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Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel


Duanne Ruen Ott Thiel, 65, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Hiawatha Care Center surrounded by her children.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Duanne Lynn Ruen was born to Carlton and Beverly (Bruening) Ruen on September 13th, 1951. She attended St. Benedict's Grade School in Decorah, Iowa, and St. Francis DeSales High School in Ossian, Iowa. Duanne graduated with honors in French in 1973 from St. Teresa's College in Winona, Minnesota - including a year of study abroad at the Alliance Françoise in Paris.

She married Leroy Ott on December 29th, 1973, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Decorah. They opened Leroy's Pizza & Restaurant in Dyersville in 1978, where both Leroy and Duanne, along with their three children, worked and created lifelong memories together. They were mentors to their employees and those in the community. After Leroy's passing in 1999, Duanne independently owned and managed the business until 2004.

On November 9th, 2002, Duanne and John Thiel were married at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  They enjoyed living in Dyersville and traveling until Duanne moved into assisted living in 2012.

Dude was a spectacular grandmother, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to take them to the zoo, the Mississippi River Museum, and to read special books with them. She enjoyed traveling the world - especially to Virginia Beach to spend time with family. Duanne relished teaching water aerobics and Pilates, loved golfing (scoring two holes-in-one!), and spent many delightful hours at the card table playing bridge and other games. Duanne was truly an amazing mother, wonderful friend, and role model.

At the age of 53, Duanne began her battle with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. She promised to be the best Alzheimer's patient ever, and she absolutely was. Duanne's family - near and far - rallied around her, becoming strong advocates for Alzheimer's awareness and support. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for all who have supported the Alzheimer's Association in hopes of finding a cure.

Duanne is survived by her husband, John, and her loving children: Michael Lee Ott and fiancée Anne with sons Quincy and Ryan; Amanda Ott Pins and her husband Jared with daughters Avery, Adalyn, and Juliana; and Jessica Ott Novotny and husband Daniel with daughters Sophia and Olivia. She is also survived by her father.

She is missed by her siblings: David Ruen and wife, Susan, of Mason City, Iowa, along with their children Cameron, Brandon, Aaron, Devon (Matt), and Ellison; Kevin Ruen of Brainerd, Minnesota, with his children Rick, Erica, and Michael; Karla Koenig of Waunakee, Wisconsin, along with her children Kelly II (Abbey) and Karin; and Lea Daniels and husband Douglas of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their son Marshall. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tootie and Bill Otis of Rochester, Minnesota, and their children Jill, Jennie, and Matt; JoAnn Ott of Ossian and daughters Sheila and Michelle; Myron Ott of Ossian and daughters Chris, Caroline, and Debbie; and Leon and Lynne Ott of Webster City with their children Angie, Bryan and Jason.  She will also be missed by her dear aunts Loma Carlson of Decorah, Elaine Johnson of Akron, Ohio and Katherine Roach of St. Paul, MN.

Duanne was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy, as well as by her mother, Beverly, her step-father, Donald White, brother-in-law Kel Koenig, brother-in-law Darrell Ott, and sister-in-law Mamie Ott White.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Eastern Central Iowa. Checks may be mailed to Alzheimer's Association, c/o Duanne Ott Memorial, 317 Seventh Ave SE, Ste 402, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

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



Gary A. Heer


Gary Alan Heer, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 8, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family after a short illness.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM, officiating.

Gary was born on September 21, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Marie (Reuter) Heer.

He married Dawn DeMoss on June 17, 1983 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Gary worked for Robert's River Rides in Dubuque until their closing. He then worked at Sweeney's Super Club in Sageville, as a bartender, and Midwest Cash and Carry until their closing. He was currently working for Milprint in Lancaster, WI.

Gary was a generous man who was always willing to lend a helping hand and listen to others. He enjoyed to cook and grill for family gatherings, enjoyed spending time at home chatting with neighbors and friends in the driveway and tipping a few back. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Dawn; two children, Dan (fiance Heather) Heer, and Hannah Heer; grandchildren, Colton, Taylor, Payton, Easton and Sydney; his mother-in-law Judy Miller, all of Dubuque and her family.

He was preceded in death by parents; two sisters Rose Miller and Mary Morse; and his father-in-law Ron DeMoss,; and Dawn's grandparents Ray "Ball Ball" and Dorothy "Dot" Ziel.

The family request no flowers, a Gary Heer memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical team, especially Jenn at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Lilly at MICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Gary and his family.



Alvin N. Marcy


Alvin Newell Marcy, of Durango, Iowa passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, February 6th at the age of 81.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and loyal friend. Survived by his wife, Laura Erma Marcy, his children and their spouses; Laura and Ken Southworth, Steven and Susan Marcy, Grace Rishell, Jim and Angie Marcy; fifteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers, Leonard and Richmond Marcy; sister Marilyn Marcy, and many other family and good friends.

Alvin was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts on the 28th of  September 1935 to Herman and Pauline Marcy and graduated from Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Connecticut. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1958 and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon College in 1960. Alvin met Laura while attending college and married on June 14, 1958 in Herndon, Virginia. He owned and operated Star Construction and in retirement used his special skills for home improvement projects for family and friends.

Alvin had a strong faith and was an active member of Hope and Christ Church in Dubuque, Iowa since moving from Virginia in 2004. He loved to share his belief in Christ and sometimes led a weekly Bible Study/Prayer group. He was blessed by singing in the Dubuque Chorale and various community choirs.

Alvin was a prolific ultra-marathon distance runner having completed a 100 mile race in 24 hours, three JFK 50 mile races and over 30 marathons to include the Boston Marathon in 2:48 and US Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in 2:49. He continued to run into his late 70's and particularly enjoyed exploring the many trails in and around Dubuque.

He was passionate about caring for the needs of others, as well as, his pets. He openly shared his faith and his home, and generously gave to family, friends, and strangers alike. His family will always smile at his ability to befriend and care for stray kitties.

In his last days it was important for Alvin to share his message to all his grandchildren to never give up hope, faith, or courage, and to always fight the good fight even when it doesn't seem worth fighting.

The family will receive friends at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Road, on Friday, February 10th from 3-7 PM. The funeral service will also be held at Hope Church on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30a.m. with Rev. Matt Collins and Rev. Chip Gatto officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend it heartfelt thanks to Hospice Care of Dubuque for all their care and assistance and to Leonard's Funeral Home & Crematorium.

Memorials may be directed to:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, in the name of Tim and Christiane Marcy
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ 07762



Gloria A. Streng


Gloria A. Streng, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:40 a.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on October 22, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Jacob and Augusta L. (Weickert) Weber.

Gloria was born and raised in Dubuque, eventually graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1942, and continuing on with determination to complete her education at Bayless Business College. She would meet and marry the love of her life, Lloyd A. Streng, on August 5, 1950, and their union would be blessed with over 66 wonderful years together, and 3 beautiful children. Gloria had a strong work ethic instilled from a young age and she promptly began her working life with the Savanna Ordinance Depot, followed by some time at the Rooster Feed Mill, and next on to Spahn and Rose, and finally a short stint at Manpower Temporary Services. She would thankfully find her true calling and begin devoting her time and talents to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She would start her venture as the Holy Trinity Catholic School secretary, and finally retire at the spry age of 79 after years of service in the Trinity Square Daycare Center. Gloria was always a loyal and faith filled woman who was truly devoted to her parish. She generously volunteered with numerous church festivals, breakfasts and funeral dinners over the years. In her younger years, Gloria was known to spend her free time on the tennis courts, or skating graciously around the ice rink; but as time passed she would discover the joys of sitting down at her sewing machine and creating beautiful works to share with her loved ones. Gloria has been blessed with 92 years here on earth, and thankfully her battles have only been a few and tenaciously overcome. But still, our hearts and minds ache today with our loss and the realization that we'll have to wait patiently to complete our next full family game of Pinochle in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

her husband,
Lloyd Streng, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
David Streng, Dubuque, IA,
Jody (Tom) Cies, Richardson, TX
and Terry Streng, St. Michael, MN;

her 5 grandchildren,
Andrew Cies, Rachel (Jason) Sangworn, Monique (Mark) Trujillo, Tiara Streng and Anthony Streng;

and her 3 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Dominick Trujillo and Luke Sangworn.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Alana Beth Cies ; 3 sisters, Lidwina, Leonilda and Imogene; and her brother, Burdette.

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

Gloria's family would like to thank Drs. Chris and Tom Sinsky, the nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, and Father Thoman for all of their kind, loving, professional and compassionate care of Gloria, her family and her friends.

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

 



Adam Lynn Birch


Adam Lynn Birch, 26, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Adam was born on March 15, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenny Birch and Deborah Ford. He attended Audubon Elementary, Washington Jr. High School, Dubuque Senior High School and graduated from the Clarinda Academy in Clarinda, Iowa.

He married Snjezana Masinovic in Dubuque and was previously working for Dubuque River Rides.

He enjoyed the outdoors, snowboarding, grilling, fishing and traveling. Most of all he loved spending time with his dogs Slim and Yoko.

He is survived by his parents, Kenny (Katey) Birch, Sr. and Debbie Ford-Birch; his son, Aiden Birch; wife Snjezana Birch; siblings Kenny (Samantha Billmeyer) Birch, Jr., Heidi (Corey) Woodyard, Scarlett Adams, Tiffany Birch, and Beau Birch; his grandmother, Louise Lorenz; uncles Steve Birch, Sam (Michelle Young) Birch, Kevin (Paula Welu) Birch; and aunts Mary (Glenn Howell) Birch, Lorie (Kenny) Wilson, and Lona (Jay) Britton; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo Birch, Imelda Birch, and Karen O'Meara; uncles Lynn Birch, Bill Birch, Sr., Dan Birch Sr., and Louie Birch.

Special thank you to Patrick Leonard and his staff.



Shane C. J. Broderick


Shane C. J. Broderick, 22, of Omaha, NE., formerly of Dubuque, IA, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. At 8 p.m. there will be a wake service with memories shared by Michael Heffernan, a friend from Creighton University; Anne Broderick, an aunt from Des Moines; and Amy Franson, a family friend from Dubuque. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta, IA.

Shane was born April 22, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joseph and Beth (Hasken) Broderick. 

He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2012 where he was the student body president. He was also a member of the State Championship Soccer and Cross Country teams, was captain of the wrestling team and competed at the state level; and he was named first team Academic All-State in both soccer and wrestling. He was a member of the Christian Leadership Committee and led retreats for his peers and younger students. His favorite memory at Wahlert was "going to class seven hours a day."

Shane graduated from Creighton with honors in 2016 earning a BSBA in Financial Analysis and Accounting. He was a Heider College of Business Dean's Fellow, and, in his final year, he was named the Decurion. He was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Fraternity and a four-year member of the Dean's Honor Roll for Social Responsibility. He was selected as a member of the Creighton University Business Executive Symposium Team; completed the Anna Tyler Waite Creighton Leadership Scholars Program; and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Following his graduation from Creighton, Shane traveled to Europe for a few months before beginning his work at KPMG as an international tax associate. 

Shane will be remembered fondly by family, friends and colleagues for his kindness and enthusiasm for life. His smile lit up a room and no one remained a stranger in Shane's presence.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Beth Broderick of Dubuque; four siblings, Molly (Christopher) Conley of Austin, MN., Martin Broderick of Omaha, Daniel Broderick of Omaha, and Clare Broderick of Dubuque; his maternal grandparents, Earl and Doris Hasken of East Dubuque; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Vivian Broderick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to start a Shane Broderick Memorial Scholarship.

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

The family would especially like to thank the educators of St. Anthony's, Mazzuchelli, Wahlert and Creighton and all of those who contributed to Shane's faith-filled journey.



James N. Majerus


James N. "Jim" Majerus, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Committal prayers and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Jim was born on January 4, 1928 in Dubuque the son of John and Elizabeth (Reise) Majerus. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1946 to 1952.
He retired from Washington Jr. High School as Head Custodian in 1989.

After retirement Jim enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking and just tinkering around. His pride was his family; he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.

He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Jeanann, of Dubuque; two sons; daughter Julie (Willie) Frye, of Dubuque; grandchildren Jim (Jessica), Rachel (Carter), Chris, Blake, Brandon (Alisha) Jeremy, Jennifer, and Jackson; great-grandchildren Bentley, Mason and Rogan; extended family Sue (Vern) Pedelty, of Mason City, Iowa; Jim and (Ann) of South Carolina, and Kathy of California and their families; and his faithful companion. Snickers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his faithful companions Hank, Barney and Lucky.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Nicole, Ryan, Jessica and Jan; Faith and Family, especially Molly, for all their wonderful care they gave.



Thomas N. Manning

Thomas N. "Tom" Manning, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 a.m., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Tom's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born on August 26, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Delores (Hemmer) Manning.

Tom was a lifelong resident of Dubuque and a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for many years at the Eagle's Market on Elm and always enjoyed making friends with his co-workers and customers alike. Tom was united in marriage to his bride, Rita, for five years until she was sadly called home much to early over 33 years ago. Tom would go on to live the remainder of his days as a quiet, yet sometimes vocal, bachelor who could find the simple joys in sitting down to an old western, or even a trip to the casino to try his luck at the machines that day. Unfortunately, health issues have continued to plague Tom these last few years and his slow decline has been apparent to all who knew and loved him. We are saddened by his absence, but we know that he's finally made his last visit to the doctors office, and is once again holding the hand of his dear Rita, while sitting around the table with his folks catching up on all the new wonders.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include

his siblings,
Jo Ann (Marty) Gansemer, Dubuque, IA,
William "Bill" (Nancy) Manning, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Susan) Manning, Davenport, IA,
Linda Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Julie McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA
and Robert (Vickie) Manning, Kansas City, MO;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Rita Manning.

Tom's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Tri-State Dialysis, and The Rose, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided Tom.

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

 



Eileen J. Rauen


Eileen J. Rauen, 93, of Bankston entered into eternal life on February 6th 2017 at Oak Crest Nursing Home in Dyersville surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Eileen may call from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday February 8th at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 pm, the Farley American Legion will meet in a body at 7 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 pm. Friends may also call after 9 am Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Eileen J. Rauen will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston.

Eileen was born June 20, 1923 in Bancroft, IA, daughter of Matt & Eleanora (Beckman) Nadermann. On September 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Sylvester "Bud" Rauen at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dyersville. Together they farmed on the Rauen's Century Family Farm until their retirement.

Eileen was a member of St. Clement's Parish, Bankston. She was a member of the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's - Presentation Court #1460. One of Eileen's favorite pasttimes was ballroom dancing. She enjoyed volunteering with Bud on the Dubuque County Fair Board. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Eileen was a loving wife, proud mother of five sons, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Eileen enjoyed the simple things of life: gardening, canning, cooking, and baking. No one ever left her home hungry.

Those left to cherish her memories are her 5 sons Richard "Rick" (Mary) Rauen, Paul (Lois) Rauen, Dennis (Virginia "Corky") Rauen, Steve (Joanne) Rauen, all of Farley and David (Joyce) Rauen of Bankston; 17 grandchildren: Stacey Rauen, Dr. Aaron (Shelli) Rauen, Sara (Sean) Dardis, Matthew (Sara) Rauen, Peter (Becky) Rauen, Tammy (Nathan) Spiegel, Jason (Kelly) Rauen, Bill (Molly) Rauen, Tom (Amanda) Rauen, Tim (Jennifer) Rauen, Luke (Kaia) Rauen, Megan Rauen, Maria (Brad) Buelow, John, Olivia, Rebecca, Gloria Rauen; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Berniece Garretson of Waterloo, Germain Reed of Burbank, WA. Jim Nadermann and Tom (Helen) Nadermann of Dyersville; brother- and sisters-in-law Jenny Nadermann of Aurora, CO, Agnes Nadermann of Dubuque, Gerald Hess of Dyersville, and Bill Rauen of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 2009; parents; a granddaughter, Angela Rauen; a great-grandson, Lucas Spiegel; her brothers Laverne and Robert Nadermann, Elmer (Juanita) Nadermann, Leo (Dorothy) Nadermann; sister Millie (Fred) Smith; brothers- and sister-in-law Dean Garretson, Bob Reed and Connie Nadermann, Peter and Verna Rauen, Clifford and Myrene Lattner, Mark and Luella Beckman, Adrian and Teresa Milbert, Gabe and Ardella Even, Ray and Florence Callahan, Rita Hess, and Janice Rauen.

Eileen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Oak Crest Nursing home and Hospice of Dubuque for the their kind, compassionate, and loving care.

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



Agnes Arlene Tate


Agnes Arlene "Gee" Tate, 85, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on February 5th, 2017, in Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Arlene was born on February 27th, 1931 in Carthage, MO, the eldest of eight children to James and Elizabeth (Tanner) Owens.

She worked as a clerk for AAA Automobile.

She is survived by her son, Myron W. "Mickie" Tate Jr., and granddaughter, Kelly R. Tate, both of McKinney, Texas; along with Karl's family.

Agnes was preceded in death by her loved and loving companion, Karl Francis Fink, on January 9th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers the family request you make a donation to a cancer society of your choice.


Mary Kathleen Milks Jungblut


Mary Kathleen "Kay" Milks Jungblut, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 6, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade with her family by her side.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass, with the rosary being recited before mass.

Kathleen was born on July 3, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Mulligan) Milks. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School, in Dubuque. She met William J. Jungblut at General Timber and on September 30th, 1950 they were united in marriage at St. Columbkilles.

She worked in the office at K-mart in Dubuque for many years until retirement. She enjoyed dancing, reading, sewing, embroidery, baking, especially pies and bread. She was very proud of her Irish Heritage and her family was most important to her.

Kathleen was a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, and a devoted loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Susan M. (Robert) Isenhart, Patricia H. Taylor, Thomas F. (Lyn) Jungblut, James R. Jungblut, and Lawrence C. (Marsha) Jungblut; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Danelle) Isenhart, Anna Isenhart, Ellie Isenhart, Alicia Taylor, Megan Taylor, Sean Jungblut, Kara (Tim) Dobbs, Andrew Jungblut and Austin Jungblut; two great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kellen Isenhart; her sister Zita Funk and brother John (Marilyn) Milks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John J. Jungblut; son-in-law, Richard Strepka; sister Patricia Flogel and brother William Milks.

The family wishes to thank Dr. William Manzel of Medical Associates, the doctors, nurses and staff of Shady Rest Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Joseph G. Hagensten


Joseph G. Hagensten, 88, of Dubuque passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 13, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Joseph was born September 29, 1928 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Helen (Bradley) Hagensten. He married Dianne Kurtz in Holy Trinity Church, Dubuque.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Navy

Joe was employed as assembler and machine operator at John Deere Dubuque Tractor, retiring in 1987.

Surviving is a son, David Hagensten, of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Joanne Hagensten of Dubuque; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald Hagensten, of West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Dorothy Bradley.

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



Wanda L. Becker


Wanda L. Becker, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Wanda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Wanda Lea Reid was born at home on February 24, 1931, in Jones County, Iowa to Edwin E. and Frances M. (Post) Reid. She attended country school in Jones County through eighth grade and graduated from Onslow High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls in 1950.

She married Arthur Becker Jr. on June 1, 1951 at the Onslow Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Noel, Rick, and twin daughters Lisa and Linda.

Wanda was a farm wife who farmed with her husband in the Oxford Junction area for many years. She managed all of the day to day operations of the farm and the family. Prior to becoming a farm wife she had taught school for six years in Onslow, Monmouth and Lost Nation. In later years, she worked at Sherri's Tax Service.

Wanda was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. She enjoyed dancing, and many others enjoyed her cooking. She was a fun loving person who had a spunky, natural and easy sense of humor. Spending time and traveling with her family were Wanda's favorite things. She loved her grandpuppy "Sammy" dearly. She had a grace filled life and always thought of others first.

Those left to honor Wanda's memory include her children, Rick (Anna) Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Lisa (Bruce) Boldt of Fairfax, IA, and Linda Becker of Iowa City, IA; a daughter-in-law, Sandy (Mike) Becker Franzen of Monmouth, IA; a sister Mary (Pete) Doyle of Bella Vista, AR; 5 grandchildren, Nathan (Janna) Becker of Monmouth, IA, Beau Becker of Osaka, Japan, Keely Becker of N. Barrington, IL, Jessica Boldt of Chicago, IL and Ben Boldt of Cambridge, MA; and 1 great-grandchild Max Becker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur (1987), a son Noel (2004), a brother Ronald Reid (2010), and a grandson Nicholas Becker (2016).

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Union Presbyterian Church, Smithtown Cemetery Association or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would especially like to thank Prairie Hills Assisted Living and the Hiawatha Care Center for the wonderful care Wanda received.

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



Ronald Robert Freisinger


Ronald Robert Freisinger, 63, passed away on February 6, 2017 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Private Services will be conducted with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Local arrangements are with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ron was born February 15, 1953 to Darlene C. (Clemen) Freisinger and Paul H. Freisinger. He resided most of his life in Dubuque, Iowa. In his earlier years, Ron was very creative and artistic. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his siblings.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Kristi Mindrup of Silvis, Il; and 11 siblings: John (Deb) Freisinger of East Dubuque, IL; Barbara Duccini of Dubuque; Melvin (Sandy) Freisinger of Dubuque; Clarence (Joyce) Freisinger of Oak Grove, MN; Amy Richard of Dubuque; Joyce Freisinger of Verona, WI; Paul (Mary) Freisinger of Dubuque; Darlene Spangler (Rich Shockley) of East Dubuque, IL; Mary Freisinger of Dubuque; David Freisinger of Dubuque; Charles (Tammy) Freisinger of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother in 2008, his father in 2009. Also by his sister in-law, Karen Freisinger in 1997; his brother in-law, Terry Duccini in 2007, and his niece, Michelle in 2012.

A special thanks to the staff at Insight Partnership in Ottumwa for their care and support of Ron in the past year.

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



Richard K. Woolf


Richard K. "Dick" Woolf, age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor and celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on June 23, 1930, in Ellenboro, WI, of Edward and Hazel (Raine) Woolf.

Dick was born and raised in Ellenboro before eventually putting down permanent roots in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Jaeger, on August 2, 1968, in Galena, IL. They were blessed with 48 wonderful years, and raised 5 children together. Dick knew the value of an honest days work and would put in over 31 years as a butcher for the Dubuque Packing Company before finally retiring. Dick's primary goal in this life though was his family. He would devote many days to baiting and casting countless lines into the water with each and every child, he would regularly prepare spectacular meals which would have all calling back for the recipe, and Dick was also just as happy to simply sit around sharing his wealth of historical knowledge, or favorite story of the day, with anyone who would listen. Dick's family sadly arrives to a new world today with broken hearts, but we are grateful for the memories of a good and decent man who not only knew how to grow the best tomatoes, but also run an efficient quality control protocol on any questionable leftover still residing in the fridge.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Carol Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Vicky (Roger) Fielding, Spring Green, WI,
Douglas (Mary Jo) Woolf, Johnston, IA,
Michelle (Scott) Becwar, Dubuque, IA
and Christopher (Misty) Woolf, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
Ryan, Elissa, Lacey, Steven, Vanessa and Sawyer;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Summor, Olivia, Michael, Gabriella, Violet, Lilian and Landyn;

and his brother,
Terry (Dee) Woolf, Platteville, WI;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Woolf; a granddaughter, Jessica Woolf; a sister, Shirley (James) Burkholder; and 2 brothers, Jack Woolf and David (Angie)Woolf.

A Richard K. "Dick" Woolf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank Dr. Viner, and the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, for the professional, kind and compassionate care they provided Dick and his family.

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

 



Patricia R. Failmezger


Patricia Ruth "Pat" (Schaller) Failmezger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her son's residence with family by her side.

Funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Pat was born on May 18, 1937, in Dubuque the daughter of Louis "Louie" and Ruth (Pauly) Schaller. She married Heinz Failmezger, in 1961. She worked for her father at Schaller Moving and Storage, before becoming a full-time Mom and Grandma. She loved to dance, golf, and play cards. Summers were filled with time at Lacoma Golf Course, and winters in Corpus Christie, Texas, and Myrtle Beach. Her travels also took her to Manheim Germany, to visit her in-laws and in 2012 a family trip to Montego Bay Jamaica.

She was passionate about sports especially local sports involving her grandchildren's baseball and softball games, where she could often be heard correcting the umpires. She also enjoyed watching the Packers, the Chicago Blackhawks, and had a special love for NASCAR, faithfully keeping track of everyone's drivers, especially her favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. she attended many races in Michigan and in Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Beck, a son Fred (Stephanie) Failmezger; six grandchildren, Jason (Misty) Adams, Alec Beck, Zach, Abi, Nate, and Emily Failmezger; two great grandchildren, Clay Waechter and Kylie Adams; her brother, Dave (Cathy) Schaller; two sisters, Sharon (Jim) Melssen, and Diane Bushman, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louie and Ruth, her husband Heinz, a son-in-law, John Beck, sister-in-law Mary Schaller, and a brother-in-law Howard "Howie" Bushman.

The family would like to thank the staff in the Finley ICU unit and Palliative Care unit especially Diane, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and comfort they gave to Pat.

 



Frederic M. Rohner


Frederic M. Rohner of 1381 Oak Park Place died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 4, just five weeks short of his 100th birthday.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a scripture service will begin at 3:30pm prior to visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frederic Michael Rohner was born in Dubuque March 11, 1917, the fifth of eight children of John J. and Susan (Willging) Rohner. He was a few weeks old when the United States entered the First World War. A lifelong Dubuquer, he attended parochial schools in Dubuque and graduated in 1934 from Columbia (later Loras) Academy in Dubuque. He then studied at Bayless Business College in Dubuque. As a youth he worked at Metz Manufacturing Co. in Dubuque, where his father was a factory superintendent. After completing his studies at Bayless he worked for Lamson Brothers and Federal Discount Corp. During and after World War II he was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad. From 1953 until his retirement in 1981, he worked in the traffic department of Dubuque Packing Co.

He was married to Virginia Marie Wagner on Oct. 4, 1948, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. They were the parents of four children and were longtime members of St. Joseph the Worker parish in Dubuque.

Fred loved sports and was a lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox and the Iowa Hawkeyes. During his grade school and early teen-age years Fred was organizer and player-manager of the neighborhood Glen Oak Acorns baseball team. The Telegraph-Herald regularly published the results and summaries of the Acorn games, including a memorable account of a no-hitter pitched by Fred. One of his proudest moments was being recognized by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on the occasion of his 90th birthday and being greeted by the great Minnie Minoso. A sharp cardplayer, Fred was a member of the WOW poker club for more than 50 years. He was a very good bridge player, especially in duplicate bridge, originally with the Dubuque Packing Co. bridge club composed mostly of fellow employees at The Pack. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and sons and was awarded several golf and bridge trophies. Fred was an avid gardener and a meticulous craftsman who continued to plan and undertake projects with a perfectionist's touch, even as his eyesight failed. Among his many other skills, he possessed the ability to mix a perfect Manhattan. Fred and Ginny traveled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as to Europe, South America and the Caribbean. While in their 70s, Ginny and Fred took an extended road trip to Alaska, with Fred at the wheel of their Chevy Caprice and Ginny recording the adventure on videotape.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Oak Park Place in Dubuque; three sons, Mark (and Sharon) of Silver Spring, Maryland, William (and Kathy) of Peoria, Illinois, and Daniel (and Kim) of Dubuque; a daughter, Ellen (and Dennis) Kremer of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His brothers, John, Paul, Richard and David, and his sisters, Alice, Florence and Mary Susan, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Schools, Hospice of Dubuque or the Dubuque Arboretum.

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



Glen D. Custer


Glen D. Custer, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:10 a.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Glen's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Glen was born on August 25, 1922, in Paynesville, MN, son of Garrie and Nel (Hall) Custer.

Glen was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Glen was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Mary Mueller, on November 28, 1946, at the Church of the Nativity. They were truly blessed with 67 wonderful years together and one son, David, before she was called home ahead of him on October 22, 2014. Glen continually displayed a strong work ethic and worked with Westphal Electric Company as an electrician for over 23 years, until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Glen was happiest spending some time sitting in the woods waiting for the perfect shot, or casting his line looking to hook "the big one" in order to earn a few bragging rites among of his friends. But, undeniably the most important aspect of Glen's life was his family. His love and respect for family were never in question and his devotion to playing the part of husband, father, grandfather and brother were always role modeled in honorable fashion. Although we are saddened today by Glen's passing from this world into the next, we find real comfort in knowing that his earthly struggles have now ceased and we are thankful that he is now reunited with his one true love, Mary, once again.

Those left to cherish Glen's memory include

his only son,
David Custer, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 grandchildren,
Lynn (Kevin) Cronin, Mike Custer, Dan (Rachelle) Custer and Jenny (Calvin) Patten;

his 6 great-grandchildren,
Denis (Jenna) Wagner, Casey and Colin Cronin, and Jonahs, Jaxson and Maddox Custer;

and his siblings,
Vera Mae Rogers, Cedar Falls, IA
and Harold (Rita) Custer, Beaver Dam, WI.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary Custer; and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Custer.

A Glen D. Custer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Glen's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Luther Manor, for all of the sincere and professional care they provided Glen and his family.

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

 



Ella C. Gross


Ella C. Gross, 99, of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ella may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.
Services for Ella will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Archbishop M. Jackels presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Ella was born January 17, 1918 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Klocker) Kelchen. She received her education in the Farley Public Schools. On November 29, 1945 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa she was united in marriage to John Gross. He preceded her in death on September 8, 2004.

Ella was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was active in her own home, gardening, baking bread, quilting until she suffered a stroke on January 23. Ella was a devoted Christian woman, with a strong love of her daily prayers, the rosary and the mass.
She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Shady Rest Auxillary.

She is survived by four children, Carol (Gary) Olson of Minnetonka, MN, Tom Gross, Gary (Barb) Gross and Gail (Bill) Schmidt all of Cascade, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, Jeremy (Patty) Grove, Ben Olson, Matt (Claire)Olson, Jill Belski, Jeff Gross, Lisa (Aaron) Aschtgen and Greg Schmidt; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ostwinkle of Placid, IA; one brother-in-law, Frank Gross of Farmington, NM; one sister-in-law, Lucille Kelchen of Farley, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; ten siblings and their spouses, Colette (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Alvina Kelchen, Ray (Rachel) Kelchen, Joseph Kelchen and Edward Kelchen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Ostwinkle, George (Cecelia) Gross, Louis (Margaret) Gross, Leo "Buck (Virginia) Gross, Robert Gross, Wilfred (Veronica) Gross, Ed (Mona) Gross, Albert (Phyllis) Gross, Pete Gross and Kathleen Gross.

Ella C. Gross memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of 3rd floor at Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and Shady Rest Care Center and Fr. Douglas Loecke.

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



Dorothy Weaver

Dorothy "Ruth" Weaver, age 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:20 a.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Foraker Cemetery in Shidler, Oklahoma. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, and Trout Funeral Home, 505 West Grand Avenue, Ponca City, Oklahoma, are in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born on May 3, 1919, in Hennepin, OK, daughter of Walter and Bertha (Manasco) Morton.

Dorothy was born and raised in Oklahoma. She would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Everett Weaver, on October 10, 1940, and they would then move to New Mexico before finally settling in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with almost 40 years together, and 3 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 6, 1980. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in caring for her family and tending to her bountiful garden. She also thoroughly enjoyed socializing with family and friends, and was also known to occasionally try her luck at the casino. Dorothy was an avid reader and could easily be discovered curled up with her favorite book of the day in hand. Her greatest joy, however, was found in the precious quality time she would spend with her deeply adored family. We are saddened that Dorothy's 97 year journey on this earth has come to a close, but are grateful for the knowledge that she is now reunited with her husband, and her beloved daughter, for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Dorothy's memory

include her son,
Thomas Weaver, Farley, IA;

6 grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Glenn Dement, Dubuque, IA.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Everett; a daughter, Sammie Dement; a son, Jerry Weaver; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers.

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

Dorothy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Dorothy and her family.

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

 



Gertrude R. Klinge


Gertrude R. Klinge, 98, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, IA, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Bartels Lutheran Home in Waverly, Iowa. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 6 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dubuque with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service.

Gertrude was born January 20, 1919, daughter of Frederick W. and Julia F. (Kintzinger) Hanselmann in Bissingen, Germany and immigrated to America in 1925. Gertrude and her husband, George K. Klinge, were married on January 18, 1959, and together they raised four children; Shirley, Carl, Paul and David. Prior to her marriage, Gertrude worked as secretary/treasurer at Hanselmann Sheet Metal & Heating Company. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, choir, Sunday school teacher, Women of the Church, Altar Guild, and Senior Friendship Group.
Gertrude served on the Board of Directors at Luther Manor Nursing Home for 36 years, was a member of the Business and Professional Women and the Parent-Teachers Association, and an active 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed family activities - canoeing with the family on the Wisconsin River and wilderness backpacking and canoeing with her family. She took great pride in taking care of her family and her home. Reading and gardening were favorite hobbies. She greatly enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Bergman of Jesup, Iowa; three sons, Carl (Susan) Klinge of Vancouver, Washington; Paul (Kathleen) Klinge of Waverly, Iowa; David (Debra) Klinge of State Center, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Other surviving family includes sister Gerda (Eugene) Chappell, Roger (Suzanne) Hanselmann, brother-in-law Robert Cartigny, sister-law Anne Hanselmann, sister-in-law Betty Dolphin and multiple nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and nine siblings.

Special thanks go to Dr. John Viner, Pastor Jay Ilten, and the staff Luther Manor and Oak Park Place for their outstanding care and support.

Cremated remains will be buried in St. John's Cemetery in Dubuque, IA.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, the Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps or the Red Cross.



Sr. Annette George, OSF

SISTER ANNETTE GEORGE, OSF, 74, of Francis House Dubuque, Iowa, died at 12:27 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Annette was born on January 27, 1943 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Anna Regina (McDermott) George.

Brief Personal Information: Entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 3, 1965 and made final profession of vows December 1, 1974.   Sister was a teacher, campus minister, resident hall rector.

She served at Beckman High School in Dyersville, IA; Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA; Kuemper High School, Carroll, Iowa; Notre Dame University in Indiana and Quincy College in Illinois. She also served on the Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, IA for six years. Most recently she served on the staff of Clare House in Dubuque.

Survivors: Sister is survived by her sisters Teresa Nasers, Alberta Walling, Rita (Duane) Stein, Helen Bormann, Alice Silverstrand and Eileen (Hugh) Manhart; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 50 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Margaret (Gene) Stein; brothers-in-law Glen Nasers, Dick Walling, Jim Bormann, and Larry Silverstrand.

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

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

 



Rosemary C. Hoffman


Rosemary C. Hoffman, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:15 a.m., on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosemary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. To celebrate Rosemary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosemary was born on January 26, 1928, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of James and Bertha (Simon) Hochberger.

Rosemary was united in marriage to her soul-mate, Burton Hoffman, on September 27, 1948, at the Church of the Nativity. They were blessed with almost 68 years, and 2 wonderful children together, before he was called home ahead of her, just four months ago, on September 22, 2016. Faith, family and fun were definite priorities in Rosemary's life. She would devote her faith life to St. Anthony's Church, and without fail would proudly claim life-long and faithful member status during her 89 year earthly journey. Family would clearly hold a very close second place in Rosemary's heart and her love would know no limits when it came to those she adored. Any opportunity to spend some quality time with her precious family, especially her dearly loved grandchildren, was always taken with high regard to the memories and lessons which would one day remain. And finally, Rosemary never took herself so seriously that a little relaxation, and time for fun, couldn't find their way into her days. It would surely be difficult for Rosemary to pick her top 10 car rides with Burton over the years, as each one was a favorite outing and her excursions were always completed with the happy couple pulling back into the garage together awaiting to meet another day head on and hand in hand. Our hearts feel truly broken today with the pain of losing Rosemary and Burton in such a short time, but we know that they are both finally reunited again and will never have to bear another separation for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include

her two children,
Dan (Ann) Hoffman
and Mary (John) McDonough, both of Dubuque, IA;

her four grandchildren,
Ben Hoffman, Adam (Jessica) Hoffman, Morgan McDonough and Emily McDonough;

her five great-grandchildren,
Madlin, Colin, Audrey, Cora and Juliete;

a sister,
Rita McCann, Dubuque, IA;

and her in-laws,
Deelee Preston, Dubuque, IA,
Charlene (Harold) Wiebold, Seal Beach, CA,
LaVonne Hoffman, Dubuque, IA
and Herbert "Buddy" Benn, Dubuque, IA.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burton Hoffman; a child in infancy; a brother, Clarence "Butch" (Arlene) Hochberger; 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Arnold) Williams and Donna Benn; and her brothers-in-law, John McCann, Charles "Chuck" Preston, Bill (Helen) Hoffman, Robert Hoffman and Red Morgan.

A Rosemary C. Hoffman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Rosemary's family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Rosemary and her family.

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

 



David H. Gebhart


David H. Gebhart, 75, of Asbury, passed into the arms of Jesus on January 31, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection.

David was born on May 27, 1941 in Dyersville, IA the son of Zeno and Viola (Wieneke) Gebhart. He attended Dyersville Xavier High School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959 after moving to Dubuque. Following High School he worked for Meadow Gold Dairy. Dave served in the Iowa National Guard from 1959 to 1965.

After completing an apprenticeship and becoming a journeyman plumber, Dave worked for various plumbing shops. In 1973 he was hired at John Deere Works and shortly after became a supervisor in the plumbing department. Dave retired in 2000 after 27 years of dedicated service at John Deere. Dave was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 510 and Dubuque Sertoma Club.

In his retirement, Dave loved helping family and friends with any type of plumbing problem or repair. He was always so happy to lend a helping hand. On his two service trips with Resurrection parishioners to New Orleans he delighted in helping to clean out and repair homes for people who had experienced Hurricane Katrina.
Dave played softball for many years until he was later introduced to the game of golf - which he grew to love. Dave enjoyed spending time as a member of Lacoma and later Meadows Golf Course for many years. He was the first person to have an ‘Eagle' at The Meadows. He was also proud to say he achieved a ‘Hole in One' at both courses. He was always encouraging others and was happy to help them improve their golf swing. He and Ann loved wintering in Texas, Arizona or Florida and made countless new friends during retirement.

Dave's faith was very important to him as was his long time parish, Resurrection Church, where he was a Eucharist Minister, helped with plumbing repairs at the school and rectory, participated in CEW's, parish festivals and Resurrection's locally sponsored Habitat for Humanity. Dave was also a member of Resurrection Men's Scripture Sharing group, MESS.

Next to his faith, family was most important to Dave as he cherished every minute he could spend with his children and grandchildren. "Grandpa G" was always there with a big bear hug and his great, hearty laugh.

Dave faced many challenges while on his journey with Lewy Body Dementia but he was blessed with never losing his great sense of humor and his wonderful, infectious laugh. Dave's beautiful smile would light up the room. Even in Dave's final days, he was able to share his gift of laughter and great wit with others. Dave loved life and lived it to the fullest with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In keeping with his generous nature, Dave's family knows he would have wanted to help others so his brain has been donated to Mayo Clinic‘s Dementia research program.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Ann; son, Bob (Carol) Gebhart of Asbury, IA; daughter, Barb (Tim) Heim of Waukee, IA; grandchildren, Logan and Spencer Heim, Braden and Ava Gebhart; siblings, Diane (Tom) Sievers, *Don ( Barb) Gebhart, Sue (Cliff) Zapke, Deb (Erv) Hooks; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom Metz, Jean (Loras) Finn, Karen (Denny) Hanson, Jack (Patti) Fury, Pat (Rochelle) Fury, Victoria Fury, Bill (Martha) Fury, Mary Fury, Rick Fury, Tom Fury; two aunts, Grace and Lou Ann Wieneke; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, John (Eileen) Fury; sister-in-law, Kay Metz; two brothers-in-law, Michael and Jim Fury; nieces and nephews, Justin, Nathan, Connie Fury and Katie Metz.
In lieu of flowers a David Gebhart Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

* Dave's only brother, Don, joined him in Heaven the following day on February 1, 2017.



Carol A. (Tott) Meyers


Carol A. (Tott) Meyers, 68, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Carol was born February 3, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa the daughter of Harold "Shorty" and Dorothy (Powell) Tott. She co-owned Tott's Tap and A&B Tap, and most recently worked at the Dubuque Driving Range.

Carol enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, loved to dance, and sing karaoke. She enjoyed life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Tom (fiance' Traci Schmitt) Meyers of Sherrill, and Paula (Ted) Lenaerts of Cedar Falls; grandchildren Sami Jo and Brady Meyers, Ted "TJ", Alexandra, and Madison Lenaerts; siblings Sandra (Harry) Beversdorf, Diana Cooper, Lita (Mike) Dougherty, Jack (Christine) Tott, Jerry (Lisa) Tott, Karen Tott, and Debra (Paul) Boge; and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends. Carol is also survived by her two puppies, Harley and Holly.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Butch Cooper.

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

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



Nancy J. Zillig


Nancy J. Zillig, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:50 a.m., on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Nancy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Nancy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy was born on August 4, 1931, in Dyersville, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Ernster) McInerney.

Nancy would gain her primary education from St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Academy before eventually meeting the love of her life, Charles "Chuck" Zillig. The two would be united in marriage on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1950 at St. Patrick's Church. They would be undeniably blessed with 66 wonderful years of marriage, and 8 deeply adored children. Nancy worked as a switchboard operator with the telephone company until the Lord presented her and Chuck with their first child. Nancy would proudly stay home to raise all 8 of her children and happily invest countless hours nurturing her family through each passing day. She did return to the working world once the kids were older and generously gave another 10 years of her time and talents to the Dubuque Community School District as a teacher's aide until her final retirement in 1992. Nancy was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and would graciously sing to her heart's content from the choir loft for decades. Music would also find its way into her personal life; a little time around the piano, or with a violin in hand, were always pleasant ways to pass some time in her day. Nancy also enjoyed any opportunity to gather at the bowling lanes with friends, join her ladies league for a round of golf, spend her early morning hours working her daily crossword "in ink", or even a friendly venture of chasing points with her friends in their 60 years plus of Card Club. Nancy was truly a rare and kind faith-filled woman who has surely left a positive imprint on the world she leaves behind. Her humble nature was always on display and the legacy she leaves behind in her children, and all so precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will be evident for all to witness for generations. Sadly, we realize today that we have taken our last girls shopping trip with Mom and our hearts are torn today with a pain and sorrow which only God and time can heal. But thankfully we know and trust that the memories which remain, from the 85 years we shared together, will gratefully carry us through until we are all reunited once again with an eternal hen party in progress and all the cute puppies any angel could desire. "When you hear music from up above, it will be me singing to you" - Love, Nancy

Those left to cherish Nancy's memory include
her husband,
Charles "Chuck" Zillig, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 children,
Kathi (Dan) Kelly, Asbury,
Kris (John) Richey, Asbury,
Vicki (Charlie) Glab, Dubuque,
Mary (Ted) Runde, Cuba City, WI,
Patti (Jim) Luksetich, Dubuque,
Julie (Ray) Small, Iowa City, IA,
Dave (Sandie) Zillig, Dubuque
and Rick (Linda) Zillig, Asbury;

her 28 grandchildren,
Jason (Kim) Kelly, Nicole (Kristian) Rondeau, Jenny (Brian) Herting, Sarah (Justin) Sinning, Ryan (Betsy) Richey, Tricia (Alex) Baum, Addie (Kevin) O'Connor, Nick Glab, Sam Glab, Gus Glab, Zoa Glab, Holly (Jeff) Johns, Camy (Dan) Berntgen, Kyle (Jackie England) Runde, Katie (Ben) Varley, Adam Luksetich, Michael (Kathy) Luksetich, Jenna Luksetich, Missy (Shawn) Stewart, Mary (Chris) Grant, Emily (Scott) Kaalberg, Vicki (Jason) Berg, Libby Small, Charlotte (Patrick) Carr, Hailey Zillig, Drew Zillig, Ben Zillig and Becca Zillig;

her 36 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Patricia Griego, Dubuque
and R. Bruce McInerney, Niles, OH;

and her four-legged faithful companion,
Charlie.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, J. Michael Griego.

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

Nancy's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, and the University of Iowa, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Nancy and her entire family.

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

 



Robert H. Johnson


Robert H. "Bob" Johnson, Jr., 63, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Galena, IL, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where members of Miner's Masonic Lodge # 273 A.F. & A.M. will conduct services at 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Bob was born on October 12, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Percy and Jean (Selle) Johnson.

He was a self-employed carpenter, a member of Miner's Lodge # 273 A.F. & A.M. of Galena, and veteran of the U. S. Navy serving in Vietnam. Bob loved traveling, car cruising in his "55"Chevy Nomad and time spent with family.

Surviving is his sweetheart, Cheryl Katka; five children, Robert (Summer) Johnson, Jr. of Galena, Kelly (Trevor Trace) Johnson of Dodgeville, WI, Melissa (Erick) Plamann of Elizabethtown, KY, Shannon Katka of East Dubuque, and Chad Katka of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Samantha Jean Johnson, Edwin Chance Heare and Taryn Bailey Plamann, his mother, Jean Johnson of Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Larry Johnson, East Dubuque, Karen Johnson, LaCrosse, WI, Barbara Painter, Dubuque, IA, Nancy Lee Brady, Galesville, WI, Janet Fisher, Alliance, NE, Barbara McKinney, Prescott, WI, Jeannette Sage, Onalaska, WI, and Gene Johnson, Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Percy and a brother, Jack Johnson.

In lieu of flowers a Robert H. Johnson, Sr., memorial fund has been established.

Bob's family wishes to give special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the V. A. Medical Center in Iowa City, IA, for the excellent care given to Bob and to Hospice of Dubuque for their special care and compassion.

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

 

 



Betty A. Soltow


Betty Ann Soltow, 89 of Dubuque died Sunday, January 29, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Thursday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. 

Betty was born August 22, 1927 in Lyndon, Ill., daughter of Lloyd and Anna (Mundt) Harrington. On March 20, 1949, she married Robert L. Soltow in Lyndon, Ill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2003.

Betty worked as a clerk at the Loras Book Store for 23 years, retiring in 1995. She was a past member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards, bowled for many years and was an avid Cubs fan.  She loved spending time with two of her great great-granddaughters, Ashlynn and Nora.

She is survived by two sons, Steven (Grace Franjola) Soltow of Connecticut and Craig (Judy) Soltow of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Kate Soltow and Christopher, Robin (Mike Donahue) and Steve (Nikki) Kennedy; three great grandchildren; and great great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Gene and Robert Harrington and Pauline Wallick.

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

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

 

 



Stanley J. Kane


Stanley J. Kane, Sr. 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers and Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, at a later date.

Stanley was born on January 5th, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James E. and Helen A. (Markus) Kane.
He married Shirley A. Meehan on June 25th, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked at Dubuque Packing Company for 45 years retiring in 1998.
Stanley loved people, enjoyed a cold beer, a good conversation and was known to have quick "one-liners". He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and NASCAR fan. He took great pride in his yard and feeding his feathered friends.
Stan's love for Shirley was a real example of what true love should be and was a great inspiration to his family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Shirley; seven children, Pam (Tom) Sinnott, of Iowa City, Candi (Joel) Petsch, of Dubuque, Robert Kane, of San Diego, CA, Wanda (Rich) Runde, Stanley Kane, Jr., Ron (Doreen Walter) Kane and Mike (Carrie Jacobs) Kane, all of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Ann Marie in infancy; and his siblings, Lelia (Chris) Strief, Helen (John) Connelly, Clarence (Marie) Kane, Luella (Vince) McFadden, James E. (Ruth) Kane Jr., John H. (Ruth) Kane, Robert M. Kane, and two brothers in infancy Louis and Henry.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Heart Association.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison and Judi; Dr. Christopher Stille and his nurse Julie Ehlinger and the staff of Medical Associates for all their wonderful care they gave to Stan.



Dale M. Kelchen


Dale M. Kelchen, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:24 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dale was born on November 11, 1939, in Monticello, Iowa, son of Alvin Herman and Marguerite Mary (Carney) Kelchen.

Dale was born in Monticello, but was raised in the Cascade and Sherrill areas before eventually moving to Dubuque. In the early 1960's, Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he would honorably and proudly serve his country. Dale was a committed worker who diligently put his talents to use at the Dubuque Pack and also in the maintenance department at Eagle Window and Door. Dale would unfortunately move into early retirement, much sooner than he desired, due to serious health issues. Before his stroke, Dale enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors; whether he was working the farm, tinkering on the tractors, or just simply enjoying the peace and serenity of a nice sunny day. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan, but also enjoyed watching some of his favorite classic western movies. Dale was also a consummate animal lover who had an especially soft spot in his heart for his four-legged canines. His greatest joy throughout his earthly journey, however, was found in the time he would be blessed to spend with his only son, Kevin, and his beautiful family. We are deeply saddened by Dale's sudden passing, but find solemn moments of comfort in knowing that he now rests in eternal peace, free from the struggles he has faced these past years. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Dale's memory include

his son,
Kevin Martin (Molly Kathleen) Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his granddaughter,
Natalie Renee Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
James Alvin Kelchen, Sherrill, IA,
Mary Lucille Kelchen-Bruggeman, Dubuque, IA,
Alverna M. (Darrell) Besler, Dubuque, IA
and Rosemary Marie (Samuel) Boughner, What Cheer, IA;

his former wife,
Deborah Joan Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Ann Schmidt; and a brother, Jerome George Kelchen.

A Dale M. Kelchen memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dale's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the care and support they have provided to Dale and his family.

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

 



Jack L. Wing


Jack L. Wing, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of St. Donatus, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow the service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Thursday until time of service.

Jack was born on September 4, 1930 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Ira and Gertrude (Owen) Wing. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and on May 29th, 1951 he married Virginia Clary, his high school sweetheart, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

He apprenticed in printing as a teenager. He worked for Bob Melvold, and co-owned Stoddard Print, both in Maquoketa. He then worked for Wm. C. Brown Publishing in Dubuque for 31 years, until retirement. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a meat cutter for Kalmes Catering in Saint Donatus, until the age of 85.

Jack is a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, W/3 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of the Jaycees, American Legion, Bass Fishing Clubs, and an honorary member of the Luxembourg Society.

Jack enjoyed gardening, a good game of "bean bag toss", making salsa and sauerkraut, which he loved to share. Jack's hands were always busy. We will miss him so very much.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; three children, Valerie (Paul) McNally, Susan (Don) Broadwell, and Martin (Heidi Roberts) Wing. Seven grandchildren and their spouses, five great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kelly, Tom, Louis, and Owen Wing; sisters Marjorie Holtz, Genevieve Wing, and Barbara Kemp.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff; Dr. Monga, of the University of Iowa Hospital; Dr. Mark Hermann and Dr. Garrett Ridgley; and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jack.



Lyle W. Scheppele


Lyle W. Scheppele, 87, of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 23, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Private family services will be held.

Lyle was born August 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clyde and Pearl (Schloz) Scheppele.  He grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping Co. for many years.  He worked as Vice President in charge of production at RGF Manufacturing in Potosi.

Lyle loved to spend many summers bass fishing on the Mississippi. He enjoyed working with metals and completed many small projects. He loved band music and played trombone throughout his school years as well as playing with the Dubuque Community Band.

He is survived by his long-time partner, Mavis Hanson of Dubuque; a niece, Jane (Kevin) Wichman of Verona, Wisc., and a nephew, John (Laurie) Hansel of Hortonville, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Hansel.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque specialty care and Unity Point Health for their wonderful care.

 



Brian M. Baker


Brian M. Baker, 53, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 29, 2017, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident on 174th Avenue just southwest of 19th Street in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Brian's life will be held at 4:30 P.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A gathering of family and friends will be held prior to the service from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Brian Marshall Baker was born on May 17, 1963 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William August and Nancy Jo (Streets) Baker, Sr. He attended Andrew High School and then entered the military, serving in the Reserves and National Guard.

Brian was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. Through the years he had worked for Amhof, Galloway and Johnson Trucking. He currently was working with C & W out of East Moline, Illinois, and had previously worked for Total Quality Truck Maintenance as a mechanic.

Brian enjoyed outside activities and loved many things including camping, fishing, racing, farming, cutting wood and four-wheeling. He was fun-loving and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Brian's memory include his children, Joseph (Heidi) Baker of Maquoketa, IA, Jessica (Chance) Casel of Maquoketa, IA, Rebecca Baker of Marceline, MO and Spencer Baker of Maquoketa, IA; his father and step-mother, Bill and Debra Baker, Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Brenda (Darcy) Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren (with 2 on the way); and his girlfriend, Dawn Harland of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Jo Baker; brothers Bruce and William Jr.; a nephew, Christopher Hankemeier; and a great-niece, Aleah Steffen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brian M. Baker memorial fund has been established.

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



Vera H. Scheibe


Vera H. Scheibe, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Vera's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017 from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Vera Harriett Ringen was born on May 21, 1928 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Harris Lewis William and Erma L. (Kroeger) Ringen. She attended Preston High School. She married Donald Otto Scheibe on June 12, 1953 in Preston, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Steven and Mark.

Vera was a farm wife who farmed with her husband, first south of Maquoketa, and in 1962 they purchased a farm west of Maquoketa. As lifetime farmers and partners, they farmed together for over 60 years.

Vera was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and the Jackson County Cowbells. She enjoyed her chickens, gardening, canning and was an excellent cook. She especially loved her family and her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Vera's memory include her husband, Donald O. Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; sons Steven Scheibe of Fairview, TN, and Mark (Milissa) Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Lois (Richard) Schnoor of Maquoketa, IA, and Janet (Charles) Hindley of Clinton, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Bryan Scheibe of Yokohama, Japan, Emily Scheibe of Nashville, TN, Zachary Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Scheibe of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Vera H. Scheibe memorial fund has been established.

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



Delmar A. Feldmann


Delmar A. Feldmann, 74, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Delmar may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. conducted by Deacon Roger Riesberg. A celebration of life will follow the services at Funnigans in Epworth, IA.

Delmar was born May 2, 1942 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Charles and Irene (Kelchen) Feldmann. He graduated in 1956 from St. Paul's High school in Worthington, IA. On October 19, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Loeffelholz at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who always enjoyed playing Euchre.

He is survived by his Wife, Mary Lou Feldmann of Epworth, IA; Eight children, Kenneth (Sandy) Feldmann of Swisher, IA, Kimberly Ehlermann of Roswell, NM, Keith (Sheri) Feldmann of Earlville, IA, Kris Feldmann of Worthington, IA, Kraig "Homer" (Bobbi) Feldmann of New Vienna, IA, Katina (Mike) Shaffer of Paris Crossing, IN, Kory (Julie) Feldmann of Dyersville, IA, Kary Lyn Waite of Bloomington, IN; 18 grandchildren, Colton and Caitlin, Ashlee, Aaron and Amber, Brittany, Rachelle and Rusty, Kevin, Taylor, Kameron, Kody and Chevy, Makayla and Alex, Matthew, Kylee and Garrett; and 3 great grandchildren; one brother, Leonard (Caroline) Feldman of Darlington, WI; Five sisters-in-law, Rose Feldmann of Dyersville, IA, Margie Feldmann Lehmann of Farley, IA, Grace Feldmann of Worthington, IA, Mary Feldmann Ronebaum of Colesburg, IA, and Rosella Feldmann of Monticello, IA

He is preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers, Donald, Raymond, Frances, Lawrence, Carl, Leo, Tom and Andrew Feldmann, three sisters, Lucille (Al) Vonderhaar, Rita (Charles) Meyer and Marie Hall Strief.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim and Jan, Social workers Nicole and Lindsay, Dr. Holm and Stephanie and the girls in the Onocology department at Medical Associates for all their care and support.

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



Patricia J. Cullen Spensley


Patricia J. (Steil) Cullen Spensley, 87, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of East Dubuque, IL, peacefully passed away Friday, January 27, 2017, in her home in Dubuque, IA.

Patricia was born on April 28, 1929, in Perry, IA, the daughter of Walter F. and Ethel (Frommelt) Steil. She married Thomas J. Cullen on October 7, 1950, at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1996. Patricia married Alan B. Spensley on May 3, 2003, at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL.

Patricia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1946, as did her husband, Alan.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish since 1964.  She worked as a legal secretary for Stapleton, Ernst & Sprengelmeyer for many years.  She led an active life that included swimming, hiking, dancing and, most importantly, spending time with friends and family. She had a strong sense of curiosity and was engaged in the world around her.  She also loved cats and dogs and enjoyed the company of family pets.  Her greatest joy and passion was family.

Surviving are her husband, Alan Spensley, of Dubuque, IA; 3 children, Timothy (Elaine) Cullen, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Judith Cullen, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jeffrey (Gina) Cullen, of Golden, CO; 3 stepchildren, Steve (Kim) Spensley, of Pittsford, VT, Mike Spensley and Kathy Spensley, both of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren, 7 stepgrandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 11 step great-grandchildren; in-laws, Emmie Cullen, of Reno, NV, Lois (Tom) Hendricks, of Cuba City, WI, Jerry (Pat) Cullen, of Platteville, WI, Mary Ann (Jim) Reilly, of Shullsburg, WI, Geraldine "Jerry" Cullen, of Darlington, WI, William (Betty) Cullen, of The Villages, FL, Peg Dalsing, of Dubuque, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Cullen; her parents; her siblings and their spouses, LaVonne (Carl) Perrott, Mary Jane (Bernell) Busch, Peg (Frank) Saunders, Joanne (Carl) Schwarzhoff and William (Helen) Steil; in-laws, Joseph Cullen, Kate (Howard) Geisler, John (Mary) Cullen, Patricia (John) Smith, Dan Cullen, Cletus Dalsing, Helen Steil (who was married to Patricia's brother William), and Dale Spensley;  3 nieces, Sue (Smith) Fujioka, Lisa (Schwarzhoff) Schoessow and Pamela (Saunders) Santay; 1 nephew, Kent Dalsing; and 1 step great-grandchild, Henry Williams.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m., Wednesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017, at St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, IL , with Rev. Dean Smith celebrating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, IL

 

 



Eileen E. Rogemann-Heller


Eileen E. Rojemann-Heller, age 93, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at ManorCare in Platteville surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 12, 1923, the daughter of August and Dolores (Runde) Fleege. Eileen attended school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Sinsinawa. On June 3, 1947, she was united in marriage to William J. Rojemann. After their marriage, the couple became self-employed and owned and operated several businesses throughout Grant County for over thirty years. William preceded her in death on January 29, 1983. Following his death, Eileen began employment at the Potosi High School as a cook. She was known for her cinnamon rolls. On June 21, 2003, Eileen was united in marriage to Donald Heller. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2011. Eileen was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and served as the church organist for many years. She was also a member of the Tavern League. Eileen enjoyed music and baking. She dearly loved spending time with her family and keeping up with her grandchildren's activities.

Survivors include her six children: Jean (Schelley) Schoville, Potosi; Ellen (John) Berning, Menominee, IL; Ted (Bonnie) Rojemann, Paul (Susan) Rojemann, Diane (Ted) Bode, and Jeff (Chris Judd) Rojemann all of Potosi; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and one on the way; her siblings: Carol Guerdet, Dubuque, IA; Harold (Marian) Fleege, Hazel Green; a sister-in-law, Lori Fleege, Dubuque, IA; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, Eileen was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann; her siblings: Donald Fleege and Irma (Hank) Spahn; in-laws: Justin (Marie) Rojemann; Joe (Viola) Rojemann; Margaret (Jack) Doyle and Richard Guerdet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church where a 2:45 p.m. rosary will be prayed. Friends may also call on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Maureen Ann Vetricek


Maureen Ann Vetricek, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, is assisting the family.

Maureen was born on December 13, 1940 in Savanna, Illinois the daughter of Samuel and Martha (Bundy) Adams. She graduated from Savanna High School in 1959.
She married Patrick H. Vetricek, the love of her life, on September 10th, 1960 in Savanna, Illinois.

Maureen worked as a Nursing Home Administrator for 35 years before retiring from Heritage Manor in 2002. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and mentor.

She enjoyed good food, family gatherings, gardening, and especially shopping with her daughter. Maureen was a member of the Red Hat Sassy Hatituders, and Bunco Club and enjoyed their gatherings.

She is survived by her loving husband Patrick; daughter Sheri Kephart, son-in-law Henry Wolford, both of Lubbock, Texas; her sister, Charlotte Merboth, of Mt Carroll, IL, and brother, Samuel Adams, of Lynn Haven, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Kukla and his nurse Julie; the staff of Mercy Medical Center 3rd Floor, and to Hospice of Dubuque, for all their compassionate care of Maureen.



Patricia Ann Meyer


Patricia Ann Meyer, 81, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL, with Pastor John Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound.

Pat was born on September 14, 1935 near Elizabeth, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Sadie (Altfillisch) Morhardt. She was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1954. On September 30, 1954 she was united in marriage to Edward A. Meyer at the Scales Mound Presbyterian Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, baking, and bingo, and previously worked on the farm with Ed until their retirement. Pat loved the ladies card club and occasional trips to the Casino. She will be remembered for her famous chocolate chip cookies.

Surviving are her husband, Ed; three daughters, Tammy Hesselbacher, Carolyn (Bernard) Trebian and Shari (Gary) Hillary, all of Scales Mound; a son, David (Cristy) Meyer of Sycamore, IL; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a baby girl on the way; two brothers, Gerald (Donna) Morhardt of Schapville, IL, and Richard (Margie) Morhardt of Scales Mound; and nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Sadie; and a son-in-law, David Hesselbacher. 

Ed and family wish to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, 2-CVU, for the wonderful care provided to their wife and mother.

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



Charlene Ruby Clark


Charlene Ruby Clark, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 25, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Charlene's life will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Charlene Ruby Morris – who was affectionately known as "Charlie" or Chinquapin" – was born on April 7, 1929 in Waynesboro, Virginia to James Henry and Agnes Jacqulin (Wolfe) Morris. She was a 1946 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

She married Wilbur "Bob" Clark on October 6, 1954 in Waynesboro, Virginia. To this union two children were born: Sidney and Robert.

Charlene was a homemaker and had worked various jobs throughout her lifetime. She first worked at Rose's Five and Dime and then DuPont, both in Virginia. While Bob was stationed in the military she worked for the Commissary in California. Upon moving to the Maquoketa area she sold Avon and then worked for the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and lastly the Maquoketa Senior Center.

Charlene was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Virginia and had attended the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, music, and cooking, with family favorites being her Mac'N'Cheese, Chocolate Eau Clair's, and homemade noodles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Sidney (Gail) Clark of East Dubuque, IL, and Robert "Rob" (Robin) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and twin brothers, Patrick "Pete" Morris of VA, and Paul Morris of VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur "Bob" Clark, on February 10, 2000; a sister, Ruth Sheets Hoye; and a brother, James Henry "Buck" Morris.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charlene Ruby Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Kathleen B. Thompson


Kathleen B. Thompson, 71, of Leesburg, Florida, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Tavares Hospice House in Tavares, Florida.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Kathleen's life will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Kathleen B. Dietz was born on November 8, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Lyle Dau and Wilda Ellen (Burge) Dietz. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1963 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Robert L. Thompson on September of 1980 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

While in Maquoketa, Kathy had provided in-home daycare and later worked at Crestridge Nursing Home. When living in Sterling, Colorado she had worked at various jobs until moving to Ogallala, Nebraska where she was the owner and manager of the Lonesome Cove Restaurant for 15 years. She retired and moved to Leesburg, Florida in 2015.

Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, entertaining guests at her home, watching the Denver Broncos, and caring for her pets. She was especially proud of her two grandsons.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Robert L. Thompson of Leesburg, FL; a daughter, Angela (Marty) Davison of Maquoketa, IA; step-children Robert Thompson and James Thompson of Littleton, CO; 2 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson; a sister, Patricia Dietz of Ft. Dodge, IA; brothers-in-law Floyd Drumheller and John Thompson of Mt. Morris, IL, and Donald Drumheller of Oregon, IL; and a sister-in-law, Martha Ann Patterson of Oregon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to any Humane Society of the donor's choice.

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



Oswald (Ozzie) L. Dolan


Oswald (Ozzie) L. Dolan, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where a prayer service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Church.

Ozzie was born September 11, 1918, on a farm near Charlotte, Iowa, son of Oswald I. and Cecile (Burke) Dolan. His family then moved near Ryan, Iowa, where he graduated from High School in 1936. He attended DeVry Institute in Chicago and took a job at Delco Radio in Kokomo, Ind. for about a year. He then returned home and did farm work for a short time before deciding to join the Brothers of Holy Cross. As a brother, he took the name Brother Carlos and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Notre Dame University in 1944. He then worked in Washington D.C., where he received his Masters Degree from Catholic University in social work. He taught high school for several years, then in 1953, he became director of Rancho San Antonio Home for Boys, near Los Angeles.

After 6 years, he was called to a different way of life when he met Marjorie L. Dolan, a widow of his first cousin, Paul Dolan. He received his dispensation of vows and returned to Iowa, where he married Marge on January 9, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Mason City and became father to her six young children. They moved to Dubuque where he became co-director at St. Mary's Home. He and Marge had three more children. In 1967, Ozzie took a job with Keystone AEA, as a social worker for the Dubuque Schools, until his retirement in 1984. 

Ozzie's passion for travel and the outdoors led him and his family on many camping trips across the country, and down many a path and stream, in canoes and on horseback. He and Marge also enjoyed trips to Ireland, England, Europe and Ecuador. They pulled their RV on many trips across the US every winter until 2010. He enjoyed selling World Book from 1967 to 1984 and donated many sets to Holy Ghost School and other institutions.

Ozzie wanted to learn about every person he met. He loved to engage in conversation because he was as good a listener as talker. He loved to read, play Scrabble and spend time with family. His life was an example of how to care for our world and have faith in God, taking one day at a time. 

He was an active member of Holy Ghost Parish where he exemplified good stewardship in many ways. He was a member of the Dubuque chapter of the Lion's Club for over 40 years. 

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Dolan, and his nine children: Mary Neuhaus of Farley, Jim Dolan of Glendale, Arizona, Kathy (Mike) Weibel of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Greg Dolan of Glendale, Arizona, Tom (Ceci) Dolan of San Bernardino, California, Deb (Dave) Welsh of Dubuque, Marta (Randy) Bender of Bellevue, Barb (Chris) Ehlers of Dubuque, and Amy (fiancé, Joe Andresen) of Dubuque; 24 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one more on the way; a sister, Cecile (Jim) Salz of Mesa, Arizona, a brother, Emmett (Jean) Dolan, of Coggan, a sister-in-law, Anna Mae (Leo) Dolan, of Winthrop, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Chuck Neuhaus; five brothers, Ambrose (and Margaret, and Evelyn), Cyril (Mike) (and Geraldine), Leo, Clair (and Eileen), and Sylvan (Toby) (and Velma) and a sister, Regina (and Jack) Slattery.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Bethany Home and Hospice for all the care and kindness they have extended to Ozzie.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools.



Doris M. Nachtman


Doris M. Nachtman, 93, of Dubuque died Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Luther Manor. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Doris was born June 14, 1923 in Lancaster, Wisc., daughter of John and Mabel (Sedbrook) Flesch. She graduated from Cassville HS. She married Harold A. Nachtman September 2, 1947 at Saint Thomas Catholic Church Potosi WI. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1980.

Doris worked for a few years at the Roshek Department Store and then at Armstrongs in the gift department as a wedding consultant. She served on the Board of Directors of the Girls Club of Dubuque.

Doris was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. This was evident in many ways especially through the heroic care she provided her daughter for many years. She imprinted her love on all the grandchildren and great grandchildren early in their lives and remained close to them as they grew older. Each new addition to the family gave her joy. She was very proud of her family.

Doris enjoyed many great friendships over the years. She and Harold were members of a "potluck" dinner group that we envy yet today for the fun they had together. She enjoyed a wonderful group of ladies that gathered for cards and lunches.

In the words of her Granddaughter, Sara "Well into her nineties she was still easily the best dressed woman in any room. She liked good scotch. She talked to her flowers. She read cookbooks for sport. She had an eye for beautiful things. She was generous with her time for me. She was elegant and lovely until the end."

Doris is survived by her children, DiAnne of Dubuque, Deb (Tom) Brehmer and children, H. Jacqueline, Shelby and David of San Francisco CA, Jack (Linda) Nachtman of Dubuque and children, Jack Jr. (Erica) and children, Evan and Harold of La Crosse WI, Dr. Chad (Cyndy) Nachtman and children Nicholas and Matthew of Dubuque, Charlie ( Jean) Nachtman of Dubuque and Children Sara (Brian) Gay and children, Greta, Signe, and Aksel of Duluth MN. and Lisa Nachtman of Dubuque. She is also survived by her two sisters, Joann (Bernard) Kirschbaum, and Connie Fritz, both of Lancaster WI and her sister-in-law Lenice Flesch of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, her brothers John Flesch and Donald Flesch, sister-in-law Florence Flesch, brother-in-law Eldon Fritz, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Harold J Nachtman and Emma, brother-in-law William Nachtman and sister-in-law Donna Nachtman.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque, or DuRide.

Special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries at Medical Associates, the staff at Mercy Hospital, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of Doris.

 



John E. Hess


John E. Hess, 86 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with the Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church and from 10-10:45 a.m., Saturday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born on May 13, 1930 the son of Elmer and Cora (Hesselbacher) Hess. He grew up in South Freeport, Illinois where he attended Silver Creek Center School and Freeport High School.

He entered high school in 1944 when WWII was in full swing. His father was a section foreman with the railroad at the time and because of the War, able-bodied section hands were in short supply. Since he was big for his age, Hess was "drafted" to work on the railroad alongside his father at the age of 14. He continued work on the railroad through high school until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.

After basic training and Ordinance Technical Intelligence School, he was assigned to hazardous duty in Salzburg, Austria. While there, he attended Troop Information and Education School at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Bavaria. This was his introduction to teaching and it influenced his post-service career.

After completing his Military commitment, he entered Northern Illinois University where he received his B.S. degree. He later returned to NIU to earn his master's degree in Educational Administration and his Ed.D.

While working as a teacher at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois, John met a new English teacher on staff by the name of Jeanette "Jan" Schmidt; the two fell in love and married.

