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Ferdinand F. Reinhardt

Ferdinand F. Reinhardt, Jr, 57, of Rewey, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at home of natural causes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, with burial in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Ferd was born on December 27, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Ferdinand F. and Rosemary A. (Knobbe) Reinhardt, Sr.

Surviving is his mother Rosemary Reinhardt of Dubuque, his siblings, Karen Orcutt, Kimberly Olsen (fiancée Marty Schuster), Richard Reinhardt, Karla Reinhardt and Randy (Pam Schmitt) Reinhardt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ferdinand, Sr., maternal grandparents, Harry & Viola Knobbe, and paternal grandparents, Alberta & Ferd Reinhardt, brothers-in-law, John Orcutt and Randy Olsen.

 

 



Tracy A. Goodman

Tracy A. Goodman, 26, soared to heaven April 7th, 2014. A Celebration of her life where everyone is welcomed will be held at Courtside, 2095 Holliday Dr. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1 pm. - 4 p.m..

She left behind her daughter, Haylee Ann Goodman, 8; a brother Jason (Goodie) Goodman; and her parents, Roy F. Goodman and Krista A. Goodman; her grandmother, Anna Marie Eichacker; a very special aunt and godmother, Robin Hovseth and her Uncle Denny Hovseth; cousin and godmother, Kimberly Hovseth and cousins Shawn Hovseth and Chad Hovseth; and a lifelong BFF, Jaymie Follman.

Tracy loved Haylee with her whole heart and committed her life to raising her. Tracy worked at Oral Arts with people she became very close to and cared about deeply. The Oral Arts gang have given Tracy and Haylee unbelievable support through her journey. Tracy loved animals, the outdoors, music, fishing, late night rides and spending time with Haylee and her dog, Lily.

Tracy was proceeded in death by her grandfather Robert John Eichacker and Uncle Ricky Eichacker. Tracy's family asks that you do something kind for someone in memory of her and that you tell your children everyday you love them.

A memorial fund has been established for Haylee's College Education in Tracy's memory.

Tracy is now the most beautiful angel in our heaven and brightest star in our sky.

To leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Hazel Nock

Hazel Nock, age 101, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Resurrection Cemetery on Asbury Road, directly across from Heritage Manor, for family and friends. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel was born on March 5, 1913, in Fanwood, New Jersey, the youngest of 6 children, of Thomas and Louisa (Hartley) Hargreaves.

Hazel grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey, during the great depression. She married William Nock in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1964. She raised two young daughters alone while her husband was overseas during WWII. They had two more children after he returned from the war. In 1972 Hazel moved from New Jersey to Oak Park, Illinois and went to work at Emmaus Bible School for the next ten years. She then moved to New Hampshire and North Carolina before moving to Dubuque in 2006. Hazel was a talented artist and a champion at table tennis. She enjoyed antiques, thrift shops and flowers. In the 1950's Hazel and William received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Her desire was to live for Christ and for many years she had a ministry with older ladies. Hazel's faith and hope in Christ remained firm until the very end.

Hazel is survived by, her children, Nancy (Jack) Fish, Dubuque, IA, Bonnie (Bill) Laspina, Chatham, NJ, Gregory Nock, NJ, Debbie (Joe) Ardolino, Lisbon, NH; her 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Hazel is now united with her parents, her husband William, who preceded her in death by almost 50 years and her great granddaughter Courtney Davis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Hazel.

Memorials may be given to Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

 



Lu Ann C. Miller

Lu Ann C. Miller, age 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Lu Ann's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lu Ann was born on September 14, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Ryan) Kramer.

Lu Ann was employed by Area Residential Care for over 30 years, where she worked with individuals with special needs who loved her personality, sense of humor and spunk. She was an outstanding mother whose heart ran endless and always put her family first. She was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan, devoted wife of 42 years, loved Frosty the Snowman, the color purple and spending time with her family. Lu Ann enjoyed warm weather, summer cookouts and attending Sunday Mass. She will be missed deeply by her family and friends, remembered for her heart and cherished for her life on earth to eternity in heaven.

Lu Ann is survived by, her loving husband, Michael Miller, Dubuque, IA; her 3 wonderful sons, Chris Miller, Minneapolis, MN, Chad Miller, Dubuque, IA, Tony (fiancé Angela Ward) Miller, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Carol (Darryl) Hovind, Dubuque, IA Dennis (Debbie) Kramer, New Bern, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.

Lu Ann was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers Bill and Jack Kramer.

A special thank you to Sandy Muchow and Dr. Andrea Ries for all of their care and concern for Lu Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Lu Ann C. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William H. Duenser

William H. "Bill" (Admiral) Duenser, age 88, passed away at 8:40 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate William's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born on March 7, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Frank and Elsie (Freudlich) Duenser.

He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, except when he proudly served his country. Bill joined the US Navy at the age of 17. He went through boot camp and then came home to graduate from Senior High School, Class of 1943. Bill served from 1943 to 1964 on many different ships at several different naval stations.

When he got out of the service he worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years until his retirement.

Bill married Norma J. Gruel on Sept. 22, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.

He loved to camp and fish. Bill taught his children and grandchildren about fishing. His grandson would say, "Grandpa, you can't have a beer till we catch a fish." There were many fishing trips where no beer was consumed! The apple of his eye was his great grandson whom he called his "Pumpkin Head". In turn, as soon as Noah could talk he called him "Grandpa Pumpkin Head".

Bill was so proud of his family. He never missed anything the grandchildren took part in. He traveled many miles following his granddaughter and grandson's games thru grade school, high school and college.
His grandson had a saying: "If Grandpa can't fix it, no one can!"

Bill is survived by: his wife: Norma Duenser, 2 Sons: Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL, Timothy Duenser, Center Point, IA, 3 Grandchildren: Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA, Anne (fiancé Michael Osgood) Duenser, West Des Moines, IA, Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Loves Park, IL,  5 Great Grandchildren: Noah and Kennedy Duenser, Kylie and McKinzie Stram and Nolan Grant, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be missed by all his family, especially his Goddaughter, Bonnie Erickson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters and their husbands, Dee and Merlin Bjerke and Eunice "Diz" and Wayne Gabriel, his brother-in-laws and their wives, Robert and Lois Gruel, Gerald and Irene Gruel, his sister-in-law, Carol Kramer and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rose and Herbert Gruel. He thought the world of Rose who was more like a mother to him than a mother-in-law.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas, Dr. Longo and the staff at Luther Manor, especially his favorites (you know who you are). Also a special thank you to Bill and Norma's amazing neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker.

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

 



Kenneth R. Jestice

Kenneth R. Jestice, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. L. Jacob officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kenneth was born on November 9, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph C. and Estelle (Backes) Jestice.

Kenneth lived in Hanover, Illinois for most of his life. He married Beverly A. Sincock in Hanover on October 1, 1966. She preceded him in death on December 11, 1992. In his youth, Kenneth helped his father manage the DX station in Savanna, Illinois. He was later employed in the shipping and receiving department at Eaton Corp and Invensys for 41 years until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time Kenneth enjoyed walking with his dog and spending time with his family. Ford Motor Company, the Chicago Cubs and Bears have all just lost one of their most loyal fans.

Kenneth is survived by, his son, Kevin Jestice, Freeport, Illinois.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beverly and a sister, Theresa (Wayne) Jowalski.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for their wonderful care of Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth R. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Richard Kelly

Richard "Dick" Kelly Sr.,78, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Wayne Ressler will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Dick was born September 26, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Philip and Irene (Kopp) Kelly. He married Alice Galliart on April 16, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.
Dick was self- employed as the owner of Dubuque Painting & Decorating Service, and later established Kelly Construction Company. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, a charter member and Past President of Dubuque Home Builders Association, Lacoma Golf, Dubuque Eagles Club, the Dubuque Men's Association, and was active with the Dubuque Special Olympics. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Seven Springs Association in New Port Richey, FL.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cathy (Tom) Papenthien of Ixonia, WI, Kris (Alan) Higgs of Thurmont, MD, Tracy Torp of Iowa City, IA, Richard (Traci) Kelly Jr. , and Thaddeus "T.J." Kelly, both of Dubuque, and Kyle (friend Julianna) Kelly of Sete, France; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Karen Payne of Dubuque; his brother, William "Bill" (friend Carol Bandy) Kelly of Dubuque; his brother in law, Don Galliart of Mount Pleasant, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albrecht Acres.

The family would like to thank Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey, FL.

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



Mary J. Willey

Mary Jeanne Willey, 76, of Camanche, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home in Camanche.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary Jeanne's life will be held at 12:30 P.M., Friday, April 11, 2014, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Jeanne Bliss was born on November 1, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin and Dolores (Eckelberg) Bliss. She grew up in Maquoketa. She married Neale L. Hamilton in 1955. They later divorced and she married Oliver Winsor Willey on November 15, 1976 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1987.

Mary Jeanne had first worked for Kirchhoff Locker in Maquoketa and then became the bookkeeper for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for many years until her retirement. She had lived in Maquoketa until 2004 when she moved to Camanche.

Mary Jeanne enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, horses and dogs. She loved being outdoors.

Those left to honor Mary Jeanne's memory include her children, Kathy Hamilton (Greg) Bendixen of Camanche, IA, and Alan (Tina) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA, and Barbara Bliss of Spokane, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Lesa Hamilton, and sons Laverne Hamilton and Lonnie Hamilton, Sr. on October 13, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Jeanne Willey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Schute

Thomas J. "Bone" Schute, age 54, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long time illness. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas was born on March 14, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute.

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He spent most of his working career surveying land for Shive-Hattery and WHKS until his illness prevented him from doing so. He enjoyed watching and playing most sports, especially baseball, softball and golf. Tom was an avid Green Bay Packer, NASCAR and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked to watch old TV shows, work crossword and Sudoko puzzles and try his luck with scratch off lottery tickets. Tom also enjoyed a good conversation over a nice cold drink.

Tom is survived by his father and step-mother, James (Patricia) Schute; his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 6 nieces and a nephew, 5 great-nieces.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Schute memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care of Tom.

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

 



Margaret A. McMahon

Margaret Ann "Peggy" McMahon, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:35 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Peggy's life, friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy was Ennoble's longest resident (33 years) as she faithfully, courageously and gracefully lived with Multiple Sclerosis.

Peggy was born on October 29, 1946 in Farley, Iowa, the daughter of Helen (Hurley) and E.J. McMahon. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's in Farley and was a graduate of the Academy of the Visitation, Class of 1964. Peggy was an accomplished pianist and had planned on majoring in music at Clarke College but at the age of 16 the symptoms of MS became apparent.

Peggy's greatest accomplishment was that she showed all of those with whom she came in contact how to appreciate life's blessings and how to face much lesser challenges. She bravely accepted the hand she was dealt and her strong faith helped her make the best of her physical limitations.

She never complained and she never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and she cared much more about others than herself.

Peggy was an example of true faith. She led the Rosary daily and was a leader of Ennoble's Catholic residents.

She called the Ennoble residents and staff her family and they considered her a part of theirs. The morning of her death staff and fellow residents shed many a tear. As one staff member said, "She was the most grace filled person I have ever met. She always thanked you for the smallest thing you did for her."

Peggy is survived by her sister, Jane (Bob) Ferring; brother, J. Patrick (Roberta) McMahon, nieces and nephews, and her loyal special friend, Chuck Rooney, who faithfully visited her every day. She is also survived by those who have been proud to call her cousin and friend.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Larry McMahon.

Memorials may be given to the Hurley-McNeill Scholarship fund at Clarke University or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family of Peggy McMahon would like to thank the wonderful Ennoble staff for your many years of care and friendship. They also would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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

 



Melvin R. Koeller

Melvin R. "Mel" Koeller, 74, of East Dubuque, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a sudden illness, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mel was born on December 9, 1939 in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Lenstra) Koeller.  He was united in marriage to Donna Vanderah on October 14, 1961 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1959.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 42-years.  He was a former member of Local 150-A of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union.  Mel loved sports, woodworking, yardwork and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.  He was the co-owner of Koeller Apartments in Dickeyville.

Surviving are his wife Donna, four sons, Mark (Shelley) Koeller of East Dubuque, Steve (Amy) Koeller and Jason (Kim) Koeller both of Kieler, Wisconsin, and Jeff Koeller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 10-grandchildren, Tiffany (Nick) Heitkamp, Justin (special friend Torie Lee -Moes), Lindsey, Alyssa, Ryan, Cassie, Cody, Cameron, Ella & Brie.  One great granddaughter Ava Rae, his mother Dorothy Koeller of East Dubuque, four sisters, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, Betty Craig and Debbie (Dan) Spahn both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Geraldine (Jerry) Roth of East Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond.

Donna and family wish to express their appreciation to the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response and assistance, and to their family and friends for their support. 

 

 



Allen L. Bailey

Allen Lee Bailey, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday April 7th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Committal services will be at 11:00am on Thursday at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on August 2, 1949 in Greenfield, OH the son of Elmore and Catherine (Sowder) Bailey. Al and his wife Bonnie married on June 6, 1988 and she preceded him in death on June 22, 2002.

He is survived by his brother Dave (Mary) Bailey of Manchester, his niece Tina (Darwin) Long, of Manchester and their son Bane. His good friend Gail Stoffel and her sons Shawn, Kyle and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie, brothers; Eddie in infancy and Everet Bailey, along with his good friend Lenny Stoffel.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals and especially to Gail Stoffel and her family for all the help over the years.

 



Doris M. Riekena

Doris M. Riekena 92, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3262 Hillcrest Rd., passed awaySunday, April 6, 2014 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Harmony Christian Church, Zwingle, Iowa with the Rev. Stuart Vander Vegte officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Doris was born on February 10, 1922 in Zwingle,IA, the daughter of Ross and Lelia Simpson. On January 25, 1941, Doris married Ben Riekena. He preceded her in death on March 31,1953. She then attended the University of Dubuque where she received her Associates Degree in Education and taught in the Epworth and Farley school districts for several years. She was awarded the Greyhound Ticket Agency in 1959 and for the next 30 years she was the owner operator of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. She was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the Dubuque Transit Board. She loved her family deeply and especially enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Mary Kay Patters and Ron (Carol) Riekena both  of Dubuque; her grandchildren Dan (Karen) Patters of Dubuque and Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, OR; her great grandchildren Abby and Alex Patters of  Clive, IA and Mary and Charlie Connor of West Linn, OR; her step great grandchildren Tony, Katie and Aaron Fassbinder; her step great great grandson Charlie Fassbinder; her brother Rusty (Kitty) Simpson of Puyallup, WA; her brothers-in-law Stan Matthews of Bellevue, IA and Clarence Riekena of Mankato, MN and her sister-in-law Grace Simpson of Dubuque, IA

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her brothers, James, Roland, Fred, Bill, Glen, Al, Ray and Gary Simpson; her sisters, Ethyl Follman, Melva Edwards, Kay Nemmers, Sandra Morgan and Sharon Matthews.

A Doris M. Riekena memorial fund has been established.

 



Pauline C. Rowell

Pauline Clara Rowell, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 7, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30. Friends may also call after 9am Thursday at the church.

Pauline was born on June 29, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Clara (Below) Cassidy. In 1955 she married Robert A. Rowell at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church.

She worked at American Trust as a bookkeeper and after retirement worked as a hostess for Dubuque Gold & Country Club. She loved to play Bingo.

She is survived by her husband Robert, two children, Peter Rowell, of Dubuque, and Carol Ann Herrig, of Memphis, TN. One grandson Jesse Herrig and her sister Patricia Brady of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, sister Kathy Gallagher and a sister in infancy Mary Virginia Cassidy.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals for all their wonderful care they gave to Pauline.



Eileen J. Yager

Eileen J. Yager, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:55 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, 685 Duggan Drive. Friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born on August 13, 1933, in Fayette, Iowa, daughter of Guy and Goldie (Monroe) Holtzman.

Eileen married Ivan L. Yager on June 23, 1956, in Fayette, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2001. Eileen graduated from The Finley School of Nursing and was employed as a nurse until she and Ivan started their family. In her free time Eileen was an avid reader and enjoyed riding bicycles and walking. She loved to volunteer at church, especially in the nursery. Her greatest joy was her family. Eileen loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren whether it was teaching them to read, playing or going on a picnic.

Eileen is survived by, her 4 children, Phyllis (Burton) Rexin, Norwalk, CT, Geoffrey Yager, Ottumwa, IA, Karen Yager, Dubuque, IA, Sandi (Nick) Helgerson, Zwingle, IA, 8 grandchildren, David, Timothy, Tabitha, Tiffany, Hannah, Isaac, Destiny and Andrew, 2 great-grandchildren, Jayden, Kalila, her siblings, Joanne Holtzman, Fayette, IA, Wayne Holtzman, Waterloo, IA.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ivan, her 2 sisters, Maxine Hicks and Jeanne Holtzman and her brother, Ronald Holtzman.

An Eileen J. Yager memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Heitkamp

James E. "Jim" Heitkamp, 88, of Menominee, passed away at 10:28 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church in Menominee, with Rev. Dean Smith, Rev. Ted Lewandowski and Rev. Michael Berry concelebrating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. and the Holy Name Society rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on February 23, 1926 on the family farm in Menominee, the youngest child of Joseph and Irene (Fleege) Heitkamp.  He married LaVonne C. Theill on October 3, 1953 at Nativity B.V.M. Church.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children. Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

Jim served his country from 1954 - 1956 in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Nativity B.V.M. Parish all of his life.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society, finance council, and the school board where he also served as chairman, the Galena Knights of Columbus Council # 696, American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque and the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept.

He was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel in East Dubuque and a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Surviving are his wife LaVonne, six children, Joseph (Judy) & Michael (Laura), both of Menominee, Virginia (Terry) Holland & Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, Paul (Beth) of Rockford, and Mark (Stacey) of East Dubuque, 20-Grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL., his in-laws, Merla (Carlisle) Jacobi, Wesley (Ruth) Theill, Charlene Hinderman and Mervin (Rosie) Theill.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Irene, one brother Robert (Margaret) Heitkamp, sisters, Mary Ellen (Edward) Berning, Monica (Clarence) Houtakker and Hubert "Wimpy" Robinson, his mother & father-in-law Wesley & Ida Theill, and brother-in-law Frank Hinderman.

LaVonne and family wish to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care, and the many neighbors and friends for their visits and kind acts throughout the years.

 

 



Norman K. Hinke

Norman K. "Norm" Hinke, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, April 3, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Norm's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 9, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Norman Kyle Hinke was born on Sept. 24, 1927 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Clarence, Sr. and Lula (Keil) Hinke. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the military, serving from Nov. 20, 1945 until receiving an honorable discharge on Feb. 15, 1947. He married Fern Waite on Sept. 4, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2005.

Norm was a self-employed plumber and area businessman. He first worked for Frank Williams and Herb Nims. From 1956 until retiring in 1991, Norm owned and operated Hinke Plumbing and Heating in Maquoketa.

Norm was devoted to his community and was generous with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He also served as a Mount Hope Cemetery board member, helped build the original Little Bear Park, and volunteered his time at the Jackson County (Maquoketa location) Visitor Center and at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Sagers Museum.

Norm enjoyed traveling, gardening, family, bowling, and playing softball. In his younger years he had played for the Maquoketa Bears baseball team. He was an avid fan of both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor Norm's memory include his children, Jan Hinke of Bettendorf, IA, Jeff (Donna) Hinke of Hidden Meadows, CA, and Amy Hinke of Davenport, IA; a sister, Carol Ripple of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fern; and a brother, Clarence Hinke, Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Norman K. "Norm" Hinke memorial fund has been established.

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



Tyler J. Gaul

Tyler James Gaul, 23 year old son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul, went home to be with Jesus Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a long battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate with Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating and Deacon Bill Black assisting.

T.J. was born August 18, 1990, in Dubuque the son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul. He was raised on, and took a great interest in the family dairy farm east of Luxemburg, often giving advice to his father and brothers. He was diagnosed with Duchenne MD in 1995, and attended RHCL Catholic Grade School and graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 2009. He attended a semester at NICC until his physical condition prevented continuation. T.J. loved sports and acted as a manager for some of his high school teams. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the Minnesota Vikings, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He participated in the High School Choir and dreamed of performing with the Show Choir. He was familiar with many wonderful nurses and caregivers who enjoyed (endured) being harassed by him. Finally, in August of 2013, his declining health necessitated a move to Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque where he spent his final days.We are very grateful to all of these people who have helped T.J. and our family.

He is survived by his parents; 3 brothers, Brandon, Dillon (friend Katie Koopmann) and Nathan Gaul, all at home; maternal grandparents, David and Mary (Gillingham) Sandell of Whittemore, Carol (Derby) Smith of Sioux City; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Dolores (Wente) Gaul of Epworth; a maternal great-grandmother, Eleanor (Peterson) Miller of Lake Mills; Aunts and Uncles: John (Jayna) Becker of Boone, Melissa (Dave) Fisher of Bronson, Linda (friend Mike Bauer) Gaul of Brownsburg, IN, Craig Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of New Vienna, and Jennifer (friend Chris Hetzler) Gaul of Rochester, MN, and numerous cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents and aunts and uncle, Angela Marie Becker, Angela Kay Gaul, Jean Ellen Gaul and Matthew Joseph Gaul.

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



Edward T. Cawley

Edward T. Cawley, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Edward's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 with a prayer service following at 7:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. Friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward was born on March 13, 1931, in Oak Park, IL, son of Martin and Rose (Inglesby) Cawley.

Edward married Patricia Kiely on February 5, 1955, in Chicago, IL. He served with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He received a B.S. degree in 1953 from Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now Northern Illinois University) and a M.A. degree in 1958 and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Edward was a Professor of Biology at Loras College for 37 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of St. Raphael's parish, Vice Chairman of Nature Conservancy, Chairman of State Preserve Board of Iowa and a former member of SIGMA XI and Iowa Academy of Science.

Dr. Cawley was a passionate and dedicated researcher and teacher. He carried out an active research program on mussel populations on the Mississippi river over a 20 year period, which included surveying mussel beds by SCUBA diving in the Mississippi. His research interests carried over to the classroom, teaching many biology courses in the field. Students in various field biology courses joined Dr. Cawley SCUBA diving in Florida, the Bahamas, and Belize or surveying the deserts of Arizona. While teaching at Loras College, he incorporated computers and technology into biology lab and lecture courses, including establishing a computer programming course for biologists in 1980, setting up the first Apple/Macintosh computer lab on campus. Dr. Cawley's patience, enthusiasm, and humor made him a beloved teacher

Ed treasured his roles as husband, father, and grandfather, and with his wife Pat of 59 years, offered his services at St. Raphael's parish and in many community organizations.

Edward is survived by, his wife, Patricia Cawley, Dubuque, IA; his children, Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ, Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX, Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA, Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA, Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA, 13 grandchildren; Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley; Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy, Louis and Edward Sievers, Jack, Margaret, Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle; his siblings, Martin L. (Lucille) Cawley, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Judith (Allen) Carlson, Chicago, IL, Edward was preceded in death by his parents.

Edward's family would like to thank the staff and parishioners of St. Raphael's Cathedral, the wonderful care-givers from ‘No Place Like Home' in-home care service, and the many dedicated nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Raphael's parish, Hospice of Dubuque, Loras College Biology Department, Power of Prayer, and Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

 



Madonna M. Flynn

Madonna M. (Cox) Flynn, 91, of Sunset Park Place passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Madonna was born June 26, 1922 in East Dubuque, Ill., the youngest of 11 children of Thomas and Katherine (Hilliard) Cox. She graduated from St. Columbkille's High School as a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. As a young woman she contributed to the war effort by working at the Battery Factory.

She married Melvin P. Flynn on July 27, 1946 at St. Columbkille's. Together they raised six children. They owned and operated Flynn Printing Co. together. With his mechanical abilities and her business acumen, it was the perfect match. In their later years they traveled the world together. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1996.

Madonna was a strong, classy woman with a sense of style. She was always a cheerleader for her family, and was an optimistic and cheerful person (known as the "smiley one" at Sunset Park Place). She was a positive force in her family's lives. Her life centered around faith and family.

She is survived by six children, Patrick (Candy) Flynn of Potosi, Wis. and their children, Daniel (Stephanie) and Patrick "P.J." (Kelly Simon) Flynn and Amy and Brandon Bolton; Barbara (Joseph) Gulyash of Dubuque and their children, Scott and Jay (Rebekah) Gulyash; Kathy (Paul) Flynn Thurlow of Dubuque and their children, Kendra (Kevin) Schmitz, Justin (Bridget Schwartz) Thiltgen and Christopher and Jeff Thurlow; Suellen Flynn of Dubuque and her son Denis Flynn; Tim (JoAnne) Flynn of Dubuque and their children Melissa (Brian) Thola and Jeff, Brianna and Rebecca Flynn; and Julianne (Jeff Free) Nees of Emmettsburg, Iowa and their children, Nicole (Victor Dzirasa), Jack and Riki Lynn (David Hendrix) Nees, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters in law, Betty (Leonard) Sobieski and Donna Flynn; and a brother in law, Gus Casaccio.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Josephine, Sr. Mary Eva OSF, Donald, Magdeline, Dorrance, Delbert, Della, Catherine, Thomas Jr., Myra, and many in laws.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Opening Doors: Maria House and Theresa Shelter.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, and the wonderful staff and friends at Sunset Park Place.

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

 



James H. Wegmann

James H. "Chick" Wegmann, 74, of Petersburg died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family after a 14 year battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 5:00 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W. Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W. Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Jim was born January 13, 1940, the oldest child of Frank and Rosella (Westhoff) Wegmann. He attended S.S. Peter & Paul School thru 8th grade and then helped on the family farm. At age 17 he enlisted in the Navy, where he served 52 months. While in the service he was selected as a member of the Naval All World Softball team in 1961.

On June 22, 1963, Jim married Carol Ann Gudenkauf. Carol survives him along with their 4 children: Lynne (Bob) Radabaugh of Petersburg, Pam (Brian) Vaske of New Vienna, Tom (Jennifer) of Apalachin, NY and Chad (Deb) of Robins; 12 grandchildren: Spencer, Cody, Sydney & Chance Radabaugh; Maddisen, Carley & Joel Vaske, Nick & TJ Wegmann and Riley, Carson & Kennedy Wegmann; 1 great-granddaughter, Kelsie Radabaugh; 5 brothers, Leo (friend Mary Langel) of Delhi, Gerry (Jane), Leroy (Margie) of Cedar Rapids, Ron (Norma) of Petersburg and Carl (Sandra) of Edgewood; 4 sisters: Lois Lammers of Manchester, Joyce (John) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Joan (Pat) Toohey of St. Paul, MN and Rose Ann (Lee) Koelker of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Grace Stevens, Jim (Sharon R.) Gudenkauf, Marian (Dan) Hoeger, Janet (Charlie) Prier, all of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dan "Boone", sister-in-law, Karen Wegmann, and a brother-in-law, Dick Lammers, as well as his parents-in-law, August & Leona Gudenkauf and a brother-in-law, Fred Stevens.

Jim took a lot of pride in his grandchildren and truly enjoyed watching them participate in their sporting events. He now has the best seat and will not miss a game.

Jim's passion for baseball carried over in his playing career, and he was honored to be a member of the 1962 Dyersville Whitehawks National Runner-up team; Jim was named an amateur all-american for his performance that year. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He was an die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and spent many years coaching little league.

Jim spent more than 50 years hauling milk for area farmers, a job he truly enjoyed. He received the distinguished service award from the Delaware County Dairy Board, and also served on the S.S. Peter & Paul parish council, Beckman High School Booster Club Board and Endowment Board.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Shawn R. Pergande

Shawn Richard S. Pergande, 42, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 following a sudden illness while visiting in Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid officiating.  Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery, New Diggings, WI.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Shawn Richard was born on May 13, 1971 at Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Richard G. Pegande and Sherry J. Shireman.  He married Norie McCullick on February 29, 2012 in Manchester, Iowa. 

He was employed at Anderson Window & Door in Dubuque.  Shawn was an avid Wisconsin sports fan, the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Shawn loved spending time with his family and the summertime picnics.

Surviving are his wife Norie, his three children Shawn, Brett and Nathan, three stepchildren, Grace (Kiley) McGuine of Guttenberg, Iowa; Jher and Lexus, two grandchildren, Brody & Sienna, his parents, Richard (Judy) Pergande and Sherry (Darrell) "Pudge" Kritz both of Dubuque, two brothers, Ricky and Jason (Lisa) Pergande both of Dubuque, step-brothers and sister, Dennis Pegande, Ronnie Pergande, Joe (Tiffany) Pergande all of Dubuque and Mary Jo (Larry) Seidl of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Rufina & Henry Saranillo of Marquette, Iowa, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose (Kevin) Dull of Marquette.

 

 



Madona L. Holmes

Madona L. Holmes, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. A memorial service will be held 1 pm Saturday, April 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA on where there will a visitation Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Burial of cremains will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Madona was born March 20, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Ernest and Lucile (Buchanan) Peschong. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940 and the University of Dubuque in 1944.

On November 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, Charles Holmes, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on October 14, 2003.

Prior to her marriage to Charles, she worked in Chicago during the war. She was a member of PEO, loved to play bridge, and enjoyed traveling with her husband to south Texas and Arizona. She loved music, theatre, and the arts. She was an excellent cook and loved being a hostess. "She had a home-economics degree and knew how to use it."
Madona is survived by three children, Susan (Geoffrey) Holmes Parr of Hurst, Texas, Barbara (Roger) Holmes Arentson of Delano, Minn., and John (Deborah) Holmes of Colona, Ill.; six grandchildren, Katherine and Colin (Sarah) Parr, Alice and Andrew Arentson, and John (Julie) and Rebekah Holmes. She is also survived by six great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful Care.



Connie Jo Weber

Connie Jo Weber, 56, of Dubuque, passed away of natural causes, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Finley Hospital.

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 10, at the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St.

Connie was born on July 16, 1957 in Dubuque. She was the daughter of Lois (Reisdorf) and the late Albert Weber.

She is also survived by her brother, Albert Weber, Jr., and her friends at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Local arrangements are being conducted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.



Leo A. Abitz

Leo A. Abitz, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 7, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Leo's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leo was born on Feb. 25, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Julius and Margaret (Groeber) Abitz.

Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. He married LaVon Herbst on August 29, 1964, at St. Philomena's Church in Asbury. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2007.

Leo was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 43-1/2 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Leo was an avid gardener who especially enjoyed raising dahlia flowers. Family was extremely important to Leo. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and also enjoyed going to lunch with his nephews at Wendy's.

Leo is survived by his children, Rhonda G. (Eric) Scott, Benton, WI, Julie A. (Jamey) Aird, Asbury, IA, Karla M. (Sheldon) Scott, Asbury, IA, Joseph G. Abitz, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Danielle (Taylor) Chapman, Brandon Swift, Zachary and Natalie Aird, Sadie and Joseph Abitz, Grace and Benjamin Scott.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVon; 2 grandsons, Joshua and Jacob Aird; and his siblings Julia Gulyash, Joseph Abitz, John Abitz, Julius Abitz and Margaret Brimeyer.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Tri-State Dialysis for all of the wonderful care they gave to Leo.

In lieu of flowers a Leo A. Abitz memorial fund has been established.

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



Sue E. Kaesbauer

Sue E. Kaesbauer, 77, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. There will also be a visitation Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Sue was born July 20, 1936 in Galena, Ill., daughter of Harold J. and Susan E. (Grove) Houy. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1954.

On April 9, 1955, Sue married the love of her life, Joseph Kaesbauer, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 6, 2009.

Sue began her business career in high school, working as a soda jerk. After high school, she worked as an assistant at the Fisher Company, where she learned much about business from Louis Pfohl. She then worked as a bookkeeper at Disco. She was cofounder of Creative Touch Gallery Inc., and Ooh La La.

She was a member of Grandview Women's Auxillary, First Congregational United Church of Christ where she was on various committees, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Finley Sunshine Circle volunteer and PEO chapter IK.

She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge with her friends, spending time with her family and watching all the different sporting events of her grandchildren.

Sue is survived by five children, Cathi (Craig) Olson of Dubuque, Patti (Mark) Johannsen of Peosta, Bill Kaesbauer of Davenport, Julie (Jim) Spelhaug of Bettendorf and Mike (Jane) Kaesbauer of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jeff (Allison) Olson, Katie (Josh) Fernandes, Ben (Ashley), Brian (Melissa) and B.J. Johannsen, Lexi, Ryan, Ellie, and Carli Spelhaug, and Joey, Nick and Nate Kaesbauer; two great-grandchildren, Merek Olson and Joseph Johannsen, and two expectant great-grandchildren; a sister, June Shuler, of Wisconsin, and family members Madrene Houy of South Carolina, Beverly (Tony) Monti of California, and Barb Kruse of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Hazel Houy; sisters and brother-in-law Elaine (William) Kruse, Carol (Ron) Brayton and Don Shuler; and a brother, Don Houy.

A Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope and his staff, the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and all of the other health care professionals who have cared for Sue.

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



Aaron E. Scott

Aaron E. Scott, 30, of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 2, 2014 near Lost Nation, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Aaron's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, April 5, from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service at the Monmouth, Iowa Community Center (formerly the Monmouth School). The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Aaron Edward Scott was born on Jan. 30, 1984 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steven Edward and Linda Sue (Bowman) Scott. He was a 2002 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He married Heather Tubbs on May 22, 2008 in Anamosa, Iowa.

Aaron farmed with his family on the Scott family farm. He loved his pulling truck, hunting, fishing and ATV Ranger Rides. He also liked tinkering in his shop and was a natural at operating his excavator. He was great at construction and with the help of his friends just built his shop doing all of the insulating, tinning and electrical work. He was a hard worker, loved his friends and would do anything for anyone.

Those left to honor Aaron's memory include his wife, Heather Scott of Wyoming, IA; children Trevyn Dean Scott of Wyoming, IA, and Nayeli Kupkowski of Rockford, IL; his parents, Steve and Linda Scott of Baldwin, IA; a brother, Mitch Scott, of Baldwin, IA; a sister, Joellen Scott, of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandmother, Mary Bowman, of Maquoketa, IA; and his paternal grandmother, Betty Scott, of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dean Bowman, and paternal grandfather, Junior Scott.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Aaron E. Scott memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be sent to mainoffice@carsonandson.com



Colette T. Buchheit

Colette T. Buchheit, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5th at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph L. Hauer will officiate. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 4th at  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Colette was born October 27, 1933 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of Albert and Theresa (Laesch) Leuenberger.  She married Harold Buchheit on June 17, 1967 at DeSales Catholic Church, Ossian, IA. 

Colette was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.  She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren.  She enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing Scrabble and Cribbage.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Harold, of Dubuque; two sons, Brian (Maria) Buchheit of Homer Glen, IL, and Dennis (Mary) Buchheit of Asbury, IA;  four grandchildren, Andrew, Mary Kate, Katie, and Emily Buchheit, and a sister, Florence Warne of Deming, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers Dick, Joseph, Melvin, Donald and Arnold and two sister in laws Kathryn Leuenberger and Mary Jane Leuenberger.

In lieu of flowers, a Colette Buchheit Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Manor, Dr. Thomas Sinsky and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Wauneta I. Wiederaenders

Wauneta Ione (Gorrell) Wiederaenders (86) of Dubuque, IA died April 1, 2014 at Ennoble Manor Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Charles Wiederaenders and is survived by her son, Paul Wiederaenders of Sterling IL, her daughters Catherine Dello (Jim) of Chicago IL and Claudia Wiederaenders (Marty Schechtel) of Schaumburg IL, her son Carl Wiederaenders (Melissa Watson) of Des Moines IA and her foster-daughter Cindy Wall Perkins (Kevin) of Uncasville CT; Grandchildren Nicole and Jacob Wiederaenders, Nicholas Watson and Benjamin Wiederaenders; great grandchildren, Marco and Chelsea Wiederaenders; her brother Ken Gorrell (Donna). 

Nita was born July 23, 1927 to Ray and Lieurena Gorrell at the King family homestead in Saluda Township, Jefferson County IN. During World War II, she entertained troops at USO centers with her parents and brother. She studied three years at Illinois Institute of Technology, majoring in bacteriology, and for a period of time worked at Libby McNeill and Libby in Blue Island IL as a bacteriologist.

She married Reverend Robert Wiederaenders on June 15, 1951 at Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago. They served at various churches in Illinois before they moved to Dubuque, IA in 1964. They joined Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where they remained active members for 50 years.  

Nita has had varied interests during this time. She worked as a house mother at Finley Hospital and for 18 years at Hempstead High School in various capacities. At home she was a creative cook, creating new meals for her family to name. As an adept seamstress, Nita sewed clothing for her family- Halloween costumes and much more. She sewed also for local theatrical productions. She and Bob were very interested in local theater and on their 50th Anniversary attended a Fly by Night production where she was amazed to find her wedding dress (with multiple alterations) on stage. She also made wedding outfits for a photo booth in a mall kiosk.

Nita was a member of the Audubon Society for over 40 years, many of those years as a board member. She helped develop the annual Bald Eagle Watch and was listed in the Dubuque phonebook as a bird identification consultant. She served for 15 years on the Dubuque County Conservation board and was a member of Dubuque's Environmental Task Force. She wrote articles such as Special Appeal promotions for Lutheran World Relief and Bread for the World. 

With lifelong interest and creative skill in quilting, Nita was a founding mother of Cable Car Quilters in Dubuque and won multiple awards for her quilting. 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Quilters for Lutheran World Relief, The Dubuque Rescue Mission, The Dubuque County Conservation Board/Wetlands Acquisition and Preservation, The Dubuque Audubon Society and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

 



Mary Margaret Curran-Jenaman

Mary Margaret Curran-Jenaman, age 82, of Dubuque, passed away on April 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., after a long illness, at UnityPoint Health-The Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on Feb. 8, 1932 in Elkport, Iowa, daughter of Bill and Francis (Eilers) Curran.

Mary attended county school in Elkport and St. Mary's Catholic School in Guttenberg, Iowa. Mary lost her mother at the age of 14-1/2 and came to Dubuque to find work. Five of her other siblings were put into St. Mary's Orphanage in Dubuque.

Years and years later, Mary and her older sister Joan and brother Jim found all five of their other brothers and sisters. They were adopted out of St. Mary's Orphanage and living all across the United States with their new lives, careers and families. As a result, family reunions proceeded through the following years.

Mary married Charles Joseph Jenamann in Dubuque on Sept. 1, 1951. Mary was working at Kerrigan's Café when her husband was just a rookie cop walking the beat. He would come in for coffee and that is how they met. Mary was employed for 27 years at Sunnycrest Manor until her retirement in January of 2001.

Mary is survived by her caregiver and daughter Stefanie Candace Mary Jenaman, Dubuque, IA, Carol (Terry) Merz, Dubuque, IA, Charlie R. (Candi Marie) Jenaman, Dubuque, IA, Casey Jenaman, Davenport, IA; Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her siblings, Joan R. Erickson, Des Moines, IA, Sharon J. Sever, Corvallis, OR, William (Mary Ann) Patton, Hampton, IA, and John (Nelda) Patton, Olympia, WA.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Cheryl Renee Jenamann-Knutsen; an infant son, Jenamann in 1967; her parents; her siblings, James Curran, Deer Lodge, MT., Catherine Wagner, Columbia, MO., Terrene Duncalf, Corvallis, OR.; brothers-in-law George Erickson, Harold Sever and Dr. Joe Wagner; sisters-in-law Lorraine Jenamann (Richard Vonk) of Newton, IA., Mildred Jenamann (Harold) Roddick, Platteville, WI; mother- and father-in-law, Edith (McClain) and Raymond Jenamann of Dubuque, IA.

The Heavenly Kingdom 
by Miss S. Candace Mary Jenamann.

In the midst of morning and the dawn of night
You can hear the wraith smoothly taking plight.
With clouds of swooning in and angels near by...
Energizing me up and getting ready to fly.

Fastening the memories to what is now left...
A peaceful calm gets ready to set.
Worrying over nothingness, has now made me laugh
that is a lot easier just following the heavenly path.

Waiting calmly and then...."you" are finally there.
You now feel all the love that is ready to be shared.
THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM so perfect in my sight,
Has now taken me to the glorious light.

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



Ronald L. Houselog Sr.

Ronald L. Houselog Sr., 81, of Key West, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 3, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Ronald was born on Nov. 25, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog Sr. He married Edna M. Reinker on Feb. 7, 1953 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

He is a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War in Alaska. He retired from the former Dubuque Packing Company in 1982 after 32 years. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150A.

He was an avid sports fan, his favorites being baseball and football. In his younger years he enjoyed the outdoors, playing softball, hunting and fishing. One of his favorite things in life was watching his grandsons play football.

He was a loving husband and father and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Edna, of 61 years; 5 children, Dan (Joan) Houselog, of Key West, Rick (Carol) Houselog, Phoenix, AZ, Susan (Dan) Hefel, of Guttenburg, Randy (Nancy) Houselog, of Key West, Tina (Chris) Gau, of Asbury; daughter-in-law Debbie Houselog, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Barbie, Jessica, Emmy, Cassie, Jesse, Ryne, Josh, Luke; three great-grandchildren, Jason, Romy, Cali; his brother Robert (Gertrude) Houselog, and his sister Jean Smith; sisters-in-law Theresa Houselog, Mary Adele Houselog, and Lois Houselog.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Jr.; siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog Jr., Mary (Art) Balk, Joseph (Helen) Houselog, Arthur "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Gerald (Joaan) Houselog, Merle (Jane) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

In lieu of flowers a Ronald Houselog memorial fund has been established.



Christine V. Clark

Christine V. Clark, 65, of Zwingle, Iowa, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Christine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 5, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 4, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Christine Virginia Clapham was born on March 30, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Elmer and Elizabeth Virginia (Troester) Clapham. Her early education was at a one-room schoolhouse near Zwingle. She then attended and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1967. She married Roger Clark on Oct. 2, 1971 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Christine grew up on a farm and farmed all of her life. She worked as a farmhand and milker for her dad and then for Zwingle area farmers, retiring in 2010.

Christine took great pleasure in gardening, crocheting, crafts, embroidering and quilting. She enjoyed deer hunting with her husband, son and son-in-law. She liked to spend time doing yard work and anything outside, as well as going on sightseeing trips with her husband and cousin, Jr. Troester. Her family was important to her, especially the grandkids.

Those left to honor Christine's memory include her husband, Roger Clark of Zwingle, IA; children Elizabeth (Aaron) Bruns of Zwingle, IA, and Robert Clark of Boone, IA; 2 grandchildren, Ava and Emily; and sisters Bertha (Donald) Thoma of St. Donatus, IA, Illa McDermott of Dubuque, IA, and Joyce (Don) Schoenberger of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, William, David and Joseph; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence "Butch" McDermott.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Christine V. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald P. Ruefer

Donald P. Ruefer, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Donald's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:30 p.m on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Donald was born on November 29, 1934, in Davenport, 1 of 12 children, son of Anthony and Angela (Schebler) Ruefer.

Don owned Ruefer Insulation from 1968 until he retired and sold the business to his son, Don Jr., in 1986. He also owned Camp O Delhi at Lake Delhi during the 1970's. Don enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening and woodworking in his spare time. Don will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by, his children, Don (Vicky) Ruefer Jr., Dubuque, IA, Jeanne (Barry) Cernoch, Nevada, Ed Ruefer, Florida, 5 Grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents. His 1st wife Carole. 2 Sons: Dean and Jim Ruefer.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their wonderful care and support of Donald.

A Donald P. Ruefer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Kathleen C. Habel

Kathleen C. Habel, 87, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Friends may continue to call after 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at North Buena Vista Hall, prior to the funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Kathleen was born February 15, 1927, in North Buena Vista the daughter of John and Rose (Bakula) Hefel.  She married Bennett J. Habel on Oct. 15, 1947, in North Buena Vista, a marriage that lasted over 66 years.  Together they farmed on the family farm near North Buena Vista for most of their lives.  Kay had a gift for quilting, which she enjoyed with the ladies of the Immaculate Conception Parish.  She loved music, often singing while Benny played his accordion.  She also sang with the Hefel Sisters on many occasions.  She enjoyed playing Euchre, gardening, fishing on the mighty Mississippi or at the pond, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her two daughters: Cheryl Urbalejo of Guttenberg and Deb (Spider) Koetz of North Buena Vista, 10 grandchildren: John, Michael and Dustin (Jen) Urbalejo, Kelli Habel, Kim (Jacob) Breitbach, Kristine Habel, Ann Marie Habel, Randy (Norma) Koetz, Russell (Hillary) Koetz, Rhonda (Matt) Hefel;

12 great grandchilden: Hunter and Paige Koetz, Kayla and Madalyn Breitbach, Evan, Alexys and Madden Urbalejo, Evelyn and Brooke Koetz, Jorgie, Gretta and Markie Hefel;

4 sisters-in-law: Joanne Hefel and Stella Hefel, both of North Buena Vista, Stella McDermott of Benton, WI and Darlene (Loras) Clemen of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bennett in January 2014, two sons: Randy Habel in 1972, and John "Jack" Habel in 2013; one grandson, Jeremy Habel in 1999,

siblings: Milton Hefel, John "Bud" (Florence) Hefel, Matt Hefel, Marie (Adolph) Gansemer, Loretta (Lawrence) Decker, Edith (Clarence) Gloeckner, Alvina (Cyril)Gassmann, Edwina (Clarence) Schmitt, Josephine (Harold) Heiderscheit, Eleanor (Charles) Cook and Arlene Hefel; in-laws: Rose Habel, Cyril (Florence) Habel and James "Bert" McDermott.

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

 

 



Geraldine A. Beaves

Geraldine A. "Gerry" Beaves died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. Her 4-year-old great-grandson Nick said it best when he told his 4-year-old cousin Mary, "It's ok, her spirit is with the angles."

Friends may gather with the family Friday, April 4, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The parish wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Gabriel Anderson at St. Columbkille Church Saturday, April 5, at 10:00 a.m. with internment following at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gerry was born on Dec. 19, 1924 in Boscobel, WI, daughter of Leo Perrott and Edith (Freeman) Perrott.  After graduation from high school she moved to Dubuque, IA, where she met and married her husband, Richard "Dick" Beaves, on Sept. 17, 1946 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque IA. He preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1997.

Gerry was a great wife, loving mother, grandmother and good friend. She was a faith filled, soft spoken, and strong woman who knew the joy of having her family close.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Mary) Beaves of Sewickley, PA, Kathleen (Thomas) Noonan of McLean, VA, Richard (Mary) Beaves of Dubuque and Jane (Paul) Beitzel of Durango; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her siblings Alice Rittenhouse, Edward (Pat) Perrott, and Leo (Melissa) Perrott; her brothers-in-law Ted (Eileen) Beaves, George (Dorothy) Beaves and Peter (Margaret) Beaves; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; her father-in-law George I. Beaves; mother-in-law Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves; her sister Ruth; brothers Carl and Ralph Perrott; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Kadra, Charlotte Hanley, Bea Perrott and Bonnie Perrott; brothers-in-law James Kadra, Bill Hanley, Dave Schwinn and Bob Rittenhouse.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Columbkille Church.

The family wishes to thank Gerry's caregivers from Hospice of Dubuque and Fr. Gabriel Anderson for their loving and spiritual support.



Carl L. Zauche

Carl L. Zauche, 84, of Peosta, passed peacefully into life anew on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Visitation will be Friday, April 4th from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. On Saturday, April 5th, visitation will be 10 a.m. followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. at St Peter Lutheran Church.

Carl was born April 29, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa and lived out his life on his family farm in Peosta. He received 8 years of education at the Johnson Schoolhouse, 2 years at Senior High School, and 2 Winter Quarters of Farm Operations at Iowa State University. Rosemary Shumaker and Carl were united in marriage on October 8, 1960 at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Olin.

Carl served on many county boards such as Cattlemen, Extension, Fairboard and Sunnycrest. He received recognition as "Boardmember of the Year" on the Dubuque County Fairboard for overseeing the construction of the 4-H beef buildings, "Hall of Fame" for the Dubuque County Cattlemen, and "Friend of Agriculture" at the Rural Ministry Conference. For the Dubuque County Cattlemen, he served as President and the Liaison with the Dubuque Area Chamber. He participated in Dale Carnegie courses and was a member of Toastmasters.

He spent his life as a steward of God's creation and a Shepard of God's people. With the farm, he had great pride in his beef operation raising Hereford cattle and later transitioning to Red Angus. He also enjoyed raising and eating garden produce, with a special appetite for strawberries.

He led through his word and his actions as a volunteer. He served as Evangelism chair at St. Peter, Property - Building Committee and Evangelism for Lord of Life, and helped with St. Mark Community Center and Bethany Auxiliary. He was a founding member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church.

Carl is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary; their 4 children, Dan (Jackie) Zauche of Peosta, Cindy (Doug) Recker of Peosta, Carl J. (Beth) Zauche of Hiawatha, and Tim (Geri) Zauche of Platteville; 12 grandchildren, Rob (Kaitlyn), Jacob, Ally, John, Josh, Madalyn Zauche , and Jared Woock, and Sarah (Mark) Wedige, and Vaughn, Andre, Nathan, Natalie Recker; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella Wedige and Devon Zauche. Also surviving is a sister, Helen (Loren) Pahl and sister-in-law, Margaret (Dale) Clyde and 5 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl A. and Emma Zauche.

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

On behalf of Carl, the family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park, Manor Care, Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hospice of Dubuque, St. Peter, Lord of Life Lutheran and the Communion Visitors, and Dubuque Fellowship of Christ.

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

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

 



Dorothy Hinderman Bechen

Dorothy "Dort" Hinderman Bechen, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, on Friday, April 4, 2014, her 90th birthday, at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends may gather after 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services. Private family burial will be in Linwood Cemetery .

Dorothy was the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Hinderman of Dickeyville, WI. She was born on April 4, 1924 and grew up in Dickeyville.

Dorothy learned to sew when she was 8 years old and had a passion for sewing ever since. She loved making quilts and giving them to family and friends.

Dorothy married Lester Bechen of La Motte, Iowa on June 13, 1946. They lived in Dickeyville until they moved to Dubuque in 1959.

They were snow birds from 1983 till Lesters death in 2001. Dorothy then moved to Arizona year - round. She returned to Dubuque in 2009 and lived at Mt. Pleasant Home before going to Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Dorothy is survived by six sons, Ken of Absoaroke, MT, Rick(Carlene) of Brooklyn,WI, Ron(Anita) of Belleville, WI, Sam(Sue) of Dubuque, IA, Jim(Anita) of Lodi, WI, and Denis(Liz) of Goodyear, AZ. Her grandchildren; Angela (Doug) Hanley, Sheri Moritz, Ashley (Allison) Foxborn, Luke Bechen,Isaac (Erin) Bechen, Adam Bechen, Mary Bechen, Sara Bechen, Steph (Kyle) Cook, Justin (Courtney) Bechen Jason (friend Tiffany) Bechen, Matthew Bechen, Robert Thario and Kristen Thario. Great grandchildren; Emma Hanley, Hannah Rowerdink, Morgan Walsh, Elliott Foxborn, Lauren Bechen and Reagan Wissel. Dorothy is also survived by her brother, John (Mary Lou) Hinderman, sisters-in-law Marie Hinderman and Fran Hinderman and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bechen; her brothers Carl, Edward, Vincent, Lavern, and Alphonse; her sisters Marie and Bertha; and great-grandson, Reed Hanley.

 



William C. Ward

William C. "Doc" Ward, 87 of Dubuque passed away on Monday March 31, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be at 11:00a.m. Thursday April 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born on August 19, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Lena (Oswald) ward. He married Helen L. Miller on Friday August 13, 1954. He served in the US Army from November 25, 1944 to November 11, 1946 and was very proud of his service to his country .

He retired from the Dubuque Packing Company in his early 50's and spent his retirement years in Las Vegas.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the UFCW Local 150A.

"Doc" enjoyed walking and visiting with people at the mall. He was a devoted husband and father and was especially fond of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Helen, three children; Cynthia (Gary) Riniker, of Bernard, Iowa, William J. (Janet) Ward, of Tuscon, AZ, and Michael (Carol) Ward, of Lake Stevens, WA. Three grandchildren; Leann (Michael) Pursell, of Tucson, AZ, Joseph (Angie) Riniker, of Beloit, WI and Lisa (Riniker) DeMoss, of Lost Nation, Iowa. Five great grandchildren, Maleah, Chasity and Grace Riniker, Kailee and Wyatt DeMoss. Two sisters Marlene and Phyllis of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters along with nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff especially Roxanne and Julie, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave to William.



Dolores A. Walbrun

Dolores A. (Ressler) Walbrun, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at UnityPoint Health The Finley Hospital. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on June 27, 1936, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Eleanor (Hosek) Ressler.

Dolores graduated from Walford High School in 1954. She married Dale F. Walbrun on July 21, 1957, at St. Matthew's Methodist Church, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dolores went to nursing school and worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and at Lady of Lords Nursing Home in Dubuque. Dolores was a hard working, practical woman who enjoyed the simple things in life. Spending time with family and friends was very important. She had an avid love of nature, animals, gardening, canning and baking. Dolores enjoyed outings with her sisters, her weekly spa day, spending time with her grandchildren and Atalyn and listening to country music.

Dolores is survived by, her 5 children, Cheryl (Jeff) McCarron, Helen (Bob) Bussan, Dale (Gina) Walbrun, Chris (Mark) Krolick, Carol (Tom) Palya, her 8 grandchildren, Nick (Jill), Emily, Elyse and Nolan Walbrun, Carolyn, Elisabeth and Paul Krolick, Christopher McCarron, her great-granddaughter, Atalyn Walbrun, her 2 sisters, Nadine Tisl, Shirley (Bob) Tschantz, her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cerny.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale of 54 years and her 2 brothers Leonard and Howard Cerny.

In lieu of flowers a Dolores A. Walbrun Memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ervin H. Lange

Ervin H. Lange, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Ervin's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Ervin Herman Lange was born on April 28, 1922 in Scotch Grove, Iowa, to William Frederick and Violet Beatrice (Carr) Lange. He was educated through the 8th grade and then went to work as a farmhand for his uncle Otto. He then met his future wife Evelyn D. Collister. They were married on March 12, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2006.

Upon his marriage to Evelyn, they farmed in the Delmar area and then the Canton area for several years. They then moved to Maquoketa where Ervin worked at Clinton Engines on the pack line for 30 years. After Clinton Engines closed, he worked at French and Hecht in the Quad Cities until retirement.

Ervin enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, camping, hunting and traveling all over. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Ervin's memory include his children, Ronald (Linda) Lange of Maquoketa, IA, Barbara (Donald) Poll of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Harry) Ketelsen of Baldwin, IA, and Roger Lange of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 19 step-great-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Leo, and sisters Leona and Betty.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ervin H. Lange memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harry D. Prull

Harry D. Prull, 89, of Monticello died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Harry was born in Sand Springs, Iowa on April 8, 1924, the son of Henry and Frances (Seery) Prull. He married Betty Holmes on March 2, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic in Monticello. Together they farmed and raised their family south of Monticello until retiring in 2003. They loved traveling together with family and friends.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821, he was on the Farm Bureau Board for several years, was involved as a 4-H leader. His zest for life was infectious and he will be remembered as "Tiger".

Survivors include his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty; 5 children: Tammy (Leo) Leibold and Kevin (Cynthia) Prull, both of Monticello, Kathy (Mike) Althoff of Walford, Carol (Bill) Janssen of Monticello and Crystal (Joe) Camp of Marion; 10 grandchildren: Carrie (Dusty) Cleeton, Michelle (Brian) Hinrichs, Marcus, Curtis and Megan Prull, Courtney Althoff, Caitlyn (fiance Nick Miller) Althoff, Andrea and Alan Janssen and Rachael Camp; 4 great grandchildren: Brayden and Bryce Cleeton, Reid and Leigha Hinrichs; a sister, June Wagner of Dubuque, 2 sisters-in-law, Sophie Prull of Center Junction, and Jean Prull of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Winifred (Aloysius) Heims, Donald (Mary) Prull, Richard Prull, Jimmy Joe Prull and Helen Prull, John Prull, and a brother-in-law, Don Wagner.

Memorials are preferred.

Our family would like to commend and thank the staffs of Above and Beyond Home Health and Hospice, Jones Regional Medical Center and Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care and compassion.

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



Mary Jo Atchison

Mary Jo Atchison, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, Key West, 10204 Key West Drive, with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Mary Jo's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Mary Jo was born on June 22, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Josephine (Galvin) O'Toole.

Mary Jo was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She married Fieldon Atchison on April 13, 1961, in Galena, IL. Mary Jo was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Key West, and Meat Cutter Union 150 Retirees. Mary Jo and Fieldon loved taking camping trips in their motor home. She also enjoyed baking, watching hockey games and volunteering to help with the Donna Ginter Turkey Dinner, which she did for 23 years. Family was the most important thing to Mary Jo. She loved spending time with her husband, children and especially the grandchildren.

Mary Jo is survived by, her husband of almost 53 years, Fieldon "Bubbles" Atchison, Dubuque, IA; her 4 children, Susan Jo Nichols, Mary Atchison-Hollenback,  Amy (Charlie) Davis, David (Rachelle) Atchison, all of Dubuque, IA; her 11 grandchildren, her 2 great-grandchildren, her siblings, John "Jack" (Joyce) O'Toole, Dubuque, IA, Bob (Joann) Benzer, Scottsdale, AZ, Joe (Dorothy) Benzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; her sister-in-laws, Eileen Atchison, Suzie Lane, Marie Lorenz and Kathy Grimme all of Dubuque, and Marilyn O'Toole, Unionville, MO.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers Marty and David O'Toole, a grandson Cole Hollenback and her sister-in-law Donna Ginter.

The family would like thank Dr. Runde and staff, Dr. Fuller and the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Mary Jo.

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

 



Patricia Ann Hefel

Patricia Ann Hefel, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of LaMotte, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by loved ones.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Patricia Ann Hefel was born on October 20, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Leonard N. and Marie L. (Streuser) Hefel. She attended Holy Rosary school in LaMotte through the 8th grade and graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 1973. She then attended NICC in Peosta receiving her medical transcriptionist training.

Patricia had worked as a medical transcriptionist. She first worked for Medical Associates in Dubuque, then for Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado and for 20 years at the University of Michigan, retiring in 2013. She moved to Maquoketa in 2007.

Patricia loved to travel and had been all over the world. She also enjoyed quilting and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her siblings, Leonard (Sue) Hefel of Maquoketa, IA, Jody (Mark) Filloon of Miles, IA, and Steven (Sue) Hefel of Onslow, IA; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Jean Marie.

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

 



Ronald L. Manning

Ronald L. Manning, 53, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party" in remembrance of Ronald on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will follow at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald Lee Manning was born on March 24, 1961 in Iowa City, Iowa, to William J. and Mary (Hines) Manning. He attended Maquoketa schools. He married Lori Bunce in 1980 and to this union two children were born, Heather and Jenny. He later married Michele Bodkin on July 17, 2009 in Maquoketa, Iowa, and she had a daughter, Sasha.

Ron had first worked at ADM and then as an auto glass repair technician for various companies including Krieger Glass and Baggerly Glass Company. Lastly, he worked as a foreman at Stickle Feeds in Anamosa, Iowa from 1997 to 2000 before becoming disabled.

Ron enjoyed fishing and working on glass projects for family. He was always there to help when called upon by family and friends.

Those left to honor Ron's memory include his wife, Michele Manning of Lost Nation, IA; children, Heather (Adam) Weigandt of Clinton, IA, Jenny (Will) Kohl of Clinton, IA, and Sasha (fiancé Chris Leslein) Bodkin of Andrew, IA; 5 grandchildren; his mother, Mary Manning of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Judy Dague of Monmouth, IA, Joyce Manning (Paul Hammerhand) of Maquoketa, IA and Shirley (Charley) Risden of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, his twin, Rick (Flo) Manning of E. Moline, IL, Mike (Tonia DeLong) of Geneseo, IL, Gary (Linda) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Gloria) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert Manning of Maquoketa, IA; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, sister Jenny, brother-in-law Tommy Dague, nephew Robert Dague, and mother-in-law Alberta Bodkin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald L. Manning memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dorothy E. Fettkether

Dorothy E. (Leute) Fettkether, 96, of 406 Lowell St., Dubuque, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27th at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Dorothy was born on January 14, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Beckius) Leute.

Dorothy married Delbert E. Fettkether on March 8, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa. They celebrated 55 wonderful years together in 1996 prior to his death later that year. From this marriage, Keith D. Fettkether was born.

Dorothy attended Holy Ghost grade school and graduated in 1935 from Immaculate Conception Academy both in Dubuque. She was a devoted Catholic and her faith never wavered throughout her life. Her family and friends were always part of her daily prayers and she would add anyone in need.

Dorothy worked for the Licorice Factory. She kept busy by cooking delicious meals, baking, playing euchre, canning, doing seek-n-find puzzles, dancing and helping Delbert. Dorothy had a green thumb when it came to her plants aka her "weeds". She never met a plant she couldn't nurture back to life.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. Her wit, her ability to say it the way it was along with her continuous teachings will forever live on with her family. Dorothy was blessed to have a sharp mind until the end.

Those left to honor her memory include her devoted son, Keith D. (Diana) Fettkether of Dubuque; her three grandchildren, Michael (Georgiann Ender), Lisa (Chris) Vogt and Kristine (Patrick) Fair also of Dubuque; her six great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Samantha, Courtney and McKenzie Pfab, Ryan and Dylan Fair; her step great-grandchildren; Tiffany, Will and Olivia Vogt and Colton and Landon Ender along with many nieces and nephews; and a good friend Kay Aldun.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert E. Fettkether; her parents; her siblings, Charles (Agnes), Robert, Helen Mae and Leo Leute; her father and mother in-law Fred and Esther Fettkether; and her sister-in-law Viola (John) Moore.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Dorothy E. Fettkether memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Sister Mary Agnes, Sister Donard and Denise Krug; Dr. Hendrick Schultz, Dr. Ram, Dr. Scott, Dr. Freiburger, and Dr. Jones; nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for their kindness and compassion to both Dorothy and her family. Thank you to the nurses, staff, including Tracy at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, and especially, Julie Headlee.

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

 



Nancy J. Stroup

Nancy J. (DeBolt Boyer) Stroup, 69, of Dubuque, passed away at home Monday, March 24, 2014. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.   Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Nancy was born December 19, 1944 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Rowena (Johnson) Boyer.  She married Aric Stroup on August 14, 1999 in Galena, IL. 

Nancy earned her B.S. in Information Technologies from Loras College, and went on to earn her Masters of Business Administration from Clarke College.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Nancy was employed as an information technology analyst at John Deere Dubuque Works until her retirement in 2001. 

Genealogy was a passion of Nancy's, and she was a member of the Dubuque Genealogy Society.  She was devoted to her family , and loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.  

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Aric, of Galena; her mother Rowena Boyer of Dubuque; her children, DeLisa Weyhrich of Lincoln, NE, and Dennis (Shannon) DeBolt of Santa Rosa, CA; her step children, Jason Stroup of Dubuque, Amanda (Brady) Ketterling of Overland Park, KS, David (Kay) DeBolt of Ankeny, IA, Doug DeBolt of Ankeny, IA, and Carolyn Sandberg of Denver, CO; her grandchildren, Whitney and Bobby Weyhrich, Danielle (Michael) DeBolt-Fusaro, Rachael DeBolt, and Dennis DeBolt II; her step-grandchildren, Weston and Cooper Ketterling; her great grandchildren, Daniel DeBolt and Charlie Belle Weyhrich; and her siblings, Ronald Boyer of Dubuque, Mary Boyer of Blue Springs, MO, Kelvin (Theresa) Boyer of Tehachapi, CA, Kay (Bob) McCabe of Hazel Green, WI. 

She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Boyer; her sister, Susan Boyer; her niece, Heidi Boyer; and her stepdaughter, Deanna DeBolt. 

Her husband Aric was her primary, loving caregiver throughout her illness.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Hospice, Lincoln, NE.

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

 

 



Edelberta R. Heiderscheit

Mrs. Clarence, Edelberta R. "Edel" Heiderscheit, age 68, of Dyersville and formerly of Key West, Iowa died Sunday March 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. on Saturday March 29th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. on Friday March 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00p.m.

She was born on April 23, 1945 in the Philippines.

She married Clarence Heiderscheit on December 29, 1978 in Rickardsville, IA.

She worked as a CNA Stonehill Care Center, Mount Carmel, and Heritage Manor for many years and lastly was working at Walmart in Dubuque as a greeter. She was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband Clarence, of Dyersville, two sons Michael (Shawn Marie) Heiderscheit, of Dubuque, Alex (fiancé Gina Francois) Heiderscheit, of Petersburg, Iowa, and a daughter Susan from a previous marriage. One granddaughter Clara Rose, one brother and two sisters of the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her parents.



Eugene K. Sand

Eugene "Gene" K. Sand, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque. Family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque.

Gene was born October 20, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Edna Mae Williams and Cleve Mattox. He graduated from Senior High School in 1948. Gene was married on May 1, 1952 and was later divorced. He was drafted into the US Army in 1951 serving 2 years with the 11th Airborne Division. Gene began his career as a Barber on April 1, 1954 at the barber shop at 1036 Main St, he opened Sand's Barber Shop at 1516 Central Ave. on November 1, 1964.

Survivors include his children; Constance (John) Meyer and Christopher (Nickolet) Sand; 2 grandsons; Paul and Matthew; 2 granddaughters, Emma and Isabelle; 4 great grandsons, Dalton, Colton, Aiden, and Sawyer; and a great granddaughter, Haley; a half sister, Bev Tippe; and special friend, Margy Becker.

Memorials may be directed to the Dubuque Boy's and Girl's Club in Gene's memory.

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

 



Daniel R. Rupp

Daniel Robert "Dan" Rupp age 48 of Dubuque died Sunday March 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a prayer service at 7 pm. Committal graveside services will be at 10:30 am Thursday March 27, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dan was born on September 24, 1965 in Dubuque the son of Paul and Rose Mary (McDermott) Rupp. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and entered the U.S. Navy in January of 1987.

He served on the USS Eisenhower as an Electrical Technician with Air Traffic Control during Desert Shield and Desert Storm until January 1993. During his service he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal

Dan was a knowledgeable man in all aspects. He shared his talents in his work with Ken Mott and lastly with Crescent Electric Supply.

Dan was a positive person. He never judged anyone or had anything negative to say of anyone. He always found the good in people, he believe in God, prayer and miracles. Dan will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his mother Rose McDermott and his father Paul Rupp. His brothers Doug (Jane), Dave (Gina), and sister Barb (Don) Krieg. Aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews, his many good friends especially David Hernandez of Texas and his beloved tiger cat "Max" whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Virginia McDermott, paternal grandparents, Clarence and Barbara Rupp, two cousins Corina McDermott and David McDermott, aunts; Delores McDermott, Dorothy Echeagaray, and Delores Rupp, and his uncle Jim Rupp.

In lieu of flowers a Daniel Rupp memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dan's aunt and uncle Sue & Dwayne who have helped in so many ways. A special thank you to Dr. Alt, and all the doctors and nurses at ENT at the veterans hospital in Iowa City. Also to the Sisters of the Presentation for all their prayers for Dan.

Until we meet again with love to a very strong courageous man you will be missed, but never forgotten.



Shirley A. Feldman

Shirley Ann (Larkin) Feldman, 75, of Dubuque passed away Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. Services will be Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Church with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Fr. Gary Mayer will officiate. Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m., Tuesday at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road where the parish wake service will be said at 7 p.m.

Shirley was born on April 7, 1938, daughter of Phillip and Gertrude (Brandt) Larkin in Sinsinawa, WI. She married Donald J. Feldman on March 30, 1954. This year they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She worked for the Sisters of Mercy, Visitation Sisters, Archdiocesan Pastoral Center and was honored to be Archbishop Kucera's housekeeper.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt who took pride in creating a warm and inviting home for all. She was a strong, beautiful and witty woman with a great Irish sense of humor.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Don, her children, Londie Brauer, Sue Feldman, Kim Feldman, Gina (Mark) Truninger of Clinton, Iowa, Doug (Tanya) Feldman of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd (Dawn) Feldman of Omaha, NE, Tammy (Curtis) DeWulf, Tracy Feldman of Madison, WI and Heather Feldman; her ten grandchildren, Amanda (Bill) Coakley, Rachel (Chad) Kane, Derek (Aria) Truninger, Matthew (Randi) Truninger, Conner Feldman, Curt DeWulf, Stephen DeWulf, Carson Feldman, Hunter Feldman and Spencer Feldman, her four great grandchildren; Kaelynn Kane, Cooper Kane, Olivia Coakley and Addison Coakley; two brothers, Kenneth Larkin of Las Vegas, NV and Patrick Larkin of Freeport, IL; three sisters -in-law, Millie Larkin, Jackie Larkin, and Shirley Smith; and many nieces , nephews, and her beloved dog, Bubbles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons; John in infancy and Timm (T.D.), four sisters; Kathleen, Mary Jane Haase, Geraldine Vosberg and Bernice Larkin and four brothers; Norman, Eugene, Leonard and Ronald.

A Shirley Ann Feldman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dr. Khan of The Finley Heart Center and extend a special thank you to Finley Home Care nurses, especially Patti and Dee.



Lillian M. Spoo

Lillian M Spoo, 99, of Dubuque, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wed. March 26 at St.Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush Street where visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Baldwin,Ia.

Lillian was born June, 26, 1914 near Baldwin, Ia., daughter of Joseph and Lillian (Harnett) Spoo. She attended and graduated from Baldwin High School, and attended business school. She worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for nearly 30 years.

She was an active member of St. Columbkille's Parish nearly 40 yrs.

She is survived by a nephew, Joseph (Geraldine) Spoo, a niece, Phyllis Harrison, a grand niece Theresa Ray and a great niece and great nephew Megan and Kyle Ray, all of Davenport, Ia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Zelma Spoo; and a brother, Joseph Spoo.

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

 



Donald F. Cain

Donald Francis Cain, 80 passed away March 20, 2014 after a long illness. Don was born June 9, 1933.

He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from A Y McDonalds where he worked as an electrician. Don was a talented musician capable of playing both the lead and steel guitar. He and his wife Sally attended the annual Scotty's Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis where he honed his skill on the steel guitar and where he and Sally met and became very close friends with Ted and Vickie Newman. Donnie "dad" played in a Country Western band with his close friends Ray Theisen, Dick McGrane, and Nutsy Turtle. Sally and the other wives (Doris, Carol and Patty) spent many hours dancing to the music played by their husbands. Another of his hobbies included the restoration of antique automobiles. He enjoyed going to car shows and swap meets where he would search for the parts needed for his project cars.

Donnie and Sally have made many good friends over the 57 years they were married. The great times and the special friends will never be forgotten.

Donnie is survived by his wife Sally, 8 children, and many grand children and great grand children.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.



Lucille L. Ludovissy

Lucille L. "Lulu" Ludovissy, 74, of North Buena Vista, Iowa passed to her eternal rest, at home, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Family and friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, Iowa. Friends may continue to call after 9:30 am Wednesday at the North Buena Vista Hall.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa. Committal will be in the church cemetery immediately following services. Officiating will be Rev. Marvin Bries.

Daughter of Adler and Amy (Gourgues) Madere; Lucille was born on April 14th, 1939 in her hometown of Hahnville, Louisiana. The love of her life was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana where she met and married Robert J. Ludovissy Sr., on April 12th, 1958. "Lulu", as she liked to be called, moved north to make a life with her husband, in his home state of Iowa. She was blessed with five children; four proud sons and one beautiful daughter. Lucille was a stay at home mom until 1975, when she and her husband purchased the "Someplace Else Bar and Grill" in North Buena Vista, Iowa.

She spent 35 plus years serving customers with fine food and quenching the thirst of many, until her health relinquished her activities. Lulu was a hardworking woman and a loving wife and mother. Lucille's favorite place was in the kitchen. She loved cooking for family and friends, so it wasn't odd to see her dancing around the stove top, with ladle in hand, cooking up a new recipe or settling for her favorite southern dish of red beans over rice. Her leisure activities included needlework, sewing, and fishing. A night out on the town usually consisted of a trip to one of the local casinos to pull a handle or two, but her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and grandchildren. Full of the gift of giving and her charm for southern hospitality, Lulu always took care of her family above anything else in her life.

Surviving are her husband of fifty-six years, Robert J. Ludovissy Sr., of North Buena Vista, Iowa, her five children, Robert (Kim) Ludovissy Jr., and Christopher (Linda) Ludovissy, both of Guttenberg, Iowa, Siva (John) Beadle and Coulter (Amy) Ludovissy, both of Dubuque, Iowa, Troy Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Iowa, former daughter-in-law, Gina Ludovissy of Dubuque, Iowa, twelve grandchildren: April (Brian) Penn, Michael (Susan) Ludovissy, Matt, Eric, Jessica, Danny, Steven, Vanessa, Mikayla, Courtney, Megan and Kyle, thirteen great grandchildren, one brother, Adler (Liz) Madere, a special niece, Charlene (David) Medina, both of Luling, Louisiana, a sister-in-law, Katheryn Kennicker of Sherrill, Iowa, a lifelong friend Cathy Haigh, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ellis Madere, a sister, Joycelyn (Raymond) Hoskin, and a brother-in-law, Frank Kennicker.

