donnie "dad" played in a Country Western band with his close friends Ray Theisen, Dick McGrane, and Nutsy Turtle. Sally and the other wives (Doris, Carol and Patty) spent many hours dancing to the music played by their husbands. Another of his hobbies included the restoration of antique automobiles. He enjoyed going to car shows and swap meets where he would search for the parts needed for his project cars.

Donnie and Sally have made many good friends over the 57 years they were married. The great times and the special friends will never be forgotten.

Donnie is survived by his wife Sally, 8 children, and many grand children and great grand children.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.



Lucille L. Ludovissy

Lucille L. "Lulu" Ludovissy, 74, of North Buena Vista, Iowa passed to her eternal rest, at home, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Family and friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, Iowa. Friends may continue to call after 9:30 am Wednesday at the North Buena Vista Hall.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa. Committal will be in the church cemetery immediately following services. Officiating will be Rev. Marvin Bries.

Daughter of Adler and Amy (Gourgues) Madere; Lucille was born on April 14th, 1939 in her hometown of Hahnville, Louisiana. The love of her life was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana where she met and married Robert J. Ludovissy Sr., on April 12th, 1958. "Lulu", as she liked to be called, moved north to make a life with her husband, in his home state of Iowa. She was blessed with five children; four proud sons and one beautiful daughter. Lucille was a stay at home mom until 1975, when she and her husband purchased the "Someplace Else Bar and Grill" in North Buena Vista, Iowa.

She spent 35 plus years serving customers with fine food and quenching the thirst of many, until her health relinquished her activities. Lulu was a hardworking woman and a loving wife and mother. Lucille's favorite place was in the kitchen. She loved cooking for family and friends, so it wasn't odd to see her dancing around the stove top, with ladle in hand, cooking up a new recipe or settling for her favorite southern dish of red beans over rice. Her leisure activities included needlework, sewing, and fishing. A night out on the town usually consisted of a trip to one of the local casinos to pull a handle or two, but her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and grandchildren. Full of the gift of giving and her charm for southern hospitality, Lulu always took care of her family above anything else in her life.

Surviving are her husband of fifty-six years, Robert J. Ludovissy Sr., of North Buena Vista, Iowa, her five children, Robert (Kim) Ludovissy Jr., and Christopher (Linda) Ludovissy, both of Guttenberg, Iowa, Siva (John) Beadle and Coulter (Amy) Ludovissy, both of Dubuque, Iowa, Troy Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Iowa, former daughter-in-law, Gina Ludovissy of Dubuque, Iowa, twelve grandchildren: April (Brian) Penn, Michael (Susan) Ludovissy, Matt, Eric, Jessica, Danny, Steven, Vanessa, Mikayla, Courtney, Megan and Kyle, thirteen great grandchildren, one brother, Adler (Liz) Madere, a special niece, Charlene (David) Medina, both of Luling, Louisiana, a sister-in-law, Katheryn Kennicker of Sherrill, Iowa, a lifelong friend Cathy Haigh, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ellis Madere, a sister, Joycelyn (Raymond) Hoskin, and a brother-in-law, Frank Kennicker.

Lulu, along with her family, wish to thank Dr. Schoepe, Dr. Smith, Guttenberg and Finley Hospital, Manorcare, Hospice of Dubuque (Cindy and Stacy), and all the staff who have helped with her illness and rehabilitation over the past several years. We were truly blessed to have such kind and compassionate caregivers.

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



Rosemary Eldridge

Rosemary (Walker) Eldridge, 91, a resident of Bethany Home passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Funeral mass will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Rosemary's family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 1030 a.m. at St. Anthony's prior to the mass. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Rose was born at home on August 9, 1922, in Dubuque, the daughter of Harry and Pauline (Leitner) Bieger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940. Rose married James B. Walker in 1942 in Sioux Falls, SD. They shared 21 years together and raised five children. James passed away in 1963. Later in life Rose married Walter "Bud" Eldridge. They were married in 1978 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Harry passed away in 2012.

In recent years, Rose was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was a long time volunteer for American Red Cross in Dubuque in both the disaster and blood services. Rose accepted a life of many challenges; as a child she spent time in the orphanage during the Depression years, as a young bride she was separated from her new husband by a great World War, and as a courageous woman she raised five children after the passing of her husband James. She enjoyed time with her family and many friends. She loved bowling, playing penny slots and was an avid Cubs fan. Rose had a tremendous sense of humor, loved to laugh, enjoyed her life and loved her family. She earned the smiles and giggles of her grandchildren every time she made her "bunny face". Many of her grandchildren affectionately called her "Grandma Bunny". In later life she was always appreciative of whatever God granted unto her, and despite failing health, Rose rarely complained.

Survivors include her children; James Walker Jr. of Dayton, OH, Judith (Robert) Freiburger of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Jane) Walker of Dubuque, Joel Walker (Julie Peterson) of Marion, IA, and daughter-in-law Maria Walker of Pembroke Pine, FL; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. Rose is also survived by step sons Pete (Marge) Eldridge of Dubuque and Phil (Jackie) Eldridge of Iowa City; 5 step grandchildren; and 8 step great grandchildren; a sister, Elmira "Sue" McCormick of Minneapolis, MN, a sister in law Dorthea Bonavia of Rockford, Il, and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her son John and her husbands James Walker, Sr. and Harry "Bud" Eldridge. May she now rest in the peace and the presence of those who went before her. We now recall the title and words of the song she and her husband James called their own, "You Are Always In My Heart."

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

The Walker and Eldridge families are very grateful to the entire staff of Bethany Home, who cared for Rose with kindness and respect.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Rose's name to Bethany Home, Dubuque.

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

 



Tommy J. Ihrig

Tommy J. Ihrig, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Tommy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Tommy Joseph Ihrig was born on March 2, 1957 in DeWitt, Iowa, to Dale Allen and Doris Elaine (Steines) Ihrig. He was a graduate of Andrew High School. He married Ralee Gade, his longtime companion of 11 years, on March 1, 2013 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Tommy was a farmhand who worked for Roy Schnoor in Maquoketa for 17 years. Additionally, he worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, Hide Co. in Maquoketa, and lastly for 21 years at Alcoa as a forklift operator.

Tommy enjoyed working on cars, trucks and tractors. He loved the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing or gardening. He also loved his animals, and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Tommy's memory include his wife, Ralee Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; children, Ryan (Kristina) Ihrig, Josh (Nicole) Ihrig, Dillon Ihrig, Madyson Ihrig, Cheyenne Roden and Bryan Roden, all of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren; his mother, Doris Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Debbie (fiancé Jamie LaRette) Goodenow of Monmouth, IA, Tammy Arensdorf of DeWitt, IA and Diane (Gerald) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA; 7 nieces and nephews; 6 great-nieces and great-nephews; and his dog and good buddy Boomer. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his father Dale Ihrig on May 9, 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Tommy J. Ihrig memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Patrick J. Klauer

Patrick James Klauer, 23, of Asbury, died Monday March 17, 2014. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Commital service will be 1 pm Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Mt. Calvary Chapel.

He was born to Susan Bruse and the late James Klauer, April 22, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa. Patrick graduated from Hempstead High School.

Patrick was an exceptionally kind and generous young man, often putting others needs before his own. He had many, many friends, and will be deeply missed by the people who loved him and whose lives he influenced. He was known for his infectious laugh and bright smile, his wonderful way with children, and the warmth of his heart. Patrick is now in heaven with his beloved father James Klauer.

Patrick is survived by his mother Susan Bruse; his sisters and brother, Cherie (Don) Regan, Kelly (Rob) Liddle, and Shannon (Kristy) Bruse. He is also survived, and loved so much, by his nieces and nephews, Alex, Lindsey, and Nathan Regan, Alissa Bruse, Charlee Bakey, Thomas and Emily Liddle, and Amanda Bruse. He is also survived by his special friend Sara Meyer, and by his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Klauer, on August 6, 2000, and by his grandparents Herbert and Bernadette Klauer and Walter and Bernice Knockle.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Patrick J. Klauer Memorial Fund.

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

 



Marian J. Kasel

Marian J. Kasel, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 11:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Marian's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marian was born on February 21, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Theisen) Kasel.

Marian graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. She worked for many years at Roshek's Department Store. In her spare time Marian enjoyed bowling, fishing, baking, needlepoint and volunteering at St. Columbkille's Church.

Marian is survived by, her brother, Paul Kasel, Dubuque, IA, her niece, Christine Kasel, Los Angeles, CA, her nephews, Karl (Linda) Kasel, Vista, CA, George (Jill) Kasel, Dubuque, IA, Steven Kasel, Dubuque, IA, her great-niece, Jennifer Kasel, her great-nephew, Jeffrey Kasel.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cletus J. Kasel.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of the wonderful care they gave Marian.

A Marian J. Kasel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janis J. Luett

Janis J. Luett, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Janis' life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, March 24, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Janis Jane Luett was born on January 17, 1924 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Roy Grover and Blanche Irene (Petersen) Beaton. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Donald Howard Luett on July 6, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1988.

After her high school graduation, Janis worked as a telephone operator. Following their marriage, Janis and Donald lived in California until Donald's honorable discharge from the army. Janis became a homemaker, and together they farmed in the Buckhorn area for many years.

Janis had been an active member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa where she taught Sunday school and participated on various boards. She also was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary serving as past president.

Janis enjoyed dancing, fishing and gardening. In her younger years she was known as an excellent sharpshooter. She was a family and friend oriented person and was extremely close with her sisters.

Those left to honor Janis' memory include her children Donnis (Steve) Broman of Ft. Collins, CO, Dennis (Diane) Luett of Maquoketa, IA and Deb (Bill) Pettyjohn of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Louise Miller of Davenport, IA, and Nancy (Bill) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; and 9 grandchildren, Erik, Alia, Hans, Kaitlin, Jenna, Ethan, Garrett, Alyssa and Shelby. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Evelyn Reynolds, and a special friend Harry Goers.

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.

 



Alice J. Kirpes

Alice Jane (Wilgenbusch) Kirpes, 76, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Sunday, March 23 from 3-8 p.m at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Alice was born near Hopkinton, Iowa in 1938, daughter of Nicholas and Rosena F. (Atkinson) Wilgenbusch. The family lived on a farm near Coggon, IA until 1947 when they moved to Farley, IA. Alice graduated from St. Joseph's High School. On January 30, 1960, she married Robert C. Kirpes at St. Joseph's Church in Farley.
Alice earned a B.A. in K-12 Art Education and a Masters in Elementary School Administration from Clarke University. She earned her K-8 Education/Classroom Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Alice taught Art in the Dubuque Community district for twenty-nine years. As an itinerant art instructor, she enjoyed teaching students at Fulton, Audubon, Jackson, Prescott, Lincoln, Franklin, Helen Keller, Hoover, and Irving. She also served as a District Elementary Art Department Chairperson for ten years. After retiring, she was an adjunct instructor at Clarke University for five years until her being diagnosed with cancer.

Alice was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and served as President, Vice President, and Chairperson for various committees. She was a member of the Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, as well as a member of NAEA, AEI, NEA, and DEA. Alice also served as a term president of the Nativity School Board of Education.
She dearly loved her family and treasured the time spent with them. Her grandchildren were the joys of her life and she loved making cookies, special decorated cakes, and lots of Christmas cookies for them. Alice enjoyed art, traveling, photography, writing, cooking, dancing, playing cards, and having lunch with friends.

Surviving are her husband, Robert, and three sons, Joseph N. (Linda) of Grand Rapids, MI, Gerald "Jerry" R. (Dana) of Edgewood, KY, Kevin R. (Julie) of Bellevue, IA; seven grandchildren, Paxton D., Garrett R., Sage Rose, Colton B.; and step-grandchildren Sam, Ben, and Michael Gannon; her sisters Elsie Ries, Rose Britt, Mary McGraw Lauersdorf, and Laura (Art) Feldman; and sister-in-law Rita Wilgenbusch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Frank, John, Tom, and Herman "Bud" Wilgenbusch; five sisters, Mabel Guthrie, Myrtle Krogmann, Viola Trumm, Gladys Kirby, and Ethel Kenny; her brothers in law, Russell Guthrie, Paul Krogmann, Art Trumm, Ray Kirby, Beriah Kenny, Paul Britt, Ray McGraw, Bob Lauersdorf, and Wilfred "Bill" Ries; and sisters in law, Francis, Darlene, and Marty Wilgenbusch.

In lieu of flowers, an Alice Kirpes Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may also be given to The Holden Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Maria House, Hospice of Dubuque, Resurrection Church or Clarke University.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Buekers, Dr. DeGeest, Rebecca Kuehn, and the assistants and the staff at University of Iowa. Also thank you to Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar, the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dr. Block and the staff at Mayo Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as family and friends for their prayers and support.

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



John T. Corbett

John "Jack" Thomas Michael Corbett, of 873 Lowell St., passed away at 12:23 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, at the age of 96, surrounded by his three loving sons.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 6, and an honor guard by the Dubuque Fire Department. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 21st at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Jack was born January 21, 1918, in Dubuque, son of John and Clotilda (Burke) Corbett. John was one of seven siblings, two brothers and four sisters. He married Velma Rose Feltes, Nov. 23, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and they resided in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 6, 1982.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1936.

John is a veteran of WWII and enlisted in the Army Corp of Engineers on Nov. 11, 1942. He received an honorable discharge Jan. 13, 1946.

He was employed as a fireman with the City of Dubuque for 25 years retiring in 1973. After retiring from the fire department, John worked for Interstate Power Company for the next ten years before retiring in 1983.

Surviving are his three sons, John (Boo) Corbett, of Thailand, Mike Corbett, of Iowa City, IA and Terry (Kathy) Corbett, of Centralia, IA; eight grandchildren, Jenny, Katie, Tim, Cassie, Doug, Scott, Ampei and Rose; nine great grandchildren, Nate, Ben, Jake, Grace, Emma, Joe, Owen, Carter, and Henry; and a sister Jane Singsank, of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rose (who died at birth); a daughter-in-law, Patty Corbett; two brothers, Jim and Paul Corbett; three sisters, Stella Hedrick, Martha Corbett and Marcella Corbett; and two brothers-in-law, Clarence Singsank and Ralph Hedrick.

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



Delores M. Gerdemann

Delores M. (Gassman) Gerdemann, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart, 2215 Windsor Ave. Her family will greet friends from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 with a parish wake service at 7:30pm as well as a brief visitation before mass at 8:30am on Friday, March 21 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Ave. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Delores was born on September 13, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leonard and Kathlene (VanBlarcom) Baumhover. She was 3 years old when her family moved to the family farm in Sherrill, Iowa. Delores lived and worked on the farm throughout the Great Depression. She was able to attend Sacred Heart School in Dubuque while living with her grandmother. This is where she met the love of her life, Peter Eugene Gassman, while playing Mumbly Peg & Marbles. At age 16, she worked at Smith's Shoe Factory on Jackson Street making 30 cents per hour. She married Peter Gassman on June 1, 1946. Together they had nine daughters whom Delores then raised alone when Peter passed away at the young age of 44 on December 29, 1969. Peter was an eye donor for cancer research and Delores was always proud to know that her loss helped with research for future generations. Delores later married John Gerdemann on August 9, 1986. He passed away on June 10, 2001. John had five children; Diane, Billy, Susie, Mike and the late Jack Jr. Delores was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She served as a teacher's aide at Operation New View Head Start Program and at Hillcrest Family Services group home working with teenage girls.

Grandma Dee, a true Matriarch and our family stone, will be remembered for her hilarious stories and sense of humor, her easy-going and happy personality, her love of ice skating, dressing up for Halloween, teaching and playing euchre and poker with her grandchildren, and writing in her journal. Her passion for china painting stretched for more than 30 years and she treasured her time with her china painting friends. Delores' artistic ability has certainly been passed along to many in her family and her art will be treasured for generations to come. But, most of all, she will be remembered for her complete and unfaltering love for her family.