Two weeks after receiving his doctorate in 1969, he was hired at Loras College as an assistant professor in the Education Department. During his time at Loras, he served in various professional ranks which included Chair of the Loras College Education department, Chair of the Tri- College Education department, Director of the Graduate division, and Director of Community Education.

In 1993, the Iowa Association for Lifelong Learning presented him with the Distinguished Service Award Emeritus for his many contributions to the IALL. He was one of the charter members of the organization, having served two terms on their Board of Directors and three terms as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

John had a laugh that would fill the whole room. He was friendly, dedicated, humble and professional. He had the ability to relate to his students, always encouraging them and helping them improve their practice.

John retired from Loras College in 1998 after 29 years of service.

He was a member of the Dubuque Lions Club. He received the Warren Coleman Award from the Iowa Lions Club and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions Club International.

He was a member of the Iowa Citizen's Foster Care Review Board, a member of the IntegrUS (Teachers') Credit Union and past member and chair of the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commission.

John was active in the Dubuque County Historical Society's Local History Board and the Building and Sites Committee. He was past member of the Friends of the Loras Library Board, the Dubuque Area Lifetime Center Board, a past member and chair of the Gold Star Teacher Awards Committee and a past member of the Site Council for Audubon School.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, of Dubuque; and many friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Clayton and Lorin Hess.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Loras College or St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Special thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital and Luther Manor.



Dolores M. Bonnet


Dolores M. "Dee" (Maus) Bonnet, 97, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 8:24 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church.

Dee was born on October 24, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William M. and Mae (Martin) Maus.

She was united in marriage to Ralph H. Bonnet on January 25, 1949 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.  Ralph preceded her in death on March 3, 2008.

Dee enjoyed bowling, euchre, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She formerly worked with Dee Reynolds doing catering events.  She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society, a former member of the 62+ Club and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Snyder of Galena, Illinois and Pat Bonnet of East Dubuque; four grandchildren, Brad (Rina) Snyder, Michael (Kathy) Snyder, Amanda Lee, and Matthew (Lindsay) Snyder; 12-great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nina, David, Bibiana, Gaby, Lilly, Teddy, Ava, Nya, Ryan, Gavin and Luke; a sister, Evelyn Schweikert of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Leona "Pete" Ginter of Kieler, Wisconsin and a brother-in-law, Wesley Hoots of Rock Island, Illinois; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mae, her husband, Ralph, siblings, Myra, Pearl, Laura, Bette, Carl and James.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley and Julie for the excellent care provided to our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, a Dolores "Dee" Bonnet memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Shirley I. Ring


Shirley I. Ring, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 27 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 28 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, where there will be a visitation from 9:45 to 10:15 prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Shirley was born on May 15, 1926 to Alfred and Alice (Haser) Thompson in New Diggins, Wisc. She married Donald Ring on March 17, 1948. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1978.

Shirley was truly devoted to her job as a nurse's aide. Before retiring at age 85, she worked at Finley Hospital, VNA, and as a private in-home aid.

She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church for 60 years. During her time there, she was involved in the Busy Bees and helped serve the Saturday night Food for the Soul meal.

Shirley was always generous with her time. No matter how busy she was, she would make time for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was famous for her sour cream cookies and bottomless candy dish. Besides her work and family, Shirley enjoyed crocheting, flowers, and the Chicago Bulls.

Survivors include her children, Darryl (Judy) Ring of Lake Elsinore, CA, Renee (Larry) Kirby, Ronna (Jack) Scott, and Mark (Tracey) Ring all of Dubuque, grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Wallin of Long Beach, CA, Lance (Kelly) Kirby of Dubuque, Chad (Christina) Kirby Westford, MA, Travis (Andrea) Kirby, Jody (D.J.) Ludowitz, Chantel (Shaun) Manning, Gina Scott, Heather (Jim) Hitzler, Chris (Ashley Bergfeld) Scott, all of Dubuque, Jason Ring of Lake Tahoe, CA, and Melissa (Greg) Stokes of Colorado Springs, CO: 22 great grandchildren and three more arriving in 2017; a sister Phyllis Moser of Dubuque; sister in law Rita Wong of Manly, IA; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsay, Nicole, and Jan for their excellent care.

 



Michael J. Conlon


Michael Joseph Conlon of Dubuque, Iowa and Anna Maria, Florida left the back nine on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the age of 80. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th at St. Columbkille's Church with Monsignor James Barta celebrant. Family and friends may call from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, 1500 Alta Vista Street. Private burial services will be at a later date.

He was the husband of Sharon Rafoth Conlon; father to Michael Scott (Carolina), Stephanie (Stephen Russ), Sarah (Tim Osterberger) and Suzy (Greg Kalb). He was the grandfather to; Nicholas and Jonathan Russ; Luke and Joey Osterberger; Elyse, Elly, Anna and Ava Kalb; and soon to be born grandson Matteo Conlon.

Michael was the third son born to Mildred Steinbach and O.M. (Del) Conlon on March 30, 1936. He attended St. Columbkilles and graduated in 1954. He received a Business degree from Loras College and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Iowa.
He was a partner in Conlon Construction Company and Conlon Partners where he devoted over sixty-five years of his life. Michael helped expand the business into a national company with buildings throughout all fifty states. He was most proud of the family's legacy of buildings that can be seen throughout the city of Dubuque.

Service to the community was very important to Michael. Throughout his life he contributed his time and service to many boards including: Greater Dubuque Development Commission, Junior Achievement, Stonehill Care Center, St. Mark Community Center, The Grand Opera House, Firstar Bank, Harvest Savings Bank, Dubuque Savings and Loan, Frommelt Industries, American Arbitration Association, Dubuque Building Trades Association, and Dubuque Builders Exchange. Michael was affiliated with several professional associations in which he served in a variety of positions. These included: Master Builders of Iowa, Associated General Contractors of America, Iowa Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Iowa College Foundation. He was a member of the Dubuque Shooting Society and 990 Club, Dubuque Men's Association, Construction Fellowship, and a lifetime member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He was also a parishioner of St. Columbkille's Church.

Michael was involved in many aspects of the community, which gave him a deep sense of pride and respect for his home town. He was a staunch supporter of the three local colleges having a personal and professional affiliation with Loras, Clarke and the University of Dubuque. As a graduate of Loras College, Mike was a true "Duhawk", who served on the Executive Search committee and was an active member of the Dubuque Loras Club. In 2007, Michael was humbled to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
One of Michael's proudest professional moments was receiving the honorable Build Iowa award bestowed upon him by the Master Builders of Iowa Association, an organization which he served as President. He always tried to infuse the Master Builders of Iowa's tenets of skill, integrity, and responsibility into his life. Another accolade that Michael received on behalf of the Conlon family was the "Treasures of Dubuque". Although he was very honored by these awards, his children and grandchildren outshined all of his other successes.

Michael was also a very patriotic man who proudly served our country. He was a member of the United States Army and was honorably discharged after eight years of service.

He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren; brother-in-law, David Rafoth (Jan), sisters-in-law Rebecca Smith (Terry Phillips) and Helen (Marti) Conlon; many beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; in-laws Eleanor and Russell L. Rafoth; a daughter Kimberlyn at birth; brothers Richard P. and Roger David Conlon, sister Mary Carol Martel; brother-in-law Patrick M. Smith; nephews David Conlon and John Martel, nieces Diane Conlon Larson and Jenny Conlon Manning.

Michael was blessed to have so many loving family members and faithful, caring friends. He shared a special bond with his golf group, the Red Shirts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Michael and Sharon Conlon Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

The family wishes to extend a most heartfelt thank you to all of the staff and caregivers at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead. Their dedication and compassion toward Michael will forever provide peace and comfort to his family.
Michael tried to live by his favorite bible verse from Micah "...To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."



Mary A. Noonan


Mary A. Noonan, 81, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Crystal Lake, Illinois died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Mary Ann will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (Peosta), Iowa.

She was born August 8, 1935 in St. Joseph's Prairie, rural Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cletus and Marcella (Powers) Connolly. She is a graduate of St. Columbkille's High School in Dubuque, Iowa and received her certification as an X-Ray Tech from St. Anthony's in Rockford, IL. She was employed at St. Ann's Hospital in Chicago, IL, Princeton Hospital in Princeton, N.J., Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park, IL and McHenry Hospital in McHenry, IL. She later worked for Dr. Richard Gorski out of Woodstock, IL.

She is survived by her husband, Pat Noonan whom she married on April 15, 1961at St. Joseph's Prairie Church. They resided in Chicago, New Jersey, Berwyn, IL and South Holland, IL before moving to Crystal Lake, IL in 1976.

She is also survived by three sons, Kevin (Susan) Noonan of Crystal Lake, IL, Steve (Jan) Noonan of South Bend, IN, and Sean (Mary) Noonan of Algona, IA; 7 grandchildren, Patrick, Erin, Danny, Bridget, Courtney, Katie and Ryan; one sister, Rose (Bob) Carr of Dubuque, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan (Mary) Noonan and Cecilia "Cis" Meloy both of Cascade, IA, Mike (Jeanne) Noonan of Peosta, IA, and Shirley Noonan of San Mateo, CA; Geri Connolly of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Cletus Connolly Jr.; a sister, Joan Connolly; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob Noonan, Mary Margaret Noonan, Frances Noonan, John "Oz" Noonan, Nancy Noonan, Walter Meloy and her nephew, Danny Noonan.

A mass and dinner will be celebrated at St. Thomas Church in Crystal lake, IL at a later date.

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



Allene J. Schnoor


Allene J. Schnoor, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Allene's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Allene Josephine Schoenherr was born on July 27, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Oscar and Helena (Walp) Schoenherr. She attended country schools and then earned her GED in 1974. She married Carl J. Schnoor on August 24, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Garry, Steve, Karla and Lisa.

Allene was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Emeline area for many years. She moved to Maquoketa in 1994.

Allene had been a member of the Road Runners Camping Club and the East Iron Hill Community Church and its Ladies Aid. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, dancing, Precious Moments, antiques and going to garage sales.

Those left to honor Allene's memory include her children, Garry (Rita) Schnoor of Baldwin, IA, Steve (Penny) Schnoor of Baldwin, IA, Karla (Joe) Meier of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Chris) Belzer of Bondurant, IA; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Tyler (Susan) Schoenherr of Pontiac, IL; a sister Virginia Dietrich of Dubuque, IA; and a brother-in-law Everett Mattox of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl on August 4, 1989, a brother Rollie Schoenherr, and sisters Ellen Lindemier and LaVonna Mattox.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the East Iron Hill Community Church.

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

 



Violette F. Weber


Violette F. Weber (Waltz), age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, and a long-time resident of Hawkeye Care Center, passed away peacefully at 3:30 a.m., on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Private family services were held and her burial was in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.

Violette was born on May 5, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Abbie Waltz.

Violette was born and raised in Dubuque, where she would meet and marry the man of her dreams, Harold J. Weber, Sr. on March 13, 1943. They were blessed with 50 years together, and 2 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 22, 1994. She loved the simple things in life, such as spending time with her grandchildren, her family and friends, birdwatching, and listening to the radio. She continually remained positive, despite the many adversities she experienced in life, and was a role model for persistence.

Those left to cherish Violette's memory include

her children,
Violette Walter
and Harold (Connie Crandall) Weber;

as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Violette was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a son-in-law, and all of her sisters and brothers.

Violette's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the management, nurses, and staff of Hawkeye Care Center for all of the kind and compassionate care they provided to Violette, and for making her life comfortable and enjoyable.

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

 



Howard A. Bushman


Howard Anthony "Howie" Bushman, 68, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Howard was born in Dubuque on June 1, 1948. He is the son of Joe and Mae (Gerleman) Bushman. He graduated the class of 1966 from Senior High School. On February 3, 1968 Howard married Diane (Schaller) Bushman at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Howard worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years and part-time at Rafoth Roofing. He stayed involved in his community as a Special Deputy Officer for the Dubuque County. Even after retiring, Howard continued to work as a truck driver for McDermott Excavating and Drew Cook.
Howard was a passionate supporter of US troops and veterans; he served in the United States Navy from 1965-1968.

Howard was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Union of Roofers and Allied Workers, the United Auto Workers Local 94, and the National Rifle Association.

Those who met Howard knew he had the gift of gab and was a natural comedian. He took pride in his children and grandchildren and shared that with everyone he talked to. Howard, a genuinely passionate person, defeated his children in many arguments about the practicality of a flip phone and the merits of using a leaf blower to fix most of life's problems.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Diane Bushman, his daughter Tina (Keith) Wolff, his sons Tim (Sara) Bushman and Mike (Mandi) Bushman and his grandchildren: Katelyn (Andrew), Kristopher, Logan, Mitchell, Landen, Lucas, and Liam. He is also survived by his 7 brothers, 2 sisters, and close family friends Roger Auderer, Chad Hogan, Shawn Forler, and Scott Bainbridge.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mae Bushman and his dear friend Kim Sanford.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Wolbers (aka "Smokin' Hot"), Dr. Schope, Dr. Chung, Dr. Waack, Dr. Markham, Dr. Mark Bainbridge, Steve Day, emergency room staff and the ICU nurses for their exceptional care of Howard in his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, a Howard Bushman Memorial Fund has been established.



Velma A. Hankemeier


Velma A. Hankemeier, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 20, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 26, 2017 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Velma Augusta Yaddof was born on December 2, 1930 in Clinton County, Iowa, to August and Augusta (Petersen) Yaddof. Her first three years were spent near Goose Lake, and then her family moved to a farm near Elwood where she graduated from Elwood High School in 1949. She married Robert C. "Bob" Hankemeier on February 4, 1951 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Connie, Karen, Carol and Rodney.

Velma was a homemaker, raised a family and farmed with her husband in the rural Maquoketa area for many years. Once the children were raised she learned how to drive and started working at the Andrew Jackson Care Center. She did this for two years and then began a 17 year career working at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the housekeeping/laundry department. She retired in 1995.

Velma was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed baking, needlework, cross stitch, sewing, gardening, flowers, feeding the birds, and collecting Cardinals and Elephants. She was an avid NBA and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan. She especially loved Polka music, dancing, listening to KMAQ Radio, and her animals.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her husband Robert "Bob" Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; children, Connie Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA, Karen (Mark) Gombert of Maquoketa, IA, Carol (Jim) Reafsnider of Goose Lake, IA and Rodney Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Matthew (and girlfriend Jacie Moore) Gombert, Jessa (and boyfriend Justin McGrath) Gombert and Travis Reafsnider; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Victor and Virgil and a sister Virginia Klahn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velma A. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. O'Connell


Eileen M. O'Connell, 71, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:30 a.m. at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eileen may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m and CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends also may call after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Eileen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Eileen was born on December 30, 1945 in Cascade, Iowa, Daughter of Harold N. and Luella (Koob) Manternach. She received her education from former Aquin High School in Cascade. Eileen was employed in the food service industry for many years. On September 25, 1971, she was united in marriage to Bernard J. O'Connell at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Having no children of their own, Eileen and Bernie participated in the Foster Care Program. Eileen loved to make quilts, making over 30 quilts for family and friends. She also loved camping, scrapbooking and researching family history. She enjoyed writing poetry and had some poems published, Eileen was instrumental in starting a winter weekend tradition with family and friends that has grown for 38 years and continues yet today.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas Our Blessed Mother Court #1926 and was chair person for the parish prayer line.

She is survived by a foster daughter, Debi (Dan) Farrey of Benton, WI; four siblings, Mary Karolyn Kramer of Freeport, IL, Donna (Charles) Casey, Paul (Kathy) Manternach and Herb (Jacquie) Manternach all of Cascade, IA; one brother-in-law, Bob (Diane) O'Connell of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Pat (James) Rearden of Dubuque, IA, and Grace (Marvin) Kurt of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard J. O'Connell on September 7, 1997, a sister, Delores Manternach on October 15, 1951; a brother, Carl J. "King" Manternach on January 9, 2017, one brother-in-law, Ron Kramer; three nephews, Andy and Toby Casey and Tony O'Connell.

In lieu of flowers Eileen specifically requested that memorials be given to Right to Life organizations.

The family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support that they gave to Eileen.

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

 



Beverly J. Long


Beverly J. Long, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 2:24 p.m., on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Beverly's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Robert "J.J." Kimble officiating. To celebrate Beverly's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, where there will be a scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly was born on June 17, 1931, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Harvey and Nellie (Stevens) Haskell.

Beverly was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1948, and would earnestly go on to invest several years working at the Savanna Army Depot, and the General Dry Battery Factory, before she began her career at the Dubuque Packing Company. Beverly would devote 40 years of her time to the Pack and generously possessed the very unique work ethic which routinely delivered her to work an hour early. When Beverly wasn't at work, you could usually find her stretching out and warming up on the ball diamond, or throwing a few strikes at the bowling alley in her younger years. She was definitely fun-loving and played on many leagues over the years, but some of her favorite times were the bowling leagues where she and her daughters would give the competition a good run for the money. Beverly was also a true nature lover and her appreciation (or some may say her greatest gentle weakness) for the birds, squirrels, and even the occasional stray cat or possum, was always a quality she would embrace without fail. But let it be stated that Beverly's real love throughout her earthly journey was for her family. Her children and grandchildren never had to wonder where they rested in Beverly's heart. Every day and every opportunity to express her love and adoration for them was a moment that Beverly would truly treasure until her last day among us. Unfortunately, we find ourselves arriving upon a new reality today which our hearts and minds can barely grapple with. Our dearly precious mother, grandmother, aunt and friend has been called home suddenly, and without notice, but we know that in time our pain will begin to heal, and we'll gradually find comfort in knowing that Beverly is sitting on the shore watching her bobber religiously rise and fall while relaxing next to her beloved son, Nicholas, once again.

Those left to cherish Beverly's memory include

her 6 adoring children,
Raechel (Jim) Cole, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca (Fred) Torres, Dubuque, IA,
Babette "Babs" Long, Dubuque, IA,
Juanita (Terry) McCarthy, Dubuque, IA,
Denise (Fred Farmer) Roussel, Marion, OH
and Nellie (Robert "J.J.") Kimble, Dubuque, IA;

her 23 grandchildren;

her 28 great-grandchildren;

her 2 brothers,
Richard (Rosie) Haskell, Dubuque, IA
and Robert Haskell, Rockford, IL;

and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Nicholas Long; a great-grandson, Kael Ball; and a sister, Shirley (Ben) Huseman.

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

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

 



Dolores V. Rutenbeck


Dolores Viola Rutenbeck, 89, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

The family is respecting her request for no public services. She will recieve cremation and a private burial at the Elwood, Iowa cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dolores Viola Dietz was born on June 16, 1927 to Percy and Viola (Yaddof) Dietz. She was raised in the Preston/Elwood communities and graduated high school from Elwood, Iowa. She married Verlyn D. Rutenbeck on December 16, 1945 in Lost Nation, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Sherillyn, Connie and Steven.

Dolores was a homemaker who raised a family and farmed with her husband, first in the Elwood area and then Lost Nation. She had lived in Elwood for ten years and Lost Nation since 1957, prior to moving to Maquoketa in November of 2005.

Dolores was a great cook and was known for her homemade buns and Kolaches. She had made them for the Tri-Stop in Lost Nation for many years.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Sherillyn Rutenbeck of DeWitt, IA, Connie Deppe of Tempe, AZ, and Steven Rutenbeck of Sabula, IA; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and brothers, Don (Marilyn) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA and Wayne (Isabel) Dietz of TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Percy Jr., and her husband Verlyn on September 11, 2006.

Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

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

 



Victor A. Mathias


Victor A. "Vic" Mathias, 72, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott 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 where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Victor was born on March 1, 1944, in Yuma, Arizona, the son of Virgil G. and Marcia L. (Rooper) Mathias. He married Sharon Meyer on July 23, 1988 in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on October 19, 2012.

Vic was a foreman at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring from there after 30 years. He was an active hunter, fisherman, camper and carpenter. Vic was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include a special friend, Lorraine Moyer, of Kieler; two daughters, Carla (Ken) McAndrew, of Lancaster, and Elizabeth (Eddie) Hessel, of Madison; three sons, Robert Mathias, of Virginia Beach, VA, Don (Michelle) Hessel, of Altoona, WI, and Larry (Lisa) Hessel, of Dubuque; two sisters, Pamela (Floyd "Jug" ) Gillen, of Kieler, and Machele (Robert) Schmitz, of Potosi; a brother, James (Virginia) Mathias, of Richland Center; a sister-in-law, Sr. Joan Meyer, of Dubuque; thirteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Larry Meyer.

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



Mary M. Frank


Mary M. "Marge" Frank, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:20 a.m., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 27, 1933, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of John "Roy" and Anna "Marie" (Steffen) Smith.

Mary would begin her working career at the General Dry Battery Factory. Divine intervention would place her directly within eyeshot of Carl "Cutz" Frank, and he would boldly proclaim "that's the woman I'm going to marry". On February 19, 1955, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, his prediction would become a reality and their life together would become a committed union until the end. They were blessed with almost 40 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 6, 1995. Mary would later spend many years working at Julien Care before her eventual retirement. Mary had an infamous green thumb and was well known for her ability to save even the most tragically inclined houseplants. Mary also possessed a naturally gifted ability to create magic in the kitchen and her homemade pies are legendary within her circles of family and friends. Mary was also always up for a good Green Bay Packers or Chicago Cubs game, but if it happened to be a Saturday evening, you could be sure to find her out in the convertible on her relaxing Saturday Night Cruises. She did also enjoy traveling, with trips to Ireland and Hawaii being among her favorite experiences. But Mary would be the first to show you through her actions that her family was definitely her priority in this life. Her love, patience, guidance and acceptance of all she loved and adored was on display throughout her entire life. We are truly saddened by Mary's sudden absence, but we know that her love for God has been a constant reminder that she's finally home and reunited once again with her one and only true love, Carl.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her 7 loving children,
Sharon (Roger) Jones Jr., Reno, NV,
Ron Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Frank, Dubuque, IA,
Sheila Pluemer, Dubuque, IA,
Sharla (Chuck) Van Cleve, Dubuque, IA,
Shirley (Randall) Hess, Belvidere, IL
and Riki (Rose) Frank, Auburn, WA;

her 13 grandchildren;

her 31 great-grandchildren;

her 6 great-great grandchildren;

and her 4 sisters and 1 brother.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Carl "Cutz" Frank; a son, Rodney Frank; a grandson, Rodney Jones; a great-granddaughter, Chyenne Kircher; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and a son-in-law, Greg Pluemer.

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

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

 



Eugene J. Winders


Eugene John Winders, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Jan 18th, 2017.  Visitation will be held on Wed. Jan 25th at 9 am - 10:15 am at Church of Resurrection with Mass following at 10:30 am.

Born April 21, 1920 and raised in Dubuque, he attended Senior High School where his preferred sport was boxing. A product of the Great Depression, Gene belonged to a generation that valued hard work and social unity.  Devotion and duty were important values and he practiced these virtues within his family, profession, church and service to his country. He joined the Army during WWII in which he served as a medical supply sergeant and was sent to France to set up a field hospital shortly after D-Day.  After the liberation of Paris, he worked at a suburban hospital at Clichy and met his future wife, Jacqueline Clerc.  They were married at the church of St. Laurent in Paris in 1945 and lived for awhile in an apartment on the Champs-Elysees. Upon returning to the States, Gene began working at the Dubuque Packing Company, for whom he proudly devoted 38 years as a meat peddler, stocking markets from Dubuque to Iowa City. He knew every shopkeeper on his route and developed enduring friendships along the way.  

Gene was called back to Army service during the Korean conflict and afterwards, bought a parcel of land in the countryside and constructed his family home on what was once known as Old Timer's Rd, now in the heart of Dubuque's West End. It was there he raised his family, kept an immaculate yard and fruitful garden. Throughout his life, Gene travelled extensively with his wife and family and was especially fond of taking extensive road trips, both in the U.S. and abroad.   

He was a social man and a former member of 660 at the Dubuque Shooting Society, the American Legion Post #6 and a devout Catholic, having been raised in St. Anthony's parish, and joining the Church of Resurrection when it was just a rural parish.  

Upon retirement, Gene and Jackeye wintered with friends on the Texas Gulf coast for many years and he became an avid golfer, pursuing the sport well into his 90s.  Active, fit and strong, both physically and mentally, he was committed to routinely tackling several crossword puzzles and walking the Mall each morning, and playing a game of bridge or golf at the Meadows Golf Club. Having witnessed first hand nearly a century of change, he enjoyed sharing his personal stories and anecdotes of Dubuque lore.

Gene is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jacqueline Winders, his sons; Richard of Leavenworth, WA, Jeffrey (Penelope) of Scales Mound, IL, his daughter, Dominique of Minneapolis, MN, grandsons Luke (Sara) Winders of Atkinson, IL and Zeke of Galena, IL.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Grace (Berg) Winders, his sister, Jaunita Martin and brother, Roger (Danny) Winders.  

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

A Eugene J. Winders Memorial has been established. 

 



Eugene J. Siegert


Eugene J. "Gene" Siegert, 87, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home.

The Mass for the Christian burial will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 23rd at The Church of The Resurrection with the Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday, January 22nd at the funeral home that Gene built, the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, with ceremonies by the Past Commanders of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque being conducted at 4:00 p.m. A Parish Scripture wake service will begin at 5:30 P.M.

Gene was born on April 7, 1929 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Edmund and Marlene (Ashworth) Siegert. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947, attended Loras College, and graduated from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, MO in 1950. On May 9, 1953, Gene married Marilyn "Jayne" Frohs at the Church of The Nativity.

Gene's passion for funeral service began with his grandfather, James Ashworth, who co-founded Bennett & Ashworth Funeral Home located on Seventh and Bluff Street. Gene would frequently help his grandfather and years later took over the business, which became the Siegert Funeral Home.

As time passed, Gene realized a need for a more modern facility to properly serve the Dubuque community. He understood that Dubuque's growth was on the west end and in 1978 Gene established what is now their current location on JFK Road.

For over 60 years, Gene was dedicated to the funeral industry. He served as past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association and served three terms as the governor's appointee to the Iowa Board of Mortuary Examiners. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Dubuque County Funeral Directors Association. Gene was among the first responders to assist in the disaster of United Flight 232 on July 19, 1989 in Sioux City, IA. He received a certificate of recognition from governor Terry Branstad for outstanding service following the tragedy.

Gene was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1951 to 1955. He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and a relentless advocate for our veterans and their wellbeing. Gene served as a commissioner with the Dubuque County Veteran Affairs Commission for three decades, serving as chairman on numerous occasions.

Gene was a licensed pilot, member and past president of the Flying Funeral Directors of America, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He was an active member of Resurrection parish, having served on the parish council and as a Eucharistic Minister and lector. He was also a member of Dubuque Council 510 Knights of Columbus - Dubourg Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Dubuque Serra Club, La Society 40 et 8 Locale No. 632, past member of Thunder Hills Golf & Country Club, and Dubuque Squires Club.

Through all of his accomplishments in life, his marriage and family made him the most proud. He was always eager to listen and engage in conversations on what was new in the lives of his grandchildren. Gene and Jayne were a steady team and created a balance between the business and family. At holiday gatherings Gene would often smile at Jayne and say, "Look what we created."

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years, Jayne of Dubuque; his children: Jim (Jill) Siegert of Pleasant Hill, MO; Gina (fiancé John Moran) Siegert of Dubuque; Paula (D.J.) Rapp of LaMotte, IA; Tom (Lynn) Siegert of East Dubuque, IL; Bob (Shannon) Siegert of Dubuque; and Karen (Josh Elsenraat) Siegert of Springfield, MO; his grandchildren: Todd Siegert, Seth (Vicki) Siegert, Ben Seeling, Luke (Mauren) Seeling, Paula Seeling, Jess (Chad) Steve, Kate (Adam) Uptegraph, Ellyn (Jeremy) Olsen, Eryn Rapp, Drew (Angie) Siegert, Calli (fiancé Josh Ramler) Siegert, Lauren Siegert, Sarah Siegert, Brad (Lindsay) Siegert, Kelly (Michael) Fegan, and Nathan Siegert Elsenraat; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Roy Sherman; and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Siegert; his sister, Carol Sherman; and his brother and sister-in-law, Edmund (Betty) Siegert.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Operation We Care c/o Veterans Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd., Suite 1, Dubuque, IA 52001 or Resurrection Parish, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002.

A special note of appreciation is extended to the staff of By Your Side, LLC and Hospice of Dubuque. Because of your exceptional care, Gene was able to spend his final months surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home.



Anthony E. Kerper


Anthony E. "Tony" Kerper, 89, formerly of Sherrill, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Monday, January 23, 2017 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill. Family will greet friends from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tony was born August 29, 1927 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Otto and Anna (Vorwald) Kerper. He married Iola M. "Ollie" Jaeger on July 18, 1953 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown. She passed on February 21, 2009.

Tony proudly served his country in the US Army during WW II and the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star. After his military service, Tony worked for Dubuque Packing Company, but worked most of his career at John Deere - Dubuque Works as a machinist, where he retired in 1987 after 28 years of service.

He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, UAW Local 94, and VFW Post 7736 of New Vienna. Tony enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing his guitar and saxophone, tending to his yard, traveling, going on numerous cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, and also had many enjoyable trips with his wife to Las Vegas.

Survivors include his children, Marilyn (Rick) Klein of Asbury, Randy (Marsha) Kerper of Ankeny, and Russ Kerper of Dubuque; a daughter-in-law, Karen Kerper, of Ames; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and in-laws Norma Kerper and Lou Morris.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Kathy Ann Feldman; son, Mark Kerper; granddaughter, Michelle Feldman; and siblings John, Arthur "Bob", Albert, Jim (Kathy), Don Kerper, Mother Ann Marie-FSE, Mary (Louis) Fell, and Terese (Roland) Domeyer.

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

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



Joan F. (Rouser) Schmitt


Joan F. (Rouser) Schmitt, 84, of Peosta, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury, where the family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial service will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Joan was born May 24, 1932 in Wabasha, Minnesota, the daughter of Roy and Vera (Hartman) Rouser. She grew up in Guttenberg, Iowa, where she graduated from the local high school. Joan was a good student and was very involved in the music department, playing piano for the choir and French horn in the band.

After graduation, Joan decided to move to Dubuque and worked as a secretary at the Finley School of Nursing, A.Y. McDonald, and eventually John Deere, where she met her future husband David Schmitt. The two married on September 12, 1953 and went on to have twelve children.

Joan was a naturally giving person and spent most of her adult life raising her children. She was also a member of a Bridge card club for many years and enjoyed a good game of Bingo. Although some of their kids eventually left Dubuque, Joan and David had an RV they would travel in around the country to visit their children coast to coast. The pair also greatly enjoyed playing board and card games, especially Euchre, which became a very loud holiday tradition. Later in life, Joan greatly enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and spoiling them with many of her famous baked treats.

Joan was very proud of her large family: Sue Fury and her children Corey Schmitt and Arthur House, Bruce (deceased) (Jane) Schmitt and their children Shauna and Christiana Schmitt, Brian Schmitt (deceased), Kyle (deceased) (Bonnie) Schmitt, Sharon (Paul) Smith, Lance (Guadalupe) Schmitt, Lori Leslein and her children Alex, Justine (David Schramm), and Abigail Leslein, Mark (Sherri) Schmitt and their children Lindsey (Dan) Ocheltree and Derek Schmitt, Julie (Jeff) Ruganis, Linda Schmitt, Diane (Jim) Tschida, Darryl (Brandy) Schmitt and their children Hunter (Brooke) and Connor (Janae Krow) Schmitt, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, David, her parents, her sons Bruce and Kyle, and Brian in infancy, and a daughter-in-law Rita Schmitt.

A special thank you to Dr. Ward, the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Nicole, and Julie.

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

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



John Lawrence Oehrle


John Lawrence Oehrle, age 87, of Palm Springs, CA, former resident of Dubuque, IA, passed away on January 15, 2017, with his family and caregivers at his side.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. conducted by Deacon John Stierman. Family will greet friends from 11:30 am until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque Marine Corps. League.

John was born in Dyersville, IA on February 27, 1929 to Lawrence H. and Henrietta (Goerdt) Oehrle. John graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1958. He also served in the United States Army from October 1952 to August 1954, and played his trumpet in the 9th Army Band, stationed in Alaska.

John married Evelyn Barker on September 16, 1954, in Iowa City, IA. They enjoyed life together raising their three children, until Evelyn passed away on November 13, 1991.

John was the band director at Wahlert High School from 1959 to 1969. He then became the band director at Hempstead High School from its opening in 1969 until his retirement in 1992. John's love and passion was music, and he shared it through his teaching and mentoring of many students.

He was a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the National Education Association, and the American Legion in Palm Springs.

He is survived by daughters Janet (and Todd) Niehaus of San Diego, CA, Judy (and Mike) Van Handel of Milwaukee, WI, and his son Dan (and Shelley) Oehrle of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren Katie, Kevin and Kyle Oehrle, and Kristen and Nick Van Handel; brother Jim (and Nancy) Oehrle of Baton Rouge, LA and sister-in-law Carol Barker of Iowa City, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his infant son, William Joseph Oehrle; and his special friend and companion, Joan Koffel.

His family would like to thank Family Hospice Care, and his wonderful caregivers Susan and Melinda for the love and care and comfort they provided to John.

Memorials may be made in John's memory to the Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) 2728 Asbury Rd., Suite 200 Dubuque, IA 52001 or the Braille Institute Rancho Mirage Center 70-251 Ramon Road Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

His favorite trumpet sits quiet now...but we sense he is playing on in a more grand and glorious band.

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



Sue M. Goedken

Sue M. Goedken, of New Vienna, Iowa died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Sue was the daughter of Leo and Lois (Staner) Goedken. Her family was the most important aspect of her life, especially her dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed taking pictures, making desserts, and was the "music director" for the family Christmas concert. Sue never missed a birthday, holiday or special occasion with a very unique personalized message:

To All,
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
this is my Special Poem
for each of you!
Just Me, Sue.


Survivors include her mother, Lois Goedken of Dyersville; siblings: Bill (Stephanie) Goedken of Nashville, IL, Leo Jr. (Lisa) Goedken of Dubuque, Lisa Smith of Monona, Jack (Joan) Goedken of Independence, and Sandy Harbaugh of St. Olaf; nieces and nephews: Julie and Trinity Baugher and Mia Goedken; Carmen, Michelle and Matthew Goedken; Dustin, Nikole and Natasha Smith; Emily, Abigail and Adam Goedken; Ashley (Thomas) Wacker, Jeremy (Lilly) Harbaugh and Josh Harbaugh, and 9 great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Goedken, on July 6, 2016; paternal grandparents Lawrence and Veronica Goedken; and maternal grandparents Cyril and Mary Staner.

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



John B. McCoy


John B. "Hucker" McCoy, 84 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and a rosary will be said at 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6 and presentation of the 4 Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

John was born on February 24, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Frances McCoy. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was a fireman for the Dubuque Fire Department for 32 years retiring in 1994 as Captain. He was a member of the Dubuque Retired Firefighters.

John enjoyed his Sunday's at the Shot Tower where he had many friends.

He is survived by cousins; his good friends Tony and Erin Donovan and their son Aiden who he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Thank you to Eagle Pointe Place and the Shot Tower family for always making John a part of their lives.



Ardeth M. Kirschbaum


Ardeth M. Kirschbaum, 87, of Dubuque passed from her earthly home into God's eternal home on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Luther Manor, surrounded by her children.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Guttenberg City Cemetery Saturday at 2:45 pm.

Ardeth was born May 28, 1929 in LaPorte City, Iowa, daughter of Edna Haberichter. On July 26, 1947, she married the love of her life, Don C. Kirschbaum, in LaPorte City, Iowa. Their marriage lasted 69 years, until his passing on November 21, 2016.

Ardeth went back to school with four young children at home, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dubuque with a degree in education.

Education was a passion of Ardeth's, and she touched many lives teaching at Kennedy Elementary School for 20 years.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Retired Teachers Association and Busy Bee Circle. After retirement, Ardeth and Don enjoyed spending the winters in Florida where she tended to her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by four children, Timothy (Renee) Kirschbaum of Marion, Ill., Diane (Bill) Welsh of Cedar Rapids, Barbara (Brian) Munson of Dubuque and Lora (Kenneth) Goedken of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jared (Ali), Joel and Anna Kirschbaum; Alissa, Will and Christopher Welsh; Mallory (Craig) Fraaken, Jacob (Tricia) and Carl Munson; and Amanda (Michael) Shoemaker, Zachary and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Kay) Haberichter of Oskaloosa, Iowa and their children; and a special brother-in-law, Don Schlotfelt of Cedar Rapids and his children.

She was also preceded in death by her mother, her special sister, Maryann Schlotfelt, and a great-grandson.

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

Memorials will be distributed to some of Ardeth's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Jan Finn for her friendship and support while caring for their mother and father and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their wonderful care.



Sister Louise Szkodzinski, BVM

Sister Louise Szkodzinski, BVM (Christiane), 95, of Marian Hall, Dubuque, passed away Jan. 16, 2017, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

She was born in Cicero, Ill., on Aug. 11, 1921, to Joseph and Mary Biestek Szkodzinski. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Pius Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

Sister Louise taught music at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse and Clarke University in Dubuque, and at Mundelein College in Chicago. She gave piano lessons in Phoenix, where she also served as music director and teacher. In later years, she gave piano lessons in Chicago.

She is survived by a brother, Jerome, Lockeford, Calif.; a sister, Christine Pitford, Paulden, Ariz.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM with whom she shared life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Frances Narko and Cecilia Pugh.

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Jeffrey L. Miller


Jeffrey L. Miller, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Jeff's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017, from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Jeffrey Lawrence Miller was born on February 21, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa, to Louise Katherine Miller. He attended Miles and Maquoketa schools. He married Tina Ann May Arensdorf on July 17, 1982 in Andrew, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Cassy and Derek.

Through the years Jeff had worked for John Deere in Dubuque, River Family Farms in Maquoketa, Jackson Pallet in LaMotte, and currently for Wady's in Maquoketa.

Jeff enjoyed car demos and car shows, junking and scrap metals, going to farm auctions and Highway 64 Auctions, and watching football, especially the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. He loved Farmall Tractors, visiting with friends, and spending time with his son and daughter.

Those left to honor Jeff's memory include his children, Cassy Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Derek Miller of Maquoketa, IA; his special friend Jennifer Sawicki-Peters of Maquoketa, IA; and his former wife and mother of his children, Tina (Chuck Wilhelm) Miller of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jeffrey Lawrence Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard L. Covington, Jr.


Richard L. Covington, Jr., 74, of Monticello died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Visitation will continue from 12:00 1:00 pm Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery in Prairieburg. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate.

Richard was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Marion, Iowa the son of Richard and Laura (Holub) Covington. He graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1961, and served in the US Army for 6 years and continued with the National Guard for another 3 years. He married Lila Woods on Dec. 19, 1966, in Lampasas, TX. He worked at Nash Finch for 28 years and retired in 2005.

Richard is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lila; a son, Rick Covington, and a daughter, Laurie (Jim) Chapma, all of Monticello; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; a sister, Diane Avery LeClere of Monticello; a sister-in-law, Sandy Covington of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Covington.

Information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Helen B. Hedrick


Helen B. Hedrick, 83, of Dubuque died Monday, January 16, 2017 at Manor Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Helen was born August 28, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Ella (Thompson) Waller. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1951. On September 17, 1955, she married Frank Hedrick. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2004.

Helen was a member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. She enjoyed playing euchre, gardening and working at the family stand at Farmer's Market.

She is survived by three children, Connie (Byrne) Chapman of Madison, Wisc., Linda (Rick) Caspersen of Dubuque and Tim (Alysia) Hedrick of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Chad (Leisha) Chapman, Casey Hedrick, Kelsey Caspersen and Colton Hedrick; and two great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jackson Chapman. She is also survived by two sisters, Lois Ronek and Joyce Cartmill; two brothers, Ralph (Donna) Cummings and Kenneth Cummings; and a sister-in-law, Kay Waller.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Ronek and Geraldine Steil; a brother, Don Waller; and brothers-in-law Jim Cartmill, Charlie Ronek, Justin Ronek and John Steil.

In lieu of flowers, a Helen Hedrick Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Darla Kay Mangler


Darla Kay Mangler, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, January 16, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Darla's life will be held at 3 P.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Darla Kay Arensdorf was born on November 11, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Vincent and Olga (Ties) Arensdorf. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and shortly thereafter married Arnold Leroy Mangler on November 5, 1960 at St. Donatus, Iowa.

Darla was a homemaker who raised a family and after the kids were grown worked as a waitress at the Green Mill in Maquoketa, Gourmet Pizza in Maquoketa, and for over ten years at Happy Joes in Maquoketa.

Darla enjoyed gardening, camping, cooking, baking Christmas cookies with her two granddaughters, playing cards, and often hosting a fish fry with Paul's freshly caught Walleyes. She especially enjoyed going to casinos all over the state.

Those left to honor Darla's memory include her husband, Arnold Mangler of Maquoketa, IA; children Lori Simmons of Delmar, IA, and Paul (Carrie) Mangler of Milan, IL; 2 granddaughters, Whittley Simmons and Morgan Simmons; 3 great-grandchildren, Kameron Sagers, KeeLynn Eby and Jaxon Eby; brothers Butch (Tootie) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA, and Robert (Diane) Arensdorf of Dubuque, IA; a sister, Sharon (Wayne) Kearney of IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ervin Mangler Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Rich Mangler of Dubuque, IA, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary and David Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene and Lanny Lewis of Adrian, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Rick Arensdorf, a sister Betty Rauscher, and a son Arnold Allen Mangler Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darla Kay Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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



Virginia L. Neyens


Virginia Lois Neyens, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Lois' life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Lois' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lois was born on April 23, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Gertrude (Lange) Pfeiffer.

Lois was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who thoroughly appreciated her opportunity to spend her 89 year earthly journey right here in God's country. She would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Joseph Neyens, on September 12, 1953, in Dubuque, and they were truly blessed with 33 wonderful years together, and 3 wonderful sons, before her beloved Joseph was called home ahead of her on February 3, 1987. In pure Lois fashion, she would graciously devote over 44 years of her life to serving others as a nurse at Xavier and Mercy Hospitals. Lois was a also a genuinely kind and faith filled woman who regularly found peace in her life through her membership at the Church of the Resurrection. She would volunteer with numerous community service projects over her life, with some of her favorites being the auxiliary president of the Eagles Club, as well as sitting on the committee for the Dubuque Memorial Day Parade. Lois definitely had a couple of favorite ways to spend her time on any given free day though; a little tending time in the garden or even some quality time with her grandkids were always on the top of Lois' to do list. Lois has surely left the world in better condition than when she found it. Her acts of love, generosity, compassion and inspiration will carry on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her for decades to come. We mourn our temporary absence from our dear Lois, but we are relieved to know that she is finally reunited with her husband, Joe, and her beloved son, Doug, once again.

Lois is survived by

her 2 sons,
Scott (Cheryl) Neyens, Dubuque, IA
and Jay Neyens, Glendale, AZ;

her 7 grandchildren,
Nicholas (Marisa) Neyens, Jennifer (James) Doser, Casey Neyens, Lindsay (Michael) Quam, Hannah (fiancé William Broessel) Neyens, Zachary Neyens and Joshua Neyens;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Jack, Finn, Penelope, Elliot, Xavier, Rylie, Aiden, Keegan and Isabella;

and her siblings,
Thomas (Charlotte) Pfeiffer, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Bonnie) Pfeiffer, St. Catherine, IA
and Janice (Larry) Sieverding, Bellevue, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Marlys Pfeiffer, McGregor, IA.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph; a son, Doug Neyens; a sister, Jean (Charles) Cole; a brother Dr. Donald Pfeiffer; a brother-in-law, Larry Sieverding; and her fiancé Ralph Dean.

A Virginia Lois Neyens memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Lois' family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Liaboe, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and the staff at Eagle Pointe Place, for all of their kind and compassionate care.

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

 



Victoria L. Osthoff


Victoria L. "Vicki" Osthoff, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:10 p.m., on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Vicki's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Vicki's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Victoria was born on April 8, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Anthony "Mike" and Helen (Splinter) Fincel.

Vicki was born and raised in the Dubuque area and would thankfully meet her soul-mate, Gary Osthoff, during her early years at Wahlert High School. They were united in marriage on January 16, 1971, at Holy Ghost Church, and were truly blessed with 46 wonderful years together, and three children. Vicki and Gary would spend the very first year of their marriage on the Navy base in Puerto Rico where they quickly developed a healthy and mutual respect and love for one another which would forever be present along their journey together. Vicki would eventually earn her teaching degree from Clarke College after they returned home to Dubuque, but she would joyfully place it on her back shelf, as her real desire was to work with much younger kiddos below the age of 5. She would easily find a way to fulfill her goals and go on to devote over 30 years of her life to watching children in her own home. In her free-time, Vicki never met a crossword puzzle she couldn't conquer, a garden she wouldn't tend to, or a crochet hook she wouldn't eagerly twist and turn a thousand times until the creation she had envisioned in her mind had become a tangible reality. But let it be known, that when there were continually warm and tender moments occurring within Vicki's heart, you could generally be sure that a grandchild was close by. Our hearts ache today, and our worlds will never be the same, but we are absolutely thankful for all of the time, memories and hand-made hats and blankets which remain to comfort us along the rest of our earthly travels until we are all reunited with our beloved wife, mother and friend again one day.

Those left to cherish Vicki's memory include

her loving husband,
Gary Osthoff, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Sarah (Todd) Wenck, Eldridge, IA,
Alissa (Jason) Willis, Dubuque, IA
and Aaron (Heather) Osthoff, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Carter, Peyton, Kellan and Camden Wenck,
Ember and Cain Willis,
Brittany Kern-Osthoff and Brock and Brielle Osthoff;

her great-granddaughter,
Penelope Radtke;

and her best friend,
Sheila (James) Chambers, Dubuque, IA.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents; and special grandparents, Edwin and Freda Osthoff.

A Victoria L. Osthoff memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Vicki's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital who have faithfully cared for Vicki and her family.

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

 



Rita R. Kintzle


Rita R. Kintzle, age 89, of Balltown, was called home peacefully at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 20, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm, and Deacon Loras Weber officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:30 p.m., and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Rita was born on October 4, 1927, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Anna (Schueller) Nauman.

Rita was united in marriage to Earl Kintzle on April 13, 1948, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. They were blessed with 63 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before he was called home ahead of her on September 8, 2011. Rita was a full time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in caring for her family and helping Earl on the farm. Her faith was of the utmost importance to her and she was a long time member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Rosary Society in Balltown. Rita also put her time and talents to good use volunteering over 1000 hours at Mercy Hospital caring for the needs of others. In her spare time, Rita enjoyed creating beautiful quilts, crocheting, religiously keeping plenty of home baked goods and sweets on hand and sitting down to a few good rounds of Euchre with family and friends. Rita's greatest joy though was found in the precious time she was able to spend with her family, especially the countless hours she generously spent playing with, and caring for, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, but we discover true comfort in knowing that she has gone quite swiftly to her eternal rest and thankfully rejoins her loving family members who have gone home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include
her 7 children,
Arlene (Dave) Beringer, Sherrill, IA,
Vince (Vickie) Kintzle, Dubuque, IA,
Ken Kintzle, Balltown, IA,
Ann (Rick) Cook, Worthington, IA,
Jim (Debbie) Kintzle, Balltown, IA,
Sue (Fritz) Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA
and Kevin (friend Ranae Forsyth) Kintzle, Millville, IA;

her 20 grandchildren,
Mark (Jodi) Beringer, Tammy (Chico) Klein, Angie (Tracey) Potts, Steve Beringer, Jennifer Kintzle, Jeff (Sarah) Kintzle, Jason (Kelly) Kintzle, Ron (Keri) Cook, Randy (Amy) Cook, Jodi (Dan) Helle, Jill (Scott) Gogel, Jenna (Joey) Lueck, Kari (Bob) Davidshofer, Brian (Lori) Kintzle, Liz (Ben) Breitbach, Samantha Hefel, Ben Hefel, Mitch Kintzle, Brooke Kintzle and Nicole Kintzle;

5 step grandchildren;
31 great-grandchildren;
8 step great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Marie Dupont, Dubuque, IA,
Lorraine (Vernon) Weber, St. Donatus, IA,
Ruth (Lester) Weber, St. Catherine, IA,
Doris (Nicky) Wolf, Dyersville, IA,
Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA
and Harold (Madonna) Nauman, Sherrill, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Anna Reinsbach, Janesville, WI,
Stella Backes, Dubuque, IA
and Irma Kintzle, Dubuque, IA.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Earl Kintzle; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Norb Dupont, Margaret (Ralph) Dupont, Nick Kintzle, Viola (Roy) Pfohl, Jeanette (Don) Jaegar, Irene (Tony) Schueller, Matt Reinsbach, Joseph Schueller, Leonard Backes, Elmer Kintzle, Jerry (Marlene) Kintzle and Clara (Whitey) Richman.

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

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Rita and her family.

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



Mark T. Lewis


Mark T. Lewis, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:40 p.m., on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Mark's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Family and friends may also join together at the Farley Speedway Ballroom, 27317 Olde Farley Road, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Mark was born on January 7, 1957, in Dubuque, son of Russell and Mary (Kiefer) Lewis.

Mark attended Dubuque Senior High School and would eventually return to spend the last 15 years, of his 36 year excursion, with the Dubuque Community School District. There is no denying Mark's passion for horsepower, speed and high octane fuel. He would devote his entire life outside of work to racing in every aspect and continually discovered ways to keep the sport fresh and interesting in his mind. Whether it was his accomplishment of attending over a thousand races throughout his life, catching some of his favorite late models running hot laps, or even the countless books he's read to obtain all the behind the scenes action and history on racing; you can be sure that every hour invested was considered to be time well spent to Mark. Unfortunately, Mark has heard his last cam rumble to life today, but we know that the 60 years he has spent with us were full of memories and experiences which we can rely on to get us through until we see Mark again.

Those left to cherish Mark's memory include

his son,
Russell (Jenny) Lewis, Dubuque, IA;

his step-daughter,
Tammy (Tobias) Thatcher;

and his grandchildren,
Angelina, Mary-Alice, Nate and Cody.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mark T. Lewis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Fred Boyes for all the years, and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and loving care.

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

 



Lucinda DeMoss


Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss, 82, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home in rural Cascade surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Lucinda's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Lucinda Rodriguez was born on March 8, 1934 in Colon, Panama, to Santiago and Flora (Quijano) Rodriguez. She grew up in Panama and graduated from high school and then attended beauty school. She married Robert Duane DeMoss Sr. on May 14, 1954 in Balboa, Republic of Panama. To this union four children were born: Nelka, Robert, Jr., Julie and Flora.

Lucinda raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Temple Hill area for many years. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed dancing, music, fishing, and traveling back to her homeland of Panama. She loved birds especially hummingbirds, NASCAR, and going to stock car races in Farley regularly.

Those left to honor Lucinda's memory include her children, Nelka (Henry) Morning of Anamosa, IA, Robert DeMoss, Jr. of Cascade, IA, Julie Hooker of Manchester, IA, and Flora Brown of Epworth, IA; a special niece, Itza (Kenny) Heim of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Melva Rodriguez of Panama. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Sr. on June 25, 2008, 4 brothers Miguel, Santiago, Cesar and Guillermo, 2 sisters Elena and Delfina, a son-in-law Lyle Brown, and a grandson Justin DeMoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rosemary Zauche


Rosemary Zauche, 81, of Peosta, passed peacefully into life anew on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. On Saturday, Jan. 21, visitation will be 10 a.m., followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran.

Rosemary was born January 10, 1936 in Anamosa, Iowa, raised on a farm near Morley, Iowa. She graduated from Morley High School. She attended one year at the University of Northern Iowa and then completed her teaching certificate at the University of Dubuque. She taught for first grade for 3 years at Olin, IA. Rosemary Shumaker and Carl were united in marriage on October 8, 1960 at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Olin.

Rosemary was a 4-H leader and helped start Dubuque County 4-H Youth Ambassadors. She was active in beef promotions, serving in leadership roles with the Dubuque County Cow Bells (now called Cattlewomen) and doing cooking promotions with beef at Dubuque-area high schools and shopping centers. She started the Volunteer Auxiliary Board at Bethany Nursing Home. She was an active member of Toastmasters.

Rosemary was instrumentation in starting the St. Marks Community Center in downtown Dubuque. She served as program director. Rosemary and Carl did workshops on retirement and hosted marriage retreats.

Rosemary enjoyed sharing her sewing and volunteer coordinating skills to fill a need. During Iraqi Freedom war in 2003, Rosemary recruited volunteers from several churches to sew plastic-sealed personal hygiene bags for troops in the Dubuque National Guard. When Western Dubuque High School got new uniforms in the early eighties, Rosemary was instrumental in recruiting volunteers for sewing on stripes on the 200 uniform pants.

She spent her life as a faithful wife to Carl and of God's creation feeding not only her family, but all of the hired help on the farm and farm visitors. She could stretch a meal from 3 to 13 in a moment's notice. She enjoyed garden-raised produce and farm-raised beef and chickens. She was active in the farming operations till her late 40's. Rosemary then developed a passion for not only painting china, but teaching others the skill. In her later years, she enjoyed finally finding time to read.

Rosemary was a founding member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church. She served as a Sunday-School teacher at St. Peter and Lord of Life. She even put together Easter Breakfast at St. Peter when her kids were young.

Rosemary is survived by her 4 children; Dan (Jackie) Zauche of Peosta, Cindy (Doug) Recker of Peosta, Carl J. (Beth) Zauche of North Liberty, 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 Recker (Kelly Winger), Andre, Nathan, Natalie Recker; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Margaret (Dale) Clyde, and sister-in-law Helen (Loren) Pahl, and 5 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl L. Zauche and parents, Harlan and Ruby Shumaker.

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

On behalf of Rosemary, the family would like to thank the staff at Lord of Life Lutheran and their Communion Visitors, St. Peter, Oak Park, Manor Care, and Mercy Hospital Medical Staff.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lord of Life Building Fund.

 



Mary Ellen Scott


Mary Ellen Scott, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to live with the Lord through Jesus Christ her Savior on Friday evening, January 13, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The Celebration of her Christian Life will be held beginning with a Visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and continuing with services beginning at 10 A.M., Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa .Christian committal and burial will be at the Lost Nation Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Ellen Petersen was born on June 29, 1928 in Clinton, Iowa, to Henry August and Clara Margaretha nee Gade Petersen. She was welcomed by her siblings Howard, Bob and Margaret and later joined by Betty and Dorothy Lucille(who died in infancy). She was baptized and confirmed In the Christian faith at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Mound.

She grew up in Grand Mound graduating from Grand Mound High School in 1946 with her sister Betty. Upon her high school graduation she immediately started working for Iowa Mutual Insurance in DeWitt as a secretary for six years until her marriage to Henry Junior Scott on January 25, 1953 at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, Iowa.

The couple was blessed with three boys, Lauren, Ray and Lyle. They farmed together raising crops, growing pigs, and milking cows. They farmed near Blue Grass, Welton, Charlotte and Lost Nation and south of Elwood until moving into Maquoketa.

Mary also worked off the farm beginning with Stuedemann Agri-Service in 1980 and later on for Families of Northeast Iowa.

She had volunteered and given her time to the Lime Stone Bluffs Resource and Conservation Development Area, Inc. and the Jackson County Public Hospital. 

A highlight was volunteering for The Farmers Outreach Organization and was honored as being named recipient of "the Golden Heart". She just loved being there to help other farmers and people in need.

Mary (and Henry) were named recipients of many honors or awards from soil conservation to dairy production, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Jackson-Clinton County Dairy Association for many years promoting dairy products endlessly. They also enjoyed being involved with the Clinton and Jackson county 4H Extension programs.

Mary and Henry enjoyed dancing all their lives. Many bands they followed but they really appreciated Bearfoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman playing for their 50th Anniversary. They also loved music in Branson and watching Daniel O'Donnell on television.

Mary attended Christian services in many churches. She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran in Lost Nation for many years until moving to Maquoketa joining Beautiful Savior Lutheran even to playing the organ until it closed. She later would be organist at the Presbyterian church of Andrew, when her playing ended because of poor health she chose to join the Faith Methodist church In Monmouth, Iowa to be close to Lyle and Brenda's family connections. She enjoyed hearing the Gospel lessons each week.

Those left to honor her memory include her children: Lauren and Vicky Witte Scott of Manchester, IA, with son Justin and Brandy Scott of Waterloo, Iowa with their kids Kinnick, Peyton, and Madalyn. Lauren's daughter Rachael Scott with Jacob and Katelyn, and Lauren's son Nicholas with fiance Nicole Maas with Nash and Nora; Ray and Colleen Scott of Darlington, Wi with Melissa and Patrick McDermott with Joey and Abby and Ray's son Matthew of Darlington; Lyle and Brenda Scott of Lost Nation with Amanda and Jeremy with Montana and Addison and Lyle's son Adam.

Mary was plain and simple... just a smile to everyone she touched!

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of Camp Courageous and the Jackson County Iowa Kidney Center or to a charity of one's choice.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa for their care.

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



Jeffrey John Burdt


Jeffrey John "Jeff" Burdt, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18th, at the funeral home.

Jeff was born on December 7, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Mary (Goff) Burdt Sr. He married Victoria Lynn Schmit in 1975.

He worked for Dubuque Tank Terminal and for Newt Marine and for the last 18 years was employed by Selco.

He enjoyed coaching baseball and worked with his sons' teams from 1988 to 1992; he later helped his neighbor coach the Blue Jays.

Jeff's children and grandchildren were the light of his life and if you ever had a project, Jeff would be the first to help out.

He is survived by his wife Vickie; two children, Jonathan (Jenny) Burdt and Jessica (Scott) Young; grandchildren Nolan and Brooklyn Burdt and Dylan and Jackson Young; three sisters, Anne Smith, Jeanne (Jim) Chowning, and Mary (Robert) McNally; two brothers, James (Sue) Burdt Jr., and Thomas (Ellen) Burdt; his father-in-law, Raymond Schmit; two brothers-in-law, Richard Schmit and Tim (Georgia) Schmit; sister-in-law Kathy (Gordon) Dailey; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeremiah Burdt, on Aug 13, 1992; his parents, Jim and Mary; and his mother-in-law, Henni Schmit.

The family politely request no flowers. A Jeffrey Burdt memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals especially Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison, Jennie S., Tim, Edna and Betsy for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Jeff.



Ronald W. Schmitz


On the evening of January 13, Ronald W. Schmitz, age 74, 600 National Street, Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center. He was comforted by his family at the time of his passing.

Per Ron's wishes, a private family memorial will take place. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ron was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 23, 1942 to parents Hank and Eileen Robins-Schmitz. Ron graduated from East Dubuque High school.

He was a former employee at Prairie Farms, since retired.

Prior to Ron's stroke, he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who loved his dogs. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed doing his stained glass. Those that knew him would say he was the greatest storyteller of all time.

Ron was preceded in death by parents Hank and Eileen as well as his brother, Richard Schmitz.

Ron is survived by his two sons, Todd and Lynn; and their mother, Sandy Schmitz; his sister, Sue Wichmann; grandchildren Lauren Schmitz (Jaeger), Shelbi Schmitz and Mitchell Schmitz; along with 3 great-grandchildren.

We love you and will miss you, always.

A special thanks to Luther Manor Home Care, especially Cheri, Kay and Diane for their loving care and support over the years since Ron's stroke.



James E. Allen


James E. "Jim" Allen, 78, of Rock Island, Illinois and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 in Harlingen, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

James Eugene Allen was born on January 9, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John A. and Helma (Schnack) Allen. He was a 1956 graduate of Monmouth High School and then entered the US Navy serving until receiving his honorable discharge on December 8, 1959. He then farmed in Jones County until 1996 when he moved to the Quad Cities and worked for Barr-Nunn Trucking until retiring. In retirement, he worked part-time for Hawkeye Paving in the Quad Cities.

Jim had been an active member of the United Methodist Church all of his life. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Coronado Car Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fast cars, dancing and visiting with people.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Bryan Allen of Springfield, MO, and Michael (Cheryl) Allen of Colorado Springs, CO; 3 grandchildren, Kara, Olivia and Jessica; his life partner Judy Florian of Rock Island, IL; sisters Cynthia (Paul) Anderson of Washington, IA, and Emily (John) Samuelson of Rapid City, SD; and a brother-in-law Jim Caraway of Marion, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Joyann Propst and Nancy Caraway, and a grandson Tyler Lee Allen.

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



Donald J. Cogan


Donald J. Cogan, 91, of Asbury passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Don was born August 3, 1925 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Cornelius and Catherine (Weber) Cogan.
He was married to Luella Freiburger on August 21, 1946. They enjoyed 67 wonderful years.

Don and Luella enjoyed taking produce to the Dubuque Farmers Market, and visiting and joking with their customers for 40 years. He was also an excellent euchre player. Don was passionate about boating, fishing, and hunting with his son "Geno" and uncle Chet. He enjoyed the times he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don loved people, and always said "You are only a stranger but once."

Don worked for Caradco for almost 30 years as a shipping clerk, and part-time at Dubuque Packing Company. He also worked at John Deere Works Dubuque, and finally for Rock Island Millwork as a shipping clerk before retiring. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include his children, Lou Ann (Stan) Ward of Asbury, Eugene "Geno" Cogan of East Dubuque, IL, Karen Cogan of Des Moines, IA, and Beverly (Jerry) Eklund of Casper, WY; grandchildren Carrie Ann Parker, Stacey (Michael) Beaupre, Chasity (Jason) Johnson, and Brittney Eklund; great-grandchildren Jocelyn Ward, Malyssa Beaupre, and Lexus Beaupre; sisters-in-law Gladys Cogan, Bernetta Cogan, and Modesta "Nets" Koeperich; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Hinderman.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife Luella; two brothers, Clarence and Joseph Cogan; and two sisters, Alvena (Harry) Avenarius, and Alverna Hinderman.

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

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



Elaine A. Johnson


Elaine A. Johnson, 55, of Cascade, Iowa died Saturday, January 14, 2017 surrounded by her family, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Elaine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Services for Elaine will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and assisting Deacon James Kean. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Elaine was born February 8, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald F. and Grace M. (Koopmann) Droeszler. On September 11, 1982 she was united in marriage to Kevin Johnson at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. She was employed at Luther Manor until her marriage, and then the couple farmed together in the rural Fillmore area.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. Elaine was also a member of the Dairy Association. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching and feeding the humming birds and gold finches and was an avid collector of Precious Moments.


She is survived by her husband, Kevin Johnson of Cascade, IA, two children, Nathan (Paula) Johnson of Bernard, IA and Melissa (Marty) McLees of Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, George Johnson, Owen and Lidia McLees and expecting 2 more; her mother, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; five siblings, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; her father and mother-in-law, Don and Pat Johnson of Fillmore, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Debbie (Ted) Mausser, DeEtt (Vince) Bergfeld both of Bernard, IA, Kenny (Mary) Johnson of Galena, IL, Elgean (Rod) Brandenberg of Hiawatha, IA, Dean (Tonya) Johnson of Bernard, IA, Wayne (Renee) Johnson of Farley, IA, Trisha (Dennis) Gaul of Peosta, IA.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Droeszler on January 6, 2017; one brother, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a brother-in-law, Daniel Kundert on April 19, 2013.

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



Ruth A. Berendes


Ruth Ann "Ruthie" Berendes, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday, January 13th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Father Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Ruthie was born June 25th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Bernice (Ruden) Thomas. She graduated high school from the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, where she invited Earl Berendes Jr. to a school dance and later married him on October 19th, 1957 at St. Joseph Prairie Church. They shared 58 wonderful years together before his passing December 24th, 2015.

Ruthie was a remarkable, faith-filled woman, and dedicated her life to her family. Earl and Ruthie started Berendes Garage, where she did the book work, picked up parts, swept and cleaned the garage and made lunch. After her sons took over the Garage, she filled her time with the things she loved to do - quilting and gardening. Ruthie created a quilt for each of her grandchildren upon graduating from high school and for great grandchildren at their birth. Many of these quilts will be on display at her service.

Ruthie also had a passion for gardening. Her flowers were as beautiful as her spirit and her vegetables were as bountiful as her love. She taught her daughters how to sew and can fruits and vegetables and helped her sons make deer sausage; mixing the seasonings and spices to perfection. Ruthie made the best homemade noodles; something she often did with her sisters. She also loved to shop with her daughters - making a "Sam's Run" was one of her favorites. Ruthie loved her family deeply and was always available to watch the grandchildren or great grandchildren, cook a special dessert, make lunch for her sons or lend a compassionate ear. Her presence in the lives of her family will be missed immensely.

Together, Earl and Ruthie raised six children; Joan (Larry) Steffy, of St. Donatus, the late William "Bill" (Janie) Berendes of Bellevue, Patricia Berendes, of Dubuque, James (Joyce) Berendes and John (April) Berendes, both of St. Donatus and Susan (Francis) Clancy, of Dubuque, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Her sisters, Jeanne (Jim Pancratz) Ambrosy, and Marian (Pat) Marshall, all of Dubuque; sister-in-laws; Anita (Eldon) Rowan, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Phyllis Hutter, of Dubuque, and brother-in-law Melvin "Mel" (Marilyn) Berendes, of Dubuque, many nieces and nephews and very special friends David and Margaret Bies and Milton and LuAnn Weber.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Earl, her parents Harold and Bernice Thomas, her father and mother-in-law Earl Sr. and Sylvia Berendes, her oldest son, William, "Bill" Berendes, and brother-in laws Loras "Butch" Berendes, Robert "Bub" Ambrosy, and David Hutter.

The family would like to thank Ruthie's many friends for their prayers, the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Iowa Hospital Chaplain, Father Tim for his prayers and compassion, and the Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.



Allan Koelker


Allan "Bud" Koelker, 86, of Petersburg, Iowa, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Bud was born on the family farm east of Petersburg, Iowa on May 25, 1930 and lived and worked there all his life. He was the youngest of Anton and Catherine (Kramer) Koelker's 8 children. He married Marian Bockenstedt on June 6, 1950 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Koelker home farm for over 66 years, all of their married lives. Bud loved farming, gardening, fishing, polka dancing and most of all his family. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and belonged to the SS Peter & Paul parish his entire life.

Survivors include 4 sons: Chuck (Marilee) Koelker of New Vienna, Terry (Joyce) Koelker, Mike (JoAnn) Koelker and Ron (Sandy) Koelker, daughter-in-law, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, all of Dyersville; grandchildren: Barry (Carrie) Koelker, Danielle (Bruce) Ling, Angel (Jason) Kelchen and Carmen (Terry) Dunkel, Jodi (Brandon) Kelley, Rob (Tara) Koelker and Jeff (Annie) Koelker, Jesse (Molly) Koelker, Shelli (Scott) Wilson and Matt (Lindsey) Koelker, Nick (Nicole) Koelker, Leah (Casey) Lechtenberg and Jenna Koelker, and Terra, Brooke and Trent Koelker; 30 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt of Levenworth, WA, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt of Petersburg and Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt of Edgewood, Blanche (Albert) Schulte of New Vienna, Leona (Marv) Tauke of Dyersville, Jean (Ken) Kramer of New Port Richey, FL and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges of LasVegas, NV, Lois Bockenstedt of Edgewood and Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marian in September 2016, 2 children: Theresa in infancy and Todd Koelker in July 2005, siblings: Evelyn Koelker, Edmund (Clara) Koelker, Lucille (Victor) Vaske, Lawrence (Ruth) Koelker, Mildred Koelker, LuVern (Anna Mae) Koelker, Alma (Clete) Vaske and Cora (Charles) Gerken, in-laws: Leo Bockenstedt, Patsy Wegmann.

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



Cecil W. Hinderman


Cecil W. Hinderman, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Cecil was born on July 7, 1934, in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, the son of Edward and Katherine (Droessler) Hinderman. He married Bernetta Muller on May 5, 1954, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2001.

Cecil farmed and worked at Kunkel's DeLaval and Mississippi Valley Forest Products until his retirement in 2003. He worked part time at Carquest until his full retirement. Cecil loved going to Katina's for coffee in the morning and Gooch's Greenhouse, Sunset Lanes and Daniel's Lounge for socializing with the guys. In his younger years he and Bernetta enjoyed fishing, square dancing and playing cards in two different card clubs. He was a charter member of the Dickeyville Lions Club.

Survivors include his daughters, Lori (David) Schuchart, of Cuba City, Linda (Mike) Kress, of Potosi; his sons, Doug (Connie) Hinderman, of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Hinderman, of Platteville; twelve grandchildren; many extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel; a grandson, Bradley Schuchart; his brothers, Dennis, Roland, and Edward Hinderman, and Robert Timmerman Sr.; an infant sister, Vera; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A Cecil W. Hinderman Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks to UW-Madison Hospital Neuroscience Unit, Dean Feldman and Southwest Health Center, and Kim Martin of Grant County Hospice.

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



LaVonne C. Heitkamp


 

LaVonne C. (Theill) Heitkamp, 83, of Menominee, IL, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at her home in Menominee.

Due to pending weather conditions, the Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from Noon - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 and from 9 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish and St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

LaVonne was born on March 14, 1933 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the youngest daughter of Wesley and Ida (Weydert) Theill, Sr.  When she was a little girl her Dad gave her the nickname, "PeeWee" which stayed with her all her life.

She married James Heitkamp on October 3, 1953, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children.  Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

LaVonne was a member of Nativity BVM parish all of her life.  She was a member of the St. Ann Society, Nativity BVM school board, and past funeral dinner chairwoman. She spent countless hours quietly working at the church and school. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Isabella # 572 of Galena.

LaVonne was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel. She was a devoted farm wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She always put other people's needs before her own, and lived a life caring for others.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are her six children: Joseph (Judy) Heitkamp and Michael (Laura) Heitkamp both of Menominee, IL, Virginia (Terry) Holland and Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, IL, Paul (Beth) Heitkamp of Rockford, IL, and Mark (Stacey) Heitkamp of East Dubuque; 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Charlene Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, a brother, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of Menominee, a brother-in-law, Carlisle Jacobi of Cuba City, WI, and a sister in law, Ruth Theill of East Dubuque and Jim's sister, Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, parents, Wesley and Ida Theill,Sr., her in-laws, Joseph and Irene Heitkamp, brothers, Wesley Theill, Jr, and twins, Charles and William in infancy, sister, Merla Jacobi,  a brother-in-law, Francis Hinderman and Jim's family: Robert and Margaret Heitkamp, Mary Ellen and Ed Berning, Monica and Clarence Houtakker, and Hubert(Wimpy) Robinson.