Lulu, along with her family, wish to thank Dr. Schoepe, Dr. Smith, Guttenberg and Finley Hospital, Manorcare, Hospice of Dubuque (Cindy and Stacy), and all the staff who have helped with her illness and rehabilitation over the past several years. We were truly blessed to have such kind and compassionate caregivers.

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



Rosemary Eldridge

Rosemary (Walker) Eldridge, 91, a resident of Bethany Home passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Funeral mass will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Rosemary's family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to 1030 a.m. at St. Anthony's prior to the mass. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Rose was born at home on August 9, 1922, in Dubuque, the daughter of Harry and Pauline (Leitner) Bieger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940. Rose married James B. Walker in 1942 in Sioux Falls, SD. They shared 21 years together and raised five children. James passed away in 1963. Later in life Rose married Walter "Bud" Eldridge. They were married in 1978 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Harry passed away in 2012.

In recent years, Rose was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was a long time volunteer for American Red Cross in Dubuque in both the disaster and blood services. Rose accepted a life of many challenges; as a child she spent time in the orphanage during the Depression years, as a young bride she was separated from her new husband by a great World War, and as a courageous woman she raised five children after the passing of her husband James. She enjoyed time with her family and many friends. She loved bowling, playing penny slots and was an avid Cubs fan. Rose had a tremendous sense of humor, loved to laugh, enjoyed her life and loved her family. She earned the smiles and giggles of her grandchildren every time she made her "bunny face". Many of her grandchildren affectionately called her "Grandma Bunny". In later life she was always appreciative of whatever God granted unto her, and despite failing health, Rose rarely complained.

Survivors include her children; James Walker Jr. of Dayton, OH, Judith (Robert) Freiburger of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Jane) Walker of Dubuque, Joel Walker (Julie Peterson) of Marion, IA, and daughter-in-law Maria Walker of Pembroke Pine, FL; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. Rose is also survived by step sons Pete (Marge) Eldridge of Dubuque and Phil (Jackie) Eldridge of Iowa City; 5 step grandchildren; and 8 step great grandchildren; a sister, Elmira "Sue" McCormick of Minneapolis, MN, a sister in law Dorthea Bonavia of Rockford, Il, and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her son John and her husbands James Walker, Sr. and Harry "Bud" Eldridge. May she now rest in the peace and the presence of those who went before her. We now recall the title and words of the song she and her husband James called their own, "You Are Always In My Heart."

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

The Walker and Eldridge families are very grateful to the entire staff of Bethany Home, who cared for Rose with kindness and respect.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Rose's name to Bethany Home, Dubuque.

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

 



Tommy J. Ihrig

Tommy J. Ihrig, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Tommy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Tommy Joseph Ihrig was born on March 2, 1957 in DeWitt, Iowa, to Dale Allen and Doris Elaine (Steines) Ihrig. He was a graduate of Andrew High School. He married Ralee Gade, his longtime companion of 11 years, on March 1, 2013 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Tommy was a farmhand who worked for Roy Schnoor in Maquoketa for 17 years. Additionally, he worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, Hide Co. in Maquoketa, and lastly for 21 years at Alcoa as a forklift operator.

Tommy enjoyed working on cars, trucks and tractors. He loved the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing or gardening. He also loved his animals, and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Tommy's memory include his wife, Ralee Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; children, Ryan (Kristina) Ihrig, Josh (Nicole) Ihrig, Dillon Ihrig, Madyson Ihrig, Cheyenne Roden and Bryan Roden, all of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren; his mother, Doris Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Debbie (fiancé Jamie LaRette) Goodenow of Monmouth, IA, Tammy Arensdorf of DeWitt, IA and Diane (Gerald) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA; 7 nieces and nephews; 6 great-nieces and great-nephews; and his dog and good buddy Boomer. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his father Dale Ihrig on May 9, 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Tommy J. Ihrig memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Patrick J. Klauer

Patrick James Klauer, 23, of Asbury, died Monday March 17, 2014. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Commital service will be 1 pm Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Mt. Calvary Chapel.

He was born to Susan Bruse and the late James Klauer, April 22, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa. Patrick graduated from Hempstead High School.

Patrick was an exceptionally kind and generous young man, often putting others needs before his own. He had many, many friends, and will be deeply missed by the people who loved him and whose lives he influenced. He was known for his infectious laugh and bright smile, his wonderful way with children, and the warmth of his heart. Patrick is now in heaven with his beloved father James Klauer.

Patrick is survived by his mother Susan Bruse; his sisters and brother, Cherie (Don) Regan, Kelly (Rob) Liddle, and Shannon (Kristy) Bruse. He is also survived, and loved so much, by his nieces and nephews, Alex, Lindsey, and Nathan Regan, Alissa Bruse, Charlee Bakey, Thomas and Emily Liddle, and Amanda Bruse. He is also survived by his special friend Sara Meyer, and by his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Klauer, on August 6, 2000, and by his grandparents Herbert and Bernadette Klauer and Walter and Bernice Knockle.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Patrick J. Klauer Memorial Fund.

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

 



Marian J. Kasel

Marian J. Kasel, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 11:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Marian's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marian was born on February 21, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Theisen) Kasel.

Marian graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. She worked for many years at Roshek's Department Store. In her spare time Marian enjoyed bowling, fishing, baking, needlepoint and volunteering at St. Columbkille's Church.

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

Marian was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cletus J. Kasel.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of the wonderful care they gave Marian.

A Marian J. Kasel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janis J. Luett

Janis J. Luett, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Janis' life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, March 24, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Janis Jane Luett was born on January 17, 1924 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Roy Grover and Blanche Irene (Petersen) Beaton. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Donald Howard Luett on July 6, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1988.

After her high school graduation, Janis worked as a telephone operator. Following their marriage, Janis and Donald lived in California until Donald's honorable discharge from the army. Janis became a homemaker, and together they farmed in the Buckhorn area for many years.

Janis had been an active member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa where she taught Sunday school and participated on various boards. She also was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary serving as past president.

Janis enjoyed dancing, fishing and gardening. In her younger years she was known as an excellent sharpshooter. She was a family and friend oriented person and was extremely close with her sisters.

Those left to honor Janis' memory include her children Donnis (Steve) Broman of Ft. Collins, CO, Dennis (Diane) Luett of Maquoketa, IA and Deb (Bill) Pettyjohn of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Louise Miller of Davenport, IA, and Nancy (Bill) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; and 9 grandchildren, Erik, Alia, Hans, Kaitlin, Jenna, Ethan, Garrett, Alyssa and Shelby. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Evelyn Reynolds, and a special friend Harry Goers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

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

 



Alice J. Kirpes

Alice Jane (Wilgenbusch) Kirpes, 76, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Sunday, March 23 from 3-8 p.m at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Alice was born near Hopkinton, Iowa in 1938, daughter of Nicholas and Rosena F. (Atkinson) Wilgenbusch. The family lived on a farm near Coggon, IA until 1947 when they moved to Farley, IA. Alice graduated from St. Joseph's High School. On January 30, 1960, she married Robert C. Kirpes at St. Joseph's Church in Farley.
Alice earned a B.A. in K-12 Art Education and a Masters in Elementary School Administration from Clarke University. She earned her K-8 Education/Classroom Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Alice taught Art in the Dubuque Community district for twenty-nine years. As an itinerant art instructor, she enjoyed teaching students at Fulton, Audubon, Jackson, Prescott, Lincoln, Franklin, Helen Keller, Hoover, and Irving. She also served as a District Elementary Art Department Chairperson for ten years. After retiring, she was an adjunct instructor at Clarke University for five years until her being diagnosed with cancer.

Alice was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and served as President, Vice President, and Chairperson for various committees. She was a member of the Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, as well as a member of NAEA, AEI, NEA, and DEA. Alice also served as a term president of the Nativity School Board of Education.
She dearly loved her family and treasured the time spent with them. Her grandchildren were the joys of her life and she loved making cookies, special decorated cakes, and lots of Christmas cookies for them. Alice enjoyed art, traveling, photography, writing, cooking, dancing, playing cards, and having lunch with friends.

Surviving are her husband, Robert, and three sons, Joseph N. (Linda) of Grand Rapids, MI, Gerald "Jerry" R. (Dana) of Edgewood, KY, Kevin R. (Julie) of Bellevue, IA; seven grandchildren, Paxton D., Garrett R., Sage Rose, Colton B.; and step-grandchildren Sam, Ben, and Michael Gannon; her sisters Elsie Ries, Rose Britt, Mary McGraw Lauersdorf, and Laura (Art) Feldman; and sister-in-law Rita Wilgenbusch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Frank, John, Tom, and Herman "Bud" Wilgenbusch; five sisters, Mabel Guthrie, Myrtle Krogmann, Viola Trumm, Gladys Kirby, and Ethel Kenny; her brothers in law, Russell Guthrie, Paul Krogmann, Art Trumm, Ray Kirby, Beriah Kenny, Paul Britt, Ray McGraw, Bob Lauersdorf, and Wilfred "Bill" Ries; and sisters in law, Francis, Darlene, and Marty Wilgenbusch.

In lieu of flowers, an Alice Kirpes Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may also be given to The Holden Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Maria House, Hospice of Dubuque, Resurrection Church or Clarke University.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Buekers, Dr. DeGeest, Rebecca Kuehn, and the assistants and the staff at University of Iowa. Also thank you to Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar, the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dr. Block and the staff at Mayo Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as family and friends for their prayers and support.

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



John T. Corbett

John "Jack" Thomas Michael Corbett, of 873 Lowell St., passed away at 12:23 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, at the age of 96, surrounded by his three loving sons.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 6, and an honor guard by the Dubuque Fire Department. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 21st at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Jack was born January 21, 1918, in Dubuque, son of John and Clotilda (Burke) Corbett. John was one of seven siblings, two brothers and four sisters. He married Velma Rose Feltes, Nov. 23, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and they resided in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 6, 1982.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1936.

John is a veteran of WWII and enlisted in the Army Corp of Engineers on Nov. 11, 1942. He received an honorable discharge Jan. 13, 1946.

He was employed as a fireman with the City of Dubuque for 25 years retiring in 1973. After retiring from the fire department, John worked for Interstate Power Company for the next ten years before retiring in 1983.

Surviving are his three sons, John (Boo) Corbett, of Thailand, Mike Corbett, of Iowa City, IA and Terry (Kathy) Corbett, of Centralia, IA; eight grandchildren, Jenny, Katie, Tim, Cassie, Doug, Scott, Ampei and Rose; nine great grandchildren, Nate, Ben, Jake, Grace, Emma, Joe, Owen, Carter, and Henry; and a sister Jane Singsank, of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rose (who died at birth); a daughter-in-law, Patty Corbett; two brothers, Jim and Paul Corbett; three sisters, Stella Hedrick, Martha Corbett and Marcella Corbett; and two brothers-in-law, Clarence Singsank and Ralph Hedrick.

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



Delores M. Gerdemann

Delores M. (Gassman) Gerdemann, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart, 2215 Windsor Ave. Her family will greet friends from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 with a parish wake service at 7:30pm as well as a brief visitation before mass at 8:30am on Friday, March 21 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Ave. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Delores was born on September 13, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leonard and Kathlene (VanBlarcom) Baumhover. She was 3 years old when her family moved to the family farm in Sherrill, Iowa. Delores lived and worked on the farm throughout the Great Depression. She was able to attend Sacred Heart School in Dubuque while living with her grandmother. This is where she met the love of her life, Peter Eugene Gassman, while playing Mumbly Peg & Marbles. At age 16, she worked at Smith's Shoe Factory on Jackson Street making 30 cents per hour. She married Peter Gassman on June 1, 1946. Together they had nine daughters whom Delores then raised alone when Peter passed away at the young age of 44 on December 29, 1969. Peter was an eye donor for cancer research and Delores was always proud to know that her loss helped with research for future generations. Delores later married John Gerdemann on August 9, 1986. He passed away on June 10, 2001. John had five children; Diane, Billy, Susie, Mike and the late Jack Jr. Delores was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She served as a teacher's aide at Operation New View Head Start Program and at Hillcrest Family Services group home working with teenage girls.

Grandma Dee, a true Matriarch and our family stone, will be remembered for her hilarious stories and sense of humor, her easy-going and happy personality, her love of ice skating, dressing up for Halloween, teaching and playing euchre and poker with her grandchildren, and writing in her journal. Her passion for china painting stretched for more than 30 years and she treasured her time with her china painting friends. Delores' artistic ability has certainly been passed along to many in her family and her art will be treasured for generations to come. But, most of all, she will be remembered for her complete and unfaltering love for her family.

Delores always said her greatest accomplishment was raising 9 beautiful daughters. She was often heard saying "The best advice I give to my children is to be responsible for your actions; no lying, no cheating, no stealing. Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Share your things. Take care of others' things."

She is survived by her daughters; Diane (Donald) Leik, Karen (Gary) Newt, Nancy (Wilbur) Otterbeck, Barbara (Mark) Wolff, Joanne (Joe) Griesinger, Sheila (Tim) McCarty, Jacqueline (Karl) Kennicker, Laura Lee Gassman (Kevin Young), Marjorie Gassman (Joe Basten); grandchildren; Donald (Amy) Leik Jr., Tina (Robert) Connolly, Kevin (Wendy) Leik, Serena (Korey) Pfeiffer, Carter Newt, Darcee (Eben) Mond, Peter (Natasha) Otterbeck, Amy (Mike) Gile, Kizzy (Robert) Allen, Carissa Ries (Michael Hardy), Emily (Andrew) McCready, Lillian (Daniel Mormann) Ries, Ethan and Ellena Wolff, Jade (Kathy) Griesinger, Jewell (Jason) Rice, Jessica (James) Kelly, Pauline McCarty (Willie Hilkin), Krystal (Jason) Faust, Kelvin Kennicker, and Marlee Mae Basten; great-grandchildren, David, Maria, Benjamin, Zoe, Kellie, Aaron, Quinten, Griffin, Tatum, Walker, Scarlette, Huxley, Adrian, Audria, Angel, Jordan, Payton, Shayla, Isabella, Esther, Johanna, Bodyn and 2 new great grandchildren coming soon; and sisters, Leona Parker and Ruth VanCleve.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, David, both of her husbands and a son in law, Wilbur Otterbeck.

A memorial fund has been established in Delores' memory.

A special thank you to, Dr. Herman, Dr. Tony and Hospice of Dubuque for your care.

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

 



Mildred H. Heneke

Mildred H. Heneke, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mildred's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 to 2 P.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Mildred Helen Phillips was born on July 24, 1917 in Jackson County, Iowa, to George James and Anna Ida (Eye) Phillips. She married Lavern Heneke on August 27, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1994.

Mildred had farmed with her husband in Jones and Jackson counties before moving to Maquoketa in 1956. She then worked for Hayes Bros. Jug O' Milk in Maquoketa, and lastly worked at Fareway for 15 years retiring in July of 1979.

Mildred was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She loved to play cards, eating out and cooking for family and friends. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan.

Those left to honor Mildred's memory include her children Shirley Propst of Maquoketa, IA, Larry (Marcella) Heneke of Maquoketa, IA, Karen Sanger of Altoona, IA, and Tom (Kim) Heneke of Spirit Lake, IA; a sister Vivian Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Dorothy, brothers Lester and James, and 2 sons-in-law Ray Sanger, Jr. and Bud Propst.

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

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

 



Virginia T. Heiar

Virginia T. Heiar, 87 of Dubuque passed away on Monday March 17th, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 20th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 19th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m.

She was born on October 22, 1926 in Holy Cross, Iowa the daughter Henry and Catherine (Diesburg) Meyer. She married Raymond J. Heiar on January 24, 1945. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2008.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church Key West Parish and former member of Holy Rosary Church in La Motte.

Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a great cook, loved to sew and garden and enjoyed entertaining and getting together with family and friends.

She is survived by seven children; Bill (Jane) Heiar, of Peosta, Marv (Jeanne) Heiar, of St. Catherine's, Jan (Roger) Averkamp, of Dubuque, Garry (Jeanne) Heiar, of Dubuque, Larry (Edna) Heiar, of La Motte, Tom (Sandy) Heiar, of Beaver Damn, WI and Mary Jo Gothard, of Bellevue, 22 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. her twin sister Marie (Willard) Noonan, a sister Doris (Gerald) Kutsch, and her sister-in-law JoAnne Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, infant grandson Jordan Ray Heiar, a son-in-law Curt Gothard, two brothers Laverne and Merlin and brother & sister-in-law Francis and Bernice Weber

A Virginia T. Heiar memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Runde his nurses and staff and especially to Ennoble Manor and their staff for all the wonderful care, kindness and friendship they gave to Virginia.

 



Dr. Gerald M. Besler

Dr. Gerald M. Besler, our much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law passed away peacefully on Monday, March 17, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 :00 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Interment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Gerald was born on November 3, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Herbert and Lorraine (Rogers) Besler. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1961. He was united in marriage on September 2, 1961 to Ann Soppe.

Gerald served in the United States Air Force from 1962 through 1966. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1972, and practiced his profession for 40 years. Gerald was a member of the Dubuque Jaycees, and was an honored life member of this organization. He was a member of the Dubuque Evening Optimists, the Dubuque Men's Club, and the Lion's Club.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ann, of Asbury; his daughter, Lori (Charles) Wissing of Sherrill, IA; his grandchildren, Charles Wissing Jr. and Nicholas Wissing, both of Sherrill; his sister, Cathy Fens of South Elgin, IL; his sisters-in-law, Marlene Besler of CA, Niece Besler of Elgin, IL, Helen Hosch of Cascade, and Naomi Soppe of Monticello; and his brother-in-law, David (Kathy) Soppe of Worthington, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Stephanie Lynn and Andrew Joseph Wissing; two brothers, LeRoy and Robert Besler; a brother-in-law, James Soppe; and a sister-in-law, Doris Kirsch.

In lieu of flowers, a Dr. Gerald M. Besler Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



John A. Seitz

John A. Seitz, 79, of Dyersville died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 2:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will preside.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

John was born March 25, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Aileen (Takes) Seitz.  He graduated from St. Mary High School in Cascade with the class of 1953.  On October 7, 1961, he married Mary Osterhaus at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  John and Mary made their home in Dyersville.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and was active with the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Dyersville Commercial Club and the Dyersville Sportsman Club.  In his retirement he worked for GDM in Dyersville and continued to volunteer at church and in the community.

John is survived by his wife, Mary, and three sons: John (Nancy) of Clinton, Joseph (Susan) of Waterloo and Andrew (significant other Breona Soule) of Portland OR; two granddaughters, Kelly (fiance Robert F. Wilson) Seitz and Kara (Andrew) Cecil, both of Jacksonville, FL: a sister, Sr. Susan Seitz of Tyler, TX and a brother, Arnold (Carol) of Dubuque, several nephews, a niece and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Vernon C. Gudenkauf

Vernon C. Gudenkauf, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 :30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Interment will be at St. Paul's Cemetery, Worthington, IA. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Vernon was born August 3, 1925 in Hopkinton, IA, the son of Michael and Catherine (Besler) Gudenkauf. He married Marion Schemmel on September 11, 1947 in Dyersville. She preceded him in death in 1986. He then married Madonna (Jaeger) Bauer on August 3, 1990. Vernon was raised on the family farm in Hopkinton, and was dedicated to farming there until his retirement in 1994. He then moved to Dubuque. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection, and a longtime member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Worthington. He served on the Board at Dubuque Senior Center. Vernon enjoyed traveling, dancing with Madonna, and spending time with family and friends

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Madonna, of Dubuque; his children, Kathy (John) Kurt of Prairie du Chien, WI, Donna (Tom) Fah of Cascade, Linda (Randy) Robertson of Iowa City, IA, Joanne (Mike) Grunsted of Oshkosh, WI, and Lori (Steve) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville; his stepchildren, Bill (Robin) Bauer of Dyersville, Nick (Gail) Bauer of Marrietta, CA, Peg (Larry) Bush of Boston, MA, and Michael Bauer of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Nick Kurt, Kelly (Mike) Keil, and Kerry (David) Lipanot, Crissy (Steve) Prull, Teri (Curt) Koppes, and Todd (Shauna) Fah, Christopher (Kelly), Derrick, Bryant (Nikki), Chelsey, and Jori Robertson, Daniel and David Grunsted, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Michael Boeckenstedt; his step grandchildren, Rob Bauer, Danielle (Ahern) Dull, Chris, Ryan, Nichole, and Zachary Bauer; 8 great grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters in law, Pearl Recker of Dyersville, and Gladys Schemmel of Monticello; and two brothers in law Bernard Schemmel, and Bud (Bev) Jaeger of Florida.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by twin daughters in infancy, Connie and Bonnie; a step grandson, Dereck Bauer; and his siblings, Clara Heims, Walter Gudenkauf, Erma Becker, Anna Weber Recker, Catherine Recker, Joseph Gudenkauf, Louis Gudenkauf, Bernadette Kurt, and Gladys Mae Faber.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
The family would like to thank Belltower Memory Care Unit in East Dubuque, especially Diana; Hospice of Dubuque; and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

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



Larrie L. Sagers

Larrie L. Sagers, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2014, surrounded by his girls.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Larrie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 22, 2014, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Larrie Lee Sagers was born on May 13, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Victor Hugo and Heloyce Wing (Chamberlain) Sagers. He was a Maquoketa High School graduate and then attended college in Missouri and Dubuque, earning a degree in psychology. He married Lynn Ann Dreessen on July 28, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa.

Larrie had farmed his whole life, worked for Iowa Concrete Products in Maquoketa for 27 years, drove school bus and lastly retired as a welder from WADY's in Maquoketa.

Larrie had been a Knights of Pythias member. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming, rattle snaking, cutting wood and camping with his family.

Those left to honor Larrie's memory include his daughters, Rae (Ed) Simonin of Maquoketa, IA, Rhonda (Jack) Hulsebus of Maquoketa, IA, and Kelly (John Cavanagh) Oberbreckling of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren, Seth Simonin, Forest (Becca) Simonin, Kristina (Ryan) Ihrig, Tyler (Hali) Rockwell, Cody (Sammie) Rockwell, Jaclynn (Chris) Stonehocker, Bizzy (Thomas) Marshall, and Austin Cavanagh; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronald Ray Sagers who was killed in Vietnam.

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

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

 



Leo B. Grass

Leo B. Grass, 95, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Leo was born December 17, 1918 in Dubuque, the son of Nichole "Nick" and Emma (Hafeman) Grass. He married Emma Makovec on June 27, 1953 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Leo served his country with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the V.F.W. He was employed at Stanley Home Products, and owned and operated the Cardinal Tap. Leo was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and recently a member of Holy Spirit Pastorate Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

He was an avid Cardinals fan, and enjoyed playing cards and fishing. Leo and Emma liked to stay active, enjoying frequent walks and going out dancing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Emma, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews, James (Joyce) Irmen of KY, Don (June) Grass, Dan (Debbie) Grass, and Barbara Sue (Butch) Schubert, all of WI; Lisa (Gary) Wilming of Dubuque, Charlotte (Cal) Thumser of East Dubuque, IL, and Laura Lemmons of CA; several great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Norma Stanley, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Albert, Emil, and Robert; three sisters, Elizabeth Gerdes, Rose Irmen, and Mary in infancy; three nephews, Richard Gerdes, Bob Irmen, and Gerry Irmen; and one niece, Elaine Aldrich.

Memorials may be made to Holy Ghost Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Stacey, Cindy, and Phil, for their wonderful care of Leo.

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



Debbra J. Carson

Debbra J. "Deb" Carson, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, March 16, 2014, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Deb's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Debbra Joan Moore was born on October 19, 1950 in Clinton, Iowa, to Galen Moore and Joan Cleveland. She was a 1968 graduate of DeWitt Central Community High School and then earned her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She later would earn her Master's Degree from Southern Illinois University. She married Gary Carson on November 30, 1974 in DeWitt, Iowa.

Upon receiving her teaching degree, Deb began working as a teacher for the Maquoketa Community School District and became involved in the Maquoketa Alternative Classroom aka MAC program. This would become her life's passion. She mentored, guided, mothered and helped countless students receive an education. She lived to help the students and she was exceptional at doing so.

Through the years Deb received numerous awards and recognition at the state level for her work of being a strong advocate for improving and promoting education. Additionally, Deb had taught college courses and recently had worked as a grant writer. She retired in 2012.

Deb was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan and loved bacon.

Those left to honor Deb's memory include her husband Gary Carson of Dubuque, IA; sons Bradley Carson and David Carson, both of Dubuque, IA; brothers, Al (Jeri) Moore of DeWitt, IA, Mark (Chris) Cleveland of DeWitt, IA, Brian (Kim) Moore of Bellevue, IA, Eric (Glee) Moore of Canton, IL, and Thomas (Barb) Barton of Dubuque, IA; and sisters, Dee Runge of DeWitt, IA, Gayla (Al) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, and Sheryl (Jay) Carter of Davenport, IA; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debbra J. "Deb" Carson memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Dr. Thomas C. Piekenbrock

Dr. Thomas C. Piekenbrock, 90, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 3 to 8pm on Tuesday, March 18th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:30 pm.

Tom was born on February 3, 1924, in Dubuque, son of Ora and "Pike" Piekenbrock. He was raised in Dubuque with his best friends -- his older brother Jack and his younger brother Bob. After the economic impact of the Great Depression caused the closing of his family's long standing shoe company, E.B. Piekenbrock and Sons, the family moved to Milwaukee where he attended Marquette University High School Class of 1941. He went on to graduate from Temple University in 1944. After graduation, he joined the Army where he was called to medical service. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1949. In 1956, after serving as a flight surgeon for three years, he came to Dubuque and proudly joined his Uncle Frank Piekenbrock in practicing psychiatry at Medical Associates.

Dr. Piekenbrock, or as most would come to call him, "Doc" or "TCP", served as a leader in Dubuque's mental health care community for over 60 years. In the early years, Doc worked to bring advancements in mental health treatment to the Dubuque area. He also served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Medical Center for many years. He went on to become a leading force in developing the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health and continued to care for mental health patients until his retirement at the age of 89 from Hillcrest Family Services. His outstanding service was recognized by many accolades throughout the years, but near to his heart was the the American Psychiatric Association 50 year Distinguished Life Member Medallion, only the 105th physician to achieve this award out of more than 34,000 members. He also received the Nancy Hill Award from Hillcrest Family Services in recognition of special services to the organization.

While he certainly proved himself a talented physician, he will be most remembered for the love he showed everyone he encountered along the way. Doc treated his patients, nurses, and colleagues with the same kindness as his closest friends, and the happiness he saw in return inspired him to keep working until age 89. His leadership in the Dubuque mental health community will be missed.

Outside of work, Doc showed complete love and dedication to his friends and family. He was a proud member of his long standing Sunday Morning Golf Association, potluck groups, an annual hunting group, the Dubuque Shooting Society (990 Club), and the Dubuque Golf & Country Club-to name just a few. He loved to golf, play cards, and drink scotch with his friends. He loved to sit by a bonfire with his family. He was the perfect host and could make even a complete stranger feel like the guest of honor in his home. He loved to travel the world and often came home with an assortment of new lifetime friends. Doc lived every day to the fullest, and encouraged everyone around him to do the same. Every day was an occasion for fireworks.

Doc loved music, and there was a distinct soundtrack to his 90 years. At parties, his friend Roger often played the keys while Doc sang with an elbow on the piano. And at family gatherings, any rendition of Happy Birthday was sure to feature Doc quietly singing along with his own improvised harmony. He was a long-time supporter of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, as well as a committed patron to many of the Arts in Dubuque. He was active in supporting his community in many ways, including serving as a former Board of Directors member for the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club.

For over 90 years, he showed all of us the meaning of true character. Doc was infinitely generous, but equally humble. He had a wickedly dry sense of humor coupled with a gentle sincerity. He was always a gentleman with an impeccable sense of style. He lived a long life, but he never lost his youthful optimism. Doc was an unmatchable friend in every way.  

In the race of life, Doc won. He worked hard, played hard, loved deeply, laughed loudly and listened patiently. We will miss you - but you have taught us well - and we will carry on until we see you again at the 19th hole.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Piekenbrock; five children, Barbara (Dennis) Schlegel, Dr. Ellen (Dr. Stephen) Hoy and Charles "Chip" (Susan) Piekenbrock, all of Dubuque, Roger Piekenbrock, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kara (Tim) Teuscher of The Woodlands, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Martha (Tom) and Eric (Molly) Schlegel, Patrick, Kalie, Jack and Natalie Hoy, Audrey and Olivia Piekenbrock, and Ellie and Susie Teuscher. Two great grandchildren; Madie and Morgan Schlegel; children of Pat Piekenbrock, Lenda (Richard) Zelinskas, Michael "Tony" (Kari) Zelinskas, Mark (Donna) Zelinskas, Beth (Mike) Browns, Mary Jo Braverman, Sara (Mark) Welter, Ann (Payson) Peterson, Eric (Sandra) Zelinskas, Amy McIntosh, Ellen Zelinskas, Kathleen (Tom) Eiseland, Andy Zelinskas; Brother and sister-in-law, Ellen (Dr.George) Flood; and by many loving nieces, nephews and those who have been as close as family.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Piekenbrock, his wife Imelda "Doe" Piekenbrock; his parents, his brothers: Jack Piekenbrock, Bob (Jean) Piekenbrock,  brothers and sisters in-law: Mary (Redmond) Reilley, Ann (John) Ginder and Tom Cody, Charles (Dorothy) Murphy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be sent to the Mercy Hospital Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Awarding Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing. (250 Mercy Drive) or to Wahlert Catholic High School (2005 Kane Street) in care of Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Fund for graduates pursuing healthcare education.

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

We sincerely thank the kind nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and the loving nurses of Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care.

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

 



Pearl A. Klein

Pearl A. Klein, age 89, of 3105 Jackson St., passed away at 6:15 a.m., March 15, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center with her family by her side. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Avenue, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Pearl's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Avenue, where will be a parish wake service said at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pearl was born in rural New Vienna, Iowa, on June 13, 1924, daughter of Andrew and Eleanor Ann (Brunsmann) Ploessl.

Pearl married Merlin "Jim" Klein on July 11, 1950, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She was reunited with the only man she ever loved on Saturday. He has been waiting for her since July 17, 1966. After having raised her youngest siblings, Pearl was left to love and care for her seven children after Jim died. She did so with unwavering love and unselfishness, always putting the concerns and needs of others before herself. Pearl's Catholic faith was of extreme importance to her and she was both Mary and Martha. For many years Pearl walked to daily Mass at Holy Ghost until she was physically unable. The rosary was a prime source of comfort to her with several said daily and she was always willing to say a prayer at anyone's request.

"When I was a stranger, you welcomed me." Working at the Telegraph Herald, where she cleaned for over 30 years, Pearl was "Mom" to many interns and novice reporters. Her home baked goods graced many a desk of those away from home; her reward was contact from them long after they had moved on. Hearing from them brightened her day, especially in the past few years. Her delicious home baked pies will be missed by family, friends and parishioners, who sought them out at various church events. Many a Holy Ghost Priest were also graced with her talent. After retiring from the Telegraph Herald, Pearl volunteered at Holy Ghost cleaning the church until age 83. Pearl also worked Tuesday Bingo for many years.

Pearl is survived by, her 4 daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel, Dubuque, IA, Marlene (Tom) Pfeiler, Peosta, IA, Beverly (Tom) Uthe, Dubuque, IA, Geralyn (Jim) Jogerst, Dubuque, IA; her 3 sons, Marvin (Sherry) Klein, Holy Cross, IA, James (Connie) Klein, Dubuque, IA, Don (Mindy) Klein, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Michael and Brian Wulfekuhle, Lynn Dvorsky, Tanya Pfeiler Galstad, Jeffery Pfeiler, Scott, Kevin, Mark and Dawn Klein, Steve and Chris Klein, Regina, Jim, Laura and Sara Uthe, Lisa and Kristen Jogerst, Karen Robertson, and Ricca and Arianna Klein; 7 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; 6 step great-grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandson and another on the way this summer; her 2 brothers, Andrew (Mary) Ploessl Jr., John (Lorene) Ploessl, both of Dubuque; her in-laws, Marvin Brimeyer, James Paisley, Rosemary Ploessl, Eldora Ploessl.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin "Jim" Klein, a son-in-law, Phil Wulfekuhle, her sisters, Mary Brimeyer and Joan Paisley and her brothers, Edwin (Mary), Alvin (Katherine), Lavern (Rita), James, Donald, Francis and Louis and Joseph Ploessl in infancy.

"Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

In lieu of flowers a Pearl A. Klein memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Colletta M. Lagen

Colletta Marie Lagen, 92, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. on Tuesday March 18th at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. at the church on Tuesday until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Colletta was born on 12/14/1921 in Dubuque, IA to Arthur & Lillian (Reuter) Trausch.

She attended The Mound in Sinsinawa Wisconsin and then went on to graduate from Clarke College in 1943.

She married Louis John Lagen on 5/5/1945 in Dubuque IA. She was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots in Sweetwater TX. And received her pilot's license in 1944. She volunteered at many organizations of the years including The Dubuque Rescue Mission, Mercy Hospital, The Dubuque Arboretum and Dubuque Cancer Society Discovery Shop.

She will be dearly missed by many family and friends.

She is survived by son Chris (Joan) Lagen, of Dubuque IA, daughter Lisa (Jim) Murphy, of Madison WI, son Steve (Deb) Lagen, of International Falls MN, daughter Laura (Tom) Christensen, of Waterloo IA, son in law Dennis Hayes, of Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren Justin (Angie) Hayes and Jared Hayes, Ryan and Bailey Murphy, Lauren Schlueter, Ariel (John) Schmit, Nicholas Lagen and Louis and Sarah Christensen. Adrienne Lagen and her sister in laws Ruth Trausch, Doris Trausch and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, her beautiful and vibrant daughter Lesley Ann Hayes and her parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family also wishes to extend a special thanks to The Rose of Dubuque, Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Gary L. Nebel

Gary L Nebel age 72 of 813 Tyler St. NE Cascade and formerly of Dubuque died Friday March 14, 2014 at Shady Rest in Cascade.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held with burial to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born on August 13, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leonard and Rose (Weber) Nebel. He served in the United States Marine Corps and worked at Dubuque John Deere for 30 years.

He married Sylvia Butler on December 5, 1964 at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

He enjoyed boating and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia, two children Sherry (Jeff) Kane of Peosta, Alan (Cloris) Nebel, of Waterloo. Four grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey, Steven and Allison and one brother Dave.

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

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Shady Rest, River Bend and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Helen G. Becker

Helen G. Becker 90, formerly of Dubuque, passed away March 6, 2014, in Centennial, CO.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Centennial. Burial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born April 2, 1923 in Mahnomen County, MN. She married Albert J. Becker, March 5, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1972 after 26 years of marriage.

She served in the US Air Force during WWII. She was employed at Loras College, Dubuque for 23 years.

Surviving are four sons, Ronald (Karen) Becker, of Thornton, CO, Donald Becker, of Santa Barbara, CA, David (Joy) Becker, of Greeley, CO. and Jeffrey (Sarah) Becker, of Denver, CO; two daughters, Debra Becker, of Denver, CO., and Vickie (John) Fangman, of Ashland, WI; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters and one brother.

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



Rev. Thomas W. Rhomberg

Rev. Thomas W. Rhomberg, 86, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Most Rev. Michael Jackels and the priests of the Archdiocese officiating and Rev. Carl Ries as homilist. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at St. Anthony Catholic Church where there will be a prayer service at 2 p.m. Friends may also call on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Church.

Father Rhomberg was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Madeline (Enzler) Rhomberg Sr.

Father Rhomberg graduated from Loras College and attended the University of Iowa law School for one year before deciding to become a priest. He attended Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained on June 6, 1953, in Christ the King Chapel, Loras College by Bishop Loras Lane.

Father taught social science at Loras on his way to being appointed director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He served as a delegate on the board of the National Conference of Catholic Charities and represented Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas on issues affecting social legislation in Washington, D.C. Until July 1974, he was a member of the Iowa Crime Commission and chaired the corrections committee which directed $350,000 toward the construction of the Dubuque County-City Law Enforcement Center.

Father Rhomberg's activity in other civic organizations included the advisory boards of Operation New View and Area Residential Care and membership in the Iowa Conference of Catholic Charities and the Iowa Welfare Association. He was a delegate to the 1960 White House Conference for Youth and Children, the White House Conference for the Aged in 1961, and in 1966 to the Iowa Study Committee on long-range child welfare needs.

He was the recipient of the Telegraph Herald's First Citizen Award in 1974. As president of the non-profit Ecumenical Housing Inc., Father fought a long and successful fight promoting the construction of Ecumenical Towers, a 110 apartment building in downtown Dubuque. He also served on the fund-raising committee for the Dubuque YM-YWCA Community Center. He directed the development of Carter Plaza, an eight unit apartment building sponsored by Catholic Charities and constructed in 1970 for moderate income families. Father also directed the construction of the 73-unit apartment Kennedy Manor sponsored by Ecumenical Housing Inc.

Father served at Sacred Heart Parish, Monticello, August 1953 until 1954; Loras Academy 1954 -1957; secretary to the Archbishop 1957-1958; Director of Catholic Charities 1958-1982; pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Maquoketa 1982-1987; pastor of Nativity Parish - Dubuque 1987-l989; pastor as St. Joseph Parish, Elkader and Sacred Heart Parish, Volga 1989-1997. After his retirement in 1997 he volunteered as sacramental minister at St. Anthony Parish and volunteered as Chaplain for the Dubuque Police, Fire Department and the City/County jail.

Surviving are brothers John (Alice) Rhomberg and William (Mary) Rhomberg, both of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, LaVarr Rhomberg, of Charles City, IA; a dear friend, Sister Rosanna Gleason O.P.; nieces and nephews; and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph, and his wife, Barbara; and a sister, Mary, and her husband, Ed Bailey.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care. Also Archbishops Kucera, Hanus, and Jackels and his fellow priests for their attentive support.

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



Germaine C. Bird

Germaine C. Bird, 84, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue. Burial will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Germaine was born on February 24, 1930 in Holy Cross, IA, daughter of Christian and Coletta (Henkels) Meyers. She married Charles A. Bird on February 5, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque. They were blessed with nine children in 10 years.

Germaine was devoted to her family and Catholic faith. She was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed cooking family dinners, making scrumptious baked goods, and playing bingo. Germaine had a witty personality and a gift of recognizing the joys and blessings of the simple things in life.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Karen (Robert) Knepper, of Dubuque; Larry (Peggy Sue) Bird of Wisconsin; Leon Bird of Dubuque; Diane (Jeff) Bertsch, of Dubuque, Jo Ann Rust of Dubuque; Lavern (Karen) Bird of Guttenberg; Dale (Kelly) Bird of Amherst, WI; Janet (fiancé John Weidemann) Baule of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren, Kevin (Alison) and Mark Knepper, Charles, Megan, Christine, and Jeanette Bird; Colleen Moke; JoAnne (David) Isley; Scott (Amber) Rowley; Victoria (Bill) Ogier; and Christopher Bird; Brandon (Casey Brummel), Blaine and Brooks Bertsch; Kathy Lynn (Doug) Neiers; Amanda and Haley Bird; Hayley (Matt) Tielbar; Rileigh Pressley; Austin, Lauren and Paige Bird; and Allison Baule; one sister Verna (Gene) Bird; 18 great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws Anna Mae (Frank) Barry of Colesburg, IA; and Ruth Bird of Guttenberg, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bird; son, Vernon (Butch) Bird; grandson, Justin Bird; and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Germaine Bird Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joseph Compton, Dr. Mark Hermann, and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Skilled Nursing, Home Instead Senior Care, and Hospice of Dubuque - especially Barb.



Gretchen H. Wimsatt

Gretchen Hardenbergh Wimsatt, 70, of Dubuque, IA, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. She collapsed from a massive stroke while playing tennis, a pastime that she loved, and died peacefully hours later in the loving company of family and friends at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A memorial visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematorium, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA.

Gretchen was born on May 25, 1943, in Detroit, MI, daughter of Roger and Harriet Mae Hardenbergh. She graduated from Alma College, Alma, MI, in 1965. Gretchen joined the second ever Peace Corps contingent to Columbia, South America, where she worked for two years teaching job skills in hill county communities. With her perfected Spanish, Gretchen taught Spanish at Columbia Academy in Roseville, MN, through the early 1970s. Always a lover of artistic endeavors, she met the love of her life, Peter, while decorating his home. They were married on May 5, 1980, in Minneapolis, MN.

Gretchen and Peter moved to Dubuque in 1986, and she wasted no time getting involved in the former Newcomers Club, learning as much as she could about the community, volunteering whenever she could and making Dubuque her home. Over years, she was an active member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra League, PEO, the Dubuque Arts Council and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra board of directors.

Gretchen was a member of the Dubuque Tennis Association and played whenever she could. She loved animals, gardening, cooking and entertaining. Her twelfth night parties were famous and wildly anticipated. She was a constant fixture at a myriad of arts events throughout the city. She was a dedicated fan of Michigan and University of Iowa sports.

She traveled extensively to Asia, South America and Europe, in particular she enjoyed traveling to Scotland with friends she had met along the way. One of her favorite travel experiences was celebrating her 40th birthday with friends at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. During a Peace Cops reunion in Cartagena in 2008, the president of Columbia honored her and her colleagues for the impact they made to the country with their service in the 1960s.

What really set Gretchen apart was her unabashed optimism, her openness and acceptance of everyone, her extreme loyalty and devotion to her countless friends, and her unwavering support and love of her family. She sought out beauty in the world and in others.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, and her brother, Jon Roger Hardenbergh, both of Dubuque, IA; stepchildren Peter Wimsatt, Jr. (Karen) and Carol Wimsatt of Minneapolis, MN, Dan Wimsatt (special friend Kathy) and Steve Wimsatt (Sandy) of San Diego, CA; step-grandchildren Nicole, Michael, Brooke, Eric and Katie, all of San Diego; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and her adoring dog, Paisley.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Harriet Mae Hardenbergh.

Memorials may be directed to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 in Gretchen's memory.

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

 



Michael D. Stevens

Michael D. "Mike" Stevens, 47, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from Pearson Hall in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 17, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Michael Dean Stevens was born on May 5, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Larry and Peg (Clausen) Stevens. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1984 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he was active in athletics. He excelled in wrestling where he was a state qualifier and in football where he was a lineman on the football team. He married Kay Steagall on January 10, 1990 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Following high school Mike went to the Oklahoma School of Horseshoeing. He then continued his life's passion by owning and operating Steven's Equine Services, LLC and Steven's Custom Leather Shop.

Mike was a member of the United States Team Roping Association. He enjoyed rodeos, roping, old westerns, John Wayne, and hanging with friends. He especially enjoyed helping kids and teaching them to rope.

Those left to honor Mike's memory include his wife Kay Stevens of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter, Jyme Stevens of Maquoketa, IA; his parents, Larry Stevens of Walnut, IL, and Peg Stevens of Baldwin, IA; a sister, Jane (Ed) Butt of Maquoketa, IA; and a nephew, Ben Butt. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Michael D. "Mike" Stevens memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



William J. Hiatt

William "Bill" Joseph Hiatt, 60, of Creston formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home in Creston.

Family and friends may gather on Sunday March 16th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd from 9:00a.m. to noon. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was the son of Earl William and Esther Gertrude (Schauff) Hiatt, was born on August 25, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa. William attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque and graduated with the Class of 1971. He also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Kaplan University in 2010. William lived in Texas, New York and Wisconsin. He has lived in Creston approximately ten years and was employed by Crossmark.

He loved to play cards with family and friends and was a such a kind and generous man.

Left to cherish William's memory are his brothers: Daniel Hiatt, Dubuque; Steve (Pam) Hiatt, Dubuque; Tom (Carla) Hiatt, Dubuque; and Dave (Judy) Hiatt, Monroe, Wisconsin; and twelve nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents.

 



Celeste C. Wissing

Celeste C. (Flogel) Wissing, 90, of Kieler, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish prayer service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Celeste was born on May 30, 1923 near Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of John P. and Eleanor (Conter) Flogel.  She was united in marriage to Carl J. Wissing on April 22, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Platteville.  He preceded her in death on May 12, 1993.

Celeste and Carl formerly farmed near Elk Grove, WI, until retiring in 1977. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women and a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She enjoyed quilting and was a member of a quilting club, loved playing cards where she participated in weekly card clubs for many years, gardening, canning, was a excellent cook, and loving mother, but the most important part of her life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Linda (Tom) Schaaf of Mineral Point, WI; Larry J. (Dee) Wissing of Anchorage, Alaska; and Peggy (Gary) Kieler of Kieler, WI, seven grandchildren, Terry, Robert (Kim) and Jeremy (Heidi) Schaaf, Mallory and Ryan Wissing, Garett and Kaitlyn Kieler, five great grandchildren, Terry, Alison, Ben, Kaylee  & Grace Schaaf, two step great-grandchildren, Samantha & Anna Burse, her siblings, Rosemary Gassman and John Flogel both of Platteville; Henry (Delores) Flogel  of Mazomanie; Roy Flogel of Madison; Luella Vosberg of Livingston; Robert (Lorraine) Flogel of Belmont; and Ruth Roling (friend Richard Owen) of DeWitt, IA, her sister-in-law, Grace Flogel of Platteville and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents John P. & Eleanor, her husband Carl, siblings, Olive Wiederholt, Charlotte Miller and Francis Flogel.

A Celeste C. Wissing memorial fund has been established.

 

 



William J. Sutter

William J. "Bill" Sutter, 93, of Dubuque, went home to the Lord on Monday, March 10, 2014 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 . Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Bill was born September 16, 1920 in East Dubuque, IL, the son of Robert Jr. and Theresa (Foht) Sutter. He married Ardale Whittle in 1946 at St. Raphael Cathedral She preceded him in death in 1966. He then married Dorothy Zickuhr in 1984 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and she also preceded him in death in 2008. 

Bill served his country as military police in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. He was employed at Dubuque Packing Company. Bill enjoyed going to the dog track, walking at the mall, playing cards, and going dancing with Dorothy.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Judith (Gary) Conrad of Dubuque, David (Bev) Sutter of Arizona, Ken (Janette) Sutter of Long Grove, IA, Bill (Paula) Sutter of Appleton, WI, Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, Steve (Linda) Sutter of Humble, TX, Tom (Fermina) Sutter of Sugarland, TX, Richard (May Agayar) Sutter of Anchorage, AK, Sharon (Mike) Goedken of Dubuque, Jeff Sutter of Mountain Village, AK, Linda Walsh of Dubuque, Louis Sutter of Dubuque, and Mary (Lance Taylor) Sutter of Dubuque; 27 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley (Maynard) McVay of Dubuque and Betty Marhoefer of Germany.

In addition to Ardale and Dorothy; he was preceded in death by his son, John Sutter; his son in law, Paul Freiburger; his grandson, Dan Sutter; his great grandson, Devin Goedken; his brothers, Robert III, Charles, Louis, and Donald Sutter; and two sisters, Ervena "Blondie" Dunwoody and Freda McQuillen.

Memorials may be made to the William J. Sutter Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Mary Sutter and Lance Taylor for their extra special care of Bill; and to Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Home Care, and the VA nurses and staff.

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



Richard T. Miller

Richard T. "Dick" Miller, age 73, of Dubuque died at 7:45 a.m., March 10, 2014 at home peacefully. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday March 15, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Dick's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Saturday March 15, 2014. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born February 3, 1941 in Dubuque, IA., son of Theodore and Dorothy (Cashman) Miller, Sr.

Dick married Annette E. Kaiser in 1965 at St. Joseph's Parish Sinsinawa, WI.

Dick worked 17 years at Caradco and retired from Dubuque Community Schools where he worked as a custodian at Senior High School for 26 years. Dick was a former member of St. Mary's Parish and currently a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral where he attended daily mass. He often played ball at Prescott Elementary with the kids and enjoyed student sporting events. He liked to spend time fishing, telling jokes, gambling on the slot machines and adored his red Chevy truck. Dick loved to make Annette smile everyday.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Annette, two sons, Rich T. (Stephanie) Miller of Omaha, NE., Bill J. (Debbie) Miller of Dubuque, four grandchildren, Mac, Hudson, Gabe and Natalie Miller. Two brothers, Ted Jr.(Rene) Miller of Iowa City and Michael (LuAnn) Miller of Dubuque. Two brothers-in-law, Robert Aird and Jim Bleile both of Dubuque, along with several nieces and nephews.

Dick was proceeded in death by his daughter, Jodi Marie Miller, two sisters, Dianne Aird and Vicki Bleile.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all relatives and friends who prayed for Dick, Dr. Schultheis and staff of Medical Associates Oncology and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Camilla P. Siders

Camilla P. Siders, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Camilla's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Camilla Pauline Nabb was born on March 3, 1919 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clarence Nabb and Nellie (Bickford) Nabb. She married Charles Nabb on September 3, 1947 in Shenodoah, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1967. She married Wilbur Siders on October 28, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa, he preceded her in death on July 29, 1988.

Camilla had previously worked as a domestic helper for area families, and for 5 years as a nurses' aid at the Jackson County Public Hospital.

Camilla was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She loved to cook, sew and help people.

Those left to honor Camilla's memory include her cousins and host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husbands.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa

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

 

 



Lois A. Welch

Lois Ann Welch, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from Noon to 2 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lois Ann Nelson was born on April 11, 1933 in Delmar, Iowa, to Henry and Mary (Shollenberger) Nelson. She married Donald Q. Welch, Sr. on May 12, 1952 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1995.

Lois was a homemaker, and had previously worked at Clinton Engines for many years, then the CB Company and lastly at the Maquoketa Country Club.

Lois was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. She loved to cook, read, watch all kinds of sports, and spend time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her children Donald Q. (Linda) Welch Jr. of Mt. Vernon, IL, Mary K. (John) Irwin of Maquoketa, IA, and Ann (Jeff) Clark of Davenport, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin Clark, Jill (Josh) Lockhart and Vanessa Quentin Welch (fiancé, Dan Hinkley); brothers, Charles Nelson of Delmar, IA and Gerald (Barb) Nelson of Delmar, IA; and a sister, Evelyn Thiede of Bettendorf, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Margie Nelson in 2013, and a son-in-law Tony Henry in 2003.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lois Ann Welch memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Theresa M. Blake-Johnson

Theresa Marie Blake-Johnson, 34, of Andrew, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at her home in Andrew, Iowa, from injuries received in a house fire.

A celebration of Theresa's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held at 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Theresa Marie Blake was born on January 28, 1980 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Terry Blake and Debora (Ehlers) Blake. She married Robert K. Johnson on July 22, 2005 in Bellevue, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2006.

Theresa had worked at McDonald's in Maquoketa, and had volunteered as a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout leader.

Theresa loved fishing, camping, crafts, hunting, target practice, crocheting, horseback riding, bike riding and pets.

Those left to honor Theresa's memory include her children, Dakota Rose Johnson and Hunter Joseph Johnson, both of Andrew, IA; her mother, Debora Blake of Andrew, IA; her fiancé, Willy Mortenson of Andrew, IA; maternal grandparents, LeRoy and Geraldine Ehlers of Andrew, IA; and paternal grandmother, Bonnie Blake of Bellevue, IA. She was preceded in death by her father, her husband, and paternal grandfather.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theresa Marie Blake-Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Celeste M. Blum

Celeste M. Blum, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 14th at St. John's Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque.

Celeste was born September 4, 1929 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Ida (Schroeder) Van Der Meulen. She married Wallace "Wally" Blum during World War II and he preceded her in death August 29, 1977.

Celeste attended Dubuque Senior High School. She worked at Jaeger Hardware for many years and was a member of St John's Episcopal Church. Celeste was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, gardening and the Chicago Bulls.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children William (Joanne) Blum, Gary (Jamie) Blum, Rod (Karen) Blum and Gordy (Barbra) Blum, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Bill Blum, Jr., Sharon (Rod) Tuthill, Laura Blum, Melissa (Jeff) Luetkehans, Erika (Greg) Woods, Ryan (fiancé Ashley) Blum, Tiffany Rose Blum, Trevor (Carissa) Blum, Taylor Blum, Tanner (fiancé Rusmira) Blum, Autumn Schlimmer, Sophia Blum, Malcom Stewart, and Zachary Blum; and great grandchildren Destiny, Katelyn, Colin, Jackson, Aubrey, Tyler, Nicholas, Lakelan, Emelym, and Lawson.

In addition to her husband, Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Carl and Robert Van Der Meulen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead for their wonderful care.

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

 



Martha L. Pickering

Martha L. Pickering, age 81 , of Dubuque died at 1:56 p.m. March 10, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Westminster Presbryterian, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque with Pastor Hal Murray officiating. Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Cascade Community Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Martha was born on April 2, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Rufus "Bert" and Hulda (Besst) Macomber.

Martha married Jim Pickering on March 15, 1974. He preceded her in death. She sold for Stanley Home Products, owned Marty's Diner in Springville, worked at Hartig's and enjoyed baking for Farmers Market over the years. Fondly cherished memories for years to come will include her time spent with family, teaching Sunday school and being involved with her daughters in Girl Scouts. Other joys in Martha's life included her affinity for animals, music and dancing. She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Martha is survived by two daughters, Karen (Daniel) Brown and Kim Bemboom (Darren DeMoss) both of Dubuque, four step-children, Sue (Curt) Hutchins, Marion IA., Rick Pickering, Debbie (Phil) Feldman both of Dubuque and Penny Pickering of Cedar Rapids.

She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Martha was proceeded in death by her parents, son Kevin Bleile. Granddaughter, Brittany Pollock. One brother, Oliver Macomber. One sister, Hazel Chase. Special friend, Jerry Curran and her beloved poodle Popcorn.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all their compassionate and loving care of Martha.

In lieu of flowers a Martha L. Pickering memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arnold B. Schmidt

Arnold B. Schmidt, 97, of Dubuque, formerly of North Buena Vista, died peacefully, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Arnold's life, friends may visit from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church hall on Thursday. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, IA. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Arnold was born on May 14, 1916 in North Buena Vista, son of Joseph L. and Cecelia (Wolter) Schmidt.

Arnold proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was co-owner of F&S Radiator Repair and retired after 40 years of work. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, playing euchre and was proud to be a "River Rat". He joyfully devoted time every year to help create crafts for the Buenie Picnic. He was a member of the American Legion Post #137 of Dyersville and Immaculate Conception Church.

Arnold is survived by his brother, Henry (Doris) Schmidt, SunValley, AZ., his sister, Cecilia "Ceil" Hirsch, Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers and sisters, Sylvia, Loretta, Louise, Ray, Larry, Julie, Helen, Alois.

In lieu of flowers a Arnold B. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family of Arnold would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for all their loving care of Arnold.

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

 



Mary J. Schramm

Mary Jeanne Schramm, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Mark Schramm S.V.D. will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville, Iowa.

Mary Jeanne was born July 1, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Anna (Nesen) Voels. She married Paul J. Schramm on June 12, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include 5 sons: Father Mark Schramm, SVD, of Chicago, IL, Paul (Suzanne) Schramm of Peosta, IA, Roger (Deborah) Schramm of San Diego, CA, David (Debbie) Schramm of Edmund, OK, and Michael Schramm of San Diego, CA; 2 daughters: Mary (Pat) Guinane of Bloomington, IL and Patty (Ken) Berzinski of Shueyville, IA; 7 grandchildren: Joe, Tim, Andy, Ryan, and Kalynn Schramm, Brittany McCauley, and Chase Stuart; one great grandchild: Owen Schramm, Robert Voels of Dubuque, Ann (Paul) Cremer of West Des Moines, IA,

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul in 2003, siblings, Elma (Albert) Howe, Elmer (Elizabeth) Voels, Fr. David Voels and Lucille (Carl) Kleeman, in-laws: Alfred (Robertha) Schramm, Louis (Bernice) Schramm, Ed (Lorraine) Schramm, Alphonse (Nora) Schramm and his twin, Pauline (John) Herron.

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

 



Alfreda J. Nesteby

Alfreda Julia "Freda" Nesteby age 86 of Dubuque died Saturday March 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Tuesday March 11, 2014 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a prayer service at 7 PM. Burial will be at 11 AM Wednesday March 12, 2014 at Linwood Cemetery.

Freda was born near St. Lucas Iowa on Feb. 22, 1928 the daughter of Anthony and Anna Hackman. She married Charles "Chuck" Nesteby on July 8, 1950 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co., Hohnecker's and lastly at Stonehill Care Center. Freda enjoyed playing cards and watching racing with Chuck.

She is survived by her husband Chuck, sons Dan (Katherine) Nesteby and Doug Nesteby of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Lee, Craig, and BreAnn Nesteby and Shayna (Chris) Boxleiter. Three great grandchildren, Creighton, Skylar and Tucker Nesteby and Anna Boxleiter. A daughter in law Janice Nesteby two sisters Linda Haas of Portland and Lorraine Wilhelm of Pheonix two brothers Robert (Karen) Hackman of Mason City, and Luke Hackman of Waterloo and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sons, Roger, Ronald and Stevie and seven siblings.

Freda's family would like to thank the Mercy Cardiac Med Unit the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they all gave to her these last day's.



Imogene A. Kohn

Imogene A. "Jean" Kohn, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 08, 2014 at home. There will be no visitation, as Jean has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. There will be a memorial mass 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church for close friends and family and 11 a.m. Tuesday at Windsor Place Apartments for those who cannot travel. She asks that others pray for her soul at a church of their choice.

Surviving are her two daughters, Laura (Jeff) Danielson of Lake Mills, Wisc., and Paula Deiter of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Donald A. Roth

Donald A. Roth, 83, of Bernard, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque and East Dubuque, entered into heaven surrounded by his family at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

Donnie was born on April 22, 1930 in East Dubuque, the son of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth. He married his one true love Cornelia J. "Connie" Campbell on July 19, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 5, 1998.

He was a veteran of the Army serving during the Korean Conflict. A former member of St. Patrick's Parish in Dubuque, and was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement, and a member of U.A.W. Local # 94.

Donnie enjoyed hunting and drinking his famous "Apple Pie" with his Springbrook family, especially Roger & Sharon Pitts & family. He especially loved hanging out with his grandchildren and great grandchildren especially Brandon, Amelia, Natalie & Ashlyn and going to school for breakfast. He was so proud to buy his great granddaughter Hannah Kleinhans her prom dress. Donnie loved to go gambling at the two Dubuque Casinos. Everyone that he had come to know he loved. Donnie will be remembered as a great cook for the Holidays, where a good time was had by all.

Surviving are his four children, Debra A. Roth (and special friend Kathy Jasper) of Dubuque; Jean M. (Bob) Fenton of Casper, Wyoming; Gary D. (Janice) Roth of Seattle, Washington; and Mark S. (Sue Jentz) Roth of Bellevue, Iowa, 9-grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, his siblings, Amby (Marge) Roth, Darlene Gibson and Helen (Ron) Metcalf, and a sister-in-law Lois Roth all of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine & Freda, a grandson Justin Munson, a granddaughter Shuree Roth, his siblings, John Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Wayne, Edward and Louis Roth, and a brother-in-law Gordon Gibson.

A Donald A. Roth memorial fund has been established.

 



Laverne I. Blume

Laverne I. Blume, 93, of Luther Manor died Friday, March 07, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Monday from 10:15 to 11:15. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Laverne was born February 18, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He married Elaine Hatzenbuehler on October 12, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He worked as a data processor supervisor for Interstate Power for 43 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Blume of Dubuque; three children, Stephen (Denise) blume of Enid, Okla., Gregory (Jan) Blume of Appleton, Wisc., and Shelley Minnick, of Palisade, Colo.; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.

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

 



Sharon A. Mueller

Sharon Ann Mueller, 66 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday March 7, 2014 at home. According to her wishes there will be no visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon was born on February 27, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert William and Lucille Mary (Frommelt) Hartford. She married Milo Mueller on October 18, 1969 at St. Matthews Church in Dubuque. She worked at Younkers Department Store in Dubuque and she enjoyed gardening and cooking.

She is survived by her husband Milo, one daughter Lisa (Tom) Rubbo, of South Carolina, granddaughter Jessica Rubbo. Her mother Lucille Hartford, of Farley, sister Debbie (Jerry) Jasper, of Farley, two brothers Mike Hartford, of Dubuque and Tim (Susan) Hartford, of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her father, a brother John Hartford, and sister-in-law Jane Hartford.

Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, Diabetes Foundation or Hospice of Dubuque

The family wishes to thank Asbury Fire & EMS, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Jennifer Mohr and the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care they gave to Sharon.



Shirley Kamentz-Winkler

Shirley Kamentz-Winkler, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Church of the Nativity, where a rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Scott Bullock will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30.

Shirley was born April 28, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred "Ollie" and Susan (Cahill) Kronfeldt. She married Bill Winkler on July 7, 1997, in Dubuque.

Shirley managed the lounge at Imperial Bowling Lanes, the Rainbow Lounge, and the American Legion Post #6 hall. She was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity. She was a member and past president of Dubuque Women's Bowling Association, past first vice-president of the State Bowling Association, a member of the 600 Bowling Club, a member of the Dubuque Bowling Hall of Fame, and of the State Bowling Hall of Fame. During her bowling years, she won many local and state championships, and worked with youth in bowling programs. Shirley also enjoyed golf. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bill Winkler, of Dubuque; her children, Steve (LuAnne) Kamentz of Dubuque, Susan (George) Herrig of Dubuque, Joan Kamentz of Coralville, IA, and Jeff (Janet) Kamentz of Dubuque; her step-daughters, Carla Winkler of Seattle, WA, and Cathy Winkler of Indiana; her grandchildren Kimberly Kamentz, Andrew (Ann) Kamentz, Kim (Derik) Hodgson, Katie Maneman, Stacy (Barak) Asbill, Peter Herrig, Seth (Megan) Herrig, and Jack, Ryan, Will, and Charlie Kamentz; two step-grandchildren, Joshua Holland and Mary Bol; 15 great-grandchildren; her brother, Mike Kronfeldt of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Sr. Shirley Kamentz OSF of Dubuque, and Irma Massom and June Jefferson, both of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Richard (Som) Kamentz of FL; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Eugene "Gene" Kamentz; and her brother, Jack Kronfeldt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley Kamentz-Winkler Memorial Fund. Her family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, Dr. Tara Brock, and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center.

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



Irma E. Reyes

Irma E. Reyes, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Jerry W. Blake officiating. To celebrate Irma's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irma was born on November 20, 1919, in Freeport, IL, daughter of James and Flora (Pentioff) Elk.

Irma married Raymond Reyes in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 25, 1982. Irma was employed as a nurses aide at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque for 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and also a member of TOPS for 35 years. Irma liked to spend time outside walking. She loved to cook for her family and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Irma is survived by, her children, Carman (Duane) Bries, Dubuque, IA, Rochelle (Chuck Schueller) Ernzen, Epworth, IA, Michael (Barb) Reyes, Davenport, IA, Janet Reyes, Davenport, IA; her 13 grandchildren, Jason (Janet) Bries, Matthew Bries, Stacey (Eric) Heber, Jennifer (fiancé Kevin Koos) Bries, Heather Ernzen, Tyler Ernzen, Dana (Mark) Skinner, Scoobie (Jerry) Comer, Jason (Victoria) Rodrigo, James, John and Rock Rodrigo, Kimberly (Rob) Veil; her 22 great-grandchildren.

Irma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond, 2 sisters and 1 brother.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, especially Ron and Jean, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate and loving care of Irma.

A. Irma E. Reyes memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Jean A. Witt

Jean A. Witt, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Chicago passed away on Thursday March 6, 2014 at home in Dubuque. According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Michael L. Adrian

Michael Leo, "Mick" Adrian age 70 of Dubuque and formerly of Cassville, WI died Monday March 3, 2014 in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where memorial services will be held at 3pm. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cassville, Wisconsin at a later date.

He was born on May 19, 1943 in Lancaster, WI the son of Carl and Marcella (Fishnick) Adrian.

He is survived by his daughter Toni (Joe) Kettler, three grandchildren, Hannah and Connor Popp and Clinton Kettler. His mother Marcella "Sally" Adrian, two sisters Bonnie (Robert) Chapman, Marlene (Dick) Esser and one brother Owen (Judy) Adrian.

He was preceded in death by his father.



Avril J. Humke

Avril Jean Humke, 90, of Dubuque formerly of Alverno Apartments, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center with family members at her bedside.

Memorial services will be held at 7p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, friends may call after 4pm Monday at the funeral home until time of services. A family gravesite service will be held at a later date.

Avril was born on December 23, 1923 in Detroit Michigan. She married Robert T. Humke on June 12, 1943.

Avril worked in Dubuque at Neumode Hosiery, Star Uniform, Zayres, Venture and Target, as well as a cook at Stonehill Care Center.

First and foremost, Avril was a caretaker of All; giving what little she had to share with others.

She was a fabulous cook making mouthwatering soups, scrumptious cookies and Texas sheet cake.

She was a meticulous crafter - designing treasured beaded ornaments and beautiful embroidery work.

After suffering a stroke in 2004, Avril lived with her daughter Patty and son-in-law Jim, who have cared for her the past 10 years.

She was the mother of eight children, survivors include, Brenda (Gary) Esser of Sarasota, FL., Bob (Donna) of LaMotte, Charmaine Zantow, of Albuquerque, NM, Dennis of La Motte, Renee (Gary) Williams and Patty (Jim) Powers of Dubuque. She was a wonderful grandmother to Jim (Angela), Dean, Tim (Lili), Angie (Mat), Courtney, Jeremy, Jason (Amy), Jessica, Christy, Melissa (Jeff), Crystal, Allie, and Cayden and great grandmother to Morgan, Grace, Lyla, Alex, Nico, Daniella, Kate, Zoe, Emily, Peyton, Ashton, and Stella. Also left to honor her is her brother Rev. Keith Davis, of Indiana, "Sis" Vilroye Meyer, of Monroe, IA, and sisters-in-law, Elnova Davis, of Indiana and Darlene Davis of Michigan.

Avril was preceded in death by her husband Robert Humke, two children James Humke and Deborah Appel, her brothers Guy, Jack, and Rev. Ray.

The Family is deeply grateful to Sue Kammerude for her loving respite care and friendship of Avril.

Also special thanks to Mercy Home Care nurse Marilyn Heinisch, the Mercy Medical Center Staff and Dr. C. Stille for their compassionate care over the years.

In lieu of flowers an Avril J. Humke memorial fund has been established.



William J. Hoffmann, Jr.

William James "Billy" Hoffmann Jr. 53 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics after a sudden illness.

Services will be at 10:00a.m. Friday, March 7th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

He was born on July 1, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of William James and Mary Frances (Wiest) Hoffmann Sr.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He worked for Robert River Rides, the former Dubuque Packing Company, Top Line Home Improvement and lastly for Premier Tool and Die Company.

He liked to garden and was an Iowa Hawkeye and Cincinnati Red fan.

Billy was a generous man and has continued his generosity by being an organ donor.

He is survived by two sisters Debbie Hoffmann and Vickie Hoffmann, his brother Rich (Joan) Hoffmann all of Dubuque. Nephews, Keith (fiancé Leah Rohrs), Nathan and Noah and his great niece Rylee. Uncles Emil Hoffmann, Donald (Diane) Hoffmann and Dennis Wiest. Aunts; Patricia (Chuck) Crimmins, Joyce (William) Berkley, Karen Brokus, Sue (Charles) Robinson, and Joan Van De Weil.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great nephew Beau.

The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a William J. "Billy" Hoffmann, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

 



Jose Moncada-Nava

Jose Moncada-Nava, 36, of Petersburg died Monday, March 3, 2014, as a result of an auto/train accident in Earlville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Jose will be returned to his hometown, Zacatecas, Mexico for burial on the family ranch.

Jose was born May 19, 1977 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the son of Rumuldo and Maria de (Moncada) Moncada. Jose became a proud and loving father to a son, Esteban, in Sycamore, IL and moved to Petersburg two years ago, volunteering at SS. Peter and Paul Church for community service. He and Fr. O'Connor became good friends, helping each other at church delivering pies around the local areas. He was a welder at EIP in Earlville.

Survivors include his parents, of Zacatecas, Mexico, a two year old son, Esteban Aguirre Moncada of Sycamore, IL; 2 sisters: Aracely Moncada Perez of Zacatecas, Mexico and Maria Luisa Moncada Nava of Albuquerque, NM; 4 brothers: Samuel Moncada Nava of Elgin, IL, Richardo Moncada Nava of Petersburg, Reynoldo Moncada Nava of Nashville, TN, Eric Moncada Nava of Zacatecas, Mexico.

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

 



Macie B. Dickison

Macie Beulah Dickison, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at home. 

Friends may greet the family from 2pm to 6pm Thursday, March 6th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30pm.

Macie was born January 28, 1926 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of James and Thelma (Bridget) Allsup.  She married Eugene Waggoner, and he preceded her in death in 1981.  She then married LeRoy Dickison, and he also preceded her in death. 

Macie was employed with Western Electric for 25 years.  She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

She enjoyed embroidery and spending time with her grandkids.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Winnifred "Winnie" (Robert) Stricker of Dubuque; her grandsons, David (Jessica) Stricker of Cedar Rapids and Thomas (Jodie) Stricker of Dubuque; great grandchildren Mason, Kyan and Joscelyn Stricker and her siblings, Ralph Allsup, Bobby Allsup, Emma Trackwell, Gerry Dickison, Linda Reeley, and Audrey Uffen.

In addition to two husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Waggoner; and four brothers.  

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association

Her family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care, especially Carla Johnson and also Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



James C. Bries

James C. Bries, 78, of Dyersville, and formerly of Luxemburg, passed into eternal life on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa. Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate with Rev. John Ptacek concelebrating.

Jim was born February 15, 1936, at home in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Arnold P. and Regina (Ulbrich) Bries. He was the sixth child of seventeen siblings. He graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, Iowa and after a short military service in the US Army he married Darlene Kruse of Petersburg on September 13, 1960, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa.

Jim began his 41 year career at the Dubuque Packing House in 1959 and continued until it closed in 2000. Jim and Darlene bought their family farm near Luxemburg in 1963 and farmed until 2011 when they moved to Dyersville Iowa.

He loved interacting with others, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were his pride and joy, especially the time they spent together on the farm. Jim was a life-long hunter, fisherman, and gardener which he developed passions for as a child. During his time away from work he loved helping others, playing Euchre, or just having a good conversation. Jim loved red cars and green tractors.

Surviving are his loving wife and partner of 53 years, Darlene, and their four children: Cathy (Karl) Kramer of Dyersville, Connie (Neal) Kluesner of Bankston, Chuck (Christina) Bries of Marion, and Cindy (Mark "Chuck") Kramer of Epworth; eleven grandchildren, Jayme (Stephanie) Kramer, Nicole (Mike) Seipp and Kyle Kramer, Jesse Kluesner and Joshua Kluesner (fiance Kellie Werner), Jordan Kluesner (fiance Sarah Boeckenstedt), Zach Hart, Sam and Charlie Bries, Cody and Isabella Gardner; six great grandchildren: Ella and Emma Kramer, Gabrielle and Christian Seipp, Aubrey and Jocelyn Kluesner; his brother and sisters: Imogene Feldmann, LeRoy (Verna) Bries, Roger Bries, Virgil (Janice) Bries, Kenneth (Lois) Bries, Elmer (Theresa) Bries, Michael (Marita) Bries, Thelma (David) Oberbroeckling, Charles (Mary) Bries, Ronald (Lee) Bries, Gerald (Karen) Bries, Harold (Lois) Bries, Arnold Jr. (Joyce) Bries and Carol (John) Hartmann; 3 brothers-in-law: Donald (Dorothy) Wille, Alfred (Betty) Kruse and Larry (Julie) Kruse;

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Anna Marie in infancy and Jo Ann Willie; mother and father in law, Veronica and Raymond Kruse; and brothers-in-law; Carl Feldman and Raymond Kruse Jr. in infancy.

We appreciate the extra love and prayers we have received from our family, friends , and neighbors during these difficult times. Thank you Mercy Hospital - 3 West staff, Ennoble caregivers, especially Peggy Roling, for the care and compassion you provided him.

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

 



James L. Yarolem

James L. "Jamie" Yarolem, 48, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at his mother's home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Jamie on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

James Lee Yarolem was born on March 22, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert and Connie (Currie) Yarolem. He was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then served in the Army National Guard for six years.

James was a self-employed carpenter working for several area contractors. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, target practice and drinking with his buddies. He especially enjoyed fishing for Catfish and Walleyes, and he loved cooking, with chili being a family favorite.