Delores always said her greatest accomplishment was raising 9 beautiful daughters. She was often heard saying "The best advice I give to my children is to be responsible for your actions; no lying, no cheating, no stealing. Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Share your things. Take care of others' things."

She is survived by her daughters; Diane (Donald) Leik, Karen (Gary) Newt, Nancy (Wilbur) Otterbeck, Barbara (Mark) Wolff, Joanne (Joe) Griesinger, Sheila (Tim) McCarty, Jacqueline (Karl) Kennicker, Laura Lee Gassman (Kevin Young), Marjorie Gassman (Joe Basten); grandchildren; Donald (Amy) Leik Jr., Tina (Robert) Connolly, Kevin (Wendy) Leik, Serena (Korey) Pfeiffer, Carter Newt, Darcee (Eben) Mond, Peter (Natasha) Otterbeck, Amy (Mike) Gile, Kizzy (Robert) Allen, Carissa Ries (Michael Hardy), Emily (Andrew) McCready, Lillian (Daniel Mormann) Ries, Ethan and Ellena Wolff, Jade (Kathy) Griesinger, Jewell (Jason) Rice, Jessica (James) Kelly, Pauline McCarty (Willie Hilkin), Krystal (Jason) Faust, Kelvin Kennicker, and Marlee Mae Basten; great-grandchildren, David, Maria, Benjamin, Zoe, Kellie, Aaron, Quinten, Griffin, Tatum, Walker, Scarlette, Huxley, Adrian, Audria, Angel, Jordan, Payton, Shayla, Isabella, Esther, Johanna, Bodyn and 2 new great grandchildren coming soon; and sisters, Leona Parker and Ruth VanCleve.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, David, both of her husbands and a son in law, Wilbur Otterbeck.

A memorial fund has been established in Delores' memory.

A special thank you to, Dr. Herman, Dr. Tony and Hospice of Dubuque for your care.

For Service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Mildred H. Heneke

Mildred H. Heneke, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mildred's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 to 2 P.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Mildred Helen Phillips was born on July 24, 1917 in Jackson County, Iowa, to George James and Anna Ida (Eye) Phillips. She married Lavern Heneke on August 27, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1994.

Mildred had farmed with her husband in Jones and Jackson counties before moving to Maquoketa in 1956. She then worked for Hayes Bros. Jug O' Milk in Maquoketa, and lastly worked at Fareway for 15 years retiring in July of 1979.

Mildred was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She loved to play cards, eating out and cooking for family and friends. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan.

Those left to honor Mildred's memory include her children Shirley Propst of Maquoketa, IA, Larry (Marcella) Heneke of Maquoketa, IA, Karen Sanger of Altoona, IA, and Tom (Kim) Heneke of Spirit Lake, IA; a sister Vivian Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Dorothy, brothers Lester and James, and 2 sons-in-law Ray Sanger, Jr. and Bud Propst.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Virginia T. Heiar

Virginia T. Heiar, 87 of Dubuque passed away on Monday March 17th, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 20th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 19th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m.

She was born on October 22, 1926 in Holy Cross, Iowa the daughter Henry and Catherine (Diesburg) Meyer. She married Raymond J. Heiar on January 24, 1945. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2008.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church Key West Parish and former member of Holy Rosary Church in La Motte.

Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a great cook, loved to sew and garden and enjoyed entertaining and getting together with family and friends.

She is survived by seven children; Bill (Jane) Heiar, of Peosta, Marv (Jeanne) Heiar, of St. Catherine's, Jan (Roger) Averkamp, of Dubuque, Garry (Jeanne) Heiar, of Dubuque, Larry (Edna) Heiar, of La Motte, Tom (Sandy) Heiar, of Beaver Damn, WI and Mary Jo Gothard, of Bellevue, 22 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. her twin sister Marie (Willard) Noonan, a sister Doris (Gerald) Kutsch, and her sister-in-law JoAnne Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, infant grandson Jordan Ray Heiar, a son-in-law Curt Gothard, two brothers Laverne and Merlin and brother & sister-in-law Francis and Bernice Weber

A Virginia T. Heiar memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Runde his nurses and staff and especially to Ennoble Manor and their staff for all the wonderful care, kindness and friendship they gave to Virginia.

 



Dr. Gerald M. Besler

Dr. Gerald M. Besler, our much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law passed away peacefully on Monday, March 17, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 :00 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Interment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Gerald was born on November 3, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Herbert and Lorraine (Rogers) Besler. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1961. He was united in marriage on September 2, 1961 to Ann Soppe.

Gerald served in the United States Air Force from 1962 through 1966. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1972, and practiced his profession for 40 years. Gerald was a member of the Dubuque Jaycees, and was an honored life member of this organization. He was a member of the Dubuque Evening Optimists, the Dubuque Men's Club, and the Lion's Club.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ann, of Asbury; his daughter, Lori (Charles) Wissing of Sherrill, IA; his grandchildren, Charles Wissing Jr. and Nicholas Wissing, both of Sherrill; his sister, Cathy Fens of South Elgin, IL; his sisters-in-law, Marlene Besler of CA, Niece Besler of Elgin, IL, Helen Hosch of Cascade, and Naomi Soppe of Monticello; and his brother-in-law, David (Kathy) Soppe of Worthington, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Stephanie Lynn and Andrew Joseph Wissing; two brothers, LeRoy and Robert Besler; a brother-in-law, James Soppe; and a sister-in-law, Doris Kirsch.

In lieu of flowers, a Dr. Gerald M. Besler Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



John A. Seitz

John A. Seitz, 79, of Dyersville died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 2:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will preside.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

John was born March 25, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Aileen (Takes) Seitz.  He graduated from St. Mary High School in Cascade with the class of 1953.  On October 7, 1961, he married Mary Osterhaus at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  John and Mary made their home in Dyersville.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and was active with the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Dyersville Commercial Club and the Dyersville Sportsman Club.  In his retirement he worked for GDM in Dyersville and continued to volunteer at church and in the community.

John is survived by his wife, Mary, and three sons: John (Nancy) of Clinton, Joseph (Susan) of Waterloo and Andrew (significant other Breona Soule) of Portland OR; two granddaughters, Kelly (fiance Robert F. Wilson) Seitz and Kara (Andrew) Cecil, both of Jacksonville, FL: a sister, Sr. Susan Seitz of Tyler, TX and a brother, Arnold (Carol) of Dubuque, several nephews, a niece and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Vernon C. Gudenkauf

Vernon C. Gudenkauf, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 :30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Interment will be at St. Paul's Cemetery, Worthington, IA. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Vernon was born August 3, 1925 in Hopkinton, IA, the son of Michael and Catherine (Besler) Gudenkauf. He married Marion Schemmel on September 11, 1947 in Dyersville. She preceded him in death in 1986. He then married Madonna (Jaeger) Bauer on August 3, 1990. Vernon was raised on the family farm in Hopkinton, and was dedicated to farming there until his retirement in 1994. He then moved to Dubuque. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection, and a longtime member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Worthington. He served on the Board at Dubuque Senior Center. Vernon enjoyed traveling, dancing with Madonna, and spending time with family and friends

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Madonna, of Dubuque; his children, Kathy (John) Kurt of Prairie du Chien, WI, Donna (Tom) Fah of Cascade, Linda (Randy) Robertson of Iowa City, IA, Joanne (Mike) Grunsted of Oshkosh, WI, and Lori (Steve) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville; his stepchildren, Bill (Robin) Bauer of Dyersville, Nick (Gail) Bauer of Marrietta, CA, Peg (Larry) Bush of Boston, MA, and Michael Bauer of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Nick Kurt, Kelly (Mike) Keil, and Kerry (David) Lipanot, Crissy (Steve) Prull, Teri (Curt) Koppes, and Todd (Shauna) Fah, Christopher (Kelly), Derrick, Bryant (Nikki), Chelsey, and Jori Robertson, Daniel and David Grunsted, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Michael Boeckenstedt; his step grandchildren, Rob Bauer, Danielle (Ahern) Dull, Chris, Ryan, Nichole, and Zachary Bauer; 8 great grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters in law, Pearl Recker of Dyersville, and Gladys Schemmel of Monticello; and two brothers in law Bernard Schemmel, and Bud (Bev) Jaeger of Florida.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by twin daughters in infancy, Connie and Bonnie; a step grandson, Dereck Bauer; and his siblings, Clara Heims, Walter Gudenkauf, Erma Becker, Anna Weber Recker, Catherine Recker, Joseph Gudenkauf, Louis Gudenkauf, Bernadette Kurt, and Gladys Mae Faber.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
The family would like to thank Belltower Memory Care Unit in East Dubuque, especially Diana; Hospice of Dubuque; and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

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



Larrie L. Sagers

Larrie L. Sagers, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2014, surrounded by his girls.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Larrie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 22, 2014, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Larrie Lee Sagers was born on May 13, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Victor Hugo and Heloyce Wing (Chamberlain) Sagers. He was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then attended college in Missouri and Dubuque, earning a degree in psychology. He married Lynn Ann Dreessen on July 28, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa.

Larrie had farmed his whole life, worked for Iowa Concrete Products in Maquoketa for 27 years, drove school bus and lastly retired as a welder from WADY's in Maquoketa.

Larrie had been a Knights of Pythias member. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming, rattle snaking, cutting wood and camping with his family.

Those left to honor Larrie's memory include his daughters, Rae (Ed) Simonin of Maquoketa, IA, Rhonda (Jack) Hulsebus of Maquoketa, IA, and Kelly (John Cavanagh) Oberbreckling of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren, Seth Simonin, Forest (Becca) Simonin, Kristina (Ryan) Ihrig, Tyler (Hali) Rockwell, Cody (Sammie) Rockwell, Jaclynn (Chris) Stonehocker, Bizzy (Thomas) Marshall, and Austin Cavanagh; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronald Ray Sagers who was killed in Vietnam.

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.

 



Leo B. Grass

Leo B. Grass, 95, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Leo was born December 17, 1918 in Dubuque, the son of Nichole "Nick" and Emma (Hafeman) Grass. He married Emma Makovec on June 27, 1953 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Leo served his country with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the V.F.W. He was employed at Stanley Home Products, and owned and operated the Cardinal Tap. Leo was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and recently a member of Holy Spirit Pastorate Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

He was an avid Cardinals fan, and enjoyed playing cards and fishing. Leo and Emma liked to stay active, enjoying frequent walks and going out dancing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Emma, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews, James (Joyce) Irmen of KY, Don (June) Grass, Dan (Debbie) Grass, and Barbara Sue (Butch) Schubert, all of WI; Lisa (Gary) Wilming of Dubuque, Charlotte (Cal) Thumser of East Dubuque, IL, and Laura Lemmons of CA; several great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Norma Stanley, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Albert, Emil, and Robert; three sisters, Elizabeth Gerdes, Rose Irmen, and Mary in infancy; three nephews, Richard Gerdes, Bob Irmen, and Gerry Irmen; and one niece, Elaine Aldrich.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Stacey, Cindy, and Phil, for their wonderful care of Leo.

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



Debbra J. Carson

Debbra J. "Deb" Carson, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, March 16, 2014, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Deb's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Debbra Joan Moore was born on October 19, 1950 in Clinton, Iowa, to Galen Moore and Joan Cleveland. She was a 1968 graduate of DeWitt Central Community High School and then earned her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She later would earn her Master's Degree from Southern Illinois University. She married Gary Carson on November 30, 1974 in DeWitt, Iowa.

Upon receiving her teaching degree, Deb began working as a teacher for the Maquoketa Community School District and became involved in the Maquoketa Alternative Classroom aka MAC program. This would become her life's passion. She mentored, guided, mothered and helped countless students receive an education. She lived to help the students and she was exceptional at doing so.

Through the years Deb received numerous awards and recognition at the state level for her work of being a strong advocate for improving and promoting education. Additionally, Deb had taught college courses and recently had worked as a grant writer. She retired in 2012.

Deb was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan and loved bacon.

Those left to honor Deb's memory include her husband Gary Carson of Dubuque, IA; sons Bradley Carson and David Carson, both of Dubuque, IA; brothers, Al (Jeri) Moore of DeWitt, IA, Mark (Chris) Cleveland of DeWitt, IA, Brian (Kim) Moore of Bellevue, IA, Eric (Glee) Moore of Canton, IL, and Thomas (Barb) Barton of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Dee Runge of DeWitt, IA, Gayla (Al) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, and Sheryl (Jay) Carter of Davenport, IA; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debbra J. "Deb" Carson memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dr. Thomas C. Piekenbrock

Dr. Thomas C. Piekenbrock, 90, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 3 to 8pm on Tuesday, March 18th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 pm.

Tom was born on February 3, 1924, in Dubuque, son of Ora and "Pike" Piekenbrock. He was raised in Dubuque with his best friends -- his older brother Jack and his younger brother Bob. After the economic impact of the Great Depression caused the closing of his family's long standing shoe company, E.B. Piekenbrock and Sons, the family moved to Milwaukee where he attended Marquette University High School Class of 1941. He went on to graduate from Temple University in 1944. After graduation, he joined the Army where he was called to medical service. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1949. In 1956, after serving as a flight surgeon for three years, he came to Dubuque and proudly joined his Uncle Frank Piekenbrock in practicing psychiatry at Medical Associates.

Dr. Piekenbrock, or as most would come to call him, "Doc" or "TCP", served as a leader in Dubuque's mental health care community for over 60 years. In the early years, Doc worked to bring advancements in mental health treatment to the Dubuque area. He also served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Medical Center for many years. He went on to become a leading force in developing the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health and continued to care for mental health patients until his retirement at the age of 89 from Hillcrest Family Services. His outstanding service was recognized by many accolades throughout the years, but near to his heart was the the American Psychiatric Association 50 year Distinguished Life Member Medallion, only the 105th physician to achieve this award out of more than 34,000 members. He also received the Nancy Hill Award from Hillcrest Family Services in recognition of special services to the organization.

While he certainly proved himself a talented physician, he will be most remembered for the love he showed everyone he encountered along the way. Doc treated his patients, nurses, and colleagues with the same kindness as his closest friends, and the happiness he saw in return inspired him to keep working until age 89. His leadership in the Dubuque mental health community will be missed.

Outside of work, Doc showed complete love and dedication to his friends and family. He was a proud member of his long standing Sunday Morning Golf Association, potluck groups, an annual hunting group, the Dubuque Shooting Society (990 Club), and the Dubuque Golf & Country Club-to name just a few. He loved to golf, play cards, and drink scotch with his friends. He loved to sit by a bonfire with his family. He was the perfect host and could make even a complete stranger feel like the guest of honor in his home. He loved to travel the world and often came home with an assortment of new lifetime friends. Doc lived every day to the fullest, and encouraged everyone around him to do the same. Every day was an occasion for fireworks.

Doc loved music, and there was a distinct soundtrack to his 90 years. At parties, his friend Roger often played the keys while Doc sang with an elbow on the piano. And at family gatherings, any rendition of Happy Birthday was sure to feature Doc quietly singing along with his own improvised harmony. He was a long-time supporter of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, as well as a committed patron to many of the Arts in Dubuque. He was active in supporting his community in many ways, including serving as a former Board of Directors member for the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club.

For over 90 years, he showed all of us the meaning of true character. Doc was infinitely generous, but equally humble. He had a wickedly dry sense of humor coupled with a gentle sincerity. He was always a gentleman with an impeccable sense of style. He lived a long life, but he never lost his youthful optimism. Doc was an unmatchable friend in every way.  