LaVonne's family wishes to thank Diann Laity, Cindy Anderson, Trisha Cox, Diane Muchow, Stacy Bowman and Elly Bowman for the exceptional, compassionate care you gave to our Mother.  Because of your help our Mother was able to stay living in her home where she was happy, safe, and comfortable. Without you we could not have done it.

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

 

 



Glenn D. Casey


Glenn D. Casey, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:35 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Glenn's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn was born on March 3, 1936, in Asbury, Iowa, son of James W. and Alberta (Mahon) Casey.

Glenn would spend the first few decades of his life farming in Cascade and went on to proudly serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, before eventually moving to Dubuque. Glenn would finally meet and marry the love of his life, Betty Welbes-Korman, on August 31, 1966, in Galena, IL. They would unite their families and enjoy 44 years together, before she was called home ahead of him on March 8, 2011. Glenn understood the value of hard work and would devote years of his time and talents to multiple companies in the area before his well earned retirement from Eagle Window and Door in 1997. Faith was important in Glenn's life and he was a long-time and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church for many years. In his free time, Glenn enjoyed venturing out into the woods for a good day of hunting and he also found satisfaction in the many hours he spent working on remodeling projects around the house. Glenn's health has been failing and his earthly battles have now come to an end. We grieve within our loss, but we find comfort in knowing that he's finally home with his heavenly family and we will all see him again one day in a state of absolute perfection.

Those left to cherish Glenn's memory include

his 4 children,
Joseph D. "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Susan (Joseph) Fecker, Andrew, IA,
Cindy (David) Schwendinger, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy "Tim" (Sonia) Casey, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Tammy (Bill Kaufman) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner, Eric (Emily Riniker) Korman, Ryan (Erica Wolff) Mauer, Michael (Cathy) Brimeyer, Amber (James Robinson) Brimeyer, Adam Brimeyer and Ashley (Marty) Meisenberg;

his 14 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way,
Cody, Cailee and Alex Sprecher, Jack and Chloe Kaufman, Logan and Lucy Turner, Carter and Jacqueline Mauer, Matthias and Evelyn Brimeyer, Teagan, Aiden and Lillian Meisenberg;

and his siblings,
Venita (Jack) Knapp, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Duane (Gloria) Casey, TX,
Gerene O'Brian, Monticello, IA,
Wendell (Bev) Casey, Walnut Creek, CA,
John Casey, Des Moines, IA,
Pat (Sharon) Casey, Cascade, IA,
Chuck (Donna) Casey, Cascade, IA
and Cheri Wessels, Dyersville, IA.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Betty "Ma" Casey; a daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; 2 sisters, Kayla and Krista Casey; a son-in-law, Butch Mauer; and a brother-in-law, Breeze Wessels.

A Glenn D. Casey memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Glenn's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the kind and compassionate care they have provided Glenn and his family.

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

 



Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman


Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman, 77, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center. She was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on the day Don, the love of her life, was laid to rest.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road where the wake service will be at 4 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joyce was born August 8, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Olive (Roth) Baumhover.

She married Gerald Kirchberg in 1960. Surviving are their daughter Ann Smith of Ft. Wayne, IN and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith.

She later married Donald W. Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Dubuque. His 5 children survive including; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren with another arriving in 2017, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Joyce was admired for her strong work ethic and commitment. While earning her degree in Education from Clarke College, she owned and managed the Bottle Stop Tap, along with working at Kresge's Store.

Joyce had a long career dedicated to influencing and helping the lives of others. She taught at St. Anthony's and Holy Ghost schools, also serving as Assistant Principal. She was employed at East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) where she retired as the Director of Employment and Training Programs. Joyce received many awards including special recognition from the State and US Government for the record amount of people employed under her program.

Joyce was a long time member of the Eagles Club where she met Don. She traveled with Friendship Force, an organization committed to building a more peaceful world. She initiated and directed many charities including her involvement with Beginning Experience and Knights of the Square Table. She was highly involved with various parishes and devoted her time by volunteering on numerous committees. She was a Eucharistic Minister and faithfully served in the Power of Prayer ministry. Joyce and Don joined St. Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. She sang in many churches and was the Choir Director at Trophy Gardens Church while wintering for 19 years with Don in southern Texas. She also taught English as a second language to a class of students. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing during their time in that area.

Joyce was a talented artist. She enjoyed crafting, card making, stamping, weaving, and leather working. In her 60's, she discovered a long hidden talent for painting. Some of her creations will be on display at the visitation. She leaves a beautiful legacy of artwork that her family will treasure forever.

She was preceded in death by Don, her loving husband of 28 years. Also preceding her in death are her parents, a brother Ronald Baumhover and his wife Mary.

The family is forever grateful to their sister Karla for her incredible love and devotion to Joyce's care during her journey with Alzheimer's. The family would like to also thank the kind-hearted staff at Shady Rest Care Center (Jennifer), Hawkeye Care Center (Sue) and Hospice of Dubuque (Amy, Barb, Jeanette, and Elizabeth) for their care and compassion.

The family requests no flowers.



Sharon R. Mangler


Sharon R. "Sherry" Mangler, 67, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 10 at home, surrounded by her family and beloved dog Lola.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, January 12 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque.

Sherry was born on March 9, 1949 in Earlville, IA daughter of Harold and Letiticia (Duffy) Hartman. She was raised and grew up on the family farm in Strawberry Point, IA, graduating from Starmont High School. She met and married the love of her life Richard Mangler on August 18, 1979. They have been inseparable for over 37 years.

Sherry moved to Dubuque in 1977, where she was a homemaker until returning to work in 1987. She was employed by the Dubuque Community School District as an Early Childhood Development Para Professional at Helen Keller/Eisenhower Elementary and retired from Jones Hand in Hand Pre-School in 2008. During her more than twenty years in the school district she developed a special bond with the staff and children.

Sherry was an amazing, caring friend to many. Her children, grandchildren, and great grand babies were her world. She had a special way of ensuring everyone knew they were loved.

Sherry is survived by her husband Richard Mangler, their children Traci Flynn and Robb Munter, both of Dubuque, and Mark (Barbara) Munter of Broken Arrow, OK; step son Jason (Kristie) Mangler of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Mandi (Jon) Ellerbach, Danielle and Matthew Flynn, Morgan Munter, Skylar Munter and Veda Mangler; great grandchildren Chad, Graci, Frankie and Ellie; and sisters Jo Ann Delong of Avondale, AZ, Jan (Bob) Pfeiler of Dubuque, and Connie (Tom) Ross-Steger of Strawberry Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister June (Tom) Raymond; brothers in law Don Delong and Paul Ross; and nephew Shane Ross.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon R. Mangler Memorial Fund has established.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. R Schope & Lori of Grand River Medical Center and also to the best group of friends a gal could ever ask for... Shari Hartwick, Karen Hogan, Jeannie Fudge, Rose Hartzell, Sandy Butler and Phyllis Herbstreith, your love, support, and true friendship to the end will be forever cherished.

 



Donald C. Meyer


Donald C. "Don" Meyer, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where there will be a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard in place from 4 - 6 p.m., followed by an American Legion service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, January 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.

The funeral celebration will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Richard Ament will officiate with Rev. Dennis Quint, Rev. Joseph Hauer, Rev. Timothy Lenchak, Rev. Al Vorwald as concelebrants and Decon Jim Steger assisting.

Don was born on November 4, 1926, in Dyersville, son of Leo and Loretta (Weber) Meyer. He attended St. Francis Xavier schools and graduated from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago in 1948. Don served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and was proud to be part of one of the 2014 Honor Flights.

On June 26, 1954 he married Helen Ament at St Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Don and Helen were blessed with 10 children, 15 grand-children and two great-grand-children.

Don's entrepreneurial spirit began shortly after his graduation from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago. After his studies and training in electricity and refrigeration, he began selling and installing Youngstown kitchens along with Frigidaire appliances. Becoming one of Frigidaire's youngest franchisees Don went on to earn industry awards for highest sales and outstanding service.

In 1949, under the name of Home Appliance Company, Don expanded his business to include residential and commercial mechanical services. In 1975 Don entered a business venture with his three brothers and under Meyer Brothers Development Co. developed West Linden Subdivision. In 1979 he purchased the Ed Wedewer Construction Company. With this purchase Meyer Construction Company was formed. The company entered into the field of commercial and industrial construction. In 1982 Don began the development of Stone Creek Shopping Center. In 1988 he sold the company he founded, Home Appliance, and became the owner and operator of Ace Hardware that was located within the shopping center. In 1996 he retired from the hardware business and sold it to his two daughters. He continued ownership and management of the shopping center until he sold it in 2005.

Don actively served the community as a member of the Merchants Committee, Dyersville Chamber of Commerce, Dyersville City Council, Dyersville Development Commission and Dyersville Industries. Don was also a member of the Jaycees and Lions Club. In 1980 he received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Jaycees. In 2002, because of his outstanding service to his community, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club.

Don was instrumental in the development of the Dyersville Community Hospital. As a representative of the Dyersville Community Hospital Corporation board, Don accepted chairmanship of the Building Committee and also served as co-chairman of the fund drive to build the hospital.

As a devout Catholic, Don was actively involved in his parish, St. Francis Xavier Church. He served on the fund drive committee to help build Beckman High School, served as President of Beckman High School from 1975-1982, and also served as an honorary chairman for the St. Francis Xavier Grade School fund drive. As a man of great faith, he tried to attend mass daily and enjoyed participating as a Eucharistic minister and as a Fourth Degree Knight.

Don enjoyed working outdoors and he loved nature. Before moving to town, Don and Helen had a wonderful home and acreage in the country. As an avid outdoorsman Don converted the open land into a large and extensive tree farm. Don also enjoyed his time with family at their cabin on Lake Delhi, traveling, golfing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and annual fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.

Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Ament Meyer; 10 children: Rachele (Doug) Rickels of Worthington, IA; Pam Meyer of Dyersville, IA; Clyde (Nanci La Susa) Meyer of Naperville, IL; Dennis Meyer (Lizbeth McDow) of Westminster, CO; Mary Meyer of Dyersville; John (Laurie Bildstein) Meyer of Dyersville; Teresa (Matt) Bockenstedt of Dyersville; Mark (Darla Carithers) Meyer of Dubuque; Geralyn Maloney of San Diego, CA and Chris Meyer of Sacramento, CA. 15 grandchildren: Dr. Michael (Dr. Kelsey Barnes) Rickels of Madison, WI; Meghan (Tyler) Raeder of Dubuque, IA; Rebekah Rickels (Dr. Max Jepson) of Fort Pierre, SD; Kristin Rickels (Matt Merta) of San Antonio, TX; Samuel Meyer (Chloe Lewis) of Chicago IL; Joseph Meyer of Naperville IL; Josh Meyer (Kyra Brandt) of Frederick, MD; Michelle Meyer (Tyrell Chostner) of Westminster, CO; Ben Bockenstedt (Jessica Kinneer) of Cedar Falls, IA; Katelin Bockenstedt (Joe Bredahl) of Dyersville; Justin Meyer of Dyersville; Morgan Meyer of Austin, TX; Samantha Meyer (Jeff Sullivan) of Ames, IA; Thomas Meyer of Edgewood, MD; and Andrew Meyer of Dubuque; two step-granddaughters: Kyra and Paige Howieson of Dubuque; two great-grandchildren: Laurel and Caroline Raeder of Dubuque. Two brothers; Jim (Sheila) and Kenneth (Kathy) of Dyersville; four sisters; Mary Jane (Harry) Steger of Edgewood, IA; Betty (Stan) McLane of Dyersville; Joyce (Ron) Drey of Mesa, AZ; Janice (Ron) Alfred of Ames; sister-in-laws; Dorothy Meyer; Pat Meyer of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Loretta Meyer and siblings; Loras (1999), Dick (2005), John and Anne, (in infancy).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Divine Word College, St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir and Mercy Medical Center Dyersville (Skilled Nursing).

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

 



Patrick C. Conefrey


Patrick C. Conefrey, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa (formerly of Brockton, Massachusetts) passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Patrick was born April 17, 1945 in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of George and Mildred (Costello) Conefrey. Patrick graduated from Brockton Massachusetts High School in 1963. He earned an Associate's Degree in Science from Massasoit Community College in Business Management and an Electronic Certificate from the Franklin Institute. Patrick then served his country in the US Army 1965-1966. Patrick worked for the Brockton Highway Department 1968-2000. He married Charlotte Louise Goodwin on July 24, 1977 in Brockton, Massachusetts. She passed away on November 4, 2009.

Patrick's hobbies included time with his family, golfing the many courses in the area and dancing. He deeply touched many lives over the years, especially those of his beloved family. He also sincerely loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He had a strong devotion to his Christian faith and continuously shared it with others.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Hackett of Dubuque; granddaughters, Alyssa and McKenzie Hackett; siblings, Myles (Rose) Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida, George Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida; and Gerald (Deborah) Conefrey of Brockton, Massachusetts; and numerous adored nieces and nephews. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Burial will be in Massachusetts at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Patrick's memory.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

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

 



Cletus F. Klein


Cletus F. Klein 84 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 as a result of a farming accident. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Family will greet friends and family 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, January 13, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Burial will in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors.

Cletus was born on the family farm in Balltown, Iowa on November 17, 1932 the son of Edmund and Susan (Muenster) Klein. Cletus married Lois Kilburg on May 1, 1962 in Springbrook, Iowa. together they had four children. They farmed together all their married life. He served in the US Army 1953-1955, after returning from serving his country he continued to farm and also worked for John T. Klein Construction. Then was hired at Tschiggfrie Excavating as an equipment operator and was their first employee working there from 1965-1988.

He and Lois enjoyed eating out and going for drives. Family was very important to Cletus as well as his faith and belief in God. He was always present for all family events near and far. Cletus loved seeing his grandchildren and great grandchild at the family farm, he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois; children, Randy (Julie) Klein of Sherrill, Iowa, Sharon (Rick) Keller of Durango, Iowa, Joann Kintzle of Sherrill, Iowa, and Joyce (Kurt) Schmitt of Holy Cross, Iowa; thirteen (13) grandchildren, Brad, Adam, Carrie Klein, Lindsey and great grandson Carter, Jessica, Logan Keller, Mitch, Brooke, Nicole Kintzle, Austin, Allison, Rachel, and Becca Schmitt; a sister, Rose (John) Faulhaber of Dubuque, Iowa; in-laws, Betty Klein, Marie Klein, Norma (Wayne) Jackson, Doris (Ronnie) Ambrosy, Dwain (Barb) Kilburg, and Rick (Rita) Kilburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Alfred Klein and Melvin Klein; a sister in-law, Rita Mae (Clyde) Ties.

Cletus's family would like to thank the Sherrill Fire Department, and family and friends that have helped during this difficult time.

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

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Phyllis V. Lenstra


Phyllis V. Lenstra, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:15 a.m., on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Phyllis' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Phyllis' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Phyllis was born on June 23, 1925, in Darlington, WI, daughter of Joseph and Alma (LaDow) Mitchel.

Phyllis was a proud Dubuquer who gratefully awoke every morning to the comfort of country living. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, LaVerne C. Lenstra, on August 14, 1942, and they were blessed with 59 years together, and 3 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 30, 2001. Phyllis took great pride in caring for her family, keeping a tidy home and reaping the continual harvest from her bountiful garden. In her free time, Phyllis enjoyed creating beautiful works on her sewing machine and was always up for a good game of cards with family and friends. But at the end of the day, Phyllis' true joy was easily discovered in the treasured moments she would get to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis, our dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend, has been graciously blessed with 91 years here with us to share in her life, love and laughter. Sadly though, today we find a tear in our hearts with the realization that we are now left with only memories and will be deeply and sincerely missing her until we are all together again one day.

Those left to cherish Phyllis memory include

her children,
Lillian Sahm, Balltown, IA,
Lester (Mary) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA
and Ronald (JoAnn) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA;

her 11 grandchildren;

and her 16 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, LaVerne Lenstra; a son-in-law, John "Jack" Sahm; 3 sisters, Julia, Margaret and Marie; and 5 brothers, Delbert, Joseph, Leo, Raymond and Frances.

A Phyllis V. Lenstra memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Phyllis' family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of the extraordinary care they have provided to Phyllis these past years.

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

 



Carl J. Manternach


Carl J. "King" Manternach, 76, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Carl may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Carl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Carl was born on July 25, 1940 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harold N. and Luella (Koob) Manternach. He received his education from the former St. Mary's school in Cascade. He was employed by Manternach Plumbing and Heating in Cascade until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Carl was an avid race car fan and loved to play cards.

He is survived by five siblings, Mary Karolyn Kramer of Freeport, IL, Eileen O'Connell of Manor Care in Dubuque, IA, Donna (Charles) Casey, Paul (Kathy) Manternach and Herb (Jacquie) Manternach all of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Delores Manternach on October 15, 1951; two brothers-in-law, Bernie O'Connell and Ron Kramer; two nephews, Andy and Toby Casey.

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

 



Ranol J. Weigel


Put on your dancing shoes. A homecoming party is planned for Ranol J. "Ray" Weigel who died January 9, 2017 at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 16th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jim Lucy officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow the service. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service.

Ray was born on August 15, 1939 in Platteville Wisconsin the son of Wilbert and Hilda (Suhr) Weigel.

He graduated from University of Wisconsin Platteville with a major in Agriculture Education and a minor in Instrumental Music. He was an insurance salesman for Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company for 26 years.

He was a National Guard veteran serving with the 32nd Red Arrow Division at Ft. Louis Washington; he was called from 1961 to 1962 for the Berlin Crisis.

Ray provided music for the Tri-State Ballroom Dancers at Happy's Place and filled in as D.J. at the American Legion as needed. He was a Dubuque County Conservation board member for over 40 years serving as president twice.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife Jo Ann; and her children, Melinda (Charlie) Willison, Greg (Beth) Witterholt, and their children, Bailey, Evan, and Dustin. His sister Carol (Jim) Georgi. Sisters-in-law Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Sally Donaldson, Mary (Roger) Weydert; brothers-in-law, Donald (Darlene) Schmitt, and Tony (friend, Gina) Schmitt.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave.



John H. Kieffer


John H. "Jack" Kieffer, age 79, of Holy Cross, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:18 a.m., on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home.

Jack was born on May 4, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Genevieve (Wagner) Kieffer.

Jack was employed with the John Deere Dubuque Works for 11 years, before moving on to pursue other job interests, including Hoofs Manufacturing in Maquoketa, along with other various ventures throughout his life. His favorite endeavor however, was working with the Cooks Farms in the Balltown area, where he happily spent the last 15 years keeping busy. He was truly an avid outdoorsman; hunting, trapping, archery and bass tournaments and gathering ginseng were some of Jack's most treasured opportunities. Sadly, Jack has departed our lives quite suddenly, but we are eternally grateful for the memories he leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his children,
Connie (Earl Harry) McDonald
and Jeff Kieffer, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Patrick (Shannon Gross) McDonald, Matthew (Haley Rennison) McDonald, Ashley McDonald, Zoe Birch and Emily Harry;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Tylor, Chance, Carter, Landon, Blake, Katlyn and Ashlyn;

and his 2 siblings,
Jim (Karen) Kieffer
and Judy (Art) Allen, both of Dubuque, IA.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kim Kieffer; and his former wife, Virginia Darnell.

A John H. "Jack" Kieffer memorial fund has been established.

Jack's family would like to extend a special thank you to Pat and Duane Cook, Ray Dean, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their friendship and compassionate care of Jack and his family.

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

 



Donald W. Huseman


Donald W. Huseman, 86, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd. The wake service will be at 6 p.m.

Don was born October 11, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Gladys (Boyes) Huseman.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey (Trowbridge) Huseman. They were married on August 27, 1949.

He is survived by their 5 children; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren, Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman.

He later married Joyce (Baumhover) Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Joyce survives, along with her daughter, Ann Smith and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren with another arriving in 2017. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Dick (Rosie), Ray and Vern (Donna) Huseman.

Don absolutely treasured time spent with grandchildren and family. He was blessed with two long, loving and happy marriages. The undying love and care he showed Joyce during her Alzheimer's journey has been nothing short of amazing. He was a man of God. He worked tirelessly for those in need and was a voice for those who couldn't speak for themselves. He worked at Farley & Loetscher where he was instrumental in serving on the negotiation committee to drive a fair wage for employees. He was employed at Standard Forwarding Inc. for more than 35 years, retiring as the terminal manager. Long known for his compassionate spirit and civic leadership he served on St. Mary's Catholic Church and Sageville School Boards, Power of Prayer, and the St. Stephens Food Pantry among many others. He joined St Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. He was on the committee that named Hempstead High School. He was a long time member of the Eagle's Club and volunteered in many capacities over the years, including Chairman of the building committee when the Eagles Club moved from downtown Dubuque to the West end. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing in Southern Texas and Mexico where they wintered for 19 years. They adopted a family there who lived in a 2-room shack with no plumbing and doors. He changed all that. He volunteered many hours within their retirement community in Texas, particularly with faith services and creating a workshop that he managed. They made many lifelong friends who were a part of his life to the end. Don was passionate about golf and he never missed an opportunity to play a game of Euchre.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Adele Heiderscheit, sons in law, Rick Heiderscheit and Mike Bruggeman, sister in law, JoAnn Huseman and brother in law Ron Baumhover.

The family would like to thank Mary Michel, who has always been there for Don through the years as his "on call" nurse. They also wish to thank the kind-hearted staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion. Especially Amy, Barb, Jeanette, Allison and Elizabeth.



Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman


Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman, 94, of Dubuque, formerly of the Sinsinawa, Wisconsin area, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Sinsinawa, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Marian was born on April 29, 1922 near Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Albert J. and Rosa M. (Brant) Runde. She was united in marriage to Marcellus "Marcy" Timmerman on July 16, 1946 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marcy preceded her in death on March 15, 2008.

She was a graduate of Hazel Green High School, class of 1940 and a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque, class of 1944. She did private duty nursing and later worked at St. Dominic Villa. Marian and Marcy farmed together for over 30 years until they retired and moved to Dubuque in 1981. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.

Surviving are five children, Jo Ann M. Timmerman, OP, of Sinsinawa, WI, Jane R. Timmerman of Kalispell, MT, Nancy M. (John) Helbing of Cuba City, WI, Terry J. (Judy) Timmerman on the home farm in rural Cuba City, and Tim G. (Christie) Timmerman of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Peter (Katie Nelson) Helbing, Ben (Samantha Stevens) Helbing, Aaron Timmerman, Emily (Jake) Fleege, Molly (Dan) Kieler, Nicole (Mahamood) Akhtar, Katie Timmerman, Allie Timmerman, Sarah Timmerman, Andrew Timmerman and Daniel Timmerman; 7-great-grandchildren, Humza, Zakariya, Zayd, and Maryam Akhtar, Landon and Alayna Kieler, and Bradley Helbing; and a sister, Anna Mae (Paul) Gisch of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Regina Vosberg, Joseph Runde, Delmar Runde, Kate Cole and Fr. David Runde.

Marian's family wishes to give thanks to the caregivers of "No Place Like Home Senior Care", especially Linda and Janet for their years of exceptional and loving care.

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



Mildred C. O’Toole


Mildred "Millie" C. O'Toole, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Millie was born on March 12, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Mary (Schaul) Weber. She attended Immaculate Conception Academy Class of 1944. She married Kenneth L. Manahl on June 23, 1943, and together they had two children. Kenneth preceded her in death on July 11, 1945. On February 15, 1947, Millie married Thomas M. O'Toole and they had four children. Thomas preceded her in death on April 1, 1992.

With Millie's unique gift of socialization, she enjoyed and entertained many while bowling, playing euchre and visiting with her many friends and family. She often visited hospitals and nursing homes to cheer up her friends. Millie and Tom spent many years wintering in Phoenix, AZ. Millie belonged to Resurrection Parish and was a life long member of the American Legion and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a devoted and loving wife, a mother who loved her children unconditionally and a "fun and crazy" grandmother adored by her grandchildren.

Surviving are five of her six children; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. The late Dennis (Peggy) Manahal's children, Leo Manahl, Michael Manahl, Barbara (Mike) Gustafson and Dennis Jr. (Heidi) Manahl; Kenneth (Kathy) Manahl of Mesa, AZ and their children, David (Jocelyn) Manahl, Andy Manahl, and Mark Manahl; Penny (Jim) Ehlinger of Dubuque and their children, Curt Ehlinger, Tim (Shelly) Ehlinger, Sarah (Craig Gooder) Ehlinger and Josh (Mary) Ehlinger; Michelle (Tom) Vogel of Peoria, AZ and daughter Jennifer (Bob) Heim; T.J. (Pam Moriarity) O'Toole of Bellevue and children, Brian (Susan) Galle, Heather (Tim) Maiers and T.J. (Fran) O'Toole; and Kelli (Don Brancato) O'Toole of Seattle, WA and children, Jeff (Kelly) Cappellini, Alex Cappellini, Nick Capellini, and Ian and Tessa Mackiewicz. Also surviving are her former daughter-in-law, Ruth Daly of Dubuque; her brother Jim (Rita) Weber of Prescott, AZ and her sisters, Jane Gibler of Soulsbyville, CA and Jean Penrod of New Hall, CA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Peggy Manahl; and her siblings, Dorothy Burgess, Merlin Weber and Milo Weber.

In lieu of flowers, a Mildred C. O'Toole Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their devoted and compassionate care of Millie.



Frederick C. Hoag


Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag, age 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Fred was born on December 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Virgil Hoag and Lorraine (Hillary) Hoag-O'Neill.

Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and his patriotism was continually on display whether through his great respect for the American flag or his extensive collection of eagles. He was united in marriage to Nancy Scharff on December 29, 1962, at St. Columbkille's Church, and they were blessed with 54 years, and 6 children together. Fred understood the value of hard work and was employed with Coca Cola, Wonder Bread and lastly as an over the road truck driver. Fred enjoyed sitting down and watching a little tv when he wasn't working, with Blue Bloods, NCIS and classic war movies definitely being his favorites. He also enjoyed watching sports, always rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees. In his younger days, Fred truly loved being out on his pontoon boat with family and friends and venturing out to Swiss Valley Park on a nice day for a picnic. We are absolutely thankful for the legacy Fred leaves behind, which will be carried on through countless lives for generations to come. We are saddened today by Fred's sudden and swift departure, but we find peace in knowing that his earthly ailments have now ceased and that he is resting comfortably, awaiting our eventual reunion again one day.

Those left to cherish Fred's memory include

his loving wife,
Nancy Hoag, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Dawn Bendixon,
Tina (Jeremy) Shade,
Frederick Hoag,
Todd (Lisa Fleming) Hoag,
Candy Hoag Harris
and Kimberly (Tonio Koopmann Sr.) Hoag, all of Dubuque, IA;

a special granddaughter,
Lindsey (Kenny) Hoag, Beatrice, NE;

his 21 grandchildren,
Bryan Halfhill, Sean McDonough, Kevin (Eva) Reeder, Kory (Angela) Reeder, Melissa (Josh) Pitz, Brad (Emily) Burchette, Jill O'Dell, Jessica Hoag, Jackie Hoag, Tyler Smith, Bredan Healey, Kaleb Healey, Alex Hoag, Gavin Ries, Joey Dress, Marissa Dolan, Alyvia Hoag, Silvannah Durran, Adriannah Durran, Tonio Koopmann Jr. and Mariah Betts;

his 17 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Barbara (Gary) Robey, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Ann) Hoag, Dubuque, IA,
Duke (Vickie) Eppler, Cuba City, WI
and Tom Eppler, Dubuque, IA.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sharon (George) Billmeyer.

A Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Fred's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope, Dr. Tyler, Dr. Compton, Dr. Iverson, the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center and the fellow residents and friends at The Rose for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Fred and his family.

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

 



Dorothy D. Montag


Dorothy D. Montag, 90 of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 7, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will Follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, until the time of services at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born on December 4, 1926, in Tennyson, Wisconsin the daughter of William "Ray" and Bertha (Hinderman) Morgan. She married Leo Loso on January 15, 1946 and together they had 4 children. She later married Leo "Chris" Montag on January 9, 1976. Dorothy worked for many years at Timmermans Supper Club as a waitress and at Flexsteel Industries as a seamstress.

Dorothy enjoyed many years living in Arizona with Chris. She welcomed her extended Montag family into her life after their marriage. She also enjoyed sharing her many talents with her family and friends, whether by sharing her sewing talents, her artistic talents, or her creativity and craft work, her love and sense of humor always showed through along with her special love for her cats.

She is survived by her daughters Beverly (Vince) Riniker, and Cindy (Mike) Flynn, both of Dubuque; her sons Brian (Pat) Loso, of East Dubuque and Rick Loso, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Misty (Don) Slaats, of East Dubuque, Bill Heacock, of Cedar Falls, Garry (Carrie) Clauer, of Potosi, Mike (May) Clauer, of Sanford, NC, Joshua Loso, of N.C., Nicolette (Brian) Welter, of Holy Cross, Melanie Loso, of Minneapolis, and Crista Leibold, of North Liberty, two brothers-in-law Jerry VanOstrand, and Keith Cardey, and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her extended Montag family including her step daughters Sandy (Florian) Tigges, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, and Kris Ann (Kevin) Stehlow, and step sons Tony (Colleen) Montag, and Rick (Kristie) Montag, and her additional 26 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chris, a brother Bill, sisters Delores Flogel, Ella Mae Avenarius, Lorraine Cardey, Velma Jean VanOstrand, Flora Lou Beecher, sister-in-law Kay Morgan, brothers-in-law Herman Flogel, Norm Avenarius and Jack Beecher and a step son Tom Montag.

Some special thanks go out to the staff at Luther Manor and to Doctors Honorio Caceres, Mark Janes, and Roger Ott Jr. and all other health care professionals that cared for Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorothy D. Morgan memorial fund has been established.



Robert Wayne Brinker


Robert Wayne Brinker, 80, of Maquoketa passed away on January 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He had many special nicknames, including Bobby, Ringtail, Poppa Ringtail, Poppa Balloon, and Papa Binker, but most knew him as just Bob.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 13, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Bob was born on July 1, 1936 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Carl Henry and Zelma Agnes (Van Hook) Brinker. He was educated at Stoney Point Country School where he graduated from 8th grade. It was at that point his dad gave him the choice of going onto high school or his dad would buy him a tractor. Bob chose the tractor and began his lifelong career as a farmer.

Later on in his farm career he was a salesman for DeKalb seed corn for 25 years. In 1993, he started Bob Brinker Construction and Overhead Doors, a business he operated until present. Bob made many friends along the way.

Bob married the love of his life, Phyllis Joyce Ostert, on December 23, 1956 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, a 60th anniversary milestone he was especially proud of. To this union five children were born: Deb, Phillip, Barb, Linda and Kim.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing for catfish, playing cards and telling stories. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife, Phyllis Brinker of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Greg) Sieverding of Bellevue, IA, Phillip (Margie) Brinker of Maquoketa, IA, Linda (special friend Ronnie Protz) Portz of Clinton, WI, and Kim (Tony) Schulte of Oxford, IA; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Billy Brinker and Karl Vohringer; and a daughter, Barb Gebhart.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert W. "Bob" Brinker memorial fund has been established.

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



Ann J. Quinn


Ann J. (Brady) Quinn 78 a resident of Shady Rest Care Center, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 5:00 pm Scripture Service. Private Family burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ann was born July 27, 1938 in North Garry Owen the daughter of Stephen and Marie (Reddin) Brady. She married Patrick R. Quinn on October 20, 1956 in Toronto, Mississippi, he passed on August 24, 2005. Ann worked for Loras College, Heritage Manor, and at the Julien Care Facility as a cook.
Ann enjoyed cooking, trips to the casino, and playing cards with her friends.

Survivors include her children, Julia (Mike) Wessels of Epworth, Susan ( Kim Tuggle) Ware of Ashville, NC, Amy (Bob) Grant of Worthington, Milton "Duffy" Quinn of Epworth, and Patrick (Sara) Quinn of Epworth; seven (7) grandchildren, Matthew Ernzen, Michael Ernzen, Marty Wessels, Jackie Wessels, Anna Ware, Melissa (Jesse) Hosch, and Stephanie (Nick) Leslein; five (5) great grandchildren Hannah, Joseph, Trenton , Tenley, and Kylie.; siblings, Grace Cigrand, and Joan (Allan) Hosch.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Thomas John "TJ" Quinn; a brother, Pat Brady; brother in law, Bob Cigrand, and sister and brother in-law Rosemary and John Flamm.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff in the memory unit at Shady Rest Care Center for your compassionate care.

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

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



Donald F. Droeszler


Donald F. Droeszler, 83, of Bernard, Iowa died Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.
Donald was born May 27, 1933 in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Ralph and Imelda (Kaiser) Droeszler. On September 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to Grace M. Koopmann at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company, and later farmed in the Bernard area. He was also a Jacque's seed dealer.
He enjoyed woodworking especially with his grandchildren and loved socializing with many people.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, he also served on its Cemetery Board, and was care taker of the parish cemetery for many years. He also served as the Butler Township Trustee, he served on the Jackson County Pioneer Cemetery Commission. He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, and the Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Aquines Council #930.

He is an Army veteran having served as a Combat Engineer from 1954-1956 in Germany.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; six children, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Elaine (Kevin) Johnson of Cascade, IA, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; 12 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; five sisters, Kay (Harlan) Doty of Dubuque, IA, Shirley (Darrell) Goetzinger of Marion, IA, Helen (Merlin) Theisen of LaMotte, IA, Patricia (Al) Chamberlain of Anamosa, IA, and Mary (Frank) Klaas of Holmen, WI; a brother-in-law, Donnie Ambrosy of Arizona; and 2 sisters-in-law, Rosie Koopmann of Delhi, IA and Jean Oberfoell of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a son-in-law, Daniel Kundert; 2 sisters, Janice Ambrosy and LuMae Cavanaugh; brothers and sisters-in-law Loras Cavanaugh, Bernice and Bernard Kramer, Inez and Ronnie Silker, Melita and Roy Ross, Donald and Margaret Koopmann, John Koopmann, Elmer Koopmann and Francis"Ducky" Oberfoell.

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

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



Rex A. Dague


Rex A. Dague, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, January 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Rex's life will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow a private family visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rex Allen Dague was born on January 11, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa the oldest of eight children born to Dock S. and Grace (Howell) Dague. He attended Maquoketa Schools and immediately began working for Swift and Company in the produce department for 16 years. He then worked for Waukesha Company and Clinton Engines for a short time. Lastly, he worked for eight years at Hoof Products as a machine operator before becoming disabled.

Rex married Barbara Massey on January 20, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was a former member of the Izaak Walton League. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and word search. He was known as a "fixer upper"who could fix anything.

Those left to honor Rex's memory include his wife Barbara Dague of Maquoketa, IA; children Marvin (Lori) Massey of Maquoketa, IA, and Wendy (Jeff) Specht of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; his mother Grace Dague of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Dee Dague of Maquoketa, IA and Janice Hamilton of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers James (Vi) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Michele) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Mark Sr. (Naomi) Dague of Preston, IA, Kirby (Candice) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy Dague of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rex A. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Boots Sunderland


Boots Sunderland, 89, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Boots was born on July 30, 1927 in Dubuque, the son of Melvin and Elodia (Luthe) Sunderland. He married Joyce Winkler on March 24, 1951 at Camp McCoy, WI.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for approximately 32 years and was a member of Local # 150-A. Boots loved to fish and after his retirement did some commercial fishing. He enjoyed meeting with friends at Fred's Used Cars and the Fishing Barge.
Boots served during the Korean Conflict with the Merchant Marines.

Surviving is his wife Joyce; Joanne (Kenny) Kunkel of Hazel Green, and Janice Grijalva of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tara (Doug) Riewski, Jeff (Kelly) Kunkel, Brian (Jill) Wubben, Rachael Wubben, Jennifer (John) Bellrichard; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elodia & Neil Hanson, a son, Scott; son-law, Jim Wubben, siblings, Jennie (Cliff) Waller, Helen (Joe) Houselog; and his in-laws, Ruth and Walt Hennessey.

A Boots Sunderland memorial fund has been established.
The Sunderland family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their husband, father, and grandfather.



Thomas R. Cooper


Thomas R. Cooper, 66, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 9th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 immediately following. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., on Sunday, January 8that the Funeral Home.
Tom was born March 5, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Violet (Jecklin) Cooper.

He married Mary Tippett on May 4, 1974 at St. Philomena Church in Belmont, Wisconsin.

Tom served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-1972.

He was employed at John Deere for 30 years and retired in June of 2002, later was a pharmacy driver for Hartig Drug.
Tom and his wife Mary often visited parks near the river and just enjoyed being together. You could often find Tom tending to his yard, watching sports or having a coffee break on his patio. He cherished time spent with grandchildren and family. Tom's face would light up with joy each time he saw his "Squirt" (Casey) and "Peanut"(Lily). He enjoyed watching his grandson Dylan's sporting events, who recently paid a tribute to Tom by winning a wrestling match for Grandpa.

Surviving is his wife., Mary; children, Todd Cooper, Matthew (fiancé Amy Pauley) Cooper, and Benjamin (fiancé Lindsey Hines) Cooper; grandchildren, Dylan Pauley, Casey and Lillian Cooper, all of Dubuque; siblings, Terry (Jan) Cooper, of Buckeye, AZ, and Jill (Jim) Scherr, of Avondale, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Lee, of Bemont, WI, Arnie Alt, of Cuba City, WI, Francis (Jayne) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, LaVerne (Elaine) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, Margaret (Marc) Bonin, of Platteville, Wi, Dolores (James) Young of LaCrosse, WI, and Bernadine Young, of New Orleans, LA; an aunt; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a special four legged friend, Sami J.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Robert (Marita) Tippett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Donna) Tippett, Charles Tippett, Lucille Alt, John Tippett, Sam Lee and Peter Young.

A Thomas Cooper Memorial Fund has been established.
Special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the ICU Neurology and Immunology departments at UW Madison, the University of Iowa and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care.



Georgean T. “Jean” Reisen


Georgean T. "Jean" Reisen, 83, of East Dubuque, IL, entered peacefully into eternal life at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home surrounded by her family, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Jean was born on January 12, 1933 in Dickeyville, WI, the daughter of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. She was united in marriage to Ralph A. "Tojo" Reisen on September 18, 1950 at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2000. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

As for a formal education, Jean was a perfect example that you didn't need a formal education to ‘truly be wise.' Jean lived her life for her Faith, Family and Friends and put all their needs in front of her own. Known affectionately as "Grandma Jean" to even the neighborhood kids, she was the best baker and popcorn ball maker in town. She cleaned and babysat for many families and after raising her family graduated from Rich's Bakery School at the age of 58 and worked baking at Van's Liquor Store. She won the 2015 Chicago Tribune Holiday Baking Competition for her Ginger Snap cookies.

Jean was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. She will be sadly missed by so many.

Surviving are five sons, Ron (Joanne) Reisen of Tucson, AZ, Dan (Anne) Reisen, of Iowa City, IA, Ken (Lisa) Reisen of Bettendorf, IA, Timothy "T.J." (Amy) Reisen of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Ted Reisen, of East Dubuque, IL; eight daughters, Donna (Ron "Sam") Fluhr of Asbury, IA, Diane (Jerry) Trannel of Batavia, IL, Lynn (Mike) Noonan of Cascade, IA, Patty (Bob) Freese of Marion, IA, Gail Johnston of East Dubuque, IL, Mary (Roger) Berning, of Cuba City, WI, Joleen Reisen of East Dubuque, and Tammy (Kevin) Barry of Oglesby, IL; daughter-in-law Deborah Reisen of Tucson, AZ; sisters Lucille (Don) Jackson and Germaine Hayes both of East Dubuque; brothers Jerome Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman and Val Hinderman, both of East Dubuque; brothers-in-law Bob Reisen and Paul (Karen) Reisen both of East Dubuque; sisters-in-law Jo (Bob) Powers of East Dubuque, and Arlene Reisen of Dubuque, IA; 42 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Clara; her husband, Ralph "Tojo"; her sons, Ralph Reisen, Jr. and an infant son, Thomas Joseph Reisen; a sister, Rosella Roth; in-laws Betty Rogers, William Reisen, Alverna Hinderman, Merlin Hayes, and Merlin Roth.

In lieu of flowers a Georgean T. Reisen Memorial Fund has been established.

"A special thank you to Dr. Mark Moore and his staff for all the compassion shown to our Mom and family as we discovered the diagnosis and beyond. And to the caring hands of the team from Hospice of Dubuque we are forever grateful for the support and help you provided for us to care for Mom at home as she wished. Thank you!"



Joyce M. Kramer


Joyce M. Kramer, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A private family service with burial will take place in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

Joyce was born on June 7th, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Gerald and Velma (Hullerman) Kramer. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1974 and attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

On October 16, 1982 she married William "Bill" Murray and together they had one son, Jay. They later divorced, but remained close friends. Joyce later met Dale Lenz and enjoyed the last 17 years together.

She worked for Grand River Medical Group and Dubuque Endoscopy Center.

Joyce enjoyed attending antique car shows, especially East Dubuque Graffiti Nights with her 1972 Cutlass. Her son Jay was her life, and family was most important. She loved family get togethers, reunions and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Joyce and Dale loved to shop for antiques. Joyce loved to attend all family events, tailgating and watching Iowa State football games. She enjoyed walking her dogs Sassy and Max. Joyce made the best cakes (carrot and German chocolate) in Dubuque County, and her cherry wine was toasted by many.

Her wisdom, joyful smile, and contagious laughter will be missed by many.

She is survived by her son Jay, of Dubuque; special friend Dale Lenz, of Dubuque; siblings Janet (Ed) Day, of New Berlin, WI, Lynn (Steve) Galvin, of Moline, IL, Caril (Bruce) Clasen, of Minneapolis, MN, Ellen (Jim) Funcke, of Coralville, Iowa, Dean (Deb) Kramer, of Swisher, Iowa, Neil (Ellen) Kramer, of Dyersville, Iowa, LeeAnn (Mike) Gentry, of Hamilton, Ohio, Reyne (Don) Koopmann, of Epworth, Iowa, Phil (Jessica) Kramer, of Solon, Iowa; her former husband, Bill Murray, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Lenz family, Dee (Terry) Schilling, Denny Lenz (Jennifer Turner), Dianne (Jack) Brehm, and David (Cindy) Lenz; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and her dogs Sassy and Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, John Kramer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital or to Iowa Donor Network.

The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Ewen, Dr. Jean Marie Stephan and Team; Dr. Timothy Thomsen and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; and to all the Dubuque doctors who helped Joyce through this courageous battle.



Rose Ann Kammeyer


Rose Ann Kammeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Rose Ann's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and 9:30 -10:45 A.M. on Monday at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Monticello.

Rose Ann Schlink was born on September 26, 1948 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Eugene and Irene (Meyer) Schlink. She grew up in Indiana and was a graduate of Woodlan High School in Woodburn, Indiana. She married Timothy W. Kammeyer on November 26, 1971 in New Haven, Indiana. To this union two children were born: Matthew and Barbara.

Rosie had first worked as a receptionist for Dr. Miller in Woodburn, Indiana from 1966 to 1971. Rosie and Tim moved to Maquoketa in 1978 where she worked for Family Clinic for several years, and then as a medical transcriptionist at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa for over 23 years, retiring in 2013.

Rosie was a faithful and active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello where she served many years as a Sunday School Teacher, was on the Sunday School Board, active in the Women's Group and the Funeral Luncheon Committee. She also was a member of the Farm Bureau and served as the clerk for Farmer's Creek Township.

Rosie loved her flower and vegetable gardens, bird watching, spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as long walks with her neighbor, Carol.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Timothy Kammeyer, and children Matthew Kammeyer and Barbara Kammeyer of Maquoketa, IA. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Alex and Dylan; and 1 great-grandchild, Duane. Surviving siblings are Jeanette (Steven) Pribble of New Haven, IN, Patricia Ruger of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Carolyn Gaham, Lois (Kent) Goeglein, and William Schlink, all of New Haven, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Irene (Meyer) Schlink; a sister-in-law, Susan Schlink; and a brother-in-law, Neil Ruger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church Sunday School fund.

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



Rev. David L. Anderson


The Rev. David L. Anderson, 85, Visitation Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church was called to his eternal home Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He died at Mercy Medical Center, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ who promised him, and all believers: "I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that I am, there you may be also, (John 14:2,3).

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road with the Pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Friday.

Rev. Anderson was born August 15, 1931, in Isle, Minnesota, son of Gilbert and Elvera (Hemerick) Anderson. He attended school through January of his sophomore year in Worthington, Minn., at which time the family moved near Lake George, Minn. He graduated from La Porte High School in 1949.

Following four years in the Air Force Security Service, he returned home and was confirmed as an adult in Trinity Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Lake George. He then fell in love with Arla Moberg, and they were married on June 5, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They were blessed with twin sons and a daughter.

He attended Bemidji State Teachers College and later Concordia Theological Seminary (then located in Springfield, Ill.), graduating in May, 1962. He served congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hillsboro, Indiana; Dubuque, Iowa; and Crookston-Eldred, Minnesota. During the course of his ministry, he held several District and Synodical offices. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved back to Dubuque where he served as Visitation Pastor.

He is survived by a son, Thomas of Clermont, Florida; a daughter, Krista, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Madi (Mike) Meller of Russelville, Missouri, Zach Anderson of Jefferson City, Missouri, Shakina (Sean) Bosveld and Christian Anderson, both of Dubuque; Melissa Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer and Megan Anderson, both of Clermont, Fla.; and Cheyenne Fransen of Fridley, Minn.; and three great-grandchildren, Sophie McIntyre, and Braedynn and Ashton Bosveld, all of Dubuque.

He is also survived by two sisters, Vera (Jim) Bauman of Wilson Creek, Washington and Ann Schiller of Wyoming, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Arla; A son, Joel, three babies who died as a result of miscarriages; and three brothers, John, Donald and Richard "Dick" Anderson.

Pastor Anderson requested that this poem, written by his wife, and altered slightly, be included as their final witness to their relatives, friends and neighbors.

Born with Adam's sin within us, (Did our own with great aplomb), God in love chose us to love Him, Saved us from our path of Doom.

From eternity He knew us, Saw no good but loved us still, Let our ignorance direct us, Let us have our own free will.

Knew we needed One to save us, Since perfection was the goal, Jesus came and lived perfection; Gave His life to save our souls.

The exchange of our corruption, For His sinless, perfect life, And His paying for our sins, With His dying and His strife.

Are the truths that held us closely, As we faced our death on earth, Knowing we would be in heaven, Since He gave us a new birth.

The family would like to thank the pastors and members of Our Redeemer for their love and support.

 



Maria A. Meyer


Maria Ashley Meyer, 23 of Farley, formerly of Dubuque passed away on January 3rd, 2017 at home after a battle with a long illness.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Maria was born on February 1, 1993 in Platteville, WI the daughter of Jeffrey Meyer and Patsy Irby.

She enjoyed doing makeup, shopping, and modeling. But most of all spending time with her son Kaiden, the love of her life, was most important to her.

She is survived by her son Kaiden; her father Jeff (Lori Duve) Meyer of Farley; mother Patsy Meyer, of Dubuque; grandparents, Betty (Ronald) Pothoff and step grandmother Debbie Meyer. Two brothers Chris Metcalf and Charlie Metcalf both of Milwaukee along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Mark Meyer and Gilbert & Nettie Irby.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Victoria Famuide, Dr. George Isaac, Dr. Mark Liabo, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care they gave Maria.



Sister Mary Frances Shafer

Sister Mary Frances Shafer, BVM (Francis Edward), 90, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Caritas Center - Mount Carmel, in Dubuque, Iowa. To honor Sister's life, the Funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Frances served as president of the BVM congregation from 1980-84 and as vice president from 1976-80. She was director of admissions and Scholasticate director for the congregation and served as liturgist at Mount Carmel.

"Mary Frances Shafer's leadership was marked by a commitment to the renewal of religious life, a dedication to the education of lay ministers, and a quest for justice and peace," says Helen Maher Garvey, BVM (Robert Joseph). "She pursued this course with gentleness, courage and kindness."

She taught theology at Clarke University and eighth grade at Holy Family ES in Mason City. She also taught elementary school and was principal in Pontiac and Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Wichita, Kan. She served as administrative assistant to superintendent of schools, Kansas City; director of lay ministry for the Diocese of Great Falls, Mont.; and as personnel director for the Diocese of Joliet, IL.

She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 15, 1926, daughter of Frank Edward and Mary M. Aigner Shafer. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1943. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1946, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

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

 



Lucinda K. Burger

Lucinda "Cindy" K. Burger, 94, of Worthington died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Cindy was born February 4, 1922, in Dyersville the daughter of Henry and Rose (Kramer) Joester.

She married Lawrence "Bob" Burger on May 24, 1947, in Dyersville. Together they owned Burger's Tap in Worthington for over 40 years until 1990.

She was an avid Worthington Cardinal baseball fan, watching her children and grandchildren in the area baseball tournaments, and witnessing her favorite team, the Cubs, win the World Series.

Survivors include her 5 children: Sue Burger of Worthington, Sally (Steve) Schultz of Eldridge, Bill (Lois) Burger of Worthington, Joe (Molly) Burger of Dubuque, Bob (Angie) Burger of Worthington; 11 grandchildren: Maggie (Ben) Tebo, Kathy (Mark) Riebe, Chris (Jan) Finkler, Sarah Schultz, Matthew (Angie) Burger, Brad Burger, Jill (Tim) Seagren, Jude (Erica) Burger, Sally (John) Elstad, Danica and Sela Burger; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Ruth Green of Dubuque and Grace Wieneke of Dyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, Michael; in-laws: Florence (Wilfred "Fritz") Scherbring, Charles (Jean) Burger, Ray (Marcella) Burger, Helen (Marvin) Jarding and Lucille (Henry) Hess, Lawrence Green and Richard Wieneke.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care and companionship over the last four months, and Jerry Digmann for years of spiritual support and visits.

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



Vergil J. Brant


Vergil J. Brant, 86, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Vergil was born on December 16, 1930, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of August J. and Elizabeth A. (Stohlmeyer) Brant.

He married Teresa F. Hesseling on May 20, 1953, in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1982. He married Jean Ballagh on December 16, 1983, in Kieler. She preceded him in death.

Vergil worked at Farley Loetscher and the Dubuque Packing Company, both in Dubuque, retiring from FDL Foods in Dubuque. After marrying Jean, he worked at the Red Top Supper Club for 31 years. Vergil was also a member of the Naval Reserves.

Vergil enjoyed hunting deer, going out west to hunt antelope and mule deer, grouse hunting in northern Wisconsin and trap shooting in Potosi. He also enjoyed watching birds, bowling at Sunset Lanes and playing cards, especially euchre and solo. His Fergusen tractor was special to him. Vergil was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Holy Name Society, and the Catholic Knights for over 50 years.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Brant and Janice Brant, both of Kieler, and David (Mary Jo) Brant, of Cuba City; three sisters, Evelyn Kaiser, of Dubuque, Rita Sedbrook, of Glen Haven, and Jeanette (Robert) Brandt, of Hazel Green; two brothers, Joseph (Jackie) Brant, of Potosi, and James Brant, of Cuba City; nine grandchildren, Craig Roth, Niki (Fred Freiburger) Roth, Andy (Amelia) Roth, Amanda (Matthew) Diercks, Aaron (Courtney) Brant, Alex (Amanda) Brant, Alyssa Brant, Dallas Brant, and Dustin Brant; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debra Leonard; and seven brothers, Clifford, Harold, Donald, his twin Vince, Carl, Robert and Ronald.

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



Delores M. Finn


Delores M. Finn, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:00 a.m., on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Delores' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Delores was born on August 2, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Belva (Duncan) Dunwoody.

Delores grew up in Dubuque, living with her Godmother, Elizabeth Ploog, and eventually graduated from St. Joe's Academy. She was destined to meet the love of her life, Justin Michael Finn, and they were united in marriage on October 29, 1952, in Temple Hill, Iowa. They were truly blessed with 56 years together, and 5 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her in 2008. Delores was raised to have a healthy admiration of working diligently, which she put to proper use in private housekeeping for several families throughout her career. But Delores' real mission in life was to care for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Always the proud curator of a loving home and an undeniably talented cook who continually kept those she loved and adored well fed. Delores also appreciated a little adventure in life, as evidenced by one of her favorite trips to Ireland with her beloved Justin. Faith was an important and integral part of her life, and she would faithfully call Church of the Resurrection her home towards the end of her adult life. Sadly, we must begin the new year knowing that we've spent our last days together with Delores here on earth, but we also know that she leaves behind an abundance of precious memories and lessons which will assist us through the remainder of our journeys until we are all reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Delores' memory include

her children,
Kevin A. (Cathy Howard) Finn, Fort Collins, CO,
Dennis (Ann) Finn, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Finn, Dubuque, IA
and Kathleen Finn, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Logan Howard-Finn, Justin Howard-Finn, Molly Finn, Daniel Finn, Sarah (Joel) Jackson, Bailey (Flynn) Milligan and Jacob Finn;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Harper and Rory Jackson and Brayden Stender.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Justin Finn; a daughter, Maureen Finn; 5 sisters; and 7 brothers.

A Delores M. Finn memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

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



Velma J. West Schroeder


Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 2, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Friends and family gather immediately following the services at St. Mark's Hall in Maquoketa for fellowship and a time of sharing. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Velma Jane West was born on August 16, 1927 in Martelle, Iowa, to Roy Lee and Ruth Mae (Tharp) West. She was a 1945 graduate of Onslow High School. She married Leslie Schroeder in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death. She married Otto Rasmussen in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death.

Velma had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa on the crank line for over 30 years. She then worked at General Foods for over 5 years and Fastex in Maquoketa. Lastly, she worked at Pacific Coast Feather in Maquoketa for several years.

Velma was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Mark's Women's Guild. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy and crocheting.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her children, Patti (Jeff) Schaeffer of Anamosa, IA, Richard (Joanne) Schroeder of Hinesville, GA, Bill (Shirley) Schroeder of Knob Noster, MO and Randy West of Maquoketa, IA; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Darrell (Doris) West of Onslow, IA; a sister-in-law, Elgene West of Sacramento, CA; and former daughters-in-law, Ilse Arellano of Paradise, CA and Estelle Harper of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leslie and her husband Otto, brothers Henry, William, Roylee and Bob, sisters Jean Roman, Nancy Coppess and Ruth Balster, and a son Jim Schroeder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velma J. West (Rasmussen) Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bonnie J. Winchip


Bonnie J. Winchip, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 1, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Bonnie J. Wendel was born on May 1, 1932 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to George and Manuella (Werner) Wendell. She graduated from Elwood High School and then from the University of Iowa with a nursing degree. She married Marvin Winchip and to this union three children were born: Robert, Julie and Nancy.

Upon graduation from the University of Iowa Bonnie worked as an office nurse for Dr. Swift, Dr. Broman and lastly Dr. Rask. She retired from office nursing in 1989 and then went to private duty home health.

Bonnie was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the Jackson County Nurses Association. She enjoyed flowers, baking, writing letters to friends, reading, visiting family and love for her pets.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children Robert "Bob" Winchip of Spearfish, SD, Julie Winchip of Tempe, AZ, and Nancy Winchip of Shawnee, KS; 2 grandchildren, Cassidy and Lucas; and sisters Thelma Kerkman of Elwood, IA and her twin Barbara (Loyd) Downey of Preston, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Betty Parker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie J. Winchip memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Benedict “Ben” R. Thier


Benedict "Ben" R. Thier, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous but brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ben was born September 3, 1959, in Dubuque the son of Arthur and Catherine (White) Thier. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1977, and from Loras College in 1981. He married Krista Taylor on June 20, 1998, in Dyersville, Iowa. Together with his brother, Dennis Thier, and his nephews, Chad and Tony Thier, they continued to operate BARD Materials, a company their father and grandfather co-founded in 1946 (originally known as Dyersville Ready Mix). Ben's career with Bard Materials lasted 35 years and he was currently the Vice President of Finance.

Ben was an avid baseball player and fan, having been on the original Ghost Players team at the Field of Dreams, and he continued to share his passion as he coached Little League in Dyersville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Dyersville Lions Club, and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Basilica Finance Committee.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Krista; three children: Brent, Olivia, Thomas "T.J." all at home; siblings: Dennis (Diane) Thier and Carol (Dr. Earl) Goerdt all of Dyersville; his mother-in-law, Lois Taylor of Dyersville, and a sister-in-law: Tina Taylor also of Dyersville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Charles Taylor.

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

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

 



Lillian R. Bechen


Lillian Rosemary Bechen, age 91, formerly of Sunset Park Place, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Facility.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5,2017 at Nativity Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lillian was born on May 10, 1925 in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Anthony and Anna (Streff) Beringer of LaMotte, IA. She married Donald M. Bechen on April 27, 1948, and moved to Dubuque. She was member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque for over 50 years.

She graduated from Bayless Business College in Dubuque, and worked at the Farm Bureau office and later at Clarke College in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing basketball in high school and would love to watch all the games on TV. She was also an avid golfer and was known for her "Hole in One" trophy. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune.

Surviving are five children: Thomas (Jane) Bechen, Susan (Wally) Kotz, and Julie (Kevin) Hammel, all of Dubuque, Daniel Bechen of Shullsburg, WI, and Kathleen (Douglas) Avery of El Cajon, CA. She also leaves behind two brothers, Raymond (Jeanne) Beringer and Melvin Beringer, and one sister, Sr. Jean Beringer, OSF, and 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Anthony and Anna Beringer; her in-laws, Joseph and Francis Bechen; two daughters-in-law, Cathie Beadle Bechen and Shelley Birch Bechen.

Special thank you to the staff at Sunset Park Place and Weland Gardens for their care of Lillian over the last 5 years.



Judi (Schuster) Meyers


Judi (Schuster) Meyers, 66, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Judi was born August 11, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ray and Shirley (Schmitt) Schuster. She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1968. It was in high school that Judi met the love of her life, Steve Meyers. She promised to wait for him to return from Vietnam, and they were loving companions for 48 years.

Judi was a longtime employee of McKesson Corporation. She loved classic cars, and was an avid fan of drag racing. She will be missed by many of the racers at the Tri-State Raceway. The most important thing in Judi's life was her family.

Judi is survived by her husband, Steve Meyers, of Dubuque; her mother, Shirley Schuster, of Dubuque; two brothers, Kevin (Deb) Schuster, of Manchester, IA and Mike Schuster of Green Valley, AZ; two brothers in law, Nick (Cindy Anderson) Meyers of Dubuque and Gerald Finzel of East Dubuque, IL; nieces and nephews, Jeni (Russ) Wolbers of Dubuque, and Jodi (Rick) Wegrzyn of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeremy (Robin) Schuster of Belleville, IL, Brooke (Lee) Kremer of Farley, DeEtta (Nate) Bode of Cuba City, WI, and Carolanne Schuster of Dubuque; step nieces and nephews, Christopher (Patty) Close of Waterloo, IA, Robert (Jae) Close of San Diego, CA, and Casey (Kori) Warren of Gilbertville, IA; great nieces and nephews, McKenna Harris, Adrian Bode, Brendan and Zach Schuster, and Wyatt, Lane, and Sawyer Kremer; step great nieces and nephews Jeremiah, Xavier, Kayleigh, and Faith Close, and Chloe and Ayden Warren; and many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray; her parents in law, Herb and Rita Meyers; a sister in law, Donna Kay Finzel; and many aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; the staff on 3 West at Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Schultheis; and especially Reid and Jane Kuhlman of Tri State Raceway for their devoted friendship.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Diane “Didi” Hurm


Diane "Didi" Hurm, 60, of Dubuque passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 1, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

She was born August 17, 1956 in Dubuque to Gilbert and Dorothy (Hoppmann) Ferring. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School.

On April 27, 1974, she married Matthew Hurm and after 43 years of marriage they have 8 children and 12 grandchildren with one on the way.

Her passion was her family and she was a devoted homemaker and child care provider for many years. She also was actively involved in her children's lives as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.

Faith was very important to Didi. She was a member of Nativity Parish and had a special love and devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.

She had a love of crafting, sewing and camping with her kids. She also loved to spend time with friends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and no one brightened the holidays like Didi. She enjoyed making everyone feel part of the family.

Surviving are her husband, Matthew Hurm; children Jessica (Larry) Kemp, Meggan Dobson, Bridget (Forrestt) Clark, Peter (Melissa) Hurm, Abigail (Eric) Degenhardt, Molly (Robert) Lee, Martin (Lindsy) Hurm, and Patrick (Anna) Hurm; grandchildren Maxwell, Jack, Lily, Elliott, Noah, Dorothy, Wyatt, Ryder, Flynn, Willow, Rosalyn, and Gabriel. She is also survived by her siblings Janice (Dennis) Lawler, Steven Ferring, Mary Sue (Joe) Weis and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Fleege.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Charles and Daniel Ferring.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Diane Hurm Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope & his nurse Lori for 40 years of unconditional care and Finley Hospital ICU Nursing staff.



Earl J. Garvey


Earl J. Garvey, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church where friends may call from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Msgr. Thomas E. Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.

Earl was born January 7, 1928 in Dubuque, son of James and Mamie (Menster) Garvey. He married Elizabeth Majerus May 5, 1951.

He was employed as a roofer for Geisler Brothers for 42 1/2 years.

Earl served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick parish.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Garvey; a sister-in-law, Rose Majerus; and many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Parish.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Adeline E. McAndrews


Adeline E. McAndrews, 92, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3rd and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Adeline was born August 19, 1924 in St. Donatus, IA, daughter of George and Catherine (Kalmes) Herrig. She married Herbert Joseph McAndrew on June 9, 1948, at the St. Donatus Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2002.

She graduated from the Dubuque Beauty Academy. Adeline was a beautician for many years at My Ladies, Ione's Beauty Shop, The Sisters of Clarke College and retired from Bethany Home at the age of 82.

Adeline enjoyed making people feel special especially on their birthdays and holidays. She enjoyed cooking and baking and made the best pies and carmel rolls from scratch. She loved to travel, dance, play cards and that occasional trip to the casino to try her luck.

Surviving are her children Judy McAndrews, Michael McAndrews and Pat McAndrew, all of Dubuque, Karen (Shawn) Courtney, of Colleyville, TX, and Tim (Cindy) McAndrew, of Dubuque; eleven grandchildren, Tracy (John) Noel, Tiffany (Ron) Willenbring, Nikki (Eric) Ender, Ryan, Matthew (Brittany), Adam Courtney, Jessica (Jason) Waddell, Maria Axtell, Anthony (Molly), Mitchell and Thomas McAndrew; seven great-grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Morgan, Peyton, Benjamin, Noah, and Elijah; a sister-in-law, Marge Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Rev. Thomas McAndrew and Dick Burdick.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lee, Harold and Eldon Herrig, and sisters, Sedalia and Elvira, and her sisters-in-law Kathleen "Kay" Burdick, Delores and Mary Herrig and Cecilia (Sam) Vigil.

In lieu of flowers an Adeline E. McAndrews Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald I. Moore


Ronald I. "Ron" Moore, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at home, following a battle with many health issues, including cancer and heart failure.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, with Pastor Matt Collins officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Ron was born on February 9, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Kenneth and Helen (Breese) Moore.  He was united in marriage to Diana Robertson on November 21, 1959 in Dubuque.

He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years, retiring in 2001. Ron was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Ron loved gardening and working in his yard, especially riding around on his John Deere. He also enjoyed woodworking in his garage, building many beautiful pieces for his family and friends. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandkids and he was an avid bird watcher. He loved his motorcycle, camping, always enjoyed cars, working on them and going to car shows with his friends and always loved playing a game of euchre with his friends.

Surviving are his wife Diana; two children, Steve Moore and Tracy Moore both of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ashley (Christopher) Moore-Smith, Adam Schwartz and Riley Kammerude; his sister, Melody (Bruce) Miehe of Oregon and a brother, Kenny (Darlene) Moore of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jason Moore and a sister Patty (Moore) Schuster.

Diana and family wish to thank all family and friends as well as all the staff at UW Hospital in Madison, the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. and East Dubuque Area Ambulance for their kindness to Ron and his family.

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

 

 



Judy M. Connolly


Judy M. Connolly, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 28th, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. James Mehltretter officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Judy was born on August 1, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa; the daughter of Fred and Helen (Morong) Marburger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985, while there she enjoyed cheerleading and art. On June 28th, 1986, she married her true love, John M. Connolly in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Judy was a hardworking woman and gave 100%. She worked for various companies in Dubuque such as FDL, Medical Associates and Clarke College.

She loved garage sales and thrift stores. She has an eye for fine jewelry and antiques, and could find treasure in places not many people looked.

Judy's family meant everything to her; she was the kindest, most patient and caring woman you will ever meet. Her beauty shined from the inside out.

She is survived by her husband John; daughters, Stephanie (Jake) Alba and Jonnie Rose Connolly; sisters Liz (Al) Koppes, Mary (Rick) Billmeyer; brother Fred Marburger, brother-in-law Steve Jochum along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law nieces, nephews and her cat "Miss Kitty".

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Freda Jochum and her beloved cat "Faithy" and her in-laws.

In lieu of flowers a Judy M. Connolly memorial fund will be established.



Mary A. Heer


Mary Adele Heer, 84, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family members on January 1, 2017, at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 6 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Thursday, January 5 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque.

Mary Adele was born on June 24, 1932 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the third child of Walter and Catherine (Klaas) Brimeyer.  She grew up in "Buenie," but moved to Dubuque to live with relatives and attend high school at the Immaculate Conception Academy, where she graduated in 1949. She worked at Meadow Gold Dairy and at Taylor Pharmacy after high school. Years later, she returned to Taylor until her retirement.

She met Carl Heer at the Walnut Tap in Dubuque, where she was playing piano and he asked her to play "Peg O' My Heart."  They married in July 1952 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buenie and subsequently had 7 children.  Over the next 65 years she was the devoted matriarch of an expanding and boisterous family, for whom she was a constant source of love, support, faith, and Buenie heritage. Mary and Carl made the family home a place where anyone and everyone were welcome. With a large family, this made for no small number of interesting and colorful guests. Mary Adele was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where she gave frequently of her time and talents for many years.

She had a passion for playing the piano for others. She played by ear and could play hundreds of songs from memory.  She often played at local venues, private parties, and many multi-generational New Year's Eve parties at the family home on Kirkwood. She was also a quietly fierce euchre player.

After Carl died suddenly in 1986, Mary enjoyed spending time with her children and their spouses, her growing band of grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. She eventually crossed paths with an old acquaintance, Merlin Houselog, and they married in 1998, adding Merle's 8 children and their families to her extended family. This new twice-as-large family kept Mary and Merle busy . Mary and Merle enjoyed visiting local elder care facilities to play and sing for residents.  They were also great dancers. Unfortunately, Merle died suddenly in 2008. She then returned to the longtime Heer family home on Kirkwood Street, eventually moving to Bethany Home in the spring of 2011, where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Steve (Sandy) Heer and sons Nick and Luke; Joel (Kristi) Heer and daughter Grace Adele; David (Nan) Heer and daughters Melissa and Michelle (Kyle Berg); Tim Heer and children Jacob, Cristina, Micah, Zane, and Jonah; Paul Heer; Janet Heer and children Marisa and Armand; and Susan (George) Limberg and children Jill, Brett, and Evan; sister Norma Murray, brother-in-law Russell (Jean) Heer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to Carl and Merle, Mary Adele was also preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Catherine Brimeyer; brother Leon (Grace) Brimeyer; and in-laws James Murray, Ann (Joe) Mills, Roma Heer, Eleanor Roberts, Joe (Esther) Heer, Bert (Ruth) Heer, Martin (Ruth) Heer, and Robert Heer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Mary Adele's name to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Holy Family Schools, Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choice.

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

The family wants to thank Bethany Home for their exceptional loving care for Mom over the past years, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin and Suzanne, for their care and support of Mary and our family in the past weeks.

 



Mark J. Siegworth


Mark J. Siegworth, 55, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 30, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mark was born on March 30, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Roy and Shirley (Richards) Siegworth. He served in the United States Army for four years in Germany. After he returned from the service he worked for Dubuque Hardwoods and with Beverly at Sids Beverage as a heater specialist.

Mark had a great sense of humor and a loving nature with his infectious chuckle.

He is survived by his parents Roy and Shirley; his loving companion Beverly Miller; three children, Gary Siegworth, Shanna Prine, and Tyler Siegworth; three grandchildren Tessa, Ethan and Emma. Two step sons Ross and Max Miller. His siblings, Pam (Dick) Helmer, Steve (Deb) Siegworth, Cheri (Mark) Kalb, Brenda (Curt) Lang, Tom (Nina) Siegworth, Scott (Lori) Siegworth, and Terri (Andy) Dolter along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his brothers John and Gary Siegworth.



Gerald C. Rapp


Gerald C. "Jerry" Rapp, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 31st, 2016 at Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service.

Gerald was born on September 22, 1938 in Dubuque , Iowa the son of Earl and Minnie Rapp. He married Dixie (Hefel) Rapp on October 4, 1958. She preceded him in death on August 21,2014. He was employed by AY McDonald for many years as a foreman. In his younger days, Gerald enjoyed many years of softball, playing for such teams as Do Drop Inn and Lange's Insurance. He was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. Later in life, Gerald enjoyed the little things. The TH morning crossword and the evening Wheel of Fortune were things he would seldom miss. His Wednesday visit to see his daughter Diane was a top priority as well. Gerald enjoyed having a couple beers now and then, whether while placing a bet on the greyhounds, or over a game of pool with his friends at the Cue Masters. He was a life long Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when his beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series. He loved his visits with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He was so proud of each of them, he even managed to convince a couple of them into becoming Bear fans. He was their Pawie.