Those left to honor Jamie's memory include a son, Kohl James Bodenhofer of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Connie Yarolem of Baldwin, IA; brothers, Randy (Lisa) Yarolem of Oxford Mills, IA, and Rusty (Cherie) Yarolem of Stilesville, IN; and a sister, Cheri (Ron) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Robert on March 5, 1996.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy a James L. "Jamie" Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Leo E. Tippe

Leo E. Tippe, 94, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends starting at 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Leo was born Oct. 19, 1919 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Fannie (Jenni) Tippe. He graduated from Senior High School in 1938; he then attended the University of Dubuque. Leo served in the US Army-Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, where he was a navigator/bombardier in the 499th bomb group, and the 20th Airforce in the Pacific Theater. He married Elaine D. Taylor on March 20, 1948 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Leo worked for Dubuque Packing from 1948 until his retirement in 1981 as Vice President of Pork Product Sales. He was a 50 year member of the American Legion and a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed traveling with his sons to Cubs games; with all the boys travels to games with their father, the Cubs never won a game when they all attended together. His granddaughters will always remember when grandpa would sing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; sons John C. (Vera Louise) Tippe of Dubuque and Lee J. (Carol) Tippe of Iowa City; and 2 grandchildren, Allison (John Moore) Tippe of Austin, TX, and Laurel Tippe of Galesburg, IL.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Pearl and Melvina; a brother, Alvin; and his Uncles, Ed and Bill Jenni.

A special thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Leo.

Flowers are welcomed but the family would prefer memorials to Bethany Home or St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Leo's memory.

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



John L. Weber

John Louis Weber, 46, of Dubuque died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Egelhof , Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30.

John was born on March 31, 1967 in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Madeline (Kieffer) Weber.

John graduated from NICC with degrees in marketing and welding. He was employed by Family Dollar Distribution Center in Maquoketa since 2002 and took great pride in his work. John loved to spend time near the Lock & Dam fishing and watching the eagles. He cared deeply for his nieces and nephews and always had a joke for them. He had a special place in his heart for ALL the family pets, especially his dog Shiloh.

Surviving is his mother, Madeline; sisters, Ann (Marty) Kauffman, of Omaha, Mary (Jeff) Horn, of Dubuque and Kathy Manders of Peosta, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Katelyn, Kelly and Carole Kauffman and Megan, Mitchel, Aubrey and Ethan Manders; aunt and uncles, Mark & Jackie Kieffer, Joe Jacob; God-parents, Phyllis Lammers and George Jenkins; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; grandparents; and best buddy, Shiloh.

A John Weber memorial fund has been established.

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

Our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman and the Medical Associates Oncology staff, Dr. Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy ICU, and the staff and pastoral care at Resurrection Catholic Church for all of their special care and support.

"We're glad we got to see you, too, John!"

 



Alvin G. March

Alvin G. March, 85, of Dyersville died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 5 p.m. and a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home with burial in St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Alvin was born February 24, 1929 in Earlville, Iowa, to Albert and Ruth (Hunt) March.  He was united in marriage to Norma Friedman on October 25, 1952.  

Alvin was an auto mechanic for many years, first employed at the Parkin Motor Company in Earlville and then at the Friedman Motor Company in Dyersville, a business he owned and operated with Norma beginning in 1969.  He loved woodworking and instrument building in addition to crocheting intricately patterned doilies, tablecloths and afghans.  He was an avid gardener and, in particular, enjoyed sharing the bounty from his remarkably large and diverse gardens.  He enjoyed baking bread and cinnamon rolls, a skill which earned him top honors and blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair.  Alvin took great pride in his ability to "fix" just about anything and did so with great regularity.  He loved listening to music, especially the piano music of his son, the concerts and musical productions conducted by his daughter, and the cello music of his granddaughter.  Most of all, Alvin enjoyed the company of family and friends.

Alvin will be dearly missed by those who survive himincluding his beloved wife, Norma, his son, James (Kathryn) March of Sioux City, his daughter, Ann (Darwin Downing) March of Osceola, IA, his granddaughter, Stephanie March of Sioux City, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Germaine (Darley) March of Hopkins, MN, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: Albert LeRoy (Marie), Robert (Mary Verona), Earl (Germaine), Darley, Clarence (Marie), Ernest March and a sister, Lynn March (Bernard) Doser.

Memorials may be directed to The Shriners Hospitals for Children or Cancer Research at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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

 

 



Dorothy L. Garthwaite

Dorothy L. Garthwaite, 92 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday February 27, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy was born on June 30, 1921 in Vincennes, Indiana the daughter of James and Salley Kimmell. In 1949 she married Lester Garthwaite in Galena, IL.

She worked as a LPN at St. Dominic Villa, Our Lady of Lourdes and later worked at Dubuque Drug Stores.

She enjoyed doing word puzzles.

She is survived by her husband Lester "Curley", her daughter Cheryl (John) Williams, of Gainsville, FL. Two grandchildren Shawn "Charissa" Maher, and Shannon (Rob) Matricardi and a great grandchild Connor.

She was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.



Kenmer B. Splinter

Kenmer B. "Ken" Splinter, 76 of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27,2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, March 3rd at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with family friend Rev. James Secora officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00pm to 8:00pm Sunday March 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 7p.m.

Ken was born on January 6, 1938 at home in Dubuque, son of Clarence and Mary (Young) Splinter, and baptized at Holy Ghost Church, where he was proud to be a life-long parishioner. He was a U.S. army veteran, stationed in Germany. Following his service, Ken was an active volunteer and member of American Legion Post 6, serving on the House Committee and as a founder of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron (SAL) #6.

In 1968, Ken married Joyce (Kies) Splinter; she preceded him in death in 1976. He married Beth Birkett in 1978. They celebrated 35 years of marriage last June.

Ken began his trucking career at a young age as a mail carrier for the family owned Star Routes, a U.S. Postal Service contractor. He then delivered fuel oil for Mulgrew Oil Company of Dubuque for 34 years until his retirement, a job he very much enjoyed. He was also proud to be retired from the Teamsters Union Local 421.

In his 17 years of retirement, Ken was happiest while playing golf and pool with the guys at the American Legion, fishing, hosting family gatherings, woodworking, and maintaining his property on "Splinter Mountain." He also enjoyed his annual fishing vacations with family and friends at Mallard Resort in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Ken was proud of his service at Holy Ghost Church and volunteered on the parish council, the school bus committee, and the building and grounds committee, as well as spinning the Pepsi wheel at numerous fall festivals.

Those left to honor Ken's memory include his wife, Beth, of Dubuque; his children, Renee (Mike) Meyer, of Dubuque, Jim (Vicki) Splinter, of Austin, MN, Tom (Janice) Splinter, of Dubuque, John (Mary Jo) Splinter of Dubuque, and daughter-in-law Linda (John) Ginter of Dubuque; his siblings, Irma Matous, of Ormond Beach, FL, Don "Boo" (Joyce) Splinter, of Dubuque, Jan (Howie) Schonoff, of East Dubuque, and sister-in-law Mary Splinter; his grandchildren, Joe (Jen) Pins, Kristin (Kevin) Dietzel, Weston Pins, Rob (Erica) Splinter, twins Tasha (Kyle) Lippold and Trisha (Erik) Mueller, Adam (Kelli) Splinter, Mathias (Keri) Ginter, Nicole (Joe) Henry, Averi Splinter, Haley Splinter, Allie (Jeff) White, Matt (Tiffany) Splinter, Mandy (fiancé Eric Meyer) Splinter, Jadie Splinter, and "the caboose," Marissa Splinter, as well as 18 great- grandchildren and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kay Splinter, his brother Del Splinter, and sons Ralph and Ted Splinter.

In lieu of flowers, a Kenmer B. Splinter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Manzell, Dr. Janes, Dr. Ramabadran, Dr. Gall, and all the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center cardiovascular unit for their care and kindness.

Although apiece of our hearts will forever be gone,
We know you're above telling us all, "GREAT ON!"




Myrtle G. Cowan

Myrtle G. Cowan, 102 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 11 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Cathedral of St. Raphaels, Dubuque where there will be a visitation one hour prior to mass at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Myrtle was born July 27, 1911 in Otter Creek, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Heeney) Cowan. She graduated from LaMotte Holy Rosary and attended Bayless College. Myrtle worked for Klauer Manufacturing as a secretary for many years.

Survivors include her niece, Mary Clare (Joe) Kutsch of Dubuque; nephews, Arnold "Sam" Cowan of Bellaire, Michigan, Leo (Carol) Cowan of Dubuque; and numerous great nieces and great-great nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; 5 sisters, Sr. Mary Frances Clare, OSF, Sr. Mary Kevin, OSF, Anne, Emma, and Kathryn; a brother, James (Genevieve Anglin) Cowan; and a great niece, Kelli Kutsch.

Our heartfelt thanks to Myrtle's entire Stonehill Family for their loving care and friendship over the many years she resided there, also thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci.

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

 



Harold O. Miller

Harold O. "Bing" Miller of Dubuque, passed away into eternal life Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 3, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion, Dubuque Post 6.Visitation to celebrate Bing's life will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 12:00 p.m.

Bing was born December 18, 1921 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Otto and Caroline (Koester) Miller. He married Veron Hoes on June 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church inDubuque.

Bing graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. He was called to active duty by the U.S. Army on December 29, 1942 and served in North Africa, Sicily, Germany, Italy and France, serving in the Quartermaster Corps and as a Bugler. During his service he was awarded four Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged November 11, 1945. Many enjoyed numerous stories Bing told of his World War II experiences and he was extremely proud to have served his country. He traveled to Washington D.C. on the very first Honor Flight out of Dubuque on May 18, 2010.

Bing was a U.S. Postal Carrier for 27 years, retiring in 1987. Prior to that he was employed in sales at Kretschmer-Tredway and Dubuque Supply Company. In his earlier years he worked for Prudential Insurance Company and was store manager of Western Auto, where he met his bride.

Bing was a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and served as its treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where he served as an usher for over 30 years, and also was a member of the American Legion Post 6.

Bing was a sports fanatic who followed his children and grandchildren to their many activities. "Papa" couldn't stop talking of how proud he was of them all! He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox fan. For many years he coached Holy Name baseball for St. Joe's.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Veron; his son, Glenn (Sandy) Miller of East Moline, Illinois; and daughters, Lisa (Paul) Woodward and Janelle (Chad) Cox of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Tara, Grant and Alex Miller, Will and Caroline Woodward, and Stephanie and Blake Cox.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Irene Hannan and Kathryn Finn.

In lieu of flowers a Harold O. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Viola M. Wright

Viola M. (Curler) Wright, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, March 3, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., family will greet friends 2pm - 5pm, Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Viola was born October 7, 1918 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ernest and Marie (Radolff) Donath. She married Fred Curler, Sr. in 1935, he passed away in 1966, Viola later married Richard Wright on June 10, 1972, he passed away in 1989. She worked for Medical Associates for over 50 years, and retiring at the age of 86. Viola always put her family first, she was a great mother, friend and will be truly missed. She enjoyed sewing, baking, and canning. Viola made many friends over the years with her dedication and care to hard work.

Survivors include her children; Robert "Bob" (Judy) Curler of Asbury, Mildred (George) Freed of Wittman, AZ, Fred Curler of Dubuque, William "Billy" (Robin) Curler of Gladbrook, IA, and Don (Karen) Curler of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren, Steven, Susan, Julie, John, Chris, Natalie, Greg, Billy,Jr., Patty, Debbie, Alicia, Brian, and Eric; 18 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Grandchild, and a brother, Fred "Fritz" Donath of Dubuque, additional survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband, Fred, Sr., 2nd husband, Richard, 2 son's, David and Ralph; 2 sisters, Eldie and Marie; 3 brothers, Don, Otto, and Walter; and a great grandson, Nicholas Curler.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Point Presbyterian Church in Viola's memory.

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

 

 



Luke J. Buettell

Luke J. Buettell, 45, of Flagstaff, Ariz., formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014 in Arizona after a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, surrounded by his family.

Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. A flag presentation will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Luke was born on March 18, 1968 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Stephen and (Sharon) Maury Buettell. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served from 1987 to 1991. He married Ann Schmit on March 19, 1993. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Minnesota Vikings Fan.

He was a loving husband and father of three children who were everything to him.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; three children, Dennis, Danielle, and Dianna, all of Flagstaff, AZ; his mother, Sharon Buettell; siblings Chris (Paul) Schroeder, of Omaha, Neb., Debbie (Barry) Nathanson, of Framingham, MA, and Steve Buettell and Doug Buettell, both of Dubuque; his mother- and father-in-law, Donald and Betty Schmit, of Dubuque; brothers- and sisters-in-law Nancy (Walter) Meinholz, Deforest, WI, Randy Schmit, of Dallas, Texas, Mary Servia, of Wakefield, MI, Sue (Joe) Hyatt, of Madison, WI, Ron Schmit, of Madison, WI, Jean (Butch) Harshman, of New Auburn, WI, Don Schmit, of Cedar Rapids, Brian (Josi) Schmit, of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Tammy) Schmit, of Guttenberg, Iowa, Jeff (Mary) Schmit, of Madison, WI, Joe Schmit, Larry Schmit and Theresa Budde, all of Dubuque; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steve.

The family requests no flowers. A Luke J. Buettell memorial fund has been established.



Shirley A. Finnell

Shirley A. Finnell, 82, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Avenue SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m. and St. Ann's Mother Club will conduct a rosary at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Shirley was born Sept. 13, 1931 in Alexander, Iowa, the daughter of Casper and Agnes (Haverly) Kuper. She married Larry L. Finnell on July 13, 1952 in Hampton, Iowa.

Shirley was active in Girl Scouts and operated Harrison's Dime Store with her husband Larry for many years. She then began working for the Dyersville Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed camping, gardening and loved chocolate and the color blue. Shirley was a member of St. Ann's Mother Club and St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include her son, Mike (Ruth Ann) Finnell of Earlville, and their children, Chad (Jessica) Finnell, Crystal (Bill Kluesner) Finnell and Jeff Finnell; a daughter, Pam (Chris) Kruse of Earlville, and their children, Carissa (Tony Kulper) Kruse, Kylie (Travis Kelchen) Kruse and Kolyer Kruse; 4 great-grandchildren, Brinlei, Carson, Rory and Lyle; and a sister-in-law, Lila Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry, in 2006; sister, Lois (Marvin) Meints; her brothers Morris (Kathleen) Kuper, and Harold (Marian) Kuper; and brother-in-law Russell Harrison.

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



Gail L. Mussehl

Gail L. Mussehl, age 50, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, peacefully, at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Dianne Grace from Hospice of Dubuque officiating. To celebrate Gail's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gail was born on February 6, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Richard "Dick" and Patricia "Pat" (Tracy) Shaffer.

Gail married Joe Mussehl on October 9, 1986, in Dubuque, Iowa. She loved the outdoors and spent many weekends with her husband and family fishing, camping and canoeing. She had a great love of animals, especially dogs and wolves. Gail was very thoughtful and considerate and spent her life taking care of people. She worked at ARC caring for people with disabilities, elderly people and also cared for several family members. Gail was always the first one to help someone in need. She loved her nieces and nephews and usually had plans that included them on the weekends. She never missed a birthday and liked to make personalized gifts. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Gail is survived by, her husband, Joe Mussehl, Dubuque, IA; her parents, Dick and Pat Shaffer, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Greg (Joy) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Maryann) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Jeff Shaffer, Dubuque, IA, Eric (Kristi) Shaffer, Robins, IA; her 10 nieces and 4 nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and to family friends, Sharon, Lisa and Mary Kay. We deeply appreciate everything you did for Gail.

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

 



Maylo A. Riniker

Maylo A. Riniker, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:05 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Maylo's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Maylo was born on August 27, 1922, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Mayme (McCreevy) Cashman.

Maylo was a young seventeen year old city girl who married Martin "Pete" Riniker in 1940 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The young couple chose a career in farming and in a very short time, she became a farm girl. There she raised her family, watched her grandchildren grow and welcomed all with her love of cooking, entertaining, and sitting on her porch swing. Many Christmases and Holidays were spent at their home on the farm. Maylo was a devoted wife and mother who ensured that her husband and sons were provided the best of meals, morning, noon and night. Regardless of who came to help with chores on the farm, they were welcomed with the best meals and hospitality that a home could offer. There was always room at the table and always enough food to go around. Maylo was the kindest and gentlest of ladies you could ever meet. She found good in everyone and you were never a stranger for long once you met this beautiful lady. Her children are a lasting tribute and a reflection of a lifetime of love between Maylo and Pete.

Following her years on the farm, Maylo resided at Windsor Park of Dubuque and more recently the Rose of Dubuque. She left a trail of friends and memories wherever she went.

Maylo is survived by two daughters, Patsy A. (Tony) Flores Jr of Dubuque and Julie A. (Tom) Griep of Oman, United Arab Emirates; four sons, Don M. (Joyce) Riniker, Joe J. (Judy) Riniker, Tom R. (Rhonda) Riniker, and Tim J. (Dianna) Riniker, all of Dubuque; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Cletus (Sally) Cashman and Kenneth Cashman, both of Dubuque, and lifelong family friends; Shelly (Tim) Bahl and Tom (Peg) Meyers.

Maylo was preceded in death by her husband, Martin N. "Pete" Riniker, her brother Milton Cashman and sister, Dorothy Miller.

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

 



Robert M. Winger

Robert M. "Bob" Winger, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, Feb. 28, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Bob immediately following the service until 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Robert Milo Winger was born on Sept. 13, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Milo A. "Ozzie" and Marguerite E. "Peg" (Freeman) Winger. He was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and an Air Force veteran receiving an honorable discharge. He married Joy M. (Flick) Sites on June 23, 1995 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bob had first worked for Clark Saw Center, Sherri's Tax Service and Winger Roofing. He lastly worked for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as a jailer from 1992 until retiring in December of 2003.

Bob enjoyed RV traveling, genealogy, golfing, fishing and watching NCIS. He especially enjoyed reading and believing things on the internet even if they weren't true!

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife, Joy Winger of Maquoketa, IA; children Daniel (Jolene) Winger of Forks, WA, Thomas (Annette) Contos of Spokane, WA and Lin (Jim) Jorgensen of Elwood, IA; several step-children; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Judie (Francis) Beller, of Manchester, IA; a niece, Stacey (Randy) Christiansen, of Beach Island, SC; 3 aunts and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Roberta "Bobbie Sue" Breithaupt; and a nephew, Stephen S. "Steve" Ilgis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert M. "Bob" Winger memorial fund has been established.

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



Timothy J. Furry

Timothy J. "Tim" Furry, age 56, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:33 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Tim's life friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Tim was born on January 10, 1958, Dubuque, IA, son of Dale J. Furry and Norma Ann (Wachendorf) Schmitz.

Tim was raised by his mother, Norma, and step-father, James "Jim" Schmitz. He loved to fish with his dad Jim as a child and that love of fishing was passed on to his family. Tim married Lynn Tigges on June 19, 1982, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were married for 26 years and together had 2 children. He was employed as head chef at the Dubuque Inn for 17 years and was also a cook at the Dubuque County Jail. In his free time Tim also enjoyed making ice and wood sculptures.

Tim is survived by, his children, Lacey (boyfriend Brandon Fors) Furry, Dubuque, IA, Linsey (Dee) Choun, North Liberty, IA; his grandchildren, Gwen and Devon Choun; his siblings, Vickie (Kenny) LeGrand, North Buena Vista, IA, Diana (Leon) Govert, Cable, WI, Sandra (Allen) Bowden, Bettendorf, IA, Robert "Bob" (special friend, Arleen) Furry, Sun City, AZ, Barb (Jay) Holleman, Fort Wayne, IN, Cathy Tigges, Dubuque, IA, Patti Schmitz, Dubuque, IA; his former wife, Lynn Tigges, Dubuque, IA.

Tim preceded in death by his parents.

A Timothy J. "Tim" Furry memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lynn M. Krausman

Lynn M. Krausman, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Gary Mayer will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Lynn was born in Dubuque, the daughter of Delhi Sr. and Madelyn (Kunnert) Doty. She married Rod Krausman on May 15, 1976 at St. Mary Catholic Church Dubuque.

Lynn graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School, and NICC. She was employed at Georgia Pacific in customer sales and service for over 30 years.

Lynn's faith was very important to her, and she was a member of Resurrection Parish. In 1978, she joined the St. Elizabeth Seton Mother's Club, and was an active member for over 30 years.

Lynn loved the river, and enjoyed boating on the Mississippi. Wine tasting was another favorite activity of hers, and she also loved to bake, shop, and practice yoga. She was notorious for making "armadillo eggs"-but only if you split one with her! Lynn was a loving wife and mother, and she especially loved being a grandmother. In her own words: "I'm just a simple girl who loves to live life." She will be missed by many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Rod, of Dubuque; her children, Sara Krausman, Craig (Christina Stowe) Krausman, and Ross (Emilee) Krausman, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Layla and Liam Krausman; her siblings, Rosemary (Richard) Mills of Dubuque, Delhi Doty Jr. of Davenport, IA, Diane (Rod) Boyer of Versailles, KY, Dale (Mary) Doty of East Dubuque, IL, and Madelyn (Jim) Flaherty of Porter, IN; and her father in law, James (Marian Strayen) Krausman of Fort Myers, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her mother in law, Beverly Krausman.

Memorials may be made to the Lynn M. Krausman Memorial Fund.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially "the Amy's", St. Elizabeth Seton Mother's Club, Julien Dubuque Yacht Club and numerous friends and family for all their support and love.

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



David C. Snyder

David Charles "Duke" Snyder, 75 formerly of Dubuque died on February 20, 2014 in Platteville, WI. A memorial service will be held at 7:00p.m. Thursday February 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Friends may call after 5pm. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born on October 21, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Charles and Mary Jane (Bennett) Snyder.

He is retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked for many years. He was an avid sports fan especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, he love to trout fish at Swiss Valley, play cards especially euchre and read history books. He was a bowler in the 700 League.

He is survived by his daughter Vivian Fluhr, of Benton, WI, four grandchildren; Natasha Benson, Zachary, Luke and Sarah Fluhr, two great grandchildren; Peyton and Amelia "Mia". His brothers, Tom (Mary) Snyder, of Loves Park, IL, Richard Snyder, of Dubuque, Michael (Ann) Snyder of Dubuque, and a sister Jude Delgado, Greenough, Montana, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family request no flowers. A David Charles Snyder memorial fund has been established.

 



Darlene R. Ransford

Darlene R. Ransford, 81, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 28, at St. John Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jay Ilten officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-8p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Friday at the Church.

Darlene was born on June 26, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of the late Andrew and Hilda (Muhlenhaupt) Meyer.
She married Neil Ransford on August 28, 1962.

She was employed at Sears in Dubuque for 33 years.

Darlene was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
She loved her family and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Neil; two sons, Michael (Bev), Paul (Jaymie); daughters, Tamra Howard, Theresa (Carl) Thompson, and Ruth Elsinger; 15 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Herb) Hanson; and sister-in-law, Betty Meyer.

She was also preceded in death by her 6 siblings.

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

In lieu of flowers a Darlene Ransford memorial fund has been established.

 

 



Albert J. Fischer

Albert J. Fischer, age 79, of Bernard Iowa died Saturday February 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Thursday February 27, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray with Fr. Mike Podhajsky and Fr Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 2 pm.

Albert was born on July 11, 1934 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Anthony and Mary (Johnson) Fischer. He married Victoria Walech on October 25, 1958 at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque.

He went to school in a one room school house outside of Bernard, Iowa. He was born and raised on the family farm where he continued to farm with his brother Donald until his retirement in 1994.

He drove school bus for Western Dubuque School District for 41 years. He had touched many children's lives while driving.

Albert was a hard dedicated worker who most of all loved spending time with is wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandsons. You could find him cheering them on at their ballgames or at the Dubuque County Fair watching them show 4H cattle. He loved the New York Yankees and International Tractors.

He lived life to the fullest and talking to anyone he met.

Albert is survived by the love of his life, Vicki, three daughters, Lauri (Mike) Kinsella, of Bernard, Dianne (Dale) Weber, of St. Donatus, and Karen (John) Jesenovec, of Farley. Seven grandchildren; Marty (Rachel) Kinsella, Traci (Tim) Mosiman, Dan Kinsella, Dustin and Dylan Weber, Heather and Kaitlyn Jesenovec, and four great grandsons. His sister Dorothy Ruden, his brother, Earl (Mary) Fischer, sisters-in-law Doris Fischer, Rita Fischer, and brother-in-law Richard Strohmeyer. Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Donald Bill, John and Paul. Three sisters, Marie Kass, Rosemary Strohmeyer, and Bernadine Kronaizl. Three brothers-in-law Alfred Kass, Eldon Ruden and Tom Kronaizl. Two sisters-in-law Delphine Fischer and Anna Mae Fischer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kraemer, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Engelman and the Oncology Staff at Medical Associates and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers a Albert Fischer memorial fund has been established.



Linda J. Ehlers

Linda J. "Tootie" Ehlers, 74, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3 -8 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and from 9:30am-10:15am Wednesday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda was born on November 23, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leroy and Clara (Kintzle) Richman.
She married Edward Ehlers on May 3, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Linda was an avid local sports fan and supporter of her children and grandchildren's sporting events. She looked forward to cheering them on during their games and activities.

She was a member of the Dubuque 600 Bowling Club, Girl Scouts of American and Cookie Chairman for many years, TOPS Club, and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Rosary Society. Linda was involved in various Church activities, especially the bakery booth at the Parish festival.

Linda loved meeting new people and enjoyed talking with them. She was employed at Hy-Vee and Dairy Queen, where she was able to engage with everyone she met.
Linda was a proud member of the pool committee that helped bring Sutton Pool to Dubuque's North end. Volunteering her time and talent was important.  She was a wonderful homemaker and cherished her family immensely. She will be missed by many.

Surviving is her husband, Ed; children, Mike (Kim) Ehlers, Mark (Brenda) Ehlers, and Melody (Dan) Shanahan; 6 grandchildren, Nick (Casey) Ehlers, Matt, Connor, and Katie Ehlers, and Ally and Avery Shanahan; 2 great- grandchildren, Easton and Orly Ehlers; and 2 brothers, Jim and Neil Richman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Judy; brothers, Dick and Tom Richman; sister-in-law, Rosie Richman; and good family friend, Ray Leitner.

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

A Linda Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the Dr. Konz, Dr. Iverson, and Dr. Ringold, the nurses and friends at the Dialysis Center, Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and their palliative care program, and our good friends Archbishop Emeritus Daniel William Kucera, OSB and Mary Claire Klaas for their exceptional care and support.




Elmerial A. Kelly

Elmerial A."Dood" Kelly, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Elmerial's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elmerial was born on March 29, 1942, in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Elmer John and Nellie Irene (Atchison) Cornwell.

Elmerial married Gene Kelly on April 3, 1959, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1995. Elmerial always worked in the medical field and was employed at Sunnycrest Manor until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, where she enjoyed helping with Bingo. In her free time she liked fishing, playing cards, reading, listening to music and cross stitching. Elmerial loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Elmerial is survived by, her children, Susan (Kevin) Robbins, Dubuque, IA, Marla (Guy Wayne) Jones, Houston, TX, Irma Finn, Dubuque, IA, Ann (Richard) Gibbons, Dubuque, IA, James Kelly, Houston, TX; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Irene (George) Heeren, Bernard, IA, Bertha Darque, Dubuque, IA, Camille Turner, Dubuque, IA.

Elmerial was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gene and her brother Francis (Wenda) Crews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble for all their care of Elmerial.

A Elmerial A. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Jean Ann Briggs

Jean Ann Briggs, 76, of Dubuque died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Ann was born August 9, 1937 in Anthony, Kansas, daughter of Robert and Lorraine (Sear) Briggs, Sr. She attended St. Columbkille's High School.

She worked at Mercy Medical Center in various positions from 1956 to 1997. Her biggest joy was her many years working in the nursery of Mercy Medical Center. Her proudest moments were when she was able to be the first person to bathe or care for the many nieces and nephews who were born in Dubuque over the years. Her fondest memories were spending time with family. She loved all of her 16 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She was very fond of her cats, especially Pixie.

She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert "Sonny" (Theresa) Briggs of Melrose, Iowa and Walter (Joyce) Briggs of Dubuque; two sisters, Irene (Dr. Russ) Deitrich of St. Charles, Missouri and Virginia "Ginger" (Jack) Healy of Hazel Green, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother in law, Mary Ann and David Canganelli; a sister in law, Jackie Briggs and a niece, Lisa Gabel.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and concern for Jean Ann.

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

 



Daniel J. Kraus

Daniel Joseph Kraus, 62, of Monticello, IA passed away Friday, February 21, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the Church Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Honors Detail.

Dan was born March 21, 1951, at John McDonald Hospital. The son of Victor and Janice (Staner) Kraus, he grew up with his 15 brothers and sisters on a farm outside of Monticello, IA.

Dan served in the Unites States Army from 1969 - 1971 and was stationed in Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Later he became an active VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) member.

He married his high school sweetheart Rebecca Hugh on November 20, 1971. Together they raised four children in Monticello. He started a construction company with his brothers in 1975, and continued working with his sons and son-in-law until the time of his death. He was very respected and well known for his high quality work in the community.

He and Becky loved traveling and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii with all of their children and grandchildren. As avid Hawkeye football fans, they were season ticket holders and attended all of the home games, although they were sometimes known to socialize through large portions of the games or wandering the stadium.

Dan loved being outside, grilling, working with his hands, playing horse shoes and pool, and giving his grandchildren golf cart rides. He was proud of his family and was seen by many as a mentor and father-figure.

Dan is survived by his wife Rebecca and children: Chad (Sheila) Kraus of Monticello, Wayne (Mandy) Kraus of Leawood, KS, Patrick (Whitney) Kraus of Cedar Rapids, Rachel (Terry) Steger of Monticello. His Grandchildren: Jordan and Kourtney Kraus, Elliott and Drew Kraus, Owen and Evalyn Steger, and Sheila's children Haley and Mitch. He is also survived by his father, Victor of Monticello; 15 siblings: Mike (Emily) Kraus and Steve (Darcy) Kraus of Monticello, Dave (Sue) Kraus of Cascade, Martha (Dean) Schwendinger, Jim Kraus, Julie (Vern) Vacek, and Tony (Marsha) Kraus of Monticello, Bob Kraus of Cedar Rapids, Bill (Kathy) Kraus of Hopkinton, Joan Kraus of Monticello, Jayne (Joe) Tuetken of Monticello, John (Julie) Kraus of Center Point, Mark (Pam) Kraus and Teresa (Dan) Cox of
Mount Vernon, and Ted (Sarah) Kraus of Monticello. His brother-in-law, Ron Hugh of Monticello, sisters-in-law: Barb (Adam) Roses of Natick, MA, Francis (Dan) Calvert of Marion, Donna (John) Bader of Monticello and Shirley (David) Hardersen of Monticello. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Janice Kraus, mother and father-in-law, Paul and Norma Hugh, brother-in-law Greg Carl, brother-in-law Paul Lee Hugh, sister-in-law Denise Hugh, nephew Richard Tuetken, and great-niece Hannah First.

The family would like to thank all of our friends and family for their kindness, prayers, and well wishes.

 



Garan L. Fuglsang

Garan L. "Gary" Fuglsang, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, February 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Garan Lee Fuglsang was born on April 27, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa. He was the oldest of nine children born to Milton and Velma (Heneke) Fuglsang. He received his education in Welton and later moved to Maquoketa. He married Lynn DaLea Weber on August 4, 1961 in Charlotte, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 10, 2011.

Gary first farmed in the Codfish Hollow area for several years. In 1966 he began working for Harlan Tonderum and HELP Farms until retiring in 1991.

Gary enjoyed camping at 6-B's, fishing for anything that was biting, and playing his favorite card game euchre. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Gary's memory include his children Kevin (Madge) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, Kent (Sally) Fuglsang of Baldwin, IA, Karla (Cecil) Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA, Kim Ehlinger (Mark Laingen) of Normal, IL, Kayleen (Vince) Aragon of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Sharon (Evan) Queckboerner of Lanark, IL, Don (Marg) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Ron (Lou Ann Wulf) Fuglsang of Davenport, IA, Larry (Sharon) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Janet (Kevin) Keil of DeWitt, IA, Steve (Connie) Fuglsang of DeWitt, IA, Judy (Kim) Bruns of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mark (Kristi) Fuglsang of Suwanee, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Garan L. "Gary" Fuglsang memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Betty J. Simpson

Betty J. Simpson, 85 of ManorCare Health Center and formerly of 1782 Avalon Road, Dubuque, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Manor Care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Iliana Wood officiating. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on July 7, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Sophie (Stoltz) Schmitt. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. On July 7, 1951 Betty married Roland "Tookie" Simpson. Tookie worked and retired from the Dubuque Packing Company prior to his death on September 19, 1990. Betty was employed by the Dubuque School System for many years as a paraprofessional, working with special education students. She loved her job, co-workers, and especially all of the students she worked with over the years. Betty also exhibited a great amount of joy when she would see her students after graduation working in the community. She was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church and currently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

After Tookie's passing, Betty devoted her free time to her only daughter Susan Denman, son-in-law Michael Denman, only grandson Ryan Denman, and grand dog Abby. In the summers, when Ryan was young, Betty could be seen driving Ryan all around town for sports and other activities. Betty could be frequently seen with Susan at restaurants, the mall, and just about any other place you could think of. Betty and Susan were more than just mother and daughter; they were also best friends. Betty and Susan shared a love for poodles and both had many over the years. Susan's current poodle, Abby, and Betty shared a special bond and Abby frequently visited Betty even after her move to ManorCare. Betty refused to slow down and enjoyed her independence even as her health began to deteriorate. Betty was overjoyed in being healthy enough to see Ryan's wedding take place on her birthday and her wedding anniversary in July of 2012. She was also proud of both Susan and Ryan and all they have accomplished. In addition to spending time with Susan and Ryan, Betty enjoyed garage sales, going to the Donut Boy early every morning, Bishops Buffet over lunch and Culver's in the evenings. She was a loving and kind woman who would always take the time to visit and occasionally show off her decorative walking cane.

Surviving is her daughter Susan Denman of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren Ryan (Kimberly) Denman of Davenport, IA; her brother-in-law, Richard E. White of Sylvania, OH; several nieces and nephews and her loving grand dog, Abby.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Pearl M. White.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The Simpson family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque (especially Nurse Elizabeth & Lisa), Dr. Sullivan and his nurses Loralee and Tabitha and friend D.D. Bowman.

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



VernaMae Scherbring

VernaMae Scherbring, 85, of Dubuque and formerly of Petersburg, Iowa died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home (750 12th Ave SW) in Dyersville where a parish scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. John O'Connor.

VernaMae was born on October 3, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Ernst) Hingtgen. She married Paul Scherbring on April 29, 1988, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2010. VernaMae enjoyed playing cards, bowling, puzzles and cooking. She provided in-home care for the elderly.

Survivors include her 2 sons: Frank (Jeanie) Marshall of Bernard and Rich Watson of Dubuque; 3 daughters: Pam (fiance Randy Reinhardt) Schmitt of Dubuque, Patricia Scales of Highland, WI, and Diane Colson of Linden, WI, 22 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, siblings: Norma Greve, Lorraine (Jack) Salwolke, Mary Ehlers, Lavern (Grace) Hingtgen; in-laws: James (Janice) Scherbring of Colesburg, IA, Myra Rausch of Dyersville IA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul, 2 children: Carol Jean Marshall and Gregory Allen Watson, 2 grandchildren: Monroe and Robin Colson, 1 great granddaughter, Hannah Harwick, siblings: Raymond (Helen) Hingtgen, Bernice (Larry) Vize, Mildred (Bob) Stecklein, Norman Hingtgen and Duane (Janet) Hingtgen;in-laws: Ray Ehlers, Joseph "Jr." Greve, Urban and Fritz Scherbring, Eunice Scherbring, Florence Scherbring, Joseph Rausch.

The Family of VernaMae would like to offer special thanks to Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Cindy Brooks, the staff at Finley Hospital and Jessica Ehlers.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Annabel D. Wilberding

Annabel D. Wilberding, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Bethany Home in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Annabel was born on June 7, 1929, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of August and Hilda (Schroeder) Thor. She married H. Kenneth Wilberding on June 8, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2011.

Annabel enjoyed camping, fishing, garage sales and bingo. She was very proud of her seven children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include seven children, Sue (Tom) Bowers, of Austin, Minnesota, Cathy (Dick) Burmeister, of Warren, Illinois, Dan Wilberding, Janet Judy and Marty (Laura) Wilberding, all of Cuba City, Joe Wilberding, of Livingston, and Robert (fiancee, Sandra Armstrong) Wilberding, of Cuba City; a brother, Stanley Thor, of Hazel Green; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ivyl Brand; and two brothers, Walter and Quinten.

An Annabel D. Wilberding Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the nurses and staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving care.

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



Verna M. Diers

Verna Mae Diers, 84, of New Vienna, Iowa died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home, Edgewood, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home (750 12th Ave SW) Dyersville, Iowa where a vigil service will be held at 9:30 a.m.  Visitation will also be held from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate. 

Verna Mae was born on January 9, 1930 in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Rolfes) VonHandorf.  She married James Diers Sr. on October 4, 1950 in Colesburg, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Colesburg on the home farm. 

Survivors include her 3 children: James (Janet) Diers, Jr., Robert (Debra) Diers and Kay (Jim) Jones, all of Colesburg; 7 grandchildren: Jessica (Mitch) Kirby, Jason Diers, Jared (Amanda) Diers, Heidi Diers, Amanda Diers, Jake Jones, Ike Jones; 6 great grandchildren; siblings: Lou Ann (Kenneth) Brown, Donald (Jean) VonHandorf, Lester (Nancy) VonHandorf all of Colesburg, Marilyn (Roger) Schrunk of El Toro, CA, in-laws, Jeanette (Conrad) Tegeler of Manchester, Jerry Ellerbach of Holy Cross and Eunice Diers of Colesburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James in 2013, in-laws: Alice (Edward) Rausch, Joan Ellerbach, Anna Mae (Edmund) Steffen, and Paul Diers.

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

 



Lisa A. Hammer

Lisa A. Hammer, also recognized as Trixie Kitsch, age 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:28 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2014, at home, after a brief illness. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave. A time of open speaking will be provided after the services at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave.

Lisa was born on February 12, 1961, in Dubuque, daughter of David and Audrey (Lowe) Hammer.

Lisa was a wonderfully unique woman. She was a voracious reader, published authoress and painter. Lisa's mind was vividly colorful, she had an encyclopedic memory powered by a quick, whip-smart intelligence. Lisa had many interests including music, art, writing and criminal law. She was kind and caring, artistic, loyal, generous and diplomatic. Lisa appreciated so many aspects of life, especially the simple things, such as laughter, love, music, dancing, beauty and witty cleverness in any form. She had a wickedly wonderful sense of humor that could reduce an entire room full of people to uncontrollable laughter. Lisa's spirit will be remembered and cherished for decades to come.

Those left to cherish her memory include. her father,
David (Carol) Hammer, Dubuque, IA; her sister, Julie (Paul Bly) Hammer, Iowa City, IA; her brother, David (Mary) Hammer, Denver, CO; 3 nephews, Graham Bly, Max and Sam Hammer, Denver, CO; and her loyal canine companion Rupert and her cat Dorothy.

Lisa was preceded in death by her mother Audrey Hammer.

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

 



Richard L. Krepfle

Richard L. Krepfle, 92 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Funeral Services will be 1 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends 11:30 am till service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, with military honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born June 12, 1921 in Elkport, Iowa, the son of Jacob J. and Pearl (Cordelia) Krepfle. He enlisted in the US Army-Air Corp during WW II, serving 1942 - 1945, where he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Good Conduct Medal. Richard married Iola M. Hansel on November 24, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri, she passed away on November 28, 2009. Richard was a Machinist for Sieg's in Dubuque retiring in 1980. They built a home in Bella Vista, Arkansas and moved there in 1981, and returning to Dubuque in 1999.

Survivors include his children; Roger (Phyllis) Krepfle and Sandra (Thomas) Finn all of Dubuque; 4 grand children, Mark (Sally) Krepfle, Kelli (Tom) McArdle, Shaun (Lesley) Finn and Michele (Douglas) West; 8 great-grand children, Amanda Donath, Melissa and Michelle Krepfle, Jackson, Benjamin and William Finn, Taylor and Austin West; great-great grandchildren, Shemar and Ryder; brother, Ralph (Elma) Krepfle; in-laws, Carmen Palmer, Betty Hansel, and Jean Maehl and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iola, a granddaughter, Carolyn; and a sister, Mary Alice.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Tom Schriver for your care of our father.

Service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Rick L. Even

Rick L. Even, 44, of Hazel Green, Wis., formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, Feb. 22, at Resurrection Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Gary Mayer. Visitation will be 5 pm to 8 pm Friday, Feb. 21, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.; additional visitation will be 9:30 am until Mass time on Saturday at the Church. Graveside Service will be 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Mary - Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, Wis.

Rick was born June 9, 1969 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Donald and Sharon (Goffinet) Even. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1987, where he participated in football, baseball and golf. Rick worked for Heartland Financial in the Computer Operations Department as an assistant manager. He enjoyed music, spending time with his wife and family, especially during the holiday season. Rick was an avid Hawkeye, Chicago Bears and L.A. Dodgers fan. He also enjoyed playing golf and listening to music. He married Kimberly Faherty on Dec. 4, 2009. They have two dogs, Tinker and Kya, who will miss him greatly.

Survivors include his wife, Kim; parents Sharon and Donald Even of Dubuque; siblings Dan (Jean) of Anamosa, Dennis (Michelle) of Bettendorf, and Doug (Lori) of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Shirley Faherty of Platteville, Wis.; brother-in-law Jeff (Kelly) Faherty of Platteville, Wis. He is also survived by three nieces, four nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Alberta Goffinet and Leo and Loretta Even; his father-in-law, Francis X. Faherty; an infant brother, Joseph; and an aunt, Mary Jane Harris.

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

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

 



Scott A. Potter

Scott A. Potter, 57, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 surrounded by his family. He won his hard fought battle over cancer and is peacefully at rest.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Scott was born on May 22, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Elaine "Pal" (Lange) Potter. Scott was bound for greatness. He was never interested in taking the easy path and was confident to take the road less traveled. He was a proud American who served our country in the United States Army and bought local whenever possible, from his light bulbs to the numerous boots he wore thin. He was easy to get to know and always stood out in the crowd.

Scott met his wife and soul mate when Dawn was just 18 years old. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she would be his wife. They married on Nov. 5, 1983 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They spent 30 wonderful years together and had four children.

Scott excelled at just about everything and had numerous talents and hobbies. In high school he excelled at basketball and was also homecoming king at Western Dubuque. Scott became a proud member of the Knights of Columbus at the age of 18. He loved his Wednesday night KC bowling league where he bowled with his son Justin every week. He also loved to play cribbage and taught his daughters recently how to play. Scott loved to fix up old cars, and two of his favorites were his 49 Ford truck and his Mustang California Special. It wasn't uncommon to go to Scott's house through the years and see ten cars lined up or hear a wrench in the garage. He could drive anything, and one summer even drove a semi for the Colts drum and bugle corps. Scott also loved to hunt, but more importantly, he loved his close knit hunting family. Scott loved to share stories with his family and friends. He had a great laugh and was a gifted and animated story teller. Breakfast was Scott's favorite meal. Jorja's restaurant was the preferred locale due to the family style environment that Scott desired in every part of his life.

Scott was a visionary and a humanitarian. He loved helping others whenever he could. In 2001, Scott built the first Davis Place Apartment building, and this turned out to be one of his greatest achievements. He was humbled to lend a hand to those who were down on their luck. He would never take credit for helping someone back onto their feet, as they did the work themselves. He just wanted to make their journey back a little easier. He always said if he could help just one person a year, his efforts were worth it. The Davis Place grew into a family type of environment and community Scott cherished. Today, there are four Davis Place Apartment buildings housing 62 men.

Scott was always interested in creating jobs and stimulating the economy. His love of work and family were always intermingled. He always said the family that works together stays together, and working with Scott was always fun. Scott and his father Bill opened their first business, a Ford Dealership in Monona, IA called Potter's Ford, back in 1977. Scott's love of cars became even more deep seeded and the Ford Mustang was always his favorite. He continued the legacy of working with his family at the Davis Place Apartments, and as they began to develop the 500 block of Garfield, Davis Place Construction came into fruition. In 2011, Scott and Dawn opened the Hairport Salon, situated on the corner of Garfield and Johnson. Scott and Justin acquired BFM (Kieler Auto Mall) in 2012. In October 2013, Scott purchased Hess Brick. Scott always quoted the movie Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." Through the years, this quote runs true to his legacy.

Throughout his battle with cancer, Scott maintained his positive attitude and good humor. He believed in a miracle. He stuck to his routine and the harder things got, the harder he fought back. Scott's final days were spent surrounded by his family. He said that the support he received from family, friends, and the community was indeed a miracle.

Scott led an extraordinary life. His strength was only surpassed by his generosity and selflessness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He has said many times, "I don't know why people like me so much." Scott was motivated to leave his mark on the world. In all of his accomplishments, Scott always said that he left his greatest mark on the world long ago when he had his four children.

Surviving are his wife, Dawn; his children, Casie (Ryan) Pfohl, Hattie (Craig) Salmonson, Julita (Eldon) Schneider and Justin Potter; 5 grandchildren, Bailee, Cohen, Jedediah, Freyja, and Beau; siblings Holly (Len) Ronek, Cheri (Dar) Wagner, Laura Potter, Cindy (Ken) Runde, Bobbi (Kevin) Kratz and Jeanie (Don) Schiffer; sisters and brothers-in-law Diana Lenz and Angela (Tom) Wirzbach; many nieces and nephews; and a host-daughter, Angela Maguire.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Pal Potter; his brother, Bruce Potter; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Donna Davis; and brother and sister-in-law, Dan Breson and Sheryl Gill.

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

A Scott Potter memorial fund has been established.

Scott's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mayo Clinic, and Hospice of Dubuque, and our special nurse, Sherry. We will be forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, and the Prayer Warriors throughout Scott's battle. Scott always talked about writing a book, but he already lived the most amazing story that anyone could have written. "The moving hand writes and having written moves on." God Blessed Scott Potter.

 



Dianne M. Ellerman

Dianne M. Ellerman, 55, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 16, 2014. Funeral services will be 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a visitation from 2 to 7 pm. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Dianne was born February 4, 1959 in Dubuque, daughter of Wayne and Nancy (Grant) Ellerman.

Born in 1959, weighing 3.5 pounds, and severely handicapped, it would seem all odds were against Dianne. Through the fierce determination of Dr. Melgard, Grandma Clare, and especially her mom, Dianne defied all odds and grew to be a happy, productive, independent adult.

Dianne loved jigsaw puzzles, painting, sweets, the different seasons, snow globes, bright colors, flashing lights, soft fabric, and her twiddle rag.

She was blessed with two families. Her Ellerman family and her Concord group home family. Her Ellerman family included coming home for all holidays and Sundays, family events, and wandering around the yard at her leisure. She was a unique part of our family and will be greatly missed.

With her Concord family, she enjoyed day trips, boot scooting, camping at Albrecht Acres, yearly trips to St. Louis and dining out. She had a knack for sensing celebrations and was the first to decorate.

She is survived by her parents, Wayne and Nancy Ellerman; five siblings, Peggy (Mike) Fox of Dubuque, Connie (Scott Birkett) Johnson of Peosta, Dan (Lynn Kramer) Ellerman of Dubuque, Robert Ellerman of McGregor, and Carla Ellerman of Altoona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Katherine Grant and Joan Grant, and Carl and Clare Ellerman, and a brother, Kenny.

A Dianne Ellerman Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Joseph L. Melssen

Joseph L. Melssen, 83, of Dubuque passed away suddenly, due to a fall, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Fr. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6, and a Fire Fighters Honor Guard will be present. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Joseph was born May 15, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Hubert and Veronica (Miller) Melssen. He married Marlene Luber on May 21, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque

He served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Post #6, and the Veteran's Freedom Center. In 2012, he was privileged to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Joseph was employed as a fireman for 41 years on the Dubuque Fire Department. He was also employed part-time at Turnquist Carpet Co. and IWI Motor Parts. Joseph was proud of his service as a firefighter, and was very connected to his fellow firefighters.

He was an avid Packer fan and also enjoyed the Cubs. Joseph was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Parish, where he served as an usher and volunteered regularly, hammer in hand.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marlene, of Dubuque; his children, Mike Melssen of Henderson, N.V, Diane (Scott) Kieffer of Dubuque , Mark Melssen of Dubuque, and Mary Jo (Rick) Jaeger of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Matt, Brianna, Emily, and Marisa; five great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Luber of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, John "Hans" and Anna Luber; his granddaughter, Lindsey Jaeger; three brothers, Ray, Gerald, and Elmer Melssen; and two sisters, Marie Hutchison and Helen Welu.

Memorials may be made to the Veteran's Freedom Center in Dubuque.

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



Althea G. Bauer Freiburger

Althea G. Bauer Freiburger, age 91, passed away at 2:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, IA, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Althea's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. and in the Church Hall at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, IA, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, IA.

Althea was born on November 5, 1922, in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Andrew and Gertrude (Miller) Petsche.

Althea lived in North Buena Vista for 40 years before moving to Dubuque. She married Joseph Bauer on August 17, 1942. He preceded her in death in September 11, 1979. She later married Merlin Freiburger on June 12, 1982, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2005. Althea was employed as a telephone operator for 3 years and was Postmaster in North Buena Vista for 23 years until her retirement. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, the Power of Prayer and the Post Office Retiree Association. In her spare time Althea enjoyed volunteering at church, flower gardening and crocheting.

Althea is survived by, her children, Leon (Donna) Bauer, Kieler, WI, Francis (Brenda) Bauer, Cassville, WI, Kenny (special friend Karen) Bauer, Sherrill, IA, Linda Hogan, Holy Cross, IA, Julie Johnson, Sacremento, CA, John (Patti) Bauer, Holy Cross, IA,
Ed (special friend Michele) Bauer, Dubuque, IA, Mary (Dan) Jacobsen, Dubuque, IA, Laura (Tony) King, Fairview Heights, IL, Andy (Pam) Bauer, Dubuque, IA, Tim (Dawn) Bauer, Des Moines, IA; her 28 grandchildren; her 48 great-grandchildren; her 6 great great-grandchildren; her siblings, her twin sister, Angela Farnum, Prairie du Chien, WI, Donna (Bill) Steger, Dubuque, IA, Judy (Joe) Kramer, Muscatine, IA, Marvin Petsche, Scales Mound, IL, Harland (Jeanine) Petsche, Epworth, IA, Virdus "Bud" (Nancy) Petsche, Peosta, IA, Robert (Mary) Petsche, Peosta, IA, David (Mary Jo) Petsche, Hazel Green, WI; her sister-in-law, Arline Petsche, Dubuque, IA.

Althea was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Bauer, her husband, Merlin Freiburger, a daughter-in-law Linda Bauer, a grandson, Wayne, a granddaughter, Jodie, a great-grandson, Nicholas, a sister Patty in infancy, her brothers, Elroy, Leon and Wilbur, sister-in-law, Erma Petsche and a brother-in-law, Bill Farnum.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tracy, and her special friend Vernon Auderer for all their loving care of Althea.

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

 



Richard E. Green

Richard E. "Dick" Green, 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, Feb. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 7 p.m. scripture service will be held. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Grand Mound, Iowa.

Richard Edward Green was born on Jan. 7, 1935 in Grand Mound, Iowa, to Elmer Albert and Rosemary Rita (Feldpausch) Green. He grew up in Grand Mound and attended St. Joseph's High School in DeWitt until 1953. He then served his country in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Susan Jane Drury on Feb. 23, 1963 in Grand Mound, Iowa.

Dick farmed most of his life, and most recently drove vehicles for Burnett Theil Ford.

Dick was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and the Jackson County Extension Board. He had been a member and past president of both the Jackson County Fair Board and the Jackson County Pork Producers.

Dick enjoyed rodeos, livestock auctions, people watching and polka music. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Dick's memory include his wife, Susan Green, of Maquoketa, IA; children Penny (Corey) Roeder of Dubuque, IA, Rick Green of Maquoketa, IA, Loren (Lisa) Green of State Center, IA, and Todd (Tracy) Green of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Vernon Green, of Bettendorf, IA; and 4 grandchildren, Clayton, Madelynn, Abigail and Morryah Green. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leroy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School in Maquoketa.

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

 



Virginia M. Massey

Virginia M. Massey, 88, of Dubuque died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, where there will also be a visitation Friday from 9:30 until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Virginia was born Nov. 24, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of George and Helen (Miller) Gilligan. She married Edgar Massey on June 15, 1946 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2002.

Virginia worked as a clerk at Hartig Drug for many years. She and her daughter Janis had a spot at Dubuque Farmers Market for many years, where they sold various handmade crocheted items. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

Virginia is survived by two children, Michael (Robbie) Massey of Decatur, Ala., and Debra Massey of Dubuque; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janis Baack.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Virginia Massey Memorial Fund.

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



Robert B. Mentzer

Robert B. Mentzer, 93 of Dubuque passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 following the service at the church. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born on Feb. 12, 1921 in Rolfe, Iowa, the son of Oliver and Amelia (Miller) Mentzer. He attended Loras College in Dubuque and worked at the Telegraph Herald for 44 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1946.

He married Arlene Koeff on Aug. 30, 1941 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Arlene; children JoAnn (Fred) Capps of Scottsdale, AZ, Barbara (Ron) Kennedy of Dubuque, Cathy (Pat) Crippes of Davenport, Iowa, Mary Rita Price of Glen Ellyn, IL, Linda (Greg) Dodds of Davenport, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ronald Mentzer and Kenneth Mentzer; his sister Katherine Ann Reilly; and a granddaughter, Becki Ann Price.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Manzell, Dr. Rom and nurses Rachel, JoAnn and Alyssa for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Marvin J. Theisen

Marvin J. Theisen, 69, of Holy Cross died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his residence after a sudden illness.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where the Catholic Order of Foresters will recite a rosary at 4 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home prior to mass.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by Scherrman-Peterson American Legion Post 656. 

Marvin was born on August 13, 1944, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the son of George and Mary (Wolf) Theisen.  He served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1965 - 1971.  Marvin was an ambitious, hard working man with many talents.  He had a tremendous memory for remembering the past.  Together with his brother they farmed just outside of Holy Cross and they cut, sold and delivered firewood over a wide area.  Marvin enjoyed visiting, playing cards and spending time with his entire family.  He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include 2 sisters: Helen Hildebrand and Agnes (Ed) Wille, both of Holy Cross, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, including a great great niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister in infancy, a brother, Joseph in 2013, and a brother-in-law, Robert Hildebrand.

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

 

 



Michael P. Kehoe

 

Michael P. Kehoe, 69 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. at Luther Manor.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Gabriel Anderson, to celebrate Michael's life,  the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the church prior to Mass.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Michael was born February 1, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Helen (Koester) Kehoe.  He attended St. Joseph the Worker grade school and Walhert High School . He was employed at Finley Hospital for 24 years.

Michael is survived by three sisters; Judy Dolter of Dubuque, Patty (Gerald) Richard of Dubuque, and Pamela (Lee) Brandes of Cave Creek, Arizona; sister in-law, Anita Kehoe; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Kehoe, his sister, Jane Kehoe, brother in-law, David Dolter and a niece, Denise Dolter.

Memorials may be for St. Joseph the Worker or Hospice of Dubuque in Michael's memory.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Viner for all his care of Michael, and also to Luther Manor, Mike's home for almost 20 years..

Service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Viola E. Boelk

Viola E. Boelk, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. with Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Viola's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola was born on July 23, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Francis C. and Barb (Birkel) Stant.

Viola was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She married Kenneth Boelk at First Presbyterian Church in 1958. Viola was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon. In her free time she liked playing slot machines, attending baseball games and going on family vacations.

Viola is survived by, her husband of 56 years, Kenneth Boelk, Dubuque, IA; her children, Thomas Boelk, Dubuque, IA, Timothy (Annette) Boelk, Farley, IA, Tracy (Bob) Wildermuth, Dubuque, IA, Tarry (Jim) Prine, Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Wildermuth, Cooper and Carlie Boelk, Brandon Prine; her siblings, Sandy (Sam) Spencer, Dubuque, IA, Bill (Karen) Stant, Dubuque, IA.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Schreiber, the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they provided Viola.

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

 



Melanie Wild

Melanie "Lonnie" Wild, 102, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.  Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Fr. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate.  Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. 

Melanie was born June 18, 1911, in Stockton, IL, the daughter of Fred and Louise (Krug) Schmid.  She was educated at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Dubuque.  She married Leo P. Wild on October 14, 1939 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 3, 2007. She was employed as a seamstress for Rider-Wallis Co. and the Glover Co. for several years, until she began to raise her family.  Lonnie enjoyed many things, including flower gardening, and watching the New York Yankees and golf on television. Lonnie's true joy was in her family.  She was always interested and involved in all that went on with each child, spouse, grandchild, and great grandchild. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Robert (Anita) Wild of Dubuque, and their children,  Bob (Nickie) Wild of Scotia, NY, Bill (Maggie) Wild of Milwaukee, WI, and Valerie (Adam) DiMundo of Wauwatosa, WI, her son Eugene (Karen) Wild of West Des Moines, IA, and their children  Kristi (Doug) McCune of West Des Moines, IA,  Kelli (Paul) Sheppard of Des Moines, IA and Kati (Matt) Wagner of West Des Moines, IA, her daughter, Elaine (Craig) Stockel of St. Catherine's, IA, and their children Chad (Jennifer Pautsch) Stockel of St. Louis, MO, Neil Stockel of Dubuque, and Lisa (Jason) Lueken of Asbury, IA;  and 13 great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, Lonnie was preceded in death by six brothers, Leo, Steve, Matt, Hans, Andy, and Eugene Schmid; and two sisters, Lucille Schmid and Margaret Brewer. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. John Whalen; and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their loving care of Lonnie. 

Memorials may be made to the Melanie "Lonnie" Wild Memorial Fund. 

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

 



Bernice A. Maneman

Bernice A. Maneman, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 17, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Bernice was born on March 29, 1927 in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Helen (Machler) Hinderman.

She married Harold A. Maneman on June 25, 1946 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Cuba City. Bernice and Harold loved traveling and went on many bus trips. She had visited every state in the U.S. except for Alaska and Louisiana.

Along with being a wonderful homemaker, Bernice was employed at Xavier Hospital until it closed and at Mercy Hospital until her retirement.

Bernice was an avid card player, especially euchre and loved being around her family. She will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Terry (Cathy) Maneman, Sara (Russ) Walske, and June (Jerry) Stecklein, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Keri Robinson, Jeffrey (Sonda) Maneman, Nicholas Maneman, Matt (Tonya Hancock) Walske, Jill (Brian Carpenter) Walske, Erin (Mark) Hefel, Amy (Kyle) Phillips, Adam (Catherine) Stecklein, and Allie Stecklein; and 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister,  Jean (Chuck) Williams, of Mantachie, Mississippi.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and siblings, Art, Clara, Ervin, Donald, Frank, Howard and Irma.

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

Bernice's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Dubuque Retirement Community.

 

 



Mary J. Mastroeni

Mary Jeanne Mastroeni, age 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:20 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014, peacefully at Stonehill Care Center after a brief illness. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 17, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St. with Rev. Paul Ouderkirk officiating. To celebrate Mary Jeanne's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary Jeanne was born on July 31, 1920, in Cuba City, WI, daughter of Arthur G. and Bertha C. (Fiedler) Splinter.

Mary Jeanne attended Saint Rose School, graduated from Cuba City High School and then attended the Groves-Barnhart School for Secretaries in Madison, WI. After working for Attorney J. W. Murphy in Cuba City for a period of time, she returned to Madison. In Madison, she worked under Federal Civil Service at Truax Field where she supervised a unit in the bookkeeping department at the 63rd Sub Depot Supply. While in Madison she married Master Sgt. Emil A. Mastroeni of Stambaugh, MI on October 7, 1944 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison, WI. The Rev. Joseph Splinter, uncle of the bride, officiated at the ceremony. After her husband returned from military service they moved to Dubuque, IA, where she was employed at Montgomery Ward Company for 20 years until her retirement. In her spare time Mary Jeanne enjoyed traveling, working with computers, making things with her computerized sewing machine and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.

Mary Jeanne is survived by, her daughter, Sharon Ann (Fred) Brunkow, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Douglas A. (Jennifer) Brunkow, Mundelein, IL, Lori Lynn Brunkow, Dubuque, IA, Daniel J. (Amy) Brunkow, Ankeny, IA; her great-grandchildren, Jordan Brunkow, Ankeny, IA, Peyton Brunkow, Ankeny, IA, Sidney Brunkow, Mundelein, IL, Colby Brunkow, Ankeny, IA, Camden Brunkow, Ankeny, IA, Courtney Brunkow, Mundelein, IL; her nephew, Stephen A. Sydebotham, Wisconsin.

Mary Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Emil, her sister, Ursula "Sue" Sydebotham, her 3 brothers, twin brothers in infancy and Robert J. Splinter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, Sr. Mary Agnes, Sr. Marillyn and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, for all of the wonderful care they gave Mary Jeanne.

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

 



Dominic R. Bradley

Dominic Ray Bradley, infant son of Bobbie Staskal and Damien Bradley of Maquoketa, was stillborn on Monday, February 10, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

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

Dominic Ray Bradley is survived by his parents, Bobbie Staskal and Damien Bradley of Maquoketa, IA; maternal grandparents, Evie and Matt Redling of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandmother, Jolynne Walter of Oxford Junction, IA; maternal great-grandparents, Roger and Deb Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Bonnie Turner of Richmond, KY, and Lin Redling of Maquoketa, IA; and paternal great-grandparents, Rosemary and Elmer Shoaff of Oxford Junction, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Gary Redling.

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

 



Dan E. Gantenbein

Dan E. Gantenbein left the hand of his sweet bride of 43 years, Jan and took the hand of his Savior Jesus into eternal life as his family surrounded him through his battle and he finally won victory over cancer. His battle is won and he is with Jesus- finally healed for eternity.
The celebration of Dan's life will begin on Friday from 3pm-8pm at Hope Church continuing Saturday at 10am, also at Hope Church.

Dan was born June 27, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Don and Lois. He graduated from Senior High in 1969. He married his high school sweetheart, Jan Schmalz, on August 1, 1970.

Dan's first job at age 14 was for Mulgrew Blacktop where he worked until 1978 then worked 30 years for Koch Materials, but his most favorite job was being the "caretaker" at Medline Industries until his illness forced him to retire in June of 2012.

Dan was so incredibly loved by his family and friends. "Papa's pool" was built so his grand babies, his family and friends could fellowship and spend time together. It was known that if the garage door was open the pool was open. That legacy will continue. He lived every day as if it was his last...he spoke truth and hugged all those he came in contact with. Dan had a sweet life growing up in an awesome family and met his bride Jan at Senior High when they were 15 and 16 and were together ever since.
The real joy of his life started when he went to a retreat weekend and made a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. From this moment he truly lived free...his uncontainable love was now followed up by the Holy Spirit and he was unstoppable with Jesus as his Lord. Dan and Jan went on to start a CRW, Christian Retreat Weekend. This was now where Dan was serving his mission and God ordained purpose. Using this ministry God worked through Dan and Jan to restore marriages and many others were led to Christ. From that it grew into Marriage Ministries and very special small groups with even a poolside wedding. The pool is known as a sweet place of fellowship and is not only a gathering spot for amazing conversations and fun, wrinkled fingers and toes, laughter and splashing of kids and cuddles for babies, but there will continue to be huge work being done for Jesus. There were baptisms being performed as people professed their love for our Savior. God gave us the gift of this place and allowed us watch Him transform lives.

We never lost hope that Dan would be healed this side of Heaven and prayed continuously for that miracle. That was not God's plan but we know he is healed and without pain now. In that moment, as he was face to face with his Savior, we know he heard the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." 

Surviving are his wife Jan of 43 years, his children Tami (Bob) Jansen and Matty Gantenbein; 10 grandchildren, Derrick Jansen, Brittani (Tony) Zammit, Alexa Danielle (Steven) Priske, Caden Jansen, Tanner, Issabella, Camden, Emma, and Holden Gantenbein, and Alexis Smothers; a sister Linda (Tim) Maas, sister in law Sherri (Dan) Herber, brothers in law David (Linda) Schmalz, and Don (Mindy) Klein, and some very special nieces and nephews. His family extended way beyond blood and there were hundreds who called him Papa.

He was preceded in death by his amazing, loving parents Don and Lois Gantenbein who taught him first the many lessons that helped him become the beautiful man he was. His free spirited, fun loving brother Matty, father and mother in law Howard and Sally Schmalz and brother in law Larry Schmalz.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the body of Christ who were Jesus' hands and feet not only to him through this four year battle with pancreatic cancer but also to all of us; Jen Duehr and Kristina Heinzen from Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care and kindness; our wonderful neighbors Doris and Mike Hayes and family for the endless ways they helped us; and our beautiful Medline family for the many ways they loved us and allowed me to be home and care for our caretaker.

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



Barbara J. Runde

Barbara J. Runde, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at home. She fell victim to cancer, but not without as they say, "giving it a go!".

A Celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, at the Lutheran Church of Peace, 1345 N. Water St., Platteville, WI. Rev. Jeff Pedersen will officiate. Come and celebrate Barb's life from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Mingle with friends and family and view many pictures that tell the story of Barb's amazing life.

Barb was one of those special people who not only made acquaintances but made FRIENDS. (The deep rooted kind. The ones that pass the test of time.) Friends made from the places she worked like Brown Publishing, Carlisle Communications, McCullough Creative Group, and Mercy Medical Center (her dream job). Friends from her best buds in high school, card club, waterski club, those she met while working ski patrol at Sundown, Festival of Trees, the Pink Ribbon, and those who made the trips to Big Sky, Montana, her favorite place to vacation.

For those of us left behind, her partner and significant other, Steve Gorius, his daughter and son, Stephanie Herrig and Chad Gorius, her mother, Mary Runde, her sister Pam Adams, her nieces, Molli Adams and Brandi Runde, her brother-in-laws, Brent Riemer and Randy Adams, and her dog, Shadow, we will miss her.

Barb is now joined with those who preceded her; her best friend and sister, Pauline Riemer, her father, Bernard Runde, and her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Barb's family would like to extend a special thank you to all the family and friends who offered their prayers, comfort, and support through the past months.

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



Alfred E. Barth

Alfred E. Barth, 93, our much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. at the church, Saturday until time of services. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

Alfred was born on September 24, 1920 on the family farm in Key West, Iowa. The 8th child of 10 to Emil Jacob and Mary Josephine (Gerlach) Barth.

He married Marie A. Thoma, on September 22, 1943 at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, Iowa. They moved to Dubuque in 1945. He then went to Des Moines, Iowa with Homer Butt to receive his Real Estate License. Al and Jules Hansel were partners for many years. He retired in 2011.

His final days were spent surrounded by his family who's lives he had touched in many cherished ways.

Those left to treasurer his memory are, his wife Marie of 70 years, three children; Darlene (Sidney) Blum, of East Dubuque, IL, Janice (Oliver) Kringle, of Dubuque, Iowa and James (Rusty) Barth, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His grandchildren: Timothy (Julie) Fetzer, of Dubuque, Kimberly (Gerald) Johnson, of Adel, Iowa, Steven (Brandie) Seay, of Dubuque, Katherine (Bobby) Giers, of Des Moines, Riley Barth, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Andrew Barth, Iowa City, Iowa. Seven great grandchildren; Nicholas, Matthew, and Lauren Fetzer, Cameron and Nathan Johnson, and Justin and Kyle Seay. His sister-in-law Mary Kay Barth, of Belmont, WI and many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, and was the last surviving of his nine siblings; Katherine (Frank) Dunne, Anne Barth, Florence (John) Muenster, Henry (Irene) Barth, Gertrude (Joseph) Kilburg, George (Irma) Barth, Helen Kowalske, Edna (William) Thoma, Paul Barth. Nephews, Emil J. Barth and Joseph R. Thoma.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries, and the special nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center 3 West for caring for dad in his last days. Also we will never forget social workers, Sue Houselog and Diane Klein for their compassion and guidance.

In lieu of flowers an Alfred E. Barth memorial fund has been established.

Our hearts are filled with memories which we gathered through the years. All the happy times we shared are treasured souvenirs.

"See you in the movies" Grandpa



Lourine M. Diamond

Lourine Marie (Thibadeau) Diamond of Dubuque, 93, joined her husband, relatives, and friends at that big party in heaven on Monday, February 10, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 2 pm, Friday, February 14, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 pm - 8 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with a 3:30 pm, scripture service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Mrs. Diamond was born on the family farm in Delhi, Iowa on July 12, 1920. She was a member of her high school basketball team in high school and played in the state tournament. Her junior year she was named the 4H Most Healthy Girl in Iowa and was awarded a trip to the Iowa State Fair. Lourine was on the Declamatory Team and won first place in the humorous division. She loved acting and was in ten plays. Fun Fact: She could recite the alphabet backwards. Lourine graduated from Delhi High School in 1939. After graduation she stayed at the YWCA in Dubuque and was employed at Diamond's Cafeteria where she met her Prince Charming, Francis, the boss's son and it was love at first sight. During WW II Lourine also worked at Farley & Loetcher while Francis served in the army at Pearl Harbor. Francis and Lourine married on January 14, 1947 and were happily married for 53 years.

Lourine loved to give parties. Every family birthday, holiday, and special occasion was a big event. Lourine knew how to have fun and her guests always had a great time. She baked chocolate birthday cakes for her friends with her secret ingredient, a mashed banana. Lourine and Francis took Arthur Murray dancing and were excellent ballroom dancers. She wrote the most entertaining Christmas letters for more than 50 years and had two articles published in Julien's Journal. She corresponded on her laptop throug he-mail. Lourine made her weekly visit to Hallmark and sent cards to all her friends for every occasion. She will be remembered for her outrageous laugh which brought a smile to everyone's face.

After Diamond's Cafeteria was sold, they purchased The Glenview Motel where they met many salesmen who became family friends. Later, Lourine was a hostess at Mr. Steak, a hostess a Bishop's Cafeteria, and a greeting card representative at Zayre Department Store. Lourine was a longtime member of the Catholic Mother's Club, a member of St. Columbkille Church and currently, a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her two daughters, Darlene (Howard) Steffen of New Vienna, Iowa and Diane Diamond of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Lourine was the proud grandmother of Sarah Diamond Steffen of Weatherford, Oklahoma. Surviving are 6 nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Lourine was preceded in death by her husband Francis on April 26, 2000, her parents Mary (Cavanaugh) and Bert Thibadeau, her sisters Anna Jane Reed and her husband Ray, and Yvonne (Bonnie) Kramer and her husband Leon and her brother Bertrand Thibadeau and his wife Doreen.

The Diamond family would like to thank Mary, her caregiver, for taking such good care of Lourine. Lourine loved to "run" and Mary was so kind to take her wherever she wanted to go. We appreciated all the kind nurses and doctors at Mercy and Finley Hospitals. Thank you to all who took care of Mrs. Diamond at the Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center. She enjoyed the new friends she made there, especially Jane, Dorothy, and Rita whom she ate her meals with each day. A special thanks to her wonderful relatives and friends who made her so happy with their visits when she needed them most. Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque who helped the family through a very difficult time.

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

 



Mary I. Tully

Mary Isabel (Foley) Tully, 83, of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at her winter home in Peoria, Ariz.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Church of the Nativity, where there will be rosary recited at 12:30. Rev. Scott Bullock will officiate. Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mary was born on Oct. 29, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of William and Mary (Berg) Foley. She attended Saint Columbkille's School and Church, where lifelong friendships were made.

Mary married Eugene "Gene" Tully on June 14, 1952. She worked alongside of Gene as the Executive Assistant for his business. Mary was a longtime member of The Church of the Nativity, and a member of the Rosary Society.

Surviving is her devoted husband of 61 years, Gene; and their children, Patrick Tully (Sonia Choquette) , Gene (Jane) Tully, Mary Beth Tully, Katherine Tully, Kenneth (Peggy) Tully, Roger Tully, Greg (Marisol) Tully and Ellen (Dan) Trilk; and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Tully. Mary and Gene's beloved grandchildren include Sonia and Sabrina Tully, Briana (Jim) Cushman, Mikaela (Justin) Foust, Laura Tully, Benjamin Schramm (fiancé Darianne Dobbie), David Schramm, Michael Walsh (fiancé Katie Rhomberg), Lucas and Elizabeth Tully, Jena Gruber, Joshua Tully, Quinn and Charles Trilk, Jacob (Katie) Tully, and Lauren Tully. Also surviving are her two sister-in-laws, Rose and Rita Foley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Gerard and Dennis Tully; brothers, William, Joseph and Patrick Foley; and a sister-in-law, Patsy Foley.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mary Isabel Tully Memorial Fund to benefit the Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, and Hospice of Dubuque

Mary and family would like to thank the many angels who were among her, especially her beloved relatives and friends; and her health care professionals, including those from Hospice of Dubuque and Hospice of the Valley.