In the race of life, Doc won. He worked hard, played hard, loved deeply, laughed loudly and listened patiently. We will miss you - but you have taught us well - and we will carry on until we see you again at the 19th hole.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Piekenbrock; five children, Barbara (Dennis) Schlegel, Dr. Ellen (Dr. Stephen) Hoy and Charles "Chip" (Susan) Piekenbrock, all of Dubuque, Roger Piekenbrock, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kara (Tim) Teuscher of The Woodlands, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Martha (Tom) and Eric (Molly) Schlegel, Patrick, Kalie, Jack and Natalie Hoy, Audrey and Olivia Piekenbrock, and Ellie and Susie Teuscher. Two great grandchildren; Madie and Morgan Schlegel; children of Pat Piekenbrock, Lenda (Richard) Zelinskas, Michael "Tony" (Kari) Zelinskas, Mark (Donna) Zelinskas, Beth (Mike) Browns, Mary Jo Braverman, Sara (Mark) Welter, Ann (Payson) Peterson, Eric (Sandra) Zelinskas, Amy McIntosh, Ellen Zelinskas, Kathleen (Tom) Eiseland, Andy Zelinskas; Brother and sister-in-law, Ellen (Dr.George) Flood; and by many loving nieces, nephews and those who have been as close as family.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Piekenbrock, his wife Imelda "Doe" Piekenbrock; his parents, his brothers: Jack Piekenbrock, Bob (Jean) Piekenbrock,  brothers and sisters in-law: Mary (Redmond) Reilley, Ann (John) Ginder and Tom Cody, Charles (Dorothy) Murphy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be sent to the Mercy Hospital Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Awarding Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing. (250 Mercy Drive) or to Wahlert Catholic High School (2005 Kane Street) in care of Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Fund for graduates pursuing healthcare education.

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

We sincerely thank the kind nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and the loving nurses of Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

 



Pearl A. Klein

Pearl A. Klein, age 89, of 3105 Jackson St., passed away at 6:15 a.m., March 15, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center with her family by her side. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Avenue, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Pearl's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Avenue, where will be a parish wake service said at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pearl was born in rural New Vienna, Iowa, on June 13, 1924, daughter of Andrew and Eleanor Ann (Brunsmann) Ploessl.

Pearl married Merlin "Jim" Klein on July 11, 1950, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She was reunited with the only man she ever loved on Saturday. He has been waiting for her since July 17, 1966. After having raised her youngest siblings, Pearl was left to love and care for her seven children after Jim died. She did so with unwavering love and unselfishness, always putting the concerns and needs of others before herself. Pearl's Catholic faith was of extreme importance to her and she was both Mary and Martha. For many years Pearl walked to daily Mass at Holy Ghost until she was physically unable. The rosary was a prime source of comfort to her with several said daily and she was always willing to say a prayer at anyone's request.

"When I was a stranger, you welcomed me." Working at the Telegraph Herald, where she cleaned for over 30 years, Pearl was "Mom" to many interns and novice reporters. Her home baked goods graced many a desk of those away from home; her reward was contact from them long after they had moved on. Hearing from them brightened her day, especially in the past few years. Her delicious home baked pies will be missed by family, friends and parishioners, who sought them out at various church events. Many a Holy Ghost Priest were also graced with her talent. After retiring from the Telegraph Herald, Pearl volunteered at Holy Ghost cleaning the church until age 83. Pearl also worked Tuesday Bingo for many years.

Pearl is survived by, her 4 daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel, Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Tom) Pfeiler, Peosta, IA, Beverly (Tom) Uthe, Dubuque, IA, Geralyn (Jim) Jogerst, Dubuque, IA; her 3 sons, Marvin (Sherry) Klein, Holy Cross, IA, James (Connie) Klein, Dubuque, IA, Don (Mindy) Klein, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Michael and Brian Wulfekuhle, Lynn Dvorsky, Tanya Pfeiler Galstad, Jeffery Pfeiler, Scott, Kevin, Mark and Dawn Klein, Steve and Chris Klein, Regina, Jim, Laura and Sara Uthe, Lisa and Kristen Jogerst, Karen Robertson, and Ricca and Arianna Klein; 7 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; 6 step great-grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandson and another on the way this summer; her 2 brothers, Andrew (Mary) Ploessl Jr., John (Lorene) Ploessl, both of Dubuque; her in-laws, Marvin Brimeyer, James Paisley, Rosemary Ploessl, Eldora Ploessl.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin "Jim" Klein, a son-in-law, Phil Wulfekuhle, her sisters, Mary Brimeyer and Joan Paisley and her brothers, Edwin (Mary), Alvin (Katherine), Lavern (Rita), James, Donald, Francis and Louis and Joseph Ploessl in infancy.

"Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

In lieu of flowers a Pearl A. Klein memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Colletta M. Lagen

Colletta Marie Lagen, 92, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. on Tuesday March 18th at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. at the church on Tuesday until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Colletta was born on 12/14/1921 in Dubuque, IA to Arthur & Lillian (Reuter) Trausch.

She attended The Mound in Sinsinawa Wisconsin and then went on to graduate from Clarke College in 1943.

She married Louis John Lagen on 5/5/1945 in Dubuque IA. She was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots in Sweetwater TX. And received her pilot's license in 1944. She volunteered at many organizations of the years including The Dubuque Rescue Mission, Mercy Hospital, The Dubuque Arboretum and Dubuque Cancer Society Discovery Shop.

She will be dearly missed by many family and friends.

She is survived by son Chris (Joan) Lagen, of Dubuque IA, daughter Lisa (Jim) Murphy, of Madison WI, son Steve (Deb) Lagen, of International Falls MN, daughter Laura (Tom) Christensen, of Waterloo IA, son in law Dennis Hayes, of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren Justin (Angie) Hayes and Jared Hayes, Ryan and Bailey Murphy, Lauren Schlueter, Ariel (John) Schmit, Nicholas Lagen and Louis and Sarah Christensen. Adrienne Lagen and her sister in laws Ruth Trausch, Doris Trausch and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, her beautiful and vibrant daughter Lesley Ann Hayes and her parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family also wishes to extend a special thanks to The Rose of Dubuque, Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Gary L. Nebel

Gary L Nebel age 72 of 813 Tyler St. NE Cascade and formerly of Dubuque died Friday March 14, 2014 at Shady Rest in Cascade.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held with burial to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born on August 13, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leonard and Rose (Weber) Nebel. He served in the United States Marine Corps and worked at Dubuque John Deere for 30 years.

He married Sylvia Butler on December 5, 1964 at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

He enjoyed boating and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia, two children Sherry (Jeff) Kane of Peosta, Alan (Cloris) Nebel, of Waterloo. Four grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey, Steven and Allison and one brother Dave.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Dan.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Shady Rest, River Bend and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Helen G. Becker

Helen G. Becker 90, formerly of Dubuque, passed away March 6, 2014, in Centennial, CO.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Centennial. Burial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born April 2, 1923 in Mahnomen County, MN. She married Albert J. Becker, March 5, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1972 after 26 years of marriage.

She served in the US Air Force during WWII. She was employed at Loras College, Dubuque for 23 years.

Surviving are four sons, Ronald (Karen) Becker, of Thornton, CO, Donald Becker, of Santa Barbara, CA, David (Joy) Becker, of Greeley, CO. and Jeffrey (Sarah) Becker, of Denver, CO; two daughters, Debra Becker, of Denver, CO., and Vickie (John) Fangman, of Ashland, WI; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters and one brother.

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



Rev. Thomas W. Rhomberg

Rev. Thomas W. Rhomberg, 86, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Most Rev. Michael Jackels and the priests of the Archdiocese officiating and Rev. Carl Ries as homilist. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at St. Anthony Catholic Church where there will be a prayer service at 2 p.m. Friends may also call on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Church.

Father Rhomberg was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Madeline (Enzler) Rhomberg Sr.

Father Rhomberg graduated from Loras College and attended the University of Iowa law School for one year before deciding to become a priest. He attended Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained on June 6, 1953, in Christ the King Chapel, Loras College by Bishop Loras Lane.

Father taught social science at Loras on his way to being appointed director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He served as a delegate on the board of the National Conference of Catholic Charities and represented Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas on issues affecting social legislation in Washington, D.C. Until July 1974, he was a member of the Iowa Crime Commission and chaired the corrections committee which directed $350,000 toward the construction of the Dubuque County-City Law Enforcement Center.

Father Rhomberg's activity in other civic organizations included the advisory boards of Operation New View and Area Residential Care and membership in the Iowa Conference of Catholic Charities and the Iowa Welfare Association. He was a delegate to the 1960 White House Conference for Youth and Children, the White House Conference for the Aged in 1961, and in 1966 to the Iowa Study Committee on long-range child welfare needs.

He was the recipient of the Telegraph Herald's First Citizen Award in 1974. As president of the non-profit Ecumenical Housing Inc., Father fought a long and successful fight promoting the construction of Ecumenical Towers, a 110 apartment building in downtown Dubuque. He also served on the fund-raising committee for the Dubuque YM-YWCA Community Center. He directed the development of Carter Plaza, an eight unit apartment building sponsored by Catholic Charities and constructed in 1970 for moderate income families. Father also directed the construction of the 73-unit apartment Kennedy Manor sponsored by Ecumenical Housing Inc.

Father served at Sacred Heart Parish, Monticello, August 1953 until 1954; Loras Academy 1954 -1957; secretary to the Archbishop 1957-1958; Director of Catholic Charities 1958-1982; pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Maquoketa 1982-1987; pastor of Nativity Parish - Dubuque 1987-l989; pastor as St. Joseph Parish, Elkader and Sacred Heart Parish, Volga 1989-1997. After his retirement in 1997 he volunteered as sacramental minister at St. Anthony Parish and volunteered as Chaplain for the Dubuque Police, Fire Department and the City/County jail.

Surviving are brothers John (Alice) Rhomberg and William (Mary) Rhomberg, both of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, LaVarr Rhomberg, of Charles City, IA; a dear friend, Sister Rosanna Gleason O.P.; nieces and nephews; and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph, and his wife, Barbara; and a sister, Mary, and her husband, Ed Bailey.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care. Also Archbishops Kucera, Hanus, and Jackels and his fellow priests for their attentive support.

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



Germaine C. Bird

Germaine C. Bird, 84, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue. Burial will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Germaine was born on February 24, 1930 in Holy Cross, IA, daughter of Christian and Coletta (Henkels) Meyers. She married Charles A. Bird on February 5, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque. They were blessed with nine children in 10 years.

Germaine was devoted to her family and Catholic faith. She was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed cooking family dinners, making scrumptious baked goods, and playing bingo. Germaine had a witty personality and a gift of recognizing the joys and blessings of the simple things in life.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Karen (Robert) Knepper, of Dubuque; Larry (Peggy Sue) Bird of Wisconsin; Leon Bird of Dubuque; Diane (Jeff) Bertsch, of Dubuque, Jo Ann Rust of Dubuque; Lavern (Karen) Bird of Guttenberg; Dale (Kelly) Bird of Amherst, WI; Janet (fiancé John Weidemann) Baule of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren, Kevin (Alison) and Mark Knepper, Charles, Megan, Christine, and Jeanette Bird; Colleen Moke; JoAnne (David) Isley; Scott (Amber) Rowley; Victoria (Bill) Ogier; and Christopher Bird; Brandon (Casey Brummel), Blaine and Brooks Bertsch; Kathy Lynn (Doug) Neiers; Amanda and Haley Bird; Hayley (Matt) Tielbar; Rileigh Pressley; Austin, Lauren and Paige Bird; and Allison Baule; one sister Verna (Gene) Bird; 18 great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws Anna Mae (Frank) Barry of Colesburg, IA; and Ruth Bird of Guttenberg, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bird; son, Vernon (Butch) Bird; grandson, Justin Bird; and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Germaine Bird Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joseph Compton, Dr. Mark Hermann, and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Skilled Nursing, Home Instead Senior Care, and Hospice of Dubuque - especially Barb.



Gretchen H. Wimsatt

Gretchen Hardenbergh Wimsatt, 70, of Dubuque, IA, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. She collapsed from a massive stroke while playing tennis, a pastime that she loved, and died peacefully hours later in the loving company of family and friends at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A memorial visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematorium, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA.

Gretchen was born on May 25, 1943, in Detroit, MI, daughter of Roger and Harriet Mae Hardenbergh. She graduated from Alma College, Alma, MI, in 1965. Gretchen joined the second ever Peace Corps contingent to Columbia, South America, where she worked for two years teaching job skills in hill county communities. With her perfected Spanish, Gretchen taught Spanish at Columbia Academy in Roseville, MN, through the early 1970s. Always a lover of artistic endeavors, she met the love of her life, Peter, while decorating his home. They were married on May 5, 1980, in Minneapolis, MN.

Gretchen and Peter moved to Dubuque in 1986, and she wasted no time getting involved in the former Newcomers Club, learning as much as she could about the community, volunteering whenever she could and making Dubuque her home. Over years, she was an active member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League, PEO, the Dubuque Arts Council and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra board of directors.

Gretchen was a member of the Dubuque Tennis Association and played whenever she could. She loved animals, gardening, cooking and entertaining. Her twelfth night parties were famous and wildly anticipated. She was a constant fixture at a myriad of arts events throughout the city. She was a dedicated fan of Michigan and University of Iowa sports.

She traveled extensively to Asia, South America and Europe, in particular she enjoyed traveling to Scotland with friends she had met along the way. One of her favorite travel experiences was celebrating her 40th birthday with friends at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. During a Peace Cops reunion in Cartagena in 2008, the president of Columbia honored her and her colleagues for the impact they made to the country with their service in the 1960s.

What really set Gretchen apart was her unabashed optimism, her openness and acceptance of everyone, her extreme loyalty and devotion to her countless friends, and her unwavering support and love of her family. She sought out beauty in the world and in others.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, and her brother, Jon Roger Hardenbergh, both of Dubuque, IA; stepchildren Peter Wimsatt, Jr. (Karen) and Carol Wimsatt of Minneapolis, MN, Dan Wimsatt (special friend Kathy) and Steve Wimsatt (Sandy) of San Diego, CA; step-grandchildren Nicole, Michael, Brooke, Eric and Katie, all of San Diego; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and her adoring dog, Paisley.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Harriet Mae Hardenbergh.

Memorials may be directed to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 in Gretchen's memory.

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

 



Michael D. Stevens

Michael D. "Mike" Stevens, 47, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from Pearson Hall in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 17, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Michael Dean Stevens was born on May 5, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Larry and Peg (Clausen) Stevens. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1984 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he was active in athletics. He excelled in wrestling where he was a state qualifier and in football where he was a lineman on the football team. He married Kay Steagall on January 10, 1990 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Following high school Mike went to the Oklahoma School of Horseshoeing. He then continued his life's passion by owning and operating Steven's Equine Services, LLC and Steven's Custom Leather Shop.

Mike was a member of the United States Team Roping Association. He enjoyed rodeos, roping, old westerns, John Wayne, and hanging with friends. He especially enjoyed helping kids and teaching them to rope.

Those left to honor Mike's memory include his wife Kay Stevens of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter, Jyme Stevens of Maquoketa, IA; his parents, Larry Stevens of Walnut, IL, and Peg Stevens of Baldwin, IA; a sister, Jane (Ed) Butt of Maquoketa, IA; and a nephew, Ben Butt. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Michael D. "Mike" Stevens memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



William J. Hiatt

William "Bill" Joseph Hiatt, 60, of Creston formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home in Creston.

Family and friends may gather on Sunday March 16th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd from 9:00a.m. to noon. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was the son of Earl William and Esther Gertrude (Schauff) Hiatt, was born on August 25, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa. William attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque and graduated with the Class of 1971. He also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Kaplan University in 2010. William lived in Texas, New York and Wisconsin. He has lived in Creston approximately ten years and was employed by Crossmark.