He is survived by his children; Kathy (Mike) Krause, Julie (Jim) Deckert and Diane Rapp. Grandchildren; Jennifer(Chad) Wernimont, Brad (Sarah) Krause, Jim(Stephanie Faust) Deckert and Jodi Deckert. Great grandchildren, Braden and Lauren Wernimont and Chloe Deckert. His sisters Patricia Kemler, Marilyn (Elmer) Engling and Jeanne (Gerald) Fudge. Many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his loving dog, Bella.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dixie, three brothers,Earl Jr., John and Robert and his sister Eileen Bellings.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy CVU, especially Mary Kay, Ann and Audrey for the wonderful care Gerald received.



Roger J. Link


Roger J. Link 85, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 2221 Carter Rd., passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016. Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, January 4 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following Mass. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Roger was born on July 22, 1931 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the son of Fred and Anna (Zimmer) Link. He graduated from Loras Academy and was a Navy veteran. On July 20, 1957, Roger married Virginia (Barry) at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He was a member of Holy Ghost Church and employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years.

Roger enjoyed grilling (always with a beer in his hand), making head cheese, playing euchre and manicuring his lawn until it looked like a golf course. Family meant the world to him, especially the relative's annual "up north" trip to Big Birch Lake in Minnesota.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia; his daughter Ann (Bob) Buol of Weatherford, TX, his son Jerry Link of Dubuque, IA, his step-son Rex (Judy) Graham of Bellevue, IA; 7 grandchildren; 6 1/2 great grandchildren; his sister Emma Parkin of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Dorothy Frommelt, Agnes Thies, Fred Link, Walter Link, Katie Rupp, Alvin Link and Joan Schmitt; his step-daughter Donna Clauer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Geraldine A. Tuegel


Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel, age 86, of Oak Park Place, and formerly of 3045 Deerwood Circle, Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Oak Park Place, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Geri's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Geri's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Geri was born on December 21, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald "Archie" and Hilda (Honkamp) Hoppmann.

She would eventually meet the love of her life, Arthur B. Tuegel Jr., and they were united in marriage on August 21, 1954 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 8, 1989. Geri invested her time at talents within multiple opportunities over her 86 year earthly journey. When her children were young she worked with the Dubuque School District, but as the years would pass she would generously serve her community with the Dubuque Welcome Center, the Military Entrance Exams and The Dubuque Arboretum before finally retiring at the spry age of 80. In her free time, Geri would find most of her joys in the great outdoors. Whether she found time for a relaxing round of golf, a weekend of winding down at a campsite or even traveling the states and abroad, Geri was sure to be happiest when she was on the move. Geri has lived a full and productive life and sadly her Bingo dauber has captured it's last blackout, but we know that she is now at eternal peace and resting safely in her heavenly estate with her loving husband, Arthur, by her side.

Those left to cherish Geri's memory include

her 3 children,
Steven M. (Janice) Tuegel, Dubuque, IA,
Cathy (Kevin) Krieger, Auburn, NE
and Lisa (Russell) Boland, Eden, NC;

her 7 grandchildren,
Travis (Steph) Tuegel, Stacy Tuegel, Cory (Korissa) Tuegel, Stephanie Hamilton, Jillian Krieger, Kelsey Krieger, Robert Boland,

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Logan, Bianca, Carter, Piper, Brantley, Reason, Keenan, Chloe and Genevieve;

a brother-in-law,
Robert Keller, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 nieces.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Arthur B. Tuegel Jr.; and a sister, Lavonne Keller.

A Geraldine A. "Geri" Tuegel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care and support of Geri and her family.

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

 



Joyce R. Kirk


Joyce R. Kirk, 86, of Dubuque died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Nativity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Joyce was born on June 26, 1930 and raised in Dubuque. She graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1948. She married Gordon L. Kirk on August 18, 1951 at Nativity Church.

Joyce was a member of Nativity Church where she worked for many years and volunteered in the parish office. She also worked in the Guidance Office at Wahlert High School. She was a member of Nativity Parish Rosary Society and the Power of Prayer. Joyce was an avid golfer at Lacoma Golf Club. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, board games, and doing crossword puzzles.

Family and faith were her foundation. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Surviving are her two sons, Jim (Chris) Kirk of LaCrosse, WI, and John (Christy) Kirk of Dubuque; two daughters, Judy (Chris) Gantenbein, of Dubuque and Kathy (Bob) Kieffer, of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Radloff, Elizabeth Kirk, Andrea Kirk, Abby (Marty) Kluesner, Jacob (Angie) Gantenbein, Nicholas Kirk (Anna), Sarah (Matthew) Breitbach; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Kingsley Kirk, Livia and Emelyn Radloff, Benjamin, Ryan, Colin, and Olivia Kluesner.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin; husband, Gordon; and parents, Lucille and A.R. "Spike" Kingsley.

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

In lieu of flowers a Joyce Kirk Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope and to the caregivers at Assisi Village, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF

Sister Lucy Kurt, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:27 p.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016. To honor Sister's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 1, 2017, with the Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sister was born on June 1, 1925 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of George N. and Barbara Ann (Weber) Kurt.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister was a teacher and/or principal in Iowa schools at St. Mary's in Waterloo, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's in Dubuque, St. Andrew's in Sibley, St. Thomas Aquinas in Webster City, St. Mary's in Manchester and All Saints, in Portland, Oregon. Sister also worked in Pastoral Ministry at St. Patrick's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sister is survived by her brothers Karl (Lolly) and Ronald (Patricia) Kurt, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 70 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Ralph (Lorraine), Rev. Allan Kurt, and Stephen who died in infancy; and her sister Wilma (Clifford) Priebe.

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

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

 



Louis T. Slauson


Louis T. Slauson, 90, of Coralville and formerly of Monticello, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am Monday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am.

Louis was born May 6, 1926, on the family farm near Sand Springs, Iowa the son of Roy and Marion (Egan) Slauson. He married Juanita Rohrer at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sand Springs on March 1, 1946. He enlisted in the US Army in 1948, and participated in the occupation of Germany until December of 1949.

He worked at the Hoag Duster factory, and then began a career in feed sales, starting at the Monticello Feed Mill, then eventually became a territory manager for Protein Blenders, Inc. (BP Feeds), where he worked for 27 and a half years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821 where he was a Past Grand Knight, and a past member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Louis is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Juanita; 3 sons: Lavern Slauson of Stone Lake, WI, Douglas (Jennifer) Slauson of Swisher, and Brad (Abby) Slauson of Cedar Rapids; 3 grandchildren: Lavender Mateos, Anne (Anthony) Schons, and Katie Slauson; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Joyce Tenley of Anamosa; and in-laws: Mary Slauson of Oso, WA and Jane Slauson of Webster City.

He was preceded in death by 6 siblings: Donald Slauson, Duane Slauson, Grace (Louis) Gudenkauf, Harry Slauson, Mae (Joe) Gudenkauf, Velma (John) White.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Marian J. Sutherland


Marian J. Sutherland, 93, of Dubuque passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Marian was born June 20, 1923 in Dubuque, daughter of Archibald and Anne (Clark) Oneyear. She married Eugene Sutherland on September 16, 1946 in Oxnard, CA. He preceded her in death on November 23, 1998.

She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in Dubuque.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish and the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association. She was one of the original members of Creslane Ladies Handicap Bowling League in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing bingo and euchre, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Hawkeyes, Panthers and Cubs.

Marian and Eugene loved to ballroom dance, and danced all over the country.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne Sutherland, of Dallas, TX and Carol (Leonard) Ross, of Dubuque; grandchildren Richard "Rick" (Sarah) Ross, of Mustang, OK, and Michelle Ross, of Dubuque; and great-granddaughter Kaycee Ross of Mustang, OK.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard; sisters Mildred Erschen, Dorothy Oneyear, Evelyn Gatena, Marjorie Daly and Ruth Chapman; and brothers Charles Oneyear, Archibald Oneyear and Leo Oneyear.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Frederick L. Vorwald


Frederick L. Vorwald, 73, of New Vienna, Iowa died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Al Vorwald will concelebrate.

Fred was born November 30, 1943, in New Vienna the son of Alfred and Irene (Fangmann) Vorwald. Fred served in the US Army from 1963 to 1964. He married Carol Deutmeyer on June 6, 1964, in Petersburg.

He drove a semi for 43 years for Warren Transport out of Waterloo, logging over 4 million accident free miles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing cards and teasing his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; children: Lisa (Brian) Fettkether of Dyersville, Karla (Kent) Ashline of Guttenberg, Wendy (Steve) Steger of Herington, KS, and Jeff (Beth) Kaiser of Dubuque; grandchildren: Rachel and Logan Fettkether, Nicole, Alicia and Mitchell Ashline, Ashley and Justin Wilson, and Zach, Amanda and Colton Steger; siblings: Carl (Debbie) Vorwald of New Vienna, Jan Lex and Arlene Vorwald, both of Dubuque, Jean Driscoll of Mechanicsville, Donna (Jeff) Jacque of Dyersville, Marian (John) Schmidt of Holy Cross; and a sister-in-law: Mary Lou Vorwald of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jill Wilson; a brother, Jim; and brothers-in-law: George Driscoll and Jim Lex.

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



Timothy C. Mayne


Timothy C. Mayne, 67, of Asbury, Iowa, answered an urgent call in the field on Wednesday December 28, 2016. It was the sort of call you can't refuse...a call to a better place from which he will not be returning.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection. Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following Mass at the Church of Resurrection. Friends may call from 1:30- 4:30 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a memorial prayer service will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Timothy came into this world with work boots laced up on August 4, 1949, the first child of Clarence Arthur and Mary Ellen (Hohnecker) Mayne of Dubuque, IA. Tim finished High School in 1967 where he spent most of his school years chasing Vergene Thayer's "sweet tush" around Dubuque Senior. From there, the U.S. government snagged HIS sweet tush for four years of service on a Navy supply ship during Vietnam. Once out of the Navy, Tim married Vergene in the spring of 1971. Ever the hard worker, Tim made many a friend and shared countless fond memories in his 34 years at Peoples Natural Gas in Dubuque, 7 years at Iowa Pipeline out of Sioux Falls SD, and a 4 year stint making cabinets in Cloquet, MN. Tim eased into retirement by working part-time for years helping his son build a custom concrete business.

Tim was always the go-to-guy, the man-with-a-plan, and sporting a perm while always getting it done! Whether being first into a blazing Menards building to shut the 3" gas main down before explosion, or the last one out of a 10' deep muddy hole on a rainy call night. He loved the large project, high-energy gas piping days.

When Tim wasn't busting his butt at work he was helping anyone and everyone with their home projects. Building decks, finishing basements, hanging sheetrock, soldering pipes, painting or rewiring (often reworking previous electrical attempts). Tim would be there with all his tools, early and ready to work. He was always helping and teaching others with his diverse construction skills learned from his grandfather, uncles, and the few high school classes where he actually paid attention. Down time and relaxation to Tim meant spending weekends camping with brothers & sisters, swimming in the backyard pool, and agitating pretty much anyone in range. Whether cramming his 7' tall boys into a 1984 Ford tempo for a gas-and-go-only speed drive to Florida, cutting grass in work boots and shorts, watching the grandkids figure out quickly that Grandpa Tim's IOU held little value in a "rigged" royal rummy game, or mispronouncing half of the words in the English language while storytelling - Tim was never short of a good red faced laugh.

Tim is survived by many loving family, friends and co-workers who will forever remember his hearty laugh and helping hand.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Habitat for Humanity: 900 Jackson St. Dubuque, IA 52001. www.habitatdubuque.org

 



Joan Spahn Woodhouse Kreul


You matter. People often worry about what legacy they will leave behind, but our mother, sister, and friend, Joan Spahn Woodhouse Kreul, left a very clear message to all those lucky enough to share her life. From the selfless career she led as a nurse to the inimitable role model she was as a mother and grandmother, if you were in her orbit, you knew it. You mattered.

Joan was born on June 9, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Ruth (Bierie) Spahn. She passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Joan was a tireless caregiver. As a nurse at Sunnycrest, she worked with special needs patients whom she often invited out to Friday night pizza with her family. As a Finley and Amicare home health nurse, she was so beloved, she could barely fit the Christmas gifts from her appreciative patients into her car. It was not uncommon for her children to be stopped on the street to be told what a difference she made in the lives of her patients.

Her professional life could be exhausting, but she never seemed to need more than a few hours of sleep. As a mother, she would stay up the night before every birthday and holiday finishing up preparations to ensure the next day was unforgettable. As a grandmother, she was the first in line to welcome the new baby into the world and possessed a comforting presence which was sought by her grandchildren well past babyhood. As a sister, daughter, and friend, she was never too tired to listen or help. As much as she adored her job, it was evident that caring for her family and friends was her true passion.

She made everyone feel welcome and loved. She loved to laugh and excelled in the Iowa tradition of visiting. Her home was always open to anyone, from her friends or family who needed a place to stay for a bit to the stray college student we brought home who couldn't make it home for the holidays.

Her life was not an easy one and she endured more than her fair share of suffering, yet she always found a reason to keep going, to keep smiling. She didn't hide her feelings. She felt. She lived. She was fun. She was funny. She was comforting. She was capable. She was smart. She was beautiful. She was giving. She was kind. She was strong. She was important. She mattered.

Joan is survived by her children, Heather Woodhouse Ellis, Amy (Todd) Van Deventer, George (Gayle) Woodhouse, Melissa Woodhouse and Beth (Amy) Chandler; her sisters, Jeanne (Dan) Mayne, Susan Gelderman, and Mary Ann Bailes; her ex-husband Larry Kreul; grandchildren Hannah, Emma, Madelyn, Samuel, Tyler, Nicholas, Katherine, Benjamin and George, her mother-in-law, Rose Mary Woodhouse, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her children, Rachael and Jessica; her parents, Ruth and Leo Spahn; and ex-husband, George Woodhouse Jr.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with a wake service at 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedra with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.



Kathleen M. Anderson


Kathleen M. "Kate" Anderson, 48, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at her home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Kate" on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will take place and burial will be at a later date.

Kathleen Marie Fitzpatrick was born on August 16, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Franklin Lee and Joan Marie (Brooks) Fitzpatrick. She was a 1987 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Kate had worked odd jobs throughout her life including at several area factories and as a waitress at FlapJacks for a short time.

Kate had attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. She loved her granddaughter Elena and would do anything for her. Additionally she enjoyed reading books and camping in warmer weather.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Tyler James Ronek of Maquoketa, IA and Ben Anderson of DeWitt, IA; a grandchild, Elena; brothers Dave (Brenda) Fitzpatrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul Fitzpatrick of Marengo, IA; and her boyfriend of six years whom she resided with, Bill Steggall. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Kenneth.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Kathleen M. "Kate" Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel J. Melloy


Daniel J. "Shep" Melloy, 61, of Bernard, IA passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, the result of an automobile accident.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 30th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A celebration of life will start at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at St. Patrick's Garryowen church hall. The family asks that friends and family gather and that those that feel comfortable bring a story or memory to be shared.

Dan was born in Bernard, IA on November 15, 1955 to John and Mary (Driscoll) Melloy. He married Lisa McDonald on September 15,1975.

Dan was a longtime member of the Bernard Indians Baseball team, first as a player and then as a coach. Dan was never happier then when he was watching or playing baseball. He was a Hawkeye, Cowboys fan and an avid Cardinals fan, much to most Cubs fans' despair. He never missed an opportunity to see a game and enjoyed watching his grandkids' sporting events, even when soccer was the game played.

Since retiring after 30 years at John Deere, Davenport Works he enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with his fellow Bernardians learning the latest news and solving the world's problems.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lisa Melloy; three children, Nellie (Ryan) Burk of Peosta, IA, Mitchell Melloy of Denver, CO, and Natalie Melloy, of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Caden, Conner, and Allie Burk of Peosta, IA; sisters Jane (Les) Hohman of Rochester, MN, and Betty (Tim) Otting, of Cascade, IA; a brother, Jerry (Sara) Melloy of Bernard, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

Dan is preceeded in death by his parents, John and Mary Melloy; his older brother, James Melloy; and two siblings in childhood, Lois and Richard.

The Family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Bernard and Cascade Fire Dept. & EMS for their care; and to the entire Bernard Community for all of your compassion and friendship.


Vincent Clark


Vincent "Sonny" Clark, 85, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Manor Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Vincent was born September 28, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Clarence and Hazel (Mann) Clark. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He was employed at A.Y. McDonald, Stampher's, and Roshek's over the years. He was a casual musician, and played as a drummer with Dick Spautz, Paul Hemmer, and other local bands.

He is survived by his sister, Martha Clark of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Joseph, and Paul; and a sister, Mary Ann Clark.

Martha would like to thank the staff and nurses at Manor care for the loving care they gave Vincent.

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



Brenda R. DeLarm


Brenda R. DeLarm, 74, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of Brenda's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 11 A.M. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Brenda Rae Bowden was born on February 28, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa to Ellsworth and Evelyn (Towne) Bowden. She attended Delmar schools and graduated from Delmar High School. She married Charles Ronald DeLarm on March 11, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2015.

Brenda had worked as a nurse's aide prior to becoming a cook at Camp Courageous for several years. She loved cooking, canning, knitting, latch hooking and studying the Bible. She was blessed to be an ordained minister. She especially loved family genealogy and writing letters to her many pen pals.

Those left to honor Brenda's memory include her children, Eugene (Laura) DeLarm of Wauzeka, WI, Janella Lea DeLarm of Charles City, IA, and Ronald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren with one on the way; a sister, Jodena Dittman of Wauzeka, WI; and a former daughter-in-law, Amy DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Brenda R. DeLarm memorial fund has been established.

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



William R. Pline


William Ronald Pline, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 12:01 a.m. on December 26th, 2016 at home with his loving family and friends at his side.

He was born on October 11, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Ronald and Gloria (Kennedy) Pline. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and on October 14, 1972 he married Debra Larson and was by her side until her death in 1994. He then met Luanus Morrison, the woman he would spend the rest of his life with in 1997 and they married on July 24, 2013.

Bill started working with his father and grandfather, as a mechanic while he was in high school. He then became a partner and then the owner of Pline Battery Station. After his retirement he helped out his friend Aaron Fagan.

He was many things to many people. Bill enjoyed many years playing Santa Claus for families, friends and businesses. He donated his time as Santa for charities and charity events. He was involved in the Bass Club and other fishing organizations and met many lifelong friends there. He loved his motorcycles and even rebuilt a chopper in his dining room and decorated it with lights for Christmas. He was involved with Abate, giving motorcycle rides to children at Albrecht Acres with his best friends.

Bill is survived by his wife, Luanus; daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Fondell, Brittany (Eric White) Gaylord, and Alexis (Jeff McKinlay) Morrison. His grandchildren, Spencer Kloser, Sativa White, Meadow White and Cecelia McKinlay. His mother Gloria Pline; sisters Kathleen Callaghan, Lorna Olson, Janice (Dave Bechen); brothers Kevin (Martha) Pline, Allan (Connie) Pline, Scott (Beth) Pline, Jim (Lori) Pline, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ronald, his wife Debra, his son, Wade William in infancy, a brother Thomas, a nephew Reid and a brother-in-law Craig Olson.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mark Moore for his years of excellent care. To his Cardiac team Dr. Johnson, Julie Ehlinger, Lacee, and Dr. Whalen for everything. A special thanks to the team at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

On January 7th, 2017 a Celebration of Life memorial service will be at Holiday Inn Five Flags in the Blue Moon Room from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where everyone is welcome. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Vincent W. Welsh


Vincent W. Welsh, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Vincent was born on March 18, 1925 in Dubuque to John and Susan (Peters) Welsh. He left high school as a junior to enlist in the United States Navy. Vincent served on the USS Dorsey and USS Ault in the South China Sea and South Pacific during the two battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During this time, he helped rescue 20 men from the USS Bunker Hill after it was hit by kamikazes.

On April 28, 1948, he married Marceline M. Ryan at St. Mary Catholic Church in Platteville, WI. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a plumber for 28 years until his retirement May 1987.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #6.

Vincent was an avid Cubs fan and was thrilled to watch them win the World Series this year. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping in his earlier years.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68 years, Marceline; their children, Kathy (Ron) Theobald of Dubuque, Pauline (Matt) Winney of Eureka, CA, Patrick (Sandi) Welsh of Dubuque and Sharon Winters of Burnsville, MN; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincent's name to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Sandi Welsh and James Bird for the excellent care they provided the last few weeks.



Steven M. Puccio


Steven M. Puccio, age 52, of Pueblo, CO., formerly of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 11:50 a.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 5th, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Steve was born on May 8, 1964, in Dubuque, son of Ronald and Sheila (Ryan) Puccio.

Steve was born and raised in Dubuque, but would eventually venture into other areas of the country as life progressed. Some of his favorite activities included a day of fishing, an evening of listening to music, or even a fun weekend of camping with family and friends. Steve has been called home much too early, but we are surely joyful for the memories which remain from his 52 year journey here among us.

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his sisters,
Rhonda (Mark) Wernimont,
Kim Wieseler,
Angel (Randy Wieseler) Puccio
and Wendy (Howard Davis) Dole, all of Dubuque;

he is also survived by one daughter and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Wieseler and Steve Dole.

A Steven M. Puccio memorial fund has been established.

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



Richard J. Theis


Richard J. "Dick" Theis, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:01 p.m., on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m.. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on August 5, 1937, in Dubuque, son of John and Gladys (Horsfall) Theis.

Dick proudly graduated from Loras Academy in 1955, and would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps., before eventually being united in marriage to his true love, Lavonne Klein, on April 23, 1960. Their union would begin at Holy Ghost Church and culminate in 56 wonderful years together, and five children. Dick would invest the early years of his working career with the railroad before moving on to the Dubuque Fire Department, where he spent 27 years before retiring in 1992 as a Captain. When Dick wasn't at work, some of his favorite hours were spent out on the acreage they purchased in 1976, where he had planted over 50,000 trees throughout the years. He was also an avid athlete and outdoorsman who never met an opportunity or challenge he wouldn't accept. Dick was happiest when he was on one of his favorite turkey hunts, capturing a hole in one on the golf course, breaking in a new pair of running shoes, or even helping develop the growth of field archery in the Dubuque area. But, without a doubt Dick's family was his pride and joy. A day spent with his bride, his children or his adored grandchildren was always going to be considered a day well spent in Dick's mind. Unfortunately, Dick swam his final lap in the Loras pool, and celebrated his last earthly Christmas. We are grateful to know and understand that the Lord was kind and gracious enough to give us one last perfectly precious day with Dick to treasure until we are all reunited again.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Lavonne Theis, Peosta;

his five children,
Jeff (Vickie) Theis, Dubuque,
Michael (Mary Beth) Theis, Balltown,
Dean (Lori) Theis, Rock Island, IL.,
Angie (Shawn) Connolly, Dubuque
and Lee (Cindy Oliver) Theis, Bellevue;

his eight grandchildren,
Casey Theis, Megan Theis, Sam Theis, Jake Theis, Mollie Theis, Sydney Connolly, Erin Connolly and Peyton Connolly;

his four siblings,
Lynne Walczak, Lafayette, GA,
Janet Stelpflug, Kieler, WI,
Joanne Swift
and Gladys (Richard) Meehan, both of Dubuque;

and his three sisters-in law,
Kathleen Hogan, Dubuque
Carol Theis, Garnavillo
and Sandy Smothers, Oelwein.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, twin brother Ronald Theis, Thomas Theis, Terry Theis and James (Linda) Theis; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Walczak, Donald Stelpflug and Gene Swift.

A Richard J. Theis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. McKeon, the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa, and the Life Flight crew, for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer

Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer, BVM (Louis), 84, of the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 1150 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Dec. 26, 2016, at Mount Carmel. A private Rite of Committal and Natural Burial will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. There will be no visitation. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. A sharing of memories will be held at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, followed by a funeral liturgy.

Sister Frances Ann worked in the sewing room at Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Dubuque. She taught elementary school in Davenport and Iowa City, Iowa; and Chattanooga, Tenn., where she was also Montessori Kindergarten teacher and director. She was student, teacher-aid, and teacher intern in Kansas City, Mo. She volunteered for the Edmundite Missions in Alabama.

She was born in Davenport on Sept. 25, 1932, to Louis Charles and Frieda (Karstens) Schaeffer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Paul Parish, Davenport. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Louis Albert and Joseph; and sisters Catherine Mary Schmidt and Margaret Alice Schaeffer. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 60 years.

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


Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Ethel E. Burns

Ethel E. (Harrison) Burns 93 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016, at Bethany Home. Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Michigan and Maine.

Ethel was born September 9, 1923, in The Mount, Carrick Fergus, Ireland the daughter of Alexander and Anne Jane (Mitchell) Harrison. She married Robert Fred Burns, Jr. on August 26, 1945, in Rutherford, New Jersey. He passed in November of 1994. Ethel was a Presbyterian Minister's spouse and lived and dedicated her life in service to others in the churches they served throughout Kansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota and Michigan.

Ethel loved to dance and enjoyed music. She lived a life filled with love, laughter and incredible grace. She was loved by all who crossed her path and cherished by those fortunate to know her. An angel all her life, she has reached her heavenly goal.

Survivors include her children, Robert F. (Sandra) Burns III of Maine, Anne (Greg) Sushko of Dubuque, and Nancy (Bob) Stone of Michigan; four (4) grandchildren, six (6) great-grandchildren; beloved nieces and nephews and her sister, Peggy Marino of New Jersey.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, William Harrison and Anne Asaro.

The family would like to thank her Bethany Home family of the last 5 years for your loving care.

Memorials may be directed to Bethany Home in Ethel's Memory.

Local arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Donald J. Molony


Donald J. "Don" Molony, 85, of 953 Molony Road, Bernard passed away Monday December 26, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 9 - 11 AM at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen. The Funeral Mass will follow with Rev. Doug Loecke officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #528. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born on October 28, 1931 the son of James A. and Mary (McCormick) Molony of Bernard . He graduated from Saint Patrick's Garryowen High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps stationed in Germany from 1952 to 1954. He returned to Bernard to work on the family farm.

He was active in the Bernard community, serving on the Board of the Bernard Telephone Co. for 35 years, the Bernard Fire Department Board, and was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen. Don's legacy will live on through the Molony Foundation.

He is survived by his sister Mary Kathleen "Kay" Molony, his brother James M. Molony and his Goddaughter Anastasia "Staci" Molony of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Saint Patrick's Garryowen Parish.



Marlyn D. Bausman


Marlyn D. Bausman, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, 89, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2016, after a short bout of cancer. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. Friends may call from 9:00 am - 11:45 am. The Service will begin at Noon, followed by a luncheon.

Marlyn was born on November 9, 1927 in Stitzer, WI. He was the son of Wilbur and Norma Bausman of Shullsburg, WI. On December 28, 1952 Marlyn was united in marriage to Joyce Marlow at the Presbyterian Church in Lone Rock, IA.

Marlyn was a graduate of Shullsburg High School in Wisconsin. After high school, he served in the Army during the WWII Japanese occupation, where he played in a dance band. Following his time in the service, he attended the University of Dubuque where he earned his bachelor degree. He later received his master degree from the University of Iowa. He taught in Lone Rock, IA, Wilton, IA and then at Dubuque Senior High School as a Band Teacher for a total of 39 years.

Marlyn was a founding member of the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens where he helped maintain rose gardens, specifically, The Jodi Bausman Memorial Garden. He was instrumental in establishing "Music in the Gardens," which takes place on Sunday evenings during the summer.

As an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder and a Deacon, and on various committees. He was also a member of the church band. Marlyn's other memberships include: Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel, the American Rose Society and the Linn County Rose Society. He was honored with the title "Rosarian Emeritus".

His passions included: spending time with his family, his faith, gardening, music and sports. He was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He could play almost any musical instrument.

Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Joyce; son Tim Bausman of Dubuque, granddaughter Abbey (Steve) Efken of Asbury, grandson Dylan (Jessica Hoey) Bausman of Dubuque, and great-grandchildren Bailey Huett, Harrison Bausman and Jameson Efken; siblings Sharon Zink of Knoxville, TN, Jerry (Helyne) Bausman of Belvidere, IL, Hollis (Joanne) Bausman of Monroe, WI; sisters-in-law Janet Bausman of Freeport, IL and Wilma Bonstead of Walla Walla, WA, brothers-in-law Robert (Nancy) Marlow of Algona, IA and Jim (Colleen) Marlow of Spirit Lake, IA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marlyn was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jodi Bausman; brother Darryl Bausman, brother-in-law Bob Zink; and niece Jackie Bausman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Marlyn's name to The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Westminster Presbyterian Church or The University of Dubuque.

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

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all their family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.

"Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again." - Unknown

 



LeRoy G. Ehlers


LeRoy G. Ehlers, 86, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at his home.

A funeral mass celebrating LeRoy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 29, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 7:30 P.M. Rosary Service will be held. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday after 10 A.M. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Leroy George Ehlers was born on March 19, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa to George and Matilda (Peters) Ehlers. He grew up attending school in Otter Creek and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Geraldine Laughlin on July 2, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: David, Denis and Debora.

LeRoy had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 20 years as a lead man. He also drove truck for Bullocks, Inc. in Maquoketa and helped out area farmers. He retired from Sewer Equipment of America where he worked for several years.

LeRoy was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, the Andrew AMVETS Post #62, and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and working on vehicles. He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren and great-grandchildren fishing and boating.

Those left to honor LeRoy's memory include his wife Geraldine Ehlers of Andrew, IA; children David (Carla) Ehlers of Andrew, IA, Denis Ehlers of Delmar, IA, and Debora Blake of Andrew, IA; brothers Gene Ehlers of Elwood, IA, and Gerald (Elaine) Ehlers of Anamosa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Matthew Ehlers and Thomas Ehlers; 1 step-grandchild, Chris Clark; 2 great-grandchildren, Hunter and Dakota Johnson; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Christopher and Marisah Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Ehlers, sisters Evelyn Sutphin, Gloria Belinger and Ethel Rockwell, son-in-law Terry Blake, daughter-in-law Alice Ehlers, a grandchild Theresa Blake-Johnson and her husband Robert Johnson, 2 sisters-in-law and 3 brothers-in-law.

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

 



Rose Ann Willenborg


Rose Ann Willenborg, 84, of Petersburg, was born into eternal life on the day of her savior's birth, Dec. 25, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, Dec. 28, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Rose Ann was born March 22, 1932, in Petersburg the daughter of Raymond and Amanda (Bruggeman) Rubly. She married Harley Willenborg on August 29, 1950, in Petersburg and together they farmed east of Petersburg. She was a lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul Parish and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed winning at cards, playing bingo, dominos and other games with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Harley; 3 children: Neil (Marie) of Petersburg, Lynn (Mark) Vining of Iowa City, and Tammy (Scott) Auderer of Ankeny; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Sister Ann and Sister Lene Rubly, OSF, both of Dubuque, Jack (Mary Ann) Rubly of Farley and Deb Young of Strawberry Point.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Keith Willenborg.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ries, Dr. Whalen and the staffs of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern during her final days.

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



Arlene M. Trilk


Arlene "Billie" M. Trilk, 80, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m.Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery, with her son-in-law Steve Camahan officiating. Burial in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Arlene was born March 9, 1936 in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Fred and Rose (Hentges) Huseman. She joins in heaven the love of her life, Richard A. Trilk. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1992. Arlene was wed in holy matrimony with Richard on April 14, 1956 in Dubuque.
Arlene spent most of her high school years in Chicago, and graduated from St. Columbkilles High School, Dubuque in 1954. She worked for many years at Hartig Drug Stores in Dubuque.

Arlene was an avid embroiderer and enjoyed traveling. She was able to visit some faraway places in her life, but her world was her home and her family. She loved to laugh and her quick wit and sense of humor was appreciated by those close to her. One of her favorite saying during hard times was. "You have to laugh to keep from crying".

Surviving are her children, Vicki Liley, Mike Trilk, both of Dubuque, Tim (Dana) Trilk, of Cincinnati, OH, , Karen (Steve) Carnahan, of Gillette, WY, Richard Trilk Jr., of Dubuque, and Kelly (Sharon) Trilk, of Lakewood, CO; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grand-children; her siblings Mike (Ruth) Huseman, Martin (Deb) Huseman, Freddy (Sue) Huseman, Dale Huseman, and her sister-in-law, Lois Trilk.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Joe Huseman, Randall Huseman and Kevin Huseman.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Arlene's memory.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their compassion and care.

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



Joann B. Heiderscheit

Joann Beverly Heiderscheit, 78, of Asbury, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27 at the Regina Caeli Chapel at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joann was born on February 13, 1938 in Jackson County, IA, to Frank and Agnes (Laughlin) Anglin. She married Jim Heiderscheit at the Church of the Nativity on November 22, 1956.

She was employed at William C. Brown Publishing and Aladdin Magic Clean.

Joann enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends, and monthly potlucks with her lifelong group of friends.

She is survived by her children Ann (David) Benter of Mayo, FL, Mike (Lana) Heiderscheit and Amy Heiderscheit both of Dubuque; granddaughter Lacey Jo Benter of Los Angeles, CA; brothers Jack (LaVerne) and Carl Anglin; brother-in-law Jack (Judy) Heiderscheit and a sister-in -law Sharon Heiderscheit.

She was preceded in death her husband Jim; her parents, and her sister Doris Alt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Steeple Square or the Dubuque Humane Society.

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

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



Janet M. Koch


Janet Maxine Koch, 83, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3825 Sunlight Ridge, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on March 16, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lloyd and Eleanor (Priebe) Birch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at the former Interstate Power Company as a computer programmer. On July 16, 1955, she married Joseph A. Koch at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2014. Janet was a homemaker "who had 11 kids in 14 years". She enjoyed writing and was an avid collector of decorative buttons. Janet is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her collection.

Janet is survived by her 10 children, Peter (Sonja) Koch and Paul (Sandra Denvir) Koch of Dubuque, Anna (Ted) Gulhaugen, of Wausau, Wis., Mary Jaeger, John Koch, James (Sharon) Koch and Julita (John) Kinley all of Dubuque, Matthew (and longtime partner, Dianna Prizgintas) Koch, of New Zealand, Michael (Peggy) Koch, of Williams, Iowa, and Rosalie (Zeke) Zimmerman, of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren

She was also preceded in death by her son, Andrew Koch; her parents; 2 brothers, Melvin and Lloyd Birch; sister, Eleanor Koch; son-in-law, Charles Jaeger; and sisters-in-law, Twila (Birch) Manders and Arlene Birch.


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

In lieu of flowers, a Janet Koch memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Mercy Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Lois K. O’Connell


Lois K. O'Connell, 92, of Bankston, Iowa, was born into eternal life with Jesus Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lois may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a CDA Rosary will be said at 4:00 p.m. Services for Lois will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating and assisting Deacon, Dan O'Connell. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa.

Lois was born April 2, 1924 in Palmer, Iowa, daughter of John and Edna (Peters) Keleher. She received her education at Pomeroy Grade School and Palmer High School in Palmer, Iowa. On May 21, 1949 she was united in marriage to Henry O'Connell at Navity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Clement's Parish and the Farley Catholic Daughters - Presentation Court #1460.

Lois was a kind, gentle woman with a natural maternal instinct. Serving her family was her career, which she did joyfully and with great love. She was an amazing cook and talented seamstress who produced many beautiful bridesmaid dresses, quilts and personalized tapestries for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Henry O'Connell of Bankston, IA; four children, Sherry (Greg) McGinn of Dubuque, IA, Kim (Paul) Forsberg of Santa Clara, CA, Daniel (Ellen) O'Connell of Bankston and Jack (Peri) O'Connell of Bankston, IA; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Harrold of Palmer, IA and Mary Lou Korte of Fort Dodge, IA; one brother, Keith (Lois) Keleher of Palmer, IA; and one brother-in-law, Paul Benson of Des Moines, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathleen O'Connell, in May 1961; one sister, Naida Benson; one sister-in-law, Rosie (Bernard) Burds; and two brothers-in-law, Owen Harrold and Robert Korte.

A Lois K. O'Connell memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the great care they gave to Lois.



Justus R. Dowell


Justus R. Dowell, 26, of Monticello died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 12:25 pm on December 19, 2016.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 5 pm Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center in Monticello following the visitation. 

Justus was born August 1, 1990, in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Brett and Hope (Feasel) Dowell. Justus grew up in Mediapolis and Monticello, Iowa and enjoyed sports in school, especially baseball, and enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. Justus' passion was writing and singing music, and he loved to entertain both with music and a good story.

Justus loved people and sought them out to lift them up and encourage them. He made it his personal mission to make people smile, and to feel cared for. To Justus everyone was as important as family.

He is survived by his mother, Hope (Terry) Brimmer of Maquoketa; his father, Brett (Pam) Dowell of Kingston, Iowa; maternal grandparents Lee Feasel and Judy Feasel; his step-grandmother, Bette Brimmer; 3 brothers: Elijah Dowell, Caleb Dowell and Nathan (fiancé Riley Hosch) Dowell, all of Monticello; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jewell Dowell and Richard "RD" Dowell.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Melvin D. Heister


Melvin D. "Mel" Heister, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, December 19, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A private family visitation will be held. Cremation will follow the visitation and a graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Dale Heister was born the youngest of 11 children on November 6, 1933 in rural Cascade, Iowa, to Charles and Aloysius (Sinkey) Heister. He attended Jackson County country schools and then served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Jean Ellen Merrick on December 30, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Franklin, Dale and Ike.

Mel had worked for the City of Maquoketa Streets Department for almost 40 years. In retirement he continued to stay busy mowing yards, shoveling walks and working as the janitor for the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa for several years.

Mel loved being outside, fishing and working on lawn mowers. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Melvin's memory include his wife, Jean Heister of Maquoketa, IA; children Franklin "Lyn" (Jane) Heister of Maquoketa, IA, Dale (Brenda) Heister of Maquoketa, IA and Ike (Tiffany) Heister of Lowden, IA; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 7 brothers, Iliff, Howard, Louis, John, Calvin, Mathias and Daniel; and 3 sisters, Sarah, Charlene and Emma.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melvin Dale Heister memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary M. Crippes


Mary M. Crippes, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:02 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary was born on March 9, 1921, in Rickardsville, Iowa, daughter of Thomas and Anna (Franklin) McCann.

Mary was born and raised in the Rickardsville area before eventually moving to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to George Crippes on August 18, 1942, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, and they were blessed with 43 wonderful years together, and 2 sons, before he was called home ahead of her on May 6, 1986. Mary had a strong work ethic and she earnestly applied her talents at the Dubuque Casket Company for 5 years, the General Dry Battery Factory for 10 years, and lastly at the University of Dubuque for 29 years until her well earned retirement. She had a unwavering love and devotion for family and would proudly fulfill her role as wife and mother, as well as primary care giver for her ailing family members who were called home ahead of her. Mary's faith was an integral part of her life and she was a long-time and faithful member of St. Mary's Church. We will surely awake Christmas morning to the beat of aching hearts, but we trust that Mary is now celebrating Christmas with the best seat in the house this year, and that she's finally been reunited with all of her earthly family whom she's been dearly missing over the years.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her nieces and nephews,
Karen Lynch, Platteville, WI,
Tom (Michele) Kelly, Milwaukee, WI
and Pat (fiancé Sue) Kelly, Milwaukee, WI;

her dear family friends,
Donna Maas,
and Jim Lux, both of Dubuque, IA;

and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, George Crippes; 2 sons, James Crippes in infancy and David Crippes; and her 4 brothers, Emmett, Raymond, Leonard and Lawrence McCann.

A Mary M. Crippes memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family and friends would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Mary.

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

 



Vincent J. Steckel, Jr.


Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel, Jr., age 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:13 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Buddy's life, private family services were held due to the donation of his body to the University of Iowa for scientific and medical research. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Vincent was born on August 29, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent John and Irene (Plein) Steckel Sr.

Buddy was born and raised in Dubuque and would eventually join the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He would proudly put in his 20 years while serving in Japan, France, Korea, Germany and his final station, California. Upon his retirement from the military, Buddy would return home to Dubuque, with his beautiful bride of 57 years, Laurette (Scala) in hand. They had been united in marriage since July 29, 1959 and would now thankfully be settling down to establish permanent roots in the picturesque and scenic Sherrill/Balltown area. Buddy would faithfully put in another 17 years at John Deere Dubuque Works before his 2nd and final retirement in 1989. Buddy thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of his fellow veterans and was a proud lifetime member of the 24th Piv Army, and also a loyal and longtime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. But Buddy had also always possessed a great love for the outdoors and would discover countless moments of complete contentment without complication. Finding simple joys were as easy as an afternoon under the warm sun tending to his garden, a crisp and damp morning of hunting, or even a full day of baiting hooks with his friends from the Bis-Man Reel and Rec Club. In the few spare hours Buddy had left to himself, he would eagerly spend his time creating sawdust and his next project in the workshop, sorting through his latest acquisitions for his stamp and coin collections or even venturing out for a little traveling with his lovely wife, Laure, by his side. Buddy has been called home quite suddenly to spend this Christmas in heaven with his parents and brothers, and we trust that he is now at peace even as our hearts and minds grapple with the unimaginable concept of having to wait to be reunited with our dear husband, brother and friend again.

Those left to cherish Buddy's memory include

his loving wife,
Laurette "Laure" Steckel, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donna (Dick) Cox, Peoria, IL,
John Steckel,
Diane (Steve) Pins, both of Dubuque
and David (Ann) Steckel, Balltown, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Claudia Steckel
and Ruby Steckel.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Donald, Richard (Jorie), and Bruce Steckel.

A Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Buddy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Buddy and his family these past weeks.

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



Thomas A. Hoffmann


Thomas A. Hoffmann, 80, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke, and Deacon Joe Schockemoehl will give the homily. Private burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa at a later date.

Tom was born to Peter and Armella (Rausch) Hoffmann on July 11, 1936 on a farm near Luxemburg, Iowa. He lived there until age two when they moved to Masonville, Iowa where Tom lived until he retired in 2002. 

Tom was an only child. He attended elementary school in a neighborhood country school, and attended high school at West Delaware School in Manchester. His favorite school remembrance was being involved in FFA. He made many new acquaintances in high school who became lifelong friends.

Tom's dad died suddenly when Tom was 21. He and his mother then became farming partners until she moved to a nursing home in 2001. That was Tom's last year of farming. His goal was to start as a young farmer and to travel, and he did both. He met Joan Manternach from Cascade in 2001. They were married in 2002 at St. Peter's in Temple Hill, Iowa and they made their home in Cascade. He and Joan traveled to Hawaii, Brazil, Alaska, and Panama Canal, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all over the US. For seven years they went to Texas in the winter and made many wonderful friends who still keep in touch.

He had no children, but Tom readily accepted Joan's many nieces and nephews as his own.

Through all of his life farming was his work, his hobby and his life. He enjoyed reading all the farming magazines and watching RFD TV. God made a farmer, and he was a good one.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Hoffmann of Cascade, IA; 5 brothers-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Ronnie (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Lois Manternach of Cascade; a step-sister-in-law, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother-in-law, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Florence (Harry) Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina (Robert) Greif, Eva Mae (Elmer) Klocke and Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, Veronica (Herman) Welter, Larry Manternach, Harry Rockzein; step-brothers-in-law, Donald (Mary) Manders, and Jack Callahan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Tom's name to St. Peter's Church, Temple Hill, Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville; Aquin Little Angel's Day Care, Cascade FFA and the Cascade Food Pantry.

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



Rose Ann Manders


Rose Ann (Vaassen) Manders, 81 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bethany Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 23, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm and a Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 pm. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born November 27, 1935 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin the daughter of William J. and Florence C. (Tranel) Vaassen. She married Norman Manders on April 30, 1957 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin, he passed on September 16, 2000. Rose retired from the Dubuque County Court House. She was a long time member of Church of the Resurrection, where she spent much of her time, she also enjoyed traveling and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Steve Manders of Dubuque, Diane (Brady) Vietri of Mesa, AZ, Pat (Tammy) Manders of Beaumont, TX, and Randy (Molly) Manders of Dubuque; eight (8) grandchildren, Amy Manders, Katie and Nick Vietri, Chip Copeland, Jacob Manders, Josh, Jenna, and Jace Manders; two (2) great grandchildren, Mason and Maxwell; siblings, Rita (Ralph) Curtis of Platteville, WI, Janie (Gary) Foht of Cuba City, WI, Joyce (Wally) Hoeper of Cuba City, WI, Helen (Norm) Heim of Dubuque, and Bill (Carolyn) Vaassen of Morganton, NC; and numerous other relatives.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your care of our mother and grandmother during this time.

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



Adelaide E. Bildstein


Adelaide E. Bildstein, 95, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, December 19, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Adelaide was born April 30, 1921 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of John and Katherine (Pottebaum) Rausch. She married Lawrence M. Bildstein on November 28, 1939 in Petersburg, Iowa. Adelaide worked at the Ritz Restaurant, the Ertl Co. and finally, Enviromental Services at Oak Crest Nursing Home, retiring in 1986.

Following retirement she was a dedicated volunteer at Oak Crest Nursing Home for many years.

Survivors include her children: Mary Ann (Gus) Wilhelm of Dyersville, Sandra (Darrell) Ferreter, Larry (Melody) Bildstein both of Cedar Rapids, Jerry (Linda) Bildstein of Solon and Dale Bildstein (Kathryn Burd) of North Liberty; son-in-law Dean Howe of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Rausch of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence, in 1993; one son, Francis Bildstein; and daughters Sara Bildstein and Shirley Howe; a grandson, Charlie Bildstein; siblings Catherine Hoffmann, Marie Lucas, Anna Mae Fisher, Armella Hoffmann, Emma Walz, Theresa Lahey, Mary Magdeline Rausch, Edmund, Peter, Joe, Jack, Merlin, and Francis Rausch.

The family would like to thank the staffs at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Oak Crest Manor for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred.

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



Monica E. Pancratz


Monica E. Pancratz, 89, of Zwingle passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Stonehill surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Saint Joseph Key West with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery Sylvia Switch. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 2:00 p.m.

Monica was born on September 8, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Margaret (Laughlin) Donahue. She married Kenneth R. Pancratz on October 8, 1947 at Assumption Church Sylvia Switch; he preceded her in death on June 22, 2000. She attended Clarke College and taught school for Dubuque Community for a few years. She spent most of her life on the family farm near Zwingle, and was a member of the Guernsey Association and the Farm Bureau.

She was a former member of Assumption Parish and the Rosary Society. She enjoyed quilting, painting, baking and decorating cakes, had a lifelong interest in genealogy
and she never threw out a Cascade Pioneer.

She is survived by her three sons, James (Jeanne Ambrosy) Pancratz, of Key West, Michael Pancratz, of Zwingle, and Thomas (Katie) Pancratz, of Eldridge, IA;, two daughters, Lois Pancratz, of Dubuque and Carol (Ron) Althoff, of LaMotte; six grandchildren, Marty, Greg (Kay) and B.J. Althoff, Adam (Diana) Saunders, Cody and Joe Pancratz; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez (LeRoy) Pancratz, of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Lillian Kies; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ken; grandson Scott Althoff; brother Rev. Joseph Donahue; and a sister, Anna Marie Donahue.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all they did for Monica.



Earl F. Haferbecker


Earl F. Haferbecker, 95, of Saint Catherine's passed away at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at Manor Care.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2016, at Saint Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rod Allers officiating. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

Earl was born on May 10, 1921 in Dubuque the son of Ernest and Mayme (Durr) Haferbecker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1945. On October 10, 1946, he married Thelma Fettgather at Saint Philomena's Catholic Church in Asbury.

Earl served as a Dubuque Police Officer for 25 years retiring in 1976 at the rank of Captain. He later served part time on the Bellevue Police Department. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, the VFW, The Iowa State Police Association and Saint Catherine's Parish.

He loved to fish, hunt, and travel and especially enjoyed his annual trips to Texas with Thelma.

He is survived by his wife Thelma, a daughter Sandy (Bill) Valentine, of LaMotte, two sons Earl "Butch" (Mary) Haferbecker, of Florida, and Rickey (Pat) Haferbecker, of North Carolina, 7 grandchildren 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Tammy, brothers Clarence and John and a sister Mayme "Dolly" Nelson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque as well as the Dubuque Police Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #6 Military Detail for all they did for Earl.



Virginia P. Hartbecke


Virginia Pearl (Hammerand) Hartbecke 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday December 18, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White St. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. and also one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Virginia was born October 30, 1921 in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Benjamin and Viola (Dalbkermeyer) Hammerand. She married Gordon Frederick Hartbecke on October 23, 1946, he passed on September 8, 2010. Virginia and Gordon had a dairy farm near Sherrill until they retired in 1992, and in 2001 they moved into Dubuque. They enjoyed card clubs for over 50 years, enjoyed traveling when they had the opportunity, she enjoyed visiting the State of "Virginia" twice with her daughter and son in-law to visit her brother and sister in-laws family. Virginia was a dedicated homemaker/farm wife and mother. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed flowers, embroidery, especially, African Violets, a wonderful cook, known for her lemon pie, fudge, and cinnamon rolls.

Virginia helped with elections for many years, was a member of Sherrill United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She was baptized on November 20, 1921, and confirmed into the Lutheran Church on December 13, 1970.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Rev. David) Moore of Cylinder, IA; a sister in-law, Mary Anna Hammerand; and many extended relatives.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son in infancy, Dale Frederick; a brother, Glen; and a sister, Vivian (Melvin) Fettkether.

Memorial fund has been established in Virginia's memory.

Thank you to Hawkeye Care Center and Sunset Park Place for your wonderful care of my mother.

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



Bernard A. Ellerbach


Bernard A. Ellerbach, 94, of Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross and Guttenberg died Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A continued visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December, 21, 2016 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Church Cemetery.

Bernard was born on April 7, 1922 in Holy Cross, IA the son of George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach. He married Margaret E. Freiburger on November 23, 1943 in Rickardsville, IA. Together they farmed northwest of Holy Cross for 34 years. His retirement began with the building of their new home on Thunder road. He then kept busy gardening, helping his family with their farming endeavors, traveling, woodworking and bingo. He was a longtime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was involved in many other local organizations. His greatest joy was visiting with his friends and family.

Survivors include his 7 children, Dale, Kenneth (Bea), and James (Karen) Ellerbach all of Holy Cross, Donna (John)Wagner of Luxemburg, Shirley (Van) Waggoner of Asbury, Judy (Steve) Brimeyer of Sherrill, and Randy of Guttenberg; 14 Grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren; a sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, a brother, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, 2 sister-in-laws, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Modesta Koeperich of Dyersville, a brother-in-law, Donald Cogan of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, son David, 3 brothers; Lawrence (Rose), Ernest & Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach, sister Bernice (Leander Steffen, Gilbert Honkomp), in-laws, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Emmett (Mildred) Freiburger, Irvin (Alberta) Freiburger, Louis (Marie) Freiburger, Irene (Larry) Adams, Rosemary (Francis) Ellerbach, Luella Cogan, Rita (Ed Duster, Bob Weydert).

A Bernard A. Ellerbach Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to River Living Center and Oakcrest Manor for all they did to care for their dad.

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

 



Douglas G. Schlesier


Exuberance, Optimism, Generosity.

Douglas Gary Schlesier was the embodiment of these three human values. Throughout his life, he captured the best of his human spirit by living these three characteristics to their fullest.

Doug was born is Queens, NY on July 13th. 1942 and grew up in Setauket, Long Island. Very close to his 3 brothers (Phillip. Robert, and Paul) and his two sisters (Joy and Susie) they all kept his parents, Alban Augustus and Jean (Ripp) Schlesier, very busy and laughing. Both his parents, and brother Phillip preceded Doug being called to the Lord.

Doug earned an Associate Degree in Advertising Art and Design at State University New York Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale New York. Immediately after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Dona May (Wheeler) and together for 54 glorious years, raised their daughter, traveled the world, always teaching. Their wedding reception was held at the Oceanside Long Island VFW, catered by Nathan's hot dogs. The two newlyweds joined the Peace Corps where they trained in Puerto Rico and worked 2 years in the slums of Lima Peru, where their only child, Kimberly Dawn was welcomed into the world.

Upon returning, Doug went back to college for 5 more years receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in sculpture at State University of New York in Buffalo in 1966 and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 1968. While there, Doug, Dona and Kimberly lived and worked on a farm and would tell great stories about their experiences and the kindness of its owner.
In a life changing moment, Doug received an appointment at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, as an Assistant Professor, teaching sculpture and other studio art courses. He would remain there for 42 years, winning many awards, serving on multiple service and art committees, always creating art for the world to enjoy, all the while, teaching generations of young students the beauty and discipline of artistic expression. A Professor of Art and Director of the Clarke College Quigley Gallery, his teaching duties were in the areas of sculpture, drawing, ceramics, airbrush painting, and new genre. Doug retired 3 years ago as a Professor Emeritus at Clarke University.

In addition to teaching and mentoring thousands of art students at Clarke, he was active in both Divine Word College, Clarke College and in the Dubuque community theater, both as an actor and in set design. Doug designed and executed numerous student art study trips to both South America and Mexico. He received numerous grants for art and related travel throughout Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, Greece and Turkey, his art being displayed all over the world.

Over the years Doug exhibited art locally, regionally and internationally (China, Australia) while also working on many commissions. These commissions included a wall relief, drawings, mannequins, airbrush mural paintings and figurative sculptures.

Much of the recent artwork and images he created was driven by his love for foreign travel (10 different countries since retiring) and a yearning to share this enthusiasm for other places, times and cultures through his sculptures drawings and airbrush images.

Locally, Doug's work can be seen on the Clarke campus (the statue of Mary Francis Clarke is Doug's), many murals, at Finlay Hospital, Divine Word College and many other notable locations in Iowa.

Doug remained very active in the Dubuque community before and after retirement. Doug took great pride being on the Board of Directors of the Dubuque County Historical Society, The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame and a member of the Exhibition Committee of the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Most recently, Doug had co-authored a Basic Drawing Text and Sketchbook published by Oxford Press. Doug was especially proud of this, not only because he worked on it with his wife, but it allowed him to keep teaching what he loved in his retirement.

Doug loved life and all the people in it, but most especially teaching, tutoring and mentoring his students. His exuberance for art instruction and passion for travel came through every day and he evolved into a critical inspiration for thousands of Clarke art students. His eternal optimism surrounded everyone he touched with hope and a willingness to achieve, especially when the challenges were the most daunting. All of this was delivered with an unmatched generosity of spirit, a sharing of personal trials, travels and tribulations, always ready to assist anyone with anything.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Dona, his daughter Kimberly, her husband Bob, grandsons Jake and Luca, brothers Robert (Grace) and Paul (Ellen), sisters Joy (Ted) and Susie (Mark) and so many nieces and nephews who loved him so. He is also survived by thousands of students, friends and colleagues that together with his family will grieve his passing and celebrate his life.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral with Monsignor Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Respects may be paid from 9:00 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Always look on the bright side of life.......



Dorothy Fitzsimmons


Dorothy Fitzsimmons, 87, of Monticello died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Dorothy was born Feb. 17, 1929, near Worthington, Iowa the daughter of David and Marcella (Laban) Gravel.  She worked as a hired hand in her younger years and graduated from Coggon High School at the age of 17.  She married Frank Fitzsimmons in 1950, and together they had three children. They later divorced but remained good friends. Bowling was one of her favorite pastimes and she actually won the National Class B Championship in Las Vegas one year. She was a well-known seamstress in the Monticello area for many years.

She is survived by 2 children: Patricia Gassmann and Dennis "Fish" (Diane) Fitzsimmons, both of Monticello; 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Veronica Hansen of Davenport, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Gravel of Center Junction.

She is preceded in death by a son, Stanley, a grandson, Jared Gassmann, 3 siblings: Tony Gravel, Mary Prull and Bernice (Larry) Bader.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Robert J. Andersen


Robert J. "Bob" Andersen, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa.

Robert James Andersen was born on Memorial Day, May 30, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James C. and Laverne (Schmidt) Andersen. He had one older sibling Carole Ann and eight years later a younger brother Donn. The family resided in Maquoketa and later moved to Delmar for a few years and lastly to a farm near Preston. At an early age he liked sharp cars and working on them. His first car was a red '56 Chevy Impala. Bob graduated from Preston High School in 1962 and later received his Associates degree from Clinton Community College. While in high school he met the love of his life, Judy Eckelberg. They were married on November 3, 1962 in Preston, Iowa and moved to Maquoketa. To this union two girls were born. Brenda and Vickie. Tragedy happened when the girls got sick and Vickie was not able to recuperate from Pneumonia.
Through the years Bob had worked for Neumann Masonry, hauling milk for Buckhorn Creamery, and Caterpillar. In 1964 he became a police officer after riding along with officer and friend Art Ades. He would be promoted to Sergeant and later serve as the Maquoketa Police Chief for several years. Bob had to stay busy so he worked part-time jobs for Kellams and Bertsch, Koon and Bowman and Carson Funeral Home.

Bob was a member of and past president of the Maquoketa Optimist Club, Coronado Car Club and Maquoketa Motor Madness. He had also served as a Jackson County Fair Board Association member.

Bob was an avid car collector with his favorite being his '60 Chevy that was so close to his first car. In earlier years, he enjoyed racing stock cars with his driving name being Red Baron. He also enjoyed shooting competitions and was a part of a team from Maquoketa for many years. The family enjoyed camping with a regular group of friends often and took many vacations exploring the United States in their camper. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family especially his granddaughters and helping them with their grandpa fix it projects. He also liked to work on police cars and fixing up rental properties. He later took up golfing with some good friends and during the colder months they joined a bowling league.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife Judy Andersen of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Brenda (Dale) Heister of Maquoketa, IA; 2 granddaughters, Linsey and Alli; a brother Donn (Denise) Andersen of Mokena, IL; and a brother-in-law, Joe Rodriguez. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Vickie and a sister Carole Rodriguez.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert J. "Bob" Andersen memorial fund has been established.

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



Gregory L. Gioimo


Gregory "Fuzz" L. Gioimo, 64, of Dyersville died Friday, December 16, 2016, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Fuzz was born July 4, 1952, in Manchester, Iowa the son of Charles and Lucy (Luensmann) Gioimo. He married Kay White on March 31, 1978 in Colesburg, Iowa.

He was a lifelong Bears, Yankees and Hawkeye fan who loved to watch old westerns. He had a 46 year career with the natural gas pipeline industry and was known for his devotion to his job and co-workers. He cherished the time he got to spend with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kay; children: Lisa Gioimo of Columbia, MO, Dan (Stephanie) Gioimo of Walford, Nathan Gioimo and Sarah (Ben) Goldsmith, both of Dyersville, Brett (Ashlee Shill) Gioimo of Walford; 5 grandchildren: Blake and Mason Gioimo, Carson Gioimo, Beckett and Britton Goldsmith; siblings: Suzzanne and Suzzette Gioimo and Jeff Gioimo, all of Dyersville; and in-laws: Bill White of Dyersville, Ron (Linda) Benke of Cascade, Connie (LaVern) Neumann of Spring Green, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Aelred and Willetta (Eike) White; and a sister-in-law, Jeanine Benke.

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



Charles R. Kruser, Sr.


Charles R. Kruser, Sr. 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 on Tuesday, December 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Charles was born on March 25, 1925 in Kieler, Wisconsin the son of August and Philomena (Thiltgen) Kruser. He married Elaine Tigges on November 26, 1946 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on January 28, 2013.

He served in the US Army during WWII in the Philippines and New Guinea; and was a member of the VWF. He worked as an auto mechanic for Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque for 40 years.

Charles liked to gamble, play cards, do puzzles, fish, hunt and work in his garden. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends at the nursing home, especially Doug.

He is survived by his five children, Shirley Boland, of Amarillo, TX, Darlene Thomas, of Dubuque, Charles (Wilma) Kruser, Jr., of Dubuque, Raymond (Linda) Kruser of Janesville, WI, and Terrance (Spouse, Rio) Kruser, of Federal Way, WA; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons-in-law Brian Boland and Mark Thomas; his wife Elaine; brothers William (Pat) Kruser, Cleo (Dorothy) Kruser, and Raymond Kruser; sisters Eileen (Alton) Eudaly and Edna Kruser.

In lieu of flowers a Charles Kruser memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor, Dr. William Dall, Dr. Cao, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Donald Frederick Nissen


Donald Frederick Nissen, 89, of rural Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 13, 2016.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Monday, December 26, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The family would enjoy receiving online condolences as well, at www.CarsonAndSon.com. His funeral service will take place at The Maquoketa United Church of Christ at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 27. Burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery at a later date.

Donald was born on June 29, 1927 to Herman and Rowena (McNeil) Nissen in their Esgate farmhouse. He attended one-room country schools in Esgate, West Iron Hill, and Canton, where his family owned and operated a general store. After the store burned down in 1941, he moved to Maquoketa where he completed high school in 1945. 

Following high school, Donald moved to Arizona to find his fortune, and worked at various jobs until 1946 when he returned to Maquoketa with 10 cents and a 22 revolver to show as the fruit of his labors. At this time, despite having an artificial eye, Donald successfully enlisted in the army by memorizing the eye chart. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. After discharge, Don briefly attended the Iowa State University and in 1948 became an associate for his aunt and uncle's insurance and real estate firm known as the John L. Jones Agency. Don bought the agency in 1953 and it evolved into the Nissen-Caven Insurance Agency which remains in the family today. He retired in July 1992. 

In 1950, during a pinochle game, Don met his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Rugger. She won the game, Don knew a good thing when he saw it, and decided he would ask her to marry him. The wedding took place on April 22, 1951, and together they had four children: Cindy (1953), Chris (1957), David (1958), and Jonathan (1962).

Don actively served the community in various capacities for the following organizations: Boardman Library Board, Red Cross, Jackson County Public Hospital Board, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, Jackson County Historical Society, Board of Realtors, Knights of Pythias, Mt. Hope Cemetery Association, and Rotary. He was a longtime member of the Congregational Church and later the United Church of Christ.

Throughout his life, Donald had a wide range of interests which included motorcycle riding, stamp collecting, coin collecting, bird watching, and nature in general. Donald delighted in horseback riding on the dirt backroads near his home on the Caves Road with his family and friends, and was particularly fond of his horse Flash. He was an avid gun collector, specializing in Winchesters, and enjoyed hunting deer, moose, elk, and caribou in the western United States, Canada, and Alaska. One of Don's favorite pastimes was canoeing the Maquoketa River and taking leisurely picnics on its sandbars. He participated in several Mesquakie Canoe and Timber City Adventure races and even earned a couple of trophies. For many years, the sport Don enjoyed the most was golfing with his weekly foursome. On one of these outings, he managed to achieve a hole in one.

Don also was a voracious reader of all genres. His book choices ranged from poetry, classics, science fiction, westerns, historical novels, mysteries, and the occasional romance novel. He had a special interest in the Civil War and enjoyed books on this subject as well as visiting Civil War sites. 

Trees were one of his great passions and he successfully planted and nurtured both native species as well as those not native to this area. In later years, Don took great pleasure in restoring a native prairie on his property which included over 78 different plant species. 

He enjoyed traveling with his family and could boast that he had been in all 50 states. He and his wife also took many trips abroad to countries which included Chile, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia. Don had a special gift of being able to communicate with non- English speaking people of all countries because of his great sense of humor and self-deprecating manner. His talent also included making up words to help communicate, which amazingly seemed to translate well.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his beloved wife Phyllis, of Maquoketa; his children: Cindy (Fred) Hoffman of Alpharetta, GA, Chris (Mara) Nissen of Maquoketa, and David (Lynn) Nissen of Maquoketa: three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren; several nephews; and his honorary son Eduardo Gomez (of Temuco, Chile) who had spent a year living with the family as a foreign exchange student.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jonathan, and his sister Shirley Dodds.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, the Jackson County Historical Society, Friends of Jackson County Conservation, Maquoketa United Church of Christ, or the donor's choice.



Georgia A. Glab


Georgia A. Glab, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Georgia's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia was born on January 12, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George Herman and Mary "Betty" (Kemp) Grutz.

Georgia was united in marriage to Thomas "Tom" Glab on January 20, 1967, and they were blessed with 49 years together and 2 loving children. Georgia's main focus in life was her family. Whether she was at home taking care of Tom and the kids, or spending the day bonding with her siblings, Georgia was absolutely and joyfully content to be surrounded by those she loved. If Georgia found time to capture a little personal solitude, you could be sure to find her curled up with her most recent western or mystery novel. She did also enjoy spending quality time with her friends in the Dubuque Genealogical Society as they traveled back in time to discover their roots. Sadly, one of Georgia's favorite times of year was family gatherings at Christmas, and now we find ourselves entering this season with broken and heavy hearts. But we know that her earthly health issues have finally concluded today and she is now at peace celebrating Christmas with her parents once again.

Those left to cherish Georgia's memory include

her loving husband, Tom Glab Sr., Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Sherrie (Michael) Brins, Verona, WI
and Tom (Laura) Glab Jr., Dubuque, IA;

3 grandsons,
Daniel Brins, John Glab and Robert Glab;

and her siblings,
Herbert (Rita) Bisping, Dubuque, IA,
Janis Groh, Dubuque, IA,
George Herman, East Dubuque, IL
and Betty (Bob Rapp) Frick, Dubuque, IA.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Groh.

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

Georgia's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital ICU, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Georgia and her family.

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

 



J. Howard Fay


J. Howard Fay, 98, of Heritage Manor Apts. and formerly of Rickardsville, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with the Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Howard was born on January 6, 1918 near Edina, MO, the son of Mahlon and Rebecca (Lindsey) Fay. He graduated from Edina High School and moved to Specht Ferry where he farmed. In 1954 he moved to Richardsville and farmed until he retired.

On January 12, 1939, Howard married Ruth Carol Hacker. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1949. He later married Florence Paisley on March 7, 1954. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2012.

Howard was a lifetime member of Sherrill Methodist Church and enjoyed working in his shop and tinkering with antique tractors and his Model T Ford & hit & miss engines.

Howard is survived by his children, Patricia (Elmer) Miller of Cuba City, WI, John E. (Carol) Fay of Dubuque, IA and Marilyn (Jerry) Frederick of Durango, IA; his step-children, Don (Linda) Paisley of Durango, IA and Janet Henry of Pittsburgh, PA; his grandchildren, Jack (Kathy) Miller, Kris (Derek) Thomas, Tammy (Mark) Hittenmiller, Tina Fay, Tracy (Paul) Edminster, Tricia Miller, Todd (Summer) Fay, James (Dana) Frederick, Robert (Sarah) Frederick and Melissa (Thomas) Nemmers; his step-grandchildren, Jeff (Sue) Paisley, Dwight (Carla) Paisley, Michelle (Brad) Isner and Mark Henry; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert (and sister-in-law Vernette) Fay, and step-son-in-law Bob Henry.

In lieu of flowers, a J. Howard Fay memorial fund has been established.

The Fay family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Liaboe, Hospice of Dubuque and staff and friends at Hawkeye Care Center.



Lola J. Kies


Lola J. Kies, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.

Lola was born on the family farm in Petersburg, IA, on March 19, 1927, the daughter of Bernard and Henrietta (Klosterman) Woerdehoff. She and her family moved to Edgewood, IA and then to Dubuque where she attended and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. On February 8, 1947, Lola married Raymond J. Kies at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Lola worked for Medical Associates for close to 25 years. She was a member of St. Anthony's parish for over 40 years and was a member of its choir and Rosary Society.

Lola is survived by her son, Val Kies, of Dubuque; her daughter, Jane (Gene) Tully, of Dubuque; and their children Briana (Jim) Cushman of Dubuque, Mikaela (Justin) Foust of Dubuque and Laura Tully of Prescott, AZ; her great-grandchildren James Cushman and Lola Cushman; her sister Elva Woerdehoff, of Minneapolis, MN and her brother Merle Woerdehoff, of Edgewood, IA.

She was preceded in death by her sister Vera (Cleo) Seward; her brothers John (Mildred) and Cyril (Kay) Woerdehoff; and her sister-in-law Norma Woerdehoff.

A Lola J. Kies memorial fund has been established.

The Kies family wishes to thank Dr. Andrea Ries and her staff for their wonderful care and support.

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



Wayne J. Kahle


Wayne John Kahle of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, age 82, died peacefully on December 13, 2016. A visitation will be held at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa on Monday, December 19th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Mass will be held at 12 noon. Additional information and a "Book of Memories" can be found at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home website www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne's memory to Mayo Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque, Camp Courageous or the Cathedral of St. Raphael.

Wayne loved life, his wife and family, and his faith. He was born in Dubuque, where he lived until he was 10 years old. He moved to Kieler, Wisconsin, where his parents, Ben and Mabel Kahle, owned and operated the Kall Inn Tavern and Dance Hall.

He attended grade school at Holy Trinity in Dubuque followed by Immaculate Conception in Kieler. He attended Loras Academy and graduated from Cuba City High School in Cuba City, Wisconsin in 1952, where he lettered in football and baseball.

After high school, he joined the United States Navy Reserve and worked at the Dubuque Packing Company. Wayne then served on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS New Jersey, BB-62, an Iowa-class battleship. Working in the engineering office he travelled to ports all over the world after the peace agreement ending the Korean War.

After his military service, Wayne worked at the Dubuque Stamp Company and went into partnership operating the Kall Inn Tavern, located in southwest Wisconsin, with his father and mother until their deaths in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

In November 1959, Wayne married the love of his life, the former Mary Margaret Taylor, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Together they raised a family of five children, while owning and operating the Kall Inn Supper Club. The Kall Inn was well known for its fine food, friends and cocktails. Wayne always greeted everyone with a smile, always remembered their name, offered jokes and stories, as only a good bartender could.

Wayne, just as his father had, was elected and served many years as a state director representing Grant and Iowa counties in the Wisconsin Tavern League. He raised money for Wisconsin Badger Camp as part of his activity in this organization.