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

 



Charles W. Muehlemann

Charles Werner Muehlemann, 73 of Dubuque passed away on February 9, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

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

He was born on July 24, 1940 in Madison, WI the son of Werner and Dorothy (Whiting) Muehlemann. He worked at Dubuque Packing Company which was later Farmland in Dubuque for 40 years.

Among the survivors are four daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, two brothers and his special friend Jane Kemler of Dubuque.

 



Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith, 71, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Nativity Catholic Church, with Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Nativity Catholic Church, with a prayer service at 2 p.m.

Ron was born July 7, 1942, in Benton, WI, son of Orrin and Rita (Swift) Smith. He married Jan Donovan on April 7, 1961 at Church of the Nativity, Dubuque.

Ronald was a member of the first graduating class of Wahlert High School, Dubuque.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works and worked for Jack Thompson in his early years. He later founded Ron Smith and Son's Construction Company in 1976. He also founded Smith Cabinet Works, Smith Home Gallery and Smith Mill Works. He loved his work and was especially proud that he could work with his family.

He was a member of Nativity parish, City of Dubuque Planning and Zoning Commission, Iowa State Home Builders Association, Dubuque Home Builders Association, and was involved in Habitat for Humanity.

Ron was a number one Hawkeye fan, was a big supporter of Catholic Education, and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Jan, of almost 53 years, of Dubuque; his children, Tammy Smith, of Dubuque, and her son Justin, and his son, Carter; Ron (Annette) Smith, of Dubuque, and their children, Anna, Will and Abby, and her daughter, Reese; Tim (Amy) Smith, of Dubuque, and their children, Olivia, Colin and Charlie; Shelly McDermott, of Avon, Indiana, and her children, Conor, Austin, and Courtney; and Gerb "Craig" (Amy) Smith, of Dubuque, and their children, Logan, Summer, and Peyton; sisters, Colleen (David) Hamilton, of Plano, Texas, Pat Smith, of Aliso Viejo, CA, Carol (Dan) Smith, of Marion, IA, Ellen Eihausen, of Fort Collins, CO, Laurie Smith, of Fort Collins, CO; and a brother, Orrin (Nancy) Smith, of Coggan, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Godwin.

In lieu of flowers, a Ron Smith Memorial has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the ICU Department at the University Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, especially Kelly, Natalie x 2, Nick, Lydia, Megan and Jeri. They also wish to thank the many friends and family for all the love, concern and support shown the family. We are truly humbled.

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, is in charge of arrangements.

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



Ann Welsh Straub

Ann Welsh Straub, 93, of Dubuque, died of natural causes Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Dubuque, with the Rev. Mark Ressler officiating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann was born Oct. 2, 1920 in Epworth to Vincent and Mary (Hamilton) Welsh. She attended Mercy School of Nursing. She married Dr. Joseph John Straub on May 29, 1943 in Clinton, Okla., where he was stationed in the Navy. Ann worked as a nurse with her husband at his practice.

Joseph and Ann loved to travel and saw the world together. Ann was an active member of the community and served on several boards including the Visiting Nurses Association. She was the past president of Medical Auxiliary and an avid volunteer and fundraiser for Mercy Hospital, the Dubuque Museum of Art and Stonehill Care Center.

Ann, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, was abundantly blessed with a wonderful family and many dear friends. Her prayers are with all of you. She promised.
Surviving her in death are three children Mary Ann (Robbin) Burns of Waterloo, Dr. John (Connie) Straub of Farmington, Conn., and Michael (Peggie) Straub of Frankfort, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Bridget (Jeff) Maxwell, Heather Burns, Meg (Michael) Needham, Brian (Agata) Burns, Emily Straub, Dr. Benjamin Straub, Matthew Straub and Jonathan Straub; six great-grandchildren, Patrick and Mary Grace Maxwell, Isabella and Zachery Needham and Marta and Stanislav Burns; and sister Elizabeth Kelly of Palatine, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Mary Eileen and Geraldine Levelle; and brothers-in-law Robert Straub and John Kelly.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Richard K. Blume

Richard K. Blume, 77 of 6838 Route 52 South, passed away Sunday February 9th, 2014 at Unity Point Health- Finley Hospital after a sudden illness.

Per his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Online condolences can be made at www.leonardfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Heart Association.

Richard Kenneth Blume was born on April 16th, 1936 to C. Kenneth and Marlys (Inglett) Blume in Caledonia, MN.

On December 23rd, 1956 he married Bonnie Josephine (White) Blume.

He served 4 years in the United States Air Force after which he started at John Deere Dubuque Works where he retired after 30 years.

Richard enjoyed camping, gardening, helping his son with the family business (especially visiting with their customers), animated stuff animals, and spending time with his family.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Bonnie, five children; Mark (Kim) Blume, and their child Rickey, of Nebraska, Darcey (Tom) Fairfield, of Connecticut, Scott (Karoly) Blume, and their children, Ashley (Garrett) Stephens, and Austin Blume, of Dubuque, Robert Blume, and his child, Amanda Blume, of Bellevue, and Todd, and his children, Sheena, Shelley, Ryan, and Grace Blume, of Dubuque; and 4 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; C. Kenneth and Marlys Blume.

Richards's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Karin Loukenin (his "Guardian Angel") and Dr. Hillard Salas for their excellent care over the years, as well as the excellent staff and caregivers of both Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.

 



Christopher J. Feldman

Christopher J. Feldman, age 59, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, at 8:50 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Chris' life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Chris was born on August 8, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, son of Elmer J. and Madonna M. (Conlon) Feldman.

Chris married Christine Kuhl on August 17, 1974, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. Chris served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1976 as a Military Policeman. He then served with the National Guard for over 12 years. Chris was employed as a Sheriff Deputy for the Dubuque County Sheriff Department for 22 years until his retirement in 2000. After his retirement he owned and operated White Bear Services for 8 years. He was a founding and active member of the ITOA. Chris was lastly employed at I.C.S Merrill as an investigator. Chris enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Chris is survived by, his wife, Christine Feldman, Dubuque, IA; his 3 children, Lee (Julie) Feldman, Trish (Kasey) Jansen, Sara (Jordan) Albertsen, all of Dubuque, IA; his 4 grandchildren, Emily Feldman and Carlee, Lyla and Norah Albertsen; 8 siblings, Robert G. Feldman, Thomas M. (Kathy) Feldman, Karen S. Feldman, Linda K. (David) VanDusseldorp, New Windsor, IL, Phillip J. (Deborah) Feldman, Joan M. (Clarence) Handke, Paul A. (Jammi) Feldman, Nikki J. (Ron) Paar, all of Dubuque, IA; many nieces and nephews; his "mean old aunt", Dorothy McCarthy, Dubuque, IA; his "2nd mom", Nancy Gourley, Dubuque, IA.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents.

A Christopher J. Feldman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Althea J. George

Althea J. George, 94, of Bellevue, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 5, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Althea's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Althea Jane Gnade was born on April 4, 1919 in Andrew, Iowa, to Henry and Anna (Hankemeier) Gnade. She attended Jackson County country schools and then Andrew High School. She married Max Campbell in June of 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1965. She married William "Bill" George on May 20, 1972 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Althea was a homemaker and had farmed with her first husband prior to his death. She then worked at Hamilton's Department Store in Maquoketa from 1965 to 1971. Upon her marriage to Bill, they moved to Davenport for eight years, and then retired to Bellevue on August 28, 1984.

Althea attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue and had been a member of the Country Community Guild. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing. She was a talented seamstress who dressed her daughters impeccably making and designing their clothes when they were younger. She was a great cook, and a family historian.

Those left to honor Althea's memory include her husband, Bill George of Bellevue, IA; a daughter, Shirley (Rev. Dr. Jack) Reents of Ocala, FL; 3 step-children, Clyde, Douglas and Mary Jo; 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Max, a daughter Janet, 2 brothers Lloyd and LeRoy Gnade, 2 half-brothers Harold and Bill Gnade, and a half-sister Emelie Diesing.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Althea J. George memorial fund has been established.

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

 



June L. Siegert

June L. Siegert, 92, of Peosta, died peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the home of her daughter with her family at her side.

In keeping with June's wishes, a private family gathering will be held.  The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

June was born on July 25, 1921 in Epworth, Iowa, the daughter of John and Viola (Leaven) Walser.  She married Arnold F. Siegert on July 26, 1939 and together they farmed for many years in the Asbury and Peosta area.

June was an excellent cook and baker who will fondly be remembered by family and friends for her apple pie and lemonade served under the willow tree.  In addition to her farm work, she enjoyed her large garden which supplied fruits and vegetables for many meals.  Preparing elaborate dinners was one of June's passions, you never left her house hungry or without a "care package" in your hand.  June also loved planting flowers, which was evident when you passed by her house and saw the red geraniums on the porch and the bright pink petunias lining the driveway.  She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family fiercely and would always put other's needs before her own.  June was proud to live on her beloved farm and was able to do so until shortly before her passing. She was an anchor to her family and will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Surviving are her children, Judith Siegert of Temecula, CA and Sandra (Jim) Regan of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Jeff (Helena) Regan, Jodi (Jim) Watters and Greg Regan; six great-grandchildren, Anika, Winnifred, Veronica, Pippa, Eli and Elliot; her sisters, Vera Gates and Betty Leibold, both of Temecula, CA; and her furry companions, Lucky and Biff.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband Arnold; brother Donald Walser and sisters Margaretta Walser and Donna Mae Moore.

June's family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, particularly Dawn, for their kindness and support.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002 or the June L. Siegert memorial fund, c/o 22605 Starview Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001.  

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

 



Louise A. Ries

Louise A. Ries, 95, of New Vienna, Iowa, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the new Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a scripture service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. Carl Ries will preside with Rev. John O'Connor and other priests of the Archdiocese concelebrating.

Louise was born Jan. 22, 1919, the daughter of Ernest and Catherine (Steffen) Goebel on a farm near Luxemburg, Iowa. She married Arthur A. Ries on Oct. 14, 1940, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near New Vienna for 50 years and then retired in New Vienna in 1990. Louise loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, music and dancing. Louise was a lifelong faithful member of her church.

Survivors include her 11 children: Fr. Carl Ries of Charles City, Judith Ries of New Braunfels, TX, Nancy Ries of Downers Grove, IL, Larry Ries of Dubuque, Susan (Steve) Shirk of Wilton, Doris (Al) Wessels of Dyersville, Dale (Karen) Ries of New Vienna, Barbara Ries (Stan Radio) of Omaha, NE, Donna (Dan) Drexler of Bettendorf, Sandra (Mike) Ries-Wandrey of Ankeny, and Connie (Dennis) Deutmeyer of Rye, NY; 27 grandchildren: Kristine, Matthew, Eric, Timothy, Lillian, Grace, Ben, Katie, Brian, Zachary, Jacob, Shalyn, Peter, Michele, Hannah, John, Luke, Abigail, Olivia, Eleanor, Anastasia, Joshua, Jordan, Jessica, James, William and Joseph; and 17 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters-in-law: Bertha Goebel of Dubuque, Loretta Brunsmann of Dyersville, Bernice Gassmann and Alma Brunsmann, both of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Catherine Goebel, her husband, Arthur in 2011,
9 siblings: Martha Lechtenberg, Irene Block, Othilda Sherman, Helen Hatch, Raymond Goebel, Eugene Goebel, Leander Goebel, Larry Goebel, Virginette (Thier) Hosch; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A Louise A. Ries Memorial Fund has been established and memorials are preferred. Memorials may be directed to St. Boniface Church, Hospice of Dubuque, Oak Crest Manor or the charity of the donor's choice.

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



John H. Leibold

John H. Leibold, 76, of East Dubuque, passed away Saturday afternoon, February 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith, Rev. Daniel Tranel and Rev. James Chappell concelebrating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Per John's request, there will be no public visitation.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

John was born in East Dubuque on April 25, 1937, the son of John N. and Rosalie (Rierdon) Leibold.  He married Carol A. Lolwing on June 18, 1960 at St. Francis De Sales Church in Hazel Green. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2012.

John was affectionately known by his nicknames of "Snappy & Hammerhead".  He operated Leibold's 76 Gas Station for over 30 years.  After selling the gas station he became a licensed realitor in Galena, having last worked for Preferred Properties. John was a hard worker and left a lasting impression on many people. He and his wife Carol loved to travel.  John enjoyed making kettles of soup for his grandchildren and friends.  He was known for working hard and playing hard.  John was a member of St. Mary's Parish.  He loved gardening, growing melons and was known for his tomatoes.

Surviving are his children, Laurie (Darreyl) Sedbrook and their children, Christa, Kayla and Cody of Rosemont, Minnesota; John (Jennifer) Leibold, III and their children, Margaret, Annie, Jack, Katherine and George of Sarasota, Florida; Gary (JoEllen) Leibold and their children, Gunnar, Abbie, Shawna and Garrett of East Dubuque, and Troy (Jackie) Leibold and their children Will and Lauren of Dubuque, Iowa, three brothes, Jim (Mary Lu) Leibold and Paul (Mary Jean) Leibold, both of East Dubuque; Val (Goody) Leibold of Aurora, Colorado; three sisters, Margaret "Mag" Buse and Alice (Don) Pettit both of Dubuque; and Sheila (Jim) Meyer of Dyersville, Iowa, in laws, Ardelle "Toots" Leibold of East Dubuque; Elaine (Denny) Rath of Dubuque and Bob Schmitt of Denver, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents John & Rosalie, his wife Carol, a son Bradley Joseph and infant Leibold, a granddaughter, Kelly Marie Sedbrook, four sisters, Linda Leibold, Helen Droessler, Kate Temperley and Roseann Schmitt, two brothers, Peter Leibold  and Philip "Flip" Leibold, and two brothers-in-law, Ed Droessler & David Buse.

 



Ceatta L. Mann

Ceatta "Samm" L. Mann, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Ceatta on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the Sherrill, Iowa, United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Ceatta Louise Pitka was born on August 4, 1942, in Montezuma, Iowa, to William Legion and Treva Eileen (Hicks) Pitka. She was a 1960 graduate of Atlantic High School and later received her Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees from the University of Iowa. She married Fred Mann in 1964.

Upon receiving her Master's Degree in 1981, Ceatta moved to Maquoketa and took a job as a social/case worker with the Department of Public Health and Human Services until retiring in 1999.

Ceatta enjoyed music above nearly everything else, and she passed that love on to her children. In addition to singing, she also played piano, clarinet, and guitar. She was a great fan of all music, but most especially Broadway show tunes. Though her memory was, at times, somewhat faulty, she could always sing the complete lyrics to any number of classics. Ceatta adored her grandchildren. She enjoyed food - mostly dessert. When Ceatta lived in Maquoketa she was a staunch supporter and fan of the Maquoketa Lyons Little League team. Ceatta was a former board member of the Maquoketa Education Fund and past member of the Austin Avenue Band.

Those left to honor Ceatta's memory include her children, Rick (Rina) Mann of Kennesaw, GA, and Ann Elizabeth (Jon) Salesberry of West Des Moines, IA; her mother, Treva Pitka of Atlantic, IA; 2 grandchildren, Mathew and Cadance Salesberry; a sister, Melody Winter of Montevideo, MN; a brother, Bill (Ann) Pitka of N. Augusta, SC; and three nephews and a niece. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, H. James Pitka.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are appreciated and may be made to the Maquoketa Education Fund through the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

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



Father John F. Paar

Father John F. Paar, age 84, passed away to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, Alta Vista St. To celebrate Father Paar's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, Alta Vista St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Father Paar was born on May 12, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late John Arthur Paar and Mabel Anna Blodgett Paar.

Educated at Loras Academy and Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; St. Mary's Seminary/University, Baltimore, MD; and at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Father Paar was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque on May 29, 1954.

In the Archdiocese of Dubuque he held positions at the Archdiocesan Chancery at St. Joseph's Church, Waterloo; as Founding Principal and an Executive Coordinator of Columbus High School; St. Thomas Church, Ames, as Academic Dean of St. Joseph College; in Jensen Beach, FL; as a Founding Associate Headmaster of Palmer-Trinity Preparatory School, Miami, FL. He was a member of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Committee and the Priests Senate.

After suffering a massive heart attack in Florida, Father Paar remained a resident of the south, he was associated with the Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Systems in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. In later years he was a consultant in Behavioral Health Accreditation. He also assisted at St. Thomas More Church, Boynton Beach, FL; St. Anthony's Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and at St. Edward's Church, Nashville, TN.

In his later years Father Paar still volunteered wherever he was needed and he loved to enjoy his morning coffee and breakfast with his many friends at the Green Hills and Centennial McDonald's.

Left to cherish the memory of this kind, gentle, and loving man, his faithful friend Jack Herd, his devoted cat Kenny, and other friends who all loved him very much.

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

 



Mona L. Hanley

Mona L. Hanley, 84, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 09, 2014.  

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 13, at the Church of the Nativity, with the Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. The rosary will be recited at 10 a.m., Thursday at the Church by the Nativity Parish Rosary Society.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 p.m.  

Mona was born February 11, 1929, in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of Michael (Mick) and Mae (English) Carr.  She married John "Doc" Hanley on September 15, 1951, at St. Patrick Parish, Garryowen, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2007.

Mona attended high school at St. Patrick's in Garryowen, Iowa. She was a graduate of the Mercy School of Nursing in 1950. She later received her BSN from the University of Dubuque.

Mona worked as a nurse at St. Joseph's Sanitarium.  She later taught psychiatric nursing at Mercy Hospital. Mona was an instructor of medical surgical nursing at NICC where she taught for 17 years.

Mona was a Eucharistic minister at St. Anthony's. She was also a member of the Serra Club, the Loras College LAFF (Life After Fifty Five) Group and the Luther Manor Auxiliary.

Mona loved and adored her triplet grandchildren Kate, Jack & Will. They were blessed to have Grandma Mona grace their lives.

Surviving are her sons, Bob (Sandy) Hanley and Dave Hanleyboth of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Kate, Jack and Will; six siblings, Shirley McCullough, Bob (Rosie) Carr, Barb (Dave) Setter, Chuck (Eileen) Carr, James "Skip" (Judi) Carr, all of Dubuque, and Ron (JoAnn) Carr of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Michael; brother-in-law Del McCullough and a special friend, Robert Curoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Mona Hanley Memorial Fund.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to friends, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins who were so helpful and kind to Mona during her illness. The family would also like to thank the staff at Luther Manor Retirement Community and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and concern for Mona.

 



Barbara M. Zahren

Barbara M. Zahren, 85, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Barbara was born on August 15, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Marie (Thimmesch) Bott.

She graduated from the Visitation Academy and was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

On November 24, 1951 she married Robert Zahren at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 27, 2013.

For many years Barbara gave her time to volunteering at the concession stands at sporting events at Senior High School. In 1990 she was presented the Rams Booster Club Service Award for outstanding dedication and service.

She always looked forward to going on lunch dates, shopping trips, and loved family outings with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Barbara was a kind, giving and wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her children, Mike (Pam) Zahren, and their children, Amy (Jeff) Pfeiler, Corey (Jenny) LuGrain and Kaycee; Carol (Clifford) Wyatt, and their children, Shavonne and Jalessa; Judy (Mike) Kalb, all of Dubuque; six great- grandchildren, Olivia, Ella, Grace, Addison, Nick, and Jack; her brother, William Bott; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her twin brother, Robert Bott.

A Barbara Zahren memorial fund has been established.

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

Barbara's family would like to extend a special thank you to the 3rd floor nurses, cardio vascular unit nurses, respiratory girls, and Janine at Mercy Hospital.

 



Helen E Winger

Helen E. Winger, 96, of Dubuque died Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road with funeral services following at 3 pm.

Helen was born April 6, 1917 in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Clyde and Carrie (Mumford) Lutes. She married Carl Digman in 1958 in Milwaukee, Wisc., he preceded her in death in 1960. She married Arthur Winger Sr. in Dubuque, Iowa in 1969, he preceded her in death in 1981.

One of her great joys was being a long time member of the Salvation Army Church and the Lady Home League of the Salvation Army. Easter was her favorite holiday and she enjoyed making homemade jellies and bread and doing needlework.

She is survived by a son Jon (Bonnie) McAllister of Vancouver, Washington and their children; a step son Jerry (Pat) Winger of Dubuque; many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by a daughter in law, Mary Ann Winger.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, two sisters, three step sons, Art Jr. and his wife Rosemary, George and his wife Marion, and Neil Winger, and a step daughter, Veda Bastian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. C. Sinsky and Roling, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for their wonderful care.

 



Daniel G. Federspiel

Daniel G. Federspiel, 47, of Peosta, died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at Holy Family Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Jack Kissling and Rev. Michael Phodosky presiding. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet in Key West immediately following the service. Friends and relatives of Dan may call from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a prayer service will be held 12:45 p.m.

He was born July 5, 1966 in Dubuque, IA, son of Loras and Rita (Kress) Federspiel. He graduated with high honors from Cascade High School in 1984. He was united in marriage to Lisa Francois on Oct. 4, 1991 at St. Joseph's Church in Key West.

Dan built a business from the ground up and was the proud owner/operator of many Fed-Ex Ground Routes. He was a member of Holy Family Church. He was an incredibly generous man, who never left the house without a hat or bottle of diet pepsi. He was an avid Chicago Bulls fan.

We was a devoted husband and loving father who always put his family first.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lisa; three children, Matthew, Michael and Danielle; his parents, Loras and Rita Federspiel; siblings John (Gloria) Federspiel and Laura (Matt) Foust of Bernard, IA, and Jodi Federspiel of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Peg (Tom) Meyers, of Durango; father-in-law Jim (Jane) Francois of Cantril, Iowa; brothers-in-law Jim (Nancy) Francois of Mitchellville, Iowa, Tim Francois of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jeff Francois of Round Lake, IL; his step-brothers and sisters-in-law, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Vera Federspiel and Louis and Sylvia Kress, and his uncle, Chuck Kass.

The family wishes to thank all the first responders, especially Sherriff Deputy Dan Kearney, for their quick response, care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers a Daniel Federspiel memorial fund has been established for his children.



Steven M. Nadermann

Steven M. Nadermann, 59 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away on Monday February 4, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Committal services with full Military Honors by Dubuque Marine Corps League will be at 11 Am Friday at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Entombment will follow. Friends may from 9 am to 10:30 Am Friday at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Steve was born on October 5, 1954 in Dubuque the son of Leo and Dorothy (Lattner) Nadermann.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked at a number of jobs during his life, most often as a general laborer and enjoyed roofing the most. He also enjoyed playing Euchre and dearly loved his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his brother Gary (Debbie) Nadermann, of Dubuque, two sisters Sue Ellen Finn, of East Dubuque, IL, and Julie (John) Callahan, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandmother Mary Ellen Lattner, and a brother-in-law Richard Finn.



Monica Ihrig

Monica Ihrig, 88, of Monmouth, Iowa, died on Tuesday evening, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Monica's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Mary Monica Smith was born on Nov. 23, 1925 in Otter Creek Township, Jackson County, Iowa, to Edward J. and Bridget (Curtis) Smith. She first went to Jackson County country schools and then attended Davenport schools and lastly Maquoketa schools. She married Walter Henry Ihrig on Feb. 6, 1947 at North Garryowen Catholic Church.

Monica had first worked for Cedar Memorial Hospital in Maquoketa as an aide and then for the John and Ann Robinson family as a caretaker and housekeeper. Upon her marriage to Walter, she became a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the rural Emeline area.

Monica was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church at Temple Hill and the Emeline Ladies Aid. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Monica's memory include her husband, Walter Ihrig of Monmouth, IA; sons Jim (special friend Helen Keeney) Ihrig of Baldwin, IA, and Bill (Carol) Ihrig of Monmouth, IA; a brother, Alfred (Margie) Smith of Bella Vista, AR; a sister, Agnes (Jack) Hinz of Maquoketa; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 6 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Mary Caroline Kampass and Patricia Wallace.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the Wendt Cancer Center at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

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



Dolores Maggio

Dolores "Dee" Maggio, 82, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque, conducted by Rev. DeWayne Teig. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.
Additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Dolores was born, Nov. 5, 1931, the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Thorson) Beohm in Greeley, Iowa. She married Michael G. Maggio on July 12, 1952 at Nativity Catholic Church; he passed away on Feb. 7, 2002 after 49 wonderful years with Dee.

Dee worked for Brown Publishing for many years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Dee loved gardening, flowers, playing cards and being with her friends and family. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and was a collector of anything FROGS.

Survivors include her children, Kimberly A. (Don) Meyer of Dubuque, Michael F. (Patti Lochner) Maggio of Dubuque, Jeffrey T. (Sherry) Maggio of San Diego, CA, and David J. (Anna) Maggio of Taos, New Mexico; 6 grandchildren, Amanda (Jason), Jeffrey, Mark, Zachary, Marissa, Alexandria, and Natalie; and a sister, Sherry Ann (Wilbur) Busch of Marion, IA.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Michael G.; and her son, Craig L., in 1985.

The family would like to thank Dr. Moore and Dr. Janes at Medical Associates, the staff at Mercy Health Ceneter, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of her friends for their care and support during this time.

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

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



Louis W. Cox

Louis W. Cox, age 94, of Bloomfield, Conn., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2014 in Bloomfield, Conn.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa, at 11 am, where visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa, where there will be a flag presentation by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Egelhof, Siegert &Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on August 10, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late Thomas J. and Winifred V. (Morgan) Cox. He was married to his loving wife, Helen, for nearly 62 years when she predeceased him in March of 2010.

After working with the Civilian Conservation Corps for several years, he spent more than 4 years in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he met Helen at the local fairground on July 4, 1946 while working at Wonder Bread in Davenport, Iowa. They married while he was pursuing his degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. After Lou graduated from Iowa State in 1951, they moved to Delaware and he began a long career with DuPont in the Design Division of the Engineering Department. Except for a brief stay in Lawrence, Kansas for 12 months in 1957-1958, he remained in Delaware until 2011. In his last years, he enjoyed the company of friends and the wonderful, caring staff at the Caleb Hitchcock Community at Duncaster in Bloomfield, Conn., as well as weekly visits from a special cousin, Marjie McGinnis of Granby, Conn.

Lou was a devout Catholic and member of St. John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington, Del., for almost 60 years, and will be remembered as a wonderful husband, dad, brother, uncle and friend. In retirement, he became a prolific writer, producing hundreds of poems and short stories that have been and will be enjoyed by his family and friends for many years to come. He was also an avid music lover, often singing to his favorite swing and big band songs.

He is survived by his children, Dr. Michael Cox and his wife Beth of Oregon, Wis., Roberta Luby and her husband Bob of Windsor, Conn., Mark Cox and his wife Cindy of Aiken, S.C., Mary Lou Hassall and her husband Steve of Kennett Square, Pa., and his seven cherished grandchildren, Benjamin Cox of Madison, Wis., Thomas Cox of Minneapolis, Minn., Brian Luby and Jessica Luby of Windsor, Conn., Laura Cox and Leigh Ann Cox of Aiken, S.C., and Kyle Hassall of Kennett Square, Pa. Lou is also survived by three of his eight siblings, Thomas Cox of Dubuque, Iowa, Paul Cox of St. Paul, Minn., Dick (Donna) Cox of Peoria, Ill., and sister-in-law Dorothy Cox of Madison, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lou's memory may be sent to the Duncaster Resident's Association, c/o the Thanksgiving Fund, 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

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



Mary A. Sisler

Mary A. Sisler, 88, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday Feb. 1, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary was born on Nov. 12, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Maro) Meyer. She married Donald Sisler, Sr. on Sept. 2, 1946 in Dubuque. She was employed at Sears in the credit department and as a sales clerk for over 30 years.

Mary graduated from St. Joseph Academy, where she was an outstanding basketball player and class president. She remained an avid sports fan, watching every game or sports event possible on TV. An excellent cook and baker, she will be remembered for making dozens of varieties of Christmas cookies and candies. Gardening was also a favorite pastime. Friends and family alike reaped the benefits of her tomatoes and her famous salsa. The most cherished memory of her will be her devotion to her six grandchildren, her sweethearts, who will miss her dearly.

Surviving are her husband, Don, and children Bette Sisler of Eagan, Minn., Don (Mary Kay) Sisler, Jr. of Dubuque, and Jack (Laurie) Sisler of Chicago; six grandchildren, Sarah Sisler, Mark (Melissa) Sisler, both of Chicago, Laura (Frank) Ahlbach, of Dubuque, Jake Sisler, Kevin (Kellen) Sisler and Ellie Sisler, all of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.

A Mary A. Sisler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

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

 

 



Paul L. Gearheart

Paul L. "Catfish" Gearheart, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Howard Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Paul was born June 26, 1923 in Lancaster, WI, the son of Clifford and Lillian (Kress) Gearheart. He married Lorraine Sudol Schlitter on November 24, 1955 in Wisconsin.

Paul was raised on the family farm in Beetown, WI. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company from 1946 until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Local Union #150.  After his retirement, Paul worked part-time doing lawn care.

Paul enjoyed being outdoors, and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed camping and hunting. He loved to travel with his wife, Lorraine, and they visited every state, including Alaska. He was a very social person, and enjoyed attending "social hour" at the Iowa St. McDonalds and the Asbury Hy-Vee.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lorraine, of Dubuque; his children, Connie Allen, Larry (Mary Jo) Gearheart, and Daniel (Yolanda) Schlitter, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; his special niece and nephew, Daryl Garner of Florida, and Kathy Michel of Dubuque; and his special animal friend, Dooniekitty.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sharon Gearheart Krier; his infant son, Earl Gearheart; his son in law, Steve Allen; his sister, Myrtle (Reuben) Garner; and his granddaughter, Vicky.

Memorials may be made to the Paul L. Gearheart Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Longo; Hospice of Dubuque; Finley Hospital, and the staff at Sunset Park Place for their care of Paul; to the staff at Asbury Hy-Vee for their friendship; and to Paul's neighbors for all their help over the years.

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



Charles J. Davidshofer

Charles J. Davidshofer, age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:20 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. To celebrate Charles' life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles was born on August 25, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Josephine (Jungk) Davidshofer.

He married Velma Mae Maas on May 5, 1951, at Holy Ghost Church. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2003. Charles started his career as a radio operator in the army, and continued it when he was discharged. Charles was a radio engineer for KDTH for 26 years. He then started another career and retired from the Interstate Power Company in 1989. Charles enjoyed gardening and his flowers. He loved nature, bird watching, playing Euchre, dancing and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Charles is survived by: his 8 children, John C. Davidshofer, Portland, OR, Cathy A. Ludwig, Dubuque, IA, Anita M. (Craig) Vanderah, Prior Lake, MN, Margaret R. "Peggy" (Mike) Flanigan, Beaverton, OR, Mary L. (Tom) Schmitt, Liscomb, IA, Donald J. Davidshofer, Mt. Holly, NC, Elizabeth R. "Liz" (Ken) Keiter, Olathe, KS, Janice L. Andersen, Goldfield, IA; 18 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Velma and his siblings, Harlan, Gilbert, Ruth and Anita Davidshofer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and CNAs on 3rd floor at Stonehill Care Center for all of their wonderful care of Charles.

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

 



Raymond O. Pregler

Raymond O. Pregler, 87, of Dubuque, went to his heavenly home Friday, January 31, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mass will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, February 3, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service.

Raymond was born June 19, 1926 in Dubuque, the oldest son of Roy and Marie (Welu) Pregler. He married Marie L. Schneller on April 19, 1947 at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa.

Ray was a member of St. Joseph the Worker, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post #6 and the UAW Local 94. He served in the Army from 1944-1946 in the cavalry in the Philippines and Japan. He retired in 1987 from John Deere Dubuque Works after thirty-nine years as a set-up man.

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, carpentry, and forty-plus years with his card club. His pride and joy was his cottage at Spechts Ferry entertaining family and friends.

Ray is survived by the love of his life for sixty-six years, Marie; his six children, Patty (Ken) Schmitt, Ray "Butch" (Sue Hird) Pregler, Dennis (Cathy) Pregler, Nan (Steve) Herrig, Pam (Joe) Charland, and Wendy Sue (Bob) Jochum; thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way; his brother, Dan (Elaine) Pregler and sister-in-law Virginia Pregler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Richard and sister Marie (Kendall) Day.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker, Hospice of Dubuque and the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Katie G., Lisa, and all the volunteers from Hospice of Dubuque.

Ray was special person with a great sense of humor. His wife and family meant everything to him.

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

 



Kimberly A. Muntz

Kimberly A. (Klaas) Muntz, 47, of East Dubuque, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the scripture prayer service will be said at 12:45 p.m. and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Kim was born on April 23, 1966 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Todd B. and Karen A. (Roth) Klaas.  She was a 1984 graduate of East Dubuque High School.  Kim was formerly employed at Thermo-Fisher in Dubuque and lastly at Hirschbach Trucking Company in East Dubuque.

She enjoyed reading, spending time with family & friends, and country line dancing.

Surviving is a son Alex Muntz, her mother Karen Roth, two brothers, Kenny and Kevin Klaas all of East Dubuque, her special significant friend Dan Irwin of Stockton, Illinois, her grandparents Dorrance & Edna (Metzger) Roth of East Dubuque, her aunt & uncle Connie (Clarence) Weber of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends, Dee & Kevin Thomas, Shelley Koeller, and Colleen & Jeannie.

A Kimberly A. Muntz memorial fund has been established.

Kim's family wishes to give special thanks for the care provided to her at the University of Iowa Cancer Center, the staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community especially Alice and to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Megan for the wonderful care given to Kim.

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

Kim

"Our hearts will never mend, until we meet you again". 

Your Loving Family,

Mother (Karen), Brothers, Kenny & Kevin, and loving son Alex.

 



Joseph R. Thoma

Joseph R. "Joe" Thoma, 56 of Key West, IA died Thursday January 30, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center the result of a vehicle accident.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday February 4, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday February 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Joe was born on March 19, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of William J. and Edna (Barth) Thoma. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1975. He married Patricia Kuehn on January 19, 1980 they were married for 16 years and together they continued to raise their three children.

He worked the family farm in the Key West area all of his life. He enjoyed playing euchre, raising animals, and was an expert at getting people "worked up". He lived for hunting and spending time outdoors with his two sons Willie and Hunter. Joe was happiest being in the woods listening for his dogs to tree. He has given his kids the tools of life that they will carry in their hearts forever.

Joe touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was considered a father to many and had countless friends.

He is survived by his four children, Michelle (Carl) Carner, Emily (Tim Gosche) Thoma, Will (Tara LaMaack) Thoma and their mom Patti Thoma, Hunter Thoma and his mom Jacki Schilling. Two grandchildren Joseph and Charlotte and a third coming in June. His siblings; Gary (Diane) Thoma, Linda (Terry) Steuer, and Diane (Tim) Gile, his godchildren Mike Thoma, and Matt Steuer, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law Ron and Cookie (Keller) Kuehn.

In lieu of flowers a Joe Thoma memorial fund has been established.

 



Velma M. Koranda

Velma M. Koranda, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Velma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Velma Margaret Dorothy Kuehl was born on August 17, 1917 in Nashville, Iowa, to Herman and Emma (Durkop) Kuehl. She was educated at the Watson Country School in Jackson County and then attended Baldwin High School. She married Lumir Koranda on April 2, 1936. He preceded her in death on August 8, 1974.

Velma had farmed with her husband in the Monmouth area for 29 years. She then moved to Maquoketa where she worked for 29 years in the housekeeping department at the Jackson County Public Hospital.

Velma was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Maquoketa YMCA and had served as a volunteer for Maquoketa Community Services and the Meals-On-Wheels program.

Velma enjoyed babysitting, yard work, collecting baskets, dancing, and visiting with people. She especially loved spending time with her family and her dog Benji.

Those left to honor Velma's memory include her children Arnold (Sue) Koranda of Dade City, FL, Gene Larry (Barb) Koranda of Monmouth, IA and Connie Bonney of Delmar, IA; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, a daughter-in-law Bev Koranda, a son-in-law Kevin Bonney, and a grandson Dylan Williams.

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

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

 

 



Keith E. Vickery

Keith E. Vickery, 87, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Private Family Services will be held.

Keith was born on November 20, 1926 in Frankville, Iowa the son of Thomas and Clara (Waters) Vickery. Keith married Nancy Strief on March 8, 1957. He retired in 1994 from John Deere Works in Dubuque as Production Control Manager.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy; a daughter, Linda (Dan) Mashek of Eldridge, Iowa; 2 grandchildren, Elizabeth Mashek and Tom Mashek; and a sister in-law. Audrey (Robert John) Kufler.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.

 



Mary Rita Griffin

Mary Rita Griffin, 75, of Oak Park, IL and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2014.

Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, at Nativity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Scott Bullock will officiate. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Baldwin, IA. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Rita was born September 12, 1936 in Baldwin, IA, the daughter of Charles and Josephine (Kinsella) Griffin. She graduated from Clarke College in Dubuque, and went on to a teaching career in elementary education in Chicago, IL for many years.

Rita is survived by several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Dr. Gerald C. Griffin, Joseph Griffin, and Anthony Griffin. 

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

 



Lavern H. Willenborg

Lavern H. Willenborg, 89, of Dyersville, and formerly of New Vienna died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014, at the new Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. and a parish Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Lavern was born July 12, 1924 in Petersburg, Iowa, the oldest son of George and Frances (Noethe) Willenborg. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Greiner on January 22, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Earlville. Together they farmed west of New Vienna for 34 years. They then farmed north of Dyersville until 2009, when they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center. After Betty's death on November 11, 2012, Lavern moved into Oak Crest Manor.

Lavern was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church where he was an usher for many years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 1734 and the Fourth Degree Dubourg Assembly.

Lavern was a dedicated farmer all of his life, doing custom work and never losing his love for the land. He was a special deputy and also served as a Township Trustee in both Dubuque and Delaware Counties for many years. He also enjoyed making windmills, shelving units and barnyard fences for the kids.

Survivors include his three children: Judy (Ralph) Weber of Dyersville, Gary (Kathy) Willenborg of New Vienna and Joyce (Larry) Mormann of Worthington; grandchildren include, Julie (Mike) Streblow, Kristie (Cory) Heims, Deb (Ryan) Waterman, Al (Lynne) Willenborg, Jeff (Melissa) Willenborg, Brian (Kelli) Mormann, Sandy (Glen) Recker, Sara (Scott) Brimeyer, Brad (Allie) Mormann and Shelley (Mike) Barbour; Laura Willenborg's friend, Dan Pfab of Bernard; 28 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Gilbert Willenborg of Dyersville and Fred (Ruth) Willenborg of Bella Vista, AR; in-laws: JoAnn Greiner of California, Ethel Sperfslage of Independence and Eileen Bildstein of Earlville;

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; granddaughters: Marsha Willenborg in 1980 and Laura Willenborg in 2008, and great-granddaughter, Grace Mormann in 2007; sister-and-brothers-in-law: Mary Ann Willenborg, Lawrence Greiner, Dick Sperfslage and Henry Bildstein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Church.

We would like to thank the staff of Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of the care given to Lavern and our family.

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



Janann E. Reiter

Janann E. Reiter, 87, of Bethany Home, formerly of 721 O' Neill St., died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Funeral services will be 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Private family burial will be held at Linwood Cemetery.

Janann was born on April 22, 1926 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Harry W. and Elthear B. (Bensch) Duccini.

She graduated from Senior High School and on May 18, 1946 married Merlin J. Reiter at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2006 after 60 years of marriage.

Janann was employed as a bookkeeper at Borley Advertising and later at Scenic Valley Agency on Aging.

She was a former member of Third Presbyterian Church and a current member of GracePoint Church.

Janann thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Americlub and Emerald Club. She was also a member of the 62 plus Club. She enjoyed dancing, going out to lunch, and was an avid shopper with a sweet tooth.

Janann devoted her life to her family. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her concern for others outweighed her personal struggles and she loved unconditionally.

Surviving is her son, Kim (Susan) Reiter; 3 grandchildren, Tammy (Tim) Hubanks, Kimberly (Jody) Turner, and Andrea Reiter; 3 special great grandchildren, Jerod Hubanks, Sydnee Hubanks and Gavin Reiter- Turner.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and dear cousin Eileen (Art) Nagel.

In lieu of flowers a Janann Reiter memorial fund has been established.

More information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for their exceptional care of Janann throughout the years. Also a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Patricia A. Schaefer

Patricia A. Schaefer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Pat's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A gathering of family and friends will be held immediately following the service from 3 to 5 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center.

Pat was born on Oct. 3, 1945 in Chicago, Ill., to Walter and Wanda (Dziondziak) Ryan. She was raised in Chicago, graduated from high school and then attended nursing school. She married Hartmuth "Hardy" Schaefer on August 29, 1970 in Chicago, Ill.

Pat and Hardy lived in Chicago where she embraced family life with her husband and their children. In addition to raising a family she had also worked as an administrative assistant for several companies.

Pat and Hardy moved to Maquoketa and enjoyed their retirement while they established a wonderful circle of friends and participated in many community activities. Whether traveling, attending to her garden, or devising the next delicious meal, her love for life was apparent. Outgoing and happy, Pat touched many lives and made the world a better place along the way.

Pat was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa Country Club, YMCA, and was active in donating her time and talent to the Toys for Tots program and to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center.

Those left to honor Pat's memory include her husband, Hardy Schaefer of Maquoketa, IA; children Ron (Chris) Schaefer, Sr. of Maquoketa, IA, Terry (Jodie) Schaefer of Chicago, IL, and Cyndi (Mike) Czajka of Mt. Prospect, IL; 9 grandchildren, Samantha Kreiner, Charity Ives, Carolyn Schaefer, Ronald Schaefer Jr., Tim Schaefer, Rachel Schaefer, Danny Schaefer, Maddie Schaefer and Katie Czajka; 2 great-grandchildren, Caleb Kreiner and Mya Ives; and a sister, Jackie (and her life partner Bonnie) Ryan of Glen Ellyn, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rosemarie (Ray) Kozicz; and a foster brother, Danny Smyczynski.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Schaefer memorial fund has been established.

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



Joseph A. Imhof

Joseph A. Imhof, 93, of 1001 Assisi Dr., died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Marion L. Meyer

Marion L. "Maise" Meyer, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:55 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Heritage Manor of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 3, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maise was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William E. and Dorothy (Spofford) Schaefer.

Maise married Robert F. Meyer in June of 1954, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in August of 1987. She was employed at Younkers and JC Penney for 18 years until her retirement. Maise was a loving wife, mother and sister.

Maise is survived by her children, Greg (Barbara) Meyer, Enumclaw, WA, and Tim (Joan) Meyer, Cincinnati, OH; 6 grandchildren, Laura, Jessica, Andrew and Ben Tiffany, John and Megan Meyer; 2 sisters, Jeanne Weeber, Dubuque, IA, and Lori Grice, Santa Cruz, CA; a sister-in-law, Audrey Schaefer, East Dubuque, IL; and her son-in-law, Clyde Tiffany, Spicer, MN.

Maise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a daughter, Nancy Tiffany; 2 sisters, Rose Millard and Arline Harms; and a brother, Bill Schaefer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Heritage Manor for all of their wonderful care of Maise.

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



Rosemary J. Huber

Rosemary J. Huber, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at home of natural causes.

Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Jack Paisley will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Rosemary was born April 12, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Al and Anna (Hillard) Lucas. She married DeWayne "Red" Huber on March 5, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1984.

She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Women of the Moose.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Sheryl Clemen, Carole Hartman-Kubler (Bill Kubler), and Melody Barry, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Robert (Lisa) Frommelt of Guttenberg, Steven Frommelt of Phoenix, AZ, Lisa (Troy) Haley of East Dubuque, IL, Tina Hartman-Wilson (Mark Wilson) of Medford, OR, and Colby Elliott of Clarkesville, IA; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and her long time special friend Ronald Donatsch, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be made to the Rosemary Huber Memorial Fund.

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



Jerry A. Kennedy

Jerry A. Kennedy, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at home.

A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry was born Oct. 13, 1938 in Iowa City, the son of George Sr. and Lillian (Haigh) Kennedy. He married Joyce Redmond in 1958 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque.

Jerry served in the National Guard. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 47 years. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. He was an avid Hawkeyes fan. He also enjoyed bingo, going to the dog track, cards – especially euchre – and spending time at the Airport Inn. Jerry was an easygoing guy with a great sense of humor. He loved to tell stories, and was known as "the funny grandpa". He was also famous for his popcorn habit.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce, of Dubuque; his children, Mrs. Dee (Jay) Gross Kelley, Mrs. Tina (John) Campbell, and Mr. Steve (Johnathan Starko) Kennedy, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, John (Nicole) Campbell, Jeremy (Crystal) Campbell, Jessica Freeman, and Jason Gross; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan (Terry) Vosberg of Hazel Green, WI; and his brothers, Jack (Maylou "Moomie") Kennedy of Epworth, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman of Dubuque, and Terrance (Tammie) Gassman of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Milton "Skeets" Gassman; his son-in-law, Pat Gross; three brothers, Robert, George, and Jim (Deene) Kennedy; his sisters Juanita (Leo) Oswald and Jean (Duane) Langpimm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Jerry A. Kennedy Memorial Fund.

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



Elizabeth A. Kalb

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Kalb, 84, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at St Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at Egelhof Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where there will be a 7 pm. Parish Wake Service.

Betty was born on March. 29, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Irene (Bitter) Schiltz. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy where she learned to play and love basketball. Betty married John "Jack" T. Kalb on Aug. 29, 1953. Together, they had eight children.

Betty was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and homemaker. She enjoyed time with her family, weekends at the cottage, bowling, Iowa Hawkeye basketball games, and luncheons with life-long friends from Immaculate Conception Academy.

Betty is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jack; her children, Margie (John) Fisher of Kansas City, MO, Carolyn (Bruce) Braley of Waterloo, IA, Jean Kalb of Bettendorf, IA, Steven (Sharon) Kalb of Johnston, IA, and John (Deb) Kalb, Robert (Carol) Kalb, Elizabeth Kalb and Janet (Jeff) Kamentz of Dubuque, IA; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her brother, James Schiltz of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Irene; and a sister, Dolores Schiltz.

Betty was a gift from God. She will always be loved and missed by her family and all who knew her.

A special thank you to Dr. Schultheis, the staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care and support that they provided.

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



Leo Francis Cox

Leo Francis Cox, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesda,y Jan. 28, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Hutchins, SVD officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Leo was born on Dec. 3, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of James and Mary (Fagan) Cox. He is a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He married Dorothy Hutchins on July 20, 1949 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2006.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere Tractor works from 1943 to 1983. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local #94, Knights of Columbus 510, St. Vincent de Paul Society, American Legion Post #6 and served on the honor guard. He was an active member of St. Columbkille Parish, where he ushered and was a member of the choir. He sang with the Barber Shop Quartet and enjoyed hanging out with his friends at the Milk House and playing horseshoes badly.

He is survived by two daughters, Debbie (John) Gosen, of Dyersville, and Diane (Libier) Bermudez, of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Jessica Gosnell, Libier Bermudez Jr., and Alexjandro Bermudez; 2 great-grandchildren, Beckett and Keaton Gosnell; his sister, Betty Kenney; sisters-in-law Ruth Cox and Madelyn Connolly; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Carol) Hutchins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara; a son, John; brothers Jimmy and Donald; and a sister, Margaret.



Mary D. Wiegert

Mary D. Wiegert, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again from 10 A.M. to Service Time on Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary D. Armstrong was born on October 21, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Eldon and Edith (Peters) Armstrong. She was a 1957 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Laverne Wiegert on June 16, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 20, 1999.

Mary had first worked for the National Food Store for 5 years, and then at Jackson State Bank in Maquoketa as a teller and branch manager for 12 years. She had also worked at Hayes Bros. Dairy for 4 years as a dairy representative serving the counties of Jackson, Jones, Clinton and Dubuque.

Mary was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where she previously had served as a Sunday school teacher for 17 years, Bible school teacher for 2 years and 5 years on the Altar Guild.

Mary was dedicated to the Republican National Party and had been a past member of the Republican Governor's Association. She had received several honors and awards including Task Force Member of the Year, Customer Appreciation Award in 1999, Certificate of Merit in 2002 and in 2004 was nominated Businesswoman of the Year by the Republican National Committee. She enjoyed camping, traveling, movies and dining out.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include sisters-in-law, Alverda Beck of Preston, IA, and Rita Wiegert of Bellevue, IA; brothers-in-law, Albert "Junior" Wiegert of Maquoketa, IA, Harold Wiegert of Dubuque, IA, and Eldon (Sandy) Wiegert of Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

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

 



Aloysius J. Kemp

Aloysius J. "John" Kemp, Jr., 74, of Dubuque, Iowa , formerly of Bankston, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Friday January 31st at 10:30a.m, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery, Bankston, Iowa at a later date. Family and friends may gather on Thursday, 3:00-8:00 p.m. on January 30, 2014 at the funeral home.

John was born on July 8, 1939, in Dubuque , Iowa , son of Janet and Aloysius Kemp, Sr. He married Helen E. Wolf on July 2, 1960, at St. Clements Church, Bankston. John attended Loras Academy, Dubuque, farmed in Bankston, employed at Dubuque Packing Company, founded Kemp Trucking, and for recreation enjoyed playing his Outback Jack.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Kemp, children; David (Jean) Kemp, Vicky (Bruce) Ross, Philip (Adelina) Kemp, Elizabeth (David) Scharnhorst, Dennis Kemp, Pete (Chris) Kemp, Barb Boylen, Cathy (Cliff) Morgan, Rick (Becky) Kemp, 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his siblings; Paul (Sue) Kemp, Carol (Al) Bilgri, Loras (Connie) Kemp, Lois Denlinger, Wilfred (Alice) Kemp, Eugeneo (Jan) Kemp, Jim (Kathy) Kemp, Jean Ann (Mark) Parrett. Brother's-in-law Tom Felderman and Cliff Pfab.

He is preceded in death by 2 sons, Andrew and Edward, his parents, and sisters, Elaine Felderman and Janet Pfab.

The family would like to express their most heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends, and acquaintances who made John's journey in life rewarding.

 



Joseph R. FitzPatrick

Joseph R. FitzPatrick, 50, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at home.

Joseph was born on Dec. 4, 1963 in Dubuque, son of Patricia (Goffinet) FitzPatrick and the late Russell M. FitzPatrick.

Keeping with Joe's wishes there will be no visitation or services.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Patricia, and two sisters, Michelle (Michael) Campbell and Colleen FitzPatrick.

Joe's family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to: Dr. Kristi Chang (UIHC), Dr. Mark Herman & Tony Heiar (Dubuque Internal Medicine), Dr. Greg White (Dubuque ENT); and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa, also Stacy, Amy & Cindy for the wonderful care given to Joe.

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



Anthony A. Stock

Anthony A. "Tony" Stock, 36, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Jan. 24, 2014 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital of diabetic complications.

Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Friday, Jan. 31,at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Tom C. Shinkle officiating.

Tony was born on July 21, 1977 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of LuAnn Stock. Tony loved being a mechanic. He collected eagles and was a big Hawkeye fan.

He is survived by his 5 children, Audrey Ann Mann, Desiree Danielle Stock, Caleb Christopher Stock, Liberty Lynn Owens, and Madyson Marie Gosche; his mother, LuAnn Stock; and his sister, Vanessa Stock; also many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Helen Jean Stock; 2 cousins, Daniel Stock and Craig Stock; an uncle, Fulton Stock; and an aunt, Joyce Hines-Stock.



Roy K. Morehead

Roy K. Morehead, 91, of Cottonwood, Arizona, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Jan. 24, 2014 at his home in Cottonwood.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at a later date at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.

Roy King Morehead was born on April 18, 1922 in Jackson County to Howard and Frances (Sutton) Morehead. He married Eleanor L. (Sal) Penrose on Sept. 6, 1942. Eleanor died Feb. 3, 1987.

He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II from October 1942 to December 1945. Upon honorable discharge he joined his father-in-law in the True-Value Hardware store in Maquoketa, which he managed until his retirement in 1986.

Roy was active in local civic affairs, including: Chamber of Commerce (past president), Maquoketa Country Club, Lions Club and Jackson County Humane Society.

Roy enjoyed golf, horseback riding, traveling, reading and was a pro at home repair.

Those left to honor Roy's memory include two daughters, Keleen (Mrs. Jim) Johnson of Franklin, TN and Lovelyn (Mrs. Phil) Rasmussen of Wenatchee, WA; and a sister, Faye Bowman of Colorado; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to his family, Roy leaves a very special longtime companion, Barbara Etting, of Cottonwood, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, four brothers, three sisters and a grandchild.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to any area Humane Society of the donor's choice.

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



Betty J. Sweeney

Betty Jean Sweeney 78 of Key West, Iowa passed away on Saturday January 25, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until time of services at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on January 16, 1936 in McGregor, Iowa the daughter of John and Minnie (Follman) Rodenberg. She married William P. Sweeney on May 5, 1963 at St. Mary's Church in McGregor, Iowa.

Betty enjoyed spending time and traveling with her granddaughters, walking along the river, going to the Arboretum, watching Wheel of Fortune and doing word search puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, William P. Sweeney, two daughters; Debbie Fiacco, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Pamela Sweeney, of Dubuque, Iowa. Three granddaughters; Melissa (Matt Hamand) Fiacco, Kristen Fiacco, and Morgan Sweeney, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One brother Frank (Judy) Rodenberg, of Marquette, Iowa and a sister Lillian (George) Thornton, of McGregor, Iowa.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers a Betty J. Sweeney memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to convey their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center especially Dr. Andrea Ries, and Dr. Joseph Fuller for providing excellent care and comfort for Betty.



David B. Marx

David B. Marx, 52, of Dallas, Texas, and formerly of Petersburg, Iowa, was a leukemia survivor who lost his courageous 25-year battle with hepatitis C that he contracted from blood transfusions received during his leukemia treatment. Surrounded by his family and friends, he was called home on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Baylor University Medical Center Hospice in Dallas, Texas.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the new Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

David was born July 27, 1961, in Linton, North Dakota to Irvin and Jeanette (Jacobson) Marx, Sr.  The Marx family moved to Petersburg in 1964, where David attended SS. Peter & Paul Elementary and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1979. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Hamilton College in 1983, and shortly thereafter moved to Austin, Texas to work as a Systems Analyst and Accounting Supervisor for Ryder Truck Rental. Ryder moved him to Dallas, Texas in 1993. In 2001, he became an Application Support Specialist for IPG (Interpublic Group of Companies).

Dave was known for his infectious laugh. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, cooking and spending time with family, friends and his dogs Chelsea and Zoey. In 2011, David had his 50th birthday party which he referred to as "a celebration of life". Two years later, in 2013, David celebrated two very special occasions:  celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center and making his last trip home in May for his Goddaughter's wedding.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Jean and Loras Demmer of Greeley, IA, one brother, Irvin, Jr. "Butch" (Kathleen) of Dallas, TX, four sisters: Susan (Ronald) Thole of Petersburg, IA, Judy (Lonnie) Fry of Greeley, IA, Jane Moriarity (friend Patrick Freiburger, Sr.) of Delhi, IA, Jennifer (Kent) Thoe of Ventura, IA; two step-brothers: Kevin (Doris) Demmer of Dyersville, IA, and Dan Demmer of Fairfax, IA;  many nieces and nephews and his dog Zoey. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Marx Sr. in 2000, a brother, Joseph in infancy, and his dog and companion of 13 years, Chelsea.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, caregivers, and the Dallas neighbors and friends that cared for David throughout his life's journey. A special thank you to Allen and Carolee Beohm for assisting the family with travel arrangements, supporting us during David's precious last moments and their help in bringing David home again.

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

 

 



Norman P. Larkin

Norman P. "Norm" Larkin, 88, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home before the service.

Norm was born on September 21, 1925, in Louisburg, Wisconsin, the son of Phillip and Gertrude (Brant) Larkin. He married Eunice M. Schmieder on April 15, 1947, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2005.

Norm retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works on January 31, 1985, after working there 37 years. He served on the Cuba City Fire Department for 27 years from 1962-1989, serving as fire chief from 1980-1986. He also served on the Cuba City Council.

Norm enjoyed spending time with his family, spending summers at Bagley with all of his good friends there, and always loved a good game of euchre. He loved to putz around his work shop in the basement and go to Culver's to eat and to Nick's Café on Sunday morning. Norm was also an avid Cub fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Pat) Maiers, of Holy Cross, Iowa, and LuAnn Timmerman, of Cuba City; two sons, John (Kathy) Larkin, of Mesa, Arizona, and Bob (Christine) Larkin, of Cuba City; two brothers, Kenny Larkin, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Pat Larkin, of Freeport, Illinois; a sister, Shirley Feldman, of Dubuque; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Larkin, of East Dubuque, and Milly Larkin, of Dixon, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Ronnie and Leonard Larkin; and two sisters, Mary Jane Haase and Bernice Larkin.

A Norman P. "Norm" Larkin Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Kristy L. Timmerman

Kristy L. Timmerman, 31, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at UW-Hospitals & Clinics in Madison. She was born with spina bifida and has had many surgeries over the years. Kristy spent the last three months at UW-Hospital fighting many infections. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Kristy was born on January 12, 1983, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Dale and Peggy (Meyer) Timmerman. She graduated from Cuba City High School in 2002 and worked as a cashier at Sears in Dubuque.

Kristy enjoyed hockey games, rodeos, and most especially talking with people and hanging out at the mall and McDonald's. She loved spending time with Camryn and Cain.

Survivors include her parents, Dale and Peggy Timmerman, of Dickeyville; a brother, Chad (Melissa) Timmerman, of Dickeyville; her niece and nephew, Camryn and Cain, with another arriving in March; her fiancé, Duane Blair, of Dubuque; and her maternal grandfather, Leo Meyer, of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Urban and Rose Timmerman; her maternal grandmother, Virginia Meyer; and her aunt, Lori Meyer.

A Kristy L. Timmerman Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thanks to the doctors, especially Dr. Benny Iskandar, and nurses, especially Abbey, at UW-Hospitals & Clinics.

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



Rev. James L. Blocklinger

Rev. James L. Blocklinger, age 74, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 3:48 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Archbishop Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Rev. Brian M. Dellaert and numerous Priests from the Archdiocese Concelebrating. To celebrate Fr. Jim's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fr. Jim was born on December 12, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard and Marian (Caley) Blocklinger.

Fr. Jim was a graduate of Holy Ghost Grade School, Loras Academy, Loras College and Mount St. Bernard's Seminary. He was Ordained, by Bishop Loras Watters, on June 4, 1966. His first Mass was said at Holy Ghost. Fr. Jim's first Assignment as an Associate Pastor was St. Ludmila, Cedar Rapids, IA, from 1966-1970, followed by St. Mary, Waterloo, IA, 1970-1973, All Saints, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1973-1981, Sacred Heart, Oelwein, IA, 1981-1985 and Parochial Vicar in Hazelton, IA, 1984-1985. In 1985-1987, Fr. Jim moved to Immaculate Conception, North Washington, IA, and St. Bernard, Alta Vista, IA, as Pastor followed by St. Paul, Worthington, IA, 1987-1993, Sts. Peter & Paul, Sherrill, IA, and St. Francis of Assisi, Balltown, IA, 1993-1993. In 1994-2001, Fr. Jim returned to Cedar Rapids as an Associate Pastor at All Saints, as well as a part-time Chaplain at Mercy Hospital. Fr. Jim soon became Mercy's full-time Chaplain and did so until he retired in 2009. He then moved home to Dubuque and resided for a time at Oak Park Place where he continued celebrating daily Mass with residents until his declining health made it impossible. He moved to Stonehill in 2013, and resided there until his death. Fr. Jim felt truly blessed by all the wonderful friends and long lasting friendships he made over his years of service to our Lord. Fr. Jim loved spending time with his family and friends, but most of all, Fr. Jim will be remembered for his fervant and faithful dedication to Jesus Christ, especially in his loving care of the sick and dying.

Fr. Jim is survived by his four brothers, John (Carolyn) Blocklinger, Tom (Karen) Blocklinger, Mike (Denise) Blocklinger, Mark (Linda) Blocklinger, all of Dubuque; his 5 nieces, Julie Blocklinger, Jill (Will) Welch, Nicole (Jeff) Nixon, Kara Blocklinger, Kali Blocklinger; his 5 nephews, Ron (Krista) Blocklinger, Bret (Cindy) Blocklinger, Chad Blocklinger, Beau Blocklinger, Brad Blocklinger; his 5 great nieces, Emma, Lily and Anni Welch, Isabella Blocklinger, Sarah Blocklinger; his 2 great nephews, Benjamin Blocklinger,
Logan Nixon.

Fr. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Marian Blocklinger, a sister, Mary in infancy, Maternal grandmother, Lena Caley, paternal grandparents, Emma and Joseph Blocklinger, and a great nephew, Samuel Blocklinger.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, for all of the wonderful care they gave Fr. Jim.

A Rev. James L. Blocklinger memorial fund has been established.

For all you have done
For the gifts you have given
For the love you've shown
in the life we are living
we thank you.
Ame Te Sbohem

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

 



Frederick J. Zoller

Fredrick J. "Fred" Zoller, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 7:00 a.m., Friday, January 24, 2014, at Luther Manor of natural causes. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Fred was born on October 8, 1929, in Cascade, Iowa, son of Charles and Mae (Kurt) Zoller.

Fred served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at a hospital in Occupied Japan. After he was discharged from the Army, he and his brother attended school in Galesburg, IL, where they learned to fly and repair airplanes. After becoming a licensed pilot and mechanic, Fred then joined the U.S. Air Force, working on aircraft during the Korean Conflict. After he was discharged Fred then went to work at the Dubuque Regional Airport as a mechanic and inspector. Fred later went to school in Chicago and Minneapolis and became certified by Thermoking and Carrier to maintain refrigeration units. He then went to work as a private contractor taking care of reefer maintenance at the Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement. In his free time Fred enjoyed flying airplanes, working on old cars and taking trips to the Indianapolis 500 with his friends.


Fred is survived by his sister, Carolyn (Noel) Hird, Bella Vista, AR; his niece and caretaker, Nancy (Harley) Troester, Dickeyville, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Lloyd, Joed, Donald, Vernon and his sisters, Dorothy and Marjorie.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for the excellent care they provided Fred.

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

 



R. Jane Gansen

R. Jane Gansen, 84, of 18214 N. Cascade Road, Peosta, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 2 pm. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Jane was born March 26, 1929, daughter of Thomas and Blanche (Kringle) Delaney. She married Cyril J. "Cy" Gansen on August 11, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta.

She liked to garden, enjoyed crafts, and could do anything from knitting to ceramics. She enjoyed playing euchre, her trips to Las Vegas, the bingo hall and going to the casino. Most of all, she loved her children and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially the "little" ones.

She belonged to and was active in the Holy Family Roasary Society and the Peosta Knights of Columbus Council #5513.

She is survived by her husband, Cy Gansen of Peosta; six children, Judy (Bob Smith) Callahan of Dubuque, Daniel (Barb) Gansen of Peosta, Thomas (Mavonne) Gansen of Peosta, Larry (Mary) Gansen of Dubuque, Dale (Tammy) Gansen of Dubuque and Mike (Becky) Gansen of Epworth; 17 grandchildren, Lisa, Allen, Nicole, Luke, Terry, Tracy, Kelly, Dan, Jenna, Nick, Jesse, Sara, Callie, Candy, Christy, Joe and Rob; and 27 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and four sisters.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Ennoble Manor and to Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Jane.

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

 



Father William O'Brien

Father William O'Brien, 88, a retired Dubuque Archdiocesan priest and a resident of Villa Raphael in Dubuque, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Egelhof Siegert Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. There will also be a visitation Tuesday at the church one hour prior to Mass. The funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels presiding. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Father O'Brien was born on May 7, 1925, in Peosta to William and Mathilda (McKeon) O'Brien.
He was educated at Loras College in Dubuque and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He was ordained on April 16, 1950, at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College, in Dubuque by Archbishop Leo Binz.

He served as associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Independence, 1950-53, and St. Joseph Parish in Bellevue, 1953-55. In 1955, he was named to the faculty of Loras College and served for a time as the assistant to the president. He served as chaplain of Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, 1959-63. He served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dorchester, 1963-69; St. Joseph Parish in Farley, 1969-71; St. Joseph Parish in Preston, 1971-81; and SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Sherrill, 1981-87.
He served as chaplain of Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, 1987-88. He was pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Haverhill from 1988 until his retirement on July 11, 2000.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Lillian A. Finzel

Lillian A. Finzel, age 94, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. There will be a rosary said at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity before services. To celebrate Lillian's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Lillian was born on March 5, 1919, in Centralia, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (George) Erschen, the youngest of 11 children.

Lillian married Merlin Finzel on February 5, 1941 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1978. Lillian and Merlin retired from farming in 1974 and then she was employed at the Finley Hospital in the housekeeping department for 16 years and at Wendy's for 8 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity. Lillian loved to play Bingo and had a beautiful smile she shared often with everyone around her.

Lillian is survived by, her children, Sylvester "Butch" (Bernie) Finzel, Bernard, IA, Eugene (Dianne) Finzel, Bellevue, IA, Mary (Dan) Schlichte, Cedar Rapids, IA, Katherine (Tim) Meyer, Cedar Rapids, IA; 19 grandchidren, 29 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merlin, a son Laverne Finzel and her 10 siblings.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support.

A Lillian A. Finzel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mildred C. Rosemeyer

Mildred C. "Millie" Rosemeyer, 89, of East Dubuque, passed away at 11:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. A memorial mass will be at a later date at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Friends may call from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Millie was born on January 18, 1925 near Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Ploessl) Burlage.  She was united in marriage to Lloyd A. Rosemeyer on October 15, 1947 at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on December 7, 2007.

She was formerly employed for many years in the Bacon Dept. of the Dubuque Packing Company until her retirement.  Millie was a former member of Local 150-A of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union.  A member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

She was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Galena Golf Club, and was a huge Chicago Cubs fan.  Millie enjoyed spending time with her children and great grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Patty) Rosemeyer of Dyersburg, Tennessee; and David (Cathy) Rosemeyer of Dubuque, Iowa, Six grandchildren, Chad Rosemeyer, Casey Rosemeyer & husband Lemi, Sean (Hannah) Rosemeyer, Nikki Breitsprecker & (Jesse Bernhardt), Lisa Rosemeyer and Jeff (Mandy) Rosemeyer, two step-grandchildren, Patrick Mahoney and Benjamin Mahoney.  Three great grandchildren, Lane & Tate Breitsprecker and Brody Rosemeyer, her in-laws, Joseph Rosemeyer and Francis (Pearl) Rosemeyer both of East Dubuque, and Rita Allgeyer of Rapid City, South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd,  a daughter Baby Jan, a brother LeRoy Burlage and sisters, Cyrilla DeMuth and Bernice Baumhover.

A Mildred C. "Millie" Rosemeyer memorial fund has been established.

The Rosemeyer family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to her neighbors and friends for their care and acts of kindness shown to Millie.

 

 



Hildegarde A. Lueck

Hildegarde A. Lueck, of Dyersville and formerly of New Vienna, died peacefully on January 23, 2014, in her home at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Hildegarde was born on March 4, 1923 in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Albin and Helena (Bruggeman) Koopmann. She married Herbert H. Lueck on Nov. 8, 1944, in New Vienna, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family near New Vienna. After her husband, Herb, died in 1988, Hildegarde volunteered wherever she could. She was a member of the St. Boniface Altar Society, worked as a teacher's aide at St. Boniface School in New Vienna, laundered church vestments and linens, served as a guide at the Heritage House Museum in New Vienna, and quilted with the parish circle. She enjoyed reading, walking, and doing the daily crossword puzzle. In her later years, Hildegarde loved being of service at her new home, the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville. She led the rosary, set up chairs for programs, assisted other residents, and generally was a loving presence to staff and residents alike as she walked the halls.

Her life was simple, her faith strong, and her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were her life.

Hildegarde is survived by two sons: Leon (Jean Oberbroeckling) Lueck of Swisher, Iowa, and David (Ann Griffin) Lueck of Des Moines; three daughters: Sr. Karen Lueck, FSPA, of La Crosse, Wis., Janet Lueck of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Ann (Russ) Knepper of Peosta, Iowa; 5 grandchildren: Sarah (Peter Bachman) Lueck of Takoma Park, Md., Nathan (Tina Ward) Lueck of St. Paul, Minn., Andy (Carly Estreich) Lueck of Thornton, Colo., Emily (Michael) Busch of Cuba City, Wis., and Jeremy Knepper of Pella, Iowa; and 6 great-grandchildren: Jonah Bachman and Baby Bachman (due soon), Aleia and Elliot Lueck, and Peyton and Parker Busch; and two sisters-in-law: Mary (Berns) Koopmann of Garnavillo, Iowa and Sr. Helen Esther Lueck, FSPA, of La Crosse, Wis.

Hildegarde was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; her parents; five brothers: Edmond, Raymond, Herb, Cletus, and Alfred; five sisters: Rose, Alvina, Sr. Helen, Mary, and Margaret; several in-laws and other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to the staff of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and the Hospice of Dubuque. The family will be eternally grateful for your kindness and love. Hildegarde loved you all. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dyersville Health Foundation for the Ellen Kennedy Living Center or to the Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Richard C. Tharp

Richard C. "Dick" Tharp, age 75, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 11:25 a.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving daughters after a brief battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Gary A. Mayer officiating. To celebrate Dick's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where there will be a parish wake service said at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dick was born on May 15, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Carl and Mary (Bullard) Tharp.

Dick served with the U.S. Navy. He married Rosemary Leick ,the love of his life, on June 10, 1961, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 11, 1998. Dick was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Local 94 Retirees, John Deere Retirees and the Mississippi Walleye Club. In his free time Dick enjoyed fishing, listening to country music, traveling, spending time with family and watching NASCAR. He attended many NASCAR events in Charlotte, NC, and stock car races locally. Dick helped organize the Tharp family reunion in 2012, and loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and siblings. His stories, quirky sense of humor and ability to find fun in any situation was well known and will be greatly missed. We know he got on the right bus.

Dick is survived by his daughters, Sherry (Terry) Evarts, Dubuque, IA, Cindy (Matthew) Cortelli, Waxhaw, NC, Lisa (Randy) Tharp, Holiday, FL; his 4 grandchildren, Wayne Tharp, Shelby Evarts, Rosemary Cortelli and Ava Cortelli; his siblings, Linda (Arthur) Penhollow, Washington, NC, Sharon (Fred) Brenke, Dubuque, IA, Lori (Joe) Reisen, Dodgeville, WI, Clarence Tharp, Lone Tree, IA, Michael Tharp, Lone Tree, IA, Robert Tharp, Dubuque, IA; his special cousins, Martha Heister, Barb Shirley, David Tharp and Geno Tharp.

Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosemary Tharp, his parents, 2 brothers, Monte and William Tharp and his step-mother, Shirley Tharp.

The family would like to thank Tammy and Kelly Rundle, Jeff and Roxy Tharp, Dick's neighbors, Tony and Kerry and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Diane and Amy, for their friendship and the wonderful care they gave to Dick.

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

 



Richard A. Marburger

Richard A. Marburger, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Green Island, died on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family viewing was held and a gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Reeseville Cemetery, rural Miles, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Richard Allen Marburger was born on May 20, 1933 in Green Island, Iowa, to Henry Russell and Dorothy Mae (Swarts) Marburger. He was educated through the 8th grade at Green Island and then graduated from Miles High School in 1951. He was a veteran of the Army, serving from 1954 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. He married Judith Ann Dearborn on Sept. 26, 1959 in DeWitt, Iowa.

At the age of 16, while still in high school, Richard began working for the railroad, which would become his lifelong vocation. Through the years he had worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and the Soo Line, retiring in June of 1993 after a 44-year career.

Richard was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed photography and spending time on Amateur Radio with the call sign of "W0QD". He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved going to the casino and gambling.

Those left to honor Richard's memory include his wife, Judith Marburger, of Maquoketa, IA; children Mark (Rebba) Marburger of Clinton, IA, Gregory Marburger of Maquoketa, IA, Mary Jo (Richard) Landon of Clinton, IA, Carol McCutcheon of Maquoketa, IA, Robert Marburger of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael (Audrey) Marburger of Clinton, IA; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Fredrick; and sisters Mary Pearl and Fern Roe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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



Thoma M. Churchill

Thoma M. "Tomie" Churchill, age 76, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 11:40 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Rev. John C. Paisley officiating. To celebrate Tomie's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tomie was born on July 9, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence P. "Barney" and Edna E. (Nelson) Grutz.