He loved to play cards with family and friends and was a such a kind and generous man.

Left to cherish William's memory are his brothers: Daniel Hiatt, Dubuque; Steve (Pam) Hiatt, Dubuque; Tom (Carla) Hiatt, Dubuque; and Dave (Judy) Hiatt, Monroe, Wisconsin; and twelve nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents.

 



Celeste C. Wissing

Celeste C. (Flogel) Wissing, 90, of Kieler, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish prayer service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Celeste was born on May 30, 1923 near Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of John P. and Eleanor (Conter) Flogel.  She was united in marriage to Carl J. Wissing on April 22, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Platteville.  He preceded her in death on May 12, 1993.

Celeste and Carl formerly farmed near Elk Grove, WI, until retiring in 1977. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She enjoyed quilting and was a member of a quilting club, loved playing cards where she participated in weekly card clubs for many years, gardening, canning, was a excellent cook, and loving mother, but the most important part of her life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Linda (Tom) Schaaf of Mineral Point, WI; Larry J. (Dee) Wissing of Anchorage, Alaska; and Peggy (Gary) Kieler of Kieler, WI, seven grandchildren, Terry, Robert (Kim) and Jeremy (Heidi) Schaaf, Mallory and Ryan Wissing, Garett and Kaitlyn Kieler, five great grandchildren, Terry, Alison, Ben, Kaylee  & Grace Schaaf, two step great-grandchildren, Samantha & Anna Burse, her siblings, Rosemary Gassman and John Flogel both of Platteville; Henry (Delores) Flogel  of Mazomanie; Roy Flogel of Madison; Luella Vosberg of Livingston; Robert (Lorraine) Flogel of Belmont; and Ruth Roling (friend Richard Owen) of DeWitt, IA, her sister-in-law, Grace Flogel of Platteville and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents John P. & Eleanor, her husband Carl, siblings, Olive Wiederholt, Charlotte Miller and Francis Flogel.

A Celeste C. Wissing memorial fund has been established.

 

 



William J. Sutter

William J. "Bill" Sutter, 93, of Dubuque, went home to the Lord on Monday, March 10, 2014 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 . Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Bill was born September 16, 1920 in East Dubuque, IL, the son of Robert Jr. and Theresa (Foht) Sutter. He married Ardale Whittle in 1946 at St. Raphael Cathedral She preceded him in death in 1966. He then married Dorothy Zickuhr in 1984 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and she also preceded him in death in 2008. 

Bill served his country as military police in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. He was employed at Dubuque Packing Company. Bill enjoyed going to the dog track, walking at the mall, playing cards, and going dancing with Dorothy.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Judith (Gary) Conrad of Dubuque, David (Bev) Sutter of Arizona, Ken (Janette) Sutter of Long Grove, IA, Bill (Paula) Sutter of Appleton, WI, Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, Steve (Linda) Sutter of Humble, TX, Tom (Fermina) Sutter of Sugarland, TX, Richard (May Agayar) Sutter of Anchorage, AK, Sharon (Mike) Goedken of Dubuque, Jeff Sutter of Mountain Village, AK, Linda Walsh of Dubuque, Louis Sutter of Dubuque, and Mary (Lance Taylor) Sutter of Dubuque; 27 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley (Maynard) McVay of Dubuque and Betty Marhoefer of Germany.

In addition to Ardale and Dorothy; he was preceded in death by his son, John Sutter; his son in law, Paul Freiburger; his grandson, Dan Sutter; his great grandson, Devin Goedken; his brothers, Robert III, Charles, Louis, and Donald Sutter; and two sisters, Ervena "Blondie" Dunwoody and Freda McQuillen.

Memorials may be made to the William J. Sutter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Mary Sutter and Lance Taylor for their extra special care of Bill; and to Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Home Care, and the VA nurses and staff.

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



Richard T. Miller

Richard T. "Dick" Miller, age 73, of Dubuque died at 7:45 a.m., March 10, 2014 at home peacefully. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday March 15, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Dick's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Saturday March 15, 2014. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born February 3, 1941 in Dubuque, IA., son of Theodore and Dorothy (Cashman) Miller, Sr.

Dick married Annette E. Kaiser in 1965 at St. Joseph's Parish Sinsinawa, WI.

Dick worked 17 years at Caradco and retired from Dubuque Community Schools where he worked as a custodian at Senior High School for 26 years. Dick was a former member of St. Mary's Parish and currently a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral where he attended daily mass. He often played ball at Prescott Elementary with the kids and enjoyed student sporting events. He liked to spend time fishing, telling jokes, gambling on the slot machines and adored his red Chevy truck. Dick loved to make Annette smile everyday.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Annette, two sons, Rich T. (Stephanie) Miller of Omaha, NE., Bill J. (Debbie) Miller of Dubuque, four grandchildren, Mac, Hudson, Gabe and Natalie Miller. Two brothers, Ted Jr.(Rene) Miller of Iowa City and Michael (LuAnn) Miller of Dubuque. Two brothers-in-law, Robert Aird and Jim Bleile both of Dubuque, along with several nieces and nephews.

Dick was proceeded in death by his daughter, Jodi Marie Miller, two sisters, Dianne Aird and Vicki Bleile.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all relatives and friends who prayed for Dick, Dr. Schultheis and staff of Medical Associates Oncology and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Camilla P. Siders

Camilla P. Siders, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Camilla's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Camilla Pauline Nabb was born on March 3, 1919 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clarence Nabb and Nellie (Bickford) Nabb. She married Charles Nabb on September 3, 1947 in Shenodoah, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1967. She married Wilbur Siders on October 28, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa, he preceded her in death on July 29, 1988.

Camilla had previously worked as a domestic helper for area families, and for 5 years as a nurses' aid at the Jackson County Public Hospital.

Camilla was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She loved to cook, sew and help people.

Those left to honor Camilla's memory include her cousins and host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husbands.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa

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

 

 



Lois A. Welch

Lois Ann Welch, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from Noon to 2 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lois Ann Nelson was born on April 11, 1933 in Delmar, Iowa, to Henry and Mary (Shollenberger) Nelson. She married Donald Q. Welch, Sr. on May 12, 1952 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1995.

Lois was a homemaker, and had previously worked at Clinton Engines for many years, then the CB Company and lastly at the Maquoketa Country Club.

Lois was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. She loved to cook, read, watch all kinds of sports, and spend time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her children Donald Q. (Linda) Welch Jr. of Mt. Vernon, IL, Mary K. (John) Irwin of Maquoketa, IA, and Ann (Jeff) Clark of Davenport, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin Clark, Jill (Josh) Lockhart and Vanessa Quentin Welch (fiancé, Dan Hinkley); brothers, Charles Nelson of Delmar, IA and Gerald (Barb) Nelson of Delmar, IA; and a sister, Evelyn Thiede of Bettendorf, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Margie Nelson in 2013, and a son-in-law Tony Henry in 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lois Ann Welch memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Theresa M. Blake-Johnson

Theresa Marie Blake-Johnson, 34, of Andrew, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at her home in Andrew, Iowa, from injuries received in a house fire.

A celebration of Theresa's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held at 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Theresa Marie Blake was born on January 28, 1980 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Terry Blake and Debora (Ehlers) Blake. She married Robert K. Johnson on July 22, 2005 in Bellevue, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2006.

Theresa had worked at McDonald's in Maquoketa, and had volunteered as a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout leader.

Theresa loved fishing, camping, crafts, hunting, target practice, crocheting, horseback riding, bike riding and pets.

Those left to honor Theresa's memory include her children, Dakota Rose Johnson and Hunter Joseph Johnson, both of Andrew, IA; her mother, Debora Blake of Andrew, IA; her fiancé, Willy Mortenson of Andrew, IA; maternal grandparents, LeRoy and Geraldine Ehlers of Andrew, IA; and paternal grandmother, Bonnie Blake of Bellevue, IA. She was preceded in death by her father, her husband, and paternal grandfather.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theresa Marie Blake-Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Celeste M. Blum

Celeste M. Blum, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 14th at St. John's Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque.

Celeste was born September 4, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Ida (Schroeder) Van Der Meulen. She married Wallace "Wally" Blum during World War II and he preceded her in death August 29, 1977.

Celeste attended Dubuque Senior High School. She worked at Jaeger Hardware for many years and was a member of St John's Episcopal Church. Celeste was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, gardening and the Chicago Bulls.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children William (Joanne) Blum, Gary (Jamie) Blum, Rod (Karen) Blum and Gordy (Barbra) Blum, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Bill Blum, Jr., Sharon (Rod) Tuthill, Laura Blum, Melissa (Jeff) Luetkehans, Erika (Greg) Woods, Ryan (fiancé Ashley) Blum, Tiffany Rose Blum, Trevor (Carissa) Blum, Taylor Blum, Tanner (fiancé Rusmira) Blum, Autumn Schlimmer, Sophia Blum, Malcom Stewart, and Zachary Blum; and great grandchildren Destiny, Katelyn, Colin, Jackson, Aubrey, Tyler, Nicholas, Lakelan, Emelym, and Lawson.

In addition to her husband, Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Carl and Robert Van Der Meulen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead for their wonderful care.

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

 



Martha L. Pickering

Martha L. Pickering, age 81 , of Dubuque died at 1:56 p.m. March 10, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Westminster Presbryterian, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque with Pastor Hal Murray officiating. Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Cascade Community Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Martha was born on April 2, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Rufus "Bert" and Hulda (Besst) Macomber.

Martha married Jim Pickering on March 15, 1974. He preceded her in death. She sold for Stanley Home Products, owned Marty's Diner in Springville, worked at Hartig's and enjoyed baking for Farmers Market over the years. Fondly cherished memories for years to come will include her time spent with family, teaching Sunday school and being involved with her daughters in Girl Scouts. Other joys in Martha's life included her affinity for animals, music and dancing. She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Martha is survived by two daughters, Karen (Daniel) Brown and Kim Bemboom (Darren DeMoss) both of Dubuque, four step-children, Sue (Curt) Hutchins, Marion IA., Rick Pickering, Debbie (Phil) Feldman both of Dubuque and Penny Pickering of Cedar Rapids.

She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Martha was proceeded in death by her parents, son Kevin Bleile. Granddaughter, Brittany Pollock. One brother, Oliver Macomber. One sister, Hazel Chase. Special friend, Jerry Curran and her beloved poodle Popcorn.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all their compassionate and loving care of Martha.

In lieu of flowers a Martha L. Pickering memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arnold B. Schmidt

Arnold B. Schmidt, 97, of Dubuque, formerly of North Buena Vista, died peacefully, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Arnold's life, friends may visit from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church hall on Thursday. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, IA. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Arnold was born on May 14, 1916 in North Buena Vista, son of Joseph L. and Cecelia (Wolter) Schmidt.

Arnold proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was co-owner of F&S Radiator Repair and retired after 40 years of work. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, playing euchre and was proud to be a "River Rat". He joyfully devoted time every year to help create crafts for the Buenie Picnic. He was a member of the American Legion Post #137 of Dyersville and Immaculate Conception Church.

Arnold is survived by his brother, Henry (Doris) Schmidt, SunValley, AZ., his sister, Cecilia "Ceil" Hirsch, Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers and sisters, Sylvia, Loretta, Louise, Ray, Larry, Julie, Helen, Alois.

In lieu of flowers a Arnold B. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Mary J. Schramm

Mary Jeanne Schramm, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Mark Schramm S.V.D. will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville, Iowa.

Mary Jeanne was born July 1, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Anna (Nesen) Voels. She married Paul J. Schramm on June 12, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include 5 sons: Father Mark Schramm, SVD, of Chicago, IL, Paul (Suzanne) Schramm of Peosta, IA, Roger (Deborah) Schramm of San Diego, CA, David (Debbie) Schramm of Edmund, OK, and Michael Schramm of San Diego, CA; 2 daughters: Mary (Pat) Guinane of Bloomington, IL and Patty (Ken) Berzinski of Shueyville, IA; 7 grandchildren: Joe, Tim, Andy, Ryan, and Kalynn Schramm, Brittany McCauley, and Chase Stuart; one great grandchild: Owen Schramm, Robert Voels of Dubuque, Ann (Paul) Cremer of West Des Moines, IA,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul in 2003, siblings, Elma (Albert) Howe, Elmer (Elizabeth) Voels, Fr. David Voels and Lucille (Carl) Kleeman, in-laws: Alfred (Robertha) Schramm, Louis (Bernice) Schramm, Ed (Lorraine) Schramm, Alphonse (Nora) Schramm and his twin, Pauline (John) Herron.

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

 



Alfreda J. Nesteby

Alfreda Julia "Freda" Nesteby age 86 of Dubuque died Saturday March 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Tuesday March 11, 2014 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a prayer service at 7 PM. Burial will be at 11 AM Wednesday March 12, 2014 at Linwood Cemetery.

Freda was born near St. Lucas Iowa on Feb. 22, 1928 the daughter of Anthony and Anna Hackman. She married Charles "Chuck" Nesteby on July 8, 1950 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co., Hohnecker's and lastly at Stonehill Care Center. Freda enjoyed playing cards and watching racing with Chuck.

She is survived by her husband Chuck, sons Dan (Katherine) Nesteby and Doug Nesteby of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Lee, Craig, and BreAnn Nesteby and Shayna (Chris) Boxleiter. Three great grandchildren, Creighton, Skylar and Tucker Nesteby and Anna Boxleiter. A daughter in law Janice Nesteby two sisters Linda Haas of Portland and Lorraine Wilhelm of Pheonix two brothers Robert (Karen) Hackman of Mason City, and Luke Hackman of Waterloo and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sons, Roger, Ronald and Stevie and seven siblings.

Freda's family would like to thank the Mercy Cardiac Med Unit the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they all gave to her these last day's.



Imogene A. Kohn

Imogene A. "Jean" Kohn, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 08, 2014 at home. There will be no visitation, as Jean has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. There will be a memorial mass 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church for close friends and family and 11 a.m. Tuesday at Windsor Place Apartments for those who cannot travel. She asks that others pray for her soul at a church of their choice.

Surviving are her two daughters, Laura (Jeff) Danielson of Lake Mills, Wisc., and Paula Deiter of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Donald A. Roth

Donald A. Roth, 83, of Bernard, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque and East Dubuque, entered into heaven surrounded by his family at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

Donnie was born on April 22, 1930 in East Dubuque, the son of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth. He married his one true love Cornelia J. "Connie" Campbell on July 19, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 5, 1998.

He was a veteran of the Army serving during the Korean Conflict. A former member of St. Patrick's Parish in Dubuque, and was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement, and a member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Donnie enjoyed hunting and drinking his famous "Apple Pie" with his Springbrook family, especially Roger & Sharon Pitts & family. He especially loved hanging out with his grandchildren and great grandchildren especially Brandon, Amelia, Natalie & Ashlyn and going to school for breakfast. He was so proud to buy his great granddaughter Hannah Kleinhans her prom dress. Donnie loved to go gambling at the two Dubuque Casinos. Everyone that he had come to know he loved. Donnie will be remembered as a great cook for the Holidays, where a good time was had by all.

Surviving are his four children, Debra A. Roth (and special friend Kathy Jasper) of Dubuque; Jean M. (Bob) Fenton of Casper, Wyoming; Gary D. (Janice) Roth of Seattle, Washington; and Mark S. (Sue Jentz) Roth of Bellevue, Iowa, 9-grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, his siblings, Amby (Marge) Roth, Darlene Gibson and Helen (Ron) Metcalf, and a sister-in-law Lois Roth all of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine & Freda, a grandson Justin Munson, a granddaughter Shuree Roth, his siblings, John Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Wayne, Edward and Louis Roth, and a brother-in-law Gordon Gibson.