Wayne enjoyed sports and was an avid golfer. In his earlier years, he hunted and fished. Over the years, Wayne and Mary sponsored sports teams including bowling, basketball, horseshoe, baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball, men and women's teams alike, and organized many golf tournaments. He organized events for his customers, which included bus trips to Iowa-Wisconsin games and other sporting events, trips and cruises. His years of dedication to sports were recognized with his induction into the Dubuque Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary, their five children: Lisa (Edward) Kruska of Alexandria, Virginia, Kim Kahle of Dubuque, Jayne (Eric) Petersen of Peosta, Iowa, Thomas (Amy) Kahle of Dripping Springs, Texas and Sara (David) Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota and their 10 grandchildren: Meghan, Zachary, Victoria, Taylor, Penelope, Noah, Samantha, Alexander, Seth and Joshua.

Additional family include his sister, Bernadine Weiderholt of Kieler, brothers in law Raymond (Joan) Taylor of Dubuque, John (Barb) Taylor of Holy Cross, Iowa, James Taylor, and Paul (Sue) Taylor of Zwingle, Iowa, and his sisters in law Agnes Kahle of Hazel Green, Helen (John "Scotty") Thomas of San Francisco, California, Jane (Ken) Rausch of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bridget (Robert) Kluesner of Owatonna, Minnesota, Patricia (Mike) Theis of Peosta, Mary Taylor of Oviedo, Florida, Lois Taylor and Karolyn Taylor of Dyersville, Iowa and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard "Ben" and Mabel (Vogt) Kahle, his in-laws Francis "Zack" and Dorothy (Rea) Taylor, his older brothers Gene and Lowell Kahle, his younger sister Nancy Rae Kahle, his in-laws Gene Weiderholt, Frank Taylor, Charles Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Duane "Red" Even and Marie Taylor.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all their family and friends for all the wonderful visits, kindness and thoughtful generosity. In addition, the family is grateful for the friendship of all the winter Texans. Thank you to the University of Iowa Medical School staff who worked with the family to arrange a whole body donation to help with research and education. Thanks also to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Eugene Kwon, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Honoria Caceres, Sr. Sharon and Msgr. Tom Toale.

 



Clarence Ruff


Clarence Ruff, 80, of Lost Nation, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2016 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 16, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation, and burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Clarence was born on November 2, 1936 in LaMotte, Iowa to Fred and Margaret (Taylor) Ruff. He attended a country school near Andrew, then attended Elwood Jr. High where he graduated from the 8th grade. He married Velene Gertenbach on May 26, 1956 at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. Nothdurft. To that union four children were born.

Throughout Clarence's life he worked in the potato fields of South Dakota, at Clinton Engines and at a few local body shops before starting his own business as a painter from 1962 to 1974 and then as owner/operator of Ruff's Auto Body Shop until retiring in 2005. Of all the jobs Clarence held, his greatest passion was farming.

Clarence enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, long coffee chats with the boys and an occasional trip to the casino to pull on the one-arm bandits. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Velene; his children Bill (Nancy) Ruff of St. Peters, MO, John (Diane) Ruff of Preston, IA, and Deanna (Dante) Merrick of Lost Nation, IA; 10 grandchildren, Butch (Tara), Jennifer, Bridget (Matt), Lindsay (Bob), Amanda, Jackie (Emily), Kristin (DJ), Clarence (Alexa), Velene (Clifton), and Marianne; 15 great-grandchildren; and Clarence's siblings, Carl (Bertie) Ruff of Maquoketa, Irma Sue of Hawaii, and Chuck (Liz) of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Betty, Frances, Floyd, and Jack; and his son David.

The family would like to thank Lost Nation Fire Company, Oxford Junction Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Regional Health Center and Hospice of Jackson County for their exceptional service and care.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clarence Ruff memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald A. Krier


Donald A. "Donny" Krier Jr., 44, of Dubuque passed away Monday, December 12, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA after a sudden illness.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a Service of Remembrance at 1:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donny was born September 16, 1972 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Terri (Carner) Krier Sr. He married Renee Rennison in Dubuque, Iowa on May 20, 2000.

Donny loved being with his family and was stay at home dad. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and he was an excellent cook. Donny also loved riding around in his truck, listening to country music and cracking jokes. Everyone close to Donny knows he was a prankster and was a recipient of his pranks at one time or another. He enjoyed spending time at Romper Stompers Daycare with the employees, children and parents.

Surviving are his wife, Renee, of Dubuque; children Austin (Miranda) Krier, Breanna (Dakotah) Krier,; Amelia Krier, Kameron Krier, Roni Krier, Paige Parker and Destiney Parker; two granddaughters Ava Krier and Alexandra Moto; his parents, Donald and Terri Krier, a brother, Joshua (Kathy Ostrander) Krier, of Dubuque; He was preceded in death by Richard and Nora Carner, Frank Carner, Robert Carner, Mary Jane Krier, and Anthony Krier.
Pallbearers will be his son, Austin Krier, his father, Donald Krier Sr., his brother, Joshua Krier, his nephew, Chance Krier, his uncle Scott Carner and his friends, Glen Frey, Richard Rennison, Dan McNammer, Travis Allen, Chris Allen, Nick Naumann and Brian Torrey.

A special thank you to his close friends; and to the Doctors and Nurses at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City.

A Donald A. Krier, Jr. Memorial has been established at DUPACO Credit Union.

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



Mary J. Makovec


Mary J. Makovec, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home at 3:45 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on September 14, 1920, in LaMotte, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Cecilia (Schilling) Pitts.

Mary was united in marriage to Frank Makovec on January 15, 1941, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lamotte, Iowa. They were blessed with 65 years together, and 6 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on February 19, 2006. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, who also put her talents to work at Villa Raphael for a short time. Mary's faith was extremely important to her and she was a longtime and dedicated member of St. Columbkille's Church and the Power of Prayer. Her unrelenting trust in God, and His sovereign plan, helped her get through some of the most challenging and painful losses of loved ones throughout her 96 year journey. Mary had a superior work ethic and was blessed with tireless energy and tenacity. She made no bones about the adversity she faced growing up, but never used it as an excuse; rather as motivation to face every challenge head on which came her way. Family was always first and foremost to Mary, and she continually placed the needs of her husband and children before her own. Mary, and her one true love Frank, worked hard with driven purpose and responsibility throughout their lives to provide a good life for their family; but they never forgot to set aside a little time for one another from time to time. A nice evening on the town, or even a little embrace on the dance floor, were always available options for the devoted couple. Mary now rejoins her eternal loving family, some of whom have been called home much to early, and we know that even though our Christmas celebration will be layered with sorrow, theirs will be one of true peace and love as they watch over us.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,o
Cindy (Robert) Kisting, LaMotte, IA,
Ronald Makovec, Dubuque, IA
and Dennis Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Sue Makovec, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Rachel (Andy) Harris, Johnson City, TN,
Matt Kisting, Lamotte, IA,
Lee Makovec, OR,
Brian (Amy) Makovec, MO,
Ben Makovec, IL
and Ken Meyer, KY;

14 great-grandchildren;

and her sister,
Sally (Elmer) Schiffer, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Frank Makovec; a daughter, Marilyn Meyer; 2 sons, Dale Makovec and Steve Makovec; 2 granddaughters, Kelly Makovec and Jennifer Makovec; and a great granddaughter, Brooke Ehrlich.

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

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sullivan, and her special caregivers, Jamie, Nancy, Rhonda, Kari, Debbie and Ashley for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Mary and her family.

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

 



Thomas Law Vance


Thomas Law Vance, 71 of Cedar Rapids formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on December 12th, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 16th, 2016 at Hope Church. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

Tom was born on February 3, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lester "Ole" and Lucille (Law) Vance.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; studied Biological Science at the University of Dubuque and University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and studied Dental Lab Technology at Kirkwood.

In 1977 he married Susan Kay Hutchison in Dubuque.
He served in the US Army Special Forces known as the Green Berets during Vietnam. He worked The Lab, LTD in Dubuque and most recently, Esthedontics on Cedar Rapids.
He was a member of the Tristate Skydivers Club in Lancaster, formerly Big Patch Skydivers.

Tom enjoyed fishing, shooting, and motorcycles. He led a veteran's PTSD support group at Hope Church. After moving to Cedar Rapids, he enjoyed his weekend visits to Dubuque to spend time with his friends from Hope Church.

He is survived by his three children; Nathan L. Vance of Redwood City, CA, Abby L. Vance of Dubuque, Iowa, and Brooke A. Vance, of Minneapolis, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Vance and his former spouse and mother of his children, Susan McCullough.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Sunset Park Place and the community at Hope Church for all their care and friendship.



Todd J. Maiden


Todd J. Maiden, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Celebration of Todd's life for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., December 17th, 2016 at his daughter's home.

Todd was born on November 2, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Mary (Mitchell) Maiden. He married Kathy "Kate" Clendenen on September 23, 2005 in Dubuque.
Todd was truly one of a kind, anyone who met and knew him liked him. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a avid Bears fan and looked forward to March madness. He loved music and played his guitar often. Todd had a great outlook on life; he always said there is someone out there worse off than him. He will truly be missed, he will be in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife Kathy "Kate", daughters, Shyla (Jay) Lukens and Kim Maiden. Step children, Jamie Nebel, Steven (Leanne) Nebel. Brothers, Keith (Carol) Maiden, Pat Maiden, Chris (Belinda) Maiden and a sister Connie Rhomberg. Six grandchildren, Tanner, Julian, and Meric Lukens; Jayden, Madyson and Vannesa Welborn; his nieces Cassandra Maiden and Melissa Neuhaus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Danny Maiden.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Janice C. Kemp


Janice C. Kemp, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:40 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family and holding the hand of her dear husband. To honor Janice's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Janice's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janice was born on the family farm in Galena, Illinois, on October 28, 1939, the daughter of Ellsworth H. and Mildred L. (Knautz) Post.

Janice grew up on the family farm in Galena, IL. Sadly, her father was called home when Janice was quite young, which left only her mother, and the 3 kids to work the farm. Out of necessity, perseverance, and a strong team mentality, would immediately develop within the family unit. This attitude would quickly translate into the importance they would place on an education. At the age of 5, Janice would begin her committed attendance at the Mt. Pleasant one room school house. With continued determination, she would attend Galena High School and confidently grip the reigns of adulthood with a strong work ethic, and an education, firmly in place. Janice always treasured her accomplishment of a 3rd place 4-H calf in the Elizabeth County Fair, but it wasn't long before the country girl would finally meet her destined city boy and soul-mate, William "Whitey" Kemp. They would be united in marriage on February 20, 1960, and begin their new life together in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with 56 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters. Janice would primarily, and proudly, devote her life to caring for her family; but she would also invest over 18 years of her time to driving her kin at heart country kids on the Sageville school bus, where she could assist others children in safely traveling to obtain their education. Janice was an absolute wizard in the kitchen, and her skills have pleased the palates of countless family and friends for many generations now. The taste of her fresh vegetables from the garden, deliciously perfect dill pickles, and the world's greatest homemade Pasty will be ever present in the hearts and minds of her loved ones for decades ahead. Janice was an animal lover in the truest sense of the word; and her adoration was not limited simply to dogs and birds, but to all of God's creatures. Janice also generously and faithfully devoted over 51 years of her time as a Den Mother with the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also known for her natural abilities to throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, complete a difficult jig saw puzzle in record time, and even turn an average camping trip into a collection of pleasant memories to be reminisced about for years to come. But at the end of the day, besides spending time with her absolutely adored grandchildren, some of the most precious free-time in Janice's life could be found in the hours she would spend painting and drawing. For several years, she would generously share her techniques, and God given talents, with family, friends, and the sisters at Mt. Carmel. As we grieve today at the loss of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, we will thankfully and collectively find tranquil moments of peace in the uniquely personal creations which will continue to adorn the walls of our earthly homes. Christmas will never be the same without our angel Janice, but the love and light she leaves behind will surely warm our hearts for many more seasons until we can all be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Janice's memory include

her loving husband,
William "Whitey" Kemp, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 daughters,
Tina (Richard) Cornwall, Dubuque, IA,
Debra (Jeff) Weiland, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy (Bruce) Phillips, East Dubuque, IL
and Kelly Gulyash, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Chase) Cornwall,
Joshua Weiland,
Cassandra Cornwall,
Ashley Gulyash,
Amanda Weiland
and Amber Gulyash, all of Dubuque, IA;

her great grandchildren,
Jared Cornwall and Kaylee Mickel;

and her sister,
Mary "Bea" McRae, Warren, IL.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy, Margaret Post; a brother Robert Post; and a brother-in-law, George McRae.

A Janice C. Kemp memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Janice's family would like to extend a sincere and warm thank-you to the Dr's and nurses at Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care. They would also like to express a special commendation to Dr. Tom Schreiber, Jennifer Fondell and Cindy McInerney for going above and beyond in their care of Janice and her family.

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

 



Matthew P. Morehouse


Matthew Paul Morehouse, 47, of 840 Mount Carmel Rd., died Friday, Dec. 9 at his home after a sudden illness. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral home on 1640 Main St. in Dubuque. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Nativity Church, 1225 Alta Vista St. in Dubuque.

Survivors include his mom, Jane; his brothers and sisters Marc (Becky) Morehouse of Fairfax, Anna (Roger) Zimmerman of Cedar Falls, Elizabeth (Jeff) Winders of Marion and six nieces and nephews Devin, Ethan, Will, Elly, Jace and Casey and his very dear friend Cristi Fitzgerald. Matt was preceded in death by his father, William Paul on October 26, 2016.

Matt was born January 28, 1969 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque to William and Jane Morehouse. He grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Wahlert High School in 1987. In 1991, Matt graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in art education. He began his 22-year teaching career at River Ridge Middle School in Bloomington, Wis., where he spent 10 years. He moved to Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque for eight years before accepting his current position as art teacher and wrestling coach at Jefferson Middle School. Matt ran an after school arts program at Jefferson. Matt was passionate about art and education. He wasn't a casual teacher. You just couldn't draw circles and get away with it in his class. You had to try and you appreciated that Matt cared enough to pull something out of you.

Matt had a lifelong love affair with the sport of wrestling. He won city championships as a 75-pounder at Nativity. During his Wahlert days, Matt was a two-time state qualifier for the Golden Eagles. Matt coached wrestlers at Lancaster High School, River Ridge High School and Jefferson. He remembered all of his wrestlers' stories and cherished the special connection between coach and athlete. He carried his love for the sport to his final day.
Matt will be remembered as a man who never backed down from a challenge, who loved life and who literally climbed a mountain once as a kid just so he could show his skeptical brother that the snow on the peak wasn't as far away as he thought.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Dubuque County Humane Society in Matt's memory.

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



Darlene C. Kirchhoff


Darlene C. "Dee" Kirchhoff, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Dee" on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Darlene Capitola Davis was born on March 30, 1933 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steven N. and Elsie (Hoerschelman) Davis. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married William J. "Bill" Kirchhoff on January 7, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1989.

Through the years, "Dee" had worked for Dr. M.L. Bernard, Bon Ton and at Hinckley's Drug Store in Maquoketa.

"Dee" had lived in the Maquoketa area all of her life. She enjoyed shopping and camping.

Those left to honor her memory include a son, Jack (Susan) Kuhlman of Maquoketa, IA; step-children Susan (Ed) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Gary) Greeson of Sacramento, CA; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Merrick, Tyler (Andrea) Kuhlman, Jace (Holly) Kuhlman, Tina (Ryan) Witanen, Angie Hafner and Kelly (Brad) Jackson; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Timmins of North Port, FL; and a sister-in-law, Carol Davis of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband "Bill"; an infant baby boy, Kuhlman; a sister, Maxine Easton; and brothers Robert, Kenneth and Donald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darlene C. "Dee" Kirchhoff memorial fund has been established.

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



Ellen M. Robertson


Ellen M. Robertson, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:45 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ellen's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Burton Everist officiating. To celebrate Ellen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ellen was born on July 11, 1924, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, daughter of Clarence G. and Marjorie M. (Davis) Anderson.

Ellen was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, until her family relocated to Peoria, Illinois, where she eventually completed her primary education at Woodruff High School. Shortly after graduation, Ellen would be united in marriage to the love of her life, Gerald Robertson. Their union would begin on October 17, 1942, in Austin, Texas, and they would be truly blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on May 16, 1994. They eagerly settled in Dubuque to raise their family in 1947, after the completion of Gerald's military service. Ellen was nothing short of a loving wife and mother who found great satisfaction in continually fulfilling her God given mission to love, nurture and adore her family. She would seamlessly transition these skills into her inevitable role of wise and gentle grandmother and great-grandmother. Ellen was a consummate collector of unique and personal memorabilia; but thankfully her natural gift of systematical organization was easily able to keep every memento in it's proper place. In her free time, Ellen learned to appreciate the value of a few subtle brush strokes on the canvas at her most recent painting class, but ultimately some of her most indulgent hours were simply enveloped in the culmination of a warm pair of slippers, a comfortable blanket and her most recent issue of People magazine. Witnessing Ellen's earthly departure so close to Christmas is beyond difficult for our hearts and minds to bear, but we trust that she is permanently at rest from her physical struggles now, and thankfully she is once again reunited with her heavenly family whose Christmas celebration will truly be filled with peace.

Those left to cherish Ellen's memory include

her 4 children,
Judith M. Robertson, Kerrville, TX,
Richard (Elizabeth) Robertson, Asbury, IA,
Ronald (Laura) Robertson, Dubuque, IA
and Donald (Peggy) Robertson, Louisburg, WI;

her 8 grandchildren,
Jacob Robertson,
Abigail (Aaron) Butcher,
Owen (Susan) Robertson,
Nicole (Nicholas) Close,
Jessica LaPage-Robertson,
Jennifer (Matthew) Swartz,
William Robertson
and Kaylena Robertson;

and her 9 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Gerald Robertson; a son, Dwight Robertson; a daughter, Jerelyn Robertson; and a granddaughter, Laura Ann Robertson.

An Ellen M. Robertson memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Ellen's family would like to extend a special thank you to her friends, and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they have given Ellen, and her family, these past years.

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

 



Stella M. Saylor

Stella M. Saylor, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 10:13 p.m., on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Stella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Stella's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Stella was born on January 20, 1927, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Mary (Wagner) Link.

Stella was born and raised in northern Dubuque county and would earnestly embrace the honesty of farm life before eventually moving her family to Dubuque in 1967. She was united in marriage to Wilbur "Wib" Saylor on October 14, 1947, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years together, and one son, before he was called home ahead of her on December 14, 1985. Stella was proud to be a loving wife, adoring mother, gracious grandmother and continually caring housewife. She did also invest a few years of her time and talents outside of the home at the General Dry Battery Factory and the Dubuque Pack. Stella was a happily humble woman who truly enjoyed the 89 earthly years she would get to spend with her family, friends, and her loyal four legged companion, Saddie. She has left a definite mark on the hearts of all who knew and loved her and we will forever treasure the love and lessons she leaves behind. Thankfully, we can find true comfort in knowing that after over 30 years, Stella and Wib will finally be singing Christmas carols together again this year.

Those left to cherish Stella's memory include

her son,
Thomas Saylor, Dubuque, IA;

her grandsons,
Scholl Saylor, Buffalo, NY,
Chris (Lilias) Saylor, Potosi, WI,
Mike Saylor, FL
and Kevin (Sarah) Saylor, Hazel Green, WI;

her great grandchildren,
Cody (Heather) Saylor,
Abby Saylor
and Ben Saylor;

her sister,
Irma Bietzel, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Esther Link, Dubuque, IA.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur Saylor; a great-granddaughter, Reneé Saylor; a brother, Marion Link; and a brother-in-law, John Bietzel.

A Stella M. Saylor memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Stella's family would like to thank Dr. Liaboe, his nurse, Trish, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided for Stella.

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

 



Donna J. Cooksley


Donna J. Cooksley, age 61, of Epworth, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rhonda Pope officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Donna was born on August 25, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Mike and Darlene (Roe) Reuter.

Donna was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. In her younger years, Donna joyfully shared her beautiful voice around town with her dear friends in "Sing Out Dubuque", and also, due to her diligent independence spirit, was awarded the title of #1 Tupperware Saleswoman in San Diego. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Cooksley on February 28, 1975, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 41 years together, and their continually content cat, Izzy. Donna was well known for her ability to make friends wherever she went, and her love of socializing with family and friends. Whether you were a co-worker at Hatch's or Sam's Club, or simply a regular customer, you were sure to have crossed Donna's path at some point and share first-hand in her natural "gift for gab". Donna would truly find value in the occasional trip to a craft show, or even a pleasant evening around the campfire. We have lost a precious soul today, and our world will never be the same, but we have witnessed that Donna's 2 year battle with cancer has definitely taken a toll on her and we find comfort in knowing that she is now at peace from her earthly struggles.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her loving husband,
Bill Cooksley, Epworth, IA;

her sisters,
Judy (Keith) Kelly
and Sherry Neuwohner, both of Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Vede Smith, Clinton, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Ronald Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

her niece and nephew,
Jennifer (Brian Simon) Kelly, Dubuque, IA
and Shawn Kelly, Dubuque, IA;

a great-niece,
Calsey (Tyler) Bradley;

and a great great-niece and great great-nephew,
Julia and Rhett Bradley.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Bob Neuwohner; a sister-in-law, Melnetta Kennedy; and a great nephew, Ronald Kennedy.

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

Donna's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Wolbers, Dr. Khan, and Mayo Clinic for all of their wonderful care and support.

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

 



James E. Sawvel


James E. Sawvel, 75 of Dubuque, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. A celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Friday at the Funeral Home.

Jim was born on January 8, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Katherine (Hellier) Sawvel.

In 1964, he married Peg Paisley and together they had three children. In 1989, he married Jean Stratton.

Jim was employed for the City of Dubuque and Dubuque Packing Company before joining the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office in 1973. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, devoting 30 years to Dubuque County, working road patrol, Investigations and finished his career with the Drug Task Force. Following his retirement in 2003, he was employed as a security officer at the Dubuque County Courthouse until 2007.

Jim was a member of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies' Association, Associate Member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

His greatest passion was the of sport of Rodeo. He enjoyed traveling throughout the Southwestern US, and had a love for the cowboys & Indians of the old Wild West. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and loved to fish with his closest friends.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Jim was a 2-time Iowa State Champion calf roper, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, for his time playing guitar and vocals for The Shades.

He had a gift for telling the greatest stories. He had a very generous and giving heart, was a mentor to many, and deeply valued the friendships he formed with his co-workers and friends.

He is survived by his children, Gina (Todd) Ryan, of Papillion, NE, Ann Butzier, of Dubuque, and Jim Sawvel, of Camanche, IA; step-daughter, Julie (Dave) Foster, of Blaine, MN; grandchildren, Lydia (Brian) Cassata, of Omaha, NE, Makenzie Ryan, of Kansas City, MO, Sarah Chapman, Ben Chapman, and Chris Chapman, all of Dubuque; and Cassie Hall, of Davenport, IA; step- granddaughters, Natalie Sieckert and Alexis Foster, of Blaine, MN; great- granddaughter, Nora Cassata, of Omaha, NE; his mother, Katherine Sawvel, of Dubuque; and siblings, Lois Selle, Jack (Diane) Sawvel, Kathy (Dan) Nesteby and Sue Sawvel, and several special nieces and nephews, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Sawvel; brothers, Donald (Elaine) Sawvel and Lawrence Sawvel; and his son-in-law, Douglas Butzier.

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

Memorials may be given to Special Olympics of Iowa and St. Labre School of Indians, both of which Jim faithfully supported, or to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Eagle Point Place for the exceptional care, love and friendship they have provided.

 



Charles R. Schmitt


Charles R. Schmitt 92, of Luther Manor and formerly of 3070 Lindale St., passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at Luther Manor surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

Charlie was born on March 24, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Anthony and Irene (Slowey) Schmitt. On July 17, 1951, he married Rita Siegert at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on August 4, 2014.

Charlie farmed until 1958 when he and Rita moved to Dubuque and he started his 26 year career as a milkman for Swiss Valley. Charlie retired in 1986. He was a member of St. Anthony's parish and past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Teamsters Union Local 421. Playing cards with friends and dancing were Charlie's favorite past times. He will always be remembered for his gentle manner and positive outlook. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all.

Surviving are his children Janet (Rich) Bales, Jim (Ann) Schmitt, Joe (Geri) Schmitt and Jeff (Deb) Schmitt; grandchildren Shawna (Christopher) Donar, Trista (Steve) Calonder, Michael Willey, Kalen (Randi) Bales, Katie (Rob) Peterson, Gina Schmitt, Madeline (fiancé' Jeff Craig) Schmitt, Eric (Stacey) Schmitt, Nick (Megan) Schmitt, Ali (fiancé' Chris Gansen) Schmitt, Anna Schmitt, Alex Schmitt and Sam Schmitt; great grandchildren, Emma, Cael, Austin, Aidan, Nathanial, Ethan, Noah, Hannah, Ellie, Grace, Sophie, Aurelia, Charlie, Theo, Lilly, Magdalen, Noah Lee, Jacob and Layla; his brothers Robert and Herbert (Lorraine) Schmitt and his sisters-in-law Lois Schmitt and Edna Schiel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his brothers Louis and Lester; his brothers-in-law Walter, Earl, Joseph "Sonny" and Leonard Siegert; his sisters-in-law Marie Kress and Eileen Bahl.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony's parish, Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Schmitt family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Ali and Austin for their constant care and support.



Clara M. McLaughlin


Clara M. McLaughlin, 90, of Dubuque died Friday, December 09, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center with her loving children by her side. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Clara was born Christmas Day, December 25, 1925 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Frances (Dean) Wolter. On August 3, 1945, she married John M. McLaughlin at St. John Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death on February 23, 2010.

Clara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family. She was a longtime member of St. John Episcopal Church. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Clara is survived by three children, Diane (George "Sonny") Peil of Dubuque, Danny (Dawn) McLaughlin of Eldridge and Sharon (Tom) Spiegelhalter of Peosta; a daughter in law, Viola "Babe" McLaughlin of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; step father, George "Gramps" Johnson; a son, John McLaughlin Jr., and a great grandson, Gage Peil.

A Clara McLaughlin Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Jane A. Geisler


Jane A. Geisler 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 8, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Church of The Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Jane was born on September 22, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Evelyn (Dubler) Avenarius Sr. On November 15, 1969, she married David H. Geisler at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2011. Jane was a devoted homemaker who loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and playing cards with friends.

She is survived by her children, Scot (Marissa Reed) Geisler, Todd (Christi) Geisler and Jodie (Dave) Jutson; her grandchildren, Brittany (Adam) Schmit, Jenna, Brett, Zack, Adrianna, Brielle and Grace Geisler and Alivia and Alyssa Jutson; her great granddaughter, Ellie Schmitt her siblings Don (Vicki) Avenarius, Susan Comer, and Richard Jr. (Joyce) Avenarius. Her sister- in -law, Karen Burgess, and brother- in- law, Tom (Connie) Geisler.

Jane was also preceded in death by her parents; her niece, Kimberly Avenarius; her nephew, Bryan Burgess; her brother-in-law, William Burgess; and her father-in-law, Howard Geisler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jane A. Geisler memorial fund.

The Geisler family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their constant care and support.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kenned Road is in charge of arrangements.



Mary M. Spielman


Mary M. Spielman, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 23, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wilfred and Marie (Palm) Noel.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, where she would eventually meet and marry the love of her life, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman, Jr. Mary and Charlie were united in marriage on August 20, 1955, and they were blessed with almost 47 wonderful years together, and three loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 1, 2002. Mary was a full-time wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, but she would also graciously put her God given talents to work outside of the home. She worked at Northwestern Bell, Brown Publishing and Spahn and Rose, as well as investing another 13 years babysitting for several friends and family around town. Mary was always a very generous volunteer, and actively social woman, with her free time. She would thoroughly enjoy spending time with her friends at the Lifetime Center, the Widow and Widowers Club, the High School Girls Card Club, and also with the ladies at the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 Auxiliary. Mary was also a well known, and very devoted, troop leader with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts when her children were young. Mary's faith was an instrumental part of her life and she was a longtime and loyal member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Mary's suddenly severe health issues have sadly called her home today after such an amazingly full and beautiful 87 year earthly journey among us. We will surely be celebrating Christmas with heavy hearts this year, but we find peace in knowing, and trusting, that Mary will be spending Christmas with Charlie once again this year, and that we will all be reunited in absolute joy and perfection one day.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Cynthia (Clarence) Heacock, Dyersville, IA,
Cheryl (Jim) Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Charles "Chuck" (Denise) Spielman III, Galena, IL;

her grandchildren,
Dr. Jennifer (Dr. Jeffrey) Heacock-Renaud, Davenport, IA,
Jessica Heacock, Raleigh, NC,
Madeline Huekels, Dyer, IN
and Adam Huekels, Dyer, IN;

a great-grandson,
Parker Brighton Renaud, Davenport, IA;

her siblings,
Elizabeth "Betty" Christ,
Carolyn (Stan) Hewitt
and Richard (Char) Noel, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her special friends,
Fritz Tekippe, Dubuque, IA
and Nick and Carrie Schrup and their son, Nicholas, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles F. "Charlie" Spielman; and a brother-in-law, Tom Christ.

A Mary M. Spielman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Mary these past days.

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



Kathleen Krapfl


Kathleen "Kay" Krapfl entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 8 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Kathleen was born June 4, 1927, in Dyersville, the second child of 15 children of Edward and Marie (Kluesner) Bartels. Kay was born, raised and lived her entire 89 years in the place she called home, Dyersville. On January 13, 1951 she married Roy J. Krapfl at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Twelve children were born to this union. She was the proud grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 10.

Kay's entire life was spent devoted to her family. A sweet and special lady, she greeted everyone with her warm and loving smile. Kay enjoyed life with what matters most – just the simple everyday moments.

Survivors include her children: Keith (Becky) Krapfl of Dubuque, Kathy (Kerry) Trimble of Waterloo, Vicky (Wayne) Wessels of Manchester, Jackie (Glen) Naber of Eldridge, IA, Kevin Kartel, Tammy (Jeff) Osterhaus, Lisa Krapfl, Kim (Karl) Loeffelholz, Karri Krapfl, and Jennifer (Steve) Wessels, all of Dyersville; 18 grandchildren: Kelly, Jason, Christina, Katie, Kallie, Mollie, Michelle, Megan, Ashley, Morgan, Samantha, McKenzie, Ben, Kayla, Brooke, Natalie, Lauren and Jack; 10 great-grandchildren;
12 siblings: Rosemary Frericks, Emily, Joan, Dale and Bill "Woody" , all of Dyersville, Doris Crow of Dubuque, Patricia Bartels of Elk Horn, WI, Marlene (Steve) McAleer of Monticello, Bevlin Bartels of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Frank) Caruso of The Villages, FL, John "Zoobie" Bartels of Moore, OK, Nancy (Burt) Fairchild of Woodbury, MN; in-laws: Paul Kramer, Gary (Maggie) Kraft, Lucy (Jerry) LaBonte, and Gil Basnik.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy, in 1987; two sons: Dean in 1992, and Dale in 2007; daughter-in-law Maria Kartel; siblings: Phyllis Bartels and Myrna Carty; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, and a nephew.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent and compassionate care.

Memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Beckman High School.

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



Clara Mae Steffensmeier


Clara Mae Steffensmeier, 86, of Dyersville, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, Dec. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Clara was born May 6, 1930, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Hugo and Hilda (Willenbring) Menke. She married Eldon Steffensimeier on December 29, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Dyersville.

She enjoyed playing cards and talking with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon; her children: Joan (Earl) Hosch of New Vienna, John (Nancy), Tom (Rose) and Pat (Laurie) Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville, and Carol (Jim) Meisgeier of Manchester; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Rosemary Menke of Dyersville, Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier and Alice (Rick) Nadermann, Eugene Prier, Agnes Steffensmeier and Elaine Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville; and Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Paula Hosch, in infancy; brothers Anton (Rose) Menke, Victor Menke, Aloysius (Doris) Menke; and in-laws Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Florence (Joe) Meis, Lucille Prier, Art Steffensmeier, Donald Steffensmeier.

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

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



Edward M. Moldt


Edward M. Moldt, 85, most recently of Fuquay-Varina, NC, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016, four days short of his 86th birthday, at Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Ed was born November 16, 1930 in Clinton, Iowa to Harold Sr. and Kathryn (Hurley) Moldt and spent his youth in Dubuque, Iowa. He started setting goals early, beginning with his Eagle Scout and a related Catholic Scout medal, the Ad Altare Dei.

Another early goal focused on studying for the Catholic priesthood, so Ed attended a Catholic seminary in the Chicago area for high school, where he played virtually every sport. He ultimately changed directions and next attended Loras College in Dubuque, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River. As a '52 graduate, Ed continued to support Loras throughout his life, returning to teach there later in life.

A new chapter began when Ed met the love of his life, Alice Kehoe, during a snow storm when he helped push her date's car out of a snow bank. Things snowballed from there and they were married January 31, 1953 in Dubuque.

Ed was graduated with an MBA in Finance from Indiana University in 1959 and would return to IU years later as an Entrepreneur of the Year to teach entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.

His career included a corporate phase (Collins Radio Company, merged into Rockwell International) and Philip Morris (coated papers division), a brokerage firm chapter (Shearson Hayden Stone), an investor phase (buying and selling companies) and perhaps his favorite focus - teaching entrepreneurship at the university level.

Ed served as a major force in building entrepreneurship programs at several universities including the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana, and Loras University, Dubuque, Iowa. Many of his classes were standing room only and students contacted him for advice years later.

While Ed enjoyed a variety of business successes, his pride and joy were his family - he and Alice shared a life and love of 63 years and a family of five children who were raised to be true to themselves, to pursue their individual passions and to always make situations better than they found them.

Raise a toast to Dad for his lifelong optimism that always saw the cup overflowing, his contagious laughter, his incredible perseverance and his steadfast loyalty to family and friends. We were the lucky ones.

Ed is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice; his five children, Karen, Marianne and Thomas Moldt of Cary, North Carolina, Michele (George) Knoth, Indianapolis, IN and John (Patrick) (Mary) Moldt of Apex, North Carolina. Five grandchildren will miss his laughter, life lessons and guidance: Meghan, Caroline and Will Knoth of Indianapolis, IN and AliJane and Grace Moldt of Apex, NC. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Moldt and Mary (Bob) Kehoe as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold Jr. and Jim Moldt; his parents-in-law, Vincent and Rose Kehoe; a sister-in-law, JoAnne Moldt, a brother-in-law, Bob Kehoe; and two nieces, Sheila Moldt Lynch and Kim Kehoe Billmeyer.

A funeral Mass was held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, North Carolina. A visitation was held at the church a half hour before the Mass. Burial followed at the Wake Memorial Park in Cary, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's name to The Alzheimer's Association of North Carolina or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Condolences for the family can be sent c/o Alice Moldt, 202 Wilbon Road, Apt. 706D, Windsor Point, Fuquay-Varina, NC, 27526.



John Patrick O’Hara


John Patrick "Pat" O'Hara, 75, of Peosta, IA passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Per Pat's wishes, a private family funeral mass will be held. A celebration to honor Pat's life will be announced at a later date.

Pat was born on December 16, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of James and Margaret LaVanche O'Hara. He grew up in Lost Nation, Iowa and graduated from Maquoketa High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Pat attended Loras College, graduated from the Wisconsin School of Mortuary Science and later received his BA in business from St. Ambrose College.

On June 13, 1964 Pat married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Campbell, at Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa, IA. After a brief career in the funeral profession and working as an account executive with Alter Co., he and Joanne established the first Happy Joe's Pizza Parlor in Dubuque in 1974 and subsequently opened two more stores.

Pat enjoyed the game of golf and was past club champion at Dubuque Thunder Hills Golf and Country Club and The Vines Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne, of Peosta, IA; three daughters, Kelly (Steve) Kehoe of Denver, IA, Kim (Tom) Tiefenthaler of DeWitt, IA and Kasey (Ryan) Schulz of Polk City, IA; his grandchildren, Kimberly, Kyle, Kameron, Tyler, Brody, Griffin, Zoey, Jordan, Brady, Campbell and Beau; his brother, Rich (Wendy) O'Hara, and his sister, Kathy (Phil) Romer, both of Peosta, IA; and his brother-in-law, Jim Peretti, of Great Falls, MT.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Leonard and Lois Campbell; his sister-in-law, Mary Peretti, and his brother-in-law, Donnie Campbell.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002 or Thunder Hills youth golf program, 16682 Thunder Hills Dr., Peosta, IA 52068

Pat's family extends a special thank you to Drs. Eric Engelman and Charles Parker, Hospice of Dubuque, the nurses and staff at Mercy Health Center and his grandson Brody for their constant care and support.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., is in charge of arrangements.



Clarence M. Ricke


Clarence M. Ricke, 89, of Menominee, IL, passed away at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. God's amazing grace will lead him home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Catholic Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence was born on April 30, 1927 in Menominee, the son of Herman and Susan (Bonnet) Ricke. He farmed in Menominee (Sand Ridge area) until 1964. He was employed by Bartels & Byrne as a land surveyor and then at IIW Engineers and Surveyors, P.C. until his retirement in 1993.

On April 29, 1967 he married Mary Dolores Brejcha at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. They raised three girls during their 49 years of marriage. He was a member of Nativity BVM parish, its Holy Name Society, and the Knights of Columbus Council #7527 of East Dubuque.

Clarence loved fishing, gardening, the Chicago Bears and the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Clarence was a simple man who believed his faith was as important as the air we breathe, his family was his most prized possession, and working hard was the key to keeping it all together. He instilled these values in his children and grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Mary, of Menominee; daughters Connie (Dan) Kickbush of East Dubuque, Mary Jo (David) Schoenberger of Moravia, IA, and Jacqueline (Nicholas) Breitfelder of Cuba City, WI; six grandchildren, Amber & Connor Kickbush, Jennifer & Hannah Schoenberger, and Emma & Chase Breitfelder; and three sisters, Rosella McCarthy of Lake Villa, Alverna Ricke of Lake Zurich and Anna Mae (Bob) Sadler of Menominee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Arnold; sisters Celia Ricke, Rita Knautz and Rosemary Heller; five half-brothers; two half-sisters; a niece, Laura Sadler, and a nephew, Kevin Knautz.

The Ricke family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their months of care and compassion for Clarence, especially Jennifer F, Jan, Stephanie and David.

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



Arlene T. (Streif) Breitbach


Arlene T. (Streif) Breitbach 82, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral Mass will be at 3:00 pm Friday, December 9, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a Scripture Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Arlene was born December 4, 1934 in Epworth, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mary (Reinsbach) Streif. She married Edward J. Breitbach on December 28, 1954 in Bankston, Iowa.

Arlene was a longtime member of Church of the Resurrection. She enjoyed baking, tending to her flower beds, family vacations, and an occasional trip to the casino. Family was everything to Arlene, and she was devoted to her family. She took much joy being with her family, grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Edward; children Deb (Cecil) O'Neil of Des Moines, IA, Sue (Scott) Matye of Shullsburg, WI, Paul (Vicki) Breitbach of Dubuque, Ron (Mary) Breitbach of Dubuque, Julie (Don) Sherman of Robins, IA, and Nancy (Tony) Mustain of Nellysford, VA; 19 grandchildren, Tim O'Neil, Michelle (Gerhard) Lourens, Becky (Jared) Stein, Sara (Becky) Bender, Lisa Hefel, Brett Matye, Hunter Matye, Josh (Sara) Breitbach, Zach (Kelly) Breitbach, Tony Breitbach, Rachel (Jason) Cox, Lauren (Sean) Faherty, Tyler (Nicole) Breitbach, Casey (fiancé' Justin Smith) Breitbach, Shawn Breitbach, Sammy Sherman, Brooke Sherman, Jake Mustain, and Niki Mustain; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings Alice Wilwert-Oeth, Sr. Mildred Streif, Donna Streif, Laura Streif, and Darrell Streif; in-laws Jim (Harlene) Breitbach, Joan (Don) Staver, Rose (Fran) Brune, Dorie (Wayne) Dodds, Bill (Jeanne) Breitbach, and Jim (Carol) Kluesner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in-law, William and Agnes Breitbach; a granddaughter, Melinda O'Neal; a great-grandson, Jordan O'Neal; siblings Ed Streif and Marian Kirmse; and in-laws Ramona Kluesner, Tom Breitbach, Gilbert Wilwert, Bernard Oeth, Wayne Kirmse, and Lorraine Streif.

The family would like to thank Asbury EMS, Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Whalen, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, for your care during this time of our wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

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

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



Donald G. Tegeler

Donald G. Tegeler, 82, of Dyersville died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.

Donald was born March 19, 1934, on the family farm near Earlville, the son of Gregor and Mathilda (Billmeyer) Tegeler. He married Patricia A. Willenbring on November 24, 1952, in Luxemburg. She preceded him in death in 1998. He later married Cathy Willis from Colorado on Oct. 3, 2003. Together they organized a local Parkinson's Support Group in Dyersville.

Don was a certified electrician at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years and was a member of UAW Local 94. In his spare time his hobbies were collecting and restoring vintage Camaros, and he enjoyed playing music at the nursing homes. His last big thrill was seeing the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy; sons: Bob Tegeler and David (Karen) Tegeler; his daughters: Debra (friend Wayne Pearce) Kruse and Sherry (Terry) Thier all of Dyersville; grandchildren: Dawn (Brent) Schroeder, Rachael (Aaron) Plein, Matt Tegeler, Zach Tegeler, Jonathon (Kayla), Danielle Tegeler, Travis (Kristie) Thier, Justin and Robbie Thier; 5 great-grandchildren: Addilyn and Luke Plein, Kirsten and Dylan Schroeder, and MaKenzie Thier; 2 sisters: Lou Overman of Dyersville, and Bernice Holub of Prairieburg; in-laws: Gloria Maiers, Diane (Bill) Ernzen, Marlene (Ray) Schlarmann, Donna Willenbring and Elaine Willenbring.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; one son, James Tegeler; daughter-in-law Sandy Tegeler; siblings: infant Lucille Tegeler, Elmer (Edna), Ray (Irene), Tony (Dorothy), Gib (Sedelle) Tegeler, Helen (Wilfred) Kramer, Norma (Herb Platz and Lawrence Deppe), Leona (August) Gudenkauf, and Marcella (Fritz) Bries; and
in-laws: Irv Overman, Earl Holub, Daniel, Dennis and Richard Willenbring and Vernon Maiers.

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



Dorothy M. Urbain


Dorothy M. Urbain, 88, of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dorothy may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where the Farley American Legion Auxiliary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Dorothy was born March 8, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul N. and Katherine D. (Streif) Thul. She received her education in the St. Clement School in Bankston and graduated from St. Joseph's School in Farley, Iowa.

On September 27, 1949 she was united in marriage to Wilbert J. Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1999. The couple farmed in the Farley area for many years until retiring to Farley in 1983.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, a member of the Farley Historical Society, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Garden Club. Dorothy was a volunteer librarian for St. Joseph's School for many years. She was an avid bowler for many years.

She is survived by eight children, Charles (Joyce) Urbain of Davenport, IA, Carol (Arnie) Boge of Ionia, IA, Cathy (Thomas) Penn of Cedar Rapids, IA, Clair (Paulette) Urbain of Fort Atkinson, WI, Cletus (Elaine) Urbain of Dyersville, IA, Carla (David) Babics of Dixon, IL, Calvin Urbain of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dr. Colleen (Russell) Hess of Plainview, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by one son, Wilbert Gerard Urbain, on June 26, 1955.

A Dorothy M. Urbain memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family thanks the caregivers at Riverbend Retirement Community and Shady Rest Care Center for the love, care and support given to Dorothy.



Janice M. Kass


Janice M. Kass, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday. December 9th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 4pm.

Janice was born on February 21, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Alvena (Abeln) Stoffel. She married Vernon Kass on June 18, 1960 at Saint Patrick's in Epworth.

She worked in the kitchen at Finley Hospital, also at John Deere and at the Bridge Restaurant. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Forresters.

Her family was her life; growing up as a single child, her goal was to have a large family and encourage others to do the same. She was a great cook and baker who made a special effort on her Sunday dinners and special birthday meals for her family. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of kindness, grace, serenity, unconditional love and faith will remain with her family and everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon; children Debra (George) Moler, Charlie Kass, David (Siow Leng Long) Kass, Dan (Theresa) Kass, Don (Karla) Kass and Dennis Kass; seven grandchildren, Kyle Sheffer, Nicole Kass, Nathan Kass, Lauren Kass, Meredith Kass, Jordan Kass, and Ryan Kass; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Janice Kass memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals, family and friends who showed care and compassion for Janice throughout her life.



Leon G. Maiers


Leon G. Maiers, 92, of Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at 4:20 a.m., surrounded by his loving family at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Leon was born September 11, 1924, in Holy Cross, the eldest child of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He attended school at Holy Cross Schools and finished high school at Loras Academy in Dubuque with the Class of 1942. He married Harriet Wegmann on May 4, 1949, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. He spent a few years doing carpentry and then they farmed near Holy Cross until retirement in 1990.

Leon was an active, office holding member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881, and the Knights of Columbus Council 2001 of Farley. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing with the grandchildren, puzzles, traveling, and serving others. He was known for his kindness, helpfulness and honesty.

Surviving are: 5 daughters: Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, IA, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, IA, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale, IA and Jean (Mark) Gaul of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Bran, Adam, Eric and Katie Bracken, Kyle and Ashley Brimeyer, Luke, Josh, Matthew and Megan Eubank, Austin, Brady and Carter Gaul; siblings: Eddie Maiers, Clete (Shirley) and Al "Butch" (Pat) Maiers, all of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville; in-laws Ralph (Leona) Wegmann of Farley, Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi, LuAnn (Bob) Mescher of Edgewood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Harriet, on Jan. 11, 2015; his brother, Wilmer Maiers; and in-laws: Jerry Kluesner. Laura Maiers, Armella (Larry) Weiferich, Dorothy (Art Esch and Emmett Pfeiler), John (Vickie) Wegmann, Alvin (Sally Langel and Patricia Jacobson Hendricks) Wegmann, Eileen (Jack) Meder and Patricia Wegmann.

A memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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



William A. McEllhiney


William A. (Bill) McEllhiney died at home November 28, 2016.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 with church service following at 11:00 on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dubuque.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, son of William A. and Leota Joy (Walker) McEllhiney. He grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, graduating from Lyons Township High School in 1949, attended Lyons Township Junior College, transferring, with a track scholarship, to the University of Wyoming. In 1952, His college career was interrupted by the Korean War. He was drafted by the Army and served in the Air Force as a SCAAF Engineer (Special Criteria of the Army Attached to the Air Force), planning and constructing air bases throughout Korea.

In 1954, after his service, Bill married Ruth Gottermeyer of Hinsdale, Illinois. They returned to Laramie, Wyoming, where Bill graduated as a Petroleum Engineer in 1956.
During Bill's career he served as president of J. P. Miller and its affiliated companies engaged in municipal and industrial water development. His work took him from Hinsdale, Illinois, to Wausau, Wisconsin, and finally to Dubuque in 1968, where he served as president of Varner Well and Pump Company until his retirement.

Bill was interested in the promotion of his profession and served as president of the Iowa Water Well Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Water Well Association. His community service included director of the Industrial Development Committee, Wausau, Wisconsin, and chairman of the Dubuque Dock Commission during the construction and dedication of the Mississippi flood wall. Bill was a founding partner of Sundown Ski Area, and he and his wife Ruth also ran a bed and breakfast for many years at Juniper Hill Farm, the latter, a perfect role for Bill as he never knew a stranger.

Bill thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years on the farm: the challenge of the seasons, outdoor time spent on his tractor, fix-up and repair projects, visiting with friends, playing bridge, traveling, skiing and spending time on his computer. His wife and daughters and their families were the pride of his life and he basked in their achievements.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Ruth; his daughters, Carol Luster of East Lansing, Michigan, Cathy (Matt) Rosing of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Marcela (Joachim) Fischer of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren Anna (Bradd) Melville, Ben (Beth) Luster, Eric Rosing, Emily Rosing and Pablo Fischer; a sister-in-law, Sarah Gottermeyer; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Tom Luster; his two sisters, brothers-in-law, and his parents.

We wish to thank the Asbury Emergency Responders, the Asbury Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department for their prompt and professional care. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given, in Bill's name, to the Asbury Community Fire Department, 5485 Saratoga Road, Asbury, IA 52002.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was." - Dr. Seuss



Beverly J. Maus


Beverly J. Maus, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Beverly was born on July 15, 1932 in Monroe, WI the daughter of Frances Wenzel. She married James W. "Jiggs" Maus on July 17, 1954. She worked as head cook at Kresge's Discount Store until closing, then for K-Mart until retirement.

Bev enjoyed many years bowling at Dubuque Lanes with all the bowling girls. She was a very crafty person and enjoyed making many personal gifts for her family. She and Jiggs enjoyed many fun camping trips with their family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Dan) Hefel, of East Dubuque, Mike Maus, of Illinois, Luann (Steve) Hurst, of Bellevue, Peggy (Mark) Badstad, of Springfield, MO, Billy (Angie) Maus, of Peosta; son-in-law Brian Brown of Cedar Rapids; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law, Deloras Bonnet and Evie Schweikert; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband James "Jiggs" Maus; her daughter Debbie Brown; her mother figure Margaret Kaster; in-laws Myra (Butch) Badger, Ralph Bonnet, Pearl and Al Demuth, Boutzy and George Ludovissy, Carl Maus, Bette Hoots and Bob Schweikert.

In lieu of flowers a Beverly J. Maus memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the A-Wing girls at Dubuque Specialty Care, Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna, Nicole, Rev. Dianne, Ryan and Lisa for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bev.



Gary Edward Elskamp


Gary Edward Elskamp, 61, of Potosi, WI, entered into eternal life peacefully with his daughter by his side on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, following 20 years of fighting four different cancers.

Ten years after his initial diagnosis of leukemia, he received a bone marrow transplant from his sister Esther. After enduring years of graft vs. host disease, Gary was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in 2014. Over the last two years, Gary was treated for lymphoma and skin cancer as well, and underwent numerous surgeries and rounds of radiation. Gary never complained about any of his ailments and always thought someone else had it worse off than he did. He had a heart of gold and was a softy for anyone in need. Gary's family was his world and he fought hard for them.

Gary was born May 3, 1955, to Mahlon and Hannah (Reynolds) Elskamp in Potosi, WI. He worked various jobs including at Caradco, John Deere, and as the St. Andrew Thomas School custodian. He attended Southwest Tech and then started his own business, Gary's TV, in Cuba City with his wife Kathy. He also owned and operated the carwash next door. He worked hard throughout his career, and made many friends along the way. He enjoyed lending a hand at any fundraising event and also served as president of Catholic Financial Chapter 42.

Gary married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Vogelsberg, on December 13, 1975. They had three children, Tony (Lisa) of Dubuque, Andy (Kimberly) of Madison, and Thresia of Lake Charles, LA. Gary loved following his children in their sporting adventures across the country and was in attendance every chance he had. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time in the woods with his family. Gary's love for his grandchildren topped all.

Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 41 years; their children; and four beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy, Carter, Elizabeth, and Emma. He is also survived by his siblings, Marion Mason, of Potosi, Neil (Barb), of Chetek, Carl (Judy), of Bountiful, UT, Esther (Tim) Hesse, of Lodi, and Keith (Becky), of Potosi; and his sisters-in-law, Shirley, of Topeka, KS and Mary Lou, of Kieler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Leo, Suzie, Mark, and Mary; and brother-in-law, Joel Mason.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church before the funeral mass. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the outstanding staff at UW Hospital, especially Dr. and friend Walter Longo. They also would like to thank the exceptional staff at Agrace Hospice who were so compassionate to Gary and his family.

A Gary E. Elskamp Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Hazel Sprague


Hazel Sprague, 97, of Luther Manor passed away on December 3, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Family will greet relatives and friends after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1175 Century Drive. Burial will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Hazel was born on June 7, 1919 the daughter of Henry and Grace (Hobart) Peterman. She married Herbert Sprague on August 31, 1940 and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Hazel and Herb owned Herb & Hazel's Tavern in Edgewood, Iowa, and later they owned H&H Trading Post near Manchester, Iowa. She was a charter member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester.

She is survived by her children, Phyllis Lee, Shirley (Don) Foley, both of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Dave) Pinkston, of Longmont, CO, and son-in-law, Lawrence Lee of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herb; a son, Harold "Butch" Sprague; and daughter-in-law Sandy along with eight brothers and one sister.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and Jeanette with Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and loving care of Hazel.



Joyce Irene Miller


Joyce Irene Miller, 74, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer Officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church with a rosary at 8:45 a.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Joyce was born January 13, 1942, the 11th of 14 children to John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling. She married Karl Gene Miller on October 3, 1959, he preceded her in death on August 25, 2005.

As a Navy spouse for 20 years she dutifully accompanied Karl on assignments from coast to coast.

She returned to Dubuque in 1977 and held various jobs in the community, most notably a catering service which she operated for 10 years, at which time chronic arthritis forced an early retirement and forced her to close the business. She went on to attend NICC where she graduated with a clerical degree in 1987. She worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church until her retirement in 2000.

Even in retirement she remained active within the community attending church services and organizations including The Catholic Daughters for many years and The Fibromyalgia Foundation where she was a board member. On 3 separate occasions she and her friend Deloris Cordell led a bus load of pilgrims to The Shrine Anne de Beaupre in Quebec City, Canada. She also enjoyed and was an avid bowler for 25 years with her bowling partner Mary Jo McFadden.

She is survived by her children James Dean Miller; Karla Joy (Brad) McIntyre, their children Maxwell and Sabrina; Julie Kay Miller, her daughter Bayleigh; Wayne William Miller, his children Ariel, Dylan and Zackary all of Dubuque. Timothy Jay (Sylvanna) Miller, their children Jessica Miller and Richard (Averia) Miller, of Chesapeake, VA and Kathryn (Rob) Paquin of Providence, RI and Wendy Irene (Jared) Biedenbach, their daughter Evann Grace, of Holland, MI. And her great-grandchildren Logan, Sophia, Owen and Moriah. Also survived by 3 brothers Carl, Leon and Don and 3 sisters, Marcy Travis, Helen Molzof and Cindy Ohnesorge.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Karl, her parents, John and Bernadette, a great-grandchild James Timothy (JT) her brothers, Johnny, Alfred, David, Ray and sisters Theresa, Lou and Irene.



Merlyn E. Schroeder


Merlyn E. Schroeder, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:32 a.m., on Monday, December 5, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Merlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Merlyn was born on February 27, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Harry and Lillian (Macker) Schroeder.

Merlyn was a lifelong Dubuque resident who was truly blessed with 95 years among his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with his soul-mate, Jean Harris. They would be united in marriage on September 22, 1945, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Merlyn, and his beautiful bride, would share 61 wonderful years together, and be blessed with a deeply adored son, Gary, before she was called home ahead of him on January 27, 2007. Merlyn was a loyal and dedicated employee at Interstate Power for over 45 years, eventually retiring as a supervisor in customer service. After retiring, Merlyn would go on to invest 15 more years, of his time and talents, with the Five Flags Center, where he and Jean would spend countless hours working together at numerous community events. Merlyn was a longtime member of both Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and the I.B.E.W. Local #269, where he was recently honored with a 75 year membership award. Merlyn would find great joy in some of life's simple pleasures. An excursion to the waters edge with Jean and the grandkids, with fishing poles and a tackle box in hand, would not only place a smile upon Merlyn's face, but also create wonderful memories for all to treasure. Merlyn has surely left his mark on the world he leaves behind today, and the examples of faith, love and honor he modeled will live on in his family for generations to come. Our hearts truly ache with the sudden absence of Merlyn from our daily lives, but we find peace in knowing he'll finally be celebrating Christmas with Jean once again this year.

Those left to cherish Merlyn's memory include

his son,
Gary (Barb) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Cathy (Kevin McLaughlin) Ritter, St. Augustine, FL,
Sgt. 1st Class retired William (Angie) Schroeder, San Antonio, TX
and Heather (Jessica Dyar) Schroeder, Madison, WI;

a great-granddaughter,
Kelsey Isaacson, Bloomington, IL;

his sister,
Elaine Mellon, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jean Schroeder; and 2 brothers-in-law, Maurice Mellon and Robert (Maxine) Harris.

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

Merlyn's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Cao, the Dubuque Fire Department, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Finley Hospital for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Merlyn.

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

 



Adelaide M. Diefenthaler


Adelaide M. (Adele) Diefenthaler, 89 of Dubuque, IA died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

Adele was born May 8, 1927 in Darlington, WI, daughter of John and Emma (Weibel) Mueller Sr. She graduated from Darlington High School. Adele married the love of her life, Peter Diefenthaler Sr. on September 25, 1949. She devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.


Farm life gave Adele an appreciation for hard work, gardening, and animals, especially horses and cats. She enjoyed boating, gardening, reading, and raising Persian cats. As an avid Packer fan, she took pleasure in following her beloved Packers and attending spring training camps.
As a 49 year breast cancer survivor, she volunteered at the American Cancer Society and provided inspiration and support to many women.

Survivors include her two sons, Dave (Judy) Diefenthaler, Madison, WI and Pete (Vickie) Diefenthaler, Bettendorf, IA; two grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Kravick, Portage, WI and Andy Diefenthaler, Madison, WI; four great grandchildren: Taylor, Lyndsey, Calvin, and Ian; a sister-in-law, Betha Mueller, and nieces and nephews.

Adele was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years (Peter Sr.), two brothers, Alfred and John Jr. Mueller, and her parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at Finley Hospital and staff at Bethany Home for their exceptional care of our mom.

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



Gladys J. Gaul


Gladys J. Gaul, 67 of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Richard Gaul will concelebrate.

Gladys was born March 16, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Mary (Miller) Hildebrand. She volunteered at Oakcrest in Dyersville. She worked many years as a caregiver privately and at Hills & Dales. She enjoyed parties, playing cards, and especially time with family and friends. She always looked forward to her grandkids visits. Gladys was very proud of her children. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children: Margie (Ricky) Schumann, Patsy Schueller both of Dyersville, Donna (Joel) Laaker of Dubuque, Roger (Ashley) Gaul of Peosta, 9 grandchildren: Kevin and Trevor Schumann, Stuart, Carter, Carson, and Kaylee Schueller, Isla and Cullen Laaker, Eliana Gaul, Siblings: Mary (Glen) Milligan of Dubuque, Cathy (Roger) Bartels of Durango, Verna (Vesse) Klostermann of Edgewood, Carol (David) Gaul of Guttenberg, Tom (Elaine) Hildebrand of Dubuque, Norma (Dick) Kelchen of Farley, Joyce Hildebrand of Dubuque, Steve Hildebrand of Dyersville, Rick (Donna) Hildebrand of North Carolina, Al (Kelly) Hildebrand of Dixon, IL, In-laws: Paul (Joyce) Wagner of Dubuque, Helen Hildebrand of Holy Cross, Phyllis Hildebrand of Dyersville, Elaine (David) Shaw of Springville, and Helen Hildebrand of Bankston,

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children, Peter and Tony Gaul in infancy, Sister Ruth Wagner, Brothers: Bob, Jerry, Lenny, and Loras Hildebrand.

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



Robert C. Lee


Robert C. "Bob" Lee, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Benton, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Belmont, Wisconsin. Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan and Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bob was born on July 28, 1954, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence R. and Lorraine J. (Kisting) Lee. He graduated from Benton High School in 1972. Bob worked at Signcraft in Galena for 31 years. He loved the outdoors, especially kayaking. Bob loved spending time with his son and grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events. He also enjoyed going on trips with his Benton buddies, especially going to the annual Jimmy Buffet Concerts.

Survivors include his son, Justin (Danielle) Lee, of Dubuque; his mother, Lorraine Lee, of Benton; two sisters, Susan Lee Cooke, of San Diego, California, and Diane (Don) May, of South Hadley, Massachusetts; two brothers, Mark (Linda) Lee, of Platteville, and David (Mary) Lee, of San Diego, California; and two grandchildren, Aiva and Elijah.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence "Larry" Lee.

A Robert C. "Bob" Lee Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Robert A. "Bob" Heneke


Robert A. "Bob" Heneke, 66, of Solon, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, December 2, 2016, at the Solon Care Center, surrounded by his family after a 14-year battle with Parkinson's Disease.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Bob on Friday, December 9, 2016, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, at a later date.

Robert Allen Heneke was born on July 9, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harlan Edwin and Norma Jean (Hinke) Heneke. He was a 1968 graduate of Delwood High School. Following graduation, he began working for E.I. Dupont in Clinton from 1969 to 1974. He then worked as a machine operator at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and as an off-set press operator at Tri-State Graphics in Maquoketa from 1974 to 1989. He then worked for Onhward Bancshares in Maquoketa as a custodian from 1989 to 2002, and lastly from 2003 to 2009 as a forklift operator and maintenance person at Family Dollar in Maquoketa.

Bob was a 45-year member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where he had been a choir member for many years. He was a 37-year member of the Koinonia Choral Society "Messiah".

Bob enjoyed photography, traveling, researching family genealogy, and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He especially enjoyed watching his children's school and professional activities.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children, Erich (Kathy) Heneke of Rochester, MN, and Alycia Karsjens of North Liberty, IA; his mother Norma Heneke of Delmar, IA; siblings, Ron (Kathy) Heneke of Davenport, IA, and Renee (Dave) Bodenschatz of Bettendorf, IA; and 3 granddaughters, Hadley, Ryan and Brinley. He was preceded in death by his father Harlan on September 24, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests memorials be made to First Lutheran Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org).

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



Ralph A. Heiring


Ralph Anthony Heiring, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 8:20 am on December 2, 2016, at Ennoble Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until mass. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ralph was born on December 26, 1931, in Farley, Iowa, to August "Gus" and Olga (Klaus) Heiring. Ralph received his education at St Joseph's in Farley, Iowa. Ralph served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Ralph married to Elaine Heiring on February 23, 1954, until she passed away on October 22, 2005. Ralph and Elaine raised three children. On August 22, 2009, he married Rose Marie Willey-Heiring.

Throughout Ralph's life, he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, farmed in Bernard, Iowa, United Livestock, Medical Associates Clinic- Dubuque, and Holy Trinity Church.

Ralph was involved in the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He always had a smile, candy for the children (Tootsie Pops) and was always "39".

Ralph is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; his children Mike Heiring, Kathy (Jim) Runde, and Mary (Michael) Schmidt; 6 grandchildren, Tim (Randi), Michelle (Travis), and Adam Runde, Amanda (Kyle) Widel, Alexa (Clarence) Merrick, and Austin Schmidt; 6 great-grandchildren, Keaton, Kohen, Josiah, Kaison, Parker, and Evelyn; 3 step-children, Macheal (Carl) Heidesch, John (Denise) Michel, and Rich (Sandi) Michel; 11 step-grandchildren, Eric and Chad Heidesch, Joshua (Sara) Michel, Danielle Michel, Manessa (Matt) Gaul, Mitchel (Jessica) Michel, Jenna Michel, John Michel, Daniel Michel, Austin Michel, and Kristin Michel; 8 step-great-grandchildren, Madelynne, Elaina, Evelyn, Ezra, Zachary, Leanna, Wyatt, and Mathias; Ralph's siblings, Mary Ann (Ward) Fangman, Irene Zewen, and Edward (Lois) Heiring; Ralph's sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wagner and Leta Wagner; and his mother-in-law, Frances Marie Willey. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elaine, sisters Germaine March, Agnes Vorwald, and Dorothy Lee, and stepson, Daniel Michel.

The family would like to thank their family and friends for their love and support as well as Ennoble Nursing Home, Hospice of Dubuque, and Tammi Herbst-a true friend.

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

 



Darlene E. Kunkel


Darlene E. Kunkel, 79, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on January 1, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur F. and Bertha E. (Fure) Brandt. She married Ralph F. Kunkel on October 30, 1956.

Darlene was a perfectionist which came out in the best way, raising her family and organizing her household. Her artistic talents were demonstrated through the countless Christmas figurines and ornaments she hand painted and customized. Darlene was also a master of the organ, especially this time of the year when she would nightly play Christmas songs to entertain her husband.

Survivors include her husband Ralph; a daughter, Vicki Kunkel, of Aurora, Illinois; a son, Terry (Kris) Kunkel, of Warner Robins, Georgia; her sisters, Rita (Robert) Hartung, of Salida, Colorado, and Pat (Tom) Mitchley, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Kim and Monique; and great-grandchildren, Kali, Emma, Nicoles, Kyley, Michael, James, and Amelia Rose.

She was preceded in death by twin infant children in gestation; her parents; and two sisters, Marilyn Robbins and Bernadine M. Ackley.

A Darlene E. Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Mary K. Sanger


Mary K. Sanger, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 2, 2016 from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Mary Kay Sanger was born on October 16, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jerry P. and Ruth L. (Bock) Sanger. She was a 1961 graduate of Elwood High School, and for a short time worked at the Rock Island Arsenal prior to becoming disabled.

Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She liked going to church, the YMCA, and to the Maquoketa Senior Center. Additionally, she loved playing cards, the piano, reading, and listening to music.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include a brother, Roger (Anne) Sanger of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister-in-law, Joy Sanger of Waterloo, IA; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Ronald and Thomas.

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

 



Stuart D. Johnson


Stuart D. Johnson, 54 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church, 3866 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, December 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Stuart was born April 26, 1962 the son of Arthur and Mary Jean (Klinkenberg) Johnson. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1980. Stuart worked for Jeld-Wen Windows and most recently was employed with Anderson Windows. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing. Stuart was a very hard worker and a constant jokester and enjoyed being around people.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Johnson; children, Michael Johnson, William (Maria) Van Leer, Jeremiah Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, and Rebecca (Diego) Velasco; siblings, Cynthia (Jeff) Thomas, and Tony (Laura) Johnson; and seven (7) grandchildren.

Stuart was preceded in death by his father.

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

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



Ronald C. Herd


Ronald C. Herd, age 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 1:05 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at home. To honor Ron's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald was born on December 10, 1943, in Marianna, FL., son of Charles and Vernetta Herd.

Ronald would eventually join the U.S. Army and proudly served his country at several bases around the globe. He would discover his love for golf and traveling during his military journey and would carry those joys through the rest of his civilian life. Ronald had a natural God given ability with numbers which he would put to good use with Mutual of Omaha for over 30 years. Ronald was a compassionate and gentle man who spent his earthly life trying to make the world a better place.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his dear friend of 11 years, Joan Data, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Arlene R. Regenwether


Arlene R. Regenwether, 77, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, November 28, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

A celebration of Arlene's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, December 4, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Arlene Rae Cobiskey was born on May 17, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Betty (Foster) Cobiskey. She was a 1957 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married LeRoy A. Regenwether on June 1, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2007.

Arlene had worked at Maquoketa State Bank in Maquoketa as an executive secretary for over 15 years. She then worked for DAC, Inc. for a short time. In 1995, she and LeRoy started Lee Ar's Victorian Retreat in Delmar, Iowa. She took great pride in her Victorian home.

Arlene was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church. She loved square dancing, Dachshunds, and attending her grandchildren's activities and events.

Those left to honor Arlene's memory include her children, Rhonda (Jack Barnett) Regenwether of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lynne (David) Popp of Grinnell, IA, and Scott Regenwether of Des Moines, IA; sisters Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA, and Marilyn (Dennis) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Alycia (Mike) Elkins, Nicole Popp, Nicholas Popp and Lindsey Brown; and her special friend and square dance partner, Bob Schalk. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister Wanda Berner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arlene R. Regenwether memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Turner


Marilyn Joan (Collins) Turner, 82, of Dubuque died Monday, November 28, 2016, with her two daughters holding her hands. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

Marilyn was born April 19, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Max and Dorothy (Koch) Collins. She was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from the University of Toledo where she was a proud Chi Omega.  She married Ronald Turner on December 29, 1956 in Toledo. They lived in Utah, Illinois, and Ohio, finally settling in Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2011.

She loved working in elementary schools and the kids and teachers loved her. As an active Lutheran all her life, the church was very important to Marilyn. She was an avid member of TTT, enjoying many friendships.

Marilyn always said she was "blessed", but in truth, it is we who were blessed by her presence. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Marilyn was the nicest, most positive person you could ever meet. She was amazed that she made it to 82, and treasured every minute she had.

As material things were never important to her; Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge and walking, but mostly being with family and friends. She loved nothing more than supporting her children and grandchildren, attending and helping out at many sporting and performing events. You could often find her curled up on the floor playing all kinds of games with her grandchildren.

She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress, knitting many prayer shawls for those in need. She traveled and golfed a lot with her late husband, Ron, but enjoyed the time with him more than the travel and golf.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Janet (TJ) Faley of Dubuque and Nancy (Michael) Jung of Belmont, Calif., as well as a son David Turner of Alaska. She had seven grandsons who were the lights of her life; Duke and Nickolas Faley; Jason, Maxwell and Samuel Jung; and Christian and Zachary Turner.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John "Jack" Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, the Dubuque TTT Chapter or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis and staff, Dr. Mark Moore and staff, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care which allowed Marilyn to enjoy life as long as possible.

 

 



Mary E. Kalloway


Mary E. Kalloway, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:10 p.m., on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Mary's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on February 24, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ludwig and Frieda (Teitz) Husemann.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who treasured nearly everyday she spent with her family and friends. She was joyfully united in marriage to Theodore C. "Ted" Kalloway on May 7, 1938, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 19, 1999. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her home and nurturing her family. She would also invest over 20 years, of her time and talents, outside her home in various opportunities. Mary always found great pleasure in traveling, but when she was back home she would dutifully tend to her plants with a naturally gifted green thumb and she would also spend countless hours working on her next beautiful creation at her arts and crafts table. Mary was truly blessed with an amazingly happy life and her 94 years here with us were abundantly full. We mourn her absence today, but we surely discover real comfort in knowing she's once again reunited with Ted, her boys, her parents and siblings.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her daughter,
Kim (Mike) Peters, Marana, AZ;

her 7 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

her 2 great great-grandchildren;

and a daughter-in-law,
Mary Kalloway, Lancaster, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Ted; 2 sons, Larry and Richard Kalloway; 2 sisters; and 10 brothers.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind and loving care they have provided Mary.