Tomie graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1955. She married John V. "Jack" Churchill on January 24, 1959, at Holy Ghost Church. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2009. She was employed at the Battery Factory and for Stanley Home Products before starting their family. Tomie was a full time wife mother and homemaker while the children were young. After raising the children, Tomie went to work at Holy Family Hall as a nurses aide. She enjoyed Hawkeye football, da Bears, spending winters in South Carolina and time spent with the love of her life, Nelson! Family was very important to her and she enjoyed rides down by the river and getting ice cream with Noah. Tomie was a fashionista from the tip of her "Tomie do" hair to her glitter painted toes and everywhere in between. Tomie loved to sing and was always singing a song, no matter where she went or what she was doing. You were our best friend and we will always love you Mom!

Tomie is survived by, her daughters, Jennifer (Gary) Schumacher, Dubuque, IA, Edna (Joe Mooney) Churchill, Stuart, FL; and also a son, Thomas J. Churchill; her grandchildren, Erin M. Schumacher, Noah A. Schumacher and Georan Churchill; her brother, James A. (Kate) Grutz, Seattle, WA, and nieces and nephews.

Tomie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John V. "Jack", her brother, Glen C. Grutz and her aunt Moleta J. "Mubbie" Grutz.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, especially the I.C.U., for going above and beyond to provide excellent care for Tomie and her family. They were angels here on earth.

In lieu of flowers a Thoma M. "Tomie" Churchill memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Myrtle C. Leibfried

Myrtle C. Leibfried, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away of natural causes at 10:08 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer, Rev. Gary A. Mayer and Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Myrtle's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road on Friday, January 24, 2014, where there will be a parish wake service said at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle was born on October 15, 1923, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Louis and Barbara (Link) Cummer.

Myrtle married Victor Leibfried on February 3, 1942, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa. They lived in Rickardsville, Iowa, before moving to Dubuque in 2007. She was a full time wife, mother and homemaker, raising 9 children. Myrtle was also the bookkeeper for the Avalon Service Center for 20 years. She was a former member of St. Joseph's Church and Rosary Society in Rickardsville and a current member of the Church of the Resurrection. Myrtle enjoyed bowling, camping, playing cards and traveling to Tucson, Arizona, where she and Victor wintered for 10 years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Myrtle is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Victor Leibfried, Dubuque, IA; her 9 children, LaVonne (Merlin) Wilgenbusch, Rickardsville, Kenneth (Patsy) Leibfried, Rickardsville, Janet Stecklein, Dubuque, Barbara (Dennis) Goebel, Dubuque, George (Connie) Leibfried, Dubuque, Kathy (Lonnie) Steger, Dubuque, Diane (Mark) Link, Dubuque, Mark (Bev) Leibfried, Rickardsville, Peggy (Tim) Lehmann, Peosta; 30 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Evelyn Specht, Sherrill, Lucille Brimeyer, Dubuque, Bill (Marge) Cummer, Sherrill, Leon Cummer, Balltown; her sister-in-law, Laverne "Honey" Cummer, Dubuque.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law, Gerald Stecklein, her grandson , Tony Steger, her 5 sisters, Lorene Gansemer, Marie Hannan, Marcella Schueller, Dorothy Markham and Florence Habel and her brother, Norbert Cummer.

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

 



Wilmer Gotz

Wilmer (Bill) Gotz, 92, of Dubuque, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing Home.

A memorial discourse at 2:00pm, followed by a gathering of friends and relatives until 3:30pm, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Wilmer was born on Nov. 8, 1921 in Miles City, Montana. On Jun. 19, 1949 he married Betty Jane Hicks of Toulon, IL.

His son, Joseph (Irene) lives in Moline, IL. A grandson, David Gotz, currently resides in New York. Wilmer is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Luck, of Peoria, AZ.



Bennett J. Habel

Bennett J. Habel, 88, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family of natural causes.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 24, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Bennett was born May 7, 1925, in Balltown, Iowa the son of John and Veronica (Hansen) Habel.  He married Kathleen "Kay" Hefel on Oct. 15, 1947, in North Buena Vista, Iowa.  Together they farmed on the family farm near North Buena Vista for most of their lives.  Benny also hauled for the Balltown creamery for many years.  He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the National Farmers Oranization.  Benny loved to play the accordion with his brother, Cy and nephews, a group called, "Benny and the Hemorrhoids", and any others who would join them. He also loved woodworking and fixing broken things from his shovel to a broken toy.  He enjoyed western TV, movies and books, making and drinking wine and drinking lots of warm beer in his younger days.  He loved to work in the fields, garden and spend time in his workshop, and he received several conservation awards.  His greatest achievement was his love for his wife of 66 years, kids, grandkids and great grandkids who will remember his famous two-handed waves when they left the house.

Survivors include his wife, Kay, his children: Cheryl Urbalejo of Guttenberg and Deb (Spider) Koetz of North Buena Vista, 10 grandchildren: John, Michael and Dustin (Jen) Urbalejo, Kelli Habel, Kim (Jacob) Breitbach, Kristine Habel, Ann Marie Habel, Randy (Norma) Koetz, Russell (Hillary) Koetz, Rhonda (Matt) Hefel;12 great grandchilden: Hunter and Paige Koetz, Kayla and Madalyn Breitbach, Evan, Alexys and Madden Urbalejo, Evelyn and Brooke Koetz, Jorgie, Gretta and Markie Hefel, 2 sisters: Stella McDermott of Benton, WI, Darlene (Loras) Clemen of Dubuque and 2 sisters-in-law: Joanne Hefel and Stella Hefel, both of North Buena Vista.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: Randy Habel in 1972 and John "Jack" Habel in 2013, one grandson, Jeremy Habel in 1999, a sister, Rose Habel, a brother, Cyril (Florence) Habel; in-law: James "Bert" McDermott, Milton Hefel, John "Bud" Hefel, Matt Hefel, Marie Gansemer, Loretta Decker, Edith Gloeckner, Alvina Gassmann, Edwina Schmitt, Josephine Heiderscheit, Eleanor Cook and Arlene Hefel.

The family would like to say "tanks" to Benny's homecare nurses for their many visits and wonderful care, and to the the friends that visited frequently.

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

 

 



Ronald R. Bradley

Ronald Richard "Ronnie" Bradley, 63 of Key West, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014 at home from a sudden illness.

Services will be 10:30a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Rev. John O'Connor officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday January 22, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd.

Ronnie was born on June 11, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the son Merlin and Dorothy (Lindenberg) Bradley. He served in the 133rd Iowa National Guard.

He farmed near the Dubuque Airport all his life and formerly worked for Tri State Paving.

He was an avid collector and restorer of many tractors. He also enjoyed going to tractor pulls and participating in the WMT Tractor Cade for many years. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Swiss Valley Farm Co-Op.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer, Iowa Hawkeye, Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed playing Euchre. He enjoyed going to the Key West Feed Store, Key West Coffee Club and Saturday morning breakfast with his boys and Pat. Most of all Ronnie enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his three sons; Brian (Kim) Bradley, Mark (Kerry) Bradley and Jeff (Rachel) Bradley all of Dubuque. Grandchildren; Austin, Kyle, Jordan, Ava, AJ and Jaylyn. His brother David (Darla) Bradley and his sister Jane (Paul) Galle. His uncle Richard & Mary Lou Bradley and their family, Dennis (Tina), Margie (Zip), Cheryl (Tim), and Joe (Julie).

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a cousin Steve Bradley.

 



Robert D. Smothers

Robert D. Smothers, 58, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, while surrounded by his loving family.
Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born on November 12, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Marlene (Kieffer) Smothers.

Bob graduated from Wahlert High School and was employed at the City of Dubuque in the Waste Water Treatment Department for 36 years.

His love of nature was evident by the many hours he spent in the outdoors. He loved to hunt, kayak, canoe, and fish. He would often be seen on the Mississippi river enjoying the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

He deeply loved and treasured his children Mike and Kristin. He loved being with them and teaching them to enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting. He was looking forward to his first grandson, due in March, Oliver Robert. He had a great passion for traveling, and had just returned from the Canary Islands, France, and Germany.

Those left to cherish and honor his memory include his son, Michael Smothers of Austin, TX, his daughter Kristin (Josh Richter) Smothers of Fort Collins, CO; his parents, Edward and Marlene Smothers of Dubuque; his brother, Tim Smothers of Salem, VA; two sisters Vicki Smothers and Kathi Domeyer, both of Dubuque; two nieces, Heather (Jay) Kluesner of Epworth, IA and Ashleigh Domeyer of Dubuque; a great nephew, Owen Thomas Kluesner; and his former wife, Diane Smothers of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Lucille Kieffer; and his paternal grandparents, Dan and Hazel Smothers.

Memorials may be made to the Robert D. Smothers Memorial Fund.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

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

 



Marjorie M. Kamm

Marjorie "Marji" M. Kamm, 86, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Alverno Apartments, 3525 Windsor Avenue died Friday, January 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 9:45- 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marji was born on June 9, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Helen (Bennett) Callahan. She married Floyd "Whitey" Kamm on June 10, 1950 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1972.

Marji graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Dubuque in 1945. She was a full time mother while her family was young. From 1966-1973 she was co-owner (with husband) of F&M Cleaning Service in Dubuque. Later she was the first female head custodian, working with the Dubuque Community Schools for several years before retiring in 1989.

Marji was a member of Catholic Daughters of America 'Our Lady of Victory Court #357'. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Legion of Mary. She felt deeply honored to be an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister of St. Mary's where she was a member of their Rosary Society. She also helped with hot lunch at their school for many years. Marji belonged to the Power of Prayer,  A.C.C.W., the Road to Recovery Program, R.S.V.P., American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society.

Marji enjoyed making rosaries with her Legion of Mary friends at St. Mary's and making crafts. She also enjoyed driving, especially on their little pilgrimages.

Surviving are her children, Deborah Ostrander, of Dubuque and Charles (Elizabeth) Kamm, of Texas; grandchildren, Daniella (Jimmy) Robinson, David (Katrina) Dryer, Nicholas K. (Kristen) Strong, Anthony J. Strong, and John E. Kamm; 7 great- grandchildren; her niece, Barbara (Dick) Dolter; cousins, Judy Howe and Ellen Lau; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Kathleen Dryer in 1981, and sister, Getrude LuGrain.

Marji's family would like to extend a special thank you Dr. Thomas Sinsky, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers memorials to be given to The Stonehill Benevolent Foundation.

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

 

 



Nancy L. Schmidt

Nancy Lea Schmidt, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Friday evening, January 17, 2014, at The Alverno in Clinton, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 23, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church at Bliedorn. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery, rural Grand Mound, Iowa.

Nancy Lea Hageman was born on February 16, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa, to Duane and Alberta (Reimer) Hageman. She grew up in Clinton and was a 1959 graduate of Clinton High School. She then attended St. Lukes School of Nursing in Davenport graduating with her R.N. in 1962. She married Donald Lee Schmidt on October 7, 1962 in Clinton, Iowa.

Nancy had worked as a Registered Nurse at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and later at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland. From 1977 until her retirement in 2005 she worked for Dr. Wulf and Medical Associates in Clinton, Iowa.

Nancy was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bliedorn where she had been active in teaching Sunday and Bible School. She took great pride in her home and loved flower gardening and landscaping. She enjoyed cooking, recreational bicycling, traveling, and eating out. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her husband, Donald Schmidt of Delmar, IA; sons, Michael (Mary Heiring) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (Nicole Reed) Schmidt of DeWitt, IA; 5 grandchildren, Carissa, Holly, Amanda, Alexa and Austin; 5 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carol (Jim) Spangler of Brookfield, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Pine Hill Cemetery or St. John's Lutheran Church at Bliedorn.

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

 



Alfred C. Reinert

Alfred C. Reinert, 78, of Petersburg, Iowa died Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2014, at Kramer Funeral

Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the Dyersville Fire Department will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Alfie was born September 11, 1935 in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Anselm and Henrietta (Deppe) Reinert.  He married Agnes "Ann" Boeckenstedt on September 15, 1962 in Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they farmed just south of Petersburg and raised their family.  Alfie was a woodsman with a love for walnut lumber.  He enjoyed farming, the annual Farmer's Market and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Alfie was a lifelong member of SS. Peter & Paul Parish and the Knights of Columbus Council 1734.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes "Ann", 10 children: Lynne Chapman of Dubuque, Jeff (Carmen) Reinert of Dyersville, Steve (Donna) Reinert of Aledo, TX, Lisa Reinert of Kissimee, FL, Vicki (Loras) Lansing of Dyersville, Kim (Mike) Barrick of Carlisle, PA, Cindy (Steve) Dunkel of Worthington, Emily (Mike) Boge of Farley, Andrew (Kimberly) Reinert of Dubuque, Tony (Casey) Reinert of Dyersville, grandchildren: Stephanie Reinert (fiance', Brant Janssen), Rachel and Nic Reinert, Sarah & Zachary Reinert, Jackie (Alex) Sellner, Jacob, Josh and Jenna Lansing, Amber, Shaun, Isaac and Emma Barrick, Becca, Eli, Sophie and Noah Dunkel, Lukas and Erik Boge, Kayleigh and Briella Reinert, Hannah Reinert, siblings: Francis Reinert of Dubuque, Margaret (Bernard) Monaghan of Manchester, Ceil (Don) Lueck of Dyersville, Agnes (John) Coakley of Kansas City, KS, brothers and sisters-in-laws: Dick (Judy) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Don (Connie) Boeckenstedt of Staunton, IL, Mary Lou Foxen (Gary Deutsch) of Dubuque, Tom (Joan) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Rose Weber of Brighton, CO, Frank (Marlene) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Nancy (Dave) Feltes, Deb (Tom) Rubner, both of Worthington, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher John Reinert in 1977, his parents: Anselm and Henrietta Reinert, parents-in-law: Arthur and Helen Boeckenstedt, one sister, Mary Ann Reinert and a sister-in-law, Mary Reinert.

Special thanks to the staff at Mercy Medical Centers of Dubuque and Dyersville, and Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care they provided during this difficult time.

Memorials preferred.

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

 

 



Allan L. Cook

Allan L. Cook, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully on Thursday morning, January 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Allan's life will be held at 2 P.M., Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A gathering of family and friends will be held immediately following the service from 3 to 5 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Allan Lee Cook was born on March 20, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William Henry and Sarah (Kramer) Cook. He grew up in Jackson County and attended Maquoketa schools. He worked as a farmhand prior to entering the military, where he served in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning from his military service he continued working as a farmhand until 1957, when he began what would become his lifelong vocation as an HVAC contractor working for Kellams and Bertsch in Maquoketa. He retired in 1998 as the owner and operator of Kellams and Bertsch Heating and Cooling. The family business continues today under the guidance of son Lee and daughter Chris.

During a visit to the Past-Time Theatre in Maquoketa he met his future wife, Darlene Joy Flenker. They were married on Jan. 18, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Linda, Lee, Chris and Cathy.

Allan was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the National Horseshoe Pitcher's Association and a board member on the Mount Hope Cemetery Association. He had been an avid bowler for many years, enjoyed camping, metal detecting, eagles, and fishing in his younger years. He especially loved spending time with his family and attending the grandchildren's events.

Those left to honor Allan's memory include his wife, Darlene Cook of Maquoketa, IA; children Linda Moore of Maquoketa, IA, Lee (Sue) Cook of Maquoketa, IA, Chris (Bruce) River of Maquoketa, IA, and Cathy (Shane) Skala of Cedar Rapids, IA; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Billie Keil of Maquoketa, IA, and June (Virgil) Roeder of Tucson, AZ; and sisters-in-law Mary Kay Flenker of Maquoketa, IA, Doris (Harlan) Hazer of Maquoketa, IA, and Laurel Williams of Preston, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Williams; brothers-in-law Roger Flenker, Richard Flenker and Wesley Keil; and a great-granddaughter, Kendall.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Allan L. Cook memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas W. Randall

Thomas W. "Wayne" Randall, 65, of Manor Care Center, formerly of 425 St. John Street, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Manor Care.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity where there will be a visitation Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas was born Jan. 7, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas E. and Audrey (Bruggeman) Randall. He worked at Dubuque Hardwoods and Klauer Manufacturing before retiring in 2007.

He is survived by two sisters, Marion (John) Willmes of Dubuque and Cindy (Richard) Kahle of Palm Harbor, Florida; two nephews, Scott and Nicholas Kahle; and a niece, Aubrey Kahle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Arnold G. Steger

Arnold G. Steger, age 81, of Dubuque, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital of natural causes.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 20, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Arnold's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church on Monday, January 19. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arnold was born on June 3, 1932, in Dubuque, IA, son of Louis and Edwina (Klein) Steger.

Arnold served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Lillian Trierweiler on May 2, 1959, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa. She preceded him in death in January of 1994. Arnold was employed as a machinist at John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years and then at Riley Auto driving cars for 19 years. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church and Local 94 Retirees. In his free time Arnold enjoyed reading.

Arnold is survived by his children, Sharon (Steve) Kunkel, Rochester, MN, and Susan (Mike) Klauke, Holmen, WI; his 5 grandchildren, Sarah (Jacob) Nicklay, Stephanie Kunkel, Sheldon Kunkel, Allison Klauke, and Jonathan Klauke; his 2 great-grandchildren, Luke and Elijah Nicklay; his sister, Mary Ann (Allen) Lex, Dubuque, IA; his brothers, William (Donna) Steger, Dubuque, IA, Cletus (Joanne) Steger, Balltown, IA, and Gerald (Connie) Steger, Dubuque, IA.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lillian.

The family would like to thank all of Arnold's family and friends for all of their time and care in nurturing and enriching his life.

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



Michael B. Fury

Michael B. Fury, 64, of Centrailia, went to join his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. He died at Manor Care at 7:00 pm, surrounded by his loving wife, Victoria, and his children, Chad Fury and Robin Folstad.

Funeral Services will be at 11:30 am., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. conducted by Pastor Steve Hansel of Miracle Harvest Church, with Military Honors Conducted by American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm., Monday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home; additional visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Michael was born on August 23, 1949 to John P. and Eileen B. Fury. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1967 where he was a distance runner and recorded a 5 minute mile.

In 1969 he was drafted into the US Army and served 2 years duty to his country. After basic training he spent most of his military time in Ft. Riley, KS with the Military Police.

Following his service in the Army, Michael worked at the Dubuque Packing Co./FDL for 20 years and then he worked for B L Murray and Wally Brown Chemical. Michael later worked as a realtor in Dubuque.

Michael married Victoria Hansel on August 21, 1999. They had 14-1/2 wonderful years together. Michael was a licensed minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and served in the ministry with his wife, Pastor Victoria Fury.

Surviving Michael is his wife, Victoria; his son, Chad Fury; his daughter, Robin (Matt) Folstad; his grandchildren, Brandon and Laina Folstad, Kristen, Caiden and Ryan Fury and Victoria ‘s daughter, Angela Achen.

He is also survived by his siblings, Kay (Tom) Metz, Jean (Loras) Finn, Ann (Dave) Gebhart, Karen (Denny) Hanson, Jack (Patti) Fury, Pat (Rochelle) Fury, Bill (Martha) Fury, Mary Fury, Rick and Tom Fury.

Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Marie Hansel, his sister and brothers-in-law, Susan (Robert) Nugent, Karen (Dan) Raymond, Steve (Martie) Hansel, Kate (Tom) McGovern, Carolyn Achen, Kris (Randy) Nauman and sister-in-law Elaine Hansel. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, John in 1985; and his mother, Eileen on May 6, 2013; his brother, James Fury; and his niece, Connie Fury, and two nephews, Nathan and Justin Fury; a great-niece, Katie Anderson; and his father in-law, Robert J. Hansel; his brother-in-law, David Hansel; and in-laws Leanne & Dave Frantz.

Michael had an innate energy and a wonderful gift of laughter that lifted the spirit of everyone around him.

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

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



Laurena M. Bradley

Laurena M. Bradley, 97, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Laurena was born Oct. 28, 1916 in Hurtsville, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Tebbe) Yeager. She married Clarence F. Bradley on June 29, 1937 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque; he passed away on August 9, 2007.

Laurena was a sales clerk for J.C. Penny for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Laurena enjoyed fishing and crocheting. She was an active member of the J.C. Penny retiree group.

Survivors include her children, Barbara McDowell of Sharpsburg, Georgia, and William (Kandy) Bradley of Cambridge, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Pat (Patti) McDowell, Deb (Jim) Jech, Rob McDowell, Cheri McDowell, Kathy (Pat) Lattner, Bryan Bradley, and Amy Bradley; 8 great-grandchildren, Jeff McDowell, Jesse McDowell, Josh McDowell, Joshua Jech, Laurena Jech, Mason Lattner, Jaiden Jones, and Meyah Bradley; and a sister in-law, Rose Yeager.

Laurena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; son in-law James McDowell; a sister, Rozella Yeager; and three brothers, Joe (Trudy) Yeager, Peter (Marie) Yeager and Robert Yeager

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

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



Daniel J. Siefker

Daniel J. Siefker, 61, of Dubuque died Monday, January 13, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Trinity, Rock Island, Ill.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. There will be a private burial at a later date.

Daniel was born Sept. 10, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John "Jack" and Helen (Ensign) Siefker.

Daniel attended the University of Dubuque and was an authorized Singer sewing machine repairman. He loved to play, and teach others to play, the guitar.

Daniel is survived by his son, Jarod Siefker, of Dubuque; a brother, Doug Siefker, of Anamosa; four sisters, Jacque Hooks of Rock Island, Ill, Sandi Siefker of Rock Island, Ill, Shawn (Daniel) Crouse of Eldridge, Iowa, and Kim (Hasso) Boehm of Chandler, Ariz. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jacob.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daniel Siefker Memorial Fund.

To submit an online condolence, or for further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



James W. Foulks

James "Jim" W. Foulks, 71, of Onslow, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014, at Unity Point Health, St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for a Remembrance Luncheon beginning at 11 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Monmouth Community Center in Monmouth, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peter's Cemetery at Temple Hill, Iowa.

James William Foulks was born on Oct. 21, 1942 in Anamosa, Iowa to Clarence and Helen (Kelly) Foulks. He grew up in the Temple Hill area and was a 1961 graduate of St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. He married Sharon Carr on Nov. 3, 1972 at St. Peter's Catholic Church at Temple Hill.

Jim was a hard worker and farmed the family farm while also working several factory jobs including Clinton Engines, Caterpillar, and most recently Energy Manufacturing in Monticello, IA, where he retired as a CNC Operator in 2006.

Jim enjoyed camping, tinkering, and "monkeying around". He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. Jim was a friend to all and loved by many.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his wife, Sharon Foulks, of Onslow, IA; daughters Anita (Mac) Besler of Marion, IA, Dianne (Brandon) Rivas of Marion, IA, and Linda (Adam) Windschitl of Missouri Valley, IA; 7 grandchildren, Avary, Emery, Dante, Darius, Isabella, Caitlin and Audrey; a sister, Sarah Foulks, of Temple Hill, IA; and a brother, Bob Foulks, of Tipton, IA; as well as many cherished in-laws, nieces, nephews, and close family friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dick and Pat.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family has established a James W. Foulks Memorial Fund.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Frank E. Ehrlich

Frank E. Ehrlich, age 79, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, peacefully at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph St., with Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Frank's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frank was born on June 13, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank and Amelia (Hirsch) Ehrlich.

Frank married Marilyn Skelton on September 2, 1963, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He owned and operated E&F Auto Service and later worked at Barnstead Thermolyne as a supervisor until his retirement. In his free time Frank enjoyed playing golf and bowling. He had 3 holes in 1 in his lifetime and won several bowling trophies. Frank and Marilyn loved to play cards together and have been card club members for over 40 years. He also enjoyed woodworking and tinkering around the garage.

Frank is survived by, his wife, Marilyn Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA; his children, Carolyn (Jeff) Lee, Cedar Falls, IA, Don (Virginia) Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Caleb and Cody Lee, Carmen and Eli Larios; his siblings, Edward Ehrlich, Dubuque, IA, Hank (Betty) Ehrlich, Dyersville, IA, Rita (Charlie) Wagner, Dubuque, IA; his brother-in-law, Don (Alvina) Skelton, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Edward (Agnes) Skelton, and his sister-in-law, Janice Ehrlich.

A Frank E. Ehrlich memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Viola M. Eilers

Viola Margaret (Ungs) Eilers. 99, of Dubuque, died peacefully on Jan. 13 at Stonehill Care Center.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Father Eugene Kutsch on Thursday, Jan.16 at St. Anthony Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street Dubuque.
Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg.
Visitation will be at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, Dubuque, on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 3 - 8 p.m. with a wake service at 5 p.m.

Viola was born March 5, 1914 to Nicholas and Cecelia (Pins) Ungs at Luxemburg, IA. She attended Holy Trinity elementary school in Luxemburg and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1931.

Before her marriage, she worked at Lords in Evanston, Ill from 1940-42 and at Bell and Howell in Chicago, 1942-45. She moved back to Dubuque in 1945 and was a secretary at the Dubuque Packing Company. She married Arthur J. Eilers at Holy Trinity Church, Luxemburg, on Feb. 16, 1946. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1972. After their marriage they moved to Davenport where she worked at Baskerville, 1946-49 and Western Adjustment, 1949-51. After returning to Dubuque in 1951 she worked at Rosheks Department store, 1951-53 and Sunnycrest Manor Nursing Home 1975 to 1986.

Viola was a past president of the Rosary Society at St. Anthony Parish, past president of the Immaculate Conception Alumni Association, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America , and was a past Regent of the International Federation of Catholic Alumni in Iowa.
Viola was an excellent cook and seamstress. She loved gatherings with relatives, loved to travel and took pride in growing, arranging and sharing her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick Ungs, (May 7, 1965) and Cecelia Pins Ungs, (Dec. 24, 1967) brothers, Nick Ungs Jr, (Feb. 16, 1969) and Leo (May 24. 1998).

Vi and Art had no children. She is survived by nieces and a nephew, cousins and 7 godchildren, to whom she was a favorite godmother: Marlene Althaus Krasinski, Jim Hoverman, Bill Pins, Jane Kisting Callahan, Kathy Krasinski Lewiston, Carol Anne Hoverman and Brooke Siefker.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School, Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center.

Her family thanks the dedicated women from Home Instead especially Elaine, Sandy, Sherry, Jean and Jeanette who helped keep her in her own home until Jan. 1, 2014. Special thanks also to Dr. Andrea Ries, Sister Ann Marie Dunn, neighbors Sean Daugherty and Tina Hornung, and Jean Dorweiler who brought her Holy Communion on Sundays. In her last days she received excellent care from the staff of Mercy Health Center and Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque. 

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



Dale John Demmer

Dale John Demmer, 62, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the new Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, Dyersville, Iowa where American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Dale was born June 23, 1951 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of John and Evelyn (Willenbring) Demmer. He enlisted in the US Army and served in Vietnam as a combat engineer from 1969 to 1971. He married Patricia Prier on May 19, 1973, in New Vienna, Iowa. Dale and Pat owned and operated C&D Construction for 37 years. He was very generous with his time, donating many hours to the Dyersville Sportsman, Pike's Peak State Park and Boy Scout Camp C.S. Klaus. He was a member of American Legion Post 137 and served as a past president of the Dyersville Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his fiance, Janet Duneman, of Dyersville; 3 sons, Randy (Pam) Demmer of Dyersville, Terry (Jolee) Demmer of Dubuque and Chris Demmer of Marion; grandchildren Tyler, Haley & Kayla Demmer, and Lauren Demmer; Janet's children Sam Duneman of Milwaukee,Wi and Joe (fiance Bobbi Jo Reiff) Duneman of Ames; his father-in-law, Eugene Prier of New Vienna;
siblings Norma Tauke and Gary (Kay) Demmer, both of Dyersville, Donna (Charles) Vaske of New Vienna; brothers and sisters-in-law Elaine (Clete) Urbain of Dyersville, Janice (Wayne L.) Steffen of New Vienna, David Prier of Marina, CA, Carl (Julie) Prier of New Vienna, Wayne (Beverly) Prier of Dyersville, Dale (Sandy) Prier of Hopkinton, Allen (Joyce) Prier of Elkader, Mark (Annette) Prier of Dubuque, Daniel (Kim) Prier and Donald (Christine) Prier, both of Dyersville; a brother-in-law, Mark Hermsen of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pat, in 2012; a sister, Lois Demmer; his mother-in-law, Lucille Prier; a sister-in-law, Lois Hermsen; and a brother-in-law, Ken Tauke.

Memorials are preferred for a tree fund for Pike's Peak State Park, although our family's request is that, instead of memorials, please do something nice for your loved ones by giving your special someone some flowers or a nice gift in Dale's memory.

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



Edward D. Allen

Edward Donald "Eddie" Allen, 81 of Dubuque passed away on Sunday January 12th, 2014 at home. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

He was born on February 19, 1932 in Epworth, Iowa the son of Robert and Nettie (Duart) Allen. He married Janet Coakley on September 9, 1967 in Dubuque. He worked for the Dubuque Community School for 27 years until retirement as Head Custodian at Jefferson Jr. High School.

In his earlier years Eddie lived from coast to coast exploring America including working in Vegas for Bugsy Siegel. Eddie loved playing cards, and taking trips to the river and the casino. But in Eddie's later years his greatest loves were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of New Life Church.

He is survived by his wife Janet, four children; Bonnie (Steve) Collins, Edward (Kelli) Allen, Jason (Kristy) Allen, and Timothy Allen. Grandchildren; Kim, Billy, Stacy, Melissa, Chris, Travis, Crystal, Christopher, Kentley, Kamdyn, Parker, Kayson and A.J. Many great grandchildren, a sister Dorene McCarthy and many nieces and nephews, as well as his faithful puppy Sweet Pea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons David and Steve, three brothers and seven sisters.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Amy, Dr. Christine Sinsky, Dr. Mark Janes and the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center.

 



LaVonne A. Hayes

LaVonne A. Hayes, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday Evening, January 12, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of LaVonne's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

LaVonne Adelle Haddick was born on October 2, 1921 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Homer E. and Florence G. (Dillinger) Haddick. She grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa schools. She married Norbert I. "Buck" Hayes on December 28, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 31, 2003.

LaVonne had lived in Maquoketa her entire life except for two years that were spent in Virginia while Norbert was in the military during World War II. They then returned home and LaVonne worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for several years. She then became a homemaker and again returned to work during the 1970's as a cook for the Maquoketa Community High School District retiring in 1990.

LaVonne was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Mark's Women's Guild. She also was a member of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) club for over 25 years. She liked visiting with friends, particularly with her neighbor Charlotte. She enjoyed cooking and making homemade meals, and she especially loved making homemade dumplings for her grandson David.

Those left to honor LaVonne's memory include her children, Robert "Bob" Hayes of Maquoketa, IA, and Connie (John) Breno of Oxford, IA; a grandson, David Breno; a sister-in-law, Maxine Haddick Orange of TX; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother LeRoy Haddick.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LaVonne A. Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dale P. Wiederholt

Dale P. Wiederholt, 56, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sinsinawa, with Rev Kenneth Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City, where the parish rosary will be held at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Dale was born on June 7, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Doris (Donovan) Wiederholt. He married the former Karen Niehoff on July 2, 1983 at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Randolph, Wisconsin.

Dale was a graduate of UW-Platteville in Ag-Business, the owner for 31 years of Wiederholt Transport, Inc. and a Certified Engine Builder through Detroit Diesel. He was an all around trucker and farmer. Dale was a member of the Hazel Green Fire Department, and a life long member of the O.O.I.D.A., where he served on the Board of Directors. He along with others ran the Southwest Wisconsin Stock Car Association, Inc. for three years.

Dale was a member of St. Joseph's Church. He enjoyed following his children's school activities when he could.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Hazel Green; three sons, Eric (Theresa), of Shullsburg, Scott and Neil, both at home; his parents, Ken and Doris Wiederholt, of Hazel Green; a sister, Sharon (Dennis) Watters, of Cuba City; two brothers, Ken (Kim) Wiederholt, of Hazel Green, and Steve (Linda) Wiederholt, of Platteville; his in-laws, Ray and Virginia Niehoff, of Randolph, Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Gene (Wanda) Niehoff, of Nisswa, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Sue (Jon) Nelson, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and Lynn (Jim) Zinkgraf, of Appleton, Wisconsin; two step-granddaughters, Halona and Essence, and a grandchild due this week; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Randy.

A Dale P. Wiederholt Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Mary C. Schmitt

Mary C. Schmitt of 450 Baldwin, Palatine, Illinois, passed away on December 31st, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Northwest Community Hospital.

To celebrate Mary's life friends may visit on Sunday, January 19th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mary C. Schmitt was born the youngest of 9 children to George and Bertha (Beckman) Oberbroeckling at the Monastery in Peosta, Iowa on August 28th, 1934. She was the youngest of 6 girls; Lucinda Clemons, Helen Parker, Viola Bowling, Virginia Lopez and Germaine Weber and sister to 3 brothers; Arthur, Donald and Jake.

Mary married Robert J. Schmitt, her childhood sweetheart, in June 1953 in San Diego California. They returned to the Midwest and settled in Chicagoland and raised their 2 children. Mary was a keen card player. She taught everyone around her the value of winning, the grace of losing, and had a jovial mindset. She valued conversation as entertainment and never passed up the opportunity to express her opinion. She had tenacity for life and love of her family and friends. She will be remembered as fiercely independent and for her ability to overcome any obstacles put in her path, her wealth of common sense and her "silly" sense of humor.

Mary will be greatly missed by her children, Mark (Kitty) Schmitt & Karen (Dave) Wells Zelinske, her grandchildren Jennie, Bob and Allison Zelinske, Nolan Wells, Caitlyn & Matthew Schmitt, her great grandchildren Crystal and Madelyn Zelinske and her sister Germaine Weber. She is also survived by her longtime friends in her card club.

Online condolences may left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Luvern H. Stockel

Luvern H. "Louie" Stockel, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Lake Wales, Florida from complications of a head injury suffered during a fall. Funeral Services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Friends may call 3:00 pm. - 8:00 pm, Monday, January 13, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hauges Cemetery in Bergen, MN.

Luvern was born November 17, 1921 in Thorp, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence and Alberta (Schneider) Stockel. The family later moved to Boyd,Wisconsin where he graduated from high school. He entered the service in 1942 and served in the Army during WW II for over three years.

After his discharge in 1946, he joined his family who had moved to Dubuque, Iowa. On September 21, 1948 he married Ihlene Elness at Holy Ghost Church, Dubuque, Iowa.

Louie was a Heavy Equipment Operator. Since his retiring in 1983 he and Ihlene have thouroughly enjoyed the summers at their cottage in Bellevue, Iowa and the winters at their winter home in Lake Wales, Florida, and their many friends.

He was a proud 68 year member of the American Legion, East Dubuque and a member of the 40 & 8.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Ihlene; daughter, Charlene (Charles) Osier of Des Moines; grandchildren; John (Erin) Osier of Des Moines and Thomas (Laura) Osier of Dallas,Texas; great grandchildren; Kate and Quinn Osier; sisters Patricia Sanches and Judith (Don) Nichols of Cedar Rapids; Sisters in law, Jeannine Stockel and Ruth Ann Lord; and nieces and nephews.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Verla Bonnet and Wilma O'Rourke; and brothers, Larry and William Stockel.

Louie was a wonderful, loving husband, dad, and a great friend to many. He will truly be missed.

For service details and to leave on line condolences please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Elaine M. Galliart

Elaine M. (Walker) Galliart, 83, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Elaine was born December 5, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Marie (Hedley) Walker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. She then enlisted in the armed services as a WAC (Womens Army Corp) in March of 1949 and was honorably discharged April 1950. Elaine married Clifford A. Galliart Jr. on April 11, 1950 in Dubuque, he passed away in 1989. She was an avid bowler throughout her younger years and enjoyed her yearly trip to Las Vegas. Elaine was a bookkeeper her whole life and retired from Weber Concrete in 2006.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy (Paul) Hanson of Dubuque; grand daughters; Alana (Antwain Strong) Hanson and Katie Hanson; great grand daughter, Zariah and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford; siblings; Jim Walker in October 2013, and Shirley Moriarty Roeth in December 2013.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital ICU and 5th floor staff for their compassionate care.

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

For service details and to leave on line condolences please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Barney J. McAfee

Barney J. McAfee, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on January 6, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Barney on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and graveside services and burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, immediately following the gathering.

Barney James McAfee was born on Jan. 21, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Clifford and Alverda Marie (Greger) McAfee. He was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Caroline Sue Hare in 1961.

Barney had worked as a roofer for Connell Supply Company in Maquoketa for over 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Barney enjoyed fishing, traveling, yard work, dogs, and spending time with his family. Additionally, he enjoyed watching many sports and following teams, especially the Chicago Cubs, and was an avid fan and loyal supporter of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Those left to honor Barney's memory include his children, Steve (Roxanne) McAfee of Apache Junction, AZ, Michael (Brenda) McAfee of Delmar, IA, Vickie (Tim) Sommers of Maquoketa, IA, Robert (Teresa) McAfee of Gun Barrel City, TX, and Brett (Kate) McAfee of Maquoketa, IA; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ron (Wendy) Usher of Menagha, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Jimmy, and a sister, Mary Kay Roth.

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

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



Thomas J. Montag

Thomas J. Montag Sr. of Epworth, Iowa formerly of East Dubuque, IL died of complications from open heart surgery Tues., January 7, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a memorial service will be held at

4:00 p.m. on Sunday, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born to Leo "Chris" Montag and Ruth Liddle on February 28, 1946 in Dubuque.  He grew up in East Dubuque with his five siblings where he served as an Alter boy at St Mary's Church through High school with continued service to age 27.  He participated in the boy scouts and at the age of 14 was the first Eagle Scout in the history of East Dubuque. Tom was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1964. He served in the US Navy after high school from 1964-71. He is most proud of his service as a Navy Seal and amongst other honors was awarded the Purple Heart during his years of service.

He married Mary Hooks on December 16, 1967 in London England.

He served as a Deputy Sheriff for Jo Daviess Co, and upon moving to Scottsdale, AZ he worked as the head of maintenance for Mark Taylor properties into retirement. He was an avid sportsman and golfer. He was also a master craftsman.

Surviving are his wife, Mary (Hooks) Montag, their children, Tammy (Bill Bakey) Montag of Illinois, Tricia (Lawrence) Blaylock of Arizona, Thomas (Sunshine) Montag Jr of Iowa, Terry (Sunshine) Montag of Iowa; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild and his beloved dog Pepper, his siblings, Sandy (Florian) Tigges, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, Anthony "Tony" (Colleen) Montag, Kris Ann (Kevin) Strehlow and Rick (Kristi) Montag.

He was preceded in death by his father Leo Montag April 7, 1999, his mother Ruth Montag March 7, 1973, his brother Michael Montag in 1946, a son Troy A. Montag on Oct. 14, 1974. 

A Thomas J. Montag, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

 



Ralph W. Bartels

Ralph W. Bartels, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday morning, January 8, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ralph William Bartels was born on February 11, 1921 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William and Tillie (Adrian) Bartels. He attended Clinton County country schools and graduated from Delmar High School in 1938. He married Dorothy Darlene Duhme on September 14, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union, two children were born, Vernon and Merle.

Ralph was lifelong farmer and had farmed the family farm in rural Clinton County. He could fix anything and enjoyed welding and working on old machinery.

Those left to honor Ralph's memory include his wife, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Vernon Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Merle Bartels of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Harold (Margaret) Bartels of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Bernice Bartels of Delmar, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death his parents, a sister Myrtle Wilms and a brother Arnold.

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

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

 



Mary C. Blocklinger

Mary C. Blocklinger, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:50 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Mary's life friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary.

Mary was born on February 6, 1935, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Bertha (Chatfield) Bradfield.

Mary married Maurice L. Blocklinger on November 12, 1955, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. She graduated from the Finley School of Nursing in 1955 and was employed at Xavier Hospital and Stonehill Care Center. Mary enjoyed working on puzzles and reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Mary is survived by her children, Melinda (Thomas) Betts, Theresa (Gene) Stecklein, Ellen (David) Flury, all of Dubuque; her 6 grandchildren, Emily (Colin McCormack) Stecklein, David (Shannon Martin) Flury, Rachel (Scott VanNatta) Stecklein, Randy Betts, Mariah (Tyler Smith) Betts, MaryAnn (Shane Mcnamer) Flury; her siblings, Duane (June) Bradfield, Dubuque, IA, Natalie Hines, Arlington, TX, Ann (Lyle) Whalen, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Janis Lewis and her brother, Robert Bradfield.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schreiber, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque and all who have helped care for Mary.

A Mary C. Blocklinger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gary D. Peterson

Gary D. Peterson, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Hope Evangelical Church in Dubuque. Visitation will be held at Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Gary was born on Oct. 24, 1955 in Trempealeau, Wis., the son of Duane and Myrtle (Pierce) Peterson. He married Lili Scherrman on May 21, 1982 at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa.

He worked various jobs including Rockford Industrial, Galena Territories and lastly with Oral Arts Dental Lab.

He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and riding his Harley. He had an amazing sense of humor and his main passion was playing drums in various bands for over 45 years.

After marriage, Gary started attending Hope Evangelical Church with Lili. He then got involved in the music ministry and small groups with the church creating awesome bonds with many people.

Gary was a simple man; he loved home, maintaining the pool for his kids and their friends, watching The Andy Griffith Show, and making people laugh. But most of all he loved his friends, family, his grandson and Jesus.

He is survived by his wife, Lili; his son, Wes (Rebecca) Peterson and their son, Madden; three daughters, Tessa (Scott) Howard, Abby Peterson, and Ellie Peterson; a sister, Carla Olivarez; mother- and father-in-law Laurence and Irene Scherrman; two sisters-in-law, Cynthia (Bill) Sueppel and Karen (Dan) Kinley; and a brother-in-law, Peter (Nettie) Scherrman; and nieces and nephews Mallory and Cam Kinley, Alex and Cara Seuppel, and Ricci Olivarez.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all their family and friends for all their amazing love, care, generosity and prayers. Also to Dr. Mark Herman and his staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, for all their wonderful care and kindness. Lastly to our friends at Hope Evangelical Church for all their prayers and loving support.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Hope Evangelical Church.



Daryl Michael Sheckles

Daryl Michael Sheckles, 50, of Dubuque, passed away on Jan. 3, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Committal services and burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Strawberry Point Methodist Cemetery.

He was born on May 5, 1963 in Black River Falls, WI, the son of Ralph and Donna (Knutson) Sheckles Jr. He worked for the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino and formerly worked for Ertl.

He is survived by three children, Nicole of Rock Island, Michael of Dubuque, and Matthew of Dyersville; four grandchildren, Erik, Kylee, Serenity and Bentley; and four brothers, David (Kay), Richard (Cathy), Randy and Dan (Lorna).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com



Richard L. Noel

Richard L. "Dick" Noel, 79, formerly of Dubuque, peacefully passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Bloomington, Ill.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, January 11 at Nativity Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa where there will be a flag presentation by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on August 14, 1934 in Dubuque, son of Anthony and Ruth (Vogel) Noel. He attended the Loras Academy before entering the Navy. He married Alma Varnum on October 20th, 1962 at St. Mary's Church in Grinnell, Iowa.

He loved being a grandfather to his three granddaughters and often told the story crediting his first granddaughter, Noelle, for helping him beat his cancer in 2001. Dick loved hunting, fishing, and spending time in his yard. He was also very adept at fixing things, and took great pride in helping his daughters with their cars and homes. He was very proud of his time in the Navy and would often tell stories about his time on the USS Sarsi, a ship that sunk leaving him in the ocean for 8 hours off the coast of Korea.

Dick worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 35 years. After retiring he worked in Security at the CyCare Building . He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church for over 30 years and later a member of Nativity Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alma; two daughters, Kris and her husband Jon Tibbetts, of Mason, Ohio and their children Noelle, Kelly and Ellen, and Karen, of Bloomington, IL; seven sisters, Mary Ann Miller of Saratoga, CA, Jean (Mick) Hingtgen of Dubuque, Kay (Jerry) Potts, of Dubuque, Helen (Roger) McLaughlin, of Dubuque, Barbara (John) Twomey, of Warrenton, VA, Jenny Landa, of Minneapolis, MN, and Hope (Ron) Maus of Grand Prairie, TX, a brother, John (Rose) Noel, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Don Noel; brother-in-laws Don Miller and Don Landa; and sister-in-law Connie Noel.

The family wishes to thank their friend and neighbor, Terry Steuer, for all his help and support, especially during the last few months. They would also like to thank the staff at Heritage Health for their care of Dick since moving him to Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, a Richard L. Noel Memorial Fund has been established.

Condolences may be sent to Alma Noel. 112 Ginger Creek Ct., Bloomington, IL 61704

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

 



William J. O’Hearn

William J. O'Hearn, 100, of Dubuque, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steve Rosonke. Family will greet friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, Jan. 17, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

William was born Feb. 1, 1913 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William F. and Elizabeth (Hahn) O'Hearn. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High and Bayless Business College. He served in the US Navy during WWII.

He married Lois Schmidt on April 5, 1945 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on June 2, 1999.

He worked for Swift Chemical Company for over 24 years before his retirement in 1976.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and St. Anthony's Council #8384 Knights of Columbus and Dubourg Assembly Fourth Degree. He enjoyed woodworking, needlework, and walking.

William is survived by two sons, Terrence and Thomas Michael of Los Angeles, and 12 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Robert O'Hearn and Thomas C. O'Hearn.

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



Paul F. Schmitt

Paul Francis Schmitt, 71, of Rickardsville went to see our Lord in heaven Monday, January 6, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville, with Rev. Jose L. Camparan and Rev. John Haugen concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 9th and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10th at St. Joseph Church. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born June 8, 1942, in Dubuque son of Matthew and Edna (Hannan) Schmitt.
He married Kathleen "Kay" Lucas, April 27, 1963 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa. He was born and raised on the family farm and was CEO of Morningview Holsteins. He was a member of St. Joseph parish, Rickardsville.

He graduated from Holy Cross High School, Holy Cross, IA and served in the U.S. Army from 1960 - 1968.

He was one of the founding members of the Rickardsville Ball Diamond and Athletic Club. He supported athletics. He often said "If I could have dunked it one time!."

Paul struggled with coronary artery disease and a congenital heart defect for 32 years. He died Monday, January 6, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic, Madison, Wisc.

Surviving is his wife, Kathleen "Kay" Schmitt, of Rickardsville; children, Steve (JoAnn) Schmitt, of Milwaukee, Wisc. and their children, Jacob and Sammy; Tom (Donna) Schmitt, of Dubuque, and their children, Ana, Josh, Cael; Peggy (Tom) Goerdt, of Dubuque, and their children, Bailey, Spencer, and Jack; Tim (Kim) Schmitt, of Bankston, and their children, Keeley, Kiersten and Katelyn; a sister, Mary (Andy) Ploessl, of Dubuque; and a brother, Jim (Kay) Schmitt, of Rickardsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Schmitt, four nieces, Sherry and Sandy Schmitt, Janet and Julie Ploessl, a nephew, Mike Schmitt, and Kay's parents, Marie and Emil Lucas.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers for Paul in the past two months. We greatly appreciated the wonderful support and love that has been poured out to us. Especially Dr. Loukinen, Pastor John Sorenson, Father John Haugen and the medical staff at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque and the staff at the University Hospital and Clinic, Madison. You are all very special people in our lives and we will never forget you.

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



Billie J. Carr

Billie J. Carr, 85, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Cedar Rapids, died on Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Billie on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place.

Billie Jane Carr was born on October 6, 1928 in Parsons, KS, to John and Lillian (Jones) Bocklett. She grew up in Kansas and graduated from high school. She then worked as a dancer and did modeling for several years prior to her marriage to Jerry Carr in Kansas City, Kansas. After 22 years of marriage they divorced.

Billie was a homemaker and raised a family. She then worked in the kitchen at Pierce Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, and later worked manufacturing jobs. In 1980, she moved to Florida until 2000, when she returned to the Midwest and settled in Maquoketa.

Billie loved music and dancing. She had been a member of the Sweet Adelines Dance Group in Cedar Rapids as well a member of several quartets. After she could no longer dance, she really enjoyed watching television.

Those left to honor Billie's memory include her children, Michael Carr of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jack (Penny) Carr of AR, Tony (Judy) Carr of Maquoketa, IA, Kitty (Tom) Zink of FL, and Stacy Carr of FL; 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Billie J. Carr memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Vernon L. Weirup

Vernon L. Weirup, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, January 7, 2014, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Vernon's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Vernon Leo Weirup was born on July 5, 1932 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Arthur and Nina (Busch) Weirup. He attended Buckhorn Country School and was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He was an Army veteran serving his country during the Korean Conflict. He married Patricia Ann Bock on January 30, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Vernon farmed for five years. For the next eight years he worked as a police officer for the Maquoketa Police Department. He then worked as a Brinks driver for eight years and lastly as a forklift operator for Red Jacket in Davenport for over 20 years.

Vernon was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, Buckhorn Community Club, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. In November of 2012 he was given a trip on the Honor Flight.

Vernon enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, especially Sheepshead, doing yard work and gardening. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Those left to honor Vernon's memory include his wife, Patricia Weirup of Maquoketa, IA; children, Barbara Milburn of Long Grove, IA, Randy (Susan) Weirup of Maquoketa, IA, and Brenda Lannom of Kent, WA; 5 grandchildren, Adam, Chad, and Chris Weirup, Stephanie and Kristen Milburn; 7 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Wilma Reichling of Maquoketa, IA, Arla (John) Lubben of Baldwin, IA, and Laveta Brady of Clinton, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters Vernetta and Naomi, and a brother Everett.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Waterford Buckhorn Cemetery Association or the charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Jane A. Hefel

Jane Ann Hefel, age 65, of Guttenberg, passed away at 9:06 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Guttenberg Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Jane's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 in the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Jane was born on April 8, 1948, in Colesburg, IA, daughter of Russell and Ila (Moser) Weyant.

Jane married Greg Hefel on October 16, 1971, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. Jane was a Mary Kay lady who took great pride in her appearance and keeping a tidy home. She was very family and friend oriented and loved to help others. Jane loved to sit and talk, cook and travel. She had an infectious laugh and a smile you could never forget.

Jane is survived by her husband of 42 years, Greg Hefel, Guttenberg, IA; her daughter, Malinda (Keith) Kramer, Guttenberg, IA; her grandson, Gregor Kramer, Guttenberg, IA; her mother, Ila Weyant, Guttenberg, IA; her 3 sisters, Barbara Herman, Colesburg, IA, Judy Weyant, Guttenberg, IA, Lori (Ray) Horstman, Guttenberg, IA; her 2 brothers, Owen "Pete" (fiancé Jeanette) Weyant, Worthington, IA, Tom (Dorothy) Weyant, Guttenberg, IA; Brother-in-law, Clarence "Nick" (Sandy) Hefel, Bettendorf; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Jane was preceded in death by her father, her niece Courtney Eglseder and her brother-in-law Robert Herman.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Merrick, Dr. Shafer and the nurses and staff at the Guttenberg Hospital for all of the wonderful care they provided for Jane all these past years.

A Jane Ann Hefel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Violet P. Stewart

Violet P. Stewart, 98, of Luther Manor Care Center, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Private family visitation will be from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where services will be at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Mrs. Stewart was born on December 10, 1915 in Shawno, Wisconsin, the daughter of Percy & Laurina (Lund) Anker.  She graduated from elementary school in Platteville, Wisconsin and later graduated from Galena High School. Violet married Ralph M. Stewart, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1975.

Surviving are four children, Ralph M. "Marv" (Linda) Stewart, Jr., Eugene "Whistle" (Randa) Stewart, Wayne (Lynn Ann) Stewart all of East Dubuque, and Ellen Stewart, Seven grandchildren, 13-Great Grandchildren, and a brother Dallas (Joyce) Anker of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Clinton Anker, and two sisters, Dorothy Kieffer and Delores Sproule.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Luther Manor.

The members of the Stewart family wish to extend their gratitude and thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for the wonderful care provided to their mother.

 



Floy D. Kiebel

Floy D. Kiebel, 84, of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a visitation Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Floy was born October 29, 1929 in Oklahoma City, daughter of Floyd and Beatrice (Holderman) Hubbard. She was lovingly raised by her mother and Ed Stroupe. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1947.

On June 10,1950, she married Melvin Kiebel at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 13, 2008.

Floy was a loving wife and mother. Her marriage with Melvin was a true partnership, and together they taught their children about the important things in life: hard work, compassion, and determination. She was very active in her children's activities as they were growing up and also loved her grandchildren and incorporated her playful spirit. She loved kids.

She was an active competitive swimmer, and held the 50-54 age group record for Iowa in the 50 meter freestyle. But more important than her personal swimming accomplishments, was her love of teaching swimming to others; especially disabled children and adults. She was a long time swim instructor at the YM/YWCA and held swimming summer camps for the disabled. Floy was also a talented artist.

Floy was also active with the Dubuque Red Cross, and served on their board of directors for many years.

She is survived by five children, Steven (Jane Schwager) Kiebel of Dubuque and their children, Jennifer (Nick) Epler and their son Max Epler, and Zach Kiebel and his friend Anisha Snowden; Gary Kiebel of Irvine, Calif. and his children, Matthew, Michael (Giana), and Nicki; Judy (Robert) Gielissen of Monticello, WI and their children, James (fiance Glenys Buckingham), Katherine and Theresa; Janet (Richard) Jamieson of Casper, Wyo. and their children, Christine and David Frederiksen; and Sharon (James) Pierce of Atlanta, Georgia and their son Thomas.

Floy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin; and a brother, John Stroupe.

Floy's children would like to extend their deepest gratitude for the excellent care she received at Luther Manor at Home, with a special thanks to Jean, and the Luther Manor Memory Care Unit. Every caregiver treated mom with respect and gentle care, as they would their own family. She was in expert hands, and we are so grateful.

Memorials may be made to Luther Manor Memory Care Unit or YMCA Floy Kiebel Swim Lesson Scholarship.

To submit online condolences, or for further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



John J. Reding

John J. "Jay" Reding Sr., age 76, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:00 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St. with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. The rosary will be said at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning at church. To celebrate John's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia, Iowa.

John was born on August 2, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, son of Emil and Molita (Dawson) Reding.

John attended Nativity School and graduated from Loras Academy, Class of 1955. He married Barbara Schmitt on October 4, 1958, in Lattnerville, Iowa. John served in the National Guard Unit Co. A Infantry 133rd from 1958-1961. He worked with the Chicago Great Western Railroad for 6 months, before entering into a plumbing apprenticeship. John was a Journeyman Plumber from 1959 until his retirement in 2000. He loved the outdoors. John enjoyed gardening and going fishing and hunting in his younger days. He also liked to play cards and occasionally try his luck at the casino.


John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Reding, Dubuque, IA; his children, Steven (Mary Jean) Reding, Chris (Cindy) Reding, Tom (Colleen) Reding, John Reding Jr., all of Dubuque, Jennifer (Donald) Bloomquist, Goodlettsville, TN; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Mary Smith, Dubuque, IA.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Moore, Dr. Ringold and Dr. Brock and to the staff of Mercy In Home Care for all of the wonderful care they provided to John and the family.

A John J. "Jay" Reding Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas L. Weiland

Thomas "Tom" L. Weiland, 70, of Asbury, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, with his family at his side.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church.  Rev. Gary Mayer will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Tom was born December 3, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Mildred (Dress) Weiland.  He married Betty Osterhoff on August 1, 1964 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

Tom was a devoted family man, and he especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sports and school activities.  He will be remembered for his distinct, jolly laugh. 

He was employed at Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods, and at Barnstead Thermolyne, retiring in 2006.

Tom was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, and the Meadows Golf Club. 

He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed the Golf Channel in the winter. In 1982,  Tom was the Men's City/County Champion, in 1983 he was the Tri-State Tourney Champion and the Men's City/County Champion, and in 1985 he was the Julien Dubuque Amateur Champion. He was proud to have achieved his first hole-in-one on August 1, 1998. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Betty, of Asbury; his children Tim (Mary Kay) Weiland of New Berlin, WI, Janet (Mark) Van Blarcom of Belleville, WI, Michelle (friend Steve Sowle) Schmidt of Dubuque, and Lisa (Chris) Gaulke of East Dubuque, IL; his grandchildren, Justin, Jenny, Josh, Alex, Lauren, Jacob, and Cory; his brother in law Robert (Laura) Osterhoff of Wildwood, MO; his sister in law, Sr. Janet Osterhoff OSF of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews; and his best buddy, Maggie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Ethel "Tuddy" Reiter; James Weiland; Roland Weiland; and Betty Strickland. 

Memorials may be made to the Thomas Weiland Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Asbury Fire Department EMT's, Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room Staff, ICU nurses Abe and Chris and Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Alex Johnson and Dr. Marsha Horwitz.

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

 



Samuel Z. Ellerbeck

Samuel Z. Ellerbeck, 29, of Dubuque, Iowa died Saturday, January 04, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Sam was born June 27, 1984, in Worcester, Mass., son of Paul and Linda "Lin" (Hunt) Ellerbeck. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 2002. He also graduated from the Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, Hollywood, Calif.

Sam worked for American Marine Corp. of Seattle, Washington; working on commercial dive and fishing boats in Alaska. He was an avid gastronome and enjoyed traveling, experiencing the cuisines of a variety of regions and cultures, and making new friends wherever he went. Sam had a very warm personality, he was able to make anyone laugh, and people just enjoyed being in his company. He loved the sea, music, snowboarding, swimming and diving, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Paul Ellerbeck of Dubuque; a brother, Alex (Alicia) Ellerbeck of Dubuque and their sons, Zenner and Zealand; two sisters, Emily Ellerbeck of Santa Monica, Calif, and Erin Ellerbeck of Missoula, Mont.; his paternal grandmother, Wilda Ellerbeck, of LaVista, Nebr.; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Winifred Hunt of Council Bluffs, Iowa; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lin Ellerbeck and paternal grandfather, Norman Ellerbeck.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff at Finley Hospital Department of Radiology, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful and compassionate care.

To submit online condolences, or for additional information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Eugene Witt

Eugene "Bud" Witt, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday evening, January 4, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bud's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Bernard Eugene Witt was born on March 2, 1930 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Benhart and Kathryn (Hinrichs) Witt. He grew up in Delmar and graduated from Delmar High School in 1947. He married Dorla Harrington on September 3, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 4, 1994.

Bud was a farmer and a truck driver. At age 14 he drove a school bus before and after school. Upon graduation, he farmed in the Delmar area where he was named Outstanding Farmer for Clinton County in 1964. In 1965 the family moved to Andrew where he continued farming until 1970 when he began working for several implement dealers. He then drove truck for National By-Products in Clinton for 21 years, retiring in 1995.

While living in Delmar, Bud had been an active volunteer for the Delmar Fire Department and a Delmar 4-H leader. He continued volunteering for 4-H after moving to Andrew. He was an avid Iowa Hawks and Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. His real passion however was bowling. He had served as a board member and past president and honorary member of the Maquoketa Bowling Association. He was inducted in the Maquoketa Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Those left to honor Bud's memory include his children, Rick (Kathy) Witt of Peyton, CO, Dennis (Nancy) Witt of Clinton, IA, Kandy Carr of Maquoketa, IA, and Jeff Witt of Green Island, IA; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, his wife Dorla, a sister Elaine McDermott, and a grandchild Trish Witt.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Eugene "Bud" Witt memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com

 



Joanne Steil-Schwarzhoff

Joanne Steil-Schwarzhoff, 85, of Dubuque, passed away, Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Davenport, Iowa. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost, 2921 Central Ave Dubuque. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joanne was born February 19, 1928 in Perry, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Frommelt) Steil. She married Carl J. Schwarzhoff on March 31, 1951 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, he preceded her in death. Joanne was beloved and devoted to her family.

Survivors include her children; Joseph (Becky) Schwarzhoff of Iowa City, Amy (Randy) Beauchamp of Davenport , Ted Schwarzhoff of Savanna, Georgia, and; four grandchildren, Joanna, Emily, Corey, and Adam; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Cullen-Spensely; and a brother in-law, Bernell Busch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Carl; a daughter and son in-law; Lisa (William) Schoessow; siblings; LaVonne, Mary Jane, Marguarite, and William.

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

Special Thank You to the staff of the Good Samaritan Society of Davenport, Iowa for your loving care.

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

 



Susan Lee Brimeyer

Susan Lee Brimeyer, age 55, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at home of natural causes.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, Jan.y 9, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Tom Johnson officiating. To celebrate Susan's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at noon on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Behr Funeral Home, where complete arrangements are pending.

Susan was born on August 22, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Larry and Dianne (Oneyear) Brimeyer.

Susan loved her cat, Wii bowling, spending time with family and Sunday morning brunch with her mom.

Susan is survived by her son, Ryan Brimeyer-Rieck of Dubuque; her parents, Larry and Dianne Brimeyer of Sherrill, IA; her siblings, James Brimeyer of Seattle, WA, Jerome (Dianne) Brimeyer of Cold Springs Harbor, NY, Randall Brimeyer of Sherrill, IA, Cathy Bout of Glbert, AZ, and Steve (Jill) Brimeyer of Ankeny, IA; 10 nieces and nephews; and 1 great-niece.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Levi and Julitta Oneyear and Cornelius and Selina Brimeyer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the VNA and Hillcrest for all their care and concern for Susan.

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



Arnold N. Honkamp

Arnold N. Honkamp, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa died suddenly, Saturday, January 4, at the University of Iowa Hospital, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be from 2 to 8pm Tuesday at St. Columbkille's Catholic church where there will be a parish wake service at 8 pm. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Columbkille's where there will also be a visitation from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. There will be a private burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Arnie was born December 6, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Arnold H. and Catherine (Portzen) Honkamp. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1958, University of Iowa with a degree in marketing in 1962, and Loras College with a degree in accounting in 1963.

He married Joyce Wubben September 1, 1962 at Nativity BVM, Menomonee, Ill.

In 1972 he joined the John W. Law company, which later became Honkamp-Krueger & Co., PC. He retired from Honkamp-Krueger in 2009, and held the title of CEO Emeritus.

Arnie was committed to his family and community.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Honkamp of Dubuque; three children, Jill Honkamp, M.D., and her husband Rick Hageman of Neenah, Wisc., and their children, Jack and Emma; Amy Greener and her husband, Patrick of Dubuque and their children, Anna, Catherine, and Rita Clare; and Nicholas Honkamp M.D. and his wife, Sue of Des Moines, Iowa and their children, Anne, Mary, Andrew and Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother in law, Marie and Denis Garot; a brother, Andrew Honkamp; and a daughter, Heidi Honkamp-Myhre.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Heidi Honkamp-Myhre Memorial Fund or the Dubuque Mercy Autism Center.

To submit an online condolence, or for further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Charles Preston

Charles "Chuck" Preston, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 surrounded by family at his home. Family will greet friends 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday January 7, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the prayer service conducted by Deacon Jim Thill at the funeral home at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Chuck was born on July 22, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Earl and Leah (Landgraf) Preston. He married DaLee Hoffman on June 20, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Chuck worked for Dubuque Packing Company for 29 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family at Freddy's Beach, taking spur of the moment road trips, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and cheering for his beloved Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, DaLee; children; Michael (Kim) Preston, Michelle (Nick) Gray and son in-law; Steven Kowalske; grandchildren; Michael Jr., Steven Jr. (Angela), Rachel, Olivia (James), and Sarah; and a great grandchild; Ceondra; siblings; Dick (Ruth) Preston, Ruth (Robert) Kramer, and Faye (Ken) Dewall.

Chuck was preceded in death by his, daughter; Lynn Kowalske; parents, Earl and Leah Preston, and father in-law and mother in-law; William Hoffman and Theresa (Hoffman) Seng.

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

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their many acts of kindness.

For further information or to submit online condolences please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Daniel P. Bresnahan

Daniel P. "Dan" Bresnahan, 77, of Dickeyville, passed away Saturday morning, January 4, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of V.F.W. Post # 6455.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.  Friends may also call from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Dan was born on March 30, 1936 in Waukon, Iowa, the son of Clement and Ella (Phalen) Bresnahan.  He was a 1955 graduate of Prairie Du Chien High School, and was united in marriage to Darlene Fox on August 27, 1956 at St. Gabriel Church in Prairie Du Chien.

He loved hunting, fishing, vacationing, being with family and was a unique story teller.  Dan enjoyed playing cards especially euchre.  He was an avid Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers fan.  He always made time for children and loved farming "The Hill Climb Farm".

Dan was formerly employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a supervisor, retiring in 1986.  He served in the Air Force from 1956 - 1960, and was a member of V.F.W. Post # 6455.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years Darlene, three children, Kathy Bresnahan of Iowa City; Craig Bresnahan of Madison, Wisconsin; and David (Mindy) Bresnahan of Clayton, North Carolina, 5-grandchildren Brianna Breshnahan, Michael Atwater, Justin Bresnahan, Sasha Porcel, and Ashley Bresnahan, One great grandchild Raelyn, a sister Donna Meier of Madison, and a brother Art (Judy) Bresnahan of Verona, Wisconsin, several nieces and nephews, with a special relationship with his nephew Bruce Meier, a sister-in-law Delores Bonney of Prairie Du Chien, and special friends Ron Burbach & Joan Kruser.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clement and Ella, a niece Linda Meier and brothers-in-law John Meier and Rod Bonney.

The family wishes to thank the Dickeyville Rescue Squad for their quick response and support.

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

 



Darrell B. Henry

Darrell B. Henry, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, January 3, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Darrell's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Darrell Burdette Henry was born on April 27, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Benjamin and Blanche L. (Morehead) Henry. He was a 1941 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Alice Hallgren Ryner on September 23, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 14, 1992. He married Winona Easter Kallman on June 5, 1993. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2013.

Darrell had farmed his entire life along the Caves Road northwest of Maquoketa until moving to Bellevue in 2011. Through the years he had also worked factory jobs for several area companies including Clinton Engines, Bendix and lastly for Quantum (fka Chemplex).

Darrell was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Double DJ Twirlers, Lasso-E-Camping Club, and the Jackson County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed square dancing, camping, visiting with family and friends, and his dog, Dolly.

Those left to honor Darrell's memory include daughters, Carol Henry of Council Bluffs, IA, and Cheryl Henry of Cedar Rapids, IA; a daughter-in-law, Dianne Henry of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Troy Henry, Tiffany (Jerry) Martinez, Brett (Megan) Shady, and Benjamin (Naomi) Shady; and 3 great-grandchildren, Hailey Martinez, Carly Martinez and Ayanna LaFountain. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother Clifford, 1 sister Gladys, a son David in 2004, and his second wife Winona.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darrell B. Henry memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Richard P. Sieverding

Richard P. Sieverding, 80, of Dubuque, and formerly of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Church of the Nativity, where a rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Scott Bullock will officiate. Interment will be in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. by Sr. Margaret Ann Kramer PBVM.

Richard was born August 7, 1933 in Rochester, MN, the son of John and Mildred (Chilson) Sieverding. He married Marjorie Kramer on November 6, 1954 at Church of the Nativity.

Richard served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, and was in charge of driving the General's Jeep. He and Marjorie lived in Shullsburg, WI from 1966 until 1996. 
He was employed as a mechanic at Truck Country, retiring in 1995. After retirement, Richard and Marjorie moved to Missouri, where he drove a mail truck. They came to Dubuque in 1999, and he worked at Theisen's for several years.

He was a member of Church of the Nativity, and the American Legion Post #6. 

Richard was a jack of all trades, and the family handyman. If it was broke, Richard could always fix it. He enjoyed tinkering with small motors, fishing, playing euchre, dancing, and playing the violin and harmonica. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Marjorie Sieverding, of Dubuque; two sons, Michael J. (Brenda) Sieverding of Dysart, IA, and James J. (Kim) Sieverding of Muscatine, IA; two daughters, Debra A. (Terry) Gothard of Waterloo, IA, and Patricia A. (Steve) Heinberg of Muscatine, IA; eight grandchildren, Tara Sieverding, Michael (Crystal) and Nathan Gothard, Brent, Marcus, and Megan Sieverding, and Patrick and Kristi Heinberg; two great grandchildren, Makayla and Halle Jo; a sister, Arlene Kane of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Donnabelle) Kramer and Joe (Judy) Kramer; three sisters-in-law, Pat Kramer, Karen (Jim) Seeley, and Mary (Bob) Hood; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother at birth; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence Kane and William Kramer; and his father and mother-in-law, Reynold "Ray" and Agnes Kramer.

Memorials may be made to the Richard Sieverding Memorial Fund for later donation to Hospice of Dubuque and the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, Dr. Caceres and his nurse Jackie, and to Richard's brother-in-law, Bob Kramer, for his extra special visits and their special hot dog trips to the Grand Tap.

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



Shirley A. Weber

Shirley Ann Weber, 79, of Dyersville and formerly of Delhi, Iowa died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 2 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Private family services will be held.

Shirley was born July 8, 1934, in Dyersville, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Lukan) Digmann. She married Robert L. Weber on May 26, 1952 in Dyersville. Bob and Shirley owned and operated the Delhi Tap from 1964 - 1971. After that, they moved their family to a farm near Earlville until the late 1990's when they retired in Delhi. While in Earlville, Shirley provided daycare to several families in the area. Bob preceded her in death in 2008 and Shirley moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.

Shirley was an avid card player who loved to do puzzles, go fishing and gambling and spend time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include 8 children: Larry (Mary) Weber of Marshalltown, Jerry (Cindy) Weber of Hopkinton, Patty (Mark) Rodenkirk of Cedar Rapids, Dan (Pam) Weber of Manchester, Kathy (Jim) Stelken of Delaware, Dave (Cindy) Weber of Ankeny, Karen (Steve Fairbanks) Weber of Cedar Rapids, and Kay (Kerry) Sternhagen of Delhi, 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by 3 brothers: Ronald (Joyce) Digmann of Dyersville, Albert (Karen) Digmann of Branson, MO, Roger (Nancy) Digmann of Monticello, along with 3 sisters: Carolyn ‘Cookie' (Gilbert) Fangman of Earlville, LaVonne (Jerry) Pearson of Martelle, Linda Mason of St. Petersburg, FL, and brothers-in-law: Roland Broll of Cedar Falls, Charles (Cathy) Weber of Fayetteville, NC; sisters-in-law: Helen Digmann of Waterloo and Evelyn Digmann of Gillespie, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters: Madonna (Urban) Pottebaum, Betty Broll, and Mary Lou Wink, her brothers: Lloyd Digmann, Alvin Digmann, Donald Digmann, and Gerald ‘Doc' Digmann; 1 brother-in-law, Cletus F. Weber.

Memorials are preferred to the Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

Special thanks to the staff at Ellen Kennedy Living Center for making our mother feel at home these last few years. We would also like to thank the staff at Regional Medical Center in Manchester and the staff at the Intensive Care Unit, 3rd Floor Nurses and Hospice of St. Luke's Hospital.

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



Jill M. Quinn

Jill M. Quinn, 35, of rural Hazel Green, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 03, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Richard Schaefer officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Jill was born on May 10, 1978 in Dubuque, the daughter of John T. and Moni (Lewis) Quinn. She was an avid fan of all the Chicago sports teams, the Cubs, the Bears, the Bulls, and the Blackhawks. She also enjoyed watching wrestling and playing various games on family game night. Jill loved life and loved to spoil her niece and nephews.

Surviving are her parents, John and Moni Quinn, her siblings, Andy Quinn of Hazel Green; Kimberly (Jamie Lewis) Quinn of Fairfax, Iowa; and Greg (Ashley) Quinn of Hazel Green, two nephews Isaac Quinn and William Lewis, a niece Morgan Quinn, her grandparents Linda McNamer of Benton, and John (Nancy) Quinn of Dubuque, plus numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including Laura (Skip) Goodendorf, Steve Quinn, Jeff Quinn, Kate (Don) Brandel, Celia (Terry) Monahan, Helen (Denny) Dorr, Bob (Gini) Lewis and Paul (Ann) Lewis.

Jill was preceded in death by her great grandparents Bill & Alice (Fleege) Lewis, and Cletus & Augusta Quinn, step-grandfather Robert McNamer, two uncles Mike and Mark Quinn and a great uncle Joseph Quinn.

In lieu of flowers a Jill M. Quinn memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Jamestown First Responders and the Dickeyville Rescue Squad for their help and acts of kindness. The family would also like to thank Bill Miller from Miller Funeral Home for his compassion for Jill and family.

 



Allen H. Herbst

Allen H. Herbst, 83, of Dubuque died Friday, January 3, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Gardens Mausolem, Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born September 17, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Lucille Herbst. He married Ruth Bewer on September 25, 1954 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He loved cars, worked in auto body repair his entire adult life, and owned and operated Al Herbst Auto Body Repair for ten years. He was also an avid bowler.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Allen is survived by his wife, Ruth Herbst of Dubuque; a son, Mark Herbst of Centralia; two sisters, Helen (Kenneth) Thill of Dubuque and Donna (George) Weitzel of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Thelma Valentine, Eleanor Boyes, Rita Klein and Alverta Krause; and four brothers, Raymond, Donald, Alois and Robert Herbst.