A Donald A. Roth memorial fund has been established.

 



Laverne I. Blume

Laverne I. Blume, 93, of Luther Manor died Friday, March 07, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Monday from 10:15 to 11:15. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Laverne was born February 18, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He married Elaine Hatzenbuehler on October 12, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He worked as a data processor supervisor for Interstate Power for 43 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Blume of Dubuque; three children, Stephen (Denise) blume of Enid, Okla., Gregory (Jan) Blume of Appleton, Wisc., and Shelley Minnick, of Palisade, Colo.; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.

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

 



Sharon A. Mueller

Sharon Ann Mueller, 66 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday March 7, 2014 at home. According to her wishes there will be no visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon was born on February 27, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert William and Lucille Mary (Frommelt) Hartford. She married Milo Mueller on October 18, 1969 at St. Matthews Church in Dubuque. She worked at Younkers Department Store in Dubuque and she enjoyed gardening and cooking.

She is survived by her husband Milo, one daughter Lisa (Tom) Rubbo, of South Carolina, granddaughter Jessica Rubbo. Her mother Lucille Hartford, of Farley, sister Debbie (Jerry) Jasper, of Farley, two brothers Mike Hartford, of Dubuque and Tim (Susan) Hartford, of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her father, a brother John Hartford, and sister-in-law Jane Hartford.

Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, Diabetes Foundation or Hospice of Dubuque

The family wishes to thank Asbury Fire & EMS, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Jennifer Mohr and the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care they gave to Sharon.



Shirley Kamentz-Winkler

Shirley Kamentz-Winkler, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Church of the Nativity, where a rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Scott Bullock will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30.

Shirley was born April 28, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred "Ollie" and Susan (Cahill) Kronfeldt. She married Bill Winkler on July 7, 1997, in Dubuque.

Shirley managed the lounge at Imperial Bowling Lanes, the Rainbow Lounge, and the American Legion Post #6 hall. She was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity. She was a member and past president of Dubuque Women's Bowling Association, past first vice-president of the State Bowling Association, a member of the 600 Bowling Club, a member of the Dubuque Bowling Hall of Fame, and of the State Bowling Hall of Fame. During her bowling years, she won many local and state championships, and worked with youth in bowling programs. Shirley also enjoyed golf. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bill Winkler, of Dubuque; her children, Steve (LuAnne) Kamentz of Dubuque, Susan (George) Herrig of Dubuque, Joan Kamentz of Coralville, IA, and Jeff (Janet) Kamentz of Dubuque; her step-daughters, Carla Winkler of Seattle, WA, and Cathy Winkler of Indiana; her grandchildren Kimberly Kamentz, Andrew (Ann) Kamentz, Kim (Derik) Hodgson, Katie Maneman, Stacy (Barak) Asbill, Peter Herrig, Seth (Megan) Herrig, and Jack, Ryan, Will, and Charlie Kamentz; two step-grandchildren, Joshua Holland and Mary Bol; 15 great-grandchildren; her brother, Mike Kronfeldt of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Sr. Shirley Kamentz OSF of Dubuque, and Irma Massom and June Jefferson, both of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Richard (Som) Kamentz of FL; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Eugene "Gene" Kamentz; and her brother, Jack Kronfeldt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley Kamentz-Winkler Memorial Fund. Her family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, Dr. Tara Brock, and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center.

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



Irma E. Reyes

Irma E. Reyes, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Jerry W. Blake officiating. To celebrate Irma's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irma was born on November 20, 1919, in Freeport, IL, daughter of James and Flora (Pentioff) Elk.

Irma married Raymond Reyes in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 25, 1982. Irma was employed as a nurses aide at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque for 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and also a member of TOPS for 35 years. Irma liked to spend time outside walking. She loved to cook for her family and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Irma is survived by, her children, Carman (Duane) Bries, Dubuque, IA, Rochelle (Chuck Schueller) Ernzen, Epworth, IA, Michael (Barb) Reyes, Davenport, IA, Janet Reyes, Davenport, IA; her 13 grandchildren, Jason (Janet) Bries, Matthew Bries, Stacey (Eric) Heber, Jennifer (fiancé Kevin Koos) Bries, Heather Ernzen, Tyler Ernzen, Dana (Mark) Skinner, Scoobie (Jerry) Comer, Jason (Victoria) Rodrigo, James, John and Rock Rodrigo, Kimberly (Rob) Veil; her 22 great-grandchildren.

Irma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond, 2 sisters and 1 brother.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, especially Ron and Jean, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate and loving care of Irma.

A. Irma E. Reyes memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Jean A. Witt

Jean A. Witt, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Chicago passed away on Thursday March 6, 2014 at home in Dubuque. According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Michael L. Adrian

Michael Leo, "Mick" Adrian age 70 of Dubuque and formerly of Cassville, WI died Monday March 3, 2014 in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where memorial services will be held at 3pm. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cassville, Wisconsin at a later date.

He was born on May 19, 1943 in Lancaster, WI the son of Carl and Marcella (Fishnick) Adrian.

He is survived by his daughter Toni (Joe) Kettler, three grandchildren, Hannah and Connor Popp and Clinton Kettler. His mother Marcella "Sally" Adrian, two sisters Bonnie (Robert) Chapman, Marlene (Dick) Esser and one brother Owen (Judy) Adrian.

He was preceded in death by his father.



Avril J. Humke

Avril Jean Humke, 90, of Dubuque formerly of Alverno Apartments, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center with family members at her bedside.

Memorial services will be held at 7p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, friends may call after 4pm Monday at the funeral home until time of services. A family gravesite service will be held at a later date.

Avril was born on December 23, 1923 in Detroit Michigan. She married Robert T. Humke on June 12, 1943.

Avril worked in Dubuque at Neumode Hosiery, Star Uniform, Zayres, Venture and Target, as well as a cook at Stonehill Care Center.

First and foremost, Avril was a caretaker of All; giving what little she had to share with others.

She was a fabulous cook making mouthwatering soups, scrumptious cookies and Texas sheet cake.

She was a meticulous crafter - designing treasured beaded ornaments and beautiful embroidery work.

After suffering a stroke in 2004, Avril lived with her daughter Patty and son-in-law Jim, who have cared for her the past 10 years.

She was the mother of eight children, survivors include, Brenda (Gary) Esser of Sarasota, FL., Bob (Donna) of LaMotte, Charmaine Zantow, of Albuquerque, NM, Dennis of La Motte, Renee (Gary) Williams and Patty (Jim) Powers of Dubuque. She was a wonderful grandmother to Jim (Angela), Dean, Tim (Lili), Angie (Mat), Courtney, Jeremy, Jason (Amy), Jessica, Christy, Melissa (Jeff), Crystal, Allie, and Cayden and great grandmother to Morgan, Grace, Lyla, Alex, Nico, Daniella, Kate, Zoe, Emily, Peyton, Ashton, and Stella. Also left to honor her is her brother Rev. Keith Davis, of Indiana, "Sis" Vilroye Meyer, of Monroe, IA, and sisters-in-law, Elnova Davis, of Indiana and Darlene Davis of Michigan.

Avril was preceded in death by her husband Robert Humke, two children James Humke and Deborah Appel, her brothers Guy, Jack, and Rev. Ray.

The Family is deeply grateful to Sue Kammerude for her loving respite care and friendship of Avril.

Also special thanks to Mercy Home Care nurse Marilyn Heinisch, the Mercy Medical Center Staff and Dr. C. Stille for their compassionate care over the years.

In lieu of flowers an Avril J. Humke memorial fund has been established.



William J. Hoffmann, Jr.

William James "Billy" Hoffmann Jr. 53 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics after a sudden illness.

Services will be at 10:00a.m. Friday, March 7th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

He was born on July 1, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of William James and Mary Frances (Wiest) Hoffmann Sr.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He worked for Robert River Rides, the former Dubuque Packing Company, Top Line Home Improvement and lastly for Premier Tool and Die Company.

He liked to garden and was an Iowa Hawkeye and Cincinnati Red fan.

Billy was a generous man and has continued his generosity by being an organ donor.

He is survived by two sisters Debbie Hoffmann and Vickie Hoffmann, his brother Rich (Joan) Hoffmann all of Dubuque. Nephews, Keith (fiancé Leah Rohrs), Nathan and Noah and his great niece Rylee. Uncles Emil Hoffmann, Donald (Diane) Hoffmann and Dennis Wiest. Aunts; Patricia (Chuck) Crimmins, Joyce (William) Berkley, Karen Brokus, Sue (Charles) Robinson, and Joan Van De Weil.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great nephew Beau.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a William J. "Billy" Hoffmann, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

 



Jose Moncada-Nava

Jose Moncada-Nava, 36, of Petersburg died Monday, March 3, 2014, as a result of an auto/train accident in Earlville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Jose will be returned to his hometown, Zacatecas, Mexico for burial on the family ranch.

Jose was born May 19, 1977 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the son of Rumuldo and Maria de (Moncada) Moncada. Jose became a proud and loving father to a son, Esteban, in Sycamore, IL and moved to Petersburg two years ago, volunteering at SS. Peter and Paul Church for community service. He and Fr. O'Connor became good friends, helping each other at church delivering pies around the local areas. He was a welder at EIP in Earlville.

Survivors include his parents, of Zacatecas, Mexico, a two year old son, Esteban Aguirre Moncada of Sycamore, IL; 2 sisters: Aracely Moncada Perez of Zacatecas, Mexico and Maria Luisa Moncada Nava of Albuquerque, NM; 4 brothers: Samuel Moncada Nava of Elgin, IL, Richardo Moncada Nava of Petersburg, Reynoldo Moncada Nava of Nashville, TN, Eric Moncada Nava of Zacatecas, Mexico.

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

 



Macie B. Dickison

Macie Beulah Dickison, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at home. 

Friends may greet the family from 2pm to 6pm Thursday, March 6th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30pm.

Macie was born January 28, 1926 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of James and Thelma (Bridget) Allsup.  She married Eugene Waggoner, and he preceded her in death in 1981.  She then married LeRoy Dickison, and he also preceded her in death. 

Macie was employed with Western Electric for 25 years.  She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

She enjoyed embroidery and spending time with her grandkids.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Winnifred "Winnie" (Robert) Stricker of Dubuque; her grandsons, David (Jessica) Stricker of Cedar Rapids and Thomas (Jodie) Stricker of Dubuque; great grandchildren Mason, Kyan and Joscelyn Stricker and her siblings, Ralph Allsup, Bobby Allsup, Emma Trackwell, Gerry Dickison, Linda Reeley, and Audrey Uffen.

In addition to two husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Waggoner; and four brothers.  

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association

Her family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care, especially Carla Johnson and also Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



James C. Bries

James C. Bries, 78, of Dyersville, and formerly of Luxemburg, passed into eternal life on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa. Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate with Rev. John Ptacek concelebrating.

Jim was born February 15, 1936, at home in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Arnold P. and Regina (Ulbrich) Bries. He was the sixth child of seventeen siblings. He graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, Iowa and after a short military service in the US Army he married Darlene Kruse of Petersburg on September 13, 1960, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa.

Jim began his 41 year career at the Dubuque Packing House in 1959 and continued until it closed in 2000. Jim and Darlene bought their family farm near Luxemburg in 1963 and farmed until 2011 when they moved to Dyersville Iowa.

He loved interacting with others, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were his pride and joy, especially the time they spent together on the farm. Jim was a life-long hunter, fisherman, and gardener which he developed passions for as a child. During his time away from work he loved helping others, playing Euchre, or just having a good conversation. Jim loved red cars and green tractors.

Surviving are his loving wife and partner of 53 years, Darlene, and their four children: Cathy (Karl) Kramer of Dyersville, Connie (Neal) Kluesner of Bankston, Chuck (Christina) Bries of Marion, and Cindy (Mark "Chuck") Kramer of Epworth; eleven grandchildren, Jayme (Stephanie) Kramer, Nicole (Mike) Seipp and Kyle Kramer, Jesse Kluesner and Joshua Kluesner (fiance Kellie Werner), Jordan Kluesner (fiance Sarah Boeckenstedt), Zach Hart, Sam and Charlie Bries, Cody and Isabella Gardner; six great grandchildren: Ella and Emma Kramer, Gabrielle and Christian Seipp, Aubrey and Jocelyn Kluesner; his brother and sisters: Imogene Feldmann, LeRoy (Verna) Bries, Roger Bries, Virgil (Janice) Bries, Kenneth (Lois) Bries, Elmer (Theresa) Bries, Michael (Marita) Bries, Thelma (David) Oberbroeckling, Charles (Mary) Bries, Ronald (Lee) Bries, Gerald (Karen) Bries, Harold (Lois) Bries, Arnold Jr. (Joyce) Bries and Carol (John) Hartmann; 3 brothers-in-law: Donald (Dorothy) Wille, Alfred (Betty) Kruse and Larry (Julie) Kruse;

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Anna Marie in infancy and Jo Ann Willie; mother and father in law, Veronica and Raymond Kruse; and brothers-in-law; Carl Feldman and Raymond Kruse Jr. in infancy.

We appreciate the extra love and prayers we have received from our family, friends , and neighbors during these difficult times. Thank you Mercy Hospital - 3 West staff, Ennoble caregivers, especially Peggy Roling, for the care and compassion you provided him.

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

 



James L. Yarolem

James L. "Jamie" Yarolem, 48, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at his mother's home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Jamie on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

James Lee Yarolem was born on March 22, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert and Connie (Currie) Yarolem. He was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then served in the Army National Guard for six years.

James was a self-employed carpenter working for several area contractors. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, target practice and drinking with his buddies. He especially enjoyed fishing for Catfish and Walleyes, and he loved cooking, with chili being a family favorite.

Those left to honor Jamie's memory include a son, Kohl James Bodenhofer of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Connie Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; brothers, Randy (Lisa) Yarolem of Oxford Mills, IA, and Rusty (Cherie) Yarolem of Stilesville, IN; and a sister, Cheri (Ron) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Robert on March 5, 1996.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy a James L. "Jamie" Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Leo E. Tippe

Leo E. Tippe, 94, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends starting at 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Leo was born Oct. 19, 1919 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Fannie (Jenni) Tippe. He graduated from Senior High School in 1938; he then attended the University of Dubuque. Leo served in the US Army-Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, where he was a navigator/bombardier in the 499th bomb group, and the 20th Airforce in the Pacific Theater. He married Elaine D. Taylor on March 20, 1948 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Leo worked for Dubuque Packing from 1948 until his retirement in 1981 as Vice President of Pork Product Sales. He was a 50 year member of the American Legion and a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed traveling with his sons to Cubs games; with all the boys travels to games with their father, the Cubs never won a game when they all attended together. His granddaughters will always remember when grandpa would sing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; sons John C. (Vera Louise) Tippe of Dubuque and Lee J. (Carol) Tippe of Iowa City; and 2 grandchildren, Allison (John Moore) Tippe of Austin, TX, and Laurel Tippe of Galesburg, IL.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Pearl and Melvina; a brother, Alvin; and his Uncles, Ed and Bill Jenni.

A special thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Leo.

Flowers are welcomed but the family would prefer memorials to Bethany Home or St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Leo's memory.

For service details or to leave an online condolence, visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



John L. Weber

John Louis Weber, 46, of Dubuque died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Egelhof , Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30.

John was born on March 31, 1967 in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Madeline (Kieffer) Weber.

John graduated from NICC with degrees in marketing and welding. He was employed by Family Dollar Distribution Center in Maquoketa since 2002 and took great pride in his work. John loved to spend time near the Lock & Dam fishing and watching the eagles. He cared deeply for his nieces and nephews and always had a joke for them. He had a special place in his heart for ALL the family pets, especially his dog Shiloh.