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

 



Donald F. Elgin


Donald F. Elgin, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Carl Ries. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Don was born August 19, 1935 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Nick and Stella V. (Hess) Elgin. He received his education in the rural country schools in Bankston. On October 7, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mae Duggan at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Don was employed with M.F. Goerdt Construction for 20 years. He then farmed for 40 years in the Worthington/Dyersville area. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, traveling with his wife and family, playing cards and a good Busch Light. He especially loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Elgin of Dyersville, IA; five children, Julie (Steve) Nebel of Dubuque, IA, Jane (Tony) Salow of Earlville, IA, Dave (Cheryl) Elgin of Edmond, OK, Mark (Diane) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, and Peggy (Marti) Petlon of Manchester, IA; 18 grandchildren, Nicole Trotter, Matt Nebel, Kimberly Koos, and Rachel Nebel, Tom, Nick, Mike and Olivia Salow, Emily, Haleigh and Don Elgin, Jackie Doelz, Whittney Casper, Cassandra Wood and Morgan Elgin, Ben, Carson and Lena Petlon; 16 great-grandchildren, Emma, Avery and Weston Trotter, Jaren and Wyatt Nebel, Grace and Henry Koos, and Lennon Healey, Aidan and Taylor Salow, Keighan Lubben, Parker, Blake, and Jordynn Doelz, Raelee Wood and Harper Casper; seven sisters, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; three brothers, Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Peosta, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA; brothers-in-law Vince Ehrlich, Donald Duggan, William (Jane) Duggan, and Bill Weber all of Dubuque, IA and Eugene Ahmann of Farley, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer; one brother, James (Theresa) Elgin; his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Lena Duggan; four brothers-in-law, Dan Kruse, Bill Deutmeyer, Thomas Ludwig, and John "Red"Duggan; three sisters-in-law, Ann Weber, Helen Ahmann and Jeannie Duggan; a niece, Colleen Drees; and nephews Jim Davis and Kari Kruse.

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



Jeanette A. Papenthien


Jeanette A. Papenthien 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Luther Manor
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanette was born March 5, 1926 to Anna and Hubert Grutz, of Dubuque, Iowa.

After high school, Jeanette followed her older brother Herman and sister Lorraine out to California and worked for Hughes Aircraft as an executive secretary. She returned to Dubuque and married Edwin Papenthien in 1955.

She and Ed traveled extensively throughout the United States, and were married for 45 years before he preceded her in death in 2000.

Jeanette always loved the holidays and was known as a wonderful baker & confectioner. When Christmas neared, she would begin making the many candies, cookies and fruit cake that were her specialty. At the holidays, she and her family would visit with and deliver boxes of her homemade candies and cookies to relatives and friends.
She herself enjoyed tennis, bowling; and many lively games of euchre, 500 and bridge.

She is survived by her daughters: Ann Gale, Colorado Springs, Co; Lynn (Roger) Vogt, Dubuque, IA; Janis Rochford, Coto de Caza, CA, son, Brian Papenthien, Dubuque, IA, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Herman and Lloyd, and a sister Lorraine.



Sonya J. Hess


Sonya J. Hess, 67, of Dubuque, IA crossed over to be greeted on the other side by loved ones on November 27th, 2016 at the Dubuque Specialty Care surrounded by her loving boys and family members. She formerly resided at 19044 Riverside Rd, Dubuque IA 52001.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thurs, December 1, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Friends also may greet the family from 9:00 up until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in the Linwood Cemetery.

Sonya was born on December 12, 1948 in Cascade IA, the daughter of Alice M Klostermann and the late Melvin Breitbach.

Sonya was employed at the Sisters of Charity Mt Carmel, Dubuque IA retiring in 2014. She had a strong desire to serve disabled and elderly residents with compassion and kindness as well as a double bonus of enjoying her friends with a wonderful camaraderie rapport.

Sonya had a wide variety of interest from camping and fishing with her family, snuggling up with a good mystery book from Danielle Steel, a bird watcher enthusiast showing such excitement when a new species arrived within the many seasons of the Midwest, enjoying numerous cookouts with family and friends at which time she was known for making her infamous side dish of potato salad that surely will be missed by all. As a young mother, she started collecting salt & pepper shakers that grew into an enormous display of showcase shaker novelties behind glass to admire. Last but not least dear to her heart from this "matriarch" of the family were their two Pugs, Molly and Maggie.

Surviving are her pride and joy and beloved sons: Shane J. Kedley of Dubuque IA, Marty R. Kedley (partner Kimmie) of Dubuque IA, Jamie L. Kedley of Madison WI, and Robbie J. Hess of Dubuque IA; 1 granddaughter, Ivy Kedley of Madison WI, her long life partner of 32 years Kenny Hess, her mother Alice Klostermann of Monticello IA. Sonya will also be missed very much by her siblings: Melvin Breitbach of Monticello IA, Judy (Galen) Harms of Anamosa IA, George Breitbach of Vinton IA, Mary (Lee) Hinderman of Davenport IA, Chuck Breitbach (partner Sandy) of Dubuque IA, Geri Gorman of Cedar Rapids IA, Geralyn (partner Vinnie)Puccio of Cedar Rapids IA, Kenny's children: Dan (Cindy) Hess, Jim Hess, and Stacy (Newel) Marcov all of Dubuque IA. Sonya is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special Godmother, Ida Breitbach of Cascade IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s) Ray Kedley and Danny Hess respectively; her father, Melvin Breitbach, and her beloved Pug Molly.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Sonya J. Hess memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann of the Grand River Medical Group, Dubuque Specialty Care, specifically Ashley for making this last memory of our Mother one of dignity and grace, and Hospice of Dubuque that comforted the family with spiritual solace. Also would like to thank all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again....



Sister Therese Miller, BVM

Sister Therese Miller, BVM (Therese Emile), 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery. A memorial service and Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel.

Sister Therese served as congregational employee, ministering as nurse aide and laundry worker at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, and worked as convent cook in Davenport, both in Iowa. She was an elementary school teacher in Chicago.

She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on May 15, 1929, to Paul Anson and Theresa Graef Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1950, from St. Mary Parish, Iowa City, Iowa. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clifford, Peter, Louis, Carl and Joseph; and sisters Alta Miller Reber, Agnes Rocca, Maglene Parizek and Theresa Eckrich.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 66 years.

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

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



Thomas L. Ludwig


Thomas L. Ludwig, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph‘s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa, with full Military honors accorded by the Farley American Legion Post# 656.

Tom was born June 21, 1935 in Farley, Iowa, son of Urban J. and Lucille (Ostwinkle) Ludwig. He received his education in the rural Farley country schools. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. On April 15, 1961 he was united in marriage to Sharon Elgin at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. He farmed all his life in the rural Farley and Dyersville area.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; five children, Lori (Kevin) Eggert of Anamosa, IA, Lisa Busch of Orfordville, WI, Tami (Brian "Punk") Dolphin of Farley, IA, Dean (Kelly) Ludwig of Bernard, IA and Kris "Chip" Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; 6 grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Olver, Joseph and Katie Busch, Brittany (Brandon Gaul) Dolphin, Bryce Harrington, Bailey Ernst; 2 great grandchildren, Lane and Lakely Olver; one sister, Kay (Kenneth) Becker of Hopkinton, IA; two brothers, Bob (Lois) Ludwig, Wayne (Carol) Ludwig both of Dyersville, IA; seven sisters-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Ludwig of Farley, IA, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; five brothers-in-law; Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Bankston, IA, Donald (Mae) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA, and Vince Ehrlich of Dubuque, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William P. "Bill" Ludwig, father and mother-in-law, Nick and Stella Elgin; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth Becker, Dan Kruse, and Bill Deutmeyer; four sisters-in-law, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, Theresa (James) Elgin and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer and nieces and nephews.

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



Pauline B. Dubler

Pauline B. Dubler, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Committal Service to follow at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Pauline was born January 19, 1925 in Clayton County, Iowa, daughter of Fritz and Frieda (Appel) Klinkenberg. She married Leslie Dubler in 1946. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2007.

Pauline enjoyed her travels to Branson, Missouri.

She is survived by a son, David Dubler of Dubuque; a grandson, Jeff Brown, Sr. of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Jeff (Tina) Brown, Jr. and Ashley Brown, both of Dubuque; five great-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Aaliyah, Damien, Wesley, and Lillian and a sister, Delpha Bowman.

She also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter and son in law, Ruth and Philip Brown, and a granddaughter, Kim Brown.

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



Lawrence L. Coyle


Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:07 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on November 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Larry was born on October 9, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, son of Leslie L. and Nellie Mae (Smith) Coyle.

Larry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the value of faith, family and friends. During his youth, Larry enjoyed pitching for the Dubuque Senior High School baseball team and also found great joy in earning team points on the mat with the wrestling team. After graduation, Larry attended the University of Iowa, Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Larry would eventually follow in his father's footsteps, in the painting trade, after working many summers while still in high school. He worked for his father's employer, the late James W. Grant, until Mr. Grant's retirement in 1982. Larry purchased the business and continued to operate it with great success, under the name of Grant Painting, until his retirement in 2006. He was known for his excellent and conscientious work, as well as personally for his gentleness, generosity and honesty. Larry was united in marriage to Mary Patricia "Pat" Drew on January 23, 1965, at the Church of the Nativity, and their union was blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored sons. In his free time, Larry loved to spend a relaxing day shooting for par and trusted that losing a ball would never rattle his game. Unfortunately, health issues would gradually prevent a round of golf, and other moments of joy; but Larry was never bitter and would simply find contentment in watching a tournament on TV, along with a multitude of other sports. Larry faced all of his health struggles with an optimistic attitude and continually looked forward to feeling better. Family was always Larry's top priority throughout his 77 year earthly journey and he truly treasured spending time with his loving wife Pat, his proud boys, and his beautiful grandchildren. Larry was an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and an optimistic attitude. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but thankfully we find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day with all of our loved ones who've been called home ahead of us to their heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Larry's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Patricia "Pat" Coyle, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael L. (Heidi) Coyle, Maquoketa, IA,
Thomas P. (Molly) Coyle, Sherrill, IA
and Mark D. (Emily) Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

his 10 grandchildren,
Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Grace Coyle, Maquoketa, IA;
Maggie, Carlee, Jolee and Arriana, Sherrill, IA
and Liam and Kaley Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

and his sisters, Barbara Niverth, McHenry, IL
and Sharon Kay "Kay" Anderson, Apache Junction, AZ.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Leland Anderson.

A Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Larry's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Mayo Clinic, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Larry and his family.

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

 



Shirley L. Carpenter


Shirley L. Carpenter, 69, of Dubuque, formerly of Newfoundland, Canada, was called home on November 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Shirley's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with Pastor Tom Jack officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Shirley was born on August 17, 1947 in Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth (Samms) Collier. She married Edward H. Carpenter Sr. in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada on April 23, 1966.

Shirley was employed with the Dubuque Community School District and was a CNA at Heritage Manor. She sold Avon and enjoyed sewing and doing arts and crafts. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and friends. She also loved to feed the animals outside her home.

Surviving are her children, Shawn (Nicole) Carpenter, Edward (Ronda) Carpenter Jr., both of Dubuque; 4 grandchildren, Cassie, Nathan, Nicholas, and Taylor Carpenter of Dubuque; and her special friend, Kenneth Heim Sr.

She was loved by her 6 brothers and 19 sisters, all of Canada.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents, and her son in infancy.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the great care they took of Shirley and for the compassion they showed to her and her family.



Marilyn Burlage


Marilyn Burlage, 75, of Monticello died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm.

Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Monday, Nov. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Marilyn was born Sept. 19, 1941, near Dyersville the daughter of Gerald and Agnes (Tauke) Rahe.  She graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville with the class of 1958.  She married Robert Burlage on Nov. 27, 1965, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed east of Monticello until they moved to town in 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; 4 children: Peg (Frank) Mere and Marty (Stacey) Burlage, both of Monticello, Jane (John) Smith of Lafayette, IN, and Tim (Rubi) Burlage of Florham Park, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; a sister, Karen (Leon) Funke, and a brother, Ken (Shirley) Rahe, both of Dyersville; in-laws: Grace Tallman of Davenport, John (Doris) Burlage of Monticello, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Edmond, OK, and Donald (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Lawrence and Frances Burlage, and in-laws: Richard Tallman, Bill (Jeanne) Burlage and Floyd Hignite.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for their care and support.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Rita E. Wilgenbusch


Rita E. "Betty" Wilgenbusch, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday, morning November 26 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016, St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Betty was born May 26, 1927 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf.  She married John L. Wilgenbusch on November 9, 1957 in Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until retiring in 1985.  Betty was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a cook at New Vienna Hall, a member of St. Boniface Church where she was on many boards & circles.

Survivors include her children: Carol Driscoll (Mike Strowmatt), Joan (Russ) Pettinger, Tom (Heidi) Wilgenbusch all of Dyersville and Dennis Wilgenbusch (Kimberly Gonner) of New Vienna, grandchildren: Melissa (Daniel) Gamboa, Tara (Gino) DeBernardo, Chad (Melissa) Driscoll, Vanessa Driscoll, Sara Driscoll (fiancé Steve Allen), Andrea (Jason) Todd, Brooke (Randy) Bacon, Dylan Weber, Whitney Mormann (fiancé Matt Heer), Quincy Wilgenbusch (fiancé Audrey McCarthy), Amber Wallace, Emily (Justin) Snedden, Casey Wilgenbusch, Drew Wilgenbusch, Shea Wilgenbusch, Emily Pettinger (Adam Nurre), many great grandchildren, and in-laws: Anna Mae Wright and Esther Knutson both of Rockford, IL,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2005, granddaughter, Carigan Wilgenbusch, siblings: Ivan (Anita) Wolf, Chuck (Catherine) Wolf, Margaret (Charles) McDermott, Helen "Janie" (Bernard "Bennie") Westermeyer, Rosemary Wolf, Dorothy (Alvin "Mag") Meyer, in-laws: Emil (Helen) Wilgenbusch, Joseph Wilgenbusch, Albin (Helen) Wilgenbusch, Barbara (Ralph) Graham, Marie (William) Schwers, Sr. Grace Marie Wilgenbusch, FSPA, Valeria (Al) Schwers.

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

 

 

 



Don C. Kirschbaum


Don C. Kirschbaum, 91, of Dubuque passed from his earthly home into God's eternal home on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Luther Manor. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Guttenberg City Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at 2:00 p.m.

Don was born November 19, 1925 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Carl and Viola (Schrunk) Kirschbaum.

Don served during World War II as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles." His division fought throughout the European Theatre; participating in many conflicts; including Battle of the Bulge and securing of Hitler's "Eagles Nest." He also served with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Returning home, Don married his loving wife, Ardeth Haberichter on July 26, 1947. He finished his service to our country as a Staff Sargent, with the honor of becoming a military escort service honor guard, returning those fallen comrades back home to the United States.

Returning to civilian life, Don enrolled at Washington State University where he graduated with a degree in forestry. Following graduation, he returned to the Dubuque area and began a sales career in the millwork industry.

Following his retirement in 1987, he enjoyed spending the winters in Florida and painting.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, American Legion and VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Ardeth of Dubuque; four children, Timothy (Renee) Kirschbaum of Marion, Ill., Diane (Bill) Welsh of Cedar Rapids, Barbara (Brian) Munson of Dubuque and Lora (Kenneth) Goedken of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jared (Ali), Joel and Anna Kirschbaum; Alissa, Will and Christopher Welsh; Mallory (Craig) Fraaken, Jacob (Tricia) and Carl Munson; and Amanda (Michael) Shoemaker, Zachary and Nathan (Kayla) Goedken; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great grandson.

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

Don's family would like to thank the staff of Luther Manor Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque who attended to his care in Don's final years.

 



Patricia A. Shannon


Patricia A. "Pat" Shannon, age 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly at 9:25 p.m., on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Chuck Layton officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Pat was born on June 19, 1946, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of George and Vivian (Chandler) McIntyre.

Pat was the true essence of a kind and nurturing woman throughout her entire 70 year journey here among us. Her heart was continually driven by her love for others, especially her deeply adored family. Pat was known for her generous character, adoration for all four legged furry felines and a great appreciation for the outdoors and any opportunity to take in a serene walk, or even simply savor the beauty of a flower garden on a nice sunny day. Pat's grandchildren will forever treasure the memories, and role-modeling, of "Grandma Maggie" and "Big Grandma". Her determination to make the world a better place and firmly instill the values of love, honor and friendship will be quite visible within the hearts and minds of her generations to follow. We are absolutely heart-broken today by the sudden absence of Pat from our daily lives. Thanksgiving will never be the same, but we find subtle peace in knowing that she's safely home now, with her numerous siblings who've been called home ahead of her. We can also discover a little smile in knowing that there will definitely be many more Skittles left for the rest of us now and that the casino will clearly have a better chance of winning now that Pat and her sisters will not be walking through the door on a mission to conquer that handle.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her daughters,
Rhonda (Steve) Meyer, Elkhorn, WI
and Tracy (Clint) Edwards, Pleasant Hill, IA;

her grandchildren,
Joshua Meyer, Kaleigh (Greg) Musgrove, Darby (Nate) Bruemmer, Justin (Annora) Meyer, Alex Meyer, Madison Edwards, Jenna Edwards;

her great-grandchildren,
Liam and Addison Meyer, Hayden Meyer, Hazel Musgrove;

her very dear friend,
Ed Harwick, Kieler, WI;

her siblings,
Connie McIntyre,
Dianna Wilson,
Al McIntyre,
George McIntyre, all of Dubuque, IA
and Cal (Arlene) McIntyre, Melbourne, FL.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Donnie McIntyre, Teddy McIntyre, Gary McIntyre, Sharon McIntyre, Ron (Carol) McIntyre, Darlene Lasorella, Roger McIntyre and Jim McIntyre; and her brother-in-law, Carl Wilson.

A Patricia A. "Pat" Shannon memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Pat's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy for their kind, attentive and professional care of Pat and her family.

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

 



Joseph H. Marcov


Joseph H. Marcov, Sr., 75, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 21, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 25th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Pastor Rick Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service.

Joe was born on September 15, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Christopher and Myrtle (Seeley) Marcov. He married Mary Davis on May 21, 1966 in Dubuque. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1965.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company until retirement. He was a member of UFCW Local 150A and the American Legion Post #6.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, his animals, and woodworking; but he mostly loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Joseph (Amy) Marcov Jr., of Cedar Rapids, Newel (Stacy) Marcov, of Dubuque, and Connie Marcov, of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Alissa, Lindsay, Megan, Amanda, Levi, Sylvia, Alex, Jacob and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Evan, Adler, Easton, Kaleb, and Libby; his sister-in-law Nancy (Dave) Moore and brother-in-law David (Carla) Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Joseph Marcov Sr. memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Rahm, Dr. Hobson and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Willard W. Morarend


Willard W. Morarend, 91, recently residing at Guttenberg Care Center, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016. Willie was a renowned elevator operator, sweet corn grower, euchre player, and man about town.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 26 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl St., Guttenberg, IA, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Guttenberg Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may also greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, November 25 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque.

Willard was born June 8, 1925 in Osterdock, the son of Elmer and Elizabeth (Hinrichs) Morarend. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. 
Willard married Lois Peake on January 13, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg. She preceded him in death on October 29, 2006.

Willard farmed with his wife for many years, and was also employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and American Trust & Savings Bank.

Willard is survived by five children, Joyce (Terry) Williams of Monument, CO, Butch (Cindy) Morarend of St. Louis, MO, Judell (Rick) Anderson of Plymouth, MN, Jacqueline (David) Meyer of Cedar Falls, IA, and Julie (Dan) Schnuelle of Fox Lake, IL; 11 grandchildren, Troy, Todd (Allie), Brian, Bret (Julie), Matt (Jenny), Dave, Leah, Brian (Michelle), Kyle (Brittany), Patrick, and T.J.; 10 great grandchildren, Aubrey, Courtney, Ella, Rilan, Odin, Courtney (Drew), Kailyn (David), Avery, Jack, and Grace; two great great grandchildren, Emmalyn and Aubriana; his niece, Sarah (Brian) May; and two nephews, Darren Marting and Duane (Cindy) Pins.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother Wilbert; and two sisters, Wilma Pins and Eunice Marting.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Guttenberg Care Center; Guttenberg Municipal Hospital; NorthCrest Specialty Care; and Cedar Valley Hospice. Their care was a comfort to Willard and was greatly appreciated.

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



Jan J. Glew


Jan J. Glew, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 19, 2016 at home. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jan was born January 25, 1937 in Farley, Iowa, son of Everett and Myrtle (Theilan) Glew, Sr. He married Patricia Harris on June 13, 1959 at Nativity Church. She preceded him in death on May 24, 2010.

Jan worked for Northwestern Bell for 26 years, retiring in 1980. He loved fishing and hunting and was a member of Dubuque Bird Dog Club, Communication Workers of America, and Telephone Pioneers Dubuque Chapter. He was also an avid Packers and Cubs fan.

He is survived by three children, Kathy (Dennis) Klein of Dubuque, Steven Glew of Dubuque and Scott (Christina) Glew of Three Forks, Montana; five grandchildren, Tim Palmer, Cindy (Eric) Nierling, and Sam, Adam, and Edith Glew, all of Dubuque; two great grandsons, Clay and Dakota Nierling; three brothers, Gary, Bruce and Mike Glew.

He is also preceded in death by a brother, Everett "Sonny" Glew and a sister, Gloria "Sis" Fox.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Whalen and Khan for all of their compassion and care towards Jan.



Ralph Q. Hartlep Jr.


GALENA, ILL - Ralph Q. Hartlep Jr., age 69, of Galena, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Ralph was born December 31, 1946 in Chicago Heights, IL.
A celebration of Ralph's life reception will be held 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday November 22nd, at Happy's Place, 2323 Rockdale Road. Memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson, followed by military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph graduated Bloom High School in Chicago Heights and then went to the US Army. He served Honorably and finished his active duty service February 1967, and receiving a Letter of Commendation US Army. After returning from active duty, Ralph married the love of his life Linda on February 17, 1968 and went to work for Midwest Forging Company, then went on to be a supervisor at Ford Motor Company, and then as a supervisor for Pullman Standard Train Company in Chicago, IL. As he worked full time, Ralph balanced his demanding work schedules, provided for his wife and children, but found the determination to finish his business degree at Prairie State College.

Ralph did not stop there as he took a job as Plant Manager for Watubo-Tek, Inc. in Dubuque, Iowa and made here his home. Ralph's determination never stopped as he worked to become the president and CEO of Watubo-Tek, Inc. Ralph finished his career successfully consulting and grooming other businesses domestically.

During his professional career Ralph felt the need to dedicate his time to public service. Ralph was dedicated to the fight against neuromuscular disease as he coordinated a live telethon for Eastern Iowa Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association and was named volunteer of the year 1988. Ralph served as a commissioner for Dubuque Park and Recreation from 1988-1990 and participated in the planning, construction and opening of Flora and Sutton Pools. Ralph was a member of the board of directors for the Dubuque Area Labor Management Council from 1988-1993. Ralph served as the Post Commander of the American Legion Post #521 in Steger, IL and was a Will County Health Department Emergency Response Coordinator.

Ralph's family was his priority in life. The joy he received from coaching his boys in baseball at Olympia Terrance Youth Association to attending ballet dances of his daughter, Ralph loved it all. Ralph's passion for cooking worked well with family vacations, gatherings, and holidays. His passion for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears (season ticket holder), always made for interesting and unique game watching. Ralph loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and traveling to Hegerman Lake. He had a love for animals from the number of his pets from cats and dogs to a parrot that he did not want to go homeless.

Ralph is survived by his wife Linda (Gwiazda) Hartlep, his son Brian (Julie) Hartlep of Galena, IL, and his daughter Amanda (Corey) Kruser of Dubuque, IA, his grandchildren Ashley (Andrew) England, Zachary, Cooper, Alice (Hartlep), and Desmond Kruser, and his great-granddaughter Hadlee England. His sisters, Karen Swarens, Marla Rivera, Lisa Young and Jill Diederich.

He is proceeded in death by his son Dean Hartlep, and both of his parents.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a Ralph Hartlep Jr. memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, all of the friends that became family over the years, and to the men and women who serve this country.



Sam Kristine Lynch


Sam Kristine Lynch, 37, passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2016. She was surrounded by her beloved husband, Josh, and family, as she walked to the arms of our Lord.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Hope Church. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 21, at Hope Church, 11893 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA, and also after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service.

She married her soul mate and best friend, Josh Lynch, on August 28, 2010, in Galena, IL. Together they have 3 sons: Brandon, 12, Nolan, 5, and Declan, 3.

Sam graduated from Wahlert High School, earned her Associate of Arts Degree from NICC in Peosta, IA, and pursued her cosmetology license after graduating from Capri College in Dubuque, IA.

Sam worked in Human Resources at AY McDonald in Dubuque for 10 years. In 2015 she decided to stay home with her children, and at that time started her own Scentsy business as well as Lynchpin Wreaths.

Sam's greatest blessing was her husband and children. She lived each day to the fullest, using every opportunity she could to create memories with Josh and the boys. They loved spending time outdoors, afternoons at Grandpa Bill's pool, and family vacations to Wisconsin Dells and Florida, most recently a memorable weeklong trip to Disney World. Sam was a very faith filled woman, and through her faith, she was able to gain acceptance of God's plan. Sam lit up a room with her personality and quick wit. She inspired everyone she encountered with her positive attitude and beautiful smile. Her strength never wavered through all of life's challenges. She held all of her friendships close to heart and valued each with the upmost importance.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband and children; her parents, Ken and Cathy Schmitt, of Guttenberg, IA; Rick and Michele Cornish, of Dubuque, IA; 6 siblings: Heather (Brian) Ehlinger of Davenport, IA, Rachel (Jesse) Bartels of Epworth, IA, Sarah (Cory) Clasen of Peosta, IA, Ami (Chad) Guler of Hazel Green, WI, Caitlin (Jason) Olsen of Rockledge, FL, and Christian (Kayla) Cornish of Green Bay, WI. Also surviving are her father-in-law, Bill (Shannon Belken) Lynch, of Dubuque, her mother-in-law, Kelly Lynch, of Dubuque; brothers-in-law Jacob Lynch, of Melbourne, FL, Matthew (Molly) Lynch, of Dubuque, IA, and Whitney Lynch, of Iowa City, IA. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Lois Neal of Cocoa Beach, FL; her paternal grandparents, Donald and Jean Cornish of Dubuque, IA; Josh's grandparents, Bill and Pat Sweeney; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Harold "Red" Neal; and paternal grandmother, Betty Jane Schmitt.

The family would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Christian Schultheis, her favorite nurse, Jenny, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa.

The family requests no flowers; memorial funds have been established for her children.



Jeannette M. Lynn


Jeannette M. Lynn, 85, of Eagle Point Place, formerly of 1222 Blackhawk Dr., passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21,2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Thole officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 4:30pm.

Jeannette was born on January 26, 1931 in Atlantic, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Lilliam (Patton) Fay. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949. She married William John Lynn on April 21, 1956.

She worked for Dr. White at Vanderloo Veterinary Clinic, worked with her husband at the Milkhouse on South Grandview, and lastly for Joann Fabric for many years. She was also a member of the American Kennel Club.

Jeannette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed sewing, music, and playing the piano. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a lover of animals and passed along her creativity to her children along with her wonderful sense of humor. One of her favorite things to do was take a nice drive with her husband Bill through the countryside.

She is survived by her six children: Karen (Greg) Clemen, Robert (Leigh Ann) Lynn, David (Jill Wiendenbeck) Lynn, Kevin (Michele Pitts) Lynn, Keith (Karen) Lynn, and Mary Beth Lynn; her sisters, Alice Amling and Sandy Fay; along with 12 grandchildren one great-grandson, and her loving companion, Nina, her dog.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lynn, in 2003 and a daughter-in-law, Kerri (Zillig) Lynn.

The family wishes to thank Eagle Point Place staff and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Terry Tracey


Terry Tracey, 50, of Cascade, Iowa passed away at home Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

A family and friends gathering will be held one hour before services. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Matthias Catholic Church, Cascade, Iowa. Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.

Terry was born September 4, 1966 in Illinois, the son of John and Elaine (Weydert) Tracey. He was united in marriage to Denise Binder on May 25, 1996 in Manvel, Texas. 

Terry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Denise; 3 children: Tyler 17, Luke 15, and Zach 6. Also surviving are his parents, John and Elaine (Weydert) of Epworth; two brothers: Pat (Vickie) of Dyersville, and Mike (Debbie) of Roselle, IL; one sister, Colleen (Steve) Sincox of Marshalltown, IA; parents-in-law Ed (Phyllis) Binder of Alvin, TX; and many beloved nieces & nephews, cousins and one great-nephew, Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his son, Nathan Michael, born into heaven in 1997.

The family would prefer no gifts or flowers. Memorials will be used towards Tyler, Luke and Zach's future expenses. An account has been established at Fidelity Bank & Trust.

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



Nadeyne S. Ganahl


Nadeyne S. "Dee" Ganahl, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 3:15 p.m., on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dee's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Dee's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Dee was born on August 28, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Melvin F. and Severina M. (O'Neill) Weitz.

Dee was born and raised in Dubuque and was very proud to have received her primary education at St. Joe's Academy. She would go on to attend Clarke College for 3 ½ years before she finally met, and married, the love of her life, Robert J. Ganahl. They were united in marriage on May 7, 1946, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and were blessed with 48 years together, and 7 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on August 25, 1994. Bob and Dee would loyally devote their faith life to the Catholic Church, which was a source of strength and pride throughout their lives. Dee was a loving, and devoted, full-time wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who found great joy in caring for her home and family. She was also a dedicated volunteer, who in 2010, was awarded the Iowa Adult Day Services Volunteer Award for her 20 years of faithfully teaching aerobics to the elderly at Ravenwood Care Center in Waterloo, IA, and also at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Dee was always an active woman, and to no ones surprise, at the age of 50 she decided to take up running. She would go on to compete in 6 Kaiser Roll 10K races in Minneapolis; eventually medalling 4 times in her age group. Dee was an avid Chicago Cubs fan whose long awaited dreams came true when they finally won the World Series this year. She will joyfully be traveling on to Heaven wearing her Cubs jersey and baseball cap. Her last request was "Let's have a Party".

"Go Cubs Go"

Those left to cherish Dee's memory include

her 7 children,
Jym Ganahl, Columbus, OH,
Jackie (Jack) Williams, Dubuque, IA,
Jeff (Chris) Ganahl, Bloomington, MN,
John (Rae Kaiser) Ganahl, Madison, WI,
Jeanne (Glenn) Lindberg, Grafton, WI,
Joe (Elaine) Ganahl, Brookings, SD
and Julie (Brian) Ostermann, Manhattan, KS;

her 19 grandchildren;
Lindsey (Mike) Savakinas, Lauren (Jason) Mays, Aaron (Billi) Williams, Adam Williams, Jenny (Dave) Krenn, Angie Ganahl, Matt (Jen) Ganahl, Ryan Ganahl, Ross Zahour, Katie Zahour, Molly Zahour, Julie (Thomas) Leja, Morgan Ganahl, Tim Ganahl, Jessica Ganahl, Robbie Ostermann, John Ostermann, Emily Ostermann, Aloera Ostermann;

her 19 great-grandchildren;
Aidan, Asher, Elise, Adeline, Liora, Liran and Seve Jo Mays,
Cole, Connor, Corrin Williams,
Evelyn Williams,
Carly, Evan, Bennett and Kellen Krenn,
Jackson and Alex Ganahl
and Logan and Aubrie Zahour;

and her beloved sister,
Jacquie Weitz, Dubuque, IA.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Robert J. "Bob" Ganahl.

A Nadeyne S. "Dee" Ganahl memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Dee's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff at Assisi Village, who filled mom's life with loving care; and also to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, who so generously gave such compassionate care to assist Dee, and her family, on her final journey.

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

 



Frank J. Honigman


Frank J. Honigman, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:55 p.m., on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Frank was born on November 19, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Frank and Margaret (Redding) Honigman.

Frank was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who lived his entire life in the same family home which he had been born in. He would gratefully attend St. Mary's Grade School, and eventually earned his diploma from Dubuque Senior High School in the spring of 1948. Frank was very athletic in his younger years and would win countless boxing matches, baseball and basketball games with the Dubuque Boys Club. After school, Frank went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Frank was well known for his excellent work ethic, generosity and membership in many service organizations over the years. Frank would devote his working hours to Carr Adams & Collier, the U.S. Post Office, Torbert Drug and finally to the Dubuque Packing Company, and FDL, until his eventual retirement in 1992, after 24 loyal years. Frank's life was blessed through the relentless volunteering of his time and talents with numerous outlets including St. Mary's Church, the Noon Lions Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Faith was a priority in Frank's life, which was always clearly evident in his attitude and also by his longtime membership to St. Mary's Church, and next at St. Raphael's Cathedral after his beloved St. Mary's was closed. Frank was also a member of the United Meat Packers Union #150 and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 for 40 years. In his free time, Frank found great joy in life's simple pleasures like sitting down with a good book in hand or even cheering on his favorite sports teams. Frank was a good and decent man who surely left a positive mark on the world he leaves behind. We will miss him dearly and are thankful for the example and memories he shared with us along his 86 year earthly journey.

Those left to cherish Frank's memory include

several cousins and many close friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Alvin and James Honigman.

A Frank J. Honigman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Frank's friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill for the kind and compassionate care they have provided to Frank these past few weeks.

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

 



Walter H. Ihrig


Walter H. Ihrig, 89, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at his home in rural Monmouth.

A celebration of Walter's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Walter Henry Ihrig was born on October 1, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Henry G. and Marguerite A. (Straub) Ihrig. He was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the U.S Army during World War II, earning an honorable discharge. He married Monica Smith on February 6, 1947 at the North Garryowen Catholic Church. To this union two children were born: James and William.

Walter had farmed his entire life in the rural Emeline area. He enjoyed going to casinos, doing puzzles, eating sweet corn, and taking trips with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Walter's memory include sons James "Jim" (special friend Helen Keeney) Ihrig of Baldwin, IA, and William "Bill" (Carol) Ihrig of Monmouth, IA; a sister, Ruth Casteel of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jack and Agnes Hinz of Maquoketa, IA, and Margie Smith of Bella Vista, AK; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Monica; one infant sister, and another sister, Helen Brady; brothers-in-law Don Casteel, Marvin Brady, Bill Kampas, Alfred Smith and Tom Wallace; and sisters-in-law Caroline Kampas and Pat Wallace.

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.



James J. Kleiner


James J. "Jim" Kleiner, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:40 a.m., on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Luther Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jim was born on October 25, 1938, in Dubuque, IA, son of Charles and Lorraine (Heri) Kleiner.

Jim was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the importance of faith, family and fun. He would eventually find his true love, Mary Kay Banfield, and they would be united in marriage on February 8, 1964, in Cuba City, WI. Their union would be blessed with 52 years, and 3 wonderful children, together. Jim always appreciated the value of hard work and would faithfully invest over 41 years of his time and talents as a maintenance engineer with the Brown Publishing Company. After retiring in 1997, Jim definitely made the most of his new found free-time, and the joy he had always found in outdoor activities was easily quenched whenever an opportunity arose. He truly enjoyed the feel of the waves hitting the bow of his boat on a sunny day, but he also treasured his 35 snowmobiling trips to Wyoming, where he was able to blaze trails in the fresh snow on a cold day. Family was undeniably the most precious part of Jim's life though. Spending time with Mary Kay, his children and the grandkids were the moments which truly kept Jim's mind, body and spirit feeling fulfilled. The last few years have been difficult to bear as Alzheimers would slowly grip Jim's body, as it concurrently broke our hearts without hesitation. We grieve today as our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend has been taken home suddenly, but we find peace in knowing that his earthly struggles have finally ceased and that he is thankfully resting in a state of eternal perfection waiting patiently for us all to be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Kay Kleiner, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Lisa Marie (Tony) LoBianco, Peosta, IA,
James Alan "Jamie" (Laurie) Kleiner, Glenview, IL
and Kelly Ann Kleiner, Appleton, WI;

2 granddaughters,
Sally Elizabeth Welsh and Samantha Kleiner;

and his 8 siblings,
Mary Ann (Bill) Yaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Dave (Sherri) Kleiner, Louisburg, WI,
Roger (Connie) Kleiner, Hawaii,
Charles "Chuck" (Linda) Kleiner, Dubuque, IA,
Ruth (Jim) Hoppman, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Mary) Kleiner, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Leanne) Kleiner, Phoenix, AZ
and Rosie (Jack) McGregor, Mankato, MN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

A James J. "Jim" Kleiner memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Jim's family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have given to Jim, and his entire family, over the past 5 years.

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

 



Donna M. (Offermann) Thier


Donna M. (Offermann) Thier passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the age of 76 after an 8 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Donna was born February 11, 1940, the daughter of Art and Kathryn (Quint) Offermann in Earlville, Iowa. She married Al Thier on June 7, 1960 in Earlville, Iowa. Together they farmed northeast of Dyersville until retirement. Al preceded her in death on December 24, 2004.

Donna enjoyed gardening, lawn work, crocheting, cooking and baking. She loved sending treats home when you'd stop by. She was a former member of the Resurrection Choir and the Layette. She also helped prepare meals at the Senior Center until she became ill.

Surviving are her 5 children: Larry (Melissa) Thier of Farley, Kathy (Kevin) Mensen of Dyersville, Patrick (Karen) Thier of Olympia, WA, Suzanne (Kerwin) Burt of Waterloo and Karolyn Thier of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Douglas, Rob and Brad Mensen, Trey, Kalen and Sierra Burt, Joshua Thier, Ben Neuzil, Ally Holttum; 3 great-grandchildren: Gabe and Evie Mensen, Anna Hentges; and 2 brothers: Laverne (Mary Jane) Offermann of Earlville and Don Offermann of Dubuque.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; an infant son, Carl; a sister-in-law, Hazel Offermann; in-laws Cletus and Richard (Mildred) Thier, Virginia (Ray) Gross and Don (Mary) Thier.

Donna's family would like to thank Edna with Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Rev. John M. Kissling


Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling, age 88, of Cedar Falls, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Fr. Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Robert R. "Fr. Bob" Beck officiating. To celebrate Fr. Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fr. Jack was born on December 12, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Alvina "Winnie" (Joos) Kissling.

Fr. Jack truly treasured his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He was very athletic in his youth and would eventually be inducted into the Dubuque Baseball Hall of Fame. He would go on to attend Loras College, and next attend St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, before finally being ordained into the priesthood in 1953. He would joyfully go on to serve in countless ministries including St. Mary's in Dubuque, Wahlert High School, Osage, Belle Plaine, Grundy Center, Cascade, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State. He would serve with his entire being wherever the Lord had asked him to serve and the legacy and love he leaves behind will remain firmly instilled within the hearts and minds of all whom have been blessed to know Fr. Jack throughout his 88 year earthly journey. After retiring, Fr. Jack would find great relaxation and comfort in spending his summers in Chetek, WI, while venturing to the warmer weather in Apache Junction, AZ, during the winter seasons. Some of Fr. Jack's favorite moments were the regular visits he would get to spend with his 5 favorite nieces, while simultaneously trying to protect his remote control from their grasp. Fr. Jack has been called home today, and the world has surely lost a uniquely devoted and friendly servant. But thankfully, we understand that his mission has been completed here and he's finally resting in eternal peace with his loving family members who've been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Fr. Jack's memory include

his 5 nieces,
Jacqueline (Charles) Rutledge, Fulton, IL,
Peggy Meyers, Dubuque, IA,
Sonya Hudspeth, Dubuque, IA,
Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, Dubuque, IA
and Sue (Marv) Bennett, Hazel Green, WI.

He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, fellow priests, friends and past parishioners.

Fr. Jack Kissling was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Leo Kissling, Russell (Frances) Kissling and Rev. Joseph Kissling; a sister Nelda Kissling; a nephew, Tom Meyers; and 2 great-nephews, Joey Hudspeth and Dan Federspiel.

In lieu of flowers, a Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed according to the family's wishes.

Fr. Jack's family would like to thank his friends, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of their wonderful and compassionate care.

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



Roger A. Ott, Sr., M.D.

Roger Arthur Ott, Sr., M.D., of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 13, 2016, at the age of 86. He was a gifted surgeon and patient care advocate who practiced medicine in Dubuque for 44 years. He was also a devoted husband and proud patriarch of a large family, all of whom adored him.

Roger is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Luanus McDermott Ott. Together they made an amazing team, raising eight children who are their pride and joy: Dr. Roger Ott, Jr. (Lisa), Lezlie Marek (Thomas), Dr. Judson Ott (Maureen), Kristin Patt (Bill), Jennifer Krieger (Patrick), Stefanie Phythian (Rob), Sarah Franklin (Kevin) and Alison Knapp (Paul). He led each of his children to believe that they were his favorite. Roger's legacy also includes his beloved 27 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, each of whom he forged a most special relationship with: Kathryn, Roger III ("Tripp"), Connor, Elizabeth and Caroline Ott; Courtney Marek Rankin (Dennis), Joseph and Ryan Marek; Judson, John, and Claire Ott; Meredith (Tyler) and James Willman, Will, Harrison and Frances Patt; Patrick, Jr., Julia and Sarah Krieger; Nora, Charlie and Thomas Phythian; Eleanor, Isabella and McDermott Franklin; and Chip, Sam and Teddy Knapp.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Gertrude Ott, and his sister, Gloria Ring.

He also leaves behind a wide circle of friends, health care colleagues and patients.

Roger was a 4th generation Dubuquer. He was a graduate of Nativity School, Loras Academy, Loras College, and the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago.

He served his country proudly as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he led an armored medical regiment in Regensburg, Germany. He completed his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where he was named Intern of the Year and Chief Surgical Resident.

He returned to Dubuque in 1962, and practiced at Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center until his retirement in 2006. He prided himself on treating his patients as he would his own family. He devoted much of his time in retirement to Clarke University, where he volunteered as a surgical anatomist in the biology department, sharing his experience and passion for medicine with science students. Clarke bestowed an honorary degree upon him in 2010.

"The Chief" will be remembered fondly as a humanitarian, naturalist and ardent sports fan. His skill and dedication to excellence in all endeavors set an example for all who knew him. His kindness, courage, faith, humor and generosity are legendary. 

In accordance with his wishes, Roger's family will celebrate his life with a private family Mass and military burial honors.

In keeping with his strong commitment to education, the Ott Family requests that memorials be sent to Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque IA 52001 or The Ott Family Nursing Scholarship, Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001, a fund to assist health nurses with educational expenses.



Carolyn M. Lange


Carolyn M. Lange, 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

A Memorial Mass will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.

Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends and family may call from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. 

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn was born on December 26, 1942 in Colon, Panama, the daughter of Clyde and Velta (Foley) Sharp.  She was united in marriage to Joseph T. Lange on March 17, 1962 at Balboa Canal Zone, Panama. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2006.

She was a 1960 graduate of Balboa High School, Panama Canal Zone.

Carol was a homemaker for many years and later worked at Nordstrom's through Sedona Staffing.

She enjoyed golfing and was a member of Lacoma Golf Club for many years.  Carol also enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Denise (Patrick "Mac") McCarty of Port Richey, Florida and Nancy (Jeff) Bakey of East Dubuque, Illinois, two grandchildren, Steven (Kim) Hames of Dubuque, Iowa and Luke Bakey of East Dubuque, Illinois, three great grandchildren, Charlee Bakey and Corbin and Nora Hames, her sister Joan Falk of Sun City, Arizona, brother-in-law, Harold "Skip" (Mary Jean) Lange of East Dubuque, sister-in-laws, Mary Jo Lange of East Dubuque and Phyllis Lange of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, brothers-in-laws, Dale, Gerald and Bob Lange and sister-in-laws, Elaine "Pal" Potter and Joyce Lange.

Carol's family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci and Heather for their compassionate care and support.

In lieu of flowers a Carolyn M. Lange memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Alverna M. Ramaker


Alverna M. (Budden) Ramaker, 94, of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.

Alverna was born on October 18, 1922 in Menominee, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (Hilby) Budden.  She was united in marriage to Leo H. Ramaker on October 4, 1943 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee, he preceded her in death on November 4, 1983.

She and Leo farmed until his death.  Alverna enjoyed babies, canning, gardening, working with her flowers, music, donuts from Sutter's Bakery, her floral dresses and never mailed anything without including a personal note.  She was a member of St. Joseph's parish and it's Council of Catholic Women. Alverna loved living at the Academy Apartments at Sinsinawa, where she was a resident for 15 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Rose Girton of Yorba Linda, California; Mary (Larry) Westhoff of New Vienna, Iowa; Ruth (Dan) Timmerman of Menominee, Illinois and Carol (John) Weaver of Allen, Texas, a daughter in-law, Jean Ramaker of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 25 grandchildren, one step-grandson, 30 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and two on the way, her siblings, Eldon Budden, Wilma Budden, and a brother-in-law, Ed Handfelt all of Menominee, and a sister-in-law Helen "Janet" Ramaker of St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo, a son David Ramaker, son-in-law, Dave Girton, a grandson, Joey Westhoff, grandson-in-law, James Seymour, siblings, Eloyse (Dick) Runde; Evelyn Handfelt and Donald (Irene) Budden, her father and mother-in-law, Mathias and Lena Ramaker, inlaws, Catherine (Walter) Handfelt, Frank (Agnes) Ramaker, Joseph Ramaker, John (Kathleen Munyon) Ramaker; Fred Ramaker; Marion (Ray) Lange, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family wishes to "thank" the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their mother.

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

 

 



James J. Mueller


James J. Mueller, 81, of Epworth, Iowa, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A private memorial service will be held for James at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

He was born December 29, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John J. and Helen (Broessel) Mueller. He is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On April 28, 1979 he was united in marriage to Carol Jean Dean in Epworth, Iowa.

The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area, and he also worked at Farm Services for 20 years until his retirement. He also hauled cream for the Epworth creamery and coal and lumber for the former Epworth Lumber Yard.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Mueller of Epworth, IA; one sister, Janet (Wally) Robinson of Waterloo, IA; and two nieces, Heidi (Chris) Bowser of Waterloo, IA and their children, George, Isabella and Kristen Bowser, and Mindy (Brandon) Niedert of Evansdale, IA and their children, Blake, Chloe and Gracelyn; a good friend, Bill Spiegel of Epworth, IA; brothers- and sisters-in-law Ron (Char) Dean of AR, George (Linda) Dean of MT, and Gloria (Bob) Kemp of Mediapolis, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Mark A. Fern


Mark A. "Fuzzy" Fern, 64, of Farley, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. at his home in Farley, Iowa, surrounded by his family after a seven year battle with Lung Cancer.

Friends and relatives of Fuzzy may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2016 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Services for Fuzzy will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa with Sr. Benjamin Duschner presiding. A private burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Fuzzy was born January 5, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Elizabeth (Fox) Fern. He received his education from St. Joseph Catholic School in Farley, Iowa and graduated in 1970 from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On November 24, 1973 he was united in marriage to Pam Schroeder at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Fern, of Farley, IA; two children, Ali (Aaron) Billmeyer of Greeley, IA, and Adam Fern of Farley, IA; 3 grandchildren, Alex Fern, Erin and Landon Billmeyer; his father-in-law, Bill Schroeder of Farley, IA; two brothers, Douglas (Janet) Fern of Dubuque, IA, and Jess Fern of Streator, IL; one sister, Peri (Jack) O'Connel of Bankston, IA; 12 brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy (Annie) Schroeder, Sharon (Al) Grissanti, Bob Schroeder, Steve (Sharon) Schroeder, Mike (Linda) Schroeder, Mark (Linda) Schroeder, Nancy (Tom) Brown, Darla Hermsen, Pat (Ann) Schroeder, Tom (Janette) Schroeder, Brian Schroeder, and Sam Schroeder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Tom Fern; two sisters, Erin Fern and Sue Ann Fern; his mother-in-law, Mary Schroeder; a brother-in-law, Mark Hermsen; and one nephew, John Fern.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Tim from Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Christine Holm of Medical Associates Oncology, Dr. Toby Campbell of the University Wisconsin Madison and all of Fuzzy's great friends for all the care and support given to Fuzzy during his battle with Cancer.

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



Beverly E. Jenk


Beverly E. Jenk, 84, of Dyersville, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Visitation will be held 2 - 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bev was born March 8, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Col. Ralph and Nellie (Boone) Lancaster. She married Thomas H. Jenk, Sr. on July 10, 1951, in Des Moines. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who probably attended more baseball games than the rest of her family.

Bev has been a lifelong Cubs fan and got one of her two final wishes, seeing the Cubs win the World Series. There is already "W" flag placed at the cemetery.

Survivors include her children: Tom Jr. (Pam) and Lisa (Jude) Milbert, both of Dyersville, and David of Mount Vernon; 6 grandchildren: Drew (Lisa) Jenk, Brooke (Bob) Bush, David C. Jenk and Kris Jenk, Miki (Derrick) Parsons and Cassie (Jesse) Costigan; 6 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Goen of Dyersville, and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom in 2013, a sister, Gloria (Jim) Thomas and a brother-in-law, John Goen.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman Catholic High School.

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

 



Cletus J. Winter


Cletus J. Winter, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:50 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, with his loving sister by his side. To honor Cletus' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, November 11, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Cletus' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Cletus was born on August 22, 1924, in Dubuque, son of Chris and Julia (Pfeiler) Winter.

Cletus would proudly receive his entire education in Dubuque, which eventually culminated in his Bachelor's Degree from Loras College in 1946. He would go on to invest over 25 years of his time and talents as a teacher for the Christian Brothers in the Chicago, Amarillo and Wichita areas. In time, health issues would gradually find their way into Cletus' world and his active lifestyle would slowly diminish. The Lord was kind enough to grant Cletus 92 years here with us and the memories he leaves behind will be carried on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know and love Cletus. We will miss you dearly Cletus, but find peace and comfort in knowing that your mortal struggles have now ceased today, and we trust that you are resting in eternal perfection within your Heavenly Estate for the rest of your days.

Those left to cherish Cletus' memory include

his sisters,
Lillian DeCovis, Phoenix, AZ
and Virginia Boileau, Magog, Quebec, Canada;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Adrian Winter; and 2 brothers-in-law, Richard DeCovis and Paul Boileau.

A Cletus J. Winter memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Cletus' favorite charities.

Cletus' family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their sincere, compassionate and loving care of Cletus.

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

 



Valeta B. Guthrey


Valeta B. Guthrey, 89, of Winfield, Kansas and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 31, 2016, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Kansas.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Valeta B. Brown was born on May 6, 1927 in Atchison, Kansas, the second daughter of William Edward and Mary Magdalena (Hodson) Brown. When she graduated from Atchison High School in 1945 she was already serving as the organist for Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1949 she graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica College in Atchison, now known as Benedictine College. She began teaching instrumental and vocal music in Esbon, Kansas. On May 20, 1950, she married a fellow teacher, John Garnett Guthrey.

Music was an important, lifelong interest for Valeta. Performing, participating and listening. Home and family were of prime interest and importance. A son, John, Jr. was born in April of 1957 in Stuart, Iowa; and two grandsons in 1984 and 1986 were added joy. Following the example of parents, reading was always a pleasure, with non-fiction, biographies and travel preferred. Cooking was also a pleasure and recreation for Valeta. Traveling was a fascinating adventure with the first trip overseas in 1989. Tours included the Passion Play in Oberammergau both in 1990 and 2000.

Valeta had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and its Tuesday Club. She had served as the church organist for many years. She also was a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, American Guild of Organists, life membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, and the national honorary music fraternity, being a charter member of the Iota Upsilon Chapter in 1947 at the Mount.

Those left to honor Valeta's memory include a son John Guthrey, Jr. of Butler, PA; 2 grandsons; and a sister Joyce Herrmann of Enid, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John on March 24, 1986.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to your local hospice.

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

 



Emmylou W. Hickmon


Emmylou W. Hickmon, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 11th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 7:00 p.m.

Emmylou was born on November 24, 1927 in Delaware, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Mitchel) Wingate. She was united in marriage to Edward J. Hickmon, and he preceded her in death in 1974.

She worked for Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland for 33 years as a school of nursing librarian.
Emmylou moved to Dubuque in 1993 to be closer to her family. She moved to Mt. Pleasant Home in 2005 where she met many wonderful friends and kind staff. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal church in Dubuque.

She is survived by her son, Joseph C. (Deb) Hickmon Sr.; grandson Joseph C. (Laura McElmeel) Hickmon Jr.; great-grandchildren Jayna, Courtney, Chase and Piper; great-great-grandchild Zane; sister Evelyn Hallowell; sister-in-law Carlotta Gillispie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her former husband.



Mary M. Hartnett


Mary Maureen Hartnett, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 12:25 p.m., on Monday, November 7, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Maureen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 703 West 5th Street, Sioux City, Iowa, with Rev. William Vit officiating. To celebrate Maureen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Maureen was born on May 19, 1925, in South Sioux City, NE, daughter of Charles and Agnes (Sullivan) Keenan.

Maureen was born and raised in Nebraska, where she attended South Sioux City Nebraska High School and went on to eventually graduate from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Sioux City in 1945. Maureen has always valued her education and would joyfully maintain a longtime membership with the St. Vincent School of Nursing Alumni. She was united in marriage to John Hartnett in 1945, and they were blessed with 46 years together before he was called home ahead of her on December 21, 1991. Maureen was deeply devoted to her nursing career and faithfully cared for others at both, St. Vincent and St. Luke's Hospitals, for 40 years until her retirement. Maureen's faith was ever present, throughout her earthly journey, and she was a proud lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. Caring for her family, and home, were of the utmost importance to Maureen. Her talents in the kitchen were legendary and she took great pride in providing delicious meals for her family and friends. She was also gifted with a green thumb and loved to tend to her garden as each season came and went. But at the end of the day, if a little quiet time presented itself, you could easily find Maureen curled up in a blanket and a good book. Our hearts ache as the departure of a very kind and gentle woman becomes a reality today for those of us left behind. But we know that she now finds peace in a most joyous reunion with her loving husband, John, and thankfully the memories she leaves behind remain to be treasured by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Maureen's memory include

her loving daughter,
Donna (Charles) Juergens, Dubuque, IA;

her granddaughters,
Katherine (Merrill) Wolf, Lincolnshire, IL
and Julia (Mike) McKibben, New Lennox, IL;

3 great grandchildren,
Andrew and Charles Wolf, and Madeline McKibben;

a sister-in-law,
Joyce Hartnett, South Sioux City, NE;

a brother-in-law,
Tom Hartnett, Clearwater, FL;

2 nephews,
Dr. C.E. (Rhonda) Keenan Jr., LeMars, IA,
Brad (Tammy) Hartnett, South Sioux City, NE
and several other nieces and nephews.

Maureen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John Hartnett; 1 brother, Dr. C.E. (Shirley) Keenan Sr.; 2 sisters-in-law, Patricia (Wayne) South and Bonnie (Bill) Cosegrove; 2 brothers-in-law, Francis Hartnett and Gerald Hartnett; and one nephew, Dr. Don (Trudy) Keenan.

A Mary Maureen Hartnett memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Maureen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they have provided to Maureen and her family.

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

 



Janet Bleile


Janet Bleile, 72, of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 4, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, after a short courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Rev. Thomas Zinkula officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 7th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Janet was born on the family farm on November 14, 1943 in Rickardsville, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Madaline (Weidemann) Wagner. She married Joseph F. Bleile, July 22, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. He preceded her in death August 23, 2010.

Janet attended grade school in Rickardsville, and Leo High School in Holy Cross, IA.

She had a home day care during the 1970's. From 1980 thru 1990 Joe and Janet owned and operated the A & B Tap in Dubuque. Janet retired from Medical Associates in 2015 after many years of employment in patient services.
Janet's faith was very important to her and she was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church where she was also a member of the Rosary Society.

She enjoyed bowling for many years; loved Nascar racing and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. She was a fantastic cook; well known for her corned beef and cabbage, liver and onions, German potato salad and holiday baking.

Janet also enjoyed doing embroidery work, reading and made a baby quilt for every grandchild. She loved to be with her grandkids. Janet was just an all-around great person and was devoted to her family and friends.

Surviving are her children, Cyndi (Ken) Theisen, of Holy Cross, Ron (Beth) Bleile, of Bluffton, SC, Mike Bleile, of Mundelein, IL, and Julie (Marty) Rettenberger, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Keith (Niki Knepper) Gaynor, Emma Theisen, Katherine and Sarah Bleile, Tricia and Shannon Bleile and Matt and Joe Rettenberger; two sisters, Marie (Leon) Bleile and Carol (Rick) Smith, both of Dubuque; a brother, Paul (Joyce) Wagner, of Asbury; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie (Gene) Boge, of North Buena Vista and Doris Frost, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Bleile, her parents; a brother, David Wagner, a sister-in-law, Ruth Wagner; her mother and father-in-law, Leroy and Marie Bleile, and a brother-in-law, Frank Frost.

Memorials may be made to Janet Bleile Memorial Fund.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Eric Engelman and the Oncology staff at Medical Associates; to the Stonehill Skilled Nursing Department, Hawkeye Care Facility; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Amy and to her dear friend, Sue.

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



Ruth A. Cardy


Ruth A. Cardy "R.C.", 86, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016, overlooking the river at Catfish Charlie's, 1630 E. 16th St., Dubuque, where there will be a Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m., led by Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Ruthie Furry grew up in Dubuque on the Mississippi River. At the age of 17, Ruth went to visit her sister in California, and it was there that she met Gene Cardy, who she married in September of 1947. While living in California, Ruth and Gene welcomed their son, Lyle. After spending a few years in California, Ruth and Gene moved back to the Eagle Point neighborhood in Dubuque to be closer to family. Most of their married lives were spent in Dubuque. In 1970, they welcomed their daughter, Lynea.

Ruth was employed at Thermolyne, Merri-Mac Toy Co., and in the kitchen at Ecumenical Towers. She was an ongoing member of Prescott School PTA and school volunteer. Later in life, she lived at Ecumenical Towers until moving into Bethany Home. She was known as the resident who was always singing.

In her younger years, Ruth enjoyed dancing at Melody Mill, and family get togethers at Eagle Point Park. She always loved to sing, and also enjoyed playing Scrabble, Yahtzee, and other games with her sisters. Ruth enjoyed the outdoors, and walked wherever she went. She enjoyed gardening, and loved animals. Ruth was a spitfire, but she was also helpful and generous, and would give anyone the shirt off her back.

Ruth is survived by her children, Lyle (Shirley) Cardy of Dubuque; Dr. Lynea (Dr. Chris) Imensek of St. Petersburg, FL; her grandsons, Alex and Andrei Imensek; her step grandchildren, Shawn Reifsteck, Sharilyn Schmitt, and Scott Reifsteck; and several step great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and several brothers and sisters, including her twin brother, Ray.

The family would like to thank Home Instead and the Visiting Nurses for giving Ruth an extra two years in her home; all the staff at Bethany Home for their kindness and care- it meant more than you can ever imagine; and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Harold B. Heller


Harold B. "Harry" Heller, 89, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 5, 2016, at home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in Sinsinawa with Rev. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Harry was born on June 8, 1927, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Anthony and Bernice (Hoppman) Heller. He married Teresa M. Berns, the love of his life, on August 9, 1949, in Monona, Iowa. Harry farmed his entire life and also worked at Sinsinawa Mound, John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, and later at Twin Oaks Lumber LLC until he was 86 years old.

Harry served in the Marines and took part in an Honor Flight in 2013. Harry loved his horses and buggy, especially giving rides. He also enjoyed camping, the Green Bay Packers, and playing euchre, especially a good card game and beating Glenn. He took pride in his homemade Bloody Marys which were the best in the tri state area. Most of all Harry loved his wife and family and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids at his home. His faith was very important to him and he was a member of St. Joseph's Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa; four daughters, Connie (Bob) Gallagher, of Galena, Jane (Dave ) McCartney, of Hazel Green, Laurie (Randy) Theill, of Kieler, and Betty (Dan) Wubben, of Hazel Green; four sons, Jerry (Ann) Heller and Glenn (Diane) Heller, both of Galena, Ken Heller, of Platteville, and Terry (Jeanne) Heller, of East Dubuque; a sister, Evie Fleege, of East Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Lois Heller, of Hazel Green; a brother-in-law, Jack Splinter, of Hazel Green; 32 grandchildren; and 49 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, David Runde; a granddaughter, Lindsay Wubben-Simonini; a grandson, Henry Heller; two brothers, Don (Millie) Heller and Anthony Heller; four sisters, Kathleen (Clarence) Fleege, Therese (Bob) Francis, Jean (Jack) Schneider, and Marie Splinter; and a brother-in-law, Bob Fleege.

A Harold B. "Harry" Heller Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thanks to Father Ken and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Shirley A. Klein


Shirley Ann (Heiring) Klein, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, age 75, of Rickardsville, IA, was called home peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, brave battle with cancer. To honor Shirley's life, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 20249 St. Joseph Drive, Rickardsville, IA, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Shirley's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville, IA.

Shirley was born on December 12, 1940, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Alvina (Vorwald) Heiring.

Shirley grew up in Holy Cross, graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1958 and from Bayless Business College in 1959. She married her high-school sweetheart, Eugene Klein, on June 17, 1961, and they began farming near Rickardsville where they raised four children. Shirley joined the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine in 1983, and was employed there until her retirement in 2007. She also worked part-time for Sherrill Mutual Insurance for many years. Shirley was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville. She loved music and was an accomplished musician. Shirley directed and accompanied the church choir for more than thirty years. She served on the pastorate council and the liturgy committee of St. LaSalle pastorate, and volunteered helping the students at LaSalle Catholic School. Shirley loved her family, her friends, and her faith. She was a great cook who loved to prepare tasty dishes and treats for her family. She enjoyed bowling, dominoes and card games with friends, loved watching Jeopardy and playing it on the computer, and especially liked playing Scrabble and cribbage with her family. She was a world-class grandmother who gave special love and care to her twelve grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. Shirley was always ready to help others. She lived out her days with faith and remarkable courage.

Those left to cherish Shirley's memory include

her 2 sons,
Mark (Kathy) Klein, Rickardsville, IA
and Dave (Shelly) Klein, Rickardsville, IA;

her 2 daughters,
Christine Klein, Marion, IA
and Cyndi (Mike) Hageman, Coggon, IA;

her grandchildren and great-grandchildren,
Stephanie (Nick) Hoffman and their daughter, Brielle; Eric (Kelly) Klein and their soon to be daughter; Kelsey Klein; Drew (fiancee Clarissa Cigrand) Carrier, Reid and Gwen Carrier; Paige (fiancé Cody Barloon) Hageman, Jordan and Mikayla Hageman; and Mason, Maxwell and Madeline Klein;

her sisters,
Mae McGuire, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Elaine Williams, Tacoma, WA,
Darlene Rusch, Holy Cross, IA
and Joyce Salatino, Wauna, WA;

her in-laws,
Betty Heiring, Marshfield, WI,
Jean Heiring, Prairie du Chien, WI,
Phyllis Ann Klein, Coon Rapids, MN,
Delbert (Janet) Klein, LaCrosse, WI,
Shirley (Matt) Gasper, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Mary Ann) Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Lyle Klein, Rickardsville, IA.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Gene Klein; her sisters, Sedelle Tegeler, Lucille Heying, Helen Bakula and Lois Ross; her brothers, Donald Heiring and Gerald Heiring; and her in-laws, Clarence and Angeline Klein, Gilbert Tegeler, Walter Heying, Ted Bakula, William McGuire, Duane Ross, Dave Williams, Leo Rusch, Mike Salatino, Marvin Klein and Melvin and Anna Mae Brimeyer.

A Shirley Ann Klein memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Shirley's favorite charities.

Shirley's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and the doctors, nurses, and staffs of the Oncology Department at Dubuque Internal Medicine and Finley Hospital for their excellent care for Shirley and her family. They would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their assistance.

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

 



Laura L. Beitzel


Laura L. Beitzel, 52, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Laura may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Laura will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2016 At St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Laura was born November 19, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Mary (Casey) Beitzel. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1982. Laura enjoyed reading, gardening her flowers and playing volleyball.

She is a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her daughter, Morgan (fiancé Tyson Massey) Maiers of Epworth, IA; her parents, Wayne and Mary Beitzel of Epworth, IA, six siblings, Kevin (Sandy) Beitzel of Davenport, IA, Dennis (Tara) Beitzel of Epworth, IA, Dean (Traci) Beitzel of Robins, IA, Tammy (Ross) McDermott of Cedar Falls, IA, Brian (Jolene) Beitzel of Robins, IA, and Christopher (Jenny) Beitzel of Epworth, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded by her maternal grandparents, Irene and Melvin Casey, paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Beitzel, many uncles, and special friend, Mary Roling.

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

The family of Laura would like to thank the staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, and the staff of MICU and CVICU at the University of Iowa Hospital.



Rita M. Koerperich


Rita M. Koerperich, 92, of Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, formerly of Dubuque died Friday, November 04, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Rita was born August 26, 1924, daughter of Joseph and Emma (Loecke) Boge. She married Loras Koerperich on September 3, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. He preceded her in death on April 13, 2003.

Rita was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Pat) Howard of Cascade and Debra (Ken) Link of Bernard; six grandchildren, Amy Howard, Tara (Mike) Smith and Brian Howard, all of Cascade; Tracy (Eric) Konrardy and Jennifer (Dennis) White, both of Bernard and Andrew (Anne) Link of Dubuque.

She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Smith; Blake, Alex and Emma Konrardy; Nora, Zach and Ben White; and Travis, Joe and Max Link.

She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother in law, Sylvia and Don Westhoff, and her brother and sister in law, Harold and Vi Boge.

A Rita Koerperich Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their loving care.



Jana Juergens


Jana Juergens, 42, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Private family services will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Jana was born July 19, 1974 in Dubuque, the daughter of Dave and Lynne (Placke) Juergens. She graduated from Wahlert High School . She was previously employed by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer.

Jana was a fun-loving person, and will be sadly missed.

Jana is survived by her daughter, Amanda (Josh) Hohensee; her mother, Lynne Juergens; and her father, Dave (Julie) Juergens, all of Dubuque; her sister, Gina (Jeff) Juergens of Omaha, NE; several aunts and uncles; and her devoted companion, her cockapoo Max "Mackerface".

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Maga Mary; her maternal grandparents, Francis and Calista Placke; and her good friend, Roger Becker. 

Memorials may be made to the Jana Juergens Memorial Fund.

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



Lois V. Ostert


Lois V. Ostert, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, November 3, 2016, at the home of her daughter, June McWilliams, in Lynn Center, Illinois.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Lois Virgila Ostert was born on August 8, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Louis H. and Beulah F. (Dague) Ostert. She grew up in the Dubuque area and attended Dubuque schools, later earning her GED.

Lois had worked various jobs throughout the years including school bus driver, waitress, machinist at John Deere, and as a printer for The Shopper in Maquoketa.

Lois had attended Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. She enjoyed bird watching, collecting music boxes and playing Euchre. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her children, June (Joe) McWilliams of Lynn Center, IL, Paul (special friend Joyce) Hammerand of Maquoketa, IA, Scott Hammerand of Dubuque, IA, Marie (Dennis) Schumacher of Bellevue, IA, and Dina (Dave) Edwards of Coal Valley, IL; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; brothers Dick (Sue) Ostert of Maquoketa, IA, and Jim (Bekki) Ostert of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Judy (Larry) Marcue of Hazel Green, WI, Patty (John) Piper of Dubuque, IA, and Dina (Larry) Pickel of Potosi, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Robert "Bob", and 2 sisters Verdina and Joan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lois V. Ostert memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James L. McCarthy


James L. "Jim" McCarthy, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Dubuque, Iowa, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Church.

Jim was born on September 13, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William R. and Harriet E. (Hird) McCarthy. He was united in marriage to Delores Berger on April 6, 1953 at St. Columbkille's Church in Dubuque. He was a 1949 graduate of East Dubuque High School.

Jim farmed his entire life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard work, and attending school and sporting events for his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Delores; three children, Connie (Jo) Schauer and Jim (Cathy) McCarthy, both of East Dubuque, and Nancy (Dick) Delaney of Dubuque, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Jim, Katie, Jessica, Jason, Teresa, Jenny, Kayla and Bill; thirteen great-grandchildren, Layney and Landon Schauer, Emalee, Anna and Reed Astgen, Alexander and Lucas Winders, Liam and Rowan Schauer, Tucker, Logan and Henry Martin and Owen McCarthy, plus two on the way; his brother, John "Jack" (Marge) McCarthy of East Dubuque and a sister, Kathleen (Jim) Hollis of Reno, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marion Conrad; two brothers, William "Bill" and Robert "Bob" McCarthy; and a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Mae Schauer.

Delores and family would like to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department, the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Jim.

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

"All of his grandchildren adored him and referred to him as Pa, Grandpa and Grandpa Old Boy."



John L. Duggan


John L. Duggan, 55, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral Services will be 12:30 pm Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.; Rev. Chuck Layton will officiate. Friends may greet the family starting at 10:30 am until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

John was born December 13, 1960 in Dubuque, the son of James F. and Millie (McDermott) Duggan. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

John was employed as a roofer for Giese Roofing, and as a custodian for St. Luke's United Methodist Church and University of Dubuque. He was also employed at AIH Chroming Plant.

John loved fishing and hunting with his close friends.

John is survived by his siblings, Robert (Pam) Duggan of Dubuque, Linda (Jim) Lucy and Jackie Duggan, both of Maquoketa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers in infancy.

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

A special thank you to Aaron and Andrea Duggan and all who helped John during his battle with cancer. Also, the family wants to thank St. Luke's United Methodist Church parishioners for your support during this time. In addition the family would also like to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for your support.

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



Laura R. Maiers


Laura R. Maiers, 91, of Dubuque and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa died peacefully Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2016 at Resurrection Church in Dubuque, Iowa prior to funeral services where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Laura was born May 25, 1925 in New Vienna, the daughter of Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher. She graduated in 1943 from St. Boniface High School. Following her mother's death in 1944, she stayed home to care for her 3 younger siblings and her dad, whose care she continued to provide until his death in 1975. On October 2, 1950 she married Eddie Maiers in New Vienna.

In addition to her tireless care and love for her family, she owned and operated Kustom Plastics for 20 years. Laura was a charter member of the Edward W. Lake VFW Auxiliary Post 7736.