An Allen Herbst Memorial Fund has been established.

For more information, visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Albert A. Miller Jr.

Albert A. "Butch" Miller Jr., age 51, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:50 a.m., Friday, January 3, 2014, peacefully at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Al's life friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Al was born on August 23, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa , son of Albert A. Miller Sr. and Carol (Wright) Miller Pins.

Al was employed at Flexsteel Industries for over 20 years. In his free time Al liked to garden, cook and was very interested in genealogy. Al's favorite time of the year was Christmas, which he loved decorating for.

Al is survived by his mother and step-father, Carol and Jerry Pins, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Tammy (Kevin) Davis, Zwingle, IA, Diane (Hipolito) Sanchez Jr., Lancaster, MO; and many nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, aunts & uncles.

Al was preceded in death by his father, Albert on Feb. 3, 1978, his sister, Lynne Haidar and his grandparents.

An Albert A. "Butch" Miller Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Henrietta E. Lueck

Henrietta E. "Hattie" Lueck, 94, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, 750 12th Ave SW, where the V.F.W. Auxiliary will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2014, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Hattie was born February 28, 1919, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Henry S. and Elenora C. (Funke) Scherbring.  She graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1937.  Hattie married Lawrence C. Lueck on November 27, 1947.

Hattie was a homemaker and caretaker in her teen years and worked at St. Boniface Church Rectory having the honor of serving many Archbishops along with Rev. Aloysius Schmitt of Chaplain Schmitt Island.  Hattie was a giving and caring person, helping her mother, her aunt and giving in-home perms to the elderly before there was a Beauty Salon in New Vienna.

Hattie cherished the many Army Reunions, bus trips as well music & dancing with her husband Lawrence.  She also treasured many activities with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and card club.  Hattie was active in her community including, Parish functions, the Altar Society, Senior Citizens, and St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a member of the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Auxiliary, receiving a 60 year membership medal, and was a Charter member of the New Vienna Historical Society, St. Boniface Choir and Tri County Sportsman.

She is survived by two children: Marilyn (Mike) Noel of Dubuque and Steve (Cathy) Lueck of Dyersville, 4 grandchildren: Joe (Jenna) Lueck of Balltown, Tony (Jenn) Lueck of Worthington, Rachel (Drew) Dunkel of Farley and Kevin Noel of Davenport, great grandchildren: twins, Clayton and Kierra, and Levi Lueck, Wyatt and Katie Lueck and Hattie Dunkel, sisters-in-law: Sr. Helen Esther Lueck, F.S. P.A. of Lacrosse, WI and Hildegarde Lueck of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her father on February 23, 1919, her mother on April 24, 1990, her husband Lawrence on July 11, 1992, her sister, Marie (Hubert) Westhoff, brothers-and-sisters-in-law: Olive (Gregor) Deutmeyer, Rose Lueck, Clotilda Lueck, John (Marguerite) Lueck, Herb Lueck, Agnes (Allie) Lansing, Clara (Ed) Koelker and many nieces & nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Beckman High School and the New Vienna-Luxemburg Fire Dept.

The family would like to thank Dr. Khatib, Dr. Abele, Stonehill Care Center and its Rehab Unit, and Germaine and Cathy Deutmeyer for all their help.

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

 

 



Brandon Jaymz O'Rourke

Brandon Jaymz O'Rourke, 21, of Dubuque, died Jan. 1, 2014. Visitation will be on Sunday, Jan.y 5, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born on May 17, 1992 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Jay and Michelle (O'Rourke) Thurston. He enjoyed reading, playing Zelda but most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Jay and Michelle Thurston; two brothers, Dominic and Colton; and his grandmother, Betsy O'Rourke, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Gary O'Rourke and Gerald and Thelma Thurston.

 



Merlin E. Kness

Merlin E. Kness, 88, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Merlin's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, January 6, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Monday, January 6, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Merlin Edwin Kness was born on March 30, 1925 in Coleta, Illinois, to Edward and Ella (Schreiner) Kness. He grew up in Illinois and was one of 11 children. He married Phyllis Buckwalter on November 12, 1948 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on May 3, 1996.

Merlin had first worked as a semi-truck driver for 15 years. He then worked the last 10 years for ADM as a coal and ash handler until retirement.

Merlin had lived in Delmar for 30 years and Maquoketa for the past ten years. He enjoyed fishing, working around the house and fixing things.

Those left to honor Merlin's memory include his children, Randall (and special companion Robyn) Kness of Belchertown, MA, Merilee Ann (Terry) Walker of Welton, IA, James (Bonnie) Kness of Platteville, WI, and Melissa Kay McMann of Cedar Rapids, IA; a sister Wilma of IL; and 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son Steven, and 9 siblings.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merlin E. Kness memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert J. Schmerbach

Robert J. "Bobby" Schmerbach, 78 of La Motte, Iowa passed away on Tuesday December 31, 2013 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Saturday, January 4th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Jerry Blake & Very Rev. James Bergin, SVD officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday January 3, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd.

He was born on January 24, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Otto C. and Loretta (Wilwert) Schmerbach. He married Margaret "Dolly" M. Schmitt in 1955 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa.

Bobby worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 27 years and owned and operated Schmerbach Implement for 35 years. Bobby and Margaret "Dolly" also farmed in the La Motte area for many years.

He was a member of the Notre Dame Council 4236 Knights of Columbus La Motte-Key West and the Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife Margaret "Dolly", four children; Deb (Bill) Loch, of Otter Creek, Kevin (Ann) Schmerbach, of La Motte, Kim (Steve "Harge") Martens, of Key West, and Stevie Schmerbach, of Dubuque. Five grandchildren four great grandchildren, three brothers; Maurice, Reynold, and Dick, two sisters Betty and Myrene.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Marvin and sisters Shirley and Hilda.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bobby.



Cyril G. Habel

Cyril "Cy" G Habel 86, formerly of Balltown and Sunset Park Place, entered his heavenly home Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 9:30 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Balltown, with Rev. Jose L. Comparan officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, where military rites will be accorded by the V.F.W, New Vienna. To celebrate Cy's life friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 2nd at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:30 p.m. .

Cy was born on April 4, 1927, son of John and Veronica (Hansen), Habel. He married Florence Cummer on October 25, 1949, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Balltown. His soul mate/love of his life preceded him in death on June 13, 2007.

Cy was a WWII veteran serving as a private first class with the United States Army from June 2, 1945 to November 22, 1946 in the infantry as a light truck driver in the Fourth Constabulary Squadron.

Cy was employed as a farmhand in his youth and then was employed by
A.Y. McDonald's retiring from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1988, after more than 30 years of service as a foundry laborer and a machine test driver on the experimental farm.

Cy was a lifetime member of St. Francis Parish, Balltown. He was also a member of the Balltown Lion's Club, the New Vienna VFW, Dubuque American Legion, U.A.W. 94, Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus. Cy was known for his great sense of humor, his love of guitar playing and sing-a-longs. He loved boating, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He and Florence loved traveling, and he especially loved the yearly family fishing trips.

Surviving is a daughter, Judy (Steve) Dupont , of Sherrill, and their children, Stacy (Mike) Francois, Sarah (T.J.) Leslein, Susan (Brian) Galle and grandchildren, Alyssa and Olivia Francois, Kora and Brooklyn Leslein, and Blake, Grant and Payton Galle; a son, Steve (Mary) Habel, of Dyersville, their children, Jennifer Kelchen and Laura (Sean) Gallagher, grandchildren, Cody and Cade Kelchen, Connor Brown, and Manus Gallagher and future baby Gallagher arriving in February, and 1 great-great granddaughter, Aubree; daughter, Jean (Randy) Gaul, of Farley, their children, Jamie (Tom) Boge and Becky (Jed) Hurst, grandchildren Raegan and Noah Boge, Nora and Archer Hurst; a son, Dan (Sue) Habel, of Sherrill, their children, Chris (Emily) Habel, Jodi (Jay) Neuses and Amanda (Damian) Waid, their grandchildren, Audrey, Madelyn, and Owen Habel; daughter, Carol (Brian) Gaul, of Holy Cross, Iowa, their children, Nick (Rosie) Gaul, Matt (friend Manessa) Gaul, Tanya Gaul and Holly Gaul, their grandchildren, Dierks and Levi Gaul, Zach and Leanna Gaul; son Jeff "Irv" Habel, of Balltown.

He is also survived by his brother Benny (Kathleen) Habel, of North Buena Vista, two sisters, Stella McDermott, of Benton, Wisc., and Darlene (Loras) Clemen, of Dubuque; in-laws, Myrtle (Vic) Leibfried, of Dubuque, Laverne "Honey" Cummer, of Dubuque, Evelyn Specht, of Sherrill, Lucille Brimeyer, of Dubuque, and two brothers-in-law, Bill (Marge) Cummer, of Sherrill, and Leon Cummer, of Balltown.

Cy was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rose Habel; a brother-in-law, James "Bert" McDermott; in-laws, Arnold and Lorene Gansemer, Marie and Donald Hannan, Norbert and Marcella Schueller, John and Dorothy Markham, Jack Specht, Norbert Cummer, Glen Stoffel, and Robert Brimeyer.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Rose Guler, Cindy and Kelly, Sue Mills and staff at Sunset Park Place, Dr. Thomas Schrieber and his staff at Medical Associates, and to all of Cy's friends, extended family, and neighbors for their loving care and compassion. The Habel family could not have made it through this without all of you.

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



Floyd V. Efferding

Floyd Victor "Eff", "Brownie" Efferding, Jr., 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, leapt into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral Services will be 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Friends may call 4:00 pm - 5:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home prior to services. Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

He was a friend, athlete, carpenter, businessman, landlord, musician, artist, husband, father, and grandfather.

Floyd was born on May 4, 1928 in Chicago, IL, to Dr. Floyd Victor and Eleanor (Wivagg) Efferding, Sr.

He cherished his childhood growing up in Chicago and established life long friendships with elementary and Sullivan High School classmates. He fostered these friendships with formal and informal class reunions, long talks on the phone, and letter writing.

On the streets of Chicago, he cultivated a love for all sports, playing football, basketball, and his favorite baseball. He fell in love with the Cubs and treasured his days attending games at Wrigley Field during the golden age. He played high school basketball, track, and baseball. He pitched for the AAA Cubs team.

After leaving Chicago and living briefly in Texas and Florida, he moved to Dubuque in 1949 to assume management of Efferding Real Estate, founded by his grandfather, Tasso Efferding.

He was a member of PYADS (Protestant Young Adult Singles), where he met and later married, Janet Louise Groh. They wed on October 10, 1959 at Church of the Brethren, Hagerstown, Maryland. They celebrated their golden anniversary in 2009 and were married 54 years. Their marriage was a true partnership of love, family life, and business. Together they grew and developed Efferding Real Estate and founded E-First Investments. Floyd assisted his wife's theatrical endeavors most practically by building sets. Together they worshipped at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was a member and served as an usher.

Floyd thoroughly enjoyed building things with wood, including sculpting driftwood, constructing creative ceilings, and carving frames and canes. He was extremely proud of building homes with unique artistic woodwork crafted throughout. As the physical demands of constructing large woodworks in homes became too daunting, Floyd turned his artistic drive to painting and creating nautical-themed framed mosaic collages of rocks, gems, shells and miniature boats.

He delighted in music, especially the big band era and followed artists like Frank Sinatra. He emulated Buddy Rich and played the drums. He also played the violin.

He experienced great satisfaction from helping others whether by serving as a caring landlord or providing investment advice. He was a beloved landlord who was hardworking, and always generous, lenient, and extremely patient with his clients. He used his skills and proficiency in understanding the stock market to assist others with managing their investments. He instilled his investing acumen in his children and passed on his amazing athletic abilities to his grandchildren. He enjoyed following the tennis achievements of his grandson, Jeremy I. Efferding (currently #11 in ITA College ranking, playing for Texas A&M; Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award winner; and USTA Junior Development Player of the Year recipient), and the ballet accomplishments of his granddaughter, Stephanie A. Efferding, who dances with the Houston Ballet and attends the Houston Ballet Academy.

Floyd has touched the lives of innumerable store clerks, wait staff, business owners, and clients with his very quick wit and joyous sense of humor.

The word that best describes Floyd is faithful. He remained a faithful friend to his elementary classmates. He was a Cubs fan his entire life. He celebrated 54 years of marriage. He constantly showered love on his family.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Groh Efferding; daughter, Karen McCarthy of Dubuque; son, Brian E. (Lucia Okamoto) Efferding; and grandchildren, Jeremy I. and

Stephanie A. Efferding of Lake Worth, Fl.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Floyd Victor Efferding, Sr., in1938; sister, Patricia Jean, in 1963; and mother, Eleanor Wivagg Efferding, in 1993.

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

 



Robert H. Frommelt

Robert H. Frommelt, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Finley Hospital.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Deacon Jim Thill will officiate. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Robert was born March 21, 1923 in Dubuque, the son of John and Anna (Haverland) Frommelt. He married Julia Schadl on January 21, 1942. She preceded him in death in 2005.

Robert served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, and landed on the beach at Normandy. Several weeks later, he was captured and was a POW for nine months. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Robert was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He loved baseball, and was an avid Cubs fan. Robert enjoyed all sports, especially fishing and horseshoes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Sandra Hentrich of Platteville, WI, Robert R. Frommelt of Dubuque, Daniel J. (Laura) Frommelt of Dickeyville, WI, Kris (Jim) Redding of Apple Valley, MN, and Kim (Mike) Cunningham of Des Moines, IA; 14 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and two sisters-in-law, Kay Schadl and Grace Frommelt, both of Dubuque.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Julie Leuth and James M. Redding; and three brothers, Harry, Joe, and Richard; and one sister, Marion.

Memorials may be made to Veterans Memorial Plaza, Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Finley Hospital, Finley Home Care, and the staff at Dubuque Retirement Community.

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



Donald H. Stelpflug

Donald H. "Donnie" Stelpflug, age 79, of Kieler, WI, passed away at 6:31 a.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Deacon William Bussan officiating. To celebrate Donnie's life friends may visit from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Donnie was born on October 20, 1934, in Grant County, WI, son of Clarence and Naudine (Splinter) Stelpflug.

Donnie married Janet Theis on May 2, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL and Farmland as a Smoke House operator for over 30 years until his retirement. Donnie, his wife and his son raised show rabbits. He made cages for all kinds of small animals. Donnie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoyed watching wrestling. He loved to spend time with his family and looked forward to visits from his son's dogs, JJ and Butters.


Donnie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Stelpflug, Kieler, WI; his son, James (Nancy) Stelpflug; his siblings, Francis Stelpflug, Vincent Stelpflug, Gene (Anna) Stelpflug, Lorraine (Robert) Flogel, Elizabeth Elgin; his sisters-in-law, Joanne Swift, Glady (Richard) Meehan, Lynne Walczak; his brothers-in-law, Richard (Lavonne) Theis, Terry (Carol) Theis.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Eileen, his 2 brothers, Jerome and Merlin Stelpflug, his 2 sisters-in-law, Madonna Stelpflug and Sally Stelpflug, his 4 brothers-in-law, Ronald Theis, Thomas Theis, James Theis and Eugene "Swifty" Swift.

The family would like to thank the Kieler First Responders and the Dickeyville EMTs for all of their help.

A Donald H. "Donnie" Stelpflug memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl J. Hartung

Carl J. Hartung, 63, of Dubuque, joined our heavenly father Monday, December 30, 2013 in the loving arms of his wife, after receiving last rites from Archbishop Kucera at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Private burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. 

Carl was born on April 21, 1950 in Cuba City, WI, the son of Joseph and Marcella (Koos) Hartung, and was raised on the family farm in Hazel Green, WI.

He graduated from Galena High School, where he was active in softball, 4-H, FFA, and won several track championships. He went on to earn his B.S. in Agricultural Education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He served in the National Guard. Carl was employed for over 30 years at John Deere Dubuque Works and Metz Bakery. While working at John Deere, he traveled to Mexico to help set up an engine assembly line. While returning from one of those trips, he met the love of his life, Kathryn (Thompson) Eikeland, and they later married. 

After his retirement, Carl worked at Mi-T-M. He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. 

Carl enjoyed Corvettes, and owned several over the years. He often helped Kay in the garden, and enjoyed tending to his lawn. Dancing was a passion of his. Carl had a wonderful personality and made friends everywhere he went. He loved to have fun and be silly. He had a great work ethic, and a good memory for numbers. Carl loved spending time and eating ice cream with his grandkids. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife, Kay, of Dubuque; his children Valerie (David) Sprank, Adrian Hartung, and Christopher Hartung, all of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Mercedes, Monte, Miata, Milan, Montana, Miranda, Jared, and Trenten; his mother, Marcella Hartung (friend Clarence Wallenhorst) of Galena, IL; his siblings, Kenneth (Donna), Lois, Marsha (Doug), Jody (John) and Dennis (Betsy); and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Carl is welcomed into heaven by his father, Joseph; and his brother, Gary.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Benda, Dr. Koneru; the staff at Finley Hospital, especially nurses Travis and Jackie; Stonehill Care Center; and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care of Carl.

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



Luella C. Cogan

Luella C. Cogan, 87, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at home.

Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Gary Mayer will officiate.

Luella was born August 27, 1926 in Rickardsville, the daughter of Louis and Margaret (Hess) Freiburger. She married Donald Cogan on August 21, 1945 in Rickardville.

In her younger years, Luella was employed at the Battery Factory, and at Caradco. She was a member of Resurrection Parish. Luella enjoyed playing cards, bingo, singing, and playing the guitar. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake.

Luella and Don grew a large garden every year, and sold their vegetables at the Dubuque Farmer's Market for 38 years. She loved to tend the garden, and enjoyed the people she met at the Farmer's Market.

Luella dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 68 years, Donald, of Asbury; her 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; her grandchildren, Carrie Ann Russell, Stacey (Michael) Beaupre, Chasity Eklund, and Brittney Eklund; her great grandchildren, Jocelyn Ward, Malyssa Beaupre, and Lexus Beaupre; and her sister, Modesta "Nets" Koeperich of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and seven siblings.

Memorials may be made to the Luella Cogan Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Elizabeth and Heather at Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Luella.

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



Berniece M. Ehlers

Berniece M. Ehlers, 93, of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2013, at Stone Hill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Berniece's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 2, from the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Berniece Marie Hansen was born on August 12, 1920 in Oxford Junction, Iowa, to Joachim and Marie Hansen. She was a 1939 graduate of Oxford Junction High School. She married Emil Ehlers on April 24, 1940 in Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1990.

Berniece was a homemaker and had worked in the housekeeping department at the nursing home in Onslow for several years. She had also done various jobs for friends and neighbors.

Berniece enjoyed horses, flowers, gardening, spending time with family and taking care of others.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Donna Conger of Bevier, MO, Shirley (Gene) Conger of Exline, IA, Nancy Ehlers of Wyoming, IA, and William "Bill" (Debra) Ehlers of Huron, SD; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; 3 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Ehlers of Oxford Junction, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 6 brothers, 2 sisters and a son, Ronald "Butch" Ehlers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Berniece M. Ehlers memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas A. Schneider

Thomas A. Schneider, age 75, of Stonehill Care Center, passed away at 11:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Thomas' life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Thomas was born on February 28, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Mabel (Sexton) Schneider.

Thomas married Karen Meyer on October 11, 1958, at St. Mary's Church. She preceded him in death on June 16, 2013. Thomas was employed with the railroad and later as the Laundry Manager at Mercy Hospital for 29 years until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Ghost Church. In his spare time Thomas enjoyed boating, fishing and was an active bowler for many years.

Thomas is survived by, his children, Thomas J. Schneider, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Louis Recker) Hedley, Bloomington, WI, Steve Schneider, Dubuque, IA, Karla Chapman, Dubuque, IA; and 12 grandchildren, Tom, Joe, Holly, Dakota, Amanda, Jeff, Josh, Ryan, Wesley, Jerry, Dan and Dillon; his 2 brothers, Dick (Nancy) Schneider, Dubuque, IA, Frank (Eva) Schneider, Dubuque, IA.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Karen and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Schneider.

Thomas's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support.

A Thomas A. Schneider memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Russell W. Bowman

Russell W. Bowman, 58, of Dubuque died Saturday, December 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor David Efflandt officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 1st, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Russ was born on August 24, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Bruce and Marian (Wild) Bowman. When Russ was a young boy he spent a lot of time at the Boys Club. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1973. On May 11, 1985 he married D.D. Hochberger. Russ worked in the street department for the City of Dubuque for the past 33 years.

He was a sport enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, coaching baseball and following the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Twins.

Russ was a loving husband and father.

Surviving are his wife. D.D.; his sons, Cory (Alison), Eric (Samantha), all of Dubuque; his mother, Marian Bowman; his sisters, Kathy (Larry) Miller, Jody Nelson, and Kerry Bowman; his sister-in-law, GiGi Oliver; his brother-in-law, Ned (Donna) Hochberger; his soon to be born grandson; his nieces and nephews, Jeff, Jessica, Davis, Dillon, Claire and Chloe; his great niece Bryn and his dogs, Missy and Lucy.

He was preceded in death by his father; Bruce Bowman; his mother and father-in-law, Donald and Gloria Hochberger; his maternal grandparents, Frank and Martha Wild; and his paternal grandfather, Theodore Bowman.

In lieu of flowers a Russell Bowman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Edward J. Neyens

Edward J. Neyens, age 51, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Ed's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Edward was born on July 3, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, son of John J. and Margaret Mary (Reardon) Neyens.

Ed was employed at The Signmakers in Dubuque. He liked to play video games and enjoyed technology. Ed was a computer wiz. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and going for airplane rides.

Ed is survived by his brothers, Lee "Willie" Neyens, Davenport, IA, Dennis Neyens, Savanna, IL; his 2 nieces and a nephew, Trista (Jason) Michel, Lindsay Neyens and Ricky Neyens; his step-father, Kenneth Horch; and several aunts, uncles and cousins; and good friends, Cliff and Joanne Elley.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ronald Neyens.

An Edward J. Neyens memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert M. Schute

Robert M. "Sam" Schute, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 12:15 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave. with  Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Sam's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sam was born on March 31, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Adelbert E. and Florence M. (Koehler) Schute.

Sam graduated from Loras Academy in 1954. He served in the Co. A Iowa National Guard from 1954-1965. Sam followed in his father's footsteps graduating from Barber school in 1957. He worked with his father at Schute's Barber Shop on University Ave. in Dubuque. Sam married the love of his life, Shirley A. Rank on November 26, 1959, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They shared 54 years of wonderful memories together. Sam worked for John Deere, retiring in 1989 after 30 years of service. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 94 and the John Deere retirees. Sam and Shirley owned and operated the Rhomberg Dairy Queen from 1982 - 2000. After officially retiring you would find Sam puttering around the house, landscaping, making or repairing something. He loved helping the children with home improvement projects and always kept busy. Sam was Assistant Scout Master at Holy Trinity Troop 16 and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Sam taught his children self-reliance and pride in a job well done, they owe their success to him. He was a dedicated Chicago Cubs and Bear fan. Sam enjoyed golfing, fishing, gambling on the riverboat, playing cards, games and puzzles with his family. Sam taught all of his children and grandchildren how to fish, and many great memories were made at the lake house in Clear Lake and on the Mississippi.

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Schute, Dubuque, IA; his children, Sandy (Rex) Piper, Mauldin, SC, Steve (Tina) Schute, Connie Schute, Chris (Dan) Boxleiter, all of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Amber Piper, Alex and Casey Schute, Ben, Anthony and Kim Boxleiter; his brother, Jim (Pat) Schute, Dubuque, IA.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Raymond and Pearl (Hedrick) Rank.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Salas and his staff, the nurses and staff at The Finley Hospital, Manor Care Health Services and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all the care, patience and love they showed Sam.

In lieu of flowers a Robert M. "Sam" Schute memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Betty G. Nicks

Betty G. Nicks, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Altura Dr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Complete arrangements are pending at Behr Funeral Home.

Betty was born on May 27, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Esther (Protz) Kohl.

Betty attended school at Jefferson Junior High School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1947. She worked in the catalog department at Montgomery Wards starting at age 18. Betty married John Nicks on September 9, 1950, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. They were married for 63 years. She was an active member of St Mary's Parish until it closed and was most recently a member of St. Anthony's Parish. Betty and John enjoyed traveling to the southwest in the winter and going to shows in Branson, MO. Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, John Nicks, Dubuque, IA; her 2 sons, Steven (Violet) Nicks, Bettendorf, IA, Jeffery (Mary Ann) Nicks, Dubuque, IA; her 8 grandchildren, Jason (Angie) Jones, Marion, IA, Jennie (Nick) Schwartz, Dubuque, IA, Scott (Kelli) Nicks, Dubuque, IA, Nicole (Sam) Rowan, Leesburg, VA, Amber (Matt) Wenzel, Dubuque, IA, Ryan (Amber) Nicks, Dubuque, IA, Brandie (B.J.) Knockel, LaMotte, IA, Sara (fiancé Andy Daggett) Nicks, Rock Island, IL; and 11 great-grandchildren and 3 more on the way, and a very special niece, Peg (Denny) Manahl, Cedar Falls, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Dianne (Steve) Behr and her brother Frank Kohl Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thank to Dr. Whalen, Dr. Nelson and to Hospice of Dubuque for all of the loving care they provided to Betty.

A Betty G. Nicks memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Joseph D. Chapman

Joseph D. Chapman, 85, of Dubuque, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Joe was born August 27, 1928 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Herbert and Ellen (Dixon) Chapman. He attended grade school at St. Raphael School and played on their parochial league championship softball teams. He graduated from St. Columbkille's High School in 1946. He played baseball for the VFW and Dubuque Merchants baseball teams, managed by Jimmy Walker. Joe enlisted in the Marine Corps when the Korean Conflict began and served until he sustained a perforated ear drum, receiving an honorable discharge. He worked in the order filling department at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 30 years.

He married the love of his life, Ruth Oneyear, on June 29, 1953 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. He exhibited the most steadfast love to his beautiful wife throughout their 54 years together here on Earth and looked forward to the day that he would be reunited with her in Heaven.

Joe began swimming at the age of 12 and, despite severe arthritis, was able to maintain a regular swimming schedule all of his life. He was a member of the Loras College Athletic Club and was a swimmer for 30 years at Loras College San Jose Pool until he reached the age of 80 years old.

His quick wit was infinite and his loyalty to those he loved was immeasurable. He will be sadly missed by those who have been left to treasure his memory. His family knows how much they have been blessed because they have been nurtured and loved by him.

He is survived by four children including Randy (Louise) Chapman of Asbury, Lynn Dolter, Cheri (Loras) Manderscheid of Dubuque and Kelli (Mick) Welding of Morrison, IL; 20 grandchildren including Joey (Randi) Taylor, Desiree and Kelli Jo Pope who spent many happy hours at the home of Joe and Ruth in their younger years; 31 great grandchildren; and a sister Mrs. Mary Jane Cain.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth (Oneyear) Chapman on December 7, 2007 and a brother in law John P. Cain.

A memorial fund has been established in Joe's name at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home. Because of Joe's love of swimming and his commitment to the Loras College San Jose Pool, his family will be directing contributions to their facility and/or program to honor his life.

Joe's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Thomas Sinsky and to the 2nd Floor Cardiology nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center. The love and compassion that was shown to our dad and grandpa can never be repaid nor will ever be forgotten.

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

 



LaVern G. Kieffer

LaVern G. "Nate" Kieffer 82 of Dubuque died peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 1:00p.m. Monday, December 30th at Resurrection Church, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call after 10:00a.m. Monday at the church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on December 15, 1931, in Dubuque the son of Henry and Christina (Steffes) Kieffer. LaVern went to Loras Academy for 3 years and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949. He attended Bailey Business College for two years after High School. He married Nadine Maas on August 8, 1953 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they shared 57 years of marriage. Nadine was the love of his life. She preceded LaVern in death on January 12, 2011.

He was employed with Key City Gas Company from December 19, 1951 thru December 31, 1992 when it became known as Aquila Gas Company. He was an active member in the Boys Booster Club and in his earlier years a member of the Resurrection Booster Club.

He founded and served in the Tri-State Softball Tournament during the 1960's and 70's. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and softball player for many years and was a Chicago Bear and Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by three children, Thomas Kieffer of Jacksonville, FL, Katie (Mike) Latimer, of Dubuque, Nicole Rochester of Sioux City, IA, grandchildren, Kristina Jones, Candi and Kassi Kieffer, Taylor and Kailee Latimer, Zachary and Jordan Rochester, and great granddaughter Veronika Jones and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Gerald, James, and a sister Virgina Mueller.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals especially Hospice of Dubuque, and Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to LaVern.

 



Kathleen E. Kane

Kathleen E. "Kaye" (McCarthy) Kane, 87 of Dubuque passed away at 2:05p.m. on December 24, 2013.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Saturday December 28th at St. Joseph's the Worker with Rev. Msgr. Wayne Ressler and Rev. Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, New Mellery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday December 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Kaye was born on April 23, 1926 in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Cornelius and Emma (Bergfeld) Koch.

She married Charles "Charlie" McCarthy in 1945 and preceded her in death in 1980. She later married Thomas "Tom" Kane in 1984. She worked as a receptionist for the Sisters of Charity for over 30 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Church, and enjoyed making wedding cakes, painting, making ceramic dolls and Christmas ornaments.

She is survived by her husband Tom, children; Betty (Stan) Reeg, of DeWitt, Iowa, Barbara (Mike Howard) Pauley, of Dubuque, Debra (Jerry) Cryderman, of Sault Ste Marie, MI, five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Sisters; Ann Marie (Roman) Lampe, Helen McClain, Marcella Hannig, and Elaine Forrest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Charles McCarthy and a sister Ardella Staner.

 



Virginia Burkhart

Virginia Burkhart, 86, of 1005 Lincoln Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Bethany Home, Dubuque. Services are being planned and will be announced in the spring. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK, Dubuque, IA is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia (French) Burkhart, daughter of Florence (Sutton) French and Dr. Valiant D. French, was born on January 3, 1927, in Carson, Iowa. She married John E. Burkhart on September 16, 1951, at First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He passed away on June 4, 2010.

An accomplished concert pianist and teacher, Mrs. Burkhart began studying piano with her mother, who had taught at Drake University, at age four. She gave her first solo recital at age eight, as a student of Albert F. Beck. In 1940, her parents began taking her to Kansas City for weekly lessons with the renowned Polish pianist Wiktor Labunski. She was a first-place winner in the National Piano Music Competition five years in a row. In 1944, her family moved to California so she could study with Ethel Leginska, whose musical lineage-like Labunski's-went back to Beethoven. While still a teenager, she was a finalist in the Hollywood Bowl Young Artists Competition (André Previn was the winner).

After two years at Occidental College, Mrs. Burkhart received a full scholarship to continue her studies with Labunski at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. While there, she served as pianist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Starlight Summer Theatre. By the time she graduated in 1948, she had already studied with two legendary teachers from the Juilliard School, Olga Samaroff and Rosina Lhévinne.

Mrs. Burkhart went on to Juilliard, where she and Van Cliburn won full-tuition scholarships to study with Rosina Lhévinne. While in New York, she met John Burkhart, a student at Union Theological Seminary. They fell in love and were married for fifty-eight years. Together they raised three children, but the music never stopped.

In 1955, Mrs. Burkhart began teaching piano privately. She was on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago in Winnetka and the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. From 1969-1976, she also served as president and manager of Contemporary Concerts, a trailblazing non-profit dedicated to bringing new music to Chicago.

A featured soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Mrs. Burkhart gave numerous solo and chamber performances at McCormick Theological Seminary and the Arts Club of Chicago. She was the choral accompanist for Francis W. Parker School. And she studied with pianists Menahem Pressler and Aloys Kontarsky.

Following "retirement" and the move with her husband to Galena and then Dubuque, she performed annual recitals at the University of Dubuque, benefit concerts for Galena's Grace Episcopal Church, and chamber music with the Prairie Music Club.

Mrs. Burkhart is survived by her three beloved children, David (Deborah Shidler) Burkhart of San Bruno, CA; Audrey Burkhart of Chicago, IL; and Deborah (Scott) Haines of Santa Rosa, CA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Virginia Burkhart's name to Bethany Home, 1005 Lincoln Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001 and the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187.

The family wishes to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their many kindnesses.

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

 

 

 

 

 



Ralph Tranel

Ralph Tranel, 92, died on December 24, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with his brother Rev. Daniel Tranel and Rev. Dean Smith concelebrating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary's Church, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday. Ralph was born on December 27, 1920 in East Dubuque, Illinois, the oldest son of Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.   After his father's death, Ralph took over the family farm at the age of 17 and helped his mother raise twelve siblings.  

On October 17, 1945, he married Florence Susan Majerus.  She preceded him in death on November 30, 2010.

Ralph was a member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque and served on the St. Mary's Parish Council. Ralph was a member of Knights of Columbus.   He served on the East Dubuque School Board and the East Dubuque Savings Bank Board.  Ralph was also a member of the East Dubuque Business and Tourism.  Ralph was president of the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau for 18 years.  He was instrumental in organizing the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department where he served as a trustee from the start.   Ralph was elected as Dunleith Township Road Commissioner and he served the people of the township for 50 years.  He also served as chairman of the Jo Daviess County Planning Committee.  

Ralph dedicated his life to his faith, family, friends, farming, and his community.  He loved to play cards, work with his horses, and spend time in his garden.

Together, Ralph and Florence raised 14 children:  Janice (Don) Droessler of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, Nancy (Steve) Strang of Cascade, Iowa, Gerry (Bernie) Tranel of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Terry (Beth) Tranel of Bellevue, Iowa, Joyce (Tom) Conlan of East Dubuque, Illinois, Norita Moorman of Manchester, Iowa, Daryl (Mickey) Tranel of Platteville, Wisconsin, Nick (JoAnn) Tranel of East Dubuque, Illinois,  Ken (Diane) Tranel of Cuba City, Wisconsin, Marla Herrig of Bloomington, Indiana, Connie (Tony) Berning of Galena, Illinois, Mark (Kim) Tranel of Dubuque, Iowa, Mary Schneider of Cuba City, Wisconsin, and R.J. (Michelle) Tranel of Potosi, Wisconsin.

Ralph was quick to remind his grandchildren to "get home before dark!"  He will be sadly missed by 50 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 50 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Ralph is also survived by eight siblings:  Richard (Donna) Tranel, Sister Norita Tranel O.S.F., Sister Betty Tranel S.SP.S, Marge Jahn, Sister Jean Tranel O.P., Fr. Dan Tranel, Ned (Virginia) Tranel, and Bert (Ann) Tranel.

Ralph was preceded in death by three brothers:   Howard Tranel, Fr. Dorrance Tranel, and Roger Tranel and a sister: Sister Danita Tranel OSF, a sister-in-law Lillian Tranel, and a brother-in-law:  Gene Jahn.

Ralph was also preceded in death by two son-in-laws:  John Moorman and Dave Schneider, and a great-grandson Andrew Droessler.

The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Kelly Klinefelter for her care and dedication to our dad.  She had a special connection with Ralph that did not go unnoticed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to a favorite charity in Ralph's honor.

 

 



Howard C. Derby

Howard C. Derby, 93, of Dubuque, life long resident of Burlington, Iowa died Monday, December 23, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center- Dubuque.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 11- 1 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Howard was born on January 20, 1920 in Harper, Iowa the son of Charles and Christine (Saner) Derby.

He married Mary Ruth Stuart on July 17, 1951 in Lynnville, Iowa.

At a young age Howard helped with farming. He was also employed with the Iowa State Department of Transportation.

Howard was an avid gardener, especially his vegetable gardens. He was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeye's and enjoyed solving puzzles.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Ruth; children, H. David (Patti) Derby and Deborah A. (Jim) Stinson; grandchildren, Christina (Bill) Gilpin, Melissa Derby, Marcques (Ashley) Derby, Andrew Derby, William Derby, Amber (Ben) Robinson, Brandon Stinson; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Derby, Clayton, Brock and Addison Gilpin, Marjorie Derby and Aden Nelson and baby Derby, due in May 2014; and his sister, Thelma Horsey; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Charles Derby, Edward Derby, Norval Derby, Mabel Rosebaum, Mildred Evans, Letha Rudolph, Elma Hackert, Bernice Bennett, Daisy Leeper, Francis Leeper.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and friends at Sunset Park Place and the staff and friends at Burlington Care.

 

 



James J. Graf

James J. Graf, 82, of 15275 Humke Rd., Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in St. Petersburg, FL. surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 29th at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jim was born March 26, 1931, in Dubuque, son of John and Margaret (Bartels) Graf. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1949.

He married Doris (Ruley) Graf at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA in 1952.

Jim took over the family farm when he was 12 yrs. old and farmed all his life. He also did custom combining in the surrounding area. Jim enjoyed fishing, playing euchre, spending time at his cottage in the summer, going to Florida in the winter and having a beer with his friends at the local bars.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Doris, of 61 years, his daughters, Jackie (Tim) Esch of Dubuque, Christine (Cathy) Graf-Schiessl of Dubuque; his grandchildren Brian (Gina) Hodgson, Laura Hodgson, Emily Rettenberger, Mark (Dwight) Rettenberger-Conrad; his three great grandchildren, and his sister-in-law, Joanne Ruley; brother-in-law, Charles "Chuck" Ruhl; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Margaret Graf, sister, Jan Ruhl, brother-in-law Jack Ruley, and his in-laws Fred & Maxine Ruley.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

For more information visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Faye R. Fix

Faye Rita Fix, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, December 24, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by her husband and children.

A celebration of Faye's life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 7 p.m. vigil service will be held. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Faye Rita Von Wald was born the ninth of eleven children on September 22, 1933 in Alma, Wisconsin, to Richard and Veronica (Mueller) Von Wald. She grew up in southeast Minnesota and married Richard Fix, her high school sweetheart, on December 28, 1954 in Eyota, Minnesota. They were married four days shy of 59 years. They shared a life together and lived in Mississippi (Keesler Air Force Base), Waco, Texas (James Connelly Air Force Base), Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University), Manilla, Iowa, and Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Faye's first priority was her family. As she and Rich raised their four children, she also provided daycare for other children. Outside of the home, Faye's work experiences included: technician at Mayo Clinic, manager of the Capri Salon in Maquoketa, and owner/operator of Faye's Cut and Curl for 35 years. Additionally, she also worked part-time as a receptionist at the YMCA in Maquoketa.
Faye was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and was actively involved in distributing communion to nursing homes, and providing handmade prayer shawls. She was giving with her time, talent and resources and was a volunteer with the Jackson County Hospital Gift Shop and the Jackson County Fair.
Faye enjoyed traveling and traveled all over the world with her husband, Rich. She was an excellent card player, was a member of several area bridge clubs and taught adult education bridge classes. She also enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, quilting, knitting, and baking.

Those left to honor Faye's memory include her husband, Richard Fix of Maquoketa, IA; children, Therese "Teri" (Mitch) Mitties of St. Charles, MN, Joanie (Roger) Winterlin of Clinton, IA, and Paul (Susan) Fix of Chaska, MN; 10 grandchildren loved beyond measure, Liza, Ellen, Natalie, Jon-Paul, Greta, Andrew, Carmen, Mitchell, Jaden and Jordan; a brother, CharlesVon Wald of Rochester, MN; and sisters, Ethyl Hagen of FL, Myrna (James) Johnson of FL, and Nancy (Phil) Moore of NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and two sons, Matthew and Brian.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, or to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

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

 

 



Betti M. Cook

Betti M. Cook, 90, of ManorCare Health Service, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013 at ManorCare.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Betti was born on February 6, 1923 in Pasadena, California, the daughter of Raymond and Bertha (Maher) Merritt.  She married Earl W. Cook on April 17, 1943 in Long Beach, California. He preceded her in death on April 2, 2006.

Betti was a fantastic mother and grandmother.  She loved camping, was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge.

Surviving are her children, David Cook; and Lisa (Jerome) Ingraham, both of Asotin, WA.; John (Sue) Cook of Lewiston, Idaho; Nate Cook of Rochester, Minnesota; Sue (Dan) Luning of Galena, Illinois; and Drew (Terra) Cook of Dubuque, Iowa,  12-grandchildren Gabe, Jenny, Josh, Anna, Nicole, Michael, Billy, Ashley, J W, Robert, Jamie and Jake, 13- great  grandchildren, Malena, Xavier, Nicoli, Preston, Casey, Kori, Codi, Andy "Knuckles", Dee, Joey, The Big Kid, Myla and Ariana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Dale Cook and Bill Cook, a daughter Jenni (Cook) Weber, a daughter-in-law Doris Cook, and two brothers, William and Tilton Merritt.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their mother.

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

 

 



Elizabeth B. Duehr

Elizabeth B. "Bette" Duehr, 89, of Bethany Home and formerly of 2010 Green St., died Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 26, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bette was born on April 9, 1924 in Stockton, Illinois the daughter of William and Beatrice (Ertmer) Maher.

She married Joseph Duehr on May 28, 1948. He preceded her in death on June 7, 2012.

Bette loved knitting and crafts. Since she had no daughters of her own, she worked patiently to pass these trades onto her granddaughters. Known lovingly as Grandma B, she would spend months preparing for Christmas - handcrafting intricate ornaments and decorations. The Christmas preparations culminated with a day of baking cookies and candies with her grandchildren. Her love of the season was contagious, making it bittersweet to say goodbye on Christmas Eve. Her memory will live on in our Christmas traditions.

Surviving are her two sons, Jack (Deb) Duehr of East Dubuque, Il., and Bob (Pam) Duehr of Bettendorf, Iowa; 4 grandchildren, Ben (Jill), Emily (Ben) and Abby (George), and Allison; 6 great grandchildren; and a brother, Bill Maher, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Maher.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Hospice of Dubuque, or Bethany Home.

More information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Home.

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

 



Mary E. Pins

Mary E. Pins, 92, of Luther Manor, formerly of 2272 Pasadena Dr., died Monday, December 23, 2013 at Luther Manor. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nativity where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and the rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. by the Nativity Parish Rosary Society.

Mary was born September 25, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Lena (Knockel) O'Toole.

She graduated from the Visitation Academy and worked as a bookkeeper at Western Union and as a sales associate at Seifert's Department Store and Skowronek Jeweler's. She also Co-owned Old Timer's Supper Club.

She married Edward "Bud" Schneider on January 12, 1942. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1972. She married Arthur W. Pins on June 23, 1974. He preceded her in death on August 29, 1994.

She was a past member of the Nativity Guild and Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters, and was a member of and volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Mary is survived by two children, Sandy Nauman and her husband, Chuck of Dubuque, and Kathy Kurt of Dubuque; two step children, Thomas Pins and his wife Jan, of Dubuque, and Carole Snodgrass and her husband, Ken of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Suzy Martin-Hallahan and her husband Bruce Hallahan of Dubuque, Chris Martin and his wife Melissa Murphy of North Liberty, Iowa, Chris Kurt and his wife Tricia of Bothell, Washington, and Lisa Wachuku and her husband Anaba II, of Chicago, Illinois; seven step grandchildren, Steve Pins of Platteville, Wisconsin, Michael Pins of Dubuque, Kim Haas and her husband, Chuck of Dubuque, Cheryl Snodgrass of Chicago, Illinois, Kathy Bitter and her husband, Joe of Dubuque, Denise Liebfried and her husband, Fellie of Dubuque and Deanne Bowman and her husband Eric of San Diego, California. She is also survived by many great and step great grandchildren.

Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, and a son in law, Charles Kurt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mary Pins Memorial Fund.

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

 



Melford C. Zoubek

Melford C. "Hap" Zoubek, age 82, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Windsor Park apartments, passed away at 5:59 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. To celebrate Hap's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery.

Melford was born on March 23, 1931, in Clarkson, NE, son of Joseph and Lottie (Richtag) Zoubek.

Hap served with the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Polkinghorn on December 24, 1965. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2004. Hap was employed as a semi truck driver for 13 ½ years and as an operating engineer for various companies throughout the years. Hap set steel around the Dubuque area including for the Iowa-Wisconsin bridge. He was a member of Union Local 234, the Teamsters and a life member of the V.F.W. Platteville, WI. Hap loved raising colts, the Mississippi, country music and beer, maybe not in that order.

I was Haps friend for 20 plus years now. When he lost his legs 7 years ago I stepped in to help him out. I do not regret a minute of those years. I will miss his stories of work, family and most of all the friends. Hap had a story for every friend he had. He loved life and he lived it to the fullest. I will always remember you, Buddy.

Your special friend,
Jill

Hap is survived by his son, Doug (Gigi) Zoubek, Ninelchick, AK; his brother, Don Zoubek, Norfork, NE; his many grandchildren; nieces and nephews;and his special friends, Jill and James Faulhaber, Dubuque, IA.

Hap was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary and a sister Joan.

Thanks Gene for all your help. I would like to thank Dr. Cao and the staff at Stonehill Care Center. Tina and Brook, I will never forget the kindness you two showed for Hap.

In lieu of flowers a Melford C. "Hap" Zoubek memorial fund has been established to purchase a brick for him at the Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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

 



Larry L. Wiemerslage

Larry L. Wiemerslage, age 51, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 27, 2103, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Larry's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Complete arrangements are pending at Behr Funeral Home.

Larry was born on February 18, 1962, in Prairie Du Chien, son of Larry and Alma (Lechnir) Wiemerslage.

Larry was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He married Annette Boots on September 10, 1988. Larry earned his Captain's license through the U.S. Coast Guard and was employed at Dubuque River Rides.

Larry is survived by his wife, Annette Wiemerslage, Dubuque, IA; his children and step-children, Chris Boots, Candace Boots, Mariah (Paul Kutsch) Wiemerslage, Jacob (Sara Roling) Wiemerslage; his 7 grandchildren; his mother, Alma Funk; his brother, Lonnie (Shelly) Wiemerslage; his sister, Laurie Wiemerslage; his uncles, nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, his uncle and his step-father.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they provided Larry.

A Larry L. Wiemerslage memorial fund has been established.

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

 



David R. Bleile

David R. Bleile, age 58, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013, at home of natural causes. To celebrate David's life friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

David was born on May 24, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Raphael and Anna Mae (Breitbach) Bleile.

David served with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. He was employed as a tool and die designer, welder and programer with Uelner Precision Tools & Dies for 20 years. David enjoyed spending time in his shop doing metal and woodworking and working outside in the yard. He also enjoyed watching Westerns on TV.

David is survived by his children, Tammy Bleile, Hope Mills, NC, Chad (Jessica) Bleile, Dubuque, IA, Amy Bleile, Whitewater, WI; his 12 brother and sisters.

David was preceded in death by his parents.

A David R. Bleile memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gilbert V. Goedken

Gilbert "Gib" V. Goedken, 89 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, December 30, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque conducted by Rev. Steve Rosonke.  Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Monday at the church.  Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Earlville.
Gilbert was born December 11, 1924 in Petersburg, Iowa the son of William and Calista (Klaus) Goedken.  He was born and raised on the family farm and farmed in Earlville, IA. until 1972, then moving to Dubuque, he worked for John Deere from 1973 until 1985 as a material handler.  He married Germaine Sellner on September 14, 1948 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Earlville.  Gilbert was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church since 1980 and a member of the Knights of Columbus for 65 years.  He was a 4th Degree Knight of the Duborg Assembly.  He enjoyed farming, woodworking, putting puzzles together, and spending time with his family playing Chinese checkers and cards especially rummy and euchre.   He led by example. Giving of his time and talents. He fostered many children.  Gilbert was a loving husband and devoted father.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Germaine; children; Dennis (Karen) Goedken of Quincey, FL,  Lori (Fernando) Mejia of Dubuque,  David Goedken of Dubuque, and Annette (Philip) Wilson of Hermantown, MN; 9 grandchildren; Andrew Goedken, Hermantown, MN, Emerson (Erica) Buchanan Monticello, WI , Erik Wilson, Hermantown, MN, Brooklyn Goedken, Hermantown, MN, Nichole Joos, Ferndale, MI., Austin Joos, Dubuque, Mallory Joos (Justin), Dubuque, Emilio and Isabel Mejia, Dubuque and 4 great-granddaughters; Kalea Rae Goedken, Taylynn Marie Havens, Scarlett Ann Gardner, and Riley Jo Buchanan. siblings; Norma (Vernon) Brunsman, Dyersville, IA, Mary Lou Engelken, Bankston, IA, Inez (Francis) Hermsen, Manchester, IA. Valerie  Bockenstedt, Petersburg, IA,  Laverne (Patsy) Goedken, Holy Cross, IA, Carol (Dale) Clemen, Dubuque, IA,  John (Marilyn) Goedken, Petersburg, IA, and a brother in- law Marvin (Jan)  Rolfes, Colesburg, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his daughter Sheryl, parents; three sisters; Patricia Rolfes, Stella (Leo) Demmer, and Helen (Emil) Wilgenbush; brother in-laws; Irvin Bockenstedt and Elmer Engelken
In leui of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Gilbert's memory.

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



Faith E. Grover

Faith Ellen Grover, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday afternoon, December 20, 2013, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Faith's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2013, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 A.M. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Faith Ellen Reyner was born on May 14, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harlan James and Jennie I. (Hayner) Reyner. She grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Wilbur Lee Grover on August 22, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and to this union two children were born, Tim and Debbie.

Faith was a homemaker, and had worked as a private home health caretaker for many years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

Faith loved to cook and bake, play Bingo and go to the casino. She loved her family and especially enjoyed sharing her gift of cooking with everyone.

Those left to honor Faith's memory include her husband, Wilbur Grover of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tim (Ruth) Grover of Miles, IA, and Debbie (Roy) Wilhelm of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Fisher, Sondra (Mike) Powers, and Jasmin (Ben) Schmidt; 10 great-grandchildren, Christian Lee Keith Schmidt, Emma Kay Schmidt, Donnie Olson, Logan Brundage, Tanner Brundage, Caleb Fisher, Justin Fisher, Tyler Michels, Austin Michels and Faith Michels; sisters, Rosemary Powers of Davenport, IA, and Norma Bowe of St. Cloud, MN; and a sister-in-law, Elka Reyner of Irvin, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Evelyn Hottenstein, and brothers, Donald and Harlan James.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Faith Ellen Grover memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Brittany M. Honkomp

Brittany Marie Honkomp, 23, of Dyersville died Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2013, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. 

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Brittany was born November 12, 1990, in Dubuque, the daughter of LaVern and Joan (Deutmeyer) Honkomp.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 2009 and went on to earn an Associate's of Applied Science degree at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.  She was currently working for Millennium Therapy as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, primarily at Luther Manor, and part-time at Heritage Manor in Dubuque.  Brittany frequently shared the joys of her work and often proclaimed on Facebook "I thoroughly love my job!"

You could always find a smile on Brittany's face.  She enjoyed life to the fullest, was very family oriented, and would go out of her way to keep in touch with her family and friends.  There was never a person Brittany met that she didn't care for.  Every relationship she established was cherished and she left a lasting imprint on everyone that had the privilege of knowing her.

Brittany is survived by her parents and two brothers: Rob (Amber) Honkomp and their son Abel, and Jeremy (Kayla) Honkomp, all of Dyersville; Grandmother, Germaine Deutmeyer and Step-Grandmother Bernice Steffen-Honkomp, both of Dyersville; aunts and uncles: Marian (Bill) Tauke of Earlville; Alice (Paul) Greenwood of Epworth, Joyce (Mark) Wessels, Jan (Terry) Goedken and Cathy Ann Deutmeyer, all of Dyersville, Paul (Jean) Deutmeyer of Worthington, Charlie (Carrie) Deutmeyer of New Vienna, and Steve (Cheri) Deutmeyer of Eldora, Ron (Linda) Honkomp, Shirley (Pat) Pirc, Jan (Tim) Gansemer all of Dyersville, Lou Ann (Gordon) Helle of Elkader, Joyce (Pat) McCue of Shakopee, MN, Margie (Murray) Nelson of Waukee, and Mary Lee (Stan) McWilliams of Sioux Falls, SD; a multitude of cousins and several great aunts and great uncles.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Gilbert and Helen Honkomp and Roger Deutmeyer, and a cousin, Joe Greenwood.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Edwin A. Engelken

Edwin Aloysius Engelken, 88, of Manchester, formerly of Earlville and Dyersville, passed away on December 22, 2013, at Marietta's Place in Manchester.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. and a Legion/VFW service will be held at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Richard Gaul will officiate.

Edwin was born September 30, 1925, the son of William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken.  He was united in marriage Aletha Anna Haas on October 17, 1953.  He served in the United States Army with the 2nd Armored Division in the Korean War.  Edwin and Aletha moved to Earlville in 1956, where they were dairy farmers until they retired to Dyersville in 1995.  He was the 1987 Iowa Distinguished Dairyman.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 436, St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Churches and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby.

He is survived by his wife, Aletha and eight children:  Terry (Becky) Engelken of Washington, IA, Linda (Robert) Fischer of Vinton, IA, LuAnn (David) Cook of Nemaha, IA; Lisa (Craig) McEnany of Nevada, IA; Tom (Cherrie) Engelken of Earlville, IA, Lori  (Curt) Timmerman of Marshall, MN, Lynae (Tim) Schott of Prairie du Sac, WI and Lanette (David) Bloem of West Branch, IA and 25 grandchildren;  brothers: Julius (Irene) Engelken, George (Sherry) Engelken and Cletus (Arlene) Engelken; a sister, Alma Brehm;  sisters-in-law, MaryLou Engelken and Lou Morris, and a brother-in-law, Lavern (Bernice) Haas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Hubert and Anna (Drilling) Haas, a brother, Elmer Engelken, a brother-in-law, Charles Brehm;  sisters and brothers-in-law:  Jim and Imelda Boeckenstedt, Allie and Anita Klostermann, Art Kerper and Richard Morris.

Memorials are preferred to Regional Medical Center Hospice and the Basilica of St Francis Xavier.

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

 

 



Dolores C. Roth

Dolores Clara Roth, 87, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, passed away at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Unity Point Health-Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 4:45 p.m.

Dolores was born on June 14, 1926 in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ray and Leola (Abing) fine.

Dolores was united in marriage to August F. Roth on June 21, 1944 in Tennyson, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on December 27, 1999.  They shared over 55 years of marriage together.  She worked at H&R Block for many years followed by employment with the Law firm of Nack, Richardson & Nack in Galena, Illinois.

She enjoyed golf, line dancing, playing cards and traveling.  She was an active member of numerous organizations in the community.  Above all she loved her family and enjoyed the time she spent with them.  She was thankful for all of her lifelong friends and new friends she had made at Silvercrest Garner Farms.

Dolores is survived by her daughter Constance Healy of Flower Mound, Texas; two granddaughters, Peggy (Michael) Waddell and Pamela (Robert) Scott; six great grandchildren; and one sister, Frances (Edward) Hinderman of Platteville, Wisconsin.

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

 

 



John W. Hagamann

John W. Hagamann, 92, of New Vienna, Iowa died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec.27, 2013, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

John was born August 5, 1921, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Otto and Theresa (Recker) Hagemann. He married Veronica Hoeger on May 7, 1952, in St. Joseph's Church in Garnavillo, Iowa.

John enjoyed farming, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His passion was trout fishing and his fishing trips to Canada with his group of friends. John was a member of St. Boniface Church and the Holy Name Society. He was a past secretary of the New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire Dept. for 18 years and was on the board of the New Vienna Ins. Co. for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica, and five children: Mary Hagemann, Kevin (Diane) Hagemann both of Dyersville, David (Marlene) and James (Deb) Hagemann both of New Vienna, Donna (Rick) Kratz of Glendale, AZ, nine grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, brothers: Walter (Irene) Hagemann of San Diego, CA., Edwin (Inez) Hagemann, Julius (Betty) Hagemann both of New Vienna, sisters: Delores Bierman and Eileen Hagemann both of Dyersville, brother-in-law, James Hesselmann of Winot, CO, sister-in-law, LaVerne Hagemann of Tequesta, FL., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Philip in infancy, his parents, brothers: Urban (Grace) Hagemann, Charles Hagemann and James Hagemann, sisters: Cindy Hagemann, Joan Hesselmann and brother-in-law, Fritz Bierman.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela, Nichole and Stacey, and those who cared for John at the Shady Rest Care Center for their excellent service.

Memorials may be given to St. Boniface Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Maxine F. Powers

Maxine F. Powers, age 79, of The Rose of Dubuque and formerly of Peacock Dr., passed away at 6:45 a.m., Friday, December 20, 2013, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Maxine's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Maxine was born on August 23, 1934, daughter of Gordon and Ellen (Smith) Timmerman.

Maxine was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She married Eldon Powers on January 15, 1955. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1980. Maxine was employed as an office assistant for Family Mart for 16 years until her retirement in 2005. In her spare time she enjoyed putting together puzzles, sewing and spending time at home.

Maxine is survived by her children, Patrick Powers, Dubuque, IA, Diane (John) Goerdt, Dubuque, IA, Ronald (Cathy) Powers, Dubuque, IA; 7 grandchildren, Michelle, Tim (Amanda) Cheryl (Sean), Dan (Molly), John (Amy), Jason (Jenna), Adam; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dottie (Clete) Meyer, Las Vegas, NV; a brother, LeRoy (Julie) Timmerman, Dubuque, IA; her special friend, Michael Brennon, Dubuque, IA.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eldon, a son, Paul in infancy, 2 sisters, Shirley Speirs and Helen Woodall and a brother, Robert Timmerman.

The family would like to thank Dr. Heidi Townsend and Dr. Mark Janes, the staff at The Rose of Dubuque and Open Arms and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Rose, Mary and Angella.

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

 



Charles L. Allen

Charles L. Allen, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, December 26, 2013, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Louis Allen was born on January 5, 1924 in Galesburg, Illinois, to Edward Burke and Florence Allen. He grew up in Illinois and was a World War II veteran of the Army. He married Mildred G. "Millie" Shady on March 19, 1994 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 14, 2002.

Charles had worked as a factory worker for many years. He enjoyed fishing, driving around the countryside, and going to the deer shack and cooking for the boys. He loved to tell stories and make up songs.

Those left to honor his memory include his caregiver Deb Shady, and Deb's family, daughter, Inola Bertels and granddaughter, Aubrey Bertels, all of Maquoketa, IA; and many friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Kenneth and his wife.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles L. Allen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Alice I. Redmond

Alice Ileen Redmond, age 86, of 2700 Matthew John Drive and formerly of 2555 University Ave., went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. To celebrate Ileen's life, friends may gather from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, where there will be a memorial message with sharing at 5:30 p.m. with her son, Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ileen was born on April 16, 1927, in Rockford, IL, daughter of Vincent C. and Mary Lou (Richey) Elliott.

Ileen married Jack R. Redmond on April 26, 1947, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2013. She worked in Cost Accounting at John Deere for a number of years and loved her work. Ileen was a member of Tri-State Community Church. She had a love for the Lord Jesus and enjoyed watching Bible prophecy teachers on the TV with her late husband Jack. In her younger days, she enjoyed lugging her 6 kids around to ball games to watch Jack play for various city league teams. Ileen was an avid Chicago Bulls fan and enjoyed the old musical movies. She also enjoyed playing various card games, marble games and other board games. She had quite a sense of humor and loved to travel to places like Hawaii and around the U.S.

Ileen is survived by her children, Lynn (Bruce) Wacker, Blue Grass, IA, Jack (Peggy) Redmond, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Janis) Redmond, Auburn, WA, Jerry (Linda) Redmond, Ames, IA, Kathy (Jim) Kemp, Dubuque, IA; her 18 grandchildren; her 36 great-grandchildren; her 2 great great-grandchildren; her 3 sisters, Juanita Dearborn, Glen Ellyn, IL, Shirley Klavitter, Tecumseh, OK, Judy Ann (Abe) Sears, Prescott, AZ; her sister-in-law, Irene Tucker, Middletown, DE; her daughter-in-law, Jean Redmond, Dubuque, IA,

Ileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack R. Redmond, her son, Mark Redmond, her brother, Vincent Gerald Elliott and her 5 brothers-in-law, Milt Klavitter, Robert Swanson, Howie Dearborn, Harold "Whitey" (Arlita) Redmond and Foster Tucker.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Ridgely for his care and concern for Ileen and the family.

In lieu of flowers, an Alice Ileen Redmond Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Lisa A. Snodgrass

Lisa A. Snodgrass, 52, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2013, at her home in Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Lisa on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Lisa Anne Brooks was born on July 7, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald and Rosemary (Feltes) Brooks. She grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa schools. She married Patrick Snodgrass on June 24, 1995 in Canton, Iowa.

Lisa was a homemaker and had worked as a bartender at area taverns for many years.

Lisa loved pets, mushroom hunting, fishing, and Facebook. She was an avid pool player and was a member of a local pool league.

Those left to honor Lisa's memory include her husband, Patrick Snodgrass of Oxford Junction, IA; a daughter, Amber (Steve) Kohl of Clinton, IA; 3 grandchildren, Alexander, Skye and Ivy; her step-father, Mo Feltes of Oxford Junction, IA; brothers Terry (Mary) Brooks of Maquoketa, IA, and Donald (Mary) Brooks of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Sherri (Shawn) Hulke of Oxford Junction, IA, and Dawn Bodenhofer of Lake City, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lisa A. Snodgrass memorial fund has been established.

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



Theresa M. Oakley

Theresa M. Oakley, age 95, of 2775 Monastery Drive in Dubuque, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 21st at Saint Joseph Key West with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Entombment will follow in Saint Joseph Chapel Mausoleum at Mount Olivet. Friends may gather after 9:30a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of arrangements. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa was born on March 28, 1918 in Elkader, Iowa, the daughter of Martin and Sophia (Peick) Miller. She married Walter Oakley in 1940 in Elkader and he preceded her in death on March 14, 1998. They owned and operated several businesses in Minnesota and a store in Sherrill, Iowa.

Theresa loved to golf in her earlier years and fish in Minnesota.

She is survived by a sister, Ann Meyer, of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews, Marc Meyer, Lu Ann (Mike) Driscoll, Rick (Jan) Meyer, Dave (Cindy) Meyer, and Brian Meyer; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; her brother-in-law, Don Meyer; and sister Josephine.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Karleen R. Simons

On December 18, 2013, there was a new star in heaven. Karleen R. Simons left us to join her son, Brett, and finally put her body at peace.

Karleen entered the world on June 6, 1967, the first child of Michael and Dixie Riley. Karleen grew up in the Dubuque area having been Little Miss Monona. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1985, and then obtained a business degree at NITI.

On July 22, 1989, she married Doug Simons and after living in Rickardsville for a few years they moved to Dickeyville. They were blessed with four children, their son, Brett, leaving them too soon. Their daughter, Ashley, and her husband, Kurt, gave Karleen great joy when her granddaughter, Madison, was born. Austin, an Eagle Scout, is attending Winona State University and Alicia "Ali" is a junior at Cuba City High School whose hockey and softball games had them traveling and Karleen making treats.

Karleen was a career woman at Woodward Printing, being the business manager, whose family came first. She had beautiful flower beds and each fall her yard would transition with fall and Christmas decorations.

Family trips in her convertible, with their boat and to other destinations were very much enjoyed. Giving to others was the most important and many families benefited at Christmas with her generosity.

Karleen is further survived by her brother, Michael, her sister, Colleen, her in-laws, Lester and Carol Simons; and her special dogs, Ruby and Rosie.

Visitation for family and friends will be at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 3-8 p.m., where there will be a parish rosary at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the funeral home before the service

Funeral services will be at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Bernard Rott officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Colesburg, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the family.

Thank you to Dr. Herman and his staff for all their care with a special thanks to Sandy Eggers for her unwavering attention, everyone at Dickeyville Fire and EMS for their unconditional support, and the care provided by Hospice of Dubuque. To our personal Angel, Grandma Carol, who made it possible for Karleen to remain at home -- we love you.

 



Louis J. Ernzen

Louis J. "Louie" Ernzen, age 93, of Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, IA, formerly of 602 1st Ave. West in Dyersville, IA, and of Dubuque, passed away at 10:40 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Oak Crest Manor of natural causes.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Gary A. Mayer officiating. To celebrate Louie's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louie was born on June 8, 1920, in Bankston, Iowa, son of John P. and Anna (Sahm) Ernzen.

Louie received his education in the Bankston School. He served with the U.S. Army 33rd Division during WWII. Louie served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945. He went from Australia up through the jungles of New Guinea to the Philippine Islands by the end of the war. Louie was a lifetime member of the New Vienna Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a past commander. He married Bessie (Mathias) Martelle in August 1966. She preceded him in death on June 7, 1967. Louie then married Del (Daley) Torgler on Dec. 27, 1971. She preceded him in death on June 23, 1990. He later married Jane (Naber) McGrane on Oct. 14, 1995. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2001. Louie was employed by J.P. Sherman Implement in Farley, IA, for 23 years and Wilwert Harley Davidson Motorcycle for 9 years until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Dubuque Post 6, a Hawkeye Motorcycle Club member and past president and a past member of Birchwood Golf Club. Louie enjoyed motorcycle riding, dancing, playing cards and visiting with his friends at the Farmer's Shipping Association in Dyersville.

Louie is survived by his brother-in-law, Les Engler of Dubuque, IA; his sister-in-law, Florence Ernzen or Dubuque, IA; numerous nieces and nephews, and many step-children and step-grandchildren.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bessie, his second wife, Del, and his third wife, Jane; 5 brothers and 4 sisters-in-law, Clarence (Clara & Remona), Francis (Marie), Raymond (Ardella), Harold and Wilfred Ernzen, and a sister, Helen Engler.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Oakcrest Manor for the care and kindness shown to Louie during his stay, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

A Louis J. "Louie" Ernzen memorial fund has been established.

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



Charles J. Cole

Charles J. Cole, age 88, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:21 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. In keeping with Charles' wishes, there will be no public viewing or service. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles was born on Jan. 17, 1925, in Lawler, Iowa, son of Charles C. and Anna (Buss) Cole.

Charles served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He married Jean Pfeiffer on Oct. 9, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2010. Charles was a milk salesman and driver for Swiss Valley for 25 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and a retiree of Union Local 321 drivers union.

Charles is survived by his son, David (Connie) Cole, Dubuque, Iowa; 2 grandchildren, Sadie (James) Calvert and Tara (Jeffery) Eastvold; 4 great-grandchildren; his 4 sisters, Charolette Fisher or Antioch, CA, Lucille Gardener, of Madison, WI, Betty Fondell of St. Donatus, IA, and Marion Stone of New Hampton, IA; and his brother, Ray Cole of Scottsdale, AZ.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean;, his daughter, Pamela Brandel, and 2 sons, Gary and Todd Cole; and his 4 brothers-in-law, George Fischer, Glen Gardener, Harold Fondell and Neal Stone.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care of Charles.

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



Robert F. Schoenberger

Robert F. "Bob" Schoenberger, age 60, of 1906 N. Main St., passed away at 10:02 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2013, at home of natural causes surrounded by family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Rev. Dianne Grace, officiating. To celebrate Bob's life friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bob was born January 7, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa-son of Donald M. "Cy" and Irma J. (Atchison) Schoenberger

Bob graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Iowa with a Business Degree. He was formerly employed at Dubuque Iron and Metal which became Alter Metal Recycling for over 20 years until his retirement.

He collected coins and pocket knives and enjoyed video games and playing Euchre and Poker. Bob especially liked spending time with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his children: Rebecca Plagman, Dubuque, Iowa, Tina (Rick) Ishman, Dubuque, Iowa, Dawn (Mike) Schaffer, Arizona, Roger Higgins, Dubuque, Iowa, Bonnie Higgins, Cuba City, Wisconsin, John Plagman, Dubuque, Iowa; 9 Grandchildren; his brother, Donald (Joyce) Schoenberger, Dubuque, IA; Sister-in-law, Joyce M. Schoenberger, Dubuque, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Karen Higgins and a brother, Ben Schoenberger.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Angie, for their care and concern for Bob.

A Robert F. Schoenberger Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Audry M. Saam

Audry Melvin "Fritz" Saam, 88, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, Wisconsin. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Fritz was born November 22, 1925, in Scales Mound, Illinois, to Martin and Julia (Duerstein) Saam. He graduated from Scales Mound High School and served in the United States Army in Korea. Fritz worked for the Eagle Picher Mining Company as a licensed blaster until Eagle Picher closed its Midwest mines. He also worked at John Deere in Dubuque for twenty years.

Fritz married Margaret Glasson in 1958. They enjoyed travel and made many trips with friends, including a European trip. Fritz loved playing cards and had a passion for mining history and memorabilia. He was known throughout the Midwest as a collector and some of his artifacts are on display at the Platteville Mining Museum and the River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa.

Fritz always had a positive outlook on life and loved getting together with friends. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his dear friend, Mildred Holland in later years. He was a 60-year member of the Galena Elks Lodge and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Becky Lee, of Hazel Green; two grandchildren, Erika (Brad) Lee Hawkinson of Hazel Green, and John (WingYee) Lee of Los Angeles; and two great-grandchildren, Sam and Riley Hawkinson. He is also survived by four nephews and many great-nephews and nieces.

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret; three brothers, Cletus, Clem and Bill; and a sister, Calista.

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



Norma J. Clark

Norma J. Clark, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Norma Joan Brown was born on February 3, 1931 in Emeline, Iowa, to Norman and Ila Lucinda (Howell) Brown. She grew up in Monmouth and was a 1948 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Allen Lee Clark on December 30, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Norma was a homemaker, farmed with her husband, and had worked for several years as a switchboard operator for the local telephone company until its closing.

Norma was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, working on crossword puzzles and baking. She was known for her exceptional pies.

Those left to honor Norma's memory include her husband, Allen Lee Clark of Maquoketa, IA; children, Linda (James) Stefl of Osage, IA, Debra (Alan) Nowacheck of Maquoketa, IA, Diane (Brad) Bickford of Maquoketa, IA, Allen Lynn Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Brian (Candace) Clark of Lino Lakes, MN; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Janet (Marvin) Hansen of Renton, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Arnold Brown.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Norma J. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dr. Clark Stevens

Dr. Clark Stevens, 94, of Dubuque, died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Luther Manor.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Stevens was born January 2, 1919 in North Stratford, New Hampshire, son of Aaron and  Flora (Hapgood) Stevens. He was church organist and piano accompanist through college at the University of Vermont, where he earned his medical degree. He served in the medical corps in Japan during World War II, after his internship at Beverly Hospital in Beverly Mass., and before his residency in obstetrics and gynocology at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. He married Ingrid Hyllman on August 24, 1946.

He came to Dubuque in 1950 where he was one of the doctors who founded Medical Associates. Here, he was a member of the American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Society, Dubuque County Medical Society, Iowa Obstetrics--Gynecology Society, and Central Association OB-Gyn. He was also Fellow of the American College of OB-Gyn, of the American Fertility Society, of the American College of Surgeons, and Diplomate of the American Board of OB-Gyn. However, most will remember Clark as a dedicated doctor, helping women to deliver more than 7000 babies at Finley, Mercy, and Xavier hospitals in his 36-year career.

He also cultivated a love of music throughout his life. At home, he patiently accompanied and gently guided his children in their first musical steps. More broadly, he helped found what is now the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in 1957 under the baton of his friend Dr. Parvis Mahmoud; Clark was the first President of the Symphony's Board of Directors.

He loved travel and meeting new people, he held a pilot's license and enjoyed the endless vista of the sky. In his retirement, Clark took up woodworking and woodturning.

Clark is survived by his beloved wife Ingrid, by his sister Mary Solomon and by his children: Clark Stevens, Ann Rodhouse, Cynthia Nielsen, and Andrew Stevens. He also leaves his grandchildren: Lesley Fessler, Fred Nelsen, Tom Nelsen, Clark Stevens III, Andrea Keller, and Kristjar Nielsen and his great-grandchildren: Alexa and Abigail Nelsen, Ava and CoraLeigh Fessler, Makenzie, Micah,  and Gracyn Nelsen, Juliana Keller,  and Clark IV and Alexander Stevens.

They ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra or the Westminster Church in his name.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 

 



Raymond A. Avenarius

Raymond A. Avenarius, 90, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 1030 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White St., conducted by Rev. Pamela Starr. Friends may call 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Raymond was born January 16, 1923 in Dubuque, the son of Frank and Minnie (Burdt) Avenarius. He married Betty J. Stoffregen on June 29, 1946 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, she passed away on July 26, 2005. Raymond served in the United States Army during WW II. He was an inspector for Adams Company for 39 years, retiring in 1985. Raymond was a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include his sons; Dennis (Dixie) and Daniel (Cathie) both of Dubuque; five grandchildren; Kate (Michael) McFarlane, Matthew Avenarius, Paul (Catherine) Avenarius, Danielle (Eric) Fischer, and Tiffiney (Casey) Winkleblack; and 8 great-grandchildren; Dylan and Jackson Fischer, Ryan and Ellen McFarlane, Addison and Makenna Avenarius, Hayden and Logan Winkleblack.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; and his siblings; Lloyd (Rita), Frank (Harriet), Lorraine (Arthur) Jungblut, Eleanor (Harold) Buck, Adele (Arnold), Doris (Donald) Spoerl, and Alice (Donald) Blakeman.