Surviving is his mother, Madeline; sisters, Ann (Marty) Kauffman, of Omaha, Mary (Jeff) Horn, of Dubuque and Kathy Manders of Peosta, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Katelyn, Kelly and Carole Kauffman and Megan, Mitchel, Aubrey and Ethan Manders; aunt and uncles, Mark & Jackie Kieffer, Joe Jacob; God-parents, Phyllis Lammers and George Jenkins; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; grandparents; and best buddy, Shiloh.

A John Weber memorial fund has been established.

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

Our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman and the Medical Associates Oncology staff, Dr. Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy ICU, and the staff and pastoral care at Resurrection Catholic Church for all of their special care and support.

"We're glad we got to see you, too, John!"

 



Alvin G. March

Alvin G. March, 85, of Dyersville died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 5 p.m. and a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home with burial in St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Alvin was born February 24, 1929 in Earlville, Iowa, to Albert and Ruth (Hunt) March.  He was united in marriage to Norma Friedman on October 25, 1952.  

Alvin was an auto mechanic for many years, first employed at the Parkin Motor Company in Earlville and then at the Friedman Motor Company in Dyersville, a business he owned and operated with Norma beginning in 1969.  He loved woodworking and instrument building in addition to crocheting intricately patterned doilies, tablecloths and afghans.  He was an avid gardener and, in particular, enjoyed sharing the bounty from his remarkably large and diverse gardens.  He enjoyed baking bread and cinnamon rolls, a skill which earned him top honors and blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair.  Alvin took great pride in his ability to "fix" just about anything and did so with great regularity.  He loved listening to music, especially the piano music of his son, the concerts and musical productions conducted by his daughter, and the cello music of his granddaughter.  Most of all, Alvin enjoyed the company of family and friends.

Alvin will be dearly missed by those who survive himincluding his beloved wife, Norma, his son, James (Kathryn) March of Sioux City, his daughter, Ann (Darwin Downing) March of Osceola, IA, his granddaughter, Stephanie March of Sioux City, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Germaine (Darley) March of Hopkins, MN, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: Albert LeRoy (Marie), Robert (Mary Verona), Earl (Germaine), Darley, Clarence (Marie), Ernest March and a sister, Lynn March (Bernard) Doser.

Memorials may be directed to The Shriners Hospitals for Children or Cancer Research at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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

 

 



Dorothy L. Garthwaite

Dorothy L. Garthwaite, 92 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday February 27, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy was born on June 30, 1921 in Vincennes, Indiana the daughter of James and Salley Kimmell. In 1949 she married Lester Garthwaite in Galena, IL.

She worked as a LPN at St. Dominic Villa, Our Lady of Lourdes and later worked at Dubuque Drug Stores.

She enjoyed doing word puzzles.

She is survived by her husband Lester "Curley", her daughter Cheryl (John) Williams, of Gainsville, FL. Two grandchildren Shawn "Charissa" Maher, and Shannon (Rob) Matricardi and a great grandchild Connor.

She was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.



Kenmer B. Splinter

Kenmer B. "Ken" Splinter, 76 of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27,2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, March 3rd at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with family friend Rev. James Secora officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00pm to 8:00pm Sunday March 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 7p.m.

Ken was born on January 6, 1938 at home in Dubuque, son of Clarence and Mary (Young) Splinter, and baptized at Holy Ghost Church, where he was proud to be a life-long parishioner. He was a U.S. army veteran, stationed in Germany. Following his service, Ken was an active volunteer and member of American Legion Post 6, serving on the House Committee and as a founder of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron (SAL) #6.

In 1968, Ken married Joyce (Kies) Splinter; she preceded him in death in 1976. He married Beth Birkett in 1978. They celebrated 35 years of marriage last June.

Ken began his trucking career at a young age as a mail carrier for the family owned Star Routes, a U.S. Postal Service contractor. He then delivered fuel oil for Mulgrew Oil Company of Dubuque for 34 years until his retirement, a job he very much enjoyed. He was also proud to be retired from the Teamsters Union Local 421.

In his 17 years of retirement, Ken was happiest while playing golf and pool with the guys at the American Legion, fishing, hosting family gatherings, woodworking, and maintaining his property on "Splinter Mountain." He also enjoyed his annual fishing vacations with family and friends at Mallard Resort in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Ken was proud of his service at Holy Ghost Church and volunteered on the parish council, the school bus committee, and the building and grounds committee, as well as spinning the Pepsi wheel at numerous fall festivals.

Those left to honor Ken's memory include his wife, Beth, of Dubuque; his children, Renee (Mike) Meyer, of Dubuque, Jim (Vicki) Splinter, of Austin, MN, Tom (Janice) Splinter, of Dubuque, John (Mary Jo) Splinter of Dubuque, and daughter-in-law Linda (John) Ginter of Dubuque; his siblings, Irma Matous, of Ormond Beach, FL, Don "Boo" (Joyce) Splinter, of Dubuque, Jan (Howie) Schonoff, of East Dubuque, and sister-in-law Mary Splinter; his grandchildren, Joe (Jen) Pins, Kristin (Kevin) Dietzel, Weston Pins, Rob (Erica) Splinter, twins Tasha (Kyle) Lippold and Trisha (Erik) Mueller, Adam (Kelli) Splinter, Mathias (Keri) Ginter, Nicole (Joe) Henry, Averi Splinter, Haley Splinter, Allie (Jeff) White, Matt (Tiffany) Splinter, Mandy (fiancé Eric Meyer) Splinter, Jadie Splinter, and "the caboose," Marissa Splinter, as well as 18 great- grandchildren and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kay Splinter, his brother Del Splinter, and sons Ralph and Ted Splinter.

In lieu of flowers, a Kenmer B. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Manzell, Dr. Janes, Dr. Ramabadran, Dr. Gall, and all the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center cardiovascular unit for their care and kindness.

Although apiece of our hearts will forever be gone,
We know you're above telling us all, "GREAT ON!"




Myrtle G. Cowan

Myrtle G. Cowan, 102 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 11 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Cathedral of St. Raphaels, Dubuque where there will be a visitation one hour prior to mass at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Myrtle was born July 27, 1911 in Otter Creek, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Heeney) Cowan. She graduated from LaMotte Holy Rosary and attended Bayless College. Myrtle worked for Klauer Manufacturing as a secretary for many years.

Survivors include her niece, Mary Clare (Joe) Kutsch of Dubuque; nephews, Arnold "Sam" Cowan of Bellaire, Michigan, Leo (Carol) Cowan of Dubuque; and numerous great nieces and great-great nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; 5 sisters, Sr. Mary Frances Clare, OSF, Sr. Mary Kevin, OSF, Anne, Emma, and Kathryn; a brother, James (Genevieve Anglin) Cowan; and a great niece, Kelli Kutsch.

Our heartfelt thanks to Myrtle's entire Stonehill Family for their loving care and friendship over the many years she resided there, also thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci.

For service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Harold O. Miller

Harold O. "Bing" Miller of Dubuque, passed away into eternal life Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 3, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion, Dubuque Post 6.Visitation to celebrate Bing's life will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 12:00 p.m.

Bing was born December 18, 1921 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Otto and Caroline (Koester) Miller. He married Veron Hoes on June 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church inDubuque.

Bing graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. He was called to active duty by the U.S. Army on December 29, 1942 and served in North Africa, Sicily, Germany, Italy and France, serving in the Quartermaster Corps and as a Bugler. During his service he was awarded four Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged November 11, 1945. Many enjoyed numerous stories Bing told of his World War II experiences and he was extremely proud to have served his country. He traveled to Washington D.C. on the very first Honor Flight out of Dubuque on May 18, 2010.

Bing was a U.S. Postal Carrier for 27 years, retiring in 1987. Prior to that he was employed in sales at Kretschmer-Tredway and Dubuque Supply Company. In his earlier years he worked for Prudential Insurance Company and was store manager of Western Auto, where he met his bride.

Bing was a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and served as its treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where he served as an usher for over 30 years, and also was a member of the American Legion Post 6.

Bing was a sports fanatic who followed his children and grandchildren to their many activities. "Papa" couldn't stop talking of how proud he was of them all! He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox fan. For many years he coached Holy Name baseball for St. Joe's.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Veron; his son, Glenn (Sandy) Miller of East Moline, Illinois; and daughters, Lisa (Paul) Woodward and Janelle (Chad) Cox of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Tara, Grant and Alex Miller, Will and Caroline Woodward, and Stephanie and Blake Cox.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Irene Hannan and Kathryn Finn.

In lieu of flowers a Harold O. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Viola M. Wright

Viola M. (Curler) Wright, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., family will greet friends 2pm - 5pm, Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Viola was born October 7, 1918 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ernest and Marie (Radolff) Donath. She married Fred Curler, Sr. in 1935, he passed away in 1966, Viola later married Richard Wright on June 10, 1972, he passed away in 1989. She worked for Medical Associates for over 50 years, and retiring at the age of 86. Viola always put her family first, she was a great mother, friend and will be truly missed. She enjoyed sewing, baking, and canning. Viola made many friends over the years with her dedication and care to hard work.

Survivors include her children; Robert "Bob" (Judy) Curler of Asbury, Mildred (George) Freed of Wittman, AZ, Fred Curler of Dubuque, William "Billy" (Robin) Curler of Gladbrook, IA, and Don (Karen) Curler of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren, Steven, Susan, Julie, John, Chris, Natalie, Greg, Billy,Jr., Patty, Debbie, Alicia, Brian, and Eric; 18 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Grandchild, and a brother, Fred "Fritz" Donath of Dubuque, additional survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband, Fred, Sr., 2nd husband, Richard, 2 son's, David and Ralph; 2 sisters, Eldie and Marie; 3 brothers, Don, Otto, and Walter; and a great grandson, Nicholas Curler.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Point Presbyterian Church in Viola's memory.

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Luke J. Buettell

Luke J. Buettell, 45, of Flagstaff, Ariz., formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014 in Arizona after a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, surrounded by his family.

Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. A flag presentation will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Luke was born on March 18, 1968 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Stephen and (Sharon) Maury Buettell. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served from 1987 to 1991. He married Ann Schmit on March 19, 1993. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Minnesota Vikings Fan.

He was a loving husband and father of three children who were everything to him.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; three children, Dennis, Danielle, and Dianna, all of Flagstaff, AZ; his mother, Sharon Buettell; siblings Chris (Paul) Schroeder, of Omaha, Neb., Debbie (Barry) Nathanson, of Framingham, MA, and Steve Buettell and Doug Buettell, both of Dubuque; his mother- and father-in-law, Donald and Betty Schmit, of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law Nancy (Walter) Meinholz, Deforest, WI, Randy Schmit, of Dallas, Texas, Mary Servia, of Wakefield, MI, Sue (Joe) Hyatt, of Madison, WI, Ron Schmit, of Madison, WI, Jean (Butch) Harshman, of New Auburn, WI, Don Schmit, of Cedar Rapids, Brian (Josi) Schmit, of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Tammy) Schmit, of Guttenberg, Iowa, Jeff (Mary) Schmit, of Madison, WI, Joe Schmit, Larry Schmit and Theresa Budde, all of Dubuque; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steve.

The family requests no flowers. A Luke J. Buettell memorial fund has been established.



Shirley A. Finnell

Shirley A. Finnell, 82, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Avenue SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m. and St. Ann's Mother Club will conduct a rosary at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Shirley was born Sept. 13, 1931 in Alexander, Iowa, the daughter of Casper and Agnes (Haverly) Kuper. She married Larry L. Finnell on July 13, 1952 in Hampton, Iowa.

Shirley was active in Girl Scouts and operated Harrison's Dime Store with her husband Larry for many years. She then began working for the Dyersville Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed camping, gardening and loved chocolate and the color blue. Shirley was a member of St. Ann's Mother Club and St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include her son, Mike (Ruth Ann) Finnell of Earlville, and their children, Chad (Jessica) Finnell, Crystal (Bill Kluesner) Finnell and Jeff Finnell; a daughter, Pam (Chris) Kruse of Earlville, and their children, Carissa (Tony Kulper) Kruse, Kylie (Travis Kelchen) Kruse and Kolyer Kruse; 4 great-grandchildren, Brinlei, Carson, Rory and Lyle; and a sister-in-law, Lila Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry, in 2006; sister, Lois (Marvin) Meints; her brothers Morris (Kathleen) Kuper, and Harold (Marian) Kuper; and brother-in-law Russell Harrison.

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



Gail L. Mussehl

Gail L. Mussehl, age 50, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, peacefully, at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Dianne Grace from Hospice of Dubuque officiating. To celebrate Gail's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gail was born on February 6, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Richard "Dick" and Patricia "Pat" (Tracy) Shaffer.

Gail married Joe Mussehl on October 9, 1986, in Dubuque, Iowa. She loved the outdoors and spent many weekends with her husband and family fishing, camping and canoeing. She had a great love of animals, especially dogs and wolves. Gail was very thoughtful and considerate and spent her life taking care of people. She worked at ARC caring for people with disabilities, elderly people and also cared for several family members. Gail was always the first one to help someone in need. She loved her nieces and nephews and usually had plans that included them on the weekends. She never missed a birthday and liked to make personalized gifts. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Gail is survived by, her husband, Joe Mussehl, Dubuque, IA; her parents, Dick and Pat Shaffer, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Greg (Joy) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Maryann) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Jeff Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Eric (Kristi) Shaffer, Robins, IA; her 10 nieces and 4 nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and to family friends, Sharon, Lisa and Mary Kay. We deeply appreciate everything you did for Gail.

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

 



Maylo A. Riniker

Maylo A. Riniker, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:05 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Maylo's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Maylo was born on August 27, 1922, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Mayme (McCreevy) Cashman.

Maylo was a young seventeen year old city girl who married Martin "Pete" Riniker in 1940 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The young couple chose a career in farming and in a very short time, she became a farm girl. There she raised her family, watched her grandchildren grow and welcomed all with her love of cooking, entertaining, and sitting on her porch swing. Many Christmases and Holidays were spent at their home on the farm. Maylo was a devoted wife and mother who ensured that her husband and sons were provided the best of meals, morning, noon and night. Regardless of who came to help with chores on the farm, they were welcomed with the best meals and hospitality that a home could offer. There was always room at the table and always enough food to go around. Maylo was the kindest and gentlest of ladies you could ever meet. She found good in everyone and you were never a stranger for long once you met this beautiful lady. Her children are a lasting tribute and a reflection of a lifetime of love between Maylo and Pete.

Following her years on the farm, Maylo resided at Windsor Park of Dubuque and more recently the Rose of Dubuque. She left a trail of friends and memories wherever she went.

Maylo is survived by two daughters, Patsy A. (Tony) Flores Jr of Dubuque and Julie A. (Tom) Griep of Oman, United Arab Emirates; four sons, Don M. (Joyce) Riniker, Joe J. (Judy) Riniker, Tom R. (Rhonda) Riniker, and Tim J. (Dianna) Riniker, all of Dubuque; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Cletus (Sally) Cashman and Kenneth Cashman, both of Dubuque, and lifelong family friends; Shelly (Tim) Bahl and Tom (Peg) Meyers.

Maylo was preceded in death by her husband, Martin N. "Pete" Riniker, her brother Milton Cashman and sister, Dorothy Miller.

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

 



Robert M. Winger

Robert M. "Bob" Winger, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, Feb. 28, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Bob immediately following the service until 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Robert Milo Winger was born on Sept. 13, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Milo A. "Ozzie" and Marguerite E. "Peg" (Freeman) Winger. He was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and an Air Force veteran receiving an honorable discharge. He married Joy M. (Flick) Sites on June 23, 1995 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bob had first worked for Clark Saw Center, Sherri's Tax Service and Winger Roofing. He lastly worked for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as a jailer from 1992 until retiring in December of 2003.