Laura is survived by her husband, Eddie; children: Jim (Barb) of Dubuque, Gary (Diane) of Plymouth, MN, Dave (Shirley) of Bloomington, MN, Tom (Deb) of Rochester, MN, Marty (Ann) of Iowa City, IA, Bill (Sandi) of Cedar Falls, IA, and Don (AJ) of Cedar Rapids, IA; 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Laura is also survived by her brother, Al (Vi) Mescher, and sister, Rose Johanningmeier of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law include Marion Mescher of Melbourne, Australia, Fran Mescher, Leon Maiers, Clete (Shirley) Maiers, Al (Pat) Maiers, all of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and their spouses: Herb (Irene), Vince (Lucille), Elmer, Ray, Eddie (Anna Jane), Don (Betty) and Bob (Peggy); sisters: Alma (Jim) Healy and Arlene (Dick) Southwell; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Elmer Johanningmeier, Harriet Maiers, Wilmer Maiers and Jerry Kluesner.

The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care provided by Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Luther Manor, Church of the Resurrection, St. Boniface Church or Beckman High School.

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



Robert L. Mangler


Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler, 73, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 31, 2016, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 12 P.M., Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler was born on July 9, 1943 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Ervin and Matilda (Seiler) Mangler Sr. He grew up in Bellevue and attended a one room Jackson County country school. He married Carol M. Waugh on September 1, 1962 in Bellevue, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2005.

"Bob" first worked at Caterpillar as a mill operator for 11 years, and then farmed in the rural Delmar area for many years. In retirement, he was a dog breeder who owned and operated M & M Kennels.

"Bob" enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and talking and visiting with everyone. He especially enjoyed his daily visit to Main Street Cafe in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Patty (Mitch) Nordmeyer of Greene, IA, Vernon (Ginny) Mangler of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (fiancé Keith Grimm) Mangler of Delmar, IA; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arnold (Darla) Mangler of Delmar, IA, Ervin Mangler Jr of Maquoketa, IA, and Rich (Sherry) Mangler of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Arlene Jewell of Moline, IL, Mary (David) Wallace of Bellevue, IA, and Darlene (Lanny) Lewis of Adrian, MI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter Karen, and a grandchild Nicole.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert Lee "Bob" Mangler memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marjorie A. Van Dorn


Marjorie A. Winger Van Dorn, 90, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Marjorie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, November 4, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marjorie Adell Roeder was born on October 8, 1926 in Harrison, Arkansas, to Gerald Nicholas and Myrtle (Peterman) Roeder. She grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Preston High School in 1942 and later from a Telegraph School in Omaha, Nebraska. She married Marvin W. Winger on July 28, 1948 in Preston, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Dennis, Terry, Jerry, Richard and Cindy. Marvin preceded her in death on June 7, 1978 and she later married Lloyd E. Van Dorn on April 18, 1982 at Temple Hill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2013.

Marjorie had worked various jobs throughout the years including owning and operating the General Store and Post Office in Teads Grove for seven years. They then moved to Maquoketa for eight years and then to a farm west of Monmouth where she was a farm wife. She also worked as a nurses aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital and Crestridge Nursing Home, both in Maquoketa. Additionally, she ran the Hide-A-Way Restaurant in Monmouth until retirement, as well as working as the relief Postmaster for the Monmouth Post Office.

Marjorie had been a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and Oxford Junction, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156. She was a great cook and enjoyed sewing and crafts, gardening and canning, fishing, camping, dancing, and traveling to Florida each year.

Those left to honor Marjorie's memory include her children Dennis (Ethel) Winger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Terry (Denise) Winger of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Mary) Winger of Ocala, FL, Richard (Ann) Winger of Dubuque, IA, and Cindy (Doug) Westphal of Wyoming, IA; step-children, Bill (Pat) Van Dorn of Chariton, IA, Laura (Gregory) Boeding of Rochester, IA, Jim (Helen) Van Dorn of Dixon, IA, Deborah Van Dorn of Monmouth, IA, Michelle (and friend Joy) Tredway of Des Moines, IA, and Sherry Streets of Springville, IA; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren, 16 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild; a brother, Virgil (June) Roeder of Tucson, AZ; a sister-in-law, Bev Roeder of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin and her husband Lloyd, and a brother Dr. Donald Roeder.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, a Marjorie A. Van Dorn memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald J. Ernzen


Donald J. Ernzen, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 29th, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Donald was born on September 18, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Harold and Florence (Link) Ernzen. He married Rosemary Steffen on July 21, 1979 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque and she preceded him in death on September 20th, 2015.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969 and worked for Flexsteel Industries in Dubuque for 44 years until retirement. And was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Union. He was an active volunteer and spent many hours with Meals on Wheels, Finley Rehab and the Dubuque Tool Library. He also volunteered on the veterans honor flight, and participated with Relay for Life for many years.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan; enjoyed to hunt and fish; he and Rosemary enjoyed their annual fishing trips to Wapello.

He is survived by his mother Florence; siblings, Mary Ann (Leonard) Kremer, Kay (Dave) Stoffel, Geri (Bill) Hall, and Mark (Bev) Ernzen; Three sisters-in-law Mary Ernzen, twins Judy (Paul) Mootz and Jane (Don) Weber along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, his wife, his mother and father-in-law Ralph and Florence Steffan; his brothers Jim in 2016 and Davey in infancy.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Hawkeye Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, and the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and to his special niece Kathy Mootz for all their wonderful care.



Douglas H. Buswell


Douglas H. Buswell 94, of Shoreline, Washington and formerly of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Shoreline. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a reflection time will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Douglas was born on December 29, 1921 in Tower City, N. Dakota, the son of Frank H. and Alma (Clausen) Buswell. After high school and a year of depression-era odd jobs, Doug worked at Lockheed Aircraft's Burbank, CA assembly plant for a year prior to serving in the Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946. He attended the Navy's V-12 college training program at Montana School of Mines and the University of Notre Dame. Following his discharge from the Navy, Doug continued college as a veteran at Montana State University earning a degree in Industrial Engineering in December 1947. On June 17, 1950, Doug married Mary L. Pollock in Fargo, N. Dakota. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2011. After working for an engineering firm in Fargo, N. Dakota and the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon, Doug joined Interstate Power Co. of Dubuque, Iowa in 1955. He retired from there in 1990 as Chairman of the Board.

Upon retirement and for several years following, Doug volunteered his service as President of Dubuque Area Industrial Development Corp. and also served several years on the Greater Dubuque Development Corp., including a term as President.

Doug is survived by his children Ann Buswell of Bellingham, WA and George (Kerri Griffin) Buswell of Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother Ronald Buswell of Shasta Lake, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary; his daughter, Amy Buswell and his brother, Richard Buswell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque, 1299 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Ethel E. Pins


Ethel Elizabeth Pins, 97, of Petersburg and Earlville died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Tues., Nov. 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Rosary will be recited at 2 pm, the Dyersville Fire Department will attend at 6 pm and a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m.

Visitation will continue Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, from 9 - 10:30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Herbert Pins will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Ethel was born Aug. 26, 1919, in Petersburg the daughter of Hubert and Rosalia (Kramer) Geistkemper. She married Jerome Benjamin Pins on Oct. 22, 1940, in Petersburg. Together they farmed and raised their family in Delaware County.

Survivors include her children: Rose Ann (Robert) Platz and Fr. Herbert Pins, both of Dyersville, Charles (Andrea) Pins of Charleston, SC, David Pins of Dubuque, Linda Luettjohann of Hiawatha and Michael (Nancy) Pins of Marshalltown; 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; siblings: Dorothy (Harold) Lake of Manchester, Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper of Savanna, IL, Joan Ament of Gilbertville, and Daniel (Sandra) Geistkemper of Dyersville; in-laws, Cyril (Doris) Pins, Eileen Pins and Shirley Pins, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerome in 1994, a son-in-law, Dr. Donald Luettjohann, siblings: Margaret Geistkemper, Eleanor (John) Hoeger, Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, Raymond (Mildred) Geistkemper Marie Geistkemper, and several in infancy; in-laws: Tom Ament, Vincent (Clara), Albert (Esther), James, Mark (Lorraine), Paul (Lois), Anthony (Lois), George and Louis Pins, Mary (Vincent) Goedken, Sr. Mary Ernest (Genevieve) Pins, OSF, Clara Pins and Theresa Pins.

The family greatly appreciates the caregivers at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful attention given to our mother.

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

 

 



Viola L. Steffen


Viola "Vi" Lucille Steffen, 90, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 2 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Viola was born on March 1, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Elmer and Bernetta (Cain) Mills. She married Gerald J. Steffen on January 29, 1947 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Viola was employed at The Dubuque Pack for over 32 years. She enjoyed gardening, playing euchre, cheering on the Cubs and being with her family and friends. Viola was a UAW card player and a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving is her daughter-in-law, Carol (Bob) Dietzel, of East Dubuque, IL; brother-in-law, Jerome Steffen, of Peosta, IA; sister-in-law, Bette Mills, of West Palm Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis "Curt" Steffen; daughter, Cynthia Steffen; 6 brothers, Donald, Bernell (Violet), Carl, Merlin, Elmer (Nancy), and Harold Mills; 3 sisters, Gladys Curler, Pearl Bennett, and Ruth (Wesley Sr.) Davis; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Marc) Heisler, Sylvester (Marie) Steffen, Edward Steffen, Reynold (Frances) Steffen, Francis Steffen, Mrs. Lorraine Steffen, and Andrew (Eileen) Steffen.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Church of the Resurrection, Resurrection School or a Charity of your choice.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy B and Peggy, and the staff in the skilled unit at Mercy Hospital for your exceptional care.

 



Lucille Stecher


Lucille "Lu" Stecher, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 29th at 5:33 a.m. in her most-favorite place to be. . .home. She died in the arms of her loving children.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Lu was born on April 12, 1932, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Birkel) Behnke. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1951. Lu met Bob Stecher and they were sweethearts while he was overseas during the Korean War. They were married on May 31, 1954 and celebrated 57 years of marriage prior to Bob's death on January 21, 2011. She and Bob enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Melody Mill and the Dubuque Fairgrounds. She took care of her home and family and was there for anyone who needed help. Lu didn't draw attention to herself. She put the needs of others always above her own. She was proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren.

Lu enjoyed simple pleasures like home-cooked meals (Don't forget dessert!), cards, BINGO, Bunko, Yahtzee, jigsaw puzzles, conversation, and vanilla ice cream. To Bob's dismay, she also liked having garage sales on occasion. She was quick with a giggle, and had great wit. She told it like it was.

Lu is survived by three children: Cindy (Brian) DeVries of Fort Myers, Florida, Nancy (Robert) Murphy, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Chris (Carolyn) Stecher of Chesterfield, Missouri. She has seven grandchildren: Tristan (fiancé, Kana Hein) DeVries; Alysha (husband, Derrick Olson) DeVries; Caitlin and Chloe Murphy; and Kari, Laura, and Sara Stecher.

She is also survived by five sisters: Bernice Behnke, Eleanor (Tom) Stocke, Ileen (Tom) Feipel, Marian (Duane) Bessler, and Ann (Don) Rokusek. She has many surviving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lu was preceded in death by her parents, her inlaws, Phillip and Loretta Stecher; her husband, two brothers-in-law, numerous aunts and uncles, and three children, Susan, Robert, and Jane Stecher who died at birth or shortly after.

Sleep well Mom. Enjoy a waltz with Dad. We love you.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn and Peggy, and Lu's special "girlfriends" Debbie and Patti.



Rita M. Miehe


Rita M. Miehe, age 93, of East Dubuque, IL and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:40 p.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, November 4, 2016, at St. Columbkille Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Rita was born on March 17, 1923, in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Ervin and Margaret (McDonald) Mahan.

Rita was a lifelong Dubuquer who took great pride in her faith, family, friends and neighbors. She was united in marriage to Robert Miehe on October 6, 1967, in Freeport, IL. They were blessed with 35 wonderful years together, and 5 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on December 22, 2002. Rita's main goal in life was to care for, and nurture her family through each passing day. She would however invest over 11 years of her energies at Divine Word Seminary, where she would also find satisfaction in serving others along her way. Rita was always a very active woman who was continually, and faithfully involved with St. Columbkille's Church, V.F.W. #9663 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary #6, and the Tri-States Veterans Memorial Association. Rita also enjoyed vacationing with Bob, working her most recent puzzle book, being dealt a great Euchre hand and always watching her Cubbies give the competition a run for the money. In what little free time she had left, you could easily find a smile on Rita's face when the hum of her sewing machine was gently filling the room. She would create countless beautiful quilts over the years, for numerous family and friends, which still remain today to be cherished as permanent keepsakes of Rita's devotion and love. Rita's 93 years here on earth has come to an end today, and she is now reunited with all of her loving family who've been called home ahead of her. We will miss her greatly and are incredibly thankful for the years, love and wisdom she shared along the way.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her son,
Gerald (Jan) Steiner, Las Vegas, NV;

10 grandchildren;
Stacey Ostrander, Clinton, IA,
Amy Ostrander, Epworth, IA,
Brian Ostrander, Dubuque, IA,
Robin Kane, Asbury, IA,
Jamie Barton, Dubuque, IA,
Justin (Sarah) Nank, Dubuque, IA,
Gerry ( Sherry) Hartford, Dubuque, IA,
Greg (Jeni) Hartford, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Shannon Holgate,Sorrento, LA
and Andrew Steiner, Las Vegas;

19 great-grandchildren;

10 great great-grandchildren;

and a son-in-law,
Mike Hartford, Dubuque, IA.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Robert; her 3 daughters, Jayne Hartford, Charlene Gomez and Malia West; a son, Randel Holgate; a grandson, Gary Hartford; and a great-grandson, Michael Hartford.

A Rita M. Miehe memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy, Dr. Runde, and all of her friends at the Bell Tower Retirement Community for their love, care and concern.

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

 



Darlene D. Busch


Darlene D. Busch, 91, of Platteville, Wisconsin, formerly of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Manor Care in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish and Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Darlene was born on August 27, 1925, on Fountain Bluff Farm, rural Platteville, the daughter of Ellsworth and Laura (McCarthy) Duggan. She graduated in 1943 from Cuba City High School. She married Joseph E. "Joe" Busch on May 29, 1947, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1996.

Darlene was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and the National Council of Catholic Women (CCW). She served as a past officer of the parish CCW and the Grant Deanery. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #4 where she served as Grand Regent and District Deputy. She was also a charter member of the Southwest Serra Vocations Club, board member of the Adult Education Council at Sinsinawa, and a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club.

Darlene was a school bus driver for the Cuba City School District for six years. She and her husband co-owned Busch Barn Equipment until 1987. They were winter Texans for 11 years.

Survivors include her children, Beverly (David) Sutter, of Dubuque, JoAnn Vetter, of Milwaukee, Loraine Andrews, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Edward (Sharon) Busch, of Cuba City, Gloria (Mike Gavanus) Busch, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and Melody (Terry) Dillon, of Platteville; a sister, Mercedes Rooney, of Schaumburg, Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Loretta "Sis" Duggan, of Platteville, Helene Dalsing, of Dubuque, and Marie Busch Foecking, of Galena; a brother-in-law, Dean Rogers, of Cuba City; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene will be met in heaven by her husband, Joe; her sister, LaVon Rogers; and her brothers, Delmer Duggan and two brothers who died in infancy.

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



Roy O. Lindemier


Roy O. Lindemier, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 27, 2016, at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 31, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Roy Oscar Lindemier was born on September 21, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald L. and Ellen M. (Schoenherr) Lindemier. He grew up in rural Baldwin and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1970, and later from Auctioneering School in Davenport. He married his Junior High School sweetheart Diane Jane Bowling on June 27, 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: David and Mark.

Roy had farmed his whole life, worked for Bullocks, Inc., was a seed salesman, and a machinist at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy from 1973 to 1988. In 1990 he started working for Energy Manufacturing in Monticello as a supervisor, a position he held for 14 1/2 years.

Roy was a member of the Iowa Auctioneer's Association, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Duck's Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, and had been a 4-H leader for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to tractor pulls, drives in the country, horse and cattle shows, farm sales and rodeos. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, and visiting with people whether he knew them or not.

Those left to honor Roy's memory include his wife Diane Lindemier of Maquoketa, IA; sons, David (Sheri) Lindemier of Dubuque, IA, and Mark (Megan) Lindemier of Delmar, IA; 4 grandchildren, Tayte, and Brylee Lindemier, Melissa (Austin) Walen and Megan (Dan Bell) Henschel; sisters, Barbara (Allen) Berg of Baldwin, IA, and Nancy (John) Suthers of Delmar, IA; several nieces and nephews; his good friend Larry Schnoor of Baldwin, IA; and his loyal dog, Peanut. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roy O. Lindemier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William Paul Morehouse


William Paul Morehouse, 71, of 1535 Pego Ct., died Wednesday, Oct. 26th, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA after a sudden illness.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. Visitation also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nativity Church.

Bill was born December 8, 1944, in Platteville, Wis., to Paul and Gertrude Morehouse. He grew up in Lancaster, Wis., and graduated a proud Flying Arrow from Lancaster High School. He hopped across the river in 1964 and married Jane Coleman on Aug. 13, 1966 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. He soon began work at Vulcan Tool in Dubuque before moving on to John Deere Dubuque Works, where he worked 35 years and put four children through college without a dime of student aid.

Bill volunteered with the Boy Scouts at St. Raphael's. He served as coach of the Hawks in Independent League. He also served as a counselor with the Dubuque chapter of Junior Achievement for many years. Bill played league softball for many years with coworkers from John Deere.
Bill loved his grandchildren and treasured every moment he had with them. He was known to surprise them with a Kennedy half dollar. He was a longtime member and supporter of Nativity Church. He served as an usher long after his left knee refused to genuflect. Some of Bill's favorite things were long drives with Jane, old-time radio programs, trips to Lake Namakagon, Wis., the Packers, of which he became a proud owner, the Cubs (oh, if he could see them now), the sport of wrestling, feeding his birds and squirrels in the pines of Pego, and the occasional cigar with whiskey.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; his children, Marc (Becky) Morehouse of Fairfax, Matthew Morehouse of Dubuque, Anna (Roger) Zimmerman of Cedar Falls, and Elizabeth (Jeff) Winders of Marion; a brother, Tom Morehouse of Port Byron, Ill.; and six grandchildren, Devin, Ethan, Will, Elly, Jace, and Casey.

He will be remembered warmly by his family, and by so many others in Dubuque, his home for more than 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Bill's name.

The family would like to thank the SNICU nursing staff at the UHIC. Your tender mercies soothed our family in a time of great need.

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



Rose M. Valentine


Rose M. Valentine, age 66, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:47 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch, Iowa.

Rose was born on December 20, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Irene (Stuart) Vincent.

Rose was united in marriage to Irvin "Butch" Valentine on September 9, 1991, in Zwingle, and they were blessed with 25 wonderful years together. Rose invested over 29 years, of her time and talents, as a chef with A.R.A. at John Deere Dubuque Works . In her free-time, Rose was a naturally talented seamstress who faithfully lived and breathed to make clothing, and amazing quilts, for her beloved family members. Whether it's the abundance of Christmas quilts which still remain, or a favorite sweater which is still the most comfortable in the closet; there are years of memories left to enjoy which were all sewn, and stitched, with love straight from Rose's hands. One of the most precious gifts Rose possessed was the ability to make friends with anyone who crossed her path. Some would say it was her God given charisma, others would attribute it to her gentle heart; but all would have to admit that if Rose had decided she was going to welcome you into her world, then you were going to find yourself there, sooner or later, and you might as well kindly accept her invitation. Now, the last 7 weeks have been a difficult journey for Rose, and her adoring family, and we will surely miss her beautiful smile within our days ahead; but we accept that she is now free from her physical ailments and we will thankfully discover subtle moments of peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day in absolute perfection.

Those left to cherish Rose's memory include

her loving husband,
Butch Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

11 children,
Roger (Katie) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Robert (Amy) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Renee Martin, Dubuque, IA,
Robin McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Rebecca McIntyre, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Randall (Mindy) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA,
Tracy (Jerry) Carew, West Branch, IA,
Jeff S. (Angie) Valentine, Dubuque, IA,
Randy "Skeeter" Valentine, Aurora, IL,
Lynn Ann (Harold) Lane, Denison, TX
and Sandi (Joel) Braxton, Denison, TX;

26 grandchildren;

6 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Patrick (Karen) Vincent, Steurtevant, WI,
Carol (Ron) Keller, Potosi, WI,
Raymond Vincent, Dickeyville, WI
and Karen O'Rouke, Dubuque, IA.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Roger McIntyre Sr.; and 2 sisters, Jean (Carl) Klaeska, and Marie Vincent in infancy.

A Rose M. Valentine memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Rose's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa for all of the professional, loving and compassionate care they have provided to Rose, and her family, over the past 7 weeks.

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

 



Cyril J. Fries

Cyril J. "Cy" Fries, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31st at St. Raphael Cathedral, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 5:30 p.m.

Cyril was born on October 6, 1934 in Lost Nation, Iowa the son of Bahne and Rosella (Steines) Fries. He attended Loras Academy and served in the Iowa Army Nation Guard.

He married JoAnn Kieffer on September 3, 1955 at the Church of the Nativity.

Cyril was a kind and gentle man; with other facets of his character being, building an award-winning Roadster; raising horses; playing pool with friends and passing on his knowledge to others.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years JoAnn, two children Jeffrey (Linda) Fries, and Danielle (Galen) Abitz, all of Dubuque. Two brothers David (Jackie) Fries of California and Noel "Sonny" (Christi) Fries, of Delhi, Iowa. Grandsons Jason (Emily Conzett) Fuller and Cody Fuller and great granddaughter Olive Mae Fuller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The family requests no flowers.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy C., Allison and Ryan for all their wonderful care they gave.



Mildred M. Beau Fairfield


Mildred M. (Winner) Beau Fairfield, 101, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Manor Care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 29th at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass at St. Anthony Church. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mildred was born July 9, 1915, in Dubuque daughter of Chauncey and Elizabeth (Giesen) Winner. She married George W. Beau October 19, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1975. She married Edward G. Fairfield June 28, 1980 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1984.

She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque.

Mildred was employed as a Liberian for Dubuque County until her retirement.

She loved to travel, play cards, enjoyed family gatherings, had a New Year's party every year for many years, and wanted to be on time - never late for anything. She adored several of her pets, Tiffy, Muffy and Rusty. Mildred was a member of St. Antony parish and a longtime member of St. Mary's parish.

Surviving is a sister-in-law, Rosemary Winner, of Dubuque; a special traveling companion, Norma Bildstein; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sylvester (Esther), Clifford (Dorothy) John Winner; and a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Paul Pape.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

Thank you to the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, and to special friends, Donna Haferbacker, Janet Hoppman, Linda Pape, and Joyce Duehr who helped care for her.

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



Molly K. Zelinskas


Molly Kathleen Zelinskas, 26, of Dubuque, passed away October 25, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a car accident.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. There will a time for sharing thoughts and memories of Molly at 3:30.

Molly was born April 28, 1990 in Orlando, FL, the daughter of Tony and Kari (Wilkens) Zelinskas. She attended Dubuque Senior High School, where she ran cross country and track. She graduated from high school in 2008, and went on to earn her B.S. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University, graduating in 2014. While she was attending Iowa State, Molly volunteered at the Wildlife Care Clinic in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Molly was employed at Design Photography in Dubuque as an assistant photographer.

She was an avid runner, running the Bix several times, as well as the Minneapolis Marathon. Molly was an Iowa State Cyclone basketball fan, and a burgeoning Cubs fan. She liked listening to podcasts, playing tennis, and was an avid reader.

With a profound kindness, her gentle nature extended not only to family and friends, but to all living things. Molly had a deep affinity for nature, and loved spending time birdwatching and hiking in the Mines of Spain.

She had such a caring heart, bringing smiles and happiness to all who were around her. She saw beauty in simple things, and took joy in equal measure sharing, herself with us. Whether it was walking her dog, Maggie, or talking about ideas that she had heard in a podcast, there was always a sense of wonder and openness to new ideas and experiences. And there was always a perspective that saw the beauty and quirkiness of every moment, so often captured in the pictures she took and shared of pets, friends and landscapes. She left us too soon and our world is poorer because of it.

Molly is survived by her parents, Tony and Kari Zelinskas of Dubuque, her brother, Andy Zelinskas of Dubuque, two sisters, Kara (Tracey) Rigel and Erin Zelinskas, both of Waterloo; her grandparents, Pat Piekenbrock of Dubuque, Laura Fudge of Syracuse, NY, and Floyd Wilkens of Altoona, IA; her nephews, Cameron and Connor Rigel; her niece Katelyn Rigel; many aunts and uncles; and her significant other, Adam Tyler of Sacramento, CA.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dr. Leonard Zelinskas; her step-grandfather Dr. Thomas "Doc" Piekenbrock.

Memorials may be made to the Molly Zelinskas Memorial Fund for later donation to wildlife care and rescue organizations.

The family would like to thank the Linn County Sheriff's Dept., the ICU staff at St. Luke's Hospital, the emergency responders, and the staff of the Iowa Donor Network.
We are so proud of Molly's selfless decision to donate her organs so that other people may have a chance to live.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Doris A. Meyer


Doris A. "Dorie" Meyer, age 77, of Dubuque, formerly of Eccumenical Towers, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her loving friends. To honor Dorie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street. To celebrate Dorie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorie was born on August 24, 1939, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Agnes (Meyer) Mueller.

Dorie was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who devoted her faith life to St. Mary's Church, Church of the Resurrection, and was blessed to finally call St. Raphael's Cathedral her home for the last decade. She invested the years of her working career with the Hoffman Industrial Development Center, and later in housekeeping at Area Residential Care, until her eventual retirement in 2015. Dorie faithfully tested her luck at the Colts Bingo Hall, and was a regular Friday night crusader who traveled confidently, and lightly, with only a couple warmed up daubers in hand. Some of her greatest memories through her earthly travels were her relaxing days, and Saturday trips, with Cozy Corners and the multiple excursions she made to various Disney destinations with her friends at Camp Courageous. Dorie was never afraid to work, smile or have a little fun from time to time and we will surely miss her natural innocence, love for dogs, especially pugs, and her contagious knack for conversation. We must reluctantly allow her to journey home now and tenderly embrace the wonderful memories she leaves behind until we all meet again. May God bless you Dorie and thank you for generously sharing your light with us over the past 77 years.

Those left to cherish Dorie's memory include

her close friends and caregivers,
Jane and Joe Bowerman, Dubuque, IA
and Deb and Rick Fishnick, Dubuque, IA
and all of their families;

her sister,
Helen Johnson, Texas.

Dorie was preceded in death by her mother; and special friends, Jim and Ann Strub.

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

Dorie's friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care.

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

 



Phyllis L. Ames


Phyllis L. Ames, 82, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 28th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service.

Phyllis was born on January 14, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Philip and Grace (Oakley) Maul. She married Gernert F. Ames on July 29, 1972; together they joined two families together and created one. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2009.

She was a "Million Dollar Producer" licensed realtor-broker in Dubuque for many years, working in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed singing, crocheting and embroidery. She loved to bake for her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by nine children: Randy Ames of Milwaukee, WI, Debbie (Joel) Sommerfeldt, of Merrill, WI, Vickie (Tim) Reddington, of Monticello, MN, Celeste (Greg) Steiner, of Potosi, WI, Michelle (John) Armstrong, of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Belinda) Ames, of Kokomo, Indiana, John (Julie) Vocke, of Sheffield , IL, Tammy (Mike) Serdynski, of Muskego, WI, and Gernert (Mandy Jo) Ames, of Dubuque; many grandchildren and and great-grandchildren; and her sister, Janice Mueller, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gernert; a daughter, Jackie; and a granddaughter, Laura.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center for all their care and kindness they gave to Phyllis.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Kathy Jo Welty


Kathy Jo (Hirsch) Welty, 57, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jennifer Meyer officiating.

Kathy was born on January 19, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Francis and Cecilia (Schmidt) Hirsch. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1977. On June 5, 1982 she married Kevin Welty in Dubuque.

Kathy worked the early morning shifts at Kwik Stop on Pennsylvania, and was a self-employed florist, but the majority of her time was spent being a fulltime grandma. Her grandchildren, who know her as Mimi, were her life.

Kathy was very creative and her creativity showed through her floral arrangements. She also enjoyed taking pictures, playing cards, lounging by the pool and spreading Christmas Cheer. She was a very strong woman with a heart of gold. Her family and others always came first and she was the most loving wife ever.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin; three children, Lindsey (Jeff) Mohr, Tim (Tara) Welty, and Joey (Kari) Welty; her mother, Cecilia Hirsch; four sisters, Karen Hirsch, Sue (Mike) Schueller, Judy Kines and Jayne Hirsch; three brothers, Rickie (Jane Fishler) Hirsch, Terry Hirsch, and Dan (Janet) Hirsch; her four grandchildren, who she loved dearly, Gabbie and Jax Mohr, Hunter and Tinley Welty; her father- and mother-in-law, Jack and Betty Welty and their family; a special uncle, Andy; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews; and a very special friend, Rachel Ferraro.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Hirsch; sister Margaret Cecilia; great-niece Delaney Robbins; great-nephew Parker Robbins; family friend Jeff Hines; and her beloved fur baby, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers a Kathy Jo Welty memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff of Mercy Medical Center for their care and kindness. Also to all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers.



Ronald W. Bratcher


Ronald W. "Ron" Bratcher, 56, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at home.

Private services for family will be on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Ron was born on January 23, 1960 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Richard and Cherie (Mulkey) Bratcher. He married Lisa Theill on June 13, 1992 in Glendale, Arizona.

Ron was employed as a machinist at A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Company.

His great passions were fishing and hunting. 
"I am a fisherman. It is not merely something that I do, it is who I am. Fishing is not simply my escape, it is where I truly belong. It is where I am supposed to be. It is not a place that I go, but a lifelong journey that I am on. It is a passage that my father has shown to me, and one that I will show to others. Once you understand this, then you will know who I am. And we will fish together even from far away." - Unknown

Surviving are his wife, Lisa; three children, Tara (Jay) Spataro of Scottsdale, Arizona, Amber and Colton, both of East Dubuque; his parents, his father, Richard (Judy) Frost Proof, Florida, mother Cherie of Camano Island, Washington; and two brothers, Jeff (Denise) Bratcher of Glendale, Arizona and Rick (Lindy) Bratcher of Santa Paula, California; his father- and mother-in-law, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of East Dubuque; in-laws Randy (Laurie) Theill of Kieler, Wisconsin, Bobby (Pamela) Watkins of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Jeff (Deb) Theill of East Dubuque, Julie Theill of Geneseo, Illinois, Jamie Theill of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Jason Theill of Davenport, Iowa; along with many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Craig, and his grandparents, Paul and Juanita Mulkey.

In lieu of flowers, a Ronald W. Bratcher memorial fund has been established. 

Ron's family would like to extend a special thank you to the East Dubuque and Jo Daviess Ambulance Services and Police Departments.



Rosemary H. Goldsmith


Rosemary H. Goldsmith, 91, of Monticello died Monday, October, 24, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary will held at 3 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10 - 11 am at church prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anamosa.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Rosemary was born on February 13, 1925, Cedar Rapids the daughter of Fred and Amelia (Knebel) Schnoebelen.  She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids.  She married Everett Frimml on September 11, 1945. Together they farmed near Norway, Anamosa, and Monticello until he preceded her in death in 1975.  She married Glenn Goldsmith on September, 17, 1982, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  She worked at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafting and cooking.  She loved the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Judy (Bill) Dietiker of Anamosa, Randy (Kris) Frimml and Deb (Mark) Merfeld, both of Monticello;  6 step-children: Marv (Pat) Goldsmith of Lexington, NE, Sue (Stan) Burrichter of Monticello, Glenda (Don) Eilers of Scotch Grove, Ed (Connie) Goldsmith of Monticello, Kathy (Al) Wulfekuhle of Masonville, Carol (Brian) Manternach of Coralville; 12 grandchildren: Aimee (Zeferino) Sosa, Jennifer (Andrew) Eley, Brian (Tara) Dietiker, Nicole (Richard) Camp, Jamie (Mickey) Foster, Kalli Frimml, Tiffany (Shawn) Nolan, Travis (Chelsea) Johnson, Brandi (Heath) Keenlance, Melissa (Chris) Hanewicz, Emily (Damien) Claypool and Grant Golden; 17 great grandchildren:  a sister, Jean Fear, of Cedar Rapids; 2 sisters-in-law, Edith Schnoebelen of Cedar Rapids and Margaret Frimml of Tama.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Frimml in 1975, her second husband Glenn Goldsmith; a daughter, Denise Golden, 3 brothers, Norman (Dolores) Schnoebelen, Fr. Kenneth Schnoebelen and Clayton Schnoebelen; a sister, Joan (Lawrence) Nekola; a great grandson, Matthew Keenlance.

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

 



Jeffrey A. Ruden


Jeffrey A. Ruden, 54, of Bernard, IA passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the funeral home and also after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until the time of service.

Jeff was born on July 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eldon and Dorothy (Fischer) Ruden. He attended West Dubuque High School and graduated from Loras College with a degree in Economics.

He worked for Cascade Lumber, Roeder Outdoor Power and lastly for Connolly Construction.

Jeff enjoyed riding his motorcycle especially with his cousin Roger Fischer; shooting pool; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand either as a mechanic or a carpenter and was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy; siblings Jane Ruden, Dave (Rita) Ruden, Joyce (George) Giannakouras, and Dennis Ruden; along with many nieces nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon Ruden, on April 15, 2010.

In lieu of flowers a Jeffrey A. Ruden memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Connolly Construction especially Jude and Al; the doctors and nurses at Mercy Emergency Room in Dubuque; and to the Cardiac ICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave.



Jolene K. Moore


Jolene Katherine Moore, 54, of Rickardsville, IA, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Jolene was born April 30th, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, the beloved daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Gansemer) Schrobilgen.

Friends and relatives of Jolene may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jack Wolfe.

Jolene was raised in Rickardsville, IA, a place she called home for 50+ years. Jolene was the youngest in her family and she shared a special bond with each of her siblings and valued their relationships. Jolene also treasured the loving guidance she received from her Godmother, Thelma Roberts.

On September 14th, 1983, Jolene married her high school sweetheart, David Moore. Together they welcomed and raised 2 wonderful children, Jason and Jackie. In previous years, Jolene enjoyed working at Mount St. Francis, but most of her years were spent as a homemaker taking care of her family. Jolene took great pride in her family and she always put them first in life. Jolene thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beautiful Grandchildren, Braelyn, Jonathan, Jamison, and Helena.

Jolene lived a life of love with many special family and friends left to cherish her memory. Jolene is survived by her loving husband, David Moore, and their children, Jason (Lisa) Moore and Jackie (Josh) McDermott, her grandchildren Braelyn and Helena Moore, Jonathan and Jamison McDermott, all of Dyersville, IA, her siblings Jimmy Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, Jeannie (Louie) Hogan of Bankston, IA, Janis Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, and Julie Bush (Terry George) of Asbury, IA, her mother-in-law, Joyce Moore of Park Hill, OK, brother and sister in laws, Jackie Moore of Park Hill, OK, Kenny (Debra) Moore of Sallisaw, OK, Scott (Terry) Moore of Charleston, SC, Jeff (Lisa) Moore of Muldrow, OK, and Joe Moore of Muldrow, OK. Jolene is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews that she cherished dearly.

Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Schrobilgen, a sister in infancy, JoAnn Schrobilgen, father-in-law, Jack Moore, maternal grandparents, George and Christina Gansemer, and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Schrobilgen.

~Wherever you go, our love will find you~

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



Ronald L. Hammel


Ronald L. Hammel, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:50 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ron was born on December 31, 1943, in Dubuque, son of Omer and Loretta (Schueller) Hammel.

Ron was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who would eventually meet his future bride, Marcia Everist, and they would be joyfully united in marriage on October 15, 1966. They would be blessed with 2 children, and 50 wonderful years together; which the Lord was kind enough to allow them to celebrate this week before calling Ron home. Ron would invest over 40 years of his working career at Georgia Pacific, and St. Regis Paper, before finally retiring in 2002. Ron's faith life has been devoted to Sacred Heart Church, where he has been a longtime member. Ron had many hobbies over the years which would include painting and plaster of paris modeling, but his favorite would definitely have to be the hours he spent in his workshop creating amazingly intricate woodworking projects. From beautiful baby beds, to fabulous furniture and toys for those he loved to enjoy; if Ron's feet were slightly covered in saw dust, or the aroma of a fresh coat of varnish permeated the air, you knew that he had found some well earned contentment in his day. But the one true desire in Ron's life was to provide and care for his family. He took his responsibility to his family seriously and everyday was another venture to bring them joy, love or even simply security under his watch. Sadly, Ron's earthly journey has ended today and only the abundant memories of his soul among us remain. But we are thankful that he will once again be reunited with his parents and siblings, who will surely keep him company until we can all be rejoined together again in Heaven one day.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his loving wife of 50 years,
Marcia Hammel;

his children,
Ronald (Darcy) Hammel, II,
and Jacqueline (Kevin) Ansel, both of Dubuque;

his grandchildren,
Michael Hummel, Timothy Hammel, Elijah Hammel, Kaden Ansel, Kendra Ansel and Kyrah Ansel;

his brothers,
William (LaVon) Hammel
and Gerald (Carol) Hammel, both of Dubuque;

his sister-in-law, Jean Hammel, of Dubuque;

and two brothers-in-law,
Tom Zwack,
and Roger Dean, both of Dubuque.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Joseph, in infancy, and Thomas Hammel; and 2 sisters, Pat Zwack and Kay Dean.

A Ronald L. Hammel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ron's family would like to thank Dr. Ringold, and the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsey, for all of their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Elmer L. Harder


Elmer L. Harder, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Elmer Louis Harder was born on May 27, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Edward Louis and Christina Sophia (Jessen) Harder. He was a 1942 graduate of Delmar High School and married Wilma Jane Saunders on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012. They were married for over 70 years until Peg passed away on January 22, 2015.

Elmer was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He had been a Boy Scout leader for a number of years, coached Little League and also worked as a carpenter. He was a lover of all animals his entire life. Following retirement, he enjoyed traveling and his flower and vegetable gardens.

Those left to honor Elmer's memory include a son, Gary Lee Harder, of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Dorothea Miller, of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents' a brother, Ernest; a son, Larry Edward, on May 22, 1991; and his wife, Wilma J. "Peg" Harder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer L. Harder memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol J. DeVries


Carol J. DeVries, 88, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Carol was born on October 16, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Helen (Lehmann) Neumeister.  She was united in marriage to John F. DeVries on March 1, 1949 in Dubuque.

She was formerly employed at the F. W. Woolworth Company for many years.  Carol was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She and John directed and performed in the East Dubuque Variety Shows for over 30 years. Carol was a lifelong Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and an avid Nascar fan, cheering on her favorite driver, # 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Carol enjoyed crocheting, working puzzles, being with her friends and going to the casino with Norb and Shirley.

Surviving are three children, Deborah Haigh of Dubuque, Iowa, Randy (Linda) DeVries of Charlotte, North Carolina and Guy (Patty) DeVries of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Tisha (Nate Ernst) Montgomery, Brandon (Lisa) DeVries, Rob (Laura) Donner, Heather (John) Hickie, Matt (Sara) DeVries and Ashley (Jason) Lange; 11 great-grandchildren; and her granddogs, Buddy, Ozzy and Ruby.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John F. DeVries, son-in-law Al Haigh, and a brother, Edward Neumeister, Jr.

A Carol J. DeVries memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family wish to thank Drs. Angela Kelly and Mark Hermann and their staffs for the care provided to their mother and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Peggy for their loving care of Mom during the final days of her life.  "They are truly God's Angels on earth."

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

 

 



Joseph P. Stelpflug


Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug, age 24, of Potosi, WI, was called home suddenly at 5:28 a.m., on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin Madison, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born on November 23, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gary and Chris (Heiring) Stelpflug.

In his early years, Joe would discover the value of intelligence, energetically grasping the day, and the joys of working the farm. Whether it was planting the crops, bringing in the harvest, or a cold winter's night bottle feeding; Joe would find a true inner satisfaction which only comes from the gift of tending to God's creation. When his chores were completed, and the work for the day was done, Joe would eagerly jump on the nearest 4 wheeler and happily blaze some new trails if the worn ones just weren't fulfilling his thirst for the open air. Joe would also enjoy many carefree evenings listening to his favorite rock-n-roll beneath the stars while hanging out with his friends at the camper. Unfortunately, none of the worlds problems would truly be solved during these gatherings, but an honest effort would always be put forth and later in life all involved would discover that the memories which remain would prove to be the real treasure. Joe would also endeavor in a little horsepower, and driving skills, challenge on the track from time to time. It was not uncommon to witness him venturing down Highway 20, on his way to Earlville, in his 1970 Fairlane which was about to be redlined with an adrenaline induced smile placed firmly upon his face. Joe was not all work and play though; an occasional trip to the Caribbean with his family, or an impromptu drive to Florida, where never out of the question when Joe was willing to reap a little of the fruits of his labors. Sadly, Joey would only get to spend 25 years here with us. His light would shine brightly, swift and true and his trail would be an absolute adventure throughout his earthly journey. He has been called home much to early, and peace from this unrelenting sorrow and pain seems beyond impossible today. But thankfully we believe that in time we'll capture more and more of the wonderful memories of Joe passing through our minds each hour, and we have faith that we will all see him again one day in an absolute state of perfection with all of us free from the flaws of a much too broken mortal world.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his parents,
Gary and Chris Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

his siblings,
Ben (Alissa) Stelpflug, Harmony, MN,
Andrea (Paul Judy) Stelpflug, Potosi, WI,
Danielle (Will) Johnson, Milford, IA
and Jeff Stelpflug, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Logan, Sean, and Grace Stelpflug, Harrison Judy and Theodore Johnson;

his maternal grandmother,
Ramona (Dorrance Herzog) Heiring, Dubuque, IA;

his paternal granparents,
Robert and Joanne Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

several aunts, uncles and cousins;

and his faithful canine companion,
Sophie.

Joe was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, James Heiring.

A Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Joe's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Vinny and Alex for all of their loving support and friendship throughout the years.

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

 



Eilene Ione Baalson Busch


Eilene Ione Baalson Busch, aged 84, of Maquoketa IA, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA.

A celebration of Eilene's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Eilene was born January 31, 1932, to Rev. Elmo and Dora (Sandvig) Baalson in Minneapolis, MN. She was later joined by twins Clarence and Clarice and sister Marilyn. The family moved from Hayward, Wisconsin to Waterville, Iowa, where their father was the minister to two small country churches. They grew up helping on the small parish farm allotted to the minister's family to supplement his salary.

Eilene graduated from Waterville High School in 1950, and played forward on the girls' 1948 State Championship basketball team. There were no divisions at that time, so their tiny school played the much larger city teams. 

She graduated with a BA from Luther College, majoring in Social Science and the Bible. While at Luther, she sang in the Nordic Choir, sang the Messiah, participated in women's intramurals, was on the yearbook staff, and was part of the Dorian Society, the frontrunner to Luther's Dorian Festival. Beginning her lifelong commitment to serve others, Eilene earned a Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. 

Her first position was at Lutheran Social Services in Mason City, and served St. James Lutheran as the Choir Director. One Sunday, her friends introduced her to the new ministerial intern, Emmett Busch. After standing and talking in the hallway for over two hours, they realized that the lights were off, everyone was gone and the church was locked. Eilene and Emmett were married on September 1, 1957. 

Eilene continued her social work career with the Department of Human Services in Alison and Dubuque. While her children were in school, she was a substitute teacher in the Bellevue and Andrew school systems. She finished her paid career with 20 years as the Jackson County Hospital social worker. Eilene also served on the boards of Families of Northeast Iowa, the Iowa Board of Social Work, the Jackson County Board of Health, and the Jackson County Regional Health Care Center.

Eilene had a life-long passion for music. In her later years, her days revolved around her piano and organ students' lessons and activities. She directed church and community choirs for 40 years.

Eilene was often described as the "Energizer Bunny". Her energy level and list of things she could accomplish in a day was dizzying. She was an avid golfer, quilter, and bowler. Her vacations took her fishing and cruising to foreign ports. She made dozens of Norwegian cookies at Christmas for gifts to her friends. She learned rosemaling, a Norwegian decorative painting, in 1976, and painted year round, giving her art as gifts or donating the items as fund raisers for the church, the hospital and Ohnward Fine Arts Center.

Eilene is survived by her four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN; Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO; David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI; and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon (Carolyn), Shira, Trinity and Blake. She is also survived by two sisters, Clarice (LaTrelle) Smoot of Moro, OR; and Marilyn Baalson of Chicago, Il; a brother Clarence (Donna) Baalson of Clear Lake, IA, many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of current and former piano / organ students and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emmett, her parents, baby sister Doris Elmira, and daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and especially it's CEO, Geoffrey Lauer. Your help and support navigating the difficult path of caring for family members with brain injuries is deeply appreciated. www.biaia.org

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Luther College, Hospice of Jackson County, or First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.

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



Kenneth J. Helmke


Kenneth J. "Ken" Helmke, 67, of Dubuque died Monday, October 17, 2016.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Friday at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, where visitation will also be held from 9:15 to 10:15. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ken was born August 4, 1949 in Wausau, Wisc., son of Earl and Emma (Schmahl) Helmke. He graduated from Grinnell High School, received his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, his Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Dubuque.

He enjoyed reading, genealogy, and had a love of God and family.

Ken is survived by his wife, Lynn, of Dubuque; four children, Sherri Reding of Dubuque and her children, Jordan, Andrea and Marissa; Jonathan (Amy) Helmke of Nacogdoches, Texas and their children, Samuel and Laura; Elisa Helmke of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Laura (David) Ten Clay of Burbank, Ill., and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Joseph. He is also survived by his mother, Emma Helmke, of Grinnell; siblings Mark (Beth) Helmke of Geneva, Ill, Eloise (Gary) Froah of Newton, Iowa, Sara (Victor) Gaultney of England, and Tom Helmke of Des Moines, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Helmke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ken Helmke Memorial Fund.

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



Glen O. Nightingale


Glen O. "Bonz" Nightingale, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Glen's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.

Glen Owen Nightingale was born on January 15, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Dale Owen and Cleo Linnie (Robbins) Nightingale. He was a graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Lou Whiting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 1995. He later married Peggy Sue Paysen on November 20, 2007 in Jamaica.

Glen was a dedicated man to his job at Alliant Energy. His wife declares he was married to his job of 39 years. He started as a meter reader and later became a lineman/mechanic. He would constantly tell stories about climbing poles and the winters he suffered through. Even talked about getting frostbitten! Through his stories you could tell his love for his job.

Glen was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club #3866 in Maquoketa. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Glen's memory include his wife, Peggy Sue Nightingale, of Maquoketa, IA; children Kristie (Shane) Neunaber of Anamosa, IA, Mindy (Steve Eiselstein) Fagen of North Liberty, IA, Destiny (Nicholas) Schneider of Maquoketa, IA, Nicole (Jake Parker) Paysen of IN, Tom (Angela) LaPointe of St. Louis, MO, Scottie Bowerman of Monticello, IA, David (Lori) Nightingale of Monticello, IA, Clay (Brenda) Johnson of Peoria, IL, and Corey (Brittany) Johnson of Maquoketa, IA; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren with two on the way; a brother, Owen (Alice) Nightingale, of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a sister, J.D. (Ron) Moore of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou; and a daughter, April.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Glen O. Nightingale memorial fund has been established.

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



Donna J. Clauer


Donna J. Clauer, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully, and suddenly, at 6:05 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donna was born on October 23, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Virginia (Barry) Graham.

Donna was united in marriage to Dennis O. Clauer on April 1, 1967 at St. Mary's Church. They would spend 17 years together, and be blessed with 2 wonderful children, before Dennis was called home ahead of her on June 12, 2009. In her younger years, Donna was quite social and would spend many evenings out either bowling or dancing and listening to music with her friends. Donna loyally gave over 30 years of her working career to Regency Thermographers. Her well earned retirement was a milestone she cheerfully obtained, but unfortunately health issues would begin to find their way into her life shortly after. Simple pleasures soon became the highlight of her days; so a light-hearted phone conversation, or getting settled into her comfy chair for the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, or Law and Order would be the moments where Donna would find subtle serenity. She was a motivated seamstress for new additions to her family, who would generously share her talents by creating unique quilts specially for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, Donna has listened to her last Patsy Cline album, and a visible decline in area garage sales attendance will be evident; but we have faith that she is now free of her earthly confines, and ailments, and that one day we will all embrace our dear sweet mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend again.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her children,
James "Jim" Clauer, Dubuque, IA
and Judi (Heath Rummelhart) Clauer, North Liberty, IA;

two grandchildren,
Rylee and Cameron Rummelhart, North Liberty, IA;

her mother and step father,
Virginia (Roger) Link, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
Rex (Judy) Graham, Bellevue, IA,
Ann (Bob) Buol, TX
and Jerry Link, Dubuque, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Harold Graham.

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

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

 



Donald M. Schmit


Donald M. Schmit, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:09 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Don was born on March 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Michael and Jeanette "Chick" (Franzen) Schmit.

Don honorably served his country for 6 years with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Don took great pride in his strong work ethic and was proud of the 25 years he invested his time and talents at Georgia Pacific. Family was a continual priority to Don and he generously cared for both of his parents during their later years in life. In his free time, Don always found his greatest joy in a little socializing with those around him; whether a neighborhood friend, or child, looking for some pleasant conversation, or simply relaxing on a stool with his friends at the Grand Tap. He was also well known for his love of walking everywhere, and anywhere, as he never actually owned a car and was perfectly content to live out his days in such a manner. Don has left us suddenly and we mourn his swift absence, but we know that he is now reunited with his heavenly family and we thank God for the 82 years He shared Don with us.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his brother,
Charles "Chuck" (Lil) Schmit, Galena, IL;

a sister-in-law,
Geneva Schmit, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert O. "Bob" Schmit Sr.

A Donald M. Schmit memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Dale A. Puls


Dale A. Puls, age 77, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:47 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Dale was born on the family farm in Sherrill on April 28, 1939, son of Milton and Leona (Tigges) Puls.

Dale was a very proud lifelong Sherrill resident who received his education at Ss. Peter and Paul School. He was united in marriage to Carol Trierweiler on June 19, 1962, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and their union would be blessed with 54 years together, and a beautiful daughter, Denise. Dale would devote his years to treasuring the two women in his life and not a day would pass where his actions wouldn't clearly depict where his heart truly thrived. Dale would graciously complete his responsibility of tending to God's creation in a truly honorable fashion. Farming was his task and the daily chores, and countless harvest seasons, were never perceived as a burden; but rather as a generous gift of a piece of this world which had been specifically granted into his care. He would also eagerly invest over 46 years of his time and talents working as an A. I. Cattle Inseminator, while simultaneously making countless new friends around the county. When he wasn't putting his hands to work on the farm, you could easily find Dale volunteering endless hours over his 55 year mission spent among his friends, and neighbors, at the Sherrill Fire Department. Dale was also a member of many organizations throughout his life; including the Northeast Iowa Red Fox Hunting Association, Iowa Firefighters Association, Dubuque Farm Bureau, Catholic Order of Foresters Court #1709 and finally he would diligently attempt to benefit numerous Bowling Leagues around town with his enduring drive to capture that elusive 300 game. But Dale also understood the value of balance in life, and when a little free-time would develop within his day, he could surely be discovered visiting with friends. Whether it was sharing his wealth of knowledge about farming, discussing the market prices of the day, or simply solving the worlds problems with confidence; you could be sure that Dale's day was complete if a little social time had been accomplished. Now, Dale was a faithful and loyal man till the end and his commitment to his family and friends will never be forgotten. Sadly, the world is a lesser place today without Dale walking beside us, but we know that his soul is finally at rest in eternal peace and we thankfully discover comfort throughout our loss because we know, and trust, that we will all be reunited with our loving husband, devoted father and good friend again one day.

Those left to cherish Dale's memory include

his loving wife,
Carol Puls, Sherrill, IA;

his deeply adored daughter,
Denise Puls, Dubuque, IA;

a nephew,
David Puls, Sherrill, IA;

a very special friend,
Sr. Paula Maloy;

and his favorite feline buddy,
Midnight.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin (Betty) Puls; and his in-laws, Alfred (Doris) Trierweiler.

A Dale A. Puls memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dale's family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank-you to the Sherrill Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of the family and friends who have traveled alongside Dale on his journey through the last two years. We couldn't have done it without you and may God bless you all for your time, compassion and sincere friendship.

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

 



Randall T. Ring


Randall Thomas "Randy" Ring, 66, of Dubuque passed away surrounded by his family on October 16, 2016 at home.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Randy was born on August 3, 1950 in Dubuque, IA the son of Virginia Motsch and Robert Ring.

Randy loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved wife of 45 years, Sandy. Randy and Sandy were always by each other's side and could often be spotted wearing coordinating outfits as they ventured out together. He was a devoted father and he loved his children beyond measure. Randy was a doting grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love, attention and his special chocolate cupcakes. Randy also enjoyed watching NASCAR and rooting for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Go Junior!).
He was a hard worker and he left school when he was only 14 years-old to help support his mother and his siblings. Randy was employed by J & J Tree Service for 30 years. He was a skilled wood worker. He loved to have a project to work on and could fix anything or build it from scratch.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Motsch, his father Robert Ring, his in-laws Francis and Lillian White and his sister-in-law Jackie White.

Randy is survived by his wife Sandy Ring (White), his children Julie Oppelt (Roger), Rick Ring (Sarah) and Amy Adkins (Ben), his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his siblings Linda Slattery (Don), Barbara McDermott, Wayne Ring, Susan Doerr and Dan Ring and his step-father Herman Motsch.

He will be forever missed.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the wonderful nurses who provided Randy with care and comfort.



Steven R. Leslein

Steven Ronald Leslein, 67, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family following a 22-month courageous and dignified battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Josh Martyn officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will also be after 9:30 a.m. at the church Thursday until time of service.

Steve was born on May 12th, 1949, the son of Melvin and Carmen (Nelson) Leslein. He was united in marriage to Janis Twachtmann on July 23rd, 1977 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Steve was employed at John Deere until 1984 when he started a series of businesses: Central Auto Sales, Leslein Toppers, Spanky's Pawn Shop, and J & S Sandblasting.

Steve was a lifelong fisherman and knew every slough and wing dam on the upper Mississippi River. He was a former member of the Dubuque Walleye Club and Walleye Anglers Trail. He was fortunate enough to have competed in five Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championships. However, his favorite tournament was the Dubuque Walleye Club's annual Kid's Day tournament.

He was an avid collector of antique automobiles and enjoyed driving with his wife through the scenic back roads of Iowa and Wisconsin. Steve had a remarkable memory and was a consummate jokester and storyteller who was enlivened by those surrounding him. He was a larger than life character who will be missed by all who knew him.

He loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments. Steve especially loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them at every opportunity.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Janis, son Tim (Connie Winter) Leslein, of Dubuque, daughter Tammy (Markus) Machers, of St. Charles, IL, daughter Lia (Tony) DiBlasi of McKinney, TX, and son Dr. Nicholas Leslein, of San Francisco, CA. Grandchildren, Brittany (James) Gaylord, Olivia Leslein, Emma Mae Machers, Ella Rose and Quinn DiBlasi; great grandchildren, James "Trip" Gaylord and Mylo Leslein; and Connie's daughter Madison. His mother-in-law Joyce Twachtmann, sisters-in-law Sheri (Mike) Neilly, and Barb Twachtmann, along with his loving nephews and nieces.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a Steven R. Leslein memorial fund will be established to support Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque Walleye Club Kid's Day tournament.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff as well as Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful compassionate care and service they provided.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Sandra M. Buelow


Sandra "Sandie" M. Buelow, 75, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 16, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Iowa City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sandie was born February 1, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Erwin and Dorothy (Steffen) Buelow. She was employed at Northeast Iowa Community College, retiring after nearly 30 years.

Sandie enjoyed decorating for holidays, playing computer games, and taking trips to the dog track. She was dedicated to her family, and loved spending time with them.

Sandie is survived by her siblings, Richard (Doris) Buelow of Tioga, LA, David Buelow, Allan (Gerianne) Buelow, Barb (Melvin) Green, and Linda (Mike) Ansel, all of Dubuque; her brother in law, Dan Tuegel of Dubuque; 17 nieces and nephews, Michael (Annette) Buelow, Brian (Angie) Buelow, Jesse Green, Jerry (Rachel) Green, Jennie (nee Green) (John) Miner, Melissa (nee Buelow) (Matt) Kane, Brad Buelow, Michelle (nee Ansel) (Brian) Bahr, Tonya Ansel, Andrew Ansel, Jeremy Ansel, Nicholas (Dede) Ansel, Sarah (nee Buelow) (Brian) Scheid, Greg Buelow, Tony Buelow, Joe Buelow, and T.J. Haislet; and 13 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Donna (nee Buelow) Tuegel; and her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sandra M. Buelow Memorial Fund.

Sandie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ringold and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis; the staff at Care Initiatives; and University of Iowa Surgical Intensive Care Unit for all of the kind, professional, and compassionate care you gave to Sandie and her family.

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



Benjamin Cruz Peterson


Benjamin Cruz Peterson, precious infant son of Nathan and Shauna Peterson, was called home to the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:14 p.m., surrounded by his loving family at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Benjamin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Benjamin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin was born into his earthly life on July 15, 2016, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nathan and Shauna (Ryan) Peterson.

Although the Lord only granted us 3 months with Benjamin, his impact on those around him was swift and true. His smile could easily warm your heart in a split second and the gentle grasp of his petite hand was sure to remind us of the infinite beauty of innocence. Benjamin's greatest joy could be found in the endless cuddling he continually received from his adoring family. His memory will slowly console our absolutely broken hearts, but we find peace in knowing that our little Cherub is now playing with all of his new friends who've also been called home much to early. We must regrettably wait patiently until we can once again lovingly embrace our beautiful baby boy, but thankfully we'll be able to join hands as we listen to the choirs of angels together.

Those left to cherish Benjamin's memory include

his loving parents,
Nathan and Shauna Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

his adoring siblings,
Cayden, Jazlynne and Viviana Peterson, all at home;

his maternal grandparents,
Gery and Connie Ryan, Dubuque, IA;

his paternal grandmother,
Gwen Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal greatgrandparents,
John and B.J. Alton, LA
and Pat Ryan, California;

and his aunts and uncles,
Michelle (Ed) Roling, Dyersville, IA,
Matthew Peterson, Dubuque, IA,
Troy Capesius, Dubuque, IA,
Dustin (Lindsey) Ryan, Dubuque, IA,
Nathan Ryan, Dubuque, IA
and Alisha Ryan, Germany;

he is also survived by numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and his church family.

Benjamin was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents.

A Benjamin Cruz Peterson memorial fund has been established.

Benjamin's family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire Department, the Dubuque Emergency Medical Services, the Dubuque Medical Examiners and the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley for all of their care and compassion.

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

 



George T. Swan


George T. Swan, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday evening, October 16th, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 19th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p. m. Today, October 18th, 2016 at the funeral home. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until time of service. Private family burial will be at a later date.

George was born on May 14, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lincoln and Geraldine (Birkett) Swan. He married Luellen M. Leytem on August 23, 1975.

He worked for K-Mart in Dubuque for 27 years, Strang Construction, and lastly for Dittmer Recycling until 2014.
He was a Green Bay Packer Fan, Chicago Cubs fan and avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed to golf, attend the races, play pool, and his occasional stops to the Casino. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Luellen, two sons Lincoln Swan of Dubuque, and Lucas (Joy) Swan of Dubuque, two grandchildren Gavin and Aliah. His brother David Swan of Peosta. His brothers and sisters-in-law; Mary Kay Leytem, Bill Leytem, of Dubuque, Ann Wortley, of Rockford, IL, Jani (Garth) Tomkins, of Asbury, John (Lois) Leytem, Jr., Joe (Maureen) Leytem, of Asbury, Connie Kemp, of Mesa, Arizona, Madonna (Roger) Sopha, of Arlington, WI, Sue (Bill) Davis, of Durango, IA, Lynn (Dick) Koos, of Peosta along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law John and Lenore Leytem and brothers-in-law Loras Kemp and Michael Leytem.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Jennifer; Dr. Christian Schultheis and the nurses and staff of the oncology department at Medical Associates for all their loving care and compassion they gave to George.

In lieu of flowers a George T. Swan memorial fund has been established.



Madge M. Fuglsang


Madge M. Fuglsang, 52, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Madge's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, October 20, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Madge Marie Klossner was born on September 14, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Danny G. and Jean L. (Ostrander) Klossner. She was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Kevin Fuglsang on August 13, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Branden and Nathan.

Madge had worked various customer service jobs throughout the years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was always giving and thinking of others.

Madge enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos, camping, and euchre. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Those left to honor Madge's memory include her husband, Kevin Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; sons Branden (and fiancé Nicole Ryan) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, and Nathan (and girlfriend Mary Pirc) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kaden Fuglsang, Austin Maury, and Shyla Fuglsang (and grandchild #4 due in April); her mother, Jean Klossner of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Roland (Barb) Klossner of Delmar, IA, Merle Klossner of Maquoketa, IA, and James Klossner of Dubuque, IA; and sisters Carrie (Wayne) Anderson of Dallas, TX, and Penny (and boyfriend Robert Norem) Sabin of Delmar, IA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her father, Danny G. Klossner, on December 20, 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Madge M. Fuglsang memorial fund has been established.

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



Lawrence Van Natta

Lawrence (Larry) Van Natta, 71, of Dubuque, died from complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 9:40 pm at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Holy Ghost Parish, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Visitation will be at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a parish wake service.

Larry was born on December 13, 1944 in Dubuque to Reoa and Donald Van Natta and Cal Holzer, all of Potosi, Wisconsin. He attended various elementary schools in Wisconsin prior to moving to Dubuque, where he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1963.
He enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably from 1964 to 1968. He served on the USS Wright CC2, based out of Norfolk, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. While in port, he was a naval ambassador at the Boston Children's Hospital.

After discharge, he worked at Del Farm Foods and then at John Deere Dubuque Works. During layoffs from John Deere, he worked at Klauer Manufacturing, Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home and Cascade Forestry. He was a good provider for his family.

In 1969, he met his future wife, Linda Noel. Both were volunteers for the Red Cross flood disaster in Dubuque.
In 1970, Larry was confirmed a Catholic. In early 1971, he was married to Linda at St. Raphael's Cathedral by Archbishop James Byrne.

Larry was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, the UAW Local 94, UAW Region 4 Veterans Committee, Dubuque Auxiliary Police (where he received a mayor's commendation for serving the City for over 25 years), American Legion Post 6, Dubuque Citizen's Band Radio Club and was a demonstrator of blacksmithing every year at the Froehlich, Iowa Foundation Fall-Der-All. He also was a donor for the Iowa Donor Network.

He loved God and country and advocated for disabled veterans whenever he could. He was honored and humbled to receive a Quilt of Valor in 2015. He also had a profound love and respect for anyone with any type of disability. He was a wonderful guardian to his older, disabled sister, Elaine. He loved to mentor children and teach them how to fish, hunt and shoot archery.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda, his daughters, Lori (Tom) Kirkpatrick, Kate (Steve) Dean, son, Scott (Rachel) Van Natta and daughter-in-law Sarah Van Natta. He is also survived by grandchildren Mallory and Allison Morris, Jacob, Logan and Riley Dean, Caleb Van Natta and Chase Van Natta. He was a loving master to his faithful dog, Buster. Larry is also survived by his brother, Robert (Lorraine) Van Natta of Potosi, WI. his special aunt, Helen Wentz of Woodruff, WI, many special cousins on the Wentz side of the family, sister-in-law Nancy Eisbach, brother-in-law Gary (Betty) Noel of Jefferson City, TN and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Anthony (Tony) Van Natta, his parents, his sister Elaine Van Natta, several special aunts and uncles, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Florence Noel, brother-in-law, Peter Eisbach and aunt and uncle Elmer and Rosemary Friedman.

A Lawrence Van Natta Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to especially thank Heidi Davis, RN, Finley Home Care; the Nursing, Respiratory and Social Worker staff at Finley Hospital; Quality Medical Care of Dubuque; John Hartmann, D.O.; Douglas Hornick, M.D.and staff at UIHC and especially Victoria Famuyide, M.D., and her nurse, Jennifer, at Grand River Medical Center.



Dorothy A. Strub


Dorothy A. Strub, 96, of Dubuque died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at home.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Dorothy was born March 15, 1920 in Freeburg, Minn., daughter of Jesse and Winifred (Moore) Garrett. She attended Waukon Public Schools. On June 12, 1939 she married Mark Strub in New Albin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1985.

Dorothy was the "Milk Lady" for 16 years for the St. Joseph the Worker lunch program. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

She enjoyed baking, playing cards and gardening.
Dorothy is survived by four sons, Dick (Louise) of Dubuque, Mike (Vickie) of Dubuque, Pat (Sue) of Rock Island, Ill., and Mark of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Mary Ann of Dubuque; a son-in-law, Charlie Klump of North Riverside, Ill., 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Donna; two brothers, Earl and Ray Garrett, and two sisters, Cleo Gromlich and Wilma Berwanger.

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

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

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan M. Schoen


Joan M. Schoen, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18 with the parish rosary/scripture service at 3:45 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 - 9:45 am on Wednesday, October 19 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Joan was born on July 3, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Lobstein) Prindiville. She was a 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. Joan was united in marriage to John A. Schoen on January 8, 1955 in Chicago.

She loved golfing, playing bridge, and travel. Joan was a member of St. Mary's Parish. She was very devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband John; six children, J. Andrew (Deb) Schoen of Dallas, Texas, Michael (Vicky) Schoen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Susan (Russ) Coblentz of Naperville, Illinois, Peter (Karla) Schoen of Dubuque, Iowa, Laura (Jeff) Mootz of Neenah, Wisconsin and Daniel (Roberta) Schoen of Dubuque; 14-grandchildren, Christopher, Kim, Connor, Kaylee, Russell, Brittney, Courtney, Brandon, Brooke, Eric, Emily, Alexander, Natalie and Dalton; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Silas and Hendrix.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard (Majel) Prindiville.

John and family wish to thank the nurses Karen, Liz, Laura, Sister Brigid and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for the excellent care provided to Joan.

Memorials may be given to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Schoen Family Charitable Trust.

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



Marion Bailey Ryan


Marion Bailey Ryan passed away on October 13, 2006. She was born July 09, 1921, to Lucy (Murphy) and Clyde Bailey, in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Flint Northern High School and Flint Junior College. From 1944-46, she was a hostess for Capital Airlines. While based in Milwaukee, she met Leo LeRoy (Lee) Ryan, who worked for Northwest Airlines. They married in 1946 and raised their three daughters in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

During her life Marion also worked as a bank teller, secretary, and switchboard operator.

She served many years as a Girl Scout troop leader and was active in the Milwaukee Chapter of Clipped Wings, an organization for former United Airlines flight attendants. She was a talented seamstress and cake decorator, and was active in her churches in the Milwaukee area and then at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel after she moved to Dubuque in 2006.

Marion is survived by daughters Tracey Rush (John) of Dubuque and Mary Lee Ryan of Milwaukee; her grandchildren Christopher (Amy) Rush of Newport News, VA, Timothy Rush of Milwaukee, and Megan (Matthew) Weber of Shawano, WI; and great-grandchildren Julia and Ethan Rush, and Jeremiah, Jenilee, and Coryanne Weber. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Sally Gruber, son-in-law Jim Gruber, brother James Bailey and sister Beverly Fisher.

Visitation will be held 4:30-7:00pm on November 22 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Road in Dubuque, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7. Memorials may be sent in Marion's memory to the Northeast Iowa School of Music scholarship fund 2728 Asbury Rd, Suite 200, Dubuque IA 52001, or to Shawano Baptist Church, 710 E. Green Bay Street, Shawano WI, 54166.

The family would like to thank the staff of Sunset Park Place for their loving care of Marion, and to the many friends who visited with her and watched over her during her final weeks.

 



Darlene M. Weber


Darlene M. Weber, 92, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Manor Care, surrounded by her loving family.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on April 27, 1924, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford and Calista (Wolter) Noggle. She was a dedicated member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America for several years and donated to many Veteran organizations. She loved her family more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them. She had a smile for everyone and made sure you felt like a friend from the moment she met you. Her standard greeting was "Hi Honey" whether she knew you or not. Darlene had a beautiful spirit and will be deeply missed.

She married Burdette "Jack" Weber on December 27, 1944 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque and was his loving wife for nearly 60 years. Even after all that time, he still referred to her as his bride.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin (Kathy) Weber and James Weber; her sisters Lorraine Shafer and Dolores Stillmunkes; her brother Dwayne "Butch" (Shirley) Noggle, and 4 grandchildren, Gabe Weber, Tina (Jason) Hartman, Kristopher Weber and Kara Weber and great grandsons, Jack and Logan Weber.

Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2002, her son Joseph Weber, her son Gerald (Jerry) Weber, her daughter in law Karen Weber and her granddaughter Fawn Weber.

Flowers are welcome for the service or donations may be made at the visitation.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Nichole and Betsy; Manor Care, and Dr. Ward and his staff for all of the wonderful care they gave to Darlene.

 



Mark G. Kane


Mark G. Kane 35 of Asbury Iowa passed away Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Monday October 17, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery New Melleary. Friends may call from 1 to 5 pm Sunday October 16, 2016 at the funeral home.