The family would like to thank the 5th floor nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or Luther Manor.

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

 

 



John R. Schiesl

John R. Schiesl, age 76, of 604 Chestnut St., passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate John's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

John was born on August 23, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Theresa (Reuter) Schiesl.

John graduated from Loras Academy, Class of 1955. He was a pitcher for Loras Academy and pitched a 4 hitter game to capture the District Crown and finished in 2nd place at state. He played Holy Name Baseball and pitched a no hitter in the All Star game in 1955. He went on to coach and was the secretary/treasurer for the Holy Name Baseball League from St. Patrick's for a number of years. John was signed to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960 before he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He loved the game and played from 1955 until 1973. John married Mary Ann Olinger on November 21, 1959, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was employed as a surveyor for Bartels and McMahon for 13 years. John later went on to become a draftsman at Interstate Power Company, retiring from Alliant Energy after 30 years. In his spare time he was a cartoonist and did watercolor, pencil and oil painting. John loved spending time with his family, especially watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Schiesl, Dubuque, IA; his 3 children, Dianne M. Schiesl, Dubuque, IA, Sherri A. (Stacey) Moore, Dubuque, IA, Jay M. (Terri) Schiesl, Dubuque, IA; his 6 grandchildren, Madyson and Jason Moore, Josh (Codie), Shelby, Tess and Brady Schiesl; his 8 nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Betty Tschudi and his brother James (Mary Jo) Schiesl.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Brian Sullivan and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb, for all of their loving care of John.

A John R. Schiesl memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rita M. Deutmeyer

Rita M. Deutmeyer, 89, of Dyersville died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the new Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Rita was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Dyersville the daughter of Alfred and Rose (Olberding) Klostermann. She was united in marriage to Raymond "Jim" Deutmeyer on Feb. 10, 1944, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Together they farmed and raised ten children east of Colesburg until he preceded her in death in 1968. Rita moved to Dyersville and worked for the Western Dubuque School District until retiring in 1994.

Surviving are 10 children: Jo Ann (Jim) Young of Cedar Rapids, Janet (Jerry) Nadermann of New Vienna, Carla and Loras Deutmeyer, both of Dubuque, Fred and Keith Deutmeyer, both of Dyersville, Lois Campbell of Olathe, KS, Sheila (Joe) Harrison of Beloit, KS, Dean Deutmeyer of Denver, IA and Dennis (Connie) Deutmeyer of Rye, NY; 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Lila Clemen, Ruth (Joe) Lansing and Vera Kroeger, all of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law: Verna Klostermann and Lorraine Klostermann, both of Dyersville.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson, Kenneth Nadermann, a sister, Virginia in infancy, and two brothers: Arthur and Alfred Klostermann; 8 in-laws and their spouses.

Memorials are preferred to Area Residential Care in Dubuque or Oak Crest Manor.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for the care and compassion shown to their mother.

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



Irvin W. Kramer

Irvin W. Kramer, age 83, of 722 Lowell St., passed away at 7:53 p.m. on December 12, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family, one month to the day after his loving wife of 62 years, Eileen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St. with Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Irvin's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Irvin was born on December 21, 1929, son of William G. and Roseann (Coyle) Kramer.

Irvin served with the U. S. Marines during the Korean war. He served with the longest serving combat unit in the Marine Corps at that time. He married the love of his life, Eileen Ellis, on June 26, 1951, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on November 12, 2013. Irvin was employed as a butcher at the Dubuque Packing Company and at FDL Foods for 37 1/2 years until his retirement. He was an accomplished woodworker and built the home he and Eileen lived in with help from his father-in-law, Herb Ellis. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Irvin was an avid fisherman and hunter and introduced several of the neighborhood children to these activities. He loved hunting with his dogs and was a member of the Willowa Beagle Club. Irvin's greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who taught him many things.

Irvin is survived by his children, Denis Kramer, Dubuque, IA, Debra (Raymond) Nicks, Dubuque, IA, Daryl (Jamie) Kramer, Dubuque, IA, Doreen Rettenberger, Asbury, IA; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his sister, Hilda (Jim) Dupont, Sherrill, IA; his sister-in-law, Joyce Kramer, Sherrill, IA.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Eileen, his 2 sisters, Marie (Raymond) Alexander and Eleanor "Tuff" Heim, his 2 brothers, Hugh, in infancy, and Delbert Kramer, and his son-in-law, Mark Rettenberger.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schope and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi for all of their care. A special thank you to Hilda and Jim for all of their love and support.

In memory of Irvin, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002.

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

 



Shirley Moriarty Roeth

Shirley Moriarty Roeth, 84, of 3254 Lake Ridge Dr. died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 12:45 pm.

Shirley was born May 10, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Marie (Hedley) Walker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1947.

On November 4, 1950, she married Jack Moriarty in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 1993. On October 19, 2002 she married Jim Roeth in Dubuque.

Early in her life, Shirley worked at Sears. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Shirley was a wonderful caregiver to many relatives in their later years of life.

Shirley was an avid bowler and always enjoyed the competition of a friendly poker game.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Roeth of Dubuque; three children, Kim (Dan) Rohner of Dubuque, Tim Moriarty of Minneapolis, MInn. and Tod (Dee) Moriarty of Waukee, Iowa; two step children, Rhett (Laura) Roeth of Madison, Wisc., and Rhonda (Kevin) McAllister of Rockford, Ill., ten grandchildren, Abby, Mike, Jackie, Morgan, Emily, Tyler, Jordan, Jack, Kelly, and Michelle; four great grandchildren, Ella, Campbell, Mya and Colby; and a sister, Elaine Galliart of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Moriarty in 2012 and a brother, Jim Walker in October, 2013.

A Shirley Roeth Memorial Fund has been established.

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

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Carl J. Shepherd

Carl J. "Buck" Shepherd, 79, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013, at Centenary United Methodist Church, in Shullsburg, with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call after noon Monday at the church.

Carl was born on July 8, 1934, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Orville A. and Alice H. (Lorenz) Shepherd. He married Gladys A. Green on September 3, 1955, in Galena, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 2, 2011. Carl farmed, did carpentry, and worked at Dubuque Insulation and Siding Company (DISCO) from which he retired.

Carl enjoyed woodworking, horses, softball and the Packers. His family, especially his grandkids, and his friends were important to him. His wife, Gladys, was a musician and performer. He loved listening to her music and dancing. Carl was a member of the Oddfellows.

Survivors include two daughters, Jacki Hardy, of Platteville, and Juli (Melvin) Kopp, of Lancaster; five sons, John Shepherd, of Potosi, Jim Shepherd, of Dodgeville, Gary Shepherd, of Waupon, Chris Shepherd, of Red Wing, Minnesota, and Robert (Amanda) Shepherd, of Rice Lake; five sisters, Cleone McCoy, of Shullsburg, Belva Farrey, of Benton, Dorothy (Roger) Isely, of Darlington, Joan Breitzman, and Sue (Bruce) McClain, both of Red Wing, Minnesota; eighteen grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; an infant grandson, Carl Anthony Shepherd; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Shepherd; a brother, Paul Shepherd; a sister, Della Hocking; and an infant brother and sister.

A Carl J. "Buck" Shepherd Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Glen C. Goeschel

Glen C. Goeschel, age 61, of 2615 Jackson St., passed away at 1:08 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Glen's life friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Glen was born on May 20, 1952, in Dubuque, IA, son of Richard and Kathryn (Crane) Goeschel.

Glen was employed for 28 years at Area Residential Care, and was later employed at Simoniz Car Wash, Eska Company, Inc. and the John Deere Dubuque Works. He married Bonnie Cumpton and together they had 3 sons. She preceded him in death. He later married Kathy Walter. Glen loved spending time with friends and family. He loved walking and taking long car rides. Glen was a big believer of helping others and not thinking twice. He loved spending time with all of his nieces, nephews and the neighborhood children, whom he referred to as his "little buddies".

Glen is survived by his wife, Kathy Goeschel, Dubuque, IA; his 3 sons, Allen Goeschel, Dubuque, IA, Michael Goeschel, Champaign, IL, John (Gayle) Goeschel, Maquoketa, IA; his siblings, Dean Goeschel, Dubuque, IA, Darwin (Vera Finzel) Goeschel, Greely, IA, Wilda (Tim) Torgrim, Oswego, IL.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Bonnie.

The family would like to thank the Palative, Urology and Oncology Teams at the University of Iowa Clinics and Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello for all of their care and concern for Glen.

A Glen C. Goeschel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dale E. Bradley

Dale E. Bradley "Pops", 77, formerly of Dubuque passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in Sebring, Florida.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where friends may call after 10:30 a.m. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6.

Dale's career in the insurance profession spanned more than 50 years in the Tri-State area. He owned and operated the Old Shang and King of Clubs. He moved to Sebring, Florida in 2004, continuing to play golf, one of his favorite passions as well as fishing and hunting. He was known by his many friends for his constant smile and love of socializing. Dale lived his life with a song in his heart and was known for serenading people with his mellow tenor voice.

He proudly served in the Navy, and was stationed in Adak, Alaska, and Napa Valley, California. He was a life member to the Elks, Moose Lodge, and American Legion.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Madonna Bradley, of Sebring, Florida; two sons, Dr. Steven (Candy) Bradley, of Cascade, IA, and Kevin (Lori) Bradley, of Palm Harbor, Florida; a daughter, Kelli (Gary) Willman, of Farley, IA; four grandchildren, Tim Bradley, of Anchorage, Alaska, Sean Bradley, of Palm Harbor, Florida, Tasha Willman and (fiancé Juan Pablo Ruiz), of Houston, Texas, Tyler Willman (Meredith Patt), of Iowa City, IA; step-children, Sherri (John) Jones, of Platteville, Wisc., Mike Udelhofen, of Potosi, Wisc., Wonnie (Bruce) Coburn, of Prairie du Sac, Wisc., Pat (Sue) Udelhofen, of West Palm Beach, FL., Laurie (Gary) Winkler, of Clipton, VA, Larry (Janis) Udelhofen, of Lancaster, Wisc., and Theresa (Patrick) Flynn, of Traverse City, MI.; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Rose Bradley; a son, William; the mother of his four children, Mary Joyce McQuillen Bradley; two brothers, Don and Ken Bradley; a sister Mabel McDermott and a step-daughter, Carolyn Udelhofen.

The family requests no flowers.

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

 



Mary Chapman Ressler

Mary Chapman Ressler, 82, of Epworth passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Epworth with Rev.Mark Ressler as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Epworth. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Reiff Funeral Home, Epworth.

Mary Catherine Chapman was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Catherine (Fischer) Chapman. She married Elmer Ressler June 12, l950. He preceded her in death on May 28, 1997

Mary attended schools in Peosta, IA and Clarke University.

Elmer and Mary farmed on his parents homestead in Worthington, Iowa until l964 when they moved to Epworth, IA.

Mary was a homemaker, secretary, realtor, and newspaper carrier. She enjoyed playing the piano and was an accompanist for many weddings. She was an outstanding cook and was recently head chef at Frogwarts Camp. She was an excellent seamstress. She was a Cubs fan and enjoyed watching the West Dubuque Bobcats. She also enjoyed traveling and had visited Ireland, France, Hawaii, Alaska and many US destinations. She was an avid reader, loved Westerns and was the number one fan of the Lonely Goats band.

She is survived by her l0 children, Karen (Ted) Buechele, of Asbury; Monica (Bob) Sack, of Delhi; Linda Ressler, of Epworth, Gladys Ressler, of Farley, Randy (special friend Jill Morgan) Ressler, of Kona, HI; Tom (Diana) Ressler, of Zionsville, IN; Amy (Marc Muehleip) Ressler, of Dubuque; Becky (Kent) Buckrop, of Taylor Ridge, IL; Bob Ressler, of Epworth, Mollie (Paul) Strief, of Eldridge, IA; her beloved dog Freckles; and her brother Joe Chapman, of Dubuque.

Also surviving are 33 grandchildren, Teddy, Laura, Sarah, Jon, Jennnifer, Mike, Lisa, Leslie, A.J. Austin, Eva, Katie, Brian, Jackie, Margo, Mason, Rose, Jason, Dylan, Bowen, Jerome, Nicolas, Jacob, Petra, Alice, Hydra, Max, Zoe, Mariel, Gabriel, Isabel, Deven, and Brooklyn; and l4 great grandchildren, Esther, Elva, Magnus, Soren, Miley, Amaya, Luke, Audrey, Brielle, Elianna, Henry, Oliver, Isaac, and Liam.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Gerald and John, and an infant sister.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



Dolores B. Steffen

Dolores B. Steffen, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dolores was born July 7, 1921, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Catherine (Saban) Bries.  She married Clarence Steffen on January 3, 1940, in Luxemburg, Iowa. Together they farmed near Luxemburg until 1952, when they moved to Dyersville. Dolores worked for Evers Food Store for 7 years and LaVerne's Style Shop for 13 years, both in Dyersville. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir for 25 years.

Survivors include her 5 children: Lester Steffen of Omaha, NE., Delbert Steffen and Allan (Lindee) Steffen both of Dyersville, Shirley Gumingo of Minneapolis, MN., Nancy Steffen of Crystal Lake, IL., 4 grandchildren: Todd (Becky) Steffen, Tricia (Jeff) Maiers, both of Dyersville, Tracy Steffen of Dubuque and Matthew Steffen of Aguanga, CA. and 6 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence, in-laws: Frances (Leon) Klein, Clara (John) Burbridge, Edmund (Anna Mae) Steffen, Albert (Leone) Steffen and Esther (Donald) Ries.

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

 

 



LaVon L. Kopp

LaVon L. (Chapman) Kopp, 88 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She donated her remains for Anatomical Research to the University of Iowa Hospital's & Clinics. Private family services will be conducted at a later date.

LaVon was born March 26, 1925 in Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Ida (Droxel) Wilkinson. After graduating from High School she completed cosmetology school. She married Wilfred J. Chapman in 1948, he passed in 1974, later she married Ralph J. Kopp in 1978, he passed in 1990. LaVon worked at Federal Barge Line and Adams Company before retiring. She was an avid outdoorswoman, enjoyed gambling, gardening, travelling, fishing, walking, and playing cards. LaVon was an Associate Member of John Deere Union Hall. She lived life to the fullest and leaves behind many dear friends and loving family.

Survivors include her children; Dale (Judy) Chapman of Rolla, MO, Duane "Duey" Chapman of Dubuque, and DeVon (Jim) Welty of Dubuque; 3 stepchildren; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a brother Robert (Leora) Shaw of Willowbrook, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, a son, David John Chapman, siblings, Jim (Demal) Shaw, Harry (Lillian) Shaw, Bernard Shaw, Stella (Leonard) Doser, Irene (Alfred) Klein, Frances (William) Graham, and Mae (Robert) Laughlin.

Arrangements conducted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

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

 



Margaret G. Kemp

Margaret G. Kemp, age 96, formerly of Key West died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Saint Anthony's Nursing Home in Rock Island Illinois. Funeral services will be at Noon Friday December 13, 2013 at Saint Joseph Key West Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Podhajsky and Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 10 am Friday until time of services at the Church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret was born in Dubuque Iowa on August 26, 1917 the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Hess) Wilgenbusch. She married Joseph Kemp on April 22, 1941 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. Together Margaret and Joe farmed in the Dubuque area in their early years. They later owned and operated Kemp's DX and Convenience Store, where Margaret also operated a beauty shop for many years until they retired.

She is survived by a daughter Mary Margaret (Charles) Moore of Milan IL, three sons Thomas J. (Ruth) Kemp of Fort Worth, TX, William J. (Kathrynna) Kemp of Reardon, WA, and Michael J. (Colleen) Kemp of Weldon Spring, MO, 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe on January 21, 1999, a granddaughter Jennifer, and her five brothers, Larry, Ralph, Ed, Clarence, and Chuck Wilgenbusch. 
A Margaret G. Kemp memorial fund has been established.

 



Peter J. Schneider

Peter J. "Pete" Schneider, 53, of Menominee, passed away suddenly at 9:05 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, Illinois, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be held at 1:45. The Holy Name Society Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and members of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Peter was born on December 18, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Erwin J. and Mary Kay (Wubben) Schneider.  He married Deb Lange on June 4, 1983 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI.

He farmed the family farms in Menominee all his life and worked hard from sun-up to sun-down.  Peter was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its Holy Name Society, a 22-year member of the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept, a cubs fan, a man who always had a smile and a sweet tooth. He loved his family and his John Deere equipment and always made time for the farmer lunches.

Surviving are his wife Deb, four daughters, Amy (Cameron) Webb of Atlanta, GA; Kelly, Emily and Alison Schneider all of Menominee, His siblings, Pamela K. (Edward) Runde of Cuba City, WI, Diane T. (Kevin) McFadden of Cedar Falls, IA, Daniel R. (Monica) Schneider of Hazel Green, and Patricia (Christopher) Sullivan of East Dubuque, his sister-in-law, Mary Schneider of Cuba City, WI, numerous nieces and nephews, his father & mother-in-law, Merlin and Evelyn Lange of Hazel Green, his in-laws, Dan (Robin) Lange of Hazel Green, Dick (Sheila) Lange of Kieler, WI, and Tim (Samantha) Lange of Cobb, WI, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David P. Schneider on August 5, 2006, his grandparents, Elmer & Helen Wubben and Paul & Calista Schneider, and a brother-in-law James "Stokes" Hahn.

Peter's family wish to thank the Menominee-Dunleith First Responders, the Galena Area EMS, the Emergency Dept. at Mercy Medical Center, and neighbors and friends for their kindness shown to our family.

 



Leland L. Haines

Leland L. Haines, age 84, of the Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, IA, and formerly of 1852 Hansel Dr., passed away at 7:35 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Iowa Veterans Home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Drive with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Leland's life friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Drive. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leland was born on April 8, 1929, in Lancaster, WI, son of Samuel and Elva (Boyd) Haines.

Leland served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Ruth Ann Pink on September 11, 1931, in Lancaster, WI. She preceded him in death on July 4, 2011. He was employed at the Dubuque John Deere Works for 25 years until his retirement in 1980. Leland was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, the D.A.V. where he served as a past commander, and the V.F.W. In his spare time Leland enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with the grandchildren.

Leland is survived by his children, Angela (LeRoy) Roberts, Augusta, ME, Cynthia (Richard) Luensmann, Dubuque, IA, Eileen Haines, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Naomi Roberts, Alicia (Anthony) D'Anna, Brandi (Chris) Lynch, Regina (Max) Chu, Kevin Luensmann, Scott Luensmann; his great grandchildren, Alex and Markus D'Anna, Micheala, Isaac and Jacob Chu; his siblings, twin brother, Loren (Gladys) Haines, Lancaster, WI, Harold (Virginia) Haines, Tomah, WI, Dallas Haines, Tomah, WI, LaVon (Paul) Naegle, Council Bluffs, IA.

Leland was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruth Ann Haines.

The family would like to thank all those who cared for Leland at the Iowa Veterans Home.

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

 



Delphine M. Derby

Delphine Margaret Derby, 102, dearly-loved mother and grandmother; a resident of the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque, passed away December 5th, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Services will be held 10:30am Monday, December 9th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque by Rev. Steven J. Rosonke. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be before mass beginning at 9:30am, at church. Arrangements by Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.
Delphine was born January 22nd, 1911 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Michael and Elizabeth (Geimer) Betz. She married Lee J. Derby on May 14th, 1930. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1987.
Delphine was employed as a telephone operator before marriage and later worked at Sorbeau, a baby clothing store. She resided in her beloved hometown of Dubuque for 96 years; where she cherished life with her husband, raised her four children, and enjoyed her days there with many dear friends. She later lived and made several friends at St. Mary's Apartments before moving to Cedar Rapids in November of 2006, where she met and made new friends in the Meth-Wick Community.
Delphine was a sharp, witty, lovely, petite woman who enjoyed playing cards, reading, crossword puzzles, bingo, and visiting with family and friends. Some of her favorite things included cookies, candy, vanilla ice cream, the color pink, Christmas, and toasted cheese sandwiches. She fondly recalled her children's younger years and her vacations with her husband as the best times of her life. She was admired by many and will be greatly missed by those whose life she touched.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (John) Henkel of Davenport and her daughter-in-law, Jean (William) Derby of Cedar Rapids, 28 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
Delphine was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Florine Ebner, her loving husband of 57 years; Lee Derby; sons, Lee Derby and William Derby, daughter, Janaan Fink; grandchildren, John and Diana Henkel and Nicholas Fink.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Meth-Wick Manor and the Woodlands for taking such good care of Delphine and attending to her needs while she resided in the community. She and her family truly appreciated how dedicated, professional, friendly and sincere the staff was during her 7 year stay.

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



Karl H. Wirzbach

Karl "Chizz" H. Wirzbach, 92 a resident of Bethany Home, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd conducted by Rev. Pamela Starr. Family will greet friends from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the funeral. Burial with Military Honors at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Karl was born April 17, 1921 in Dubuque, the son of Herman and Amelia (Batteram) Wirzbach. Karl enlisted in the US Navy during WW II, serving in the Philippines and was in the Seabee's for 2 years. He married Lois Jenkins on November 11, 1943, she passed away on August 20, 1965, he later married LaVonne Andresen on December 13, 1969, she passed away on April 16, 1996. Karl was a machinist at Adams Company for 43 years until he retired in 1986. He was a member of IAM Local 1238 and former member of Lasso E Camping Club and Navy League.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynn (Edward K.) Kupferschmidt of Dubuque; a son, Gary K. Wirzbach; step-children, Susan (John Leibfried) Hinderman of Cuba City, Wisconsin, George (Judy) Andresen of Dubuque, Charles (Yennie) Andresen of Indonesia; step-grandchildren; Cathy (Eric) Schmuck, Kara (Andy) Andresen, Megan (Phil) Arensdorf, Jamie Wathen, Stacia Wathen, Jay (Becky) Hinderman, Susie Andresen and Chris Andresen; step great-grandchildren; Madeline, Abigail, Casey, Noah, Bryce, Ian, Miles, Emily, and Hannah; and a sister, Doris O'Brien of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife first wife, Lois, his second wife, LaVonne, a brother Robert and in-laws, Mildred Wirzbach and Thomas O'Brien

Memorials may be made to donor's choice in Karl's memory.

Thank you to the staff and friends at Bethany Home for many years of care and kindness.

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

 



Elizabeth Arthofer

Elizabeth "Betty" Arthofer, 83, formerly of 3525 Windsor passed away peacefully Monday, December 2, 2013 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her children.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4th at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m.

Betty was born May 11, 1930 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Helen (Steffens) Weber. She married Donald Arthofer, September 12, 1953 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death November 1, 2007.

She graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School, Dyersville as the class president. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, a librarian at the Dubuque Catholic Schools and as a cook at Ecumenical Towers and at Alverno Apartments. She also volunteered for any place that needed help.

Betty enjoyed doing crafts, jigsaw puzzles, gardening especially vegetables and geraniums. She was a loving, caring, happy upbeat person with a great sense of humor. Betty loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, Kathy (Maryanne Hencken) Arthofer, of Longmont, Colo., Karen (Eugene) Fangman, of Dyersville, Iowa, Karol (David) Hubanks, of Dubuque, Kevin (Donna) Arthofer, of Dubuque , and Ken Arthofer, of, Colo: grandchildren, David Fangman, Kelly (Aaron) Otting, and Mike (Natalie) Fangman, Jason (Angela) and Jeremy (Brittany) Hubanks, Austin, Kyle, and Kody Arthofer, Carter, and Kristin, Cobbett, and Kayla Arthofer; 6 great grandchildren, Jayda, Elijah, Callista, Chase, Brady, Lucy; a son-in-law John Cobbett, of Highland Ranch, Colo; a sister Jeanette Engler, of Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Mary "Babe" Ryan, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Marvin "Red" Faley, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Karla Cobbett, in August 2013; four sisters, Opal Ament and Helen Jasper, Mary Knepper and Rose Nebel and three brothers, John Weber and Donald Weber, and Edward Weber.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the many wonderful nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center 3 South and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Carl Huffman

Carl Huffman, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday evening, December 3, 2013, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Ozark Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Chester Carl Huffman was born on February 9, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Chester and Velma (Carr) Huffman. He attended Jackson County country schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from October 12, 1960 until receiving an honorable discharge on May 1, 1962. He married Shirley Elizabeth Morehead on July 9, 1988 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Carl had farmed for many years while working jobs, first at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then from 1967 to 1999 at Cargill in Cedar Rapids in the maintenance department.

Carl was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He loved mushroom hunting, camping and fishing for Walleyes at Bellevue. For 12 years he enjoyed traveling and wintering in Texas with Shirley.

Those left to honor Carl's memory include his wife, Shirley Huffman of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jim (Jessica) Huffman of Shell Rock, IA, Mark Huffman of Monticello, IA, and Randy (Vanessa) Huffman of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Kelly (Mark) Goodman of FL, Karie (Jim) Heuer of Eddyville, IA, and Todd (Kathy) Clark of Bernard, IA; 5 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Wanda Clark and a brother Robert Heister.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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

 



Colleen A. Findley

Colleen A. Findley, age 56, of Eagle Point Nursing Home, Clinton, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013, of natural causes. In keeping with Colleen's wishes there will not be any public viewing or service. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Colleen was born on June 3, 1957, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Garland and Betty (Dolan) Findley.

Colleen is survived by her sister, Sharon (Chris) Johnson, Dubuque, IA; her 2 nieces, Amber Johnson, Des Moines, IA, Rachel Johnson, Des Moines, IA; and many cousins.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents.

A Colleen A. Findley memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dorrance R. Bakey

Dorrance R. Bakey, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday December 2nd, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. on Friday December 6th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3p.m. to 8p.m. on Thursday December 5th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 4:00p.m.

He was born on December 4, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John C. and Calista (Murphy) Bakey. He attended St. Raphael grades school. Loras Academy and graduated from Loras College.

He worked at Mount St. Francis in the maintenance department. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, Power of Prayer Church. He loved his roses, and to dance and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his siblings; Jean "Jeanie" Grimes, Betty Schuster, Patricia "Pat" (Dorrance) Manders, all of Dubuque, Luke "Mike" (Susan) Bakey, of Elk Grove, CA His sister-in-law Judy Bakey-Rahe and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Lawrence "Spots" Bakey and brothers-in-law Danny Grimes and Alfred Schuster.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care and especially becoming Dorrance's 2nd family, and a very special thank you to his sister Pat for all the loving care she gave to Dorrance.

In lieu of flowers a Dorrance Bakey memorial fund has been established.



Pearl E. Drummond

Pearl E. Drummond, loving wife, mother and grandmother, 91, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 135 Croyden Crest died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Westminister Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The will be no public visitation.

Pearl was born January 25, 1922 in Paxon, Alberta, Canada, daughter of Oscar and Lena (Jorgenson) Oppegaard.

She married Dr. Richard H. Drummond on June 5, 1943 in Thorsby, Alberta, Canada. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2013.

Prior to her marriage she lived in Canada. She and her husband lived in Japan for 18 years, where she taught English classes. She also taught English as a second language at the University of Dubuque and was a Co-director and tutor in the Frank Laubach Literacy program in Dubuque.

She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by three children, Donald (Donna) Drummond of Richmond, Calif., Lowell Drummmond of Dubuque and Angela Drummond of Dubuque; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Eunice; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by several siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their loving care.

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

 



Larry E. Knipper

Larry E. Knipper, 81, of Dyersville died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., an American Legion service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a parish vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wed., Dec. 4, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dan Knipper will be the celebrant and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Larry was born Dec. 20, 1931, near Earlville, Iowa the son of Andrew and Theresa (Bruggeman) Knipper. He served in the Army from 1952 - 1954. Upon his honorable discharge, he started working for Paul Ament Construction building many homes in Dyersville. He married Katie Hosch on September 5, 1959, in Cascade. Together, they operated a dairy and hog farm in North Fork Township until retiring to Dyersville. Larry was active in 4-H, from his youth to organizing and leading the North Fork Wildcats 4-H club. Larry was named Delaware County Distinguished Dairyman in 1973 and State of Iowa Distinguished Dairyman in 1982. He was a Delaware County Soil & Water District Conservation Commissioner from 1974-1996. Larry served on many boards and committees of the St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Surviving are his wife, Katie, his children: David (Vicki) of Marion, John (Deb) of Clear Lake, Michele (David) Kucharczyk of Onalaska, WI and Jude (Stacy) of Omaha, NE; a daughter-in-law, Shirley (Mark) Singsank of Dyersville; 11 grandchildren; siblings: Gerald Knipper of Dyersville, Norma Cassidy of Bettendorf, Anna (Bernie) Manternach of Monticello and Rev. Dan Knipper of Decorah; brothers-and-sisters-in-law: Harold Hosch of Cascade, Rose Koopmann of Delhi, Lois Hosch of New Vienna, Millie Hosch and Julie Hosch, both of Cascade

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Peter and Katherine Hosch, a son, Peter, in 1991, a brother, Norman and 2 infant twin brothers; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Donna Knipper, John Cassidy, George Hosch, Irene Hosch, Edwin Hosch, Margaret (Don) Koopmann, Mary (Leroy) Trumm, John Koopmann and John Hosch.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Milhem MBBS, Wendee Beranek RN OCN, the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care and support.



Michael J. Wolfe

Michael J. Wolfe, 54, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, November 29, 2013, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery in Dickeyville. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mike was born on June 16, 1959, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Paul G. and Donna M. (Speaker) Wolfe. He married Bonnie Reynolds on April 14, 1984, in Potosi, Wisconsin. Mike was a supervisor at Mexican Cheese Producers in Darlington, Wisconsin.

Mike volunteered with the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of various organizations including the Colts, the Cuba City High School Music Club, and the Dickeyville EMT's, serving on their boards. Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and helping people. He was a wonderful person with an infectious laugh and kind heart.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; four children, Brittany (fiancé, Adam Ben-zikri) Wolfe, of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Kyle Wolfe, of Dubuque, and Michelle and McKenzie Wolfe, both at home; his father, Paul Wolfe, of Lancaster; five sisters, Kris (Ron) Zenz, of Bagley, Aleise (Cyril) Oyen, of Potosi, Ann (Thom) Peters, of La Farge, Wisconsin, Jill (Craig) Moldenhauer, of Princeton, Wisconsin, and Lori (Dexter) Wolfe, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; two brothers, Paul (Jeanne) Wolfe, of Potosi, and Mark (Wendy) Wolfe, of Olathe, Kansas; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Alan (Lois) Reynolds, Tom (Deb) Reynolds, and Dan (Brenda) Reynolds, all of Potosi, Mike (Rosie) Reynolds, of Ottawa, Illinois, Pat (Ric) Walsh, of Galena, Illinois, and Sam Reynolds, of Potosi; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna; his mother and father-in-law, Clarence and Dorothy Reynolds; and a brother-in-law, Ted Reynolds.

A Michael J. Wolfe Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Marc L. Rath

Marc L. Rath, 43, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, formerly of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, November 29, 2013, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday 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. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Marc was born on August 9, 1970, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Steven L. and Debra J. (Gross) Rath. He graduated from Benton High School in 1988. He attended NICC in Peosta graduating in 2007 as a respiratory therapist. Marc worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee since 2008 and was extremely dedicated to each patient and his work.

Marc's children were the most important part of his life as was his family. He was a master fisherman, dedicated hunter, and outdoorsman who spent his time going after "the big one." Marc was a dedicated father sharing and teaching his children his skills and beliefs as a conservationist and the importance of catch and release.

Survivors include a daughter, Holly Rath, and a son, Alex Rath, both of Belmont; a stepdaughter, Breanna "Bree" Becker, of Belmont; his mother, Deb (Tom) Slater, of Benton; his father, Steve (Roseanne) Rath, of Iowa City, Iowa; his paternal grandparents, Richard and Esther Rath, of Dubuque; and three brothers, Joseph A. Slater, of Benton, Kevin (Jolene) Slater, of Argyle, Wisconsin, and Ron (Kim) Slater, of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his former wife, Annette Hooks, of Belmont.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Loretta Gross.

A Marc L. Rath Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Donald A. Freiburger

Donald A. Freiburger, 71, of 33353 Mule Train Way, Brashear, Missouri, formerly of St. Catherine, IA, passed away at 7:00 a.m., on Monday, November 25, 2013, suddenly at home. A memorial service will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Donald was born on July 16, 1942, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Irvin and Alberta (Errthum) Freiburger.

Donald served with the U.S. Army in the National Guard for 6 years. He married Pat Heming on September 11, 1965, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on December 15, 1978. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until he retired on May 31, 1990, after 30 years of service. After his retirement he moved to Missouri. Donald loved to watch wrestling and go hunting and fishing.

Donald is survived by his wife, Annette Freiburger, Missouri; his children, Cathy (Freiburger) Breitsprecker, Key West, IA, Dave (Rita) Freiburger, Dubuque, IA, Penny Freiburger, Dubuque, IA, Tim Freiburger, Dubuque, IA, Melinda (Mark) Campbell, Unionville, MO, Michelle (Jeff) Freiburger, Glenwood, MO; his 9 grandchildren; his 3 great-grandchildren; his sister, Doris Hadley, Newport, PA; his brothers, Billy (Phyllis) Freiburger, Spring Brook, IA, and Danny (Gail) Freiburger, Bernard, IA.


Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pat, his son, Jimmy, and his siblings, Ruth Ann, Joan, Paul and Wayne.

A Donald A. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Beatrice D. Goodmann

Beatrice D. Goodmann, 91, of Oak Park Place, formerly of 2875 Shiras, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013.
Funeral services will be 10:30a.m. Wednesday, December 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will be held.

Beatrice was born on September 13, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anthony and Dorothy (Lilly) DeMaio.
She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1940 and from Bayless Business College in 1942.
On November 3, 1946 she married Daniel F. Goodmann at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 2, 1998.

She was employed by Francis O' Connor Law Offices and at Mercy Medical Center where she retired in 1988.
Beatrice loved to entertain, especially for her family. She was known for her Italian cooking and superb baking skills, especially her "crater" cupcakes and cannolis. She enjoyed playing the piano at family events hosted at her home.
Beatrice was a devoted wife and mother, her family meant everything to her.

Surviving are her children, Pietrina M. Riolo, of Pleasanton, CA., Linda Kate Goodmann (Frank) Crall, of Conover, WI., Tom (Shari) Goodmann, of Miami, Fl., Tim (Julie) Goodmann, of Windsor CO., Tony Goodmann, of Scottsdale, AZ., and Dan Goodmann of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren, Nicholas (Katie) Riolo, of Edina, MN., Danielle Goodmann and Matthew Goodmann, of Windsor , CO.; great grandchildren, Michael, Timothy and Christopher Riolo, of Edina, MN; sisters, Pat McGeeney, Kay (Rich) Manternach, both of Dubuque, and Letty (Joe) Brown, of Surprise, AZ; and many nieces and nephews who loved Aunt Bea.

She was preceded in death by her father, Anthony in 1988; her mother, Dorothy in 1997; her brother in law Jim McGeeney in 2000; and brother, Carol DeMaio in 2005.

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

In lieu of flowers a Beatrice Goodmann Memorial Fund has been established where donations will be given to her favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Oak Park Assisted Living for their love and care.



Dorothy Hinderman Bechen

Dorothy "Dort" Hinderman Bechen, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

A memorial will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, on Friday, April 4, 2014, her 90th birthday, at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends may gather after 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery .



Dorothy was the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Hinderman of Dickeyville, WI. She was born on April 4, 1924 and grew up in Dickeyville.

Dorothy learned to sew when she was 8 years old and had a passion for sewing ever since. She loved making quilts and giving them to family and friends.

Dorothy married Lester Bechen of Lamotte, Iowa on June 13, 1946. They lived in Dickeyville until they moved to Dubuque in 1959.

They were snow birds from 1983 till Lesters death in 2001. Dorothy then moved to Arizona year - round. She returned to Dubuque in 2009 and lived at Mt. Pleasant Home before going to Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Dorothy is survived by six sons, Ken of Absoaroke, MT, Rick(Carlene) of Brooklyn,WI, Ron(Anita) of Belleville, WI, Sam(Sue) of Dubuque, IA, Jim(Anita) of Lodi, WI, and Denis(Liz) of Goodyear, AZ. Her grandchildren; Angela (Doug) Hanley, Sheri Moritz, Ashley (Allison) Foxborn, Luke Bechen,Isaac (Erin) Bechen, Adam Bechen, Mary Bechen, Sara Bechen, Steph (Kyle) Cook, Justin (Courtney) Bechen Jason (friend Tiffany) Bechen, Matthew Bechen, Robert Thario and Kristen Thario. Great grandchildren; Emma Hanley, Hannah Rowerdink, Morgan Walsh, Elliott Foxborn, Lauren Bechen and Reagan Wissel. Dorothy is also survived by her brother, John (Mary Lou) Hinderman, sisters-in-law Marie Hinderman and Fran Hinderman and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bechen; her brothers Carl, Edward, Vincent, Lavern, and Alphonse; her sisters Marie and Bertha; and great-grandson, Reed Hanley.



Mary K. Riegler

Mary K. Riegler, 61, of Dubuque died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at home. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a visitation Sunday from 3 to 7 pm.

Mary was born January 16, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Daniel and Beulah (Droessler) Loeffelholz. She was raised in Tennyson, Wisc, graduated from the Visitation Academy and received her associates degree in nursing from NICC.

She was employed as a registered nurse in the Family Birthing Suites at the Finley Hospital for 25 years. She took great pride in her involvement in the neonatal intensive care unit and as an NRP (neonatal resuscitation) instructor. She was an exceptional nicu nurse.

Mary enjoyed classic rock music, movies and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.

She is survived by a daughter, Rene Kaesbauer of Dubuque and her son Jack; a son, Mark (Julie) Riegler of Dubuque and their children Taylor and Abigail; siblings, Nancy (Gene) Jaworski, Judy (Steve) Smith, Steve (Sharon) Loeffelholz, Joan Jansen, Paula (Bart) Bartelme, Andrew (Kim) Loeffelholz, and Rachael (Tom) Henke.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mary Riegler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Investigator Jeff Tupper and the Dubuque Police Department.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Robert G. Lange

Robert G. Lange, 80, of Dubuque and formerly of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wisconsin. Military rites will be accorded by the VFW Post 5455 of Dickeyville. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Robert was born on November 22, 1933 in Louisburg, Wisconsin, the son of William and Clara (Leibfried) Lange. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. On June, 6, 1959, Robert married Suzanne Addyman at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Dubuque. He was employed with Interstate Power Company for 45 years, retiring as operations manager in 1996.

Robert was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and past member of the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, Keiler Saddle Club, American Quarter Horse Association, Interstate Power Retirees Association and volunteered at Dubuque Arboretum for 15 years. He trained, rode and showed horses; loved hunting, fishing and teaching his children and grandchildren to fish. Robert was known to help out anyone who was in need.

Surviving are his wife Suzanne of Dubuque, IA; his children Beth (Thomas) Young of Broomfield, CO and their children Jennifer and Zachary Young; Lynn (Mark) Meloy of Madison, WI and their children Loryn and Connor Meloy; Chris (Bob Bryla) Lange of Platteville, WI and their children Clinton Steele, Cullen and Emma Bryla; and Susan (Alan) Jentz of Beaver Dam, WI and their children Shelbi, Alexander and Jack Jentz; his siblings, Patricia Dreesens, Doris (William) Wiederholdt and Delia Schroeder of Dickeyville, WI, Rosalyn Haug of Council Bluffs, IA, Regina Lange, Clarella (Lu) Lange and Samuel (Marlene) Lange of Dubuque, IA, Gerald (Hiroko) Lange of Japan, Fr. Ronald Lange of Dittmer, MO, Earl Lange and Michael (Doris) Lange of Hazel Green, WI; his sisters-in-law Roberta Lange, Barbara Powers and Dianne Kutsch and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother William Lange; 2 brothers-in-law Edwin Dreesens and Keith Haug and a sister-in-law, Mary Lee Lange.

The Lange family wishes to extend a special thank you to Diane, Sharon, Lu, Jean and Chic.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Robert Lange memorial fund.

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

 

 



Maleta A. Dietz

Maleta "Skeets" A. Dietz 86, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Luther Manor Care Center in Dubuque. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. conducted by Pastor Loren Hirschy. Family will greet friends from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2013 at the funeral home, additional visitation will be one prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Maleta was born July 24, 1927 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin the daughter of Phillip and Stella (Digman) Ginter. Maleta graduated from Peosta High School where she enjoyed playing basketball. She also graduated from Dubuque Beauty Acadamy. She married Vince Dietz on February 4, 1950 at Nativity Catholic Church, he passed away on May 9, 1996. Maleta worked for Langes Plastics, Caradco, Silver Dollar and was a cook for the Presentation Sisters. She was a member of Word of Life Church. She loved being with her family, grandchildren, cooking and was an avid Bulls and Cubs fan.

Survivors include her children; Dennis (Phyllis) Dietz of Epworth, Jolene (Ted) Johnson of Dubuque, Carol (Joe) Spinoso of Asbury, and Mary (Matt) Davis of Dubuque, 8 grandchildren; Shane Dietz, Todd (Maria) Johnson, Kirsten (Sean) Hirschy, Peter Spinoso, Adam Spinoso, Zachary Davis, Alicia (Jeremy) Kapp, and Matthew Davis, Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Blair, Ellyana, Gabrielle, Smith, Marissa, Chloe, Maryellen, Kiefer, Ethan and Madilynn; a sister; Irma (Tom) Pfiffner and a sister in-law Mary Ann Ginter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Joe (Donna) Ginter and Vince Ginter, a sister, Priscilla (Ed) Bahl, and her dog, Princess.

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

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

 



Catherine M. Roling Martin

Catherine Marie "Maggie" (Koch) Roling Martin, 56, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully with family by her side Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. 
She was born on Dec. 17, 1956, as the youngest child of Ambrose and Joanne Koch. She married Wayne Roling and had four children. Wayne passed away in 1988. She later married James Martin.

Maggie worked for Tschiggfrie before moving to Florida to be near family. She later returned to Dubuque and was employed at Paul's Tavern and most recently at Loras College as a cook.

She will be remembered as a great friend to all who treated everyone with respect and always had a smile for others. She was known to put others needs ahead of her own. Maggie was most proud of her children and grandchildren.

Maggie is survived by her mother, Joanne Koch Sager; brothers, David Koch, Tony (Robin) Koch and Tom Koch; her children, Rose (David) Haas, Joanne Roling, Ambrose (Michelle) Roling and Maria (Jeff) Kindrai; her grandchildren, Rico, Jacob, Clara, Nicholas, Grant and Catherine; stepgrandchildren, Miriam, Rebeccah and Rachel; Maggie is also survived by many other loving family and friends each who had a special place in her heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Roling; father, Ambrose Koch; sister, Theresa (Koch) Andresen (surviving spouse, Bill); and brother, Mike Koch (surviving spouse, Linda).

In lieu of flowers a Catherine Martin memorial fund has been established.



Anna Bucko

Anna Bucko, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Sunset Park Place in Dubuque. She is survived by her son Bob (Diane) Bucko, grandson Bob Bucko Jr. of Asbury, Iowa and granddaughter Kate Bucko of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Visitation, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday December 6, 2013, beginning at 9:00 A.M. at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, followed by interment at the family gravesite.

Locally, Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home assisted, with final arrangements being administered by Karsch Funeral Home of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bob, and his family would like to thank the wonderful staff and employees of Paramount EMS ambulance service, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque, for their compassionate care and support in his mother's final days.

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

 



Janet A. Genthe

Janet A. Genthe, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday November 24th, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday November 29th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where services will be at 7:00p.m

She was born on May 28, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa the daughter of Allen and Margaret (Scharff) Birch. She studied at Capri College and worked at Albrecht Acres, Farmland Foods and volunteered with haunted houses.

She loved doing crafts, enjoyed hanging out with her family and friends at Knickers and loved everyone she came across in her life.

She is survived by her son Jay Genthe, grandson Adam, parents Allen and Margaret Birch all of Dubuque. Siblings; Karen (Bruce) Wilson, of Cuba City, Molly Bradfield, of Dubuque, Allen Birch Jr. of N. Carolina and Tim Birch of Dubuque. Many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister Shelley Bechen and her grandparents.

The family wishes to thank Ennoble Manor, and the physicians and staff of Mercy Medical Center for all their wonderful care.



Charles W. Seastrand

Charles Wayne Seastrand, Jr. 57 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 25, 2013 in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Friday November 29th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where military services will be held at 7pm by American Legion Post #6. Burial will be Saturday November 30th, in Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Mound, Iowa.

Charles was born on May 30, 1956 in DeWitt, Iowa the son of Charles W. and Beverly Ann (Redmond) Seastrand Sr. He is a US Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his wife Debra, of Hemet, CA, his daughter Jennifer Seastrand, of Washington DC, a step daughter Jessica Young, of Hemet, CA grandchildren; Jacob and Justin. Siblings; Connie (Al) Pline, of Peosta, Cindy (Brian) Strang, of Dubuque, Carla Schumacher, of Dubuque, Carl (Tami) Seastrand, of San Diego, CA, Chris (Pete) Davies, of Sherrill, Iowa, Craig (Cindy) Seastrand, of Fort Dodge, Pat (Jamie) Clancy, of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Avis L. Mussehl

Avis L. Mussehl, age 84, of Stonehill Care Center, passed away at 5:05 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Avis' life friends may visit from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Avis was born on August 13, 1929, in Freeborn County, MN, daughter of Samuel E. and LaVina (Drown) Groff.

Avis married Lawrence Mussehl on June 21, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 4, 1968. She was very active member of Sacred Heart Parish. Avis was employed as a teacher aide and secretary with the Dubuque Community School District until her retirement in 1994. In her spare time she enjoyed keeping a tidy home, reading and traveling.

Avis is survived by her children, Joseph "Joe" (Gail) Mussehl, Dubuque, IA, Cecelia Mussehl, Orlando, FL; and her sister, Shirley Eldorado, Minneapolis, MN.

Avis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence and 7 siblings, John, Jim, Margarite, Ed, Mike, Bill and Monica.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for all of the loving care they gave Avis these past few years.

An Avis L. Mussehl memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lee E. Highly

Lee E. Highly, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday evening, November 23, 2013, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa, following an extended illness.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Lee on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public Graveside Military honors and Burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, November 29, 2013, from the Tipton, Iowa Masonic Cemetery.

Lee Edward Highly was born on December 22, 1921 in Rochester, Iowa, to Albert Boise and Viva Maude (Finefield) Highly. He was a graduate of Tipton High School and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the south Pacific as a heavy artillery crewman receiving his honorable discharge on October 31, 1945. After the war, he became a private pilot and enjoyed Harley Davidson riding. He married Arlene J. Siders on January 1, 1950 in Tipton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 21, 2002.

After his marriage to Arlene, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Lee graduated from Watchmaking school. They then moved to Maquoketa where he worked for Max Ray Jewelers and Clinton Engines. He retired in 1988 after working for 24 years as a custodian for the Maquoketa Community School District.

Lee was a member of the Tipton American Legion Post #123. He enjoyed hunting and sports of all kinds. He was an avid golfer and had been a former member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Those left to honor Lee's memory include his children, Tim (Connie) Highly of Pflugerville, TX, Tom (Nancy) Highly of Moline, IL, and Deb (Bernie) Burmeister of Cedar Rapids, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jason, Trent, Jessica, Bret and Amber; 2 step-grandchildren, Cory and Joe; 8 great-grandchildren, Chelsey, Alyssa, Zachary, Samara, Isaiah, Quentin, Deagan and Nadia; a sister-in-law, Ruth Chelf of West Liberty, IA; 1 niece and 1 nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister Louella.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

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

 



Sylvester M. Kluesner

Sylvester M. "Junior" Kluesner age 69 of Dubuque died Sunday November 24, 2013, at his sisters residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Saturday at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where services will be held at 1:00p.m.

He was born on January 8, 1944 in Holy Cross, Iowa the son of Sylvester N. and Marie (Engling) Kluesner. He attended St. Paul's School in Worthington, Iowa and graduated High School in 1962.

He served in the Iowa National Guard and was owner of Kluesner Repair.

He is survived by his siblings; Brother Marvin Kluesner, SDS of Silver Springs, MD, Rosie (Art) Naber, of New Vienna, Iowa, David (Marilyn) Kluesner, of Farley, Iowa, Dorothy (Eugene) Kramer, of Worthington, Iowa, Lois Tauke, of Cascade, Iowa, Joyce (Charlie) Urbain, of Davenport, Iowa, Arlene (Dale) Fangmann, of Farley, Iowa, Bonnie (George) Heisler, of Farley, Iowa, Eugene Kluesner, of Coral Gables, FL, Leo (Julie) Kluesner, of Worthington, Iowa, Brenda (Dick) Ludwig, of Petersburg, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; and his friend Ramiro Robles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Mark Kluesner and a brother-in-law Robert Tauke.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Richard A. Heiderscheit

Richard A. Heiderscheit, 68, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013 after a brief battle with brain cancer.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 27, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from
3-8p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:30pm.

Richard was born on April 24, 1945, the son of Art and Anna (Gabrenja) Heiderscheit, of Holy Cross, Iowa. Dick graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1963, he then attended a trade school in Omaha, Nebraska for Auto Body Mechanics. He was employed with Lenny Valentine & Son's for 41 years and later worked security at the Mystic Casino. He was also in the Army Reserves for 6 years.

Dick married Elaine Hoeger on October 12, 1968 at St. Boniface Church in New Vienna, Iowa. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year. His favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine and their 2 children, Tim, of Dubuque and Kelly (Bob) Guns, of Davenport, Iowa; 4 grandsons, Eric, Michael Heiderscheit,Charlie and Sam Guns; and 1 granddaughter, Morgan Guns; sister-in-law, Ann Hoeger of Dyersville; and two brothers-in-law, Mark (Jayne) Hoeger and Allen (Sheri Thier) Hoeger, of Farley, Iowa. One sister, Myrna (Duane) Riha of Longs, S.C. whom he reconnected with after 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Leo and Ileen Hoeger; sister-in-law, Carol Hoeger; and a sister, Teresa Ellingrod.

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

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

The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Longo, Dr. Herman, the Finley 4th floor rehab, Homeinstead, and Hospice of Dubuque. A special thank you to Jen D, Peggy and Jenny for the loving care that was given to Dick and his family.

 



Elizabeth O'Malley

Elizabeth "Betty" O'Malley, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Nativity Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends at 9 am, until mass time at the church, the Rosary Society will begin reciting the rosary at 10 am. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Betty was born January 13, 1930 in Racine, Wisconsin the daughter of Robert and Catherine (Eickenbrock) Kowalsky. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque. Betty married Willis "Bill" O'Malley on July 18, 1953, they first met on a blind date. She worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary's in Racine, Mercy of Cedar Rapids, and various nursing positions in the Dubuque area. Betty bowled for many years with the Welcome Wagon girls, worked at Armstrongs teaching knitting classes, was part of the Me-Too Gang. She enjoyed boating, fishing, cooking and gardening. Her greatest joys were her family, Apple Canyon Lake, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Bill; their children; Colleen Tressel (Jeff Kirby) of Princeton, IA, Patrick (Karen) O'Malley of Dubuque, Cathy (Dan) Lenz of Bernard, and Sean (Linda) O'Malley of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer, Brian, Christa, Amy, Matt, Sarah, Nicole, Doug, Lisa, Lindsay, Luke, and Megan; 12 great- grandchildren, and her in-laws; Carol (Joe) McGowan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bob (Grace) Kowalsky, in-laws; Tom (Ruth) O'Malley, and Bev (Elmer) Kaminski.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque (Angela), Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Moore, Dr. Kennen, and surgical services staff at Mercy for your loving care.

A memorial fund was been established in Betty's memory.

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

 



Dennis C. Donath Sr.

Dennis (Denny) Clark Donath Sr. of Stonehill Care Facility, formally of 1646 Jackson Street, passed away on November 22, 2013 at 3:50pm surrounded by loving family and friends.

Services will be at Leonard Funeral Home 2595 Rockdale Rd on Tuesday November 26, 4pm to 7pm where friends and family may visit.

Dennis was born on September 18th 1942, son of Otto and Ellen Elaine Donath( Hall). He married Rhonda Donath (Urban) on March 1, 1962, in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Dennis worked at Dubuque Packing Company, various labor positions and did salvage work for many years. Denny was a fun loving guy who enjoyed the company of his friends and loving family members. He had an amazing ability to make people laugh, a natural comedian who didn't get paid for it. He enjoyed his antique cars and restoring them in his earlier days. In his spare time he liked to visit his friends at the casino and at A&W. Most of all he loved spending quality time with his loving wife Rhonda of 47 years, his kids and grandchildren.

Surviving is his five daughters Lori (Larry) Liddle, Tammy (Joaquin) Donath, Robin (Steve) Ruosch, Linda (Lance) Shoenberger and Rebecca Donath and one son Dennis (Bud) Donath Jr, all of Dubuque; 23 grandkids, 14 great grandchildren; one sister Diane( Harvey) Duve;  three brothers, Harlan Wayne ( Patricia) Donath, Donald (Marilyn) Donath, Terry( Sharon) all of Dubuque Ia.

He was proceeded in death by his loving wife, both parents, a sister Sharon (Banjo) Menadue; granddaughter Shuree Roth; great granddaughter MaKayla Cook; and several in-laws.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all the healthcare professionals who lovingly cared for him and all his wonderful friends.

A Dennis Clark Donath Sr. Memorial has been established.

Online condolences may be left for his family at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Evelyn Wulf

Evelyn Wulf, originally from Lost Nation, IA, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at her home from natural causes.

Memorial services are 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Union Presbyterian Church, Lost Nation, IA with the Rev. Thompson officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn was born August 18, 1928, in Lost Nation, IA to Arnold and LaVancha (Leinbaugh) Wulf. She graduated from Lost Nation high school in 1946, and married Raymond Myers in Oct. 1947. Together they raised 4 children (Teresa, Linda, Donna, and Chuck) in rural Clinton, IA. For 35 years, she was a dedicated telephone operator for Northwestern Bell and AT&T.

Evelyn loved most of all being with family and friends and helping others. She was a proud lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers, and made frequent donations to the American Red Cross throughout her life. She enjoyed travel with her family, especially her sister Shirley. She also enjoyed church activities, being outdoors, walks, and gardening.

In 2009, she moved to Dickeyville, WI to be closer to family, and her youngest granddaughter, Molly. Evelyn loved her home in Dickeyville and made many friends on her weekly visit to the community center for lunch, social time, and cards. She had fun playing bridge and euchre with friends in both Oxford Junction, IA. and later in Dickeyville.

Evelyn is survived by her former husband, Ray Myers of Clinton, 4 children, Teresa (Denny) Miller, of Dubuque, Linda (Mike) Pedersen, of Bellevue, Donna (Dave) Schmitt, of Dickeyville, Charles Myers of Clinton; 7 grandchildren and her sister Shirley Cox of Melbourne, FL.

She was preceded in death by her fiancé Dale Hansen, 4 brothers, Harold, Lowell, Gordon, and Bruce Wulf, and sister Norma Bloore.

Special thanks to Fr. Bernie Rott and Dar Lawrence during our time of need.



Mary P. Willis

Mary Pearl Willis, age 72, of St. Peter, MN, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Very Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Pearl's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Pearl Cole was born December 13, 1940 to Kenneth L. and Bethel M. (Letts) Cole of Graf, IA. She was baptized and confirmed at Lattnerville Catholic Church. Pearl attended one-room country school outside of Graf and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Iowa City, IA as a registered nurse in 1962. That same year she married Richard Willis at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA.

Pearl was a dedicated and devoted nurse for almost 40 years, working at both Loretto and Union hospitals in New Ulm before retiring from Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and most of all spending time with her family, friends and cats Sophie and Cassie. Pearl spent her leisure time watching the resident birds, rabbits and squirrels in her backyard.

Pearl is survived by her children Richard Jr. and Joan (Shawn) Stanford, both of New Ulm, MN, grandson Jeremy Reinarts and great-grandson Wyatt Reinarts of Sleepy Eye,MN, granddaughter Amanda Reinarts of Mankato, MN, and long-time good friend Phyl Halvorson of St.Peter, MN. She is also survived by her siblings Darlene (Emil) Herting of Dubuque, IA, Nancy Peters of Iowa City, IA, Lyle (Pam) Cole of Walcott, IA, and Jeffery (Mary) Cole of Dubuque, IA, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, baby sister Melody, and brother-in-law Roland Peters.

Pearl, along with her family and friends wish to thank the hospice nurses and entire staff of Benedictine Community Center for their tireless hours of excellent care. Blessed be her memory.

A Pearl Willis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Irvin C. Engler

Irvin C. Engler, age 95, 2700 Matthew John Dr. #108, formerly of 575 West 16th St., passed away at 4:20 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Msgr. Karl Glovic. To celebrate Irvin's life friends may visit from 9:00 am until 10:00 am on Tuesday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. . Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irvin was born on February 28, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Jacob and Clara (Trumm) Engler. Irvin married Mary E. Birch on February 12, 1944. She preceded him in death on March 19, 1992.

He was a Navy veteran of WWII. Irvin worked for Sinclair Refining Company for 15 years and was lastly employed at the U.S. Industrial Chemical Company until his retirement in 1983. Irvin was an active member of St. Patrick's Church, the Holy Name Society, the funeral choir and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a regular member of the Loras LAFF (life after fifty-five) Club. Irvin has a great sense of humor, enjoyed traveling and dancing to the big band era hits. His love for his wife, Mary and her cooking, were abundantly visible throughtout his life.

Irvin is survived by, his 2 sons, Thomas (Kay) Engler, Yorkville, IL., Jeffrey (Susan) Engler, Janesville, WI., his 2 daughters, Connie (Tom) Steffen, Dubuque, IA. , Dawn (Freddie) Palumbo, Aurora, CO; 15 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; his brother, Don Engler, CT.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, his brother James and a sister Monica.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Retirement Community for all their excellent care.

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

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

 



Elaine D. Sindt

Mrs. Leonard (Elaine D.) Sindt, 76, of Delhi and formerly of Dubuque passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 at Banner Dell Web Hospital, Sun City West, Arizona.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2013 at Resurrection Catholic Church, with Rev. John R. Kremer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24th and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Elaine was born December 3, 1936 in Dubuque, daughter of Arnold and Frances (Wickman) Schneider. She married Leonard Sindt May 5, 1956 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She graduated from the former St. Joseph Academy and worked at Sindt Motor Sales, the family business, for many years.

Elaine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved her flower gardens and quilting. Elaine had many friends in Delhi, IA and Sun City West, AZ.

She was a member of St. John's parish in Delhi, IA and a former member of Resurrection parish.

Surviving is her husband, Leonard "Len", of Delhi; her children, Daniel (Jane) Sindt, Cathy (Denis) Fangman, Julie Tomkins, all of Dubuque, Tim (Peggy) Sindt, of Peosta, IA; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Sindt, of Pasadena, TX; eleven grandchildren, Chris (LeeAnne) Sindt, Sean (Andria) Sindt, Ryan Sindt, Jena Sindt, Jon (Amy) Fangman, Michael Fangman, Ashley Curiel, Devon Sindt, Alyssa Sindt, Amannda Tomkins, Kelly Tomkins, and Cassidy Tomkins; six great grandchildren, Brayton, Mason, Ian, Abby, Xander, and Ava; one brother, Michael (Sally) Schneider, of Dubuque; two sisters, Mary Schneider, of LaPorte, IA and Kay (Gene) Bakey, of Surprise, AZ.; and two sisters-in-law, Mary L. Schneider, of Hazel Green, WI and Delores Schneider of Tigard, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dave Sindt, an infant daughter, Mary Ann; three brothers, Charles, Edwin and Steven Schneider and one sister, Jeanette Langevin.

Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, or St. John's Church, Delhi.

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



Mary G. Dunne

Mary G. Dunne, 80 of 311 Hill Street, Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Windmill Manor, Coralville, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Church of the Nativity, with Rev. Scott Bullock and Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler concelebrating. The Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America will recite the rosary at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 6:45 p.m.

Mary was born December 11, 1932 in Bernard, IA, daughter of Elmer H. and Mary Clare (Dolphin) Dunne.

She graduated from St. Martin's High School, Cascade, IA in 1952, and was employed and retired from Allied Camera, Dubuque.

Mary was a very generous person. She spent many hours advocating for the poor and disabled. She loved to pass time by embroidering.

Mary was a member of Nativity parish, their rosary society and Social Concerns Committee. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary # 508 and the ACCW.

Surviving is a brother Alan Dunne, of Winchester, VA; a sister, Patricia (Fred) Dunne Powers, of Tipton, IA; and one sister-in-law, Jean Dunne of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Paul, Donald, Glenn and Orland, one sister, Monica Blanche Dunne, and one nephew, Neil Dunne.

A Mary G. Dunne Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Windmill Manor, Coralville and Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic for their loving care.

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



Bert E. Hayes

Bert E. Hayes, 78, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at home.

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street where friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Military rites will be conducted by the Marine Corps League. Burial will be at Centerville, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Bert was born November 12, 1935 in Centerville, Iowa, son of Zimmer and Lucretia Belle (Witall) Hayes. He married Hazel Brown l954 in Des Moines, IA.

He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army and four years in the U.S. Reserves from 1956 to 1962.

He retired from Inland Molasses in 1984 after many years.

Bert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed the outdoors and watching western movies. He was a very kind and generous person. He also enjoyed caring for his dogs.

Surviving are his wife, Hazel Hayes, of Dubuque; children, Michele (Kevin) O'Connor, of Des Moines, Julie (Rick) Carner, of Dubuque, Debbie (Harold) Birch, of Dubuque, Brenda (Roger) McChesney, of Albert City, IA, Linda (Mike) Ristau, of Dubuque, Sherry Bailey, of Sac City, IA and Brian (Michele) Baltzlely, of Sacramento, CA; 24 grandchildren, and 40 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a great grandson, Andrew; six brothers and four sisters.

A Bert Hayes Memorial has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

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



Erik S. Muehl

Erik Scott Muehl, 41, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque, died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at his home in Maquoketa.

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

Erik Scott Muehl was born on July 31, 1972 in Waterloo, Iowa. He was the adopted son of Gerald and Charlotte Ann (Schick) Muehl. He was a graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School and then Clinton Community College. He never married.

Erik had been disabled. He was an avid reader and enjoyed riding his bike. His life centered around his son Shiloh.

Those left to honor Erik's memory include his son, Shiloh of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Charlotte Muehl of Dubuque, IA; a sister, Gina (Chad) Carlson of Dubuque, IA; and 3 nieces, Morgan, Lucy and Bridgette. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Anthony and John.

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

 



Luella G. Frye

Luella G. "Lue" Frye, age 91, of 2032 Golden Eagle Drive, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Lue's life friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. and on Monday, November 25, 2013, at St. Peter Lutheran Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lue was born on November 1, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert Renk and Margaret (Kemp) Renk-Bradley.

Lue lived in Dubuque most of her life except for 7 years spent in Bagley, WI. She married Wilfred J. "Bill" Frye on February 8, 1941. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1984. Lue was a former member of both the VFW and Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. She was an excellent cook and loved to make dishes for family functions. Lue enjoyed reading, doing seek and find puzzles, fishing, camping, sitting outside watching the cars go by and birdwatching. She was also an accomplished seamstress and liked to do knitting and crocheting. Lue was a bit of a thrill seeker, taking a hot air balloon ride on her 80th birthday and continuing to ride roller coasters well after that. She loved to travel, if the car was leaving she was ready to go along. Lue especially loved cruising and the trips to Disney World, where she took all 7 of her grandchildren.

Lue is survived by her 6 children, Sharon Frye, Dubuque, IA, Terri (Randy) Gabel, Potosi, WI, Patti (David) Grothe, Dubuque, IA, Steven (Kelly) Frye, Dubuque, IA, Dan (Marlene) Frye, Dubuque, IA, Jacque Frye, Dubuque, IA; her 7 grandchildren, Randy "RJ" (Brenda) Gabel, Suzy (Brad) Bierman, Jennafer (Christian) Kenna, Jenny (Mike) Armbruster, Josh Frye, Megan (Tim) Michel and Emily (Tad) Schoeny; her 16 great-grandchildren.

Lue was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilfred "Bill" and a brother, William Renk.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff in the Lower Level Family Unit at Stonehill Care Center and to Hospice of Dubuque for all of the loving care they gave to Lue.

A Luella G. "Lue" Frye memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marguerite E. Brodbelt Rusk

Marguerite(Marge) Elizabeth Brodbelt Rusk of Dubuque died at Luther Manor on Monday November 18, 2013.   

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 25, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Sunday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Mrs. Rusk was born in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 1916, daughter of Christina (Behle) and Sam Brodbelt. She graduated from Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She married Dr. Ross Philip Rusk on June 8, 1940. They had met at Ohio State in anthropology class. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1989.   

She was a former member of Sunshine Circle, was on the Senior Board of the VNA, and a past president of the Dubuque County Medical Auxiliary.

She was also a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, PEO Chapter IK and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Marge loved cooking and on several occasions was pictured in The Telegraph Herald.  Her recipes were featured in local cookbooks. Her Christmas cookie trays were something to behold and a delight to receive. But, the family was the real beneficiary of her expertise.

She gave love, generosity and support to her family, going to  great ends to help children and grandchildren. Her fifty year Marriage to Dr. Philip Rusk led her to comment, "I was lucky in love."

She treasured Dubuque and houseboating on the Mississippi. Along with Dr. Rusk they entertained many Dubuque friends with the original dinner cruise. Their boat, the Rotosda, was named after their four sons, using the first two letters from each. Their excursions took the family north and south and into the sloughs and backwaters leaving each son with a true love and fascination of the River.

Marge was proud of the recent renaissance of Dubuque and supportive of the riverfront development and many local causes and organizations. She forged enduring friendships with two 50 year old Bridge Clubs and a potluck dinner group.

She traveled the world from Alaska to Russia, and China to Australia. She visited Hawaii, sailed in the Mediterranean, and took trips on European rivers and canals. She enjoyed golf and tennis. She rooted for the Hawkeyes. She took long walks through forests or on the beach with sons or grandsons.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas B. Rusk of Scarsdale and Steven(Jennifer) Samuel Rusk of Park City, Utah, a daughter -in -law, Jane Rusk of Dubuque , a sister-in- law Shirley Brodbelt of Timonium, Maryland, five grandsons, Joshua, Zachary, Noah, Bill, and Ben Rusk,  a great grand-daughter Ansley Rusk, and six nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Ross Philip Rusk III and David William Rusk, a brother, Dr. Samuel Brodbelt, sisters Rhoda Brodbelt and Norma Jean Harris, brother-in-law Dr. William Rusk and sister-in-law Jean Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given the David Wm. and Jane Rusk Endowment for Community Engagement at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, The Alzheimer's Association, American Lung Association, Hospice of Dubuque, or Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The Rusk family wants to thank the beautiful and wonderful people of Dubuque for their compassionate assistance including Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, DuRide drivers and workers, and many friends and neighbors.

 



Robert C. Hedrick

Robert Charles Hedrick, 63, of Dubuque, formerly of Waucoma, Iowa died Monday, November 18, 2013 at ManorCare Health Services.

Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 23 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with the Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Friends may call from 1:00 - 3:30 Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Linwood Cemetery at a later date.

Bob was born on September 16, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Robert F. and Gertrude (Callahan) Hedrick.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

Bob served our country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

For over 40 years he was employed as a tool and die maker in Iowa and California. On May 1, 2011 Bob retired from Precision of New Hampton, New Hampton Iowa. He had previously worked at Dura in West Union, Iowa.

Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of the American Legion and the NRA.

Surviving is his sister, Barbara (Richard) Dolter; 1 niece, Angela (Jason) Shook; and 2 nephews, Russell Dolter and Alan (Sasha Ratkewiez) Dolter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Hedrick and Gertrude LuGrain; maternal grandparents, Charlie (Helen) Callahan; and paternal grandparents, Emil (Ella) Hedrick.

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

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Lally and staff at the Wendt Center, Dr. Schultheis and staff of Medical Associates Oncology and Dr. Carlisle at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all of your compassionate care.

 



Patricia Pfab

Patricia "Grandma Pat" Pfab, 87, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Resurrection Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Joseph Hauer . Friends may call from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where there will be at 7:30 p.m., wake service. Inurnment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Patricia was born on May 17, 1926 in Freeport, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Fern Boland. She was one of 15 children. She married Tony H. Pfab on May 27, 1947, he passed away in 1972.

Pat worked in the restaurant business for many years, places including "Tony's Cafe", "The Dodge House", "Todd's Catering" and "The Bridge". She also worked for "Randall's Food" in their deli. In later years, she served as a Foster Granny in many of the schools, Hillcrest and Albrecht Acres. Helping children gave her the greatest joy.

Pat is survived by her two sons, James (Mercedes) of Savanna, Georgia, and William (Tammy) of Dubuque, and stepson, Joseph (Lana) Pfab of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Brian, Scott, Mike, Dekker, and Stephanie and step granddaughter Jennifer. She also has 5 great grandchildren, 7 brothers, and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, five brothers, a step daughter, Sally and stepson, Tony, Jr.

She will be greatly missed by all!

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

 



Joel P. Stralow

Joel Patrick Stralow, 54, of Apple Valley, Minn., and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, of natural causes.

Friends may visit the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, Iowa. The funeral mass will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Clinton, Iowa, where friends may visit the family from 12:00 p.m. until the time of mass.

Joel was born on Dec. 8, 1958, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Merle Stralow and Mary Joan (McDonnell) Stralow-Place. He resided there until he was three, when his family moved out to Arizona and then to California, where he spent the remainder of his childhood and teenage years.

He graduated from Indio High School, where he was an avid basketball player. After graduation, he attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., and the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, where he continued his basketball career.

He was a long-time resident of the Twin Cities area, where he was employed in the Produce Sales/Northern Division for Supervalu Inc. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughter, Megan, and cheering on his favorite sports teams; Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter and son-in-law, Megan (Stralow) and Matt Vorwald of Dyersville, Iowa. His father, Merle Stralow of McMinnville, Tenn.; his sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia S. (Stralow) and Ron Berghoefer of Santa Ynez, Calif., and his nephews, Corey (Kailene) Berghoefer of Atlanta, Ga., and their two sons Carter and Callen and Bryan (Gloria) Berghoefer of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and his former wife, Lori (Don) Hermsen-Apel of Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Joan (McDonnell) Stralow-Place.; his stepfather, Forrest Place; his sister, Sandra K. (Stralow) Bailey; and his brother, Michael J. Stralow.

Memorials may be made to the Joel Stralow Memorial Fund.

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



Warrington C. Wick

Warrington C. Wick, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Manor Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where there will also be a visitation Thursday from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Warrington was born January 30, 1922 in Chicago, Ill, son of Warren and Garnet (Coats) Wick. He attended the University of Dubuque for two years before joining the United States Navy, serving as a dive bomber pilot. He married Dorothy Dieterich at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on July 14, 1945.

Upon graduating from the University of Dubuque in 1948, he went to work for St. Regis Paper Co., which later became Georgia Pacific. He worked as sales manager until his retirement in 1987.

He was an active member of the University of Dubuque Alumni Association, serving as president. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed golfing, playing Euchre, fishing in Canada and fellowship with friends and family.

He is survived by three children, Kim (Michael) Fischer of San Antonio, Texas and children, Joshua and Sarah; David Wick of Edina, Minn. and son Daniel; and Robert (Brenda) Wick of Stillwater, Minn. and children, Elizabeth and Jordan.

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

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Maylo J. Tigges

Maylo J. Tigges, 64 of Dubuque, died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her brother and sister in-laws home of Adrenal Cancer.

In honoring Maylo's wishes there will be no visitation or services. Private Family services will be held.

Maylo was born July 23, 1949, in Dubuque. The daughter of Leo and Eleanor (Willmes) Tigges. She was raised on a farm in LaMotte, Iowa.

Maylo was employed at Thermo Fisher Scientific for 21 years, before they closed. She also operated the Lucky Lady Saloon, over the last 35 years she also bartended at Jimmy B's, Bills Tap and The Coliseum/Arena and lastly the Grand River Center. She enjoyed bartending and meeting new friends. She also enjoyed traveling, genealogy, gardening and reading.

Surviving are her sister, Sharon (Jim) Kluesner, a brother, Lloyd (Dixie) Tigges, both of Dubuque; four nieces and nephews, Kelly (Fred) Duebe, Karey (Pietro) Bajona, Kevin (Elaine) Kluesner, and Kenyon (Beth) Kluesner; and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque in Maylo's Memory.