Bob enjoyed RV traveling, genealogy, golfing, fishing and watching NCIS. He especially enjoyed reading and believing things on the internet even if they weren't true!

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife, Joy Winger of Maquoketa, IA; children Daniel (Jolene) Winger of Forks, WA, Thomas (Annette) Contos of Spokane, WA and Lin (Jim) Jorgensen of Elwood, IA; several step-children; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Judie (Francis) Beller, of Manchester, IA; a niece, Stacey (Randy) Christiansen, of Beach Island, SC; 3 aunts and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Roberta "Bobbie Sue" Breithaupt; and a nephew, Stephen S. "Steve" Ilgis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert M. "Bob" Winger memorial fund has been established.

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



Timothy J. Furry

Timothy J. "Tim" Furry, age 56, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:33 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Tim's life friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Tim was born on January 10, 1958, Dubuque, IA, son of Dale J. Furry and Norma Ann (Wachendorf) Schmitz.

Tim was raised by his mother, Norma, and step-father, James "Jim" Schmitz. He loved to fish with his dad Jim as a child and that love of fishing was passed on to his family. Tim married Lynn Tigges on June 19, 1982, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were married for 26 years and together had 2 children. He was employed as head chef at the Dubuque Inn for 17 years and was also a cook at the Dubuque County Jail. In his free time Tim also enjoyed making ice and wood sculptures.

Tim is survived by, his children, Lacey (boyfriend Brandon Fors) Furry, Dubuque, IA, Linsey (Dee) Choun, North Liberty, IA; his grandchildren, Gwen and Devon Choun; his siblings, Vickie (Kenny) LeGrand, North Buena Vista, IA, Diana (Leon) Govert, Cable, WI, Sandra (Allen) Bowden, Bettendorf, IA, Robert "Bob" (special friend, Arleen) Furry, Sun City, AZ, Barb (Jay) Holleman, Fort Wayne, IN, Cathy Tigges, Dubuque, IA, Patti Schmitz, Dubuque, IA; his former wife, Lynn Tigges, Dubuque, IA.

Tim preceded in death by his parents.

A Timothy J. "Tim" Furry memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lynn M. Krausman

Lynn M. Krausman, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Gary Mayer will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Lynn was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Delhi Sr. and Madelyn (Kunnert) Doty. She married Rod Krausman on May 15, 1976 at St. Mary Catholic Church Dubuque.

Lynn graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School, and NICC. She was employed at Georgia Pacific in customer sales and service for over 30 years.

Lynn's faith was very important to her, and she was a member of Resurrection Parish. In 1978, she joined the St. Elizabeth Seton Mother's Club, and was an active member for over 30 years.

Lynn loved the river, and enjoyed boating on the Mississippi. Wine tasting was another favorite activity of hers, and she also loved to bake, shop, and practice yoga. She was notorious for making "armadillo eggs"-but only if you split one with her! Lynn was a loving wife and mother, and she especially loved being a grandmother. In her own words: "I'm just a simple girl who loves to live life." She will be missed by many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Rod, of Dubuque; her children, Sara Krausman, Craig (Christina Stowe) Krausman, and Ross (Emilee) Krausman, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Layla and Liam Krausman; her siblings, Rosemary (Richard) Mills of Dubuque, Delhi Doty Jr. of Davenport, IA, Diane (Rod) Boyer of Versailles, KY, Dale (Mary) Doty of East Dubuque, IL, and Madelyn (Jim) Flaherty of Porter, IN; and her father in law, James (Marian Strayen) Krausman of Fort Myers, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her mother in law, Beverly Krausman.

Memorials may be made to the Lynn M. Krausman Memorial Fund.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially "the Amy's", St. Elizabeth Seton Mother's Club, Julien Dubuque Yacht Club and numerous friends and family for all their support and love.

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



David C. Snyder

David Charles "Duke" Snyder, 75 formerly of Dubuque died on February 20, 2014 in Platteville, WI. A memorial service will be held at 7:00p.m. Thursday February 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Friends may call after 5pm. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born on October 21, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Charles and Mary Jane (Bennett) Snyder.

He is retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked for many years. He was an avid sports fan especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, he love to trout fish at Swiss Valley, play cards especially euchre and read history books. He was a bowler in the 700 League.

He is survived by his daughter Vivian Fluhr, of Benton, WI, four grandchildren; Natasha Benson, Zachary, Luke and Sarah Fluhr, two great grandchildren; Peyton and Amelia "Mia". His brothers, Tom (Mary) Snyder, of Loves Park, IL, Richard Snyder, of Dubuque, Michael (Ann) Snyder of Dubuque, and a sister Jude Delgado, Greenough, Montana, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family request no flowers. A David Charles Snyder memorial fund has been established.

 



Darlene R. Ransford

Darlene R. Ransford, 81, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 28, at St. John Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jay Ilten officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-8p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church.

Darlene was born on June 26, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of the late Andrew and Hilda (Muhlenhaupt) Meyer.
She married Neil Ransford on August 28, 1962.

She was employed at Sears in Dubuque for 33 years.

Darlene was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
She loved her family and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Neil; two sons, Michael (Bev), Paul (Jaymie); daughters, Tamra Howard, Theresa (Carl) Thompson, and Ruth Elsinger; 15 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Herb) Hanson; and sister-in-law, Betty Meyer.

She was also preceded in death by her 6 siblings.

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

In lieu of flowers a Darlene Ransford memorial fund has been established.

 

 



Albert J. Fischer

Albert J. Fischer, age 79, of Bernard Iowa died Saturday February 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Thursday February 27, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray with Fr. Mike Podhajsky and Fr Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 2 pm.

Albert was born on July 11, 1934 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Anthony and Mary (Johnson) Fischer. He married Victoria Walech on October 25, 1958 at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque.

He went to school in a one room school house outside of Bernard, Iowa. He was born and raised on the family farm where he continued to farm with his brother Donald until his retirement in 1994.

He drove school bus for Western Dubuque School District for 41 years. He had touched many children's lives while driving.

Albert was a hard dedicated worker who most of all loved spending time with is wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandsons. You could find him cheering them on at their ballgames or at the Dubuque County Fair watching them show 4H cattle. He loved the New York Yankees and International Tractors.

He lived life to the fullest and talking to anyone he met.

Albert is survived by the love of his life, Vicki, three daughters, Lauri (Mike) Kinsella, of Bernard, Dianne (Dale) Weber, of St. Donatus, and Karen (John) Jesenovec, of Farley. Seven grandchildren; Marty (Rachel) Kinsella, Traci (Tim) Mosiman, Dan Kinsella, Dustin and Dylan Weber, Heather and Kaitlyn Jesenovec, and four great grandsons. His sister Dorothy Ruden, his brother, Earl (Mary) Fischer, sisters-in-law Doris Fischer, Rita Fischer, and brother-in-law Richard Strohmeyer. Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Donald Bill, John and Paul. Three sisters, Marie Kass, Rosemary Strohmeyer, and Bernadine Kronaizl. Three brothers-in-law Alfred Kass, Eldon Ruden and Tom Kronaizl. Two sisters-in-law Delphine Fischer and Anna Mae Fischer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kraemer, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Engelman and the Oncology Staff at Medical Associates and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers a Albert Fischer memorial fund has been established.



Linda J. Ehlers

Linda J. "Tootie" Ehlers, 74, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3 -8 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and from 9:30am-10:15am Wednesday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda was born on November 23, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leroy and Clara (Kintzle) Richman.
She married Edward Ehlers on May 3, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Linda was an avid local sports fan and supporter of her children and grandchildren's sporting events. She looked forward to cheering them on during their games and activities.

She was a member of the Dubuque 600 Bowling Club, Girl Scouts of American and Cookie Chairman for many years, TOPS Club, and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Rosary Society. Linda was involved in various Church activities, especially the bakery booth at the Parish festival.

Linda loved meeting new people and enjoyed talking with them. She was employed at Hy-Vee and Dairy Queen, where she was able to engage with everyone she met.
Linda was a proud member of the pool committee that helped bring Sutton Pool to Dubuque's North end. Volunteering her time and talent was important.  She was a wonderful homemaker and cherished her family immensely. She will be missed by many.

Surviving is her husband, Ed; children, Mike (Kim) Ehlers, Mark (Brenda) Ehlers, and Melody (Dan) Shanahan; 6 grandchildren, Nick (Casey) Ehlers, Matt, Connor, and Katie Ehlers, and Ally and Avery Shanahan; 2 great- grandchildren, Easton and Orly Ehlers; and 2 brothers, Jim and Neil Richman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Judy; brothers, Dick and Tom Richman; sister-in-law, Rosie Richman; and good family friend, Ray Leitner.

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

A Linda Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the Dr. Konz, Dr. Iverson, and Dr. Ringold, the nurses and friends at the Dialysis Center, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and their palliative care program, and our good friends Archbishop Emeritus Daniel William Kucera, OSB and Mary Claire Klaas for their exceptional care and support.




Elmerial A. Kelly

Elmerial A."Dood" Kelly, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Elmerial's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elmerial was born on March 29, 1942, in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Elmer John and Nellie Irene (Atchison) Cornwell.

Elmerial married Gene Kelly on April 3, 1959, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1995. Elmerial always worked in the medical field and was employed at Sunnycrest Manor until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, where she enjoyed helping with Bingo. In her free time she liked fishing, playing cards, reading, listening to music and cross stitching. Elmerial loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Elmerial is survived by, her children, Susan (Kevin) Robbins, Dubuque, IA, Marla (Guy Wayne) Jones, Houston, TX, Irma Finn, Dubuque, IA, Ann (Richard) Gibbons, Dubuque, IA, James Kelly, Houston, TX; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Irene (George) Heeren, Bernard, IA, Bertha Darque, Dubuque, IA, Camille Turner, Dubuque, IA.

Elmerial was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gene and her brother Francis (Wenda) Crews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble for all their care of Elmerial.

A Elmerial A. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Jean Ann Briggs

Jean Ann Briggs, 76, of Dubuque died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Ann was born August 9, 1937 in Anthony, Kansas, daughter of Robert and Lorraine (Sear) Briggs, Sr. She attended St. Columbkille's High School.

She worked at Mercy Medical Center in various positions from 1956 to 1997. Her biggest joy was her many years working in the nursery of Mercy Medical Center. Her proudest moments were when she was able to be the first person to bathe or care for the many nieces and nephews who were born in Dubuque over the years. Her fondest memories were spending time with family. She loved all of her 16 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She was very fond of her cats, especially Pixie.

She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert "Sonny" (Theresa) Briggs of Melrose, Iowa and Walter (Joyce) Briggs of Dubuque; two sisters, Irene (Dr. Russ) Deitrich of St. Charles, Missouri and Virginia "Ginger" (Jack) Healy of Hazel Green, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother in law, Mary Ann and David Canganelli; a sister in law, Jackie Briggs and a niece, Lisa Gabel.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and concern for Jean Ann.

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

 



Daniel J. Kraus

Daniel Joseph Kraus, 62, of Monticello, IA passed away Friday, February 21, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the Church Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Honors Detail.

Dan was born March 21, 1951, at John McDonald Hospital. The son of Victor and Janice (Staner) Kraus, he grew up with his 15 brothers and sisters on a farm outside of Monticello, IA.

Dan served in the Unites States Army from 1969 - 1971 and was stationed in Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Later he became an active VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) member.

He married his high school sweetheart Rebecca Hugh on November 20, 1971. Together they raised four children in Monticello. He started a construction company with his brothers in 1975, and continued working with his sons and son-in-law until the time of his death. He was very respected and well known for his high quality work in the community.

He and Becky loved traveling and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii with all of their children and grandchildren. As avid Hawkeye football fans, they were season ticket holders and attended all of the home games, although they were sometimes known to socialize through large portions of the games or wandering the stadium.

Dan loved being outside, grilling, working with his hands, playing horse shoes and pool, and giving his grandchildren golf cart rides. He was proud of his family and was seen by many as a mentor and father-figure.

Dan is survived by his wife Rebecca and children: Chad (Sheila) Kraus of Monticello, Wayne (Mandy) Kraus of Leawood, KS, Patrick (Whitney) Kraus of Cedar Rapids, Rachel (Terry) Steger of Monticello. His Grandchildren: Jordan and Kourtney Kraus, Elliott and Drew Kraus, Owen and Evalyn Steger, and Sheila's children Haley and Mitch. He is also survived by his father, Victor of Monticello; 15 siblings: Mike (Emily) Kraus and Steve (Darcy) Kraus of Monticello, Dave (Sue) Kraus of Cascade, Martha (Dean) Schwendinger, Jim Kraus, Julie (Vern) Vacek, and Tony (Marsha) Kraus of Monticello, Bob Kraus of Cedar Rapids, Bill (Kathy) Kraus of Hopkinton, Joan Kraus of Monticello, Jayne (Joe) Tuetken of Monticello, John (Julie) Kraus of Center Point, Mark (Pam) Kraus and Teresa (Dan) Cox of
Mount Vernon, and Ted (Sarah) Kraus of Monticello. His brother-in-law, Ron Hugh of Monticello, sisters-in-law: Barb (Adam) Roses of Natick, MA, Francis (Dan) Calvert of Marion, Donna (John) Bader of Monticello and Shirley (David) Hardersen of Monticello. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Janice Kraus, mother and father-in-law, Paul and Norma Hugh, brother-in-law Greg Carl, brother-in-law Paul Lee Hugh, sister-in-law Denise Hugh, nephew Richard Tuetken, and great-niece Hannah First.

The family would like to thank all of our friends and family for their kindness, prayers, and well wishes.

 



Garan L. Fuglsang

Garan L. "Gary" Fuglsang, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, February 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Garan Lee Fuglsang was born on April 27, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa. He was the oldest of nine children born to Milton and Velma (Heneke) Fuglsang. He received his education in Welton and later moved to Maquoketa. He married Lynn DaLea Weber on August 4, 1961 in Charlotte, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 10, 2011.

Gary first farmed in the Codfish Hollow area for several years. In 1966 he began working for Harlan Tonderum and HELP Farms until retiring in 1991.

Gary enjoyed camping at 6-B's, fishing for anything that was biting, and playing his favorite card game euchre. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Gary's memory include his children Kevin (Madge) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, Kent (Sally) Fuglsang of Baldwin, IA, Karla (Cecil) Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA, Kim Ehlinger (Mark Laingen) of Normal, IL, Kayleen (Vince) Aragon of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Sharon (Evan) Queckboerner of Lanark, IL, Don (Marg) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Ron (Lou Ann Wulf) Fuglsang of Davenport, IA, Larry (Sharon) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Janet (Kevin) Keil of DeWitt, IA, Steve (Connie) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Judy (Kim) Bruns of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mark (Kristi) Fuglsang of Suwanee, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Garan L. "Gary" Fuglsang memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Betty J. Simpson

Betty J. Simpson, 85 of ManorCare Health Center and formerly of 1782 Avalon Road, Dubuque, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Manor Care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Iliana Wood officiating. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on July 7, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Sophie (Stoltz) Schmitt. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. On July 7, 1951 Betty married Roland "Tookie" Simpson. Tookie worked and retired from the Dubuque Packing Company prior to his death on September 19, 1990. Betty was employed by the Dubuque School System for many years as a paraprofessional, working with special education students. She loved her job, co-workers, and especially all of the students she worked with over the years. Betty also exhibited a great amount of joy when she would see her students after graduation working in the community. She was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church and currently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

After Tookie's passing, Betty devoted her free time to her only daughter Susan Denman, son-in-law Michael Denman, only grandson Ryan Denman, and grand dog Abby. In the summers, when Ryan was young, Betty could be seen driving Ryan all around town for sports and other activities. Betty could be frequently seen with Susan at restaurants, the mall, and just about any other place you could think of. Betty and Susan were more than just mother and daughter; they were also best friends. Betty and Susan shared a love for poodles and both had many over the years. Susan's current poodle, Abby, and Betty shared a special bond and Abby frequently visited Betty even after her move to ManorCare. Betty refused to slow down and enjoyed her independence even as her health began to deteriorate. Betty was overjoyed in being healthy enough to see Ryan's wedding take place on her birthday and her wedding anniversary in July of 2012. She was also proud of both Susan and Ryan and all they have accomplished. In addition to spending time with Susan and Ryan, Betty enjoyed garage sales, going to the Donut Boy early every morning, Bishops Buffet over lunch and Culver's in the evenings. She was a loving and kind woman who would always take the time to visit and occasionally show off her decorative walking cane.