Mark was born on August 22, 1981 in Dubuque the son of Michael Kane and Deanna (Thimmesch) Kane. He married Robin Barton on August 3, 2002 in Dubuque. Mark graduated from Hempstead High School in 2000 and was active with the Wrestling program. He worked for AIM Manufacturing Co. in Cascade and formerly worked for Premier Tooling in Peosta. He was a hardworking man who enjoyed body building and weight lifting along with the Oakland Raiders. His children were his greatest love and he especially enjoyed spending time with them and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Robin, two children Kylie and Luke Kane, two step children Jordan and Logan Steuer, his father Mike (Margie) Kane of Epworth, his mother Deanna Kane of Dubuque, two brothers Terry (Amy) Kane of Epworth and Kevin Kane of Dubuque, his maternal grandfather Harold Thimmesch, father-in-law, Bob (Memory) Barton, brothers-in-law, Jamie Barton and Justin Nank, and many aunt's uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Malia West, maternal grandmother Anna Mae Thimmesch, paternal grandparents Joe and Angie Kane, an aunt Mary Jo Kiernan, and uncles, John Beireis and Jim Haudenshield.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to benefit his children.

 



Patricia A. Rupp


Patricia A. "Pat" Rupp, 81, of Dubuque, died Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, with her family by her side.
Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held immediately after the wake.

Throughout her career in journalism, Pat worked at Brown Publishing, Telegraph Herald and after her retirement, wrote the DuTrac Community Credit Union Newsletter and originated the Preserving Memories Workshop.

She was born on September 4, 1935, in Portland Oregon, the only child of William and Harriett (Hefferon) Gleeson. She grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and attended The Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque, Iowa. She married the love of her life, James J. (Jim) Rupp on December 2, 1961, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Pat enjoyed reading and good conversation. She was a talented artist including oil and china painting and was an avid writer.

Pat was known to be an elegant, classy lady and a true friend. She was willing to share her beautiful smile and outgoing personality with everyone she met. She loved to spend time with her friends and family, and especially the "lunch bunch sisters" and her significant other of six years, Charlie Kutsch.

Surviving are three daughters, Missy (Greg) Tuthill and Marni (Joe) Schmit, both of Dubuque, and Tassie (Joe) Carter, of Sherrill, Iowa, and son Terry Rupp of Independence, Missouri. Her grandchildren added much joy to her life. They are Jennifer (Erik) Johnson, Trevor, Taylor and Jordan Tuthill, Maddie and Austin Schmit, Joshua, Noah and Aliyah Carter, Angel (Andrew) Halverson, Arin and Adam Rupp, and great-grandchildren Dakota, Landon, Ronin, and Meelo.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Jim Rupp, and son Michael Rupp.

In lieu of flowers, a Pat Rupp Memorial Fund has been established.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert W. Barker


Robert W. Barker, Sr., 79, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 14, 2016, at his home in rural Delmar, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Robert Wallace Barker was born on November 4, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Wallace L. and Olive (Butz) Barker. He grew up in rural Welton and graduated from Welton High School in 1955. He farmed and served with the 185th Artillery, 34th Division Red Bull Army National Guard Unit for eight years, and then worked for Central Steel in Camanche for seven years. For the next 17 years he worked as a machine operator and inspector at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy. He then went to truck driving school in Bettendorf and worked for Scott County Ready Mix for 14 years, retiring in 2005.

Robert married Nancy L. Hamann on November 4, 1961 in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: twins Robert Wallace Jr. and John Henry, Darryl and Kevin. Robert and Nancy later divorced in 1978, and on November 20, 1982 he married Shirley M. Miller in Andrew, Iowa. Shirley preceded him in death on December 28, 2006.

Robert had been a member of the UAW while working at Caterpillar. He loved music, dancing, attending country western shows, polka and waltz bands, and had played Tenor Sax and Trumpet in the Welton High School Band. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and attending the Great Welton Tractor Ride every September as well as the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant each year. He especially loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Robert Barker, Jr. of Urbandale, IA, Darryl (Toni) Barker of Adel, IA, and Kevin (Kari) Barker of Durant, IA; step-children- Steven Schurbon of Scottsdale, AZ, Pamela (John) Knopf of Dubuque, IA, and Kathy (Bob) Bauer of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law- Rosie Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Dustin, Dylan, Jordan and Max Barker; 7 step-grandchildren, Johnny and Michael Knopf, Derek, Kari and Kristen Schurbon, Shey Bauer and Josey Driscoll; and 10 step-great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan and Liam Bauer, Jarrett and Talan Driscoll, Kahler Vance, Michael Knopf, Luke, Noah and Andrew Henline. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, a sister Evelyn Dierickx, and an infant son John Henry Barker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert W. Barker, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel Matthewson


Daniel Matthewson, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at his home.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with a memorial service at noon.

Dan was born on January 21, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lowell "Jeff", and Anita (Butters) Matthewson.

Dan graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966. He then served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970 as a weapons mechanic. Dan worked as a roofer for many years at Rafoth Roofing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching the Chicago Cubs.

He is survived by his children, Marc (Sarah) Matthewson, Kevin (Jen) Kerstein, and Myra Nelson; brothers Tim (Pat) Matthewson, Brian Matthewson, and sister Mary (Bill) Genzler; grandchildren Riley, Stella, Brendan, Kacey, Brooklyn, Breanna, Blake, Blain; and several nieces and nephews. He is also fondly remembered by his companion, Arlene, and her children.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Dan Matthewson memorial fund has been established.

 



Hilda Haxmeier


Hilda Haxmeier, 104, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at Manor Care.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17th. Friends may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Hilda was born February 18, 1912, in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Michael and Susan (Kremer) Mueller. She married Arnold Haxmeier June 30, 1936 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, LaMotte, IA. He preceded her in death on March 11, 1984.

Hilda enjoyed playing cards, reading books, putting puzzles together and watching the Chicago Cubs. She liked spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker parish and St. Joseph the Worker Senior Citizens Pot Luck and Card Club. For many years she helped with funeral dinners at St. Joseph's. She was a parishioner of St. Catherine's parish for 37 years. For many of those years she decorated the altars with her own flowers. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

Her culinary skills were remarkable. Holidays won't be the same without Hilda's pies. She enjoyed speaking Luxembourg with old friends and anyone else who could speak the Luxembourg dialect. Her memory was extraordinary. She was the person people would go to for information about the history of families from LaMotte, St. Theresa's and St. Catherines. Hilda loved her church and the rosary.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Haas and Joan (Rudy) Bellmann,; a son, William "Bill" Haxmeier, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Deborah Haas, Jeffrey (Ann) Haas, Julie (John) Bartlett, Jenifer (Syrus) Esau, June Haas and Robert Bellmann; nine great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mueller, Veronica Hanson and Evelyn (Melvin) Lenz, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred O'Hearn, Viola Sutton and Anita Mae Fox; four brothers, LeRoy, Clarence, Anthony "Charlie" and Alvin "Pete" Mueller; a son-in-law, Clair Haas; a granddaughter, Janet Bellmann; and a great-granddaughter, Andrea Bellmann.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and well wishes extended to Hilda during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Merle F. Brady


Merle F. Brady, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 13, 2016, at her daughter's home in Sabula, Iowa.

A celebration of Merle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 17, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Merle Frances Dick was born on April 17, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ray and Mabel (Hute) Dick. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Leonard "Vern" Brady on December 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2007.

Merle had farmed with her husband and worked as a secretary for Schoenthaler and Lee Law Office, Kirchhoff Locker and Hoffman Eggs for many years.

Merle had been a member of the Codfish Hollow Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, line dancing, puzzles and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Merle's memory include her children, Nancy (Mrs. Tim) Parson of Sabula, IA and Marsha (Mrs. Dennis) Weets of Monument, CO; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a grandson Kevin "Buck" Tracy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merle F. Brady memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dula K. Bockenstedt


Dula K. Bockenstedt, 84, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. John Haugen will officiate.

Dula was born November 24, 1931 in New Vienna, the daughter of James and Agatha (Langel) Girouex. She married Laverne "Toby" Bockenstedt on November 26, 1955 in New Vienna. Together they farmed and raised their family northwest of New Vienna until retiring in 1985, when they moved to Colesburg.

Dula received her LPN at St. Mary's School in Rochester, MN. She was a nurse her entire life until her retirement in 2011. Dula was recognized by the Governor for her many years of volunteer service in her community. She loved her family and the time she spent with them. Dula enjoyed spending time caring for her flowers. She and Toby traveled many places together including several trips to Germany, Spain, and most recently Dula took a trip to the Holy Land.

Survivors include her sons: Thomas (Celeste) of Iowa City, Peter (Ruth) of New Vienna, Andrew (Kimberly) of Iowa City and Matthew (Teresa) of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren: Austen, Rayanna and Landon Bockenstedt, Emily (Craig) Heims, Alicia (Paul) Overman, Nicholas (fiancé Keasha Monaghan) Bockenstedt, Shannon (Alex) Carrillo, Carley and Addie Bockenstedt, and step-grandson, Zach Brogan, Benjamin, and Katelin Bockenstedt; 3 great-grandchildren, Anna, Melanie, and Evelyn Heims; and 2 step-great-granddaughters: Lilly and Annie Johns; 2 sisters: Patricia (Kenneth) Fortman of Rochester, MN, and Jeannette (Elmer) Pitterle of Watertown, WI; brother-in-law John Walsh of Oak Park, IL, sisters-in-law Grace Kirsch of Dyersville, Alice M. Bockenstedt of New Vienna, and Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville,

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Toby, in 2013; infant son Paul Anthony; 2 sisters, Phyllis Walsh and Erna (Cletus) Hughes; in-laws Clarence, Martin, Eugene Bockenstedt, and Alice E. Bockenstedt,

Our family would like to thank Hospice of Comfort of Delaware County, the staff at the Good Neighbor Home, and Dr. Christiansen and Jill Bushman for taking such great care of Dula and our family.

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



Clara M. Bergfeld


Clara M. Bergfeld, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa, formerly of Epworth and Farley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. at Oak Crest Care Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Clara may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Catholic Daughter of Americas Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Services for Clara will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 At St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Clara was born May 23, 1929 in Durango, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Lena (Krug) Behnke. She received her education from the English Mills Country School. On July 21, 1948 she was united in marriage to James E. Bergfeld at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1994.

The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area. She sold Stanley Home Products from 1969 to 2015. Clara worked for many years catering with Martha Jane Demmer.

Clara enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and going to Tama with her family and friends. Grandma Bergie loved family reunions with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids in Springbrook, Iowa, known as the "Bergfeld Bash." She was known as Grandma Bergie to many other children in the community.

She is a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa and the Farley Catholic Daughter of the Americas-Presentation Court #1460.

She is survived by her children Roger (Denice) Bergfeld of Dubuque, IA, Jim Bergfeld of Cascade, IA, Terry (Kelly) Bergfeld of Sherrill, IA, Linda (Steve) Hefel of Epworth, IA and Rhonda (Randy) Kramer of Dyersville, IA; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin (Barb) Behnke of Peosta, IA and Ed (Betty) Behnke of Dubuque, IA; one sister, Loretta (Lavern) Frieburger of Holy Cross, IA; two sisters-in-law, Margie Bergfeld of Bernard, IA and Marilyn Bergfeld of Key West, IA; and one aunt, Ann Krug of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James E. Bergfeld; one brother, Joseph Behnke; and one great-grandchild, Roger John Bergfeld.

A Clara M. Bergfeld memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Vera N. Koehler


Vera N. Koehler, of Port Charlotte, Florida and formerly of Dubuque, died on Monday, October 3, 2016, at her South Port Square apartment in Port Charlotte, following a stroke several days earlier. She was 91 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. In celebration of life, Vera requested guests wear bright colors to the service.

Vera was born on January 16, 1925 in Mason City, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Wheelock) Ballard. She took her nurses training at Englewood Hospital in Chicago and began her nursing career in Springfield, Illinois, at Memorial Hospital. On January 18, 1963, she married Fred W. Koehler and the two resided in Dubuque until moving to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1984.

She is survived by three daughters - Carolyn Haslam, Gayle Burdick (John Jensen), and Jo Ellyn Burdick. She will be remembered and missed by her children, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, sisters-in-law, friends, and neighbors.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, on April 17, 1998.

Flowers are welcome for the service, or donations may be made to First Congregational Church in Dubuque or to a charity of your choice.



Michael J. Slaght


Michael J. Slaght, age 70, of Cheyenne, WY, and formerly of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016, with his loving wife of 47 years by his side. To honor Mike's life, private services and committal rites will take place in Wyoming.

Michael was born on April 12, 1946, in Dubuque, son of Maynard R. and Anne B. (Rowan) Slaght.

Mike spent his formative years in Dubuque before he would go on to honorably serve in the military, and with the state of Wyoming. He was blessed with many positive character traits to share with those around him along his earthly journey. Kind, caring, generous and humble are only a few of the words which accurately describe this highly accomplished gentleman. We will surely miss Mike until we are all reunited again; but we find comfort in knowing that he will continually remain present within both our hearts and minds.

Those left to cherish Mike's memory include

his wife,
Carolyn J. (Kirk) Slaght, Cheyenne, WY;

and his 5 siblings, Luanne (Richard) Davis, Rockford, IL, Steve (Kathy) Slaght, William (Lisa) Slaght, Laura Leick and Andrea (James) Yeager, all of Dubuque, IA.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Daniel Slaght.

Memorial in Mike's name may be made to St. Jude's or Shriner's Children's Hospitals.



Kathleen M. McQuillen


Kathleen "Kathy" M. McQuillen, 61, of Holy Cross passed away peacefully from natural causes on Monday, October 10, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, October 15, 2016, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Kathy was born May 19, 1955, in Dubuque, the first born daughter of James E. "Goph" and Mary Jane (Werner) Roth.  She graduated from East Dubuque High School with the Class of 1973. Her career consisted of Crescent Electric Supply Co. and then John Deere Dubuque Works for 37 years until her retirement.

She married Loras "Lefty" McQuillen on November 11, 1978, in East Dubuque, IL, and they were blessed with two daughters.

Kathy will be remembered fondly for her genuine and bubbly personality, as an outstanding softball player, volleyball coach, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite things in life were her husband, two daughters and grandchildren, her pets and her large extended family.

Survivors include her husband, Loras; two daughters: Julie (fiancé Brian Kluesner) McQuillen of Epworth, Angie (Matt) Ahmann of Farley; 4 grandchildren: Evelyn, Blake, Shayla and Harper; siblings: Kim (Jim) Gau of Guttenberg, Cindy (John) Gilligan of Dubuque, Jim Roth of Woodridge, IL, John (Karen) Roth of Naperville, IL, Bill (Judy) Roth of Marion, Bob (Anne) Roth of Peosta and Dave Roth of Brookfield, IL; in-laws: Diane (Ken) Hannan of Rickardsville, Bob (Linda) McQuillen of Peosta, Lyle (Ann) McQuillen of Dubuque, Ruth (Chuck) Gassmann of Ankeny, and Alan (Rose) McQuillen of Peosta; and 34 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. "Goph" and Mary Jane Roth, father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Clotilda (Maiers) McQuillen, a nephew, Pat Hannan, and a stillborn sister-in-law, Mary Ann McQuillen.

In lieu of flowers, a Kathleen McQuillen memorial has been established.

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

 

 



Alma M. Knepper


Alma M. Knepper, 92, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 10, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Alma may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Alma will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA.

Alma was born on August 2, 1924, in Dyersville, Iowa, 2nd oldest of eight children of John and Elizabeth (Pottebaum) Trumm. On June 25, 1952 she was united in marriage to George Knepper at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa. She is a member of St. Matthias Parish.
As a pure, faith filled woman with strong country roots, Alma was an avid gardener and loved to share her produce with family, friends and neighbors. Anyone who visited was sent home with a package of home grown "goodies". She enjoyed canning and making jelly. She was fantastic at making homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. The grandchildren will remember her "bread, butter and applesauce". Although she wouldn't admit such, she was a skilled seamstress and made 1st communion dresses for her children, baptismal gowns for her grandchildren and even a wedding dress for one of her daughters. She was a fan of Johnny Cash, liked to "fiddle" with the harmonica and dance to country music. She had a strong faith with a deep devotion to Mary and the rosary, and by example passed her faith onto her family. Alma enjoyed being outdoors and knew that the little things in life were the most important. More than anything, she enjoyed her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and made each one feel special.

She is survived by her husband, George Knepper of Cascade; nine children, Charles (Sue) Knepper of Cascade, Ruth (Doug) Nolte of Owatonna, MN, Cheri (Jay) Konzen of Dyersville, Phil (Lynn) Knepper of Worthington, Patti (Terrence) O'Meara of Bloomington, IL, Russ (Ann) Knepper of Peosta, Scot (Karen) Knepper , Matt (Vicki) Knepper and Kristi Knepper all of Cascade; 28 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three siblings, Dorothy Yanda of Anamosa, IA, Millie Hosch of Cascade, IA and Lois (Lloyd) Manternach of Worthington, IA; four sisters-in-law, Betty Trumm and Ida Trumm both of Cascade, IA, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, IA and Joan (John) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA; one brother-in-law, Mike (Jean) Knepper of Dyersville , IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, William and Ida Knepper, a sister, Mary Reiter; three brothers, Leroy Trumm, Robert Trumm and John Trumm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Reiter, Larry Yanda, Mary Trumm, Rosene Trumm, Ed Hosch, Carl (Marie) Knepper, Irene (Ernie) Recker, Walt (Mary) Knepper, Frank (Helen) Carroll, Ed (Rosalyn) Ludwig, Loras (Mary) Knepper and Paul Knepper.

An Alma M. Knepper memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

Special thanks to Cascade Family Health, No Place Like Home, and Hospice of Dubuque. The family expresses deep gratitude for the wonderful care and support.



Robert A. Hunstad


Robert A. "Bob" Hunstad, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bob was born on February 1, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard M. and Leona M. (Leliefeld) Hunstad.

Bob was a proud lifelong resident of his beloved Dubuque, Iowa. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Birch on August 27, 1949, at Holy Ghost Church. Their union would be blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 7 truly adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on January 21, 2009. Bob constantly displayed the value of possessing a strong work ethic by devoting 31 years of his time and talents to Barnstead-Thermolyne, eventually retiring as the Personnel Manager in 1991. In his free time, Bob enjoyed traveling across our beautiful nation with his beloved JoAnn, and truly treasured the accomplishment of venturing into the 48 contiguous states with his hands personally on the steering wheel. Bob would also religiously find joy in a Sunday family dinner followed up with a competitive round of marbles, a strategic game of euchre with family and his Applewood friends, or if Saturday evening had happened to arrive again, Bob could be found keeping his favorite stools warm at the "Hot Hot Penny Slots". Bob's faith was reflected daily within his words, actions and thoughts and also in his faithful and longtime membership to Holy Ghost Church. Bob has definitely left a positive imprint on the world around him over his 88 year journey. We thank the Lord for our time together, and the memories and lessons he leaves behind; but we are ultimately grateful that he is now in a state of eternal peace and perfection with his lovely soul-mate, JoAnn.

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his 7 children,
Sara L. Smith, of Enterprise, AL,
David J. (Cheri) Hunstad, Dubuque, IA,
Beverly J. (Terry) Volkert, Dubuque, IA,
Janell M. (Kevin) Kotz, Dubuque, IA,
Karen A. (Dr. Corbin) Fox, Martinez, GA,
Roberta "Robbie" (Dennis) McGraw, Corona, CA
and Paul J. (Sherry) Hunstad, Peosta, IA;

22 grandchildren;

26 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Ethel Mauer, Dubuque, IA,
James Hunstad, Davenport, IA
and Vernon Hunstad, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, JoAnn Hunstad; a granddaughter, Lindsey Marie Huber; a great-granddaughter, MaKayla Davis; a sister Laurayne Sutton; 2 sisters-in-law, Joann Hunstad and Mickey Hunstad; and a brother-in-law, Vern Mauer.

A Robert A. "Bob" Hunstad memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Bob's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Moore and the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital and Hawkeye Care Center for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Bob this past month.

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



Edith B. Dieters


Edith B. "Edie" Dieters, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed from this world peacefully into God's arms at 12:33 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Edie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Edie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Edie was born on September 9, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arnold and Helen (Cook) Block.

Edie was united in marriage to Kenneth Dieters Sr. on June 10, 1950, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 54 years together, and 8 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 19, 2005. Edie was a consistently devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church, where she generously shared her vocal talents within the choir for many years. Edie was gifted with a sparkling personality and always treasured any opportunity to share a good laugh with family and friends. Some of Edie's favorite moments in this life could be discovered enjoying a pleasant picnic at the park, a festive gathering with family, or even a simple quiet evening at home curled up comfortably with a classic movie. Edie also enjoyed trying her luck at the slots and was always anxious to tell the tale of her winnings; no matter how grand the amount. But it must be said that Edie's greatest joy on this earth was the precious time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edie always placed our lives before hers and her priority of family first was clearly evident for all to witness. We are sad today, as our "Beautiful Mother" has been taken home suddenly, but we are grateful for the years she blessed our lives and we know that she will forever remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved her!

Those left to cherish Edie's memory include

her 8 children,
Sharon (Don) Johnson, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Gary (Diann) Dieters,
Pat (Bob) Arensdorf,
Barb (Paul) Kass,
Judy (Steve) Davis,
Dennis (Pat) Dieters,
Lynn (Billy) Murphy
and Kenny Dieters Jr., all of Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren,
Krista Drafahl, Gary Dieters, Lisa Wagner, Sara Dieters, Katie Dieters, Nikki Borovic, Vinny Borovic, Charlie Borovic, Shannon Kass, Chris Davis, Tammy Davis, Jesse Davis, Steve Davis, Josh Davis, Roy Davis, Natilie Dieters, Tyler Dieters, Kelly Yeager, Rob Murphy and Lindsey Murphy;

28 great-grandchildren,

and a brother,
Dick Block, Dubuque, IA.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Kenneth; 2 grandchildren, Anthony Dieters and Jennifer Davis; and her siblings.

An Edith B. "Edie" Dieters memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Edith's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Edith this past week.

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

 



Larry M. Bockenstedt


Larry M. Bockenstedt, 57, of Dyersville, and formerly of Ogden passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.

Larry was born June 7, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Martin and Virgene (Vaske) Bockenstedt.  He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1977.  He was the owner/operator of Tri-State Bowling Supply and recently became a Real Estate agent with Exit Realty.  He was a student pilot, hobby farmer and enjoyed restoration projects.  He enjoyed riding his Harleys and horses.

Survivors include his four children: Tricia (Justin) Suarez of Coralville, Travis (Allison) Bockenstedt of Wilton, Troy (fiancé Becky Tietz) Bockenstedt of North Liberty, and Trent (fiancé McKenzie Loeffelholz) Bockenstedt of Marion; one grandchild, Emery Bockenstedt; his mother, Virgene (friend Roger Bries) Bockenstedt of Dyersville; his friend, Lora L Ahrens Olerich of Boone; his sister, Connie (Jon) Gentry of Cedar Rapids; and the mother of his children, Luetta Bockenstedt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Bockenstedt in 2003.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Kris A. Neenan


Kris Ann Neenan, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Kris Ann was born on December 30, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Robert J. "Bob" and Charlotte E. (Trannel) Neenan. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1962 and attended Clarke College, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Zenos Ultrasound School. She was formerly an auditor for Sears and a Radiologic/Ultra Sound Tech at Finley Hospital.
Due to renal failure in her early twenties, Kris received a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on September 24, 1970. She went on to be the longest surviving recipient of a cadaver donor kidney. In 2002 she underwent a second kidney transplant at the University of Wisconsin Madison hospital.

An avid reader since childhood, Kris worked as a librarian at both the East Dubuque Public Library and Dubuque's Carnegie Stout library. Kris was a "Mother" figure to many children, including her younger siblings, godchildren, cousins, and her nieces and nephew. She enjoyed movies, crossword puzzles, reading, public television and the company of her friends, especially the dear girls from the "card club", friends for over 65 years.

Surviving is a brother, R. Michael (Sandra) Neenan, of Fairplay, Wisconsin, three sisters, Elyn (Paul) Schroeder of Burlington, Wisconsin, Mary Beth (Tom) Ott of Libertyville, Illinois and Robin (Dennis) Nauman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews, Nik, Kate, Regina, Laura, Emily and Elizabeth and a great niece and a great nephew, Cullen and Charlotte. She is also survived by an aunt, Bette Trannel of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Charlotte Neenan, uncles and aunts, Darrell and Peg Hamel, Arthur L. Trannel, and Robert and Patricia Wild.
In lieu of flowers a Kris Ann Neenan memorial fund has been established.

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



Roger F. Massey


Roger F. Massey, age 82, of Dubuque, IA was called to Heaven on Wednesday, October 6, 2016, due to his Trifecta of diseases, Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia and Myasthenia Gravis, not being his winning ticket. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque. Visitation will be held at the church from 9-11 that morning. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray by the Monastery.

Roger was born on October 23, 1933 in a farm house in Browns Bottom, rural Dubuque, the son of Louis
and Geraldine (Deacon) Massey. He married Irma Freiburger on November 21, 1959 at Holy Ghost Church. Roger was in the Air Force as a radio operator on C-119 flying box cars during the Korean War from 1952-56. He retired from being an Air Traffic Controller, graduated from Kirkwood College and was a Realtor for many years in Dubuque. Roger was a member of the school board, Legion Post 6 and Eastern Iowa Housing Association. He was a baseball umpire, little league coach, avid hunter (including night crawlers), fisherman and enjoyed watching any competitive sport on TV.

Roger knew everyone, could talk to anyone and those traits live on in his children. He was a FAMILY man who adored his 5 children, with his grandchildren being a big bonus. He was extremely proud of his offspring and not shy about bragging about them.

He is survived by his wife of 56.899 yrs Irma, his 5 children, Christine, Des Moines IA, Carrie (Dave) Watters Dubuque IA, Rodger (Brigitte) Murfreesboro TN, Mark (Megan) Spokane WA, Lance (Julie) Mauston WI. His 11 grandchildren Heath, Brock, Shae, Wyatt, Summer, Tristan, Lauren, Scott Massey, Drew and Dillon Watters, Abby (Scott) Kutsch. Old grandpa to Jake and Ryan Kutsch. His siblings, Bob (Shirley), Lee T-Tom (Vivian), Dave (Kristi) Massey and Sandy Rudiger. In laws, Frances Hendricks, Bob Gerhard, Viola (Paul) Farrey, Lillian (Wilmer) Averkamp, Carol (Danny) McDermott, Mary, Mame, Eileen, Larry (Ellen) Freiburger.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald. In laws, Vincent Hendricks, Stella, Lawerence Majerus, Florence Gerhard, Wayne Rudiger, Bernice Bogle, Elmer, Louise, Frank, Henry, Edward Freiburger and the best neighbor ever Ronnie Habel.

Memorials can be given to Holy Family Catholic Schools and Hospice of Dubuque.

Roger, for better or worse, see you each full moon. Dad, your green eyes live on, will watch the Virginian for you, hope your Cubs win the World Series and Vikings the Super bowl. Grandpa, will remember your stories, your love of ice cream and to never leave our food unguarded. We will love you to the moon and back. Rest in peace faithful servant.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.



Robert H. Mueller


Robert H. "Bob" Mueller, 59, of Sherrill, died Friday, October 07, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sherrill United Church of Christ where there will also be a visitation Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Sherrill United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Bob was born June 21, 1957 in Dubuque, son of Paul and Marie (Leslein) Mueller. On March 31, 1990 he married the love of his life Cynthia "Cindy" Voss at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead in 1975 and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Dubuque in 1980.
Upon graduating from University of Dubuque, Bob taught vocal music for one year at Lake Mills, Iowa. He then pursued his favorite career, dairy farming with his Dad in Sherrill, Iowa.

He was the featured Bass/Baritone vocal soloist with the Dubuque Chorale on many occasions, including "The Creation" and "Elijah". He also soloed with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and sang for numerous weddings and funerals. Bob was a gifted euphonium player and played in many brass ensembles. In his later years, he worked at Kephart's Music as an instrument repair technician.

He was a lifelong member of the Sherrill United Church of Christ where he held many officer positions. He headed many projects for the church and was a member of the Sherrill Cemetery Association.

Bob is survived by his wife, Cynthia Mueller; a son, Gregory (Brittany Galle) Mueller of Dubuque; a daughter, Gretchen (Jordan) Tucker of Sherrill; a granddaughter, Bridget Theresa Tucker; a grandson, Carl Paul Tucker; three sisters, Donna Krogman of Mesa, Ariz., Mary Lou (Phil) McCleary of Barron, Wisc., and Jeanne (Ronnie) Spoerl of Sherrill; a brother, Roger (Beth) Mueller of Manchester, Iowa; three nephews, Chris (Jannell Wadlow) Krogman of Arvada, Colo., J.J. McCleary of Carmel, Ind., and Philip (Christine) Mueller of Grapevine, Texas; two nieces, Annie McCleary of Robbinsdale, MN, and Teri Mueller of Manchester, Iowa; a grand nephew, Cameron Robert Krogman; an aunt, Ruth (Robert) Kramer of Durango, Iowa; an uncle, David Spoerl of Sherrill, Iowa; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and numerous aunts and uncles.

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



Joanne C. Moldt


Joanne C. "Jo" Moldt, age 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Joanne's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Jo's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Joanne was born on October 29, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Evelyn Hohaus. Joanne grew up in Dubuque, where she met the love of her life, Harold, and they married on April 14, 1956. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years together and 5 loving daughters. Harold was called home ahead of his love Joanne, much too early, in 1994.

Joanne dedicated her life to raising and loving her girls. When Joanne had free time she enjoyed golfing, winning many tournaments at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club and Lacoma. She also enjoyed playing softball, as the best pitcher, with her girls at WRA. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish where she led the Alter & Rosary Society for many years.

Jo was incredibly loved by her family and friends. In her younger years Joanne worked at the Disc, where she nurtured her love for music and singing. Not a day went by that Joanne didn't sing a song. Her girls grew up with their mother singing in the kitchen daily. She was known at Stonehill for knowing every word to any song. Many aides at Stonehill came to ask for a song and a sing along. She said in the last few years that she couldn't sing as well as she once had. She spoke daily about walking again; we know she has joined her true love, Harold, again and they are dancing as she sings; as she is now free of her disease for eternity.

Those left to cherish Joanne's memory include her 4 daughters, Deb (Roger) Goetzinger, Dubuque, IA, Pam (John) Gartner, Dubuque, IA, Kim (John) Gourley, Saukville, WI, Cindy (Joe) Culbertson, Dubuque, IA; her 10 grandchildren, Katie (Andrew) Glanz, Dyersville, IA, Charlie (Rachel) Goetzinger, North Liberty, IA, Derek Gartner, Iowa City, IA, Nicole (Nicholas) Konrardy, Bellevue, IA, Jason, Alia and Jacob Gourley, Saukville, WI, Max Moldt, Dubuque, IA, Adam (Kelsey) Shortley, Huxley, IA, Emilee Culbertson, Dubuque, IA; her 2 great-grandsons Gannon Goetzinger, Rhett Shortley, and arriving soon, Kipton Konrardy; her sister, Mary Jean (Paul) Leibold, East Dubuque, IL; her brother Kenny (Sue) Hohaus, Dubuque, IA; her brother-in-law, Ed (Alice) Moldt, Fuquay Varina, NC; her sister-in-law, Shirley Moldt, Davenport, IA. Her family extended way beyond blood and there were many who called her "Ma".

She was preceded in death by her mother; her loving husband, Harold Moldt, Jr; a daughter, Sheila Lynch; a brother, Ernie; father- and mother-in-law Harold Sr and Kathryn Moldt; and brother-in-law Jim Moldt.

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

The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor household at Stonehill Care Center, her loving aids, nurses, cooks, coordinators, social workers and Katie G. and Sara at Hospice, for their devotional care, love and support of mom and our family during this difficult time.



Irene A. Entringer


Irene A. (Rose) Entringer, 84, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial Service will be at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White St, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Dawn (Mike) Dobson, Robin (Donald) Redmon, and Terra (Mike Sell) Powlistha; sister Dora Jean Snitker; 9 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her daughters, Ardis and Pamela; and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee.

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

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

Cremation services conducted by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Leo J. Theisen


Leo J. Theisen, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:20 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leo's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Leo's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leo was born on October 20, 1927, in South Gary Owen, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Callahan) Theisen.

In true patriotic fashion, Leo would honorably join the U.S. Navy, at the age of 17, and go on to proudly serve his country's calling during WWII. Shortly after his return to the states, Leo would be united in marriage to Mary Agnes Dolphin on April 12, 1950, in Cascade. Their union would be blessed with 58 wonderful years, and 5 adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on January 16, 2009. Leo would diligently invest over 28 years of his working career at John Deere Dubuque Works and definitely reinforce the value of a strong work ethic for all of his family to follow. He would maintain his relationships with fellow employees by continually carrying memberships in the John Deere Retirees and the Union Local #94 Retirees. Leo would also faithfully devote his religious life to both Nativity Church, as a longtime member, and finally to Resurrection as his retirement years passed. But first, and foremost, Leo was a committed, and simple family man who strived daily to provide the best life he could for his deeply loved family. Whether is was making the good decisions daily, or consistently keeping the house and yard in meticulous order; his family always knew that with Leo at the helm, they were guaranteed to be in excellent shape. Leo and Mary would joyfully indulge in countless relaxing hours together at Spruce Creek savoring every opportunity to get the boat out for a little skiing with the children, casting a few lines in the water chasing the catch of the day, or even a pleasant evening sitting around the card table with family and friends. We will always treasure the memories of this true man, through and through; the kind they simply don't make anymore. We are saddened today, and our hearts must now carry the heavy burden of moving forward without Leo in our daily lives. But, thankfully we'll discover slight moments of peace in knowing that he, and his beautiful bride Mary, have finally been reunited again in their favorite dancing embrace and also in remembering that the legacy Leo leaves behind is surely one which will be evident within his family for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Leo's memory include

his five children,
Kenneth Theisen, Pittsburg, CA,
June Foxen, Dubuque, IA,
Gerianne "Geri" (Allan) Buelow, Asbury, IA,
Lisa (Jerry Leach) Theisen, Ankeny, IA
and Lori (Jason) Heunisch, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his fifteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren,
Jhass Theisen; Christopher (Nancy) Foxen and Robert (Jane Lyon) Foxen; T.J. Haislet, Sarah (Brian) Scheid, Greg Buelow, Tony Buelow and Joe Buelow; Rikki (Dan) Helvick, Ryan Honnold, Jade Honnold, Adam (Amelia) Leach and Morgan (Emmett) Konrad; and Calysta Heunisch and Colton Heunisch;

his three great-grandchildren;

ten step great-grandchildren;

and his sister,
Celestine McMahon, Roseville, MN;

and two sisters-in-law,
Mary Theisen, Dubuque, IA
and Grace Vaske, Dyersville, IA.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary Theisen; his sisters, Viola Dieters, Marcella (Joseph) Lynch, Agnes "Pat" (Bob) Bakey and Lorraine (Mike) Simon; his brothers, Don, Bernard and Joseph Theisen; and a brother-in-law, Jack McMahon.

In lieu of flowers a Leo J. Theisen memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among the Alzheimer's Association and Opening Doors.

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

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



Lyle I. Felten


Lyle I. Felten, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Lyle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Lyle Irwin Felten was born on May 16, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Herman and Helen (Walrod) Felten. He was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Virginia May Miller on February 26, 1950 in Delmar, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2010.

Lyle's first job was picking thistles out of timothy hay and he received $2.50 per week. Later he worked for a couple of farmers and then started farming himself. He farmed in the Maquoketa area for many years.

Lyle had received the Iowa FFA State Farmer Degree and was a member of the Jackson County Extension Council, First United Methodist Church, 4-H Youth Committee, ASCS Committee, Jackson County Trustee and a Century Farm owner. In 1996, Lyle and Virginia received the Friends of Agriculture Outstanding Farmers Award presented by the Maquoketa Rotary Club.

Lyle enjoyed dancing, bowling, reading, Sudoku, working on the farm and especially spending time with family.

Those left to honor Lyle's memory include his children Cindy (Rich) Neal of Maquoketa, IA, Sally Felten of Maquoketa, IA and Ron (Shirley) Felten of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Rex Felten of Delmar, IA, and Donald (Betty) Felten of Delavan, WI; 5 grandchildren, Jenny, Kristin, Lacey, Sloan and Addie; and 7 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jaci, Alyssa, Jacob, Cael, Chance, Faith and Baby Dow due in December. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Virginia, a brother William "Billy", and sisters Donna Stickley and Leila Orr.

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

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

 



Mary Jane Boeckenstedt


Mary Jane Boeckenstedt, 79, of New Vienna, died on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester to join her husband for his 81st birthday party in Heaven.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville , where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Mary Jane was born February 13, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence H. and Florence (Schneider) Fangmann. She married Robert H. Boeckenstedt on August 20, 1960 in New Vienna. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Mary Jane worked for over 40 years as a registered nurse, beginning her career in Dubuque, followed by 37 years at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville. She was awarded a certificate of achievement from the State of Iowa for her 40 plus years of nursing service. Mary Jane volunteered at the New Vienna Historical Society, the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop and St. Boniface Parish. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include 3 sons, Steven (Lori) of Dyersville, Kenneth (Sue Basten) of Edgewood and Timothy of Dyersville; grandchildren Stephanie, Jennifer, Michael, Amber, Heather Boeckenstedt; sibling Jean Ann (Leon) Gaul of Dubuque; in-laws Shirley Moore of Monticello, Carl (Mary) Boeckenstedt of LaMotte, Jim (Betty) Boeckenstedt of Earlville and Pat (Kay) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; parents-in-law Joseph and Celestine Boeckenstedt; and sister- and brother-in-law Ruth Boeckenstedt and Richard Moore.

The family would like to thank the Dyersville and Dubuque Mercy medical staff, Good Neighbor Home and the Hospice of Comfort of Manchester.

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



Sr. Laurian McDonald

Sister Laurian McDonald , BVM, 87, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, was called home on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Caritas Center. To celebrate Sister Laurian's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel; followed by a scripture prayer service at 11:00 a.m. To honor Sister Laurian's life, a Funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Laurian was an elementary school and religious education teacher in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Glendale, Petaluma and Santa Ana, California. She served in pastoral ministry and adult education in Mesa, Arizona; and in parish ministry and as director of religious education in Glendale, California. She was born on November 9, 1928, in Alhambra, California, daughter of Lawrence and Laura (McCall) McDonald. She entered the BVM congregation September 8, 1947, from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Santa Barbara, California. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on August 15, 1955.

Those left to cherish Sister Laurian's memory include her sister, Gloria (Edward) Foley, San Jose, California; several nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents and a brother, Lawrence McDonald.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001 is in charge of arrangements.



Richard R. Gleason

Richard R. "Rick" Gleason, 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on October 3, 2016, surrounded by his family.

A visitation will take place at The Church of the Nativity, Dubuque, IA, on October 6, 2016, from 4 to 6 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass at 6 pm. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rick was born August 8, 1952, in Monticello, IA, to George and Irene (Cigrand) Gleason. He married Linda Larkin on August 8, 1975, in Garryowen, IA.

After finishing college at UNI, Rick volunteered for VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) in Jacksonville, Florida as a paralegal. He then attended the University of North Dakota Law School. He and Linda moved back to Iowa where Rick worked at the Youth Law Center in Des Moines. He then became the managing attorney at Legal Services in Dubuque, IA. He spent the remainder of his career as a Dubuque County District Associate Judge.

Rick enjoyed nothing more than cheering on his children, and he never missed a game or meet. They all made him immensely proud. He was also the assistant coach/water boy for the Hotshots girls traveling soccer team. He taught his children that helping others created more value in your life than any paycheck, to try to understand the whys of life and each others' actions, and always made them feel like they were making the world a better place.

Rick is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Megan (Jason) Wichman of Ankeny and Shannon (Luke Ritt) Gleason of Minneapolis; a granddaughter, Finley Wichman; siblings Bob (Mary Jane) Gleason, Peggy (Phil) Hird, Diana Hedrick, Blair (Donna) Gleason, Tom (Anita) Gleason, and Garry Gleason; sister-in-law Chris Gleason; and his mother-in-law, Patricia Larkin.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian; his parents, George and Irene Gleason; his brother, David Gleason; brother-in-law Robert Hedrick; sister-in-law Cindy Gleason; and father-in-law Joe Larkin.

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

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rick Gleason Memorial Fund or the Iowa Donor Network.



Peter A. Oberfoell


Peter A. "Pete" Oberfoell, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 10:14 p.m., on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family, due to complications from a fall at home while preparing to go fishing. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on February 4, 1936, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

Pete married Joan Shanahan on August 8, 1959, at Assumption Church in Sylvia Switch, Iowa. He graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul School. He served proudly in the U.S. Marines from 1956 until 1958. Pete was employed for 44 years, "and no more", at the Dubuque Packing Company until he happily started to enjoy his retirement. He was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Pete enjoyed spending time with family, especially fishing with his brothers, children and grandchildren, shopping with the granddaughters, gardening, hunting, making wine, cracking walnuts, playing Euchre, solitaire and his favorite casino slots. He also cheered on his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and the Wahlert Golden Eagles. He was proud of being a 47 gallon blood donor. Pete liked to visit family and friends, was generous to all and always had a smile and story to share. His family was Pete's pride and joy.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include

his loving wife of 57 years,
Joan Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 children,
Angela (Ken "Beanie") Botsford, Dubuque, IA,
Gloria (John) Monk, Rochester, MN,
Bill (Victoria) Oberfoell, Omaha, NE,
Roger (Amy) Oberfoell, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Ruthann (Dr. Jim) White, Minneapolis, MN,
Bob (Becky) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA
and Dr. Ron (Cathe) Oberfoell, Rockford, IL;

his 25 grandchildren,
Emily, Molly and Peter Monk; Rachel, Danielle, Mitchell and Kendall Oberfoell; Morgan, Allie, Libby, Madeline and Jackie Oberfoell; Harriet and Sylvia White; Dorothy, Grant, Carter, Wilson, Pierce, Lincoln and Truman Oberfoell; and Alex, Jonah, Zachary and Lainey Oberfoell;

his siblings,
Millie Scharf,
Lillian (Don) Huff,
Albert "Albie" Oberfoell,
Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell
and Diane (Bill) Kreiman;

his sisters-in-law,
Audrey Oberfoell,
Shirley Oberfoell,
Karen Oberfoell,
Katie Oberfoell,
Lillian Oberfoell
and Carol Oberfoell;

his brothers-in-law,
Richard Griebel
and Marty Hammerand;

and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Vince and Dorothy Shanahan; his sisters, Alice (Tom) Mooney, Effie (Don) Smith, Irene Griebel and Norma Jean Hammerand; his brothers, Melvin, Paul, John, Delbert and Jimmy Oberfoell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Scharf.

A Peter A. "Pete" Oberfoell memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

"Gone fishing." "Be good now."

 



Charles H. Bregman, DVM


Charles H. "Breg" Bregman, DVM, 93, of 2611 Rockdale Road passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Hal Murry officiating, and Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis to give eulogy.

Charles was born on November 5, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Henry and Verna (Thiede) Bregman. He served in the United States Navy. 

He married Katherine Elizabeth Bargen and together they had one son, Chuck. Katherine preceded him in death on February 4, 1969. He later married Lueann Strub on August 7, 1970.

In 1951 he graduated from Iowa State as a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. Breg worked in Cascade and La Motte as a veterinarian and in 1962 he opened the Animal Clinic in Key West, retiring in 2005.

He is survived by his wife Lueann; two children, Chuck (Dorothy "Dottye" ) Bregman, of Dubuque, and Bonnie (Greg) Margheim, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; three grandchildren, Jensen, Ryley, and Grayson; and a brother, John "Jack" Bregman of Bettendorf; mother-in-law Shirley Strub-Baker, of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law Terry (Debee) Strub, of La Motte, Vicki (Francis) Weber, of Dubuque, Peter (Denice) Strub, of Travelers Rest, SC, Janet (Stephen) Shepherd, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Katherine; his sister, Dorothy Ann Nigrine; and father-in-law Robert "Bob" Strub.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie; Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care during therapy over the years; Dr. Liu at the VA Medical Center in Coralville, Iowa and to Hospice of Dubuque for being there for "Breg" and his family.



Sister Ramona Colling, OSF

Sister Ramona Colling, OSF, 95, of Clare House, Dubuque passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at Clare House.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5th, with Funeral Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the sisters.

Sister Ramona was born January 15, 1921 in Granville, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Mary (Marx) Colling.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis, August 25, 1943 and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1949. Sister taught in Iowa at Hospers, Ionia, Stacyville, Larchwood, Sacred Heart Dubuque, Columbus High School Waterloo and Heelan High School Sioux City.

Sister is survived by her sisters, Agnes LaBohn and Florence Snid; her nieces and nephews; and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared 72 years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John (Elizabeth) and Norbert (Phyllis); sisters Clara Colling, Catherine (Henry) Haverkamp, Marian (William) Pottebaum, and Rita (Isidore) Harpenau; and brothers-in-law Richard LaBohn and Robert Snid.

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

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

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



Raymond D. Rusch


Raymond D. Rusch, 74, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque.

Raymond was born on September 23rd, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Raymond August and Geraldine (Rettenmaier) Rusch. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College. He married Victoria "Tory" Finch on November 25th, 1965.

Raymond taught grade school at Fulton from the mid 60's to the mid 70's and later sold insurance for American Family. He was a member of the Izaack Walton League and The National Rifle Association. Raymond enjoyed recreational hunting and competitive shooting.

He is survived by his wife Tory; children Raymond (Donna) Rusch and Richard Rusch; a brother, David (Sue) Rusch; grandchildren Jacob, Raymond, Joseph, Noah, Nathan, Lucas, Lisa and Dwight; nephew Tim (Michelle) Rusch; nieces Laura (Greg) Salazar and Sarah (Isaac) Andres; and an aunt, Kathleen (Rettenmaier) Birch.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Sheryl Rusch.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Roger Don Hess


Roger Don Hess, 79, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. Committal services and military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 pm.

Roger was born on July 5, 1937 in Greeley, Iowa, the son of Stanley Hess and Letha (Smock) Hess White. He married Lois Bleile on September 27, 1958 in Dubuque, IA.

Roger served in the US Navy; he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland Foods. He was a member of Union 150A, American Legion Post 6, the AMVETS and was a 50 year member of The Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Roger is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois; children Randy (Shirley) Hess, Richard Hess, Roger (Diane) Hess, Rhonda (David) Dague, Renee Hess (James), Robert Hess (Christie and Robyn (John) Jackson; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren (and 3 on the way); his brother, Richard (Judy) Hess; his brothers- and sisters-in-law Nancy Hess, Kenneth Aulwes, Lyle (Mickey) Bleile, Donna Clark, Elizabeth Daly, Kenneth (Margaret) Bleile, Sandra Wagar and Rita (Rick) Patters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Martin White; his brother, Ronnie Hess; his sister, Kay Aulwes, and his infant sister, Connie Jo; his father- and mother-in-law, Alfred and Lucille Bleile; and their children, Lester Bleile and Judy Schmitt.



Anthony Leick & Carol Ann Leick


Anthony "Tony" Leick passed away December 14, 2011, followed by his wife, Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick on January 3, 2015. They both donated their bodies to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for research, and cremation rites were accorded.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors for Tony will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

The family requests no flowers, cards, or gifts. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

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



Irene E. Balk


Irene E. Balk, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:35 a.m., on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irene was born on November 19, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Deloss and Idella (Garvey) Kringle.

Irene was born and raised in Dubuque and would joyfully be united in marriage to her one true sweetheart, Reuben Balk, on August 11, 1956. Their union would be blessed with 30 committed years together, and 6 precious children, before he was called home ahead of her on March 8, 1987. The majority of Irene's life revolved around her faith, family and in home daycare. She was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Irene was also a loyal Girl Scout leader for many years, who enjoyed every opportunity, to not only spend time with her daughters, but to also help nurture them into fine young women. Irene has also left a permanent imprint on the lives of numerous daycare children who continued to maintain regular contact with her as they began, and traveled through, their adult lives. Her devotion to the ever important early foundations of childhood development were a mission she proudly carried in her heart each day. Irene's devotion to her loved ones was clearly evident to all who knew and loved her and not a day went by where her actions wouldn't easily correlate with her nurturing, and gently spoken words over the years. Irene did graciously invest some of her free time within Reuben's interests also. She gladly joined the John Deere Women's Auxiliary and the V.F.W. #508 and would generously present both with countless hours to share. We've lost a dear and sweet lady today and the ache in our hearts is all so very real and almost more than we can bear. But we know that our lives have definitely been enriched over the 79 years the Lord was kind enough to share her with us and we find comfort in knowing she is now, once again, reunited with her family who were called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her five children,
Joan (Russell) Schuetz, Darlington, WI,
Joyce (Mike) Tricarico, Dubuque, IA,
Janice (Keith) Rosenstiel, South Wayne, WI,
Janann (Rick) Gertsch, Gratiot, WI
and Reuben (Heather) Balk, Dubuque, IA;

ten grandchildren,
Aaron (Marissa) Balk, Andrea (Kris) Weland, Austin Balk, Kody Balk, Kyle Balk, Katelyn Kirkpatrick, Trevor Rosenstiel, Alex Gertsch, Taylor Gertsch and Haley Gertsch;

four great-grandchildren,
Jocelyn and Jackson Balk and Tanner and Tatum Weland;

two brothers,
Leo Kringle
and Oliver (Janice) Kringle, both of Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Alfons Wick, Darlington WI;

a son-in-law,
Gerald Heimann, Gratiot, WI;

her special friend and caregiver,
Kelly Kirkpatrick, Dubuque, IA;

and she is also survived by many cherished Godchildren and her day care children who were loved like her own family.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Jennifer Heimann; two grandchildren, Megan and Michelle Heimann; two sisters, Marie Wick and Idella Kringle, a brother, Chris (Mary) Kringle; and a sister-in-law, Ann Kringle.

An Irene E. Balk memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Lynn J. Kelly


Lynn J. (Hornung) Kelly, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, October 01, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Charlie Fizer officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday and after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Lynn was born on April 11, 1951 in Dubuque, the daughter of Harland "Curly" and Mary (Miller) Hornung.  She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1969.

Lynn formerly worked at Quebecor in Dubuque.  She loved gardening and baking, especially during the holiday season and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter, Erin (Jon) Catron of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Marshall and Lilly; her eight silbings, Gary (Linda) Hornung of Dubuque, Steve (Sue) Hornung of Peosta, Frank Hornung of East Dubuque, Chris (Debbie) Hornung of Rowlett, Texas, Mary Jo (Jim) Pullen of Dubuque, Andy (Cheri) Hornung of Galena, IL, Ellen Hornung of Dubuque, and Beth (Steve) Weydert of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harland and Mary, a niece, Katie Hornung and a nephew, Brian Hornung.

A Lynn J. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

 



Larry C. Ewing


Larry C. Ewing, 73, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, October 10, 2016 from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Larry on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa at a later date.

Larry Carson Ewing was born on July 11, 1943 in Elwood, Iowa, to Ivan and Verna (Jensen) Ewing. He was educated in Elwood and Maquoketa schools. He married Wilma Marr and to this union three children were born: Larry, Jr., Melissa and Julie. He later married Delores "Dee" Wirfs Caes on June 25, 1992.

Larry had farmed first in the Jackson County area for several years and in 1984 started working for Randolph, Inc. in Traer, Iowa as a truck driver delivering gas for over 31 years.

Larry enjoyed fishing, gardening and spring and fall mushroom hunting. He was a great conversationalist and especially enjoyed going to farm sales.

Those left to honor Larry's memory include his wife Dee Ewing of Oxford Junction, IA; children Larry, Jr. (Kim) Ewing of Walford, IA, Melissa (Dan) Geib of Sun Prairie, WI and Julie Gatelaro of Dover, OH; step-children, John Michael (Jamie) Caes of Altoona, IA, Madonna Caes Dixson of Ankeny, IA, Dominic (Laura) Caes of Bondurant, IA, and Stephen Caes of Merced, CA; 28 grandchildren, Samantha, Raya, Antonia, Adam, Logan, Kelsey, Karsten, Katyja, Kyrah, Maesi, Maddie, John Michael, Keegan (Jerrica), Kyle, Christen, Alexia, Lynzie, Tia, Brixton, Sawyer, Tatum, Stiles, Dylan, Trinity, Skylar, Mackenzie, Elizabeth and Stacie; 4 great-grandchildren, Cali, Roman, Gracelyn and Ruger; a brother Jim (Pat) Peterman of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Ruth Boock of Fulton, IL, Helen (Jim Ihrig) Keeney of Maquoketa, IA, Mary (Terry) VanDePol of Ankeny, IA, Judy (David) Koon of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law, Jerry Zybarth of DeWitt, IA; sisters-in-law, Nancee Peterman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Jean Ewing of Oxford Junction, IA; and special friends, Jim and Cathy Vacek, Jody Yarolem and Gary Bickford. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Veronica Zybarth, a brother Paul Peterman, a brother-in-law Loren Boock, a grandchild Alexandra Gatelaro, and a brother Raymond Ewing on August 3, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Larry C. Ewing memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William J. Martens

William J. Martens, 65, died Friday, September 30, 2016 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

William was born on October 24, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of William and Velma (Osterhaus) Martens. He graduated from Wahlert High School, attended Loras College and received his diploma from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was a manager at Fastenal Company for 15 years.

Surviving are his mother, Velma Martens; brother, Robert Martens; sister, Susan (Joseph) Mettille, all of Dubuque; triplet nephews, Jeffrey Mettille, of Washington, DC, Matthew Mettille, of San Francisco, CA, and Nathan (Rachel) Mettille, of Bloomington, MN; and a great-niece, Lucy Mettille.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

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

Memorials may be given to Sunnycrest Manor.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest for their years of dedication, concern and kindness.



Daniel A. Leib


Daniel A. Leib, 55, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be 10:30 am Monday, October 3, 2016 at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Dr., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Daniel was born April 5, 1961 in Dubuque, the son of George W. and Betty D. (Holub) Leib. He was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed helping mow grass, and participate and help with church activities.

Daniel was a member of Masonic Lodge #3 in Dubuque, enjoyed listening to country music, gardening, and took much joy in community service and helping people. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. Daniel was a true family man.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy; children AJ (Courtney) Leib, David Hess, Casey (Becky) Hess, and Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg; five grandchildren; siblings George (Pam) Leib, Debbie Berg, Randy (Cheri Johnson) Leib, Mark Leib, Roger Leib, and Terena (Christopher) Dubis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Rosalie; and a brother in-law, Paul Berg.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Herman and his staff, especially Tony and Sandy, for your loving care of Daniel.

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

Cremation service conducted by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

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



Sister Tarcissia Buchele

Sister Tarcissia Buchele, OP, age 97, of Sinsinawa, WI, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. To honor Sister Tarcissia's life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Gathering Place Chapel, Sinsinawa, WI. To celebrate Sister Tarcissia's life, family and friends may visit after 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Motherhouse, where a Wake and Remembering Service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, IA, handling arrangements.

Sister Tarcissia devoted 62 years to the education of elementary school children. She was a primary grade teacher for 48 years, serving in schools located in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota. Sister served as a reading specialist in Ottawa, Illinois, for 14 years.

Sister Tarcissia delighted many a child with her classroom presence but also by her artfully crafted Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They were featured at many church and school festivals as well as served as gifts. She enjoyed the children's squeals of delight as they hugged their very own doll. She was young at heart and added much joy to community life.

Sister Tarcissia, born Jan. 9, 1919, in Peoria, Ill., to Arthur and Grace (Buchele) Buchele, made her profession Aug. 5, 1937. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 79 years.

 



Catherine R. Schmidt


Catherine R. Schmidt, 95, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center), Dubuque.

Friends and relatives of Catherine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Services for Catherine will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Catherine was born on February 3, 1921 in Springbrook, IA, daughter of Henry and Katherine (Huilman) Poll. She married Elmer Schmidt on January 9, 1940. Together, they raised 11 children. Catherine was the proud grandmother of 40 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Catherine and her husband began farming near Zwingle, Iowa. After the arrival of child number seven, they moved to a farm near Cascade, Iowa in 1954 that became their family farm.

Catherine was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. She cooked, cleaned, gardened and preserved fruits and vegetables, sewed clothing for her family and tended to many childhood illnesses.

She enjoyed playing cards with her friends. She loved to bake, sew, garden, and quilt. Each of her children and many of her grandchildren have been the grateful recipients of a hand sewn quilt. She loved Christmas and spent many hours making each of her young grandchildren a handmade gift each Christmas. She made the best peach pie and the freezer was always full of pies and cookies "just in case" someone stopped in. She loved watching the birds feed at her windows.

She loved her family and lovingly prayed for them daily. She is survived by 10 children, Mary Catherine (Lou) Ronnebaum of Earlville, IA; Raphael (Patsy) Schmidt of Omaha, NE; Lorin Schmidt of Hopkinton, IA; Rosie (Donald) Putz of New Vienna, IA; Mindy (Louis) Bassler of Dubuque, IA; Paul Schmidt of Monticello, IA; Rita (John) Cortum of Mediapolis, IA; Mel Schmidt of Dubuque, IA; Darlene (Kevin) Curoe of Bernard, IA; and Dennis (Theresa) Schmidt of Dyersville, IA and son-in-law, Robert Snyder of Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to her grandchildren (and spouses), great-grandchildren (and spouses), and great-great-grandchildren she is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, Erna Schmidt and Lorraine Schmidt of Dubuque, IA and Wilma Poll of Maquoketa, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; a daughter, Madonna Snyder; a grandchild, Lori Ann Schmidt; her brothers Andy Poll, Raymond Poll and Vincent Poll; sisters Therese Kass and Clara Brietbach; son-in-law Lawrence Feldmann, daughter-in-law Lynda Schmidt, and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center) for the loving care given to Catherine - she felt your love and concern as did her family. The family also wishes to thank RiverBend Assisted Living in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque. We are also grateful to our extended family for all of their visits, cards, and prayers during Catherine's last months. Your love and support did not go unnoticed and the family appreciates each of you.



Gladys M. Knipper


Gladys M. Knipper, 83, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 pm Friday, September 30, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, Dyersville, Iowa, where a parish scripture service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion Rosary will be recited at 4 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Oct. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gladys was born on June 28, 1933, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the daughter of Anton and Susan (Ries) Maiers. She was united in marriage to Virgil Knipper on June 21, 1954, in Holy Cross, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2009.

Gladys enjoyed waitressing at the Roundup Room, the Knight Light and Dyersville Family Restaurant. She will be remembered by a generation of Beckman High School Students as the lunch lady. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 137.

Survivors include her children: Kevin, Keith (Kate) and Karla Knipper, all of Dyersville, and Kurt (Katie) Knipper of Whitefish Bay, WI; 5 grandchildren: Charles, William, Paul, Tim, and Erin (fiancé Dean Treanor) Knipper; great-grandchildren Sydney, Nash and Liam Knipper, and Diem Treanor; in-laws Dorothy Maiers of Dyersville, Paul (Delaine) Knipper of Dyersville, Donna Manternach of Manchester, and Harold Heyer of Merced, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil; siblings Norma (Fred) Wessels, Merlin "Dixie" Maiers; in-laws Nellie (Richard) Steffen, Anita (Albin) Wulfekuhle, Gladys Heyer, and Gerald Manternach.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Janes for the excellent care of our mother.

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



Richard Duane Fossum


Richard Duane Fossum, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. 

Richard was born on February 20, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa the son of Harold and Amy (Olson) Fossum. He married Carol Ann Wachter on June 27, 1959.

He worked for Dubuque Packing Company, Farmland and FDL. He was a member of the Bellevue Horseman's Club and enjoyed farming and horses.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; children Gerald (Linda) Fossum, Vickie (Ron) Scipior and Steven (Lynn) Fossum; his sister, Esther Bernstein; brothers Tom (Marj) Fossum, Bob (Karen) Fossum, Arlyn "Butch"
(Lois) Fossum, Jim (Kathy) Fossum, and Ron Fossum; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers a Richard Fossum memorial fund will be established.



Ronald D. Heinrich


Ronnie Heinrich, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered into eternal rest, surrounded by loved ones on Saturday evening, September 24, 2016, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Ronald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald Dean Heinrich was born on January 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald and Maxine (Miller) Heinrich. He was a 1963 graduate of Midland High School. He married Cheryl Ann Hoerschelman on September 28, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: David, Janet, Lori and Steven.

Ronald had first farmed with his dad in Jones County and then farmed on his own farm for a short time. He then worked various jobs including working for the Emeline/Iron Hill Telephone Company, Cornelius Seed Corn, Curly's Tires and Stolper Industries in DeWitt. Lastly, he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Maquoketa for over 20 years until retirement.

In earlier years Ronald had been a member of the Andrew and Baldwin Saddle Clubs where he called the square dances. He currently was attending East Iron Hill Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, horses, gardening and the outdoors. He especially enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife, Cheryl Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; children David (Tracy) Heinrich of Delmar, IA, Janet (Wess) Gilbert of Shenandoah, IA, Lori (Jeff) Armstrong of Coin, IA, and Steven (Megan) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers Gaylon Paul (Debbie) Heinrich of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dwayne Allen (Becky) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Barbara Ellen, in 1943; his father, Donald, in 1976; his maternal grandmother, Lydia Miller Burgett, in 1991; his mother, Maxine, in 2013; and a grandson, Levi Gilbert, in 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald D. Heinrich memorial fund has been established.

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



Arnold P. Weis


Arnold P. "Butch" Weis, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:25 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Butch's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Butch's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Butch was born on October 17, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Paul and Marie (Kueper) Weis.

Butch was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who would humbly treasure everyday he spent right here in God's country. He would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Army before eventually being united in marriage to his one true love, Mary Ann Lange, on October 6, 1962. Their union would be blessed with 53 wonderful years together and 2 deeply adored daughters. Butch would loyally invest over 35 years of his time and talents at Mount Calvary Cemetery, faithfully tending to the final resting locations of fellow local souls who'd been called home already. Butch was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and his faith was a continual priority throughout his 88 year earthly journey. But Butch was able to find time for even more than family, work and church in his days. Always a true lover of all things outdoors; he would discover great joy in walking in the brisk woods on a hunt, sitting on the banks with a perfectly baited hook in hand, meticulously weeding his seasons vegetable garden and even suiting up and hitting the slopes and ski jumps in his younger years. Butch was a determined working class hero whose life was abundantly full and the example and memories he leaves behind will be treasured by all who were fortunate enough to know and love him. He has tinkered on his last car and savored his last big band finale, but we find peace and comfort in knowing that he is now listening to the choir of angels instead and resting eternally from his labors.

Those left to cherish Butch's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Ann Weis, Dubuque;

his two adoring daughters,
Sandra Weis, Dubuque
and Judy (Mike) Schauer, Dickeyville, WI;

his three precious granddaughters,
Jessica Weis, Emily (Nicholas) Brantmeyer and Tiffany Schauer;

his siblings,
Leonard Weis, Dubuque
and Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

a sister-in-law,
Rose Weis, Dubuque, IA;

several in-laws, nieces and nephews;

and his beloved cat, Sassy.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis and Karl Weis.

An Arnold P. "Butch" Weis memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among Arnold's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sandi and Alicia, and Above and Beyond, especially Angie, for all of their care and support of Butch and his family.

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



Louis D. McGovern


Louis D. "Bill" McGovern, 90, lifelong resident of Dubuque, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Aaron Junge will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Bill was born September 9, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of Emmett and Lucille (May) McGovern. He married Shirley Ann Spielman on May 7, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Bill was a long-standing member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. He was an active church member. He belonged to IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for over 65 years. Bill proudly served in the US Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. One of his great joys other than his grandchildren, friends, family, and golfing was his trip on the Honor Flight several years ago. Bill never met someone that was not a friend. He loved to tell stories and always enjoyed a good meal.

Bill is lovingly remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law; Steve and Char McGovern, Davenport, IA, and Tom and Cathy McGovern, Dubuque; grandchildren Patrick (Megan) McGovern of Williamsburg, IA, and Betsy "Bootsy" (Joe) Garcia of Visalia, CA; great-grandchildren Wesley and Emily McGovern, and Olivia and Jacob Garcia; his sisters, Dorothy Henry of Dubuque and Cheryl (Bob) McGovern of Madison, WI; his brother, Patrick (Joan) McGovern of Maryland; his brother-in-law, Chuck (Helen) Spielman of Dubuque; many "favorite" nieces and nephews; and his faithful feline companion, Pixie.

Bill was preceded in death by his lovely bride, Shirley Ann in 2011; his brothers, Robert and Fr. Gerald McGovern, OMI; his parents; and two children, Terry and Christine, both in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Luther Manor, Dubuque Arboretum, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choosing.

The family would like to thank Dr. Abele for his years of excellent service; the staff at Luther Manor – from housekeeping to Administration, and especially Jeanette, Nicole, Stacy, and the rest of the staff from Hospice of Dubuque. We would like to extend a special thank you to Caroline Woods, Bodie Bo Bo (kitten), Emma and Julko (good citizen dogs), for their warm, loving visits to Bill during the last months of his life.

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



Harold P. Ambrosy


Harold P. Ambrosy, 93, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 pm Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Dave Ambrosy celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Harold was born September 14, 1923 in St. Donatus, Iowa, son of Nick and Josephine (LeConte) Ambrosy. On October 23, 1956, he married Ruth Ploessl at Holy Rosary Church, La Motte.

He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII, spending some of his service in the Philippines. On May 17, 2010, he was honored to be on the first Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. He was a member of American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Before his retirement, Harold worked as a machinist for the Adams Company for 40 years. He was a member of Machinist Union Local 1238.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish where he volunteered for Holy Ghost Bingo for 40 years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ruth Ambrosy of Dubuque; and in-laws, Marie Ambrosy of Dubuque, Helen and Windy Kalmes of St. Donatus, Mary Lou Heinricy of Dubuque, Sylvester and Wilma Ploessl of Dubuque, Cyril and Marilyn Ploessl of Bellevue, Larry and Linda Ploessl of Farley and Rosalie Ploessl of Bellevue and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Bernice and Tony Schiessl, five brothers, Sylvester and his wife Elizabeth, Vincent, Merlin, Ralph and Lavern Ambrosy; and in-laws, Roger Heinricy, Art Ploessl, Judy Herrig Nemmers, Ed Herrig and Leonard Nemmers.

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

A Harold Ambrosy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drs. Mark Moore and Eric Engelman and their nurses, Sandy, Mary Beth and Sara; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette, Ryan and Amy for all of the kind, compassionate care given to Harold. A special thank you to Ves and Wilma, Jenny and Harold's neighbors Caroline and Danny and Diane for all your kind acts. God Bless you all!



Jerome D. Rider


Jerome D. Rider, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away at home on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jerome was born on January 1, 1932, in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, the child of Earl L. and Mary E. (Flesch) Rider. He married Marian A. Hore on December 15, 1962, at the Fennimore Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2016.

Jerome served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was a retired John Deere worker of 22 years, a cheesemaker at many factories and a farmer. Jerome was an active VFW member. He loved playing cards, camping with many friends and family, fishing, and watching the Atlanta Braves, Brewers, Packers and Badgers.

Survivors include his daughter, Bobbi Jo, of Cuba City; his siblings, Lawrence, of Boscobel, Helen Schmelz, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Loretta Waltz, of Fennimore, Maxine Wall, of Eastman; Wayne, Sr. (Maggie), of Montfort, Rick (Nancy), of Patch Grove; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris Gebhard, Herald Stagman and Shirley (Ralph) Wienkes; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary; his father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Alice Hore; his sisters, LaVonne Gebhard and Leona Stagman; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

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



Veronica I. Welter


Veronica I. Welter, 90, of rural Onslow, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, Iowa.

Veronica was born on May 15, 1926, in rural Monticello, daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Kelchen) Manternach. She received her education at the former St. Mary's School in Cascade. On September 21, 1948, she was united in marriage to Herman Welter Jr. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade. Together they farmed in the rural Onslow area, raised 13 children, and operated their family business, Welter Seed and Honey Company. Veronica enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking, quilting, square dancing, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her children, Mel (Rita) Welter of Monticello, Ann (Wayne) Turnis of Dubuque, Dan Welter of Onslow, Les Welter of Onslow, Herb (Paula) Welter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan (Mike) Turnis of Bernard, Ken Welter of Onslow, Jim (Denise) Welter of Onslow, Connie (Mark) Singletary of Colleyville, Texas, Julie (Pat) Shay of Ankeny, and Karen (Scot) Knepper of Cascade; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 5 brothers and 4 sisters, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan (Tom) Hoffmann, Ron (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Lois Manternach of Cascade; one step-sister, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

Veronica was preceded in death by her husband Herman in 2005, her son Gary in 1989, her son Alan in 2013, her parents, her step-mother, Mildred (Manders) Manternach; five sisters, Florence Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina Greif, Eva Mae Klocke and Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, one brother, Larry Manternach, brothers-in-law, Harry Schockemoehl, Robert Greif, Elmer Klocke, Harry Rockzein; step-brother, Donald Manders; step sister-in-law, Mary Manders; and step brother-in-law Jack Callahan.

A memorial fund has been established in Veronica's name.

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



Esther M. Smith


Esther M. Smith, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 p.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Manorcare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Esther's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Esther's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Esther was born on August 24, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Augusta (Tuedehope) Waechter.

Esther was united in marriage to Raymond Smith on August 25, 1955, in Dubuque, IA. They were blessed with 46 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 2, 2002. Esther was a life long homemaker who took great pride in caring for her husband, children and home. She also invested years of her time and talents outside of the home at Mercy Hospital and the 4th Street Café. In her free time, Esther was faithfully involved with volunteering at the Salvation Army. We grieve the loss of Esther from our physical lives today, but we know that she is now reunited with her husband, Ray and we thank the Lord for the precious memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Esther's memory include

her eight children,
Paul R. Waechter, WI,
Richard C. (Sylvia) Smith, Marshall, MO,
Roy Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Leonard A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ada M. (Gary Kruser) Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ray A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Goldie M. (Terry Lowery) Smith, Davenport, IA
and Charles W. Smith, Dubuque, IA;

many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

her two sisters,
Katherine Reding, Potosi, WI
and Bonnie Kreftly, Potosi, WI.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Raymond Smith; and a brother Dan (Norma) Waechter.

An Esther M. Smith memorial fund has been established.

Esther's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Manorcare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they provided to Esther and her family.

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

 



Stephen L. Kieffer