Surviving is her daughter Susan Denman of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren Ryan (Kimberly) Denman of Davenport, IA; her brother-in-law, Richard E. White of Sylvania, OH; several nieces and nephews and her loving grand dog, Abby.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Pearl M. White.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The Simpson family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque (especially Nurse Elizabeth & Lisa), Dr. Sullivan and his nurses Loralee and Tabitha and friend D.D. Bowman.

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



VernaMae Scherbring

VernaMae Scherbring, 85, of Dubuque and formerly of Petersburg, Iowa died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home (750 12th Ave SW) in Dyersville where a parish scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. John O'Connor.

VernaMae was born on October 3, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Ernst) Hingtgen. She married Paul Scherbring on April 29, 1988, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2010. VernaMae enjoyed playing cards, bowling, puzzles and cooking. She provided in-home care for the elderly.

Survivors include her 2 sons: Frank (Jeanie) Marshall of Bernard and Rich Watson of Dubuque; 3 daughters: Pam (fiance Randy Reinhardt) Schmitt of Dubuque, Patricia Scales of Highland, WI, and Diane Colson of Linden, WI, 22 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, siblings: Norma Greve, Lorraine (Jack) Salwolke, Mary Ehlers, Lavern (Grace) Hingtgen; in-laws: James (Janice) Scherbring of Colesburg, IA, Myra Rausch of Dyersville IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul, 2 children: Carol Jean Marshall and Gregory Allen Watson, 2 grandchildren: Monroe and Robin Colson, 1 great granddaughter, Hannah Harwick, siblings: Raymond (Helen) Hingtgen, Bernice (Larry) Vize, Mildred (Bob) Stecklein, Norman Hingtgen and Duane (Janet) Hingtgen;in-laws: Ray Ehlers, Joseph "Jr." Greve, Urban and Fritz Scherbring, Eunice Scherbring, Florence Scherbring, Joseph Rausch.

The Family of VernaMae would like to offer special thanks to Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Cindy Brooks, the staff at Finley Hospital and Jessica Ehlers.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Annabel D. Wilberding

Annabel D. Wilberding, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Bethany Home in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Annabel was born on June 7, 1929, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of August and Hilda (Schroeder) Thor. She married H. Kenneth Wilberding on June 8, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2011.

Annabel enjoyed camping, fishing, garage sales and bingo. She was very proud of her seven children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include seven children, Sue (Tom) Bowers, of Austin, Minnesota, Cathy (Dick) Burmeister, of Warren, Illinois, Dan Wilberding, Janet Judy and Marty (Laura) Wilberding, all of Cuba City, Joe Wilberding, of Livingston, and Robert (fiancee, Sandra Armstrong) Wilberding, of Cuba City; a brother, Stanley Thor, of Hazel Green; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ivyl Brand; and two brothers, Walter and Quinten.

An Annabel D. Wilberding Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving care.

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



Verna M. Diers

Verna Mae Diers, 84, of New Vienna, Iowa died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home, Edgewood, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home (750 12th Ave SW) Dyersville, Iowa where a vigil service will be held at 9:30 a.m.  Visitation will also be held from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate. 

Verna Mae was born on January 9, 1930 in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Rolfes) VonHandorf.  She married James Diers Sr. on October 4, 1950 in Colesburg, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Colesburg on the home farm. 

Survivors include her 3 children: James (Janet) Diers, Jr., Robert (Debra) Diers and Kay (Jim) Jones, all of Colesburg; 7 grandchildren: Jessica (Mitch) Kirby, Jason Diers, Jared (Amanda) Diers, Heidi Diers, Amanda Diers, Jake Jones, Ike Jones; 6 great grandchildren; siblings: Lou Ann (Kenneth) Brown, Donald (Jean) VonHandorf, Lester (Nancy) VonHandorf all of Colesburg, Marilyn (Roger) Schrunk of El Toro, CA, in-laws, Jeanette (Conrad) Tegeler of Manchester, Jerry Ellerbach of Holy Cross and Eunice Diers of Colesburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James in 2013, in-laws: Alice (Edward) Rausch, Joan Ellerbach, Anna Mae (Edmund) Steffen, and Paul Diers.

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

 



Lisa A. Hammer

Lisa A. Hammer, also recognized as Trixie Kitsch, age 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:28 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2014, at home, after a brief illness. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave. A time of open speaking will be provided after the services at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave.

Lisa was born on February 12, 1961, in Dubuque, daughter of David and Audrey (Lowe) Hammer.

Lisa was a wonderfully unique woman. She was a voracious reader, published authoress and painter. Lisa's mind was vividly colorful, she had an encyclopedic memory powered by a quick, whip-smart intelligence. Lisa had many interests including music, art, writing and criminal law. She was kind and caring, artistic, loyal, generous and diplomatic. Lisa appreciated so many aspects of life, especially the simple things, such as laughter, love, music, dancing, beauty and witty cleverness in any form. She had a wickedly wonderful sense of humor that could reduce an entire room full of people to uncontrollable laughter. Lisa's spirit will be remembered and cherished for decades to come.

Those left to cherish her memory include. her father,
David (Carol) Hammer, Dubuque, IA; her sister, Julie (Paul Bly) Hammer, Iowa City, IA; her brother, David (Mary) Hammer, Denver, CO; 3 nephews, Graham Bly, Max and Sam Hammer, Denver, CO; and her loyal canine companion Rupert and her cat Dorothy.

Lisa was preceded in death by her mother Audrey Hammer.

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

 



Richard L. Krepfle

Richard L. Krepfle, 92 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Funeral Services will be 1 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends 11:30 am till service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, with military honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born June 12, 1921 in Elkport, Iowa, the son of Jacob J. and Pearl (Cordelia) Krepfle. He enlisted in the US Army-Air Corp during WW II, serving 1942 - 1945, where he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Good Conduct Medal. Richard married Iola M. Hansel on November 24, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri, she passed away on November 28, 2009. Richard was a Machinist for Sieg's in Dubuque retiring in 1980. They built a home in Bella Vista, Arkansas and moved there in 1981, and returning to Dubuque in 1999.

Survivors include his children; Roger (Phyllis) Krepfle and Sandra (Thomas) Finn all of Dubuque; 4 grand children, Mark (Sally) Krepfle, Kelli (Tom) McArdle, Shaun (Lesley) Finn and Michele (Douglas) West; 8 great-grand children, Amanda Donath, Melissa and Michelle Krepfle, Jackson, Benjamin and William Finn, Taylor and Austin West; great-great grandchildren, Shemar and Ryder; brother, Ralph (Elma) Krepfle; in-laws, Carmen Palmer, Betty Hansel, and Jean Maehl and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iola, a granddaughter, Carolyn; and a sister, Mary Alice.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Tom Schriver for your care of our father.

Service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Rick L. Even

Rick L. Even, 44, of Hazel Green, Wis., formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, Feb. 22, at Resurrection Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Gary Mayer. Visitation will be 5 pm to 8 pm Friday, Feb. 21, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.; additional visitation will be 9:30 am until Mass time on Saturday at the Church. Graveside Service will be 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Mary - Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, Wis.

Rick was born June 9, 1969 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Donald and Sharon (Goffinet) Even. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1987, where he participated in football, baseball and golf. Rick worked for Heartland Financial in the Computer Operations Department as an assistant manager. He enjoyed music, spending time with his wife and family, especially during the holiday season. Rick was an avid Hawkeye, Chicago Bears and L.A. Dodgers fan. He also enjoyed playing golf and listening to music. He married Kimberly Faherty on Dec. 4, 2009. They have two dogs, Tinker and Kya, who will miss him greatly.

Survivors include his wife, Kim; parents Sharon and Donald Even of Dubuque; siblings Dan (Jean) of Anamosa, Dennis (Michelle) of Bettendorf, and Doug (Lori) of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Shirley Faherty of Platteville, Wis.; brother-in-law Jeff (Kelly) Faherty of Platteville, Wis. He is also survived by three nieces, four nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Alberta Goffinet and Leo and Loretta Even; his father-in-law, Francis X. Faherty; an infant brother, Joseph; and an aunt, Mary Jane Harris.

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

For service details or to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Scott A. Potter

Scott A. Potter, 57, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 surrounded by his family. He won his hard fought battle over cancer and is peacefully at rest.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Scott was born on May 22, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Elaine "Pal" (Lange) Potter. Scott was bound for greatness. He was never interested in taking the easy path and was confident to take the road less traveled. He was a proud American who served our country in the United States Army and bought local whenever possible, from his light bulbs to the numerous boots he wore thin. He was easy to get to know and always stood out in the crowd.

Scott met his wife and soul mate when Dawn was just 18 years old. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she would be his wife. They married on Nov. 5, 1983 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They spent 30 wonderful years together and had four children.

Scott excelled at just about everything and had numerous talents and hobbies. In high school he excelled at basketball and was also homecoming king at Western Dubuque. Scott became a proud member of the Knights of Columbus at the age of 18. He loved his Wednesday night KC bowling league where he bowled with his son Justin every week. He also loved to play cribbage and taught his daughters recently how to play. Scott loved to fix up old cars, and two of his favorites were his 49 Ford truck and his Mustang California Special. It wasn't uncommon to go to Scott's house through the years and see ten cars lined up or hear a wrench in the garage. He could drive anything, and one summer even drove a semi for the Colts drum and bugle corps. Scott also loved to hunt, but more importantly, he loved his close knit hunting family. Scott loved to share stories with his family and friends. He had a great laugh and was a gifted and animated story teller. Breakfast was Scott's favorite meal. Jorja's restaurant was the preferred locale due to the family style environment that Scott desired in every part of his life.

Scott was a visionary and a humanitarian. He loved helping others whenever he could. In 2001, Scott built the first Davis Place Apartment building, and this turned out to be one of his greatest achievements. He was humbled to lend a hand to those who were down on their luck. He would never take credit for helping someone back onto their feet, as they did the work themselves. He just wanted to make their journey back a little easier. He always said if he could help just one person a year, his efforts were worth it. The Davis Place grew into a family type of environment and community Scott cherished. Today, there are four Davis Place Apartment buildings housing 62 men.

Scott was always interested in creating jobs and stimulating the economy. His love of work and family were always intermingled. He always said the family that works together stays together, and working with Scott was always fun. Scott and his father Bill opened their first business, a Ford Dealership in Monona, IA called Potter's Ford, back in 1977. Scott's love of cars became even more deep seeded and the Ford Mustang was always his favorite. He continued the legacy of working with his family at the Davis Place Apartments, and as they began to develop the 500 block of Garfield, Davis Place Construction came into fruition. In 2011, Scott and Dawn opened the Hairport Salon, situated on the corner of Garfield and Johnson. Scott and Justin acquired BFM (Kieler Auto Mall) in 2012. In October 2013, Scott purchased Hess Brick. Scott always quoted the movie Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." Through the years, this quote runs true to his legacy.

Throughout his battle with cancer, Scott maintained his positive attitude and good humor. He believed in a miracle. He stuck to his routine and the harder things got, the harder he fought back. Scott's final days were spent surrounded by his family. He said that the support he received from family, friends, and the community was indeed a miracle.

Scott led an extraordinary life. His strength was only surpassed by his generosity and selflessness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He has said many times, "I don't know why people like me so much." Scott was motivated to leave his mark on the world. In all of his accomplishments, Scott always said that he left his greatest mark on the world long ago when he had his four children.

Surviving are his wife, Dawn; his children, Casie (Ryan) Pfohl, Hattie (Craig) Salmonson, Julita (Eldon) Schneider and Justin Potter; 5 grandchildren, Bailee, Cohen, Jedediah, Freyja, and Beau; siblings Holly (Len) Ronek, Cheri (Dar) Wagner, Laura Potter, Cindy (Ken) Runde, Bobbi (Kevin) Kratz and Jeanie (Don) Schiffer; sisters and brothers-in-law Diana Lenz and Angela (Tom) Wirzbach; many nieces and nephews; and a host-daughter, Angela Maguire.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Pal Potter; his brother, Bruce Potter; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Donna Davis; and brother and sister-in-law, Dan Breson and Sheryl Gill.

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

A Scott Potter memorial fund has been established.

Scott's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mayo Clinic, and Hospice of Dubuque, and our special nurse, Sherry. We will be forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, and the Prayer Warriors throughout Scott's battle. Scott always talked about writing a book, but he already lived the most amazing story that anyone could have written. "The moving hand writes and having written moves on." God Blessed Scott Potter.

 



Dianne M. Ellerman

Dianne M. Ellerman, 55, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 16, 2014. Funeral services will be 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a visitation from 2 to 7 pm. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Dianne was born February 4, 1959 in Dubuque, daughter of Wayne and Nancy (Grant) Ellerman.

Born in 1959, weighing 3.5 pounds, and severely handicapped, it would seem all odds were against Dianne. Through the fierce determination of Dr. Melgard, Grandma Clare, and especially her mom, Dianne defied all odds and grew to be a happy, productive, independent adult.

Dianne loved jigsaw puzzles, painting, sweets, the different seasons, snow globes, bright colors, flashing lights, soft fabric, and her twiddle rag.

She was blessed with two families. Her Ellerman family and her Concord group home family. Her Ellerman family included coming home for all holidays and Sundays, family events, and wandering around the yard at her leisure. She was a unique part of our family and will be greatly missed.

With her Concord family, she enjoyed day trips, boot scooting, camping at Albrecht Acres, yearly trips to St. Louis and dining out. She had a knack for sensing celebrations and was the first to decorate.

She is survived by her parents, Wayne and Nancy Ellerman; five siblings, Peggy (Mike) Fox of Dubuque, Connie (Scott Birkett) Johnson of Peosta, Dan (Lynn Kramer) Ellerman of Dubuque, Robert Ellerman of McGregor, and Carla Ellerman of Altoona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Katherine Grant and Joan Grant, and Carl and Clare Ellerman, and a brother, Kenny.

A Dianne Ellerman Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Joseph L. Melssen

Joseph L. Melssen, 83, of Dubuque passed away suddenly, due to a fall, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Fr. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6, and a Fire Fighters Honor Guard will be present. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Joseph was born May 15, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Hubert and Veronica (Miller) Melssen. He married Marlene Luber on May 21, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque

He served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Post #6, and the Veteran's Freedom Center. In 2012, he was privileged to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Joseph was employed as a fireman for 41 years on the Dubuque Fire Department. He was also employed part-time at Turnquist Carpet Co. and IWI Motor Parts. Joseph was proud of his service as a firefighter, and was very connected to his fellow firefighters.

He was an avid Packer fan and also enjoyed the Cubs. Joseph was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Parish, where he served as an usher and volunteered regularly, hammer in hand.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marlene, of Dubuque; his children, Mike Melssen of Henderson, N.V, Diane (Scott) Kieffer of Dubuque , Mark Melssen of Dubuque, and Mary Jo (Rick) Jaeger of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Matt, Brianna, Emily, and Marisa; five great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Luber of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his paren