I have lived a very happy life with a wonderful caring family and lots of good friends. Now it's time for a new adventure--Maylo.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque (Kelly and Stephanie), Dr. Schultheis and Staff and Mayo Clinic for your loving care of our sister.

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

 



Dayln Jo Mayne

Dayln Jo Mayne, treasured infant daughter of Becky and Joe Mayne, and beloved sister of Deegan and Danica, was born into the arms of angels on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Although Dayln was called home to heaven before ever getting to take her first breath, she will be forever loved and greatly missed by her entire family.

She is survived by her parents and siblings; Grandparents; Dale & Vicki Uthe, and Dan and Jean Mayne, her great grandparents Donald and Jane Dalsing along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

"An Angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth. Then whispered as she closed the book "too beautiful for earth." ~ Author Unknown

Private family burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, IL.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Daniel Frey

Daniel "Burger" Frey, 60, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 of natural causes.  

Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 21 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, Iowa.

He was born June 27, 1953 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Cecilia (Begley) Frey. He attended Wahlert and Dubuque Senior High School, and graduated from Hempstead with the first graduating class in 1971.

Burger worked for his sister, Carole at J&J Amusement, it was there that he found his life long passion for working with mechanical amusement machines, especially pinball machines and jukeboxes. When the business was sold to Rich & Junnie's Coin, they also gained a devoted employee who worked long hours, weekends and nights. He did this because he loved his job and loved the people he met when he traveled to the different places on his route. During his free time Burger enjoyed playing cards, bowling, shuffleboard and darts. He loved his weekly dinners and card games with his sisters. His daughters and granddaughters were the true love of his life. He was always there for them, whether they needed a laugh, a hug or help with life. As generous as he was with his girls he was equally as generous with his friends, and he had many of them. Everywhere he went people loved him for his great sense of humor, kindness and generosity. If you needed something Burger was there for you.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Krystal (Chris) Shannon and Tiffany Frey, both of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Audrey and Phoebe O'Neill, and one on the way; his siblings, Carole (Ted) Soppe of Dubuque, Rita (Herb) Bisping of Dubuque, Kathy (Jim) Badger of Dubuque, and Connie (Jerry) Bastian of Delhi; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Stephanie (Steve) Beck of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David Frey; and his nephew, Colten Bisping.

Memorials may be made to the Dan Frey memorial fund.
The family would like to thank their friends and family for their love and support. They would also like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Jackson County Regional Health Center and Curt Marvofka Towing for going above and beyond for our family in our time of need.

"Say Goodnight, Dick"

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

 



Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor, 74, of Dyersville, Iowa, died on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Charlie may call from 2 to 8 pm Friday, November 22, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 pm. Friends may continue to call after 11:30 am on Saturday, 11/23, at the funeral home where a Knights of Columbus / Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary will be recited at noon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Charlie was born July 30, 1939, in Holy Cross, IA the son of Francis and Dorothy (Rae) Taylor. He graduated from Leo High School in 1958. On August 25, 1965, Charlie was united in marriage to Lois Recker at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.

Charlie attended Loras College and graduated from Iowa State University 1967, with a degree in Construction Technology. He started his construction career working for Fred Carlson Co., Inc, as a laborer and working his way up to foreman. After graduation from ISU he started working as Assistant County Engineer for Iowa County. From there he went to Cedar County Engineer Office, and then worked for Mulgrew Blacktop in Dubuque. Charlie had always wanted to run his own business so in 1972, he began Taylor Construction, Inc., purchased his first dozer and went to work for Holland Brothers Construction Co. as a subcontractor on Hwy 52 roadway in Millville, IA. His next opportunity was in farm drainage tiling, being known as "Taylor the Tiler". Charlie had aspired to build bridges so in 1979, he built his first bridge in Dyersville, IA. That project started the company's growth to building bridges throughout Iowa.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881 and Associated General Contractors of Iowa.

Charlie was a loving father and taught his children the value of hard work and honesty. He was proud of his children and the fact that both daughters followed in his footsteps in running the family business. He was a wonderful grandfather and enjoyed activities with his grandchildren; like being in the outdoors, building trails and sharing stories of his youth. He also had a passion for collecting cars along with racing drag trucks, reading and traveling.

Left to cherish Charlie's memory are his wife, Lois of Dyersville, 2 daughters: Krista (Ben) Thier and Tina (David) Meyer, both of Dyersville; grandchildren: Brent, Olivia, and Thomas Their, Haley, Victor and Valery Meyer; siblings: Ray (Joan) Taylor of Dubuque, Mary (Wayne) Kahle of Hazel Green, WI, Helen (Scotty) Thomas of San Francisco, CA, Jane (Kenny) Rausch of Knoxville, TN, John (Barb) Taylor of Holy Cross, IA, Bridget (Bob) Kluesner of Little Canada, MN, Pat (Mike) Thies of Peosta, Jim Taylor of Dubuque, & Paul (Sue) Taylor of Zwingle; sisters-in-law: Mary Taylor of Oviedo, FL, Karol Taylor of Holy Cross, Marion (Jim) Krogman of Independence, Alice (Ron) Gudenkauf of New Vienna, Grace (Paul) Rahe of Dyersville and Betty Recker of Manchester; brothers-in-law: Phil (Virginia) Recker and Joe (Sandy) Recker, both of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws John and Marcella Recker, brothers Frank and Joe Taylor, sister-in-law Marie Taylor and brothers-in-law Gene Recker and Duane "Red" Even.

Memorials can be given to Hospice of Dubuque, St. Francis Xavier Grade School or Beckman High School.

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



John E. Evers

John Edward Evers, 87, a native of Dyersville, died November 16, 2013, in Connecticut Hospice. John, who had lived for the past six and one-half years at Arden Courts, an assisted care facility in Connecticut, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his niece, Karolyn Schuster Harwood, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, who has watched over him for the past decade.

Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

John was born on the farm north of Dyersville owned by his parents, Edward J. and Stella (Cunningham) Evers, on November 7, 1926. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy one month before his eighteenth birthday. He served as a Sound Man Third Class on a ship in the Pacific during World War II. A drummer in the Xavier High School band, he played in the Navy's 12th Regiment's Drum and Bugle Corps.

John graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1951. He stayed at the university an extra year so that he could take additional courses in art, his lifelong passion.

After a short stint as a pharmacist in a Davenport drug store, John moved east in 1953 to begin a 40-year career with Merck, Sharp & Dohme, the pharmaceutical company, as an executive professional representative in the New Jersey area. He received numerous professional achievement and sales awards from the company before retiring in 1993.

John was a talented and accomplished photographer and artist. Three of his photographs, taken during a University of Iowa-sponsored expedition he took to Antarctica in 1992, were selected for a 1993 photographic exhibition at the university entitled "The Antarctica Experience."

It was in Connecticut in his later years that John received attention and acclaim for his artwork. He had been drawing and painting since he was a boy growing up in Iowa. As an adult, he painted in his spare time, exploring a variety of styles and working in a wide range of media. John estimated that he had painted 200 pictures in his lifetime, all of which he gave away to friends and relatives.

In 2007, shortly after his move to Connecticut, Karolyn and the staff of Arden Courts hosted an art exhibit of John's paintings and an artist reception that coincided with a celebration for his 81st birthday. John was very involved in the planning of the event, from the concert pianist who played throughout the party to the enormous bouquets of fresh-cut flowers that filled the room. Twenty of his works were placed on easels through the Arden Courts community center and a large, framed charcoal sketch of a dog done by his mother, from whom he inherited his artistic talent, was displayed at the entrance to the exhibit. Feature stories ran in local newspapers and more than 100 people from the community, some of them artists themselves, attended the show and spoke with John about his work.

Many of the rural scenes in John's artwork were painted from his Iowa memories. John had produced four different paintings of the farm where he was born, all in different media, styles and sizes, for himself and his three siblings.

The exhibit was the first public recognition of his artistic work but not the last. Several months after the show, a woman who had attended the event asked John to show his paintings in a private room in the Cheshire, Connecticut, Public Library. A selection of his work hung in that exhibit room for a month.

Beginning in 2009, photos of John's paintings were submitted to an annual calendar competition held by HCR ManorCare, a corporation of approximately 500 assisted care and nursing facilities across the country. For five consecutive years - from 2010 to 2014 - John had artwork selected for the calendar. In two of those years, two paintings were selected. The 2014 calendar, which features two of his paintings, was at the printers at the time of his death.

John was preceded in death by his older sister, Mary Jane (Dolly) Schuster, his younger brother, Thomas C. Evers, three sisters-in-law, Betty Evers, Mary Lou Evers and Audrey Evers, a brother-in-law, Walter J. Schuster and a niece, Dr. Ann Evers Spodnik. He is survived by an older brother, Dr. Robert N. Evers, of Vero Beach, Florida, and six nephews and seven nieces.

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

 



Lois J. Heitzman

Lois J. Heitzman, 86 of 74 S. Grandview Ave., passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at home. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave, where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:45 a.m.to 10:45 a.m. Inurnment will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Lois was born July 28, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Lena (Willy) Heitzman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Dubuque. She worked for the American Can Company for over 30 years before retirement. She lived in many places, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. She spent most of her retirement back in her hometown of Dubuque, where she volunteered at the Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Arboretum.

She loved spending time with her family and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Lois is survived by a brother, Wesley W. (Harriet) Heitzman of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews, Bill (Linnea) Heitzman of Scottsdale, Arizona, Wesley A. (Barbara) Heitzman of Dubuque, Becky Peters of Platteville, Tom (Andrea) Heitzman of Lyme, New Hampshire, and Sandy (Pete) Apel of Dubuque. She is also survived by ten grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and sister in law, Don and Jeanne Heitzman, and a nephew in law, Lloyd Peters.

A Lois Heitzman Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



John J. Deckert

John J. Deckert, 87, formerly of 2206 Shiras died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Dubuque Retirement Community surrounded by his family. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Helen. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

John was born December 1, 1925 in Dubuque, son of John P. and Virginia (Friedrich) Deckert. He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. During World War II, he served with the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific on the aircraft carrier Bellow Wood. On November 24, 1951 he married Helen Kennedy at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2006.

John was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. He will be forever missed by the many lives he touched.

John as a proud member of the City of Dubuque Fire Department for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1988.

He was a longtime catcher with the Dubuque Star Brewery semi-pro baseball team, and in 1993, was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed spending Friday lunches at Breezy's café with his lifelong friends.

He was a 50 year member of Holy Trinity Parish, longtime member of the parish council, and for many years served as chairman of the parish fall festival.

John was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. One of his many joys was traveling around the country with his family. In later years, he especially enjoyed traveling to Agate Lake, Minnesota with Helen, their children and spouses, and grandchildren.

John is survived by four children, John T. (Ilene) Deckert of DeWitt, Jim (Julie) Deckert of Dubuque, Thomas (Judi) Deckert of Davenport and Susan (Steve) Thiltgen of Dubuque and eight grandchildren, Mark, Lyndsay, John P., Jim Jr., Jodi, Nick, Daniel and Joe; a sister in law Irene (John) Theobold of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Brother, Henry Deckert.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Retirement Community for their loving care and friendship and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kelly and Anji for their kindness and compassion. The family will be forever grateful. The family would also like to thank the many nieces and nephews whose visits and humor he treasured over the years.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Donald C. Schadle

Donald C. "Don" Schadle, age 90, of Heritage Manor, and formerly of 1615 Rhomberg Ave., passed away at 6:49 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque after a short illness. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Don's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Don was born on January 28, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, the only son of Clement and Madeline (Theisen) Schadle.

Don was a lifelong Dubuque resident. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and served in the South Pacific. He was stationed on the destroyer USS Perkins and survived after the ship was sunk in a night time collision with an Australian troop ship on November 29, 1942. He was then assigned to the escort carrier USS Roi for 3 years, 3 months and 25 days until being discharged in 1943. Don married the passion of his life, Lorraine "Lori" Freiburger, on May 1, 1948, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on May 30, 2011. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years until his retirement in 1982. Don also sat on the Board of Directors at DuPaco Community Credit Union for 39 years, retiring in 1996. Don was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church for over 45 years. He loved his church and parish and served his church in a variety of ways by singing in the church choir, being a song leader, usher and a reader. Don was an officer on the first Parish Council and held many positions while on the Council. He also sang in the funeral choir and was willing to help in other capacities whenever needed. Don also played Santa Claus at church functions for over 5 years. He was a volunteer at Sunnycrest Nursing Home, was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 510, and served on the Board for Mt. Calvary Cemetery for over 9 years. Don loved to take long walks, read and travel. His second passion in life was singing and Don always was ready and willing to serve as song leader whenever the opportunity arose when he resided at Sunset Park Place and Heritage Manor. Don graced the halls with many a tune wherever he went.

Don will be dearly missed by his two sons, Donald D. "Skip" Schadle, Dubuque, IA, Steven J. (Amy) Schadle, Dubuque, IA; his three daughters, Mary Ann Thuesen, Minneapolis, MN, Deena Marie Rang, Dubuque, IA, Amy Ann (Mike) Schiers, Frederick, CO; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandsons; his two sisters, Betty Delaney, Dubuque, IA, Joan (Gene) Frith, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Madeline, Lori, his beloved wife of 63 years, a daughter and son-in-law, Jan Mary (Brant) Kaune and a son-in-law, Brian Thuesen.

A Donald C. "Don" Schadle memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Thomas Schreiber and the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for their care and concern for Don.

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

 



Donna M. Durkop

Donna M. Durkop, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, November 15, 2013, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Donna Merlene Clark was born on July 29, 1931 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Merlin Richard and Nora Bell (Rannals) Clark. She was a 1949 graduate of Bellevue High School and then attended and graduated from the Bayless Business College in Dubuque in June of 1952. On September 28 of that same year she married Harold Leon Durkop at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Iowa.

Donna was a homemaker who had also worked as a ward clerk at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for a few years, and later as a secretary to George Goodenow at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for several years.

Donna was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was enjoyed flowers, sewing, ceramics and crafts.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her husband, Harold Durkop of Maquoketa, IA; children, Dennis Durkop of Chattahoochee, FL, Debora (Dan) Holm of Alamo, CA, and Cheryl Kafar of Joplin, MO; 4 grandchildren, Amy Hayward of Maquoketa, IA, Troy (and fiancé Kit Keane) Hayward of Bellevue, IA, Maria (David) Hong of Woodbridge, VA, and Myling Durkop of Huntington Beach, CA; 2 step-grandchildren, Marty (Jennifer) Holm of Newnan, GA, and Eric (Ashley) Stoltz of New Baltimore, MI; 2 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Leonard (Eleanor) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Mona Neiman of Bellevue, IA, Betty Deppe of Loveland, CO, and Norma (Glen) Bormann of Andrew, IA; and a sister and brother-in-law, Luella and Kelly Keeney of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Denzil Clark Sr.

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 M. Giunta

James M. (Jim) Giunta, 59, of Monastery Drive, went to heaven on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Jim was born September 28, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Joseph J. and Dolores (Thill) Giunta.

He worked for the City of Dubuque as bus driver for 36 years and enjoyed being in public service.

Jim is survived by his sister Barbara (William) Baum of Dubuque and many cousins.

According to Jim's wishes, there will be a private service for family only. At a later date a memorial Mass will be said at Nativity Church in Dubuque. A memorial has been established in Jim's name.

Online condolences may be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to thank the staff at Medical Associates Oncology, the Wendt Cancer Center, Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and the City of Dubuque for all their kindness and support this past year.

 



Donald A. Bartell

Donald A. Bartell, 66, of Bernard, Iowa, died on Friday morning, November 15, 2013, at his home in Leisure Lake.

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

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his wife, Debra Bartell of Bernard, IA; a son, Jay (Jennifer) Bartell of Bernard, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jared Alan and Justine Rose; and a sister Kay Babcock of East Moline, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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.

 



Maxine M. Steve

Maxine M. Steve, 85 of Oak Park Place formerly of 1985 Carter Road passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 14.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 18th at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 11:30a.m. Sunday November 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where visitation will start at 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Maxine was born on December 18, 1927 in Bally Claugh, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Nellie (McGinnis) Nolan. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1945.

She was a long distance telephone operator at Northwestern Bell, and bookkeeper for Burt Steve and Son Garage Towing Inc. before retiring.

Maxine married the love of her life, Burt Steve on June 25, 1949 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque where she was a member for 67 years.

Maxine was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed her family. In younger years, Maxine enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, travelling, playing the piano and entertaining in her home. Maxine was a member of the Mother of Mercy Mother's Club.

Surviving is one son, Larry (Marie) of Dubuque; one daughter Sherry (Bill) Giesemann of LaMotte; three grandchildren, Chad Steve, Jeremy Giesemann, Emily (David) VanWyk; three great grandchildren Sophia Leisen, Scout Steve, and Lillian VanWyk; and one brother Arthur "Scoop" (Connie) Nolan.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Burt, a granddaughter Angela, parents, two brothers Harold and Tom Nolan and two sisters Helen Marshall and Margie Meyer.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church, the Presentation Sisters on Carter Road or Hospice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Oak Park Place, especially Brittany, Donna and Rose, and to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Jen, Kristina, and Sherry. We appreciate the outstanding care you provided!



Charles M. Jones

Charles M. "Chuck" Jones, age 60, of 1182 Race St., passed away at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. There will be a rosary said at the Church of the Nativity at 10:00 a.m. Monday before services. To celebrate Chuck's life friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Charles was born on November 1, 1953, in Dubuque, IA, son of Joseph C. "Chuck" and Delpha J. "Becky" (Bockes) Jones.

Chuck graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 until 1974. Chuck married Margaret A. "Margie" (Roeth) on June 4, 1983, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. Chuckw as employed at Eagle Window and Door for 25 years. He loved his country, the dirt, the outdoors, NASCAR, the Cubs and listening to Gary Dolphin do the play by play for the Hawkeyes. Chuck loved his family, friends and neighbors and was especially fond of his 15 month old grandson who was truly his inspiration throughout his battle with cancer.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Margie Jones, Dubuque, IA; his 2 children, Eric (Megan Pekar) Jones, Dubuque, IA, and Megan (Brian) Ransom, Dubuque, IA; his grandson, Bryce Ransom, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Sandy (Patrick) Towey, Des Moines, IA, Sheri (Mark) Giegerich, Dubuque, IA, Joe (Kim) Jones, Tega Cay, SC; his aunt, Patricia "Aunt Pat" Koenig, St. Donatus, IA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, 6 uncles, Jack, Walter, Larry, Bernie, Bill and Dan Bockes, his father and mother-in-law, Eugene and Margaret Roeth, his brother-in-law, Dan Roeth and his cousin, Bill Koenig.

A Charles M. "Chuck" Jones memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped us through this, especially Aunt Pat, for just being there, Chuck's brother-in-law, Mark and niece, Sarah for their nutritional guidance and prayers, Hospice of Dubuque, the oncology department of Dubuque Internal Medicine, The Wendt Center, Dr. Abby Tebbe from Health from Within and Georgia in the pharmacy at Hartig Drug on University. Cancer Sucks!

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

 



Christopher J. Koos

Christopher Joseph Koos, 37, of Fort Myers, Fla., left this life for another on Nov. 12, 2013, in Dubuque. Chris lived his last days as he lived them all: surrounded by the love and energy of his family and friends. Chris was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on June 22, 1976, son of Joseph L. Koos and Ann (Woerdehoff Koos) Schroeder. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday Nov. 17 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., at L May Eatery, 1072 Main Street, Dubuque.

Chris graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Bearing the name of St. Christopher, patron saint of travel, Chris was privileged to call many places home. He journeyed to Bend, Ore., where he lived, worked and played for eight years. His entrepreneurial spirit and professional ambitions as a real estate analyst led him from Bend to Des Moines, Iowa, and most recently Fort Myers, Fla. He was inspired by the places he travelled and adventures he sought, and especially by the people he met along the way. Never one to shy away from debate, Chris thrived on good conversation, good company and good humor.

Christopher lived larger than life. As an Eagle Scout, he found endless fulfillment in the great outdoors; continuously exploring and learning. Chris met every challenge with passion and determination, and every obstacle with the will to overcome. He navigated rough waters, biked mountains, and climbed rocks with a smile of great accomplishment. Christopher didn't walk, he ran.

Chris is survived by his soul mate Kiersten Koza, his parents Joseph and Sheri Koos and Perry and Ann Schroeder, brothers Nicholas (Dana Weitz) Koos and Mitchell Schroeder, grandparents John Woerdehoff and Rita Mohr, all of Dubuque, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many good friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Mildred "Millie" (Wiedenbacher) Woerdehoff, paternal grandfather Aloysius Koos, aunt Janet Marie Koos and Albert "Bud" Mohr.

In lieu of flowers, a Christopher Koos Memorial Fund has been established with funds donated for melanoma research.

Special thanks to Chris' friends for lifting him up in his final days and sending him on his next journey! A special thanks also to the physicians and staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Fla. and Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Richard Brown Hafner

Richard Brown Hafner, 96, of Dubuque passed away Monday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), 2013, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Stanley J. Hayek officiating. To celebrate Richard's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a Parish Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Complete arrangements are pending at Behr Funeral Home.

He was born January 13, 1917, at the family home, in Elkport, Iowa, to Ruth (Brown) and Robert Hafner.

He attended school in Elkport and graduated from Jr. College in Elkader, Iowa. On April 10, 1937, he married Mabel Krepfle, with whom he shared his life for 75 years until her death in 2012. During those last few years of Mabel's life, as her physical health declined, Richard faithfully and patiently helped her to live as independently as possible. His innate curiosity about his community and world kept him young at heart and vigorous in mind. He enlisted in the military and took his first tour of Europe as an army sergeant during World War II. In later years he returned as a tourist to Europe, and traveled as well to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and the West Coast. Always willing and eager to travel, he managed to fly to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight two years ago with his granddaughter's husband as chaperone. It was an exceptional experience for him.

Richard seldom missed a day of work through his decades of employment. He first worked at Farley & Loetscher as a cabinet maker. In turn, he extended his craftsmanship to generously help family members with all their home projects from framing to painting. He further used those skills for 29 years to meticulously maintain, by himself, an apartment building he owned on Alpine Street. He fondly remembered his years of service with the United States Post Office as a mail handler on the railroad and still loved to travel by rail even in his eighties. "Huey", as he was known on the job, retired from the Dubuque Post Office as a supervisor in 1983.

Active up to the last day of his life, Richard enjoyed playing Bridge and Euchre with friends at the Oak Park Place independent apartments. A Dubuquer since 1937, Richard was always interested to see all the structural changes in the city during his weekly Sunday ride right after his trip to the casino. His last tour was on the evening before he died. He learned to work computers at the age of 80 and had moved on to the ipad this past year. A lifetime Cubs fan, he still hoped for a World Series win in his lifetime.

Richard is greatly missed by his daughters: Shirley Briggs of Dubuque, IA, and Jo Ann (Michael) Momeni of Temecula, CA, grandchildren: Nancy (Mark) Blaser, Penny Ward, Cindy (Ron) Fager, Cathy (Robert) Sandhofer, Richard Momeni, and Carrie Momeni, great grandchildren: Trisha (Tony) Rhodes, Jennifer (Mike ) Svendsen, Stephanie Blaser, Jamie Blaser, Laura Blaser, Ken Fager, Alisa Fager, Simon Sandhofer and Maya Sandhofer and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Eugene, survives him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mabel, and a son-in-law, Jim Briggs.

The family wishes to especially thank Molly Manders for her years of service as a personal assistant that greatly supported Richard's quality of life and independence.

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

 



Margaret A. Spautz

Margaret A. "Mags" Spautz, age 65, of 755 Kennedy Ct., passed away at 6:21 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life friends may visit from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Margaret was born on September 14, 1948, in Chatham, NJ, daughter of Robert and Mary (Jamison) Norris.

Margaret married Richard Spautz on September 19, 1970, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She was employed at ARC as a secretary for 10 years. After that, Mags went to work at Goodwill, working with people with disabilities as the office administrator. She felt great joy giving to others instead of just receiving. In her free time, Mags enjoyed shopping and trying her luck at the Casino. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren, they were her world.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Richard "Dick" Spautz, Dubuque, IA; her children, Jeff (Paula) Spautz, St. Francis, MN, Chris (Ann) Spautz, Dubuque, IA, Jason (Jessica) Spautz, Dubuque, IA, Mark Spautz, Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Dacoda, Chloe, Alex, Dawson, Addison, Trenton, Tyler and Brynn; her brother, Robert Norris, Morris Plains, NJ.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for always being there, whenever they were needed, providing loving care and support for Mags and the family.

A Margaret A. "Mags" Spautz memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. Kramer

Eileen M. Kramer, age 79, of 722 Lowell St., passed away at 8:42 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., on Friday, November 15, 2013, with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m.. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Eileen was born on July 23, 1934, in Glen Haven, WI, daughter of Herbert and Clara (Myers) Ellis.

Eileen married Irvin W. Kramer on June 26, 1951, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was employed at Sears for 22 years until her retirement. Eileen was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She volunteered at St. Patrick's School for many years and was instrumental in developing the school lunch and library programs. Eileen also helped with tutoring the children and always made sure they had warm gloves for playing outside at recess. She also volunteered at the voting booth every year. In her free time Eileen enjoyed quilting and playing cards. Eileen had several friends she enjoyed spending time with, and loved to pull off a good prank. Eileen also took great pride in helping to take care of her grandchildren.

Eileen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Irvin Kramer, Dubuque, IA; her children, Denis Kramer, Dubuque, IA, Debra (Raymond) Nicks, Dubuque, IA, Daryl (Jamie) Kramer, Dubuque, IA, Doreen Rettenberger, Asbury, IA; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Edward (Shirley) Ellis and her son-in-law, Mark Rettenberger.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi for all of their care. We also want to thank her lifelong friends, especially Lois Weinshenk and Sue Hosch, for all of their years of love and support and the many fun adventures.

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

 



Bonita J. Krogman

Bonita J. Krogman, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa died Monday, November 11, 2013 at Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 - 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Francis cemetery.  Rev. Dianne Grace with Hospice of Dubuque will officiate.

Bonnie was born November 22, 1943 in Dyervsille, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. She enjoyed music, dancing and Elvis and collected stuffed animals and angels.

Survivors include her siblings: Rose Greenwood of Farley, Mary Sorensen of Dubuque, Verla Turnis of Worthington, Vernon Krogman of Dyersville, James (Bev) Krogman of Worthington, Carol (Harold) Tibbits of Mesquite, Nevada, Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque, Kathy (Dennis) Foxen of Dyersville, a sister-in-law, Helen Krogman of Dubuque and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman and Pearl (Lawrence) Roling and in-laws: Harold Greenwood, George Sorensen, Richard Turnis, Raynette Krogman.

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

 

 



Barbara M. Hanten

Barbara Mary Hanten, 76 of Dubuque passed away on Monday November 11, 2013 at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday, November 14th at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 pm to 8 pm Wednesday November 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

Barb was born on May 9, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Arthur and Marie (Duscheck) Hoffmann. She married Daniel Hanten on January 19, 1963 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

She enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, card making and going to the casino, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Dan, her children; Denise (Daryl) Sauerbrei, of Urbandale, Iowa, Debbie (Phil) Meyer, Janet (Dan Krewson) Winter, Allan (Kim) Hanten, and Carolyn (John) Timmerman, all of Dubuque. Her grandchildren; Samantha and Alec Sauerbrei, Trevor (Fiancé Camila Diaz), Morgan and Marissa Meyer. Cole and Lauren Winter, Alyssa and Kayla Hanten, Danielle, Shaun and Shane Timmerman. Her sister, Pearl McMahon, her brother James Hoffmann and a sister-in-law Imelda Hoffmann. The Hanten in-laws Geraldine (Tom) Goodman, Loras (Pat) Hanten, Mellita (Bob) Pommerich, and Gene Hanten and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Emily Timmerman, brothers John (Peggy) and Thomas Hoffmann, sisters, Jeanne (James) O'Rourke, Gloria (George) Schueler, and Rosemary (James) Cox. Sister-in-law Betty Hoffmann and brother-in-law Joe McMahon.

The family wishes to thank Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and all the health care professionals who cared for Barb over the years.



Eldon J. Kutsch

Eldon J. Kutsch, 86, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 a.m.

Eldon was born March 3, 1927, in Dubuque, son of George M. and Ella (Berg) Kutsch.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy and was employed as a machine operator at The Adams Company, both in Dubuque. He also played guitar in a Country and Western Band.

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

He was a member of Resurrection parish.

Surviving are two sisters, Ruth (Jerome) Urbain of Epworth, and Ethel Spautz of Wilmington, DE; and one sister in law, Marjorie Kutsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rose Kueter and Janet Heitzman; and two brothers, Robert and George Kutsch.

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



David A. Bell

David A. Bell, 70 of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday November 10, 2013 of Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. Wednesday November 13th, 2013 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Richard "Skip" Shaffer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Tuesday, November 12th at the funeral home.

Dave was born on April 27, 1943 in Lima, OH, the son of Earl and Beulah (Seal) Bell. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 and served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967.

He married his soul mate, Jan McCollough on December 5, 1987 in Lake Tahoe, NV.

Dave retired on December 31, 1999 after 30 years at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Dave was a member of the National Barrel Horse Association. Dave's passions include barrel racing horses all over the Mid-West and spending time with his family. The outpouring of support from our barrel racing family was a testament of the love and respect they had for Dave.

Dave is survived by his wife Jan, his daughter Laura (Billy) Holt, of Dubuque; his son, Scott (Deb) Bell, of Peosta; and daughter, Leslie (Tony) Guler, of Grovetown, GA; five grandchildren, Amanda Holt, Justin and Becca Bell, Chloe and Nathan Guler. His sister, Debby Nelson, of Springfield, MO, his mother-in-law Eunice McCollough, of Denison, Iowa, three sisters-in-law, Elaine (Mark) Georgeou, of Apache Junction, AZ, Judy (Doug) Gronau, of Vail, IA, Linda McCollough, of St. Paul, MN and one brother-in-law Paul McCollough, of Mt. Vernon, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Buelah Bell, his sister, Phyllis Geske, his niece Sandy Hastings, and his father-in-law Dick McCollough.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Two by Two Character Development. Two by Two uses the avenue of animals in delivering their character mission of developing citizens of strong character, who care for, respect and appreciate people, animals and the environment. Dave had a love for animals and left behind his constant canine companion, Bandit.

We wish to thank all of the family and friends involved in caring for Dave during the past several months. A special thank you to our friend Michelle Smith for her wonderful support and care given to both Dave and Jan. Roberta Oberhoffer, Dave's special caregiver. Marty McNamer for his help throughout the past several months. Janet Saberian for working all the extra hours and keeping my business, Jan's Sewtique open to allow Jan to care for Dave in his final months. A special thank you also to the hundreds of people that said special prayers for the strength of his family to make the final journey.



Mary E. Germaine

Mary E. Germaine, 92, formerly of 3487 Inwood Ave., passed away Monday, November 11, 2013 at Dubuque Retirement Community.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 14, at the Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

She was born on January 26, 1921, in Dubuque, daughter of Fred and Mary (Defendi) Kiebler. She married Leslie L. Germaine on May 31, 1941, in Bremerton, Washington; he died in March of 2001.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Mary was formerly employed at Dubuque Battery Factory, Singer Sewing Company, and Dubuque Fire and Marine.


She was a member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and the Women's Fellowship at the church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Anthony) Trenkamp and Leslie (John) Oswald, both of Dubuque; a son, Bart (Sheila) Germaine, of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Shane (Jennifer) Oswald, Kirk (Becky) Oswald, Jason (Angie) Germaine, Julie (Jim) Earp, Carl (Belinda) Ege and Russ Trenkamp; nine great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Roger Ege, of Utah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Charmaine Ege; and a brother, Fredrick Kiebler.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque and American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Dubuque Retirement Community.

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

 



Cheryl L. Wood

Cheryl L. Wood, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Cheryl's life will be held at 6 P.M., Friday, November 15, 2013, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Cheryl on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 5 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial was held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Cheryl Lee Irwin was born on May 16, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Hicks) Irwin. She was a graduate of Elwood High School and then attended AIC Business School in Davenport, Iowa.

Cheryl had first worked as a secretary at Clinton Engines, and then drove truck for Web Printing in Maquoketa. She later worked for Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa as an inspector and lastly delivered newspapers for the Maquoketa Sentinel Press.

Cheryl was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and had served as a former Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. Additionally, she enjoyed flower gardening and the art of wood burning.

Those left to honor Cheryl's memory include her good friends and neighbors, Mary and Larry Baker of Maquoketa; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

 



Michael J. Kenneally

Michael J. Kenneally, 63, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family on  Friday, November 8, 2013.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, at the Church of the Nativity with the Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. The Nativity Parish Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 -8 p.m. Monday at the Church, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Michael was born on August 24, 1950, in Dubuque, the son of Melvin "Bud" and Dorothy (Klosterman) Kenneally.

On December 30, 1977 he married the love of his life, Susan Borley.

Mike had 40 wonderful years in radio across the country. He also narrated air shows for 20 years and enjoyed flying in the B-17's and with the Red Barons.

Mike was a member of the first Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mike lived by the Patch Adam Theory "If you can make someone smile for five seconds in a day, the day was worthwhile".  One of his greatest regrets was that he did not get to watch his great nieces and nephews grow up.

Mike is survived by his wife, Susan; sisters, Anne (Ricky) Shapiro and Susan Kenneally, both of Virginia; in-laws, Ann (Mike) Ferris, Carol (David) Kluck, John (Deb) Borley and Mary (Dick) McKay; many nieces and nephews, Suzanne( Curtis) Brown, Aaron Shapiro, Nathan (Katie) Shapiro, Jenni (Melissa) Martinez, Lisa (Todd) Danneman, Matt (Katie) Ferris, Jeff (Rachel) Kluck, Johnathan Kluck, Julie (Cody) Presley, Jaclyn (Tyler) Knopp, Hilary Forrester, Evan Moran, Laura and R.J. Borley, Joel (Jenny) McKay, Andrew, and Ross (Lauren) McKay; many loving aunts and cousins; and their two dogs, Meggie and Stewart.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Michael Kenneally memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Sullivan and his nurses Loralee and Tabitha, Dr. Brian Feyen and his nurses Joyce & Melesa, and to the loving and caring nurses and Mercy Hospital.

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

 

 



Richard L. Leach

Richard L. Leach, 90, died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Bethany Home.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 11, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard was born on December 31, 1922 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Otis and Ina (Rehm) Leach.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served our country during WWII as a Staff Sargeant in the Army Air Corp .

He married Elizabeth Jane Gordon on August 7, 1943 in Dubuque.

Richard was employed as a Rate Engineer at Interstate Power Company where he was director of Rates and Research. He retired in 1987 after 46 years of employment.

Richard was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and the American Legion. He served on the YMCA Board of Directors and was president of Management Club, Dubuque Chapter.

Surviving are his son, Steven D. (Beth) Leach and his son, Connor Leach Allison, of Phoenix, AZ;  and his sister-in-law, Leona Gordon of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty in 2012; son, Richard M. Leach; daughter, Kathleen M. Leach; and his brother, Arden (Isabelle) Leach.

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

Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Bethany Home for the loving and superlative assistance they provided to Richard and Betty in their final years.

 

 



Kathleen Greibe

Kathleen "Katie" Greibe, age 79, of 816 Merz Street passed away at 2:44 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at home after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of Katie's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Friends and relatives of Katie may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on February 7, 1934, daughter of Joseph and Leona (Schmidt) Gruber. Katie was one of seven children. She married Charles "Chub' Greibe on September 23, 1961. Katie worked at Saint Regis Paper Company in Dubuque for 15 years. Her other jobs included the Egg Plant, Neisner Bros. Dime Store and Davis Grocery Store.

Kate, in her younger days, loved to bowl and play volleyball. She especially enjoyed playing softball and her favorite position was catcher. Her other interests included fishing over at O'Leary's, arm wrestling and tug of war at the Dubuque County Fair. In her later years she enjoyed going to the casino with her daughter and playing her favorite machines: Hot Hot Super Jack Pot, Loose Diamonds and the Famous 5 Times machine. Katie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was compassionate, honest, clear, concise and always followed her passions. Her mission in life was to always take care of her family. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Those left to Cherish her memory are: A daughter Catherine (Louis) Greibe-Vorwald, a son Christian "Chris" (Shelby) Greibe, both of Dubuque, four grandchildren, Katelyn M. Vorwald, Kayla R. Vorwald, Parker Lippstock and Austin Oberbroeckling, a sister Frances German, niece Sandy (Jerry) Heth all of Dubuque IA, a nephew Joseph L. (Shonda Hart) Gruber, of Oklahoma City OK, a great nephew Dr. Jason Heth (fiancée Elizabeth) of Ann Arbor MI, a great niece Sandra Heth of Dubuque and two great great nieces Emmalee Hart-Gruber of Oklahoma City OK, and Emma Heth of Ann Arbor MI.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her parents Joseph and Leona, two brothers Joseph Leo Gruber, George "Pudge" Gruber and three sisters Leonora "Snookie" Davis, Doloris "Butz" Gruber and Madonna "Donna" Gruber.

The family wishes to thank Linda Weaver, Connie Paulson, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa and Heather. You will always be in our hearts.

"I shall pass this way through life but once. Any good I can bestow, let me do it now. For I shall never, never pass this way again."

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

 



Ernest R. Spoerl

Ernest R. "Ernie" Spoerl, age 68, 14938 Spoerl Lane, passed away at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, November 7, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Sherrill, IA, with
Pastor Carl Richardson, officiating. To celebrate Ernie's life friends may visit from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. and from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Monday at the St. Matthew's Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Ernie was born on February 14, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Raymond J. and Esther W. (Glandorf) Spoerl.

Ernie was a lifelong resident of Sherrill, Iowa. He served two tours in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ernie worked as a carpenter with Charlie Bauer after he came out of the service. He owned and operated Spoerl Excavating for many years. He married Shirley A. Hefel Maiers on September 28, 2008 in Sherrill, Iowa. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

He touched so many lives with his kindness and was well loved.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Shirley Hefel Maiers, Sherrill, IA; his 2 brothers: Dennis W. (Lynn) Spoerl, Sherrill, IA, Ron L. (Jeanne) Spoerl, Sherrill, IA, his step-children: Mark Maiers, Tom (Deb) Maiers, June Maiers, Ruth Hinzmann (Dick Griffin), Beth (Nick) Kaufmann, Bonnie Maiers; 16 Step grandchildren; & 9 Step Great grandchildren.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Albrecht Acres, 14837 Sherrill Rd., Sherrill, Iowa

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

 



Mary Jane Beitzel

Mary Jane "MJ" Beitzel, 84, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at home with her family at her side.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 11, 2013 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Private family burial service will be held at St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa. Visitation will be Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. where service of Catholic Wake will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Mary Jane was born April 10, 1929 in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar and Grace (Kramer) Engler. In 1947 she graduated from St. Paul High School, Worthington, after which she worked for two years teaching in a country school near Worthington. She attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton, South Dakota, graduating in 1952 after which she obtained her Registered Nurse certification.

MJ devoted 41 years of her life to nursing, working as an OB nurse, Head Nurse of the Surgical Unit, and then as House Nursing Supervisor at the former Xavier Hospital. She also cared for patients at the University of Iowa Polio Unit, Iowa City, as well as Mercy Medical Center and The Finley Hospital, Dubuque. She retired from nursing in 1993, after which she devoted herself to volunteering, serving her church, and spending time with her children and their families.

She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and of the Catholic Daughters of America Council #1289 of Dubuque, a charter member of "The Xavier Social Club", the "Mississippi Red Hatters" and the "Friday Brunch Bunch". She will be remembered as a longtime volunteer at The Dubuque Rescue Mission and The Finley Hospital.

MJ's favorite times were those spent playing bridge and euchre, going to breakfast or lunch with her many great friends, shopping with "The Girls", and being with her beloved family. She never missed participating in her kids' and grandkids' events of all kinds, sporting and otherwise. She was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bears. Her all-time favorite professional athlete was Walter "Sweetness" Payton, whose personally signed football she kept as a precious memento.

She is survived by her 7 beloved children, her sons Tim (Laura) Beitzel, Jim Beitzel (Terri Morris), Don (Suzanne) Beitzel, and Paul (Jane) Beitzel; her three daughters: Becky (Marty) Green, Anne Banwarth, and Mary (Chip) Nicol. She will be dearly missed by her 16 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 13 step great grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Mary E. Engler, OSF and her in-laws Geraldine Engler, Jeanette Engler, Mary Lou & Bob Schauer, Bob & Elsie Beitzel, Jean & Louis Sigwarth, Patricia Jackson, and many nieces and nephews.

"M.J." was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ann Green, father and mother-in-law Al & Stella Beitzel, sisters-in-law Roseanne Beitzel, Rita Theilen and Kate Lakeman, brothers-in-law Harry Theilen, Ike Lakeman, Alan Jackson and Dave Green.

Her family would like to especially thank Dr. Angela Kelley and her nurse, Jennifer, for their special care and attention.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Dubuque Rescue Mission.



John E. O'Hara

John E. "Jack" O'Hara, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Friday, November 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a wake service at 7:45 p.m. A parish rosary will be said at 10:15 a.m.
Saturday at Nativity.

He was born on August 3, 1937 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Edward and Margaret (Connelly) O'Hara. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. He married Mary Collins on June 10, 1961 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years before retiring in 2000.

Jack loved joking, laughing, and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. He delighted and took great pride in his grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to attend their school and
sporting events. He endured the last few months with dignity, courage, humor, and strength surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, five children: Dan (Sue) O'Hara, of Dubuque, Cory (Dan) Kelly of Ankeny, Mike O'Hara of Des Moines, Jim (Samantha) O'Hara of Ankeny, and Steve (Jennifer) O'Hara of Rochester, MN; twelve grandchildren: Ryan O'Hara, Kaitlin (Nathan) Fell, Molly O'Hara, Megan Kelly, Allison Kelly, Kelsie Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Grace O'Hara, Luke O'Hara, Frank O'Hara, Kathleen O'Hara, and Ellen O'Hara. He is also survived by two great grandchildren: Jack O'Hara and Thomas Fell, two sisters: Leona (Dale) Ehlers, of Dubuque, and Shirley (Denny) Donovan, of East Dubuque, IL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Richard "Dick" (Mary Ann) O'Hara.

In lieu of flowers a John E. O'Hara memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to family and friends for their loving care, kindness and support. The family also appreciates and gives thanks to the health care professionals for the wonderful care given to Jack.

 



Charlotte H. Lindstrom

Charlotte Haller Lindstrom, 87, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of Des Moines, IA, Rock Island, IL and Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday November 9, 2013 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Deb Ost, niece, will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be private at a later date in Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, MN.

Charlotte was born October 14, 1926 in Edgerton, MN, the daughter of Anton and Amalie (Schmidt) Haller. She grew up and attended and graduated elementary and high school in Pipestone, MN. She attended University of Minnesota, where she graduated in June of 1949 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Nursing. While at the University, she met her husband, Harold Lindstrom, who also graduated in June of 1949 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. They were married on campus on July 19, 1949.

Charlotte was employed as a Public Health Nurse for the Rock Island Illinois Public Health Nursing Association for 4 years, and as School Nurse for the Des Moines, Iowa Public School for 17 years. She also worked part time, some weekends, and summers to help finance her children's education. She is Past President of Chapter KT, PEO, and Vice President of the Quad Cities University Women. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines, and an Eagles Club Member of the Crystal Cathedral TV Church. 

Charlotte and Harold were very involved in the Veterans of World War II 75th Infantry Division, and she was voted woman of the year in 1994 for her support.

Charlotte will be remembered for her elegance and independent spirit. She always encouraged her daughters to pursue their education, dreams, and aspirations, and especially to live their own lives.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband, Harold, of Dubuque; her daughters, Barbara (Bill) Schaetzel of Lawrence, KS, Margaret Erwood of Atlanta, GA, Janet (Don) Warren of Dubuque, and Colleen (Dave) Meakins of Colorado Springs, CO; 16 grandchildren, Michael, Jenny, and Katie Schaetzel, Matthew, Andy, Amalie, Adam, and Eric Erwood, Louise, Donny, Jack, Charlie, and Olivia Warren, and Bradley, Brian, and Jonathon Meakins; a brother in law, Fred (Sylvia) Lindstrom; a sister in law, Viola Larson, both of Alexandria, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Roland, and her sister Hilma.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor for their kindness, compassion, and care over the years; the staff at Finley Hospital; and Dr. Wolbers.

Memorials may be made to the Charlotte Lindstrom Memorial Fund.

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



Helen C. Gaber

Helen Catherine Gaber, 75, of 3270 Spring Valley Rd, Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, November 11, 2013 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Visitation will be 3 pm - 6 pm, Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Egelhof Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with a 5:30 pm wake service. Private family burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

Helen was born June 26, 1938 in Hanover, IL the daughter of Joseph Bussan and Gertrude (Reitz) Bauer. She married Merle R. Gaber February 7, 1959 in Galena, IL.

Despite coping with Multiple Sclerosis for over 30 years, she was a devoted and loving homemaker. Helen sold Avon and women's fashions, and was employed at Pechous Ophthalmology. Helen was an active church volunteer and enjoyed weekly trips to the casinos. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her, husband, Merle; their children; Laura (Patrick) Pohlen of Atherton, CA, Jeffery (June) Gaber of Dubuque, Angela (Michael) Barry of Lakeville, MN, Paula (Eric) Sears of Cheektawaga, NY, Marc (Cheryl) Gaber of Bondurant, IA and Jennifer (Daryl) Decker of Omaha, NE; 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings; Barbara (Rollie) Swingle, Joan Smith, and Herb (Sue) Bussan; and aunts, nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Nursing & Rehab for their loving care of our wife, mother and grandmother.

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

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

 



Reta M. Manning

Reta M. Manning, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Reta's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 9, 2013, 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, November 9, 2013 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Reta Marie McCloy was born on July 11, 1931 in Jackson County, Iowa, to William and Bernice (Risden) McCloy. She was educated in Jackson County country schools, and married Earnest Manning in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Reta was a homemaker and had worked as a cook at WAKA Restaurant in Maquoketa for many years. She enjoyed going to the riverboat and playing bingo. She was well-known for her baking skills with pies and fried chicken as two of the family favorites.

Those left to honor Reta's memory include her children, Glen (Carolyn) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, and Nancy (John) Bouchaute of Maquoketa, IA; grandchildren, Tracey (Brandy) Burzlaff, Kim Clark, Marty Clark, Travis (Jen) Manning, Heather (Tim) Tully, Amanda Manning, and Bridget (Mike) Varner; great-grandchildren, Jaycob, Jerit, Jace, Jaron, Reece, Emma, Kade, Axel, Kyle, Ethan, Troy, Jack and Aleshia; brothers, Albert McCloy of Oxford Junction, IA, Billy McCloy of Baldwin, IA, Allen (Charlotte) McCloy of Monmouth, IA, and Larry (Liz) McCloy of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Rachel Litty of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wayne and Melvin, a sister Betty Edwards, and a great-granddaughter Willisa Elkins.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Reta Marie Manning memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Walter E. Hafeman

Walter E. Hafeman, 87, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Committal services and burial will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday, November 9th at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Military detail will follow by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Walt was born on April 8, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Rudy and Clara (Reis) Hafeman. He served in WWII as a tail gunner aboard a B-17 Bomber based in Coventry, England. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Adele Heitzman, on May 13, 1949 at Sacred Heart Church, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on February 28, 1982.

Walt started employment at Hilldale Dairy, which later became Swiss Valley Farms in Dubuque as a home delivery driver. He retired from Swiss Valley Farms as a wholesale driver in 1986.

Walt was a kind, friendly man who was well loved. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by three children, Diane Hafeman, of East Glacier Park, Montana, David Hafeman, of Long Beach, CA, and Mark Hafeman, of Dubuque. One grandchild Anya Ferring, of New York City, a sister Joan (George) Frye. His loving companion, Evie Boland and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings; Leonard, Irvin and Kenneth Hafeman, Ida Rusch, Mildred Reding and Betty Welchert.

A very special and heartfelt thanks is extended to the staff of Manor Care for their loving care and concern for Walt.

 



Rev. John C. Friedell

Rev. John C. Friedell, 84, of Stonehill Care Center, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Christ the King Chapel, Loras

College with Archbishop Most Rev. Michael Jackels, Rev. Ronald Friedell officiating and Rev. Msgr. Dean Walz as homolist. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday and from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Chapel.

Fr. John was born on November 2, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Marie (Zugenbuehler) Friedell. He attended Loras Academy, then received his B.A. from Loras College in 1951 with majors in philosophy and mathematics. After studying theology for four years in Rome at the North American College, he obtained a S.T.L. degree from  GregorianUniversity. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 1954.

His parish work began in Garner and Waterloo, Iowa, before being assigned to Loras College in 1956. His love of learning continued as he achieved a master's degree in mathematics in 1958 from the University of Iowa. After teaching at Loras for a year, he spent three years at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he went on to receive his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1962. Fr. John is the only Loras priest who has attained the doctorate in mathematics. While his emphasis was in abstract algebra, Fr. John had taught just about every mathematics course offered in Loras' undergraduate curriculum during his 43 years. He published several articles in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society and received invitations to teach at the NSF Summer Institute for Teachers of Mathematics at Princeton University and University of Oklahoma.

Some of his college committee work involved setting up the faculty structure, including the Faculty Senate, then later serving for a couple of terms on the Rank and Tenure Committee. Even in retirement he did not slow down. He served on the boards of Project Concern in Dubuque and the Dubuque Rescue Mission, was a member of the Dubuque Noon Lions Club and offered sacred liturgy at several local parishes. It was not uncommon to have found him mentoring students on the Loras campus. He also served as chaplain for Stonehill Care Center, the Sisters of Charity, BVM at Mt. Carmel, and the Sisters of the Visitation.

Surviving are his four sisters, Rosemary McGovern of Baton Rouge, LA., Lois Burds of Dubuque, IA, Anita Uebelhart of Kansas City, KS and Darlene Pfiffner of Laguna Beach, CA; his brother, Rev. Ronald Friedell of Dubuque, IA and good friend, Sr. Bernadine Curoe.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers-in-law John McGovern, William Burds and William Uebelhart Memorials may be given to Rev. John Friedell Scholarship Fund, Loras College.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

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

 



Henry L. Schroeder

Henry L. "Hank" Schroeder, age 90, of 430 Sidney St., East Dubuque, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at home of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St. with Msgr. John McClean officiating. To celebrate Henry's life friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. A parish scripture wake service will be said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum.

Henry was born March 23, 1923 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Henry and Rosa (Ginter) Schroeder.

Henry served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Kathryn Jerrett on December 8, 1973, in Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 12, 1999. He later married Dorothy Voss on October 23, 2002. Henry was employed as a glue press operator for Jeld-Wen Fiber for 10 years and at Caradco Company for 13 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Henry was involved in the Foster Grandparent program where he was a van aid and all the children referred to him as "Grandpa Hank". He found great joy in volunteering with numerous organizations throughout the community.

Henry is survived by his wife, Dorothy Voss, East Dubuque, IL; his children Christine (Ronald) Schlosser, Dubuque, IA, Joseph Klar, Dubuque, IA, James T. (Linda) Klar, Potosi, WI, Elmer (JoAnn) Klar, Locust Grove, OK, Anna Monahan, Dubuque, Timothy (Cindy) Voss, Monroe, WI; 24 Grandchildren and 39 Great Grandchildren.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathryn. Daughter, Sandra Goecks. Son-in-law, Joseph Monahan. Brothers: Raymond, Leonard, Adolph and George (Margeret) Schroeder. Sisters: Adeline (Clarence) Wallenhorst and Regina (Edward) Langmeier.

In lieu of flowers a Henry L. Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Bell Tower retirement community for all their loving care and support.

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

 



Paz C. Becke

Paz C. Becke, 69, of 2595 Fulton St. died Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paz was born January 24, 1944 in the Phillipines, daughter of Gerondio and Juanita (Aspirin) Correa. On February 25, 1977 she married Ralph C. Becke in the Phillipines. He preceded her in death on July 6, 2007.

She enjoyed fishing and going to the dog track.

She is survived by four children, Dennis Becke of Dubuque, Diane (Denis) Jones of Bellfonte, Pennsylvania, Jimmy (Gina) Becke of Jacksonville, Fla., and Glenda (Paul) Teixeira of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren, David, Tucker, Casey, Harrison, Forrest, Walker and Samantha Gribble; James, Jasmine, Joshua and Sheryl Becke; and Alexander and Jelena Teixeira; and three sisters, Dionicia (Faustino) Marravilla of the Phillipines, Lilly (Frank) Andrews of California, and Percy (Dale) Smith of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Vicente, Leonicio and Medy Correa; and two sisters, Lourdes Acaba and Soledad Correa.

A Paz Becke Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Rickie E. Spear

Rickie E. Spear, 61 of Dubuque, died, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Private Services will be conducted.

Arrangements conducted by Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road.

 



Mabel M. Guilford

Mabel M. Guilford, age 105, of Heritage Manor, formerly of 1695 Mt. Pleasant St., passed away at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Heritage Manor of natural causes. In keeping with Mabel's wishes there will be no public viewing or services. There will be a memorial service held at Heritage Manor at a later date. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel was born on March 8, 1908, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Clarence and Anna (Stumpf) Warren.

Mabel graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She was employed in the office at Interstate Power until she married James Guilford in 1947, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. Mabel and James owned and operated Guilford's Nursery, located near Four Mounds. She loved tending to the plants. She was a member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Mabel loved to play card games, listen to music and was an avid wrestling fan.

Mabel was survived by her sister Florence Richy, Clear Lake, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James, her 4 sisters Anna in infancy, Hazel Marshall, Ethel Wilson, Veola Rogers and a brother Clarence Warren.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Heritage Manor for all their care and concern for Mabel.

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

 



Jayme B. Jacque

Jayme B. Jacque, 56, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully in his home on Friday, November 1, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Jayme was born September 18, 1957, son of Richard and Ethel (White) Jacque.  He grew up in Dyersville, and attended Beckman Catholic High School.  When Jayme was 14 he began working at the family business, Jacque's Home Fashions.  After graduating high school, he began working full time at the family "store", and was primarily responsible for the carpet and flooring installations.

On October 29, 1977, he met the love of his life, Cindy Wilwert.  They were married on September 22, 1979, in Rickardsville, and the two of them continued their love story for 34 years. Together they raised three children: Jessica, Tara and Kevin. Jayme enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his incredible work ethic, quick wit, willingness to always help a friend or family member in need, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Jayme's love and legacy will live on through the lives of his wife, Cindy, his three children: Jessica (Marty) Milbert of Mission, KS, Tara (Chris) Kolker of Iowa City, and Kevin of Dubuque, three grandchildren: Griffin and Vivian Milbert and Lydia Kolker. He is also survived by his mother: Ethel Jacque of Dyersville, his siblings: Jeff (Donna) Jacque, Brian (Jolene) Jacque and Lisa (Pat) Burkle, all of Dyersville, his brothers-in-law: Dan (Joan) Wilwert of Holy Cross, Allen (June) Wilwert of Des Moines, and Tom (Jen) Wilwert of Elkader, sisters-in-law: Deb (Joe) Burke of Cedar Rapids and Angie (Jim) Smith of DeSoto along with countless loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Jacque, and mother and father-in-law, Ralph and Elaine Wilwert.

Jayme's family would like to express their sincere gratitude towards all of their friends and family for their continued support. Additionally, they would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy McDonald, Dr. Christine Sinsky, the staff of Medical Associates Oncology, and the staff of Mercy Hospital of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

A Jayme Jacque memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Eugene J. Swift

Eugene J. "Swifty" Swift, age 77, of 1905 Garfield Ave., passed away peacefully at home of natural causes at 10:20 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2013. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Gene's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gene was born on July 20, 1936 in Dubuque, IA, son of Tom E. and Lucille (Strong) Swift.

Swifty married Joanne Theis on May 4, 1963, at Sacred Heart Church. He served proudly with the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. Swifty was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and later at Hy-Vee as a greeter for 5 years. He also enjoyed watching, playing and coaching baseball. In his free time Swifty liked to play the slot machines at the dog track.

Swifty is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joanne Swift, Dubuque, IA; his 2 sisters-in-laws, Janet (Donnie) Stelpflug, Glady (Richard) Meehan; his 2 brothers-in-law, Richard (Lavonne) Theis, Terry (Carol) Theis; his sister-in-law, Lynne Walczak; and several nieces and nephews.

Swifty was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Clausen and 2 brothers, Earl and Tom Swift, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gladys and John Theis, his 3 brothers-in-law Ronald, James and Tom Theis.

A Eugene J. "Swifty" memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dorothea E. Tschiggfrie

Dorothea E. Tschiggfrie, 91, formerly of 2784 Central Ave. died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Luther Manor. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dorothea was born February 19, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Rudolph and Mabel (Cress) Schmitt. She married Edward L. Tschiggfrie Sr. on May 12, 1939. He preceded her in death on September 25, 2008.

She was a loving wife and mother devoted to her family. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her many flower gardens, decorating her yard for the holidays and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed spending time with her dog and "best pal", Buddy.

Dorothea is survived by eight children, Wayne (Rita) Tschiggfrie of Colorado Springs, Colo., Edward (Joan) Tschiggfrie Jr. of Dubuque, Judy (Wes) Satterfield of Lakeview, Ark., Diane B. Tschiggfrie of Dubuque, Don (Cindy) Tschiggfrie of Dubuque, Marlene Cook of Dubuque, Pam Daack of Dubuque, and Debra Tschiggfrie of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, and two grandsons, James Joseph Swift and Charles Edward Daack and a very special son in law, Jerry Cook.

A Dorothea Tschiggfrie Memorial Fund has been established.

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

Online condolences may be submitted at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Olive R. Bremer

Olive Ruth Bremer, 93, of ManorCare Health Services died Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 4, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Church.

Olive was born on April 24, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Wilma (Kiesele) Conrad.

She attended Bayless Business College and after graduation was employed at Torbert Drug for over 8 years.

On November 16, 1946 she married Herbert Bremer at Immanuel United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2002.

Olive was a member of Immanuel UCC, where she belonged to the Women's Fellowship, taught Sunday school, and sang in the choir for over 65 years. She also served on many boards and committees.

Above all Olive was a devoted wife and mother. She will be missed dearly.

Surviving are her two daughters, Sue Loney of Dubuque and Ellen (Dennis) Grashorn, of Geneva, IL; two sons, James (Pam) Bremer of Slinger, WI., and David Bremer of Dubuque; 7 grandchildren, Brian (Traci), Matthew (Betty),  Erich (Monica), Kurt (Suzanne), Keith (Cassie) Melissa (Nathan) and Samuel; and 15 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Ray Loney.

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

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and Hospice of Dubuque.

A very heartfelt thank you to everyone at ManorCare for all the special care, help, friendship and love they gave to our mother. 

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

 



Dean M. Meyer

Dean M. "Deano" Meyer, 66, of East Dubuque, passed away at 10:44 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating.  Graveside services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Dean was born on August 18, 1947 the son of Bernard and Virginia (Zimpel) Meyer.  He married Sharon Breitbach on October 22, 1998.

He was a 1966 graduate of Boscobel, Wisconsin High School.  Dean was a bartender at the Admiral's Hi-Hat Lounge in East Dubuque and Dubuque, and Dino's Backside, East Dubuque. He enjoyed playing pool, was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, an avid euchre player and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Sharon, five children, Michael Meyer of East Dubuque, Amy (Brandon) Miller of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Kim (Kevin) Beck of Dubuque, Trenda (Rick) Gravel of Bernard, Iowa, and Amanda Habel of East Dubuque, 11-grandchildren, Zach, Emma, Nolan, Berkley, A. J., Riley, Taylor, Brody, Bailey, Lexie, and Ayla  His siblings, Don "Admiral" (Loie) Meyer of Dubuque, Pat Meyer and Ron Meyer both of East Dubuque, and Diana (John) Sullivan of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister Darlene.

Sharon and family wish to express their thanks to the attending physicians and staff at Mercy Medical Center for the wonderful care provided to Dean and his family.

 



Louis L. Recker

Louis L. Recker, 87, of 3129 Hillcrest Road, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Holy Cross, Iowa died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736 will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2013, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate.

Louis was born November 27, 1925, the son of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker near Dyersville, Iowa.  He proudly served his country in Korea being wounded in the Battle of Bloody Ridge in 1951.  Louis married Mildred Gaul on September 8, 1952.  Together, they farmed in the Epworth area until 1956, when they moved to a farm near Holy Cross.  They retired from farming in 1998.  In 2008, they moved to a Dubuque Retirement Community and later to Luther Manor.  He was a member of the K of C Council 1734, the New Vienna V.F.W. Post 7736 and the Disabled American Veterans.  Louis enjoyed the farm, his computer and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred, 4 children: Janet (Gary) Severns of Chaska, MN, Jean (David) Lee of Lewisburg, TN, Daniel (friend Diane Koppes) of Holy Cross, IA, and Neal of San Diego, CA; 4 grandchildren: Ben (fiance Colleen Harris) and Sam Severns, Jennifer (fiance Manuel Salvoch) and Patrick Lee; siblings: Esther Reichenauer of Monticello, Mary Jane Reichenauer and Velma (John) Krapfl both of Dyersville, Sister Margaret Ann Recker, OSF of Milwaukee, WI, Helen Hawker of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Karol (Jim) Koch of Fairfax, Robert Recker of Marshalltown, George Jr. (Maureen) Recker of Epworth and Charles (Ann) Recker of Dyersville, and Donald (Joan) Recker of Nocogdoches, TX; in-laws: Eileen (Ed) Prier of Dyersville, Leon (Jean) Gaul and Julia (Bill) Welter all of Dubuque and Sister Mary Ann Gaul, FSPA of LaCrosse, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother & father-in-law, Joseph & Eleanor Gaul, siblings: Germaine (Al) Kelchen, David (in infancy), Ralph Recker,

in-laws: Pete and John Reichenauer, Duane Hawker, Alvin (Pearl) Gaul and Bernice (Vince) Maiers.

A Louis Recker Memorial has been established with the Holy Cross Church and Holy Cross Ambulance Service.

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

 

 



LaVonne Keller

LaVonne "Bonnie" Keller, 77 of Dubuque passed away on Monday October 28th, 2013 at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4th, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Graveside burial services will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie was born on May 3, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Archie and Hilda Hoppman. Bonnie was a homemaker with several part time jobs throughout the years. She had a great love of animals especially dogs. She also enjoyed working outside in her flower gardens and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert, two daughters Denise (John) Middleman, of Dubuque, Sue Keller, of Sanger, CA, and a sister Geraldine Tuegel, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Art Tuegel.

Bonnie's family would like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided.



Keith E. Simmons

Keith E. "Buckwheat" Simmons, 55, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Keith on Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 3 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family service and burial will be held at a later date.

Keith was born on February 20, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Kenneth W. and V. Darleen (Galloway) Simmons.

Keith graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1976. He spent most of his life doing construction. Keith recently worked for Dale Junk, of Bellevue constructing Wick buildings and Chris Davis, of Elwood Gutter Works. He loved spending time with family and good friends. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and enjoyed country music. He lived for deer hunting season, NASCAR, and stock car races. He was talented with his hands and took pride in building things right, especially trim work. He lived his life to the fullest always willing to help friends and family.

He is survived by his mother, V. Darleen Simmons, of Maquoketa; daughters, Whittley (Stephen Sagers) Simmons and Morgan (Landon Eby) Simmons, both of Maquoketa; two grandchildren, Kameron Sagers and Keelynn Eby; sisters, Kristi (David) Hovey of Maquoketa, and Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction; a brother, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa; a sister-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel, of Wheatland; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his best friend and longtime companion, Colleen Herman of Maquoketa. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Simmons, brother, Craig Simmons, his nephews, Tom Simmons and Zach Campbell, and a niece-in-law, Terri Hovey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Keith E. "Buckwheat" Simmons memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Margaret Stillmunkes

Margaret Stillmunkes, 86 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on Tuesday October 29th, 2013 at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013 St. Lawrence Church, Otter Creek with Rev. Donald Hertges officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte. Visitation will be held on Friday November 1, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on May 12, 1927 in Zwingle, Iowa the daughter of John and Kathyrine (McCarthy) Regan. She married Eugene Stillmunkes on August 11, 1948 at Holy Rosary Church in La Motte.

Margaret was a rural school teacher in Jackson County. She and her husband lived in the Zwingle area for 55 years. She was a member of St. Lawrence Parish and retirement teachers association. She enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who were always expected to play cards with grandma's rules only.

Margaret is survived by her husband Eugene of 65 years. She had seven children, Dianne (Terry) Callahan, of Epworth, Darlis (Dan) Spaete, of Bettendorf, Gary (Pat) Stillmunkes, of Denver, CO, Rose (Ted) Schulte, of Bradenton, Fl., Paul (Linda) Stillmunkes, of DeWitt, Jeannie (Ron) Quick, of Davenport, Tom (Tina) Stillmunkes, of Dubuque. She has 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren , 2 sisters, Monica Hoerner, of Zwingle and Pauline Takes, of Cascade.

Margaret is proceeded in death by her parents, 4 sisters and 4 brothers.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the healthcare professionals that have been involved with Margaret's care, especially Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flower donation gifts can be made to Margaret Stillmunkes memorial.



Kathleen L. Wedig

Mrs. Kathleen L. "Kay" Wedig, age 82, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:05 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Kay's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. where there will be parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kay was born on August 25, 1931, in Potosi, WI, daughter of Lawrence and Louisa (Wackershauser) Pickel

Kay married Howard H. Wedig on May 14, 1955, in Missouri. They renewed their vows 25 years later at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. Kay and Howard owned and operated the Avalon at 20th and Elm and later Kay's Tap at 14th and Jackson St. for many years. She was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a current member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Kay and Howard enjoyed traveling to many places with Jack from Tri-State Tours and Darla from Diamond Tours. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in Hawaii. Kay enjoyed playing video game poker at Knicker's Bar and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She made numerous cross stitch quilts for her children and grandchildren. Kay was famous for her chicken noodle soup and always made sure anyone who was sick had a bowl. Kay and Howard enjoyed going dancing and listening to music out on their front porch. Spending quality time with her family and friends was very important to Kay. Kay was a very social person and everyone who knew Kay loved her!

Kay is survived by her husband, Howard H. Wedig, of Dubuque; her children, Lewis (Barb) Robinson, Dubuque, IA, Dixie (Billy) McGovern, Dubuque, IA, Sherry (Fred Sample) Hess, Potosi, WI; her 10 grandchildren, Tina (C. J.) Sharkey, Tiffeny (Cale) Bruggeman, Louie Robinson, Jr., Hollie (Cory) Heim, Bobby (Heather) Jungblut, Amy (Marty) Gerhard, Tara (Jeremiah) Dolan, Stephanie (Jason) Wedig, Justin (Tia) Wedig, Brandon Wedig; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-granddaughter; her 5 siblings; Selma Marcue, Lancaster, WI, Alvera Merritt, Dubuque, IA, Larry (Dina) Pickel, Potosi, WI, Lila (Ray) Trickle, Potosi, WI, Jerry (Cherie) Pickel, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, her 2 sons, Charles Robinson and Greg "Froggy" Wedig and 8 siblings.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52001, in honor of Kay.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Randy and Diann Pickel, for watching over mom and dad and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Kay.

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

 



Irene O. Thordsen

Irene O. Thordsen, 93, of Monmouth, Iowa, died on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Iowa.

A celebration of Irene's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 2, 2013, 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, November 2, 2013 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Irene Olga Bartels was born on September 1, 1920 in rural Jackson County, Iowa, to Henry and Christina (Behrens) Bartels. She grew up near Nashville and attended Jackson County country schools. She married LaVern E. Thordsen on October 7, 1942 in Lost Nation, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2002.

In her early years, Irene had worked for neighbors doing cleaning and chores. Upon her marriage, she became a homemaker and farmed with her husband, first near Lost Nation until 1956 when they moved to rural Monmouth.

Irene enjoyed crocheting, gardening, flowers, her cats and dogs, and watching the birds. She was an excellent cook who was known for her bread and Holiday meals. She especially enjoyed spending time her family.

Those left to honor Irene's memory include her children, Maureen (John) Childears of Stapleton, NE, Donna (Roger) Patton of Coggon, IA, and Darrell (Lori) Thordsen of Monmouth, IA; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son LaVern, Jr., two brothers Harry and Carl, and a sister Velma.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Irene O. Thordsen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Barbara E. Brockman

Barbara E. Brockman, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Oct. 28, 2013, at home with her three sons by her side.

A wake will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bickel officiating.

Ms. Brockman was born Barbara Emma Banyai in Bronx, NY, on July 1, 1941, to Louis and Marion Banyai. She was raised in northern Wisconsin and has lived in eastern Iowa since 1970. She retired from the Iowa Department of Human Services in 2004. She enjoyed doing crochet, needlepoint, quilting and various other crafts; word games, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and reading. Her siblings, sons, daughter, grandchildren, and friends remember her as an extraordinarily sweet and giving person, as she was until the end.

She is survived by her brother and his spouse, Peter (Jill) Banyai; and sisters Jean (James) Jolley and Bette (Lindsey) Anderson; her sons and their spouses, Jeff Wagner of Greensboro, NC, John (Danielle) Wagner of Oxford, IA, and Nick (Barbara) Wagner of Dubuque, IA; daughter Tracey (Gary) Medinger of Bellevue, IA; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Louis, and sister Suzanne Ganther.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Barbara's name may be sent to First Congregational United Church of Christ or Hospice of Dubuque. Barbara and her family would especially like to thank Megan and Jan at Hospice for the love and care they showed in Barbara's final months.



Helen E. Kohnen

Helen E. (Bardon) Kohnen, age 83, of Dubuque, peacefully passed away at 3:15 p.m., on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Helen's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Helen was born on November 17, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of George and Elsie (Dillon) Bardon.

Helen married Gerald Kohnen on November 29, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. She retired from the Finley Hospital and had also worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, the Battery Factory and the Addams Company. Helen was raised a "Southender" who attended St. Raphael's Elementary School, St. Joseph's Academy and was a member of Holy Ghost Church. She was an avid reader and loved to talk to anyone about any topic. She was most passionate about her family and devoted her life to them.

Helen is survived by her children, Phyllis (Johnny) Kimble, Milwaukee, WI, Lawrence (Nancy) Kohnen, Dubuque, IA, Jeffrey (Renee) Kohnen, Davenport, IA, Marcia (Kenneth) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Amanda (fiance Geoffrey Banks) Kimble, Jeremy (Summer) Kimble, Lindsay (Cale) Jasper, Eric Kohnen, Amber (Jake) Cartmill, Nicholas and Peter Courtade; her great-grandchildren, Jacob Courtade, Megan, and Ella Cartmill, Camron Kelly and Jameson Kimble; her daughter-in-law, Joyce Dick, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Rita Bardon, Cuba City, WI, Geraldine Fleege, Dubuque, IA, Arlene Bardon, Burlington, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gerald, her son Christopher, her brothers, Vincent, Milton, Clement, Kenneth and Russell Bardon and her sister Mary Jean (Tykie) Bardon

A Helen E. Kohnen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Peggy; and Holly and Malleri from Helping Hands for their compassionate, gentle care; and Dr. Longo and his nurse Michelle. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Helen's dear friend Norma Schuster for many months of loving care and support.

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

 



Eunice M. Weipert

Eunice M. Weipert, age 78, of Sunnycrest Manor and formerly of Julien Care, passed away at 4:28 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Sunnycrest Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Timothy LoBianco officiating. To celebrate Eunice's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Eunice was born on May 21, 1935, in Buena Vista Twp., IA, daughter of Harry and Malinda (Sickels) Hook.

Eunice was employed at the Busy Bee Café before she married Robert D. Weipert on December 3, 1952, at St. Mary's Church in Lansing, IA. After they wed she was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. In her spare time Eunice enjoyed crocheting. Her specialty was making hats which the staff members at Sunnycrest were eager to receive. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren, she loved reading to them and telling stories.

Eunice is survived by her children, Robert S. "Bob" (Beth) Weipert, Dubuque, IA, Robin J. (Anthony) Koch, Peosta, IA, Rodney J. (Kim) Weipert, Bernard, IA, Rhonda J. (Kevin) Meier, Cascade, IA, Rick Weipert, Davenport, IA, Ronald W. "Ron" (Kathy) Weipert, Asbury, IA; her 18 grandchildren; her 29 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hook, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Earl Alexander, Dubuque, IA.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, 2 sisters, Gwendolyn Alexander and Arlene (Joe) Olsen and a brother, Joseph.

An Eunice M. Weipert memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Julien Care and Sunnycrest for all of their wonderful care of Eunice.


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

 



Maxine E. LeClere

Maxine E. LeClere, 85, of Bellevue, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

Friends and Family may gather from 4 to 6 P.M. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with an informal time of sharing and remembering beginning at 6 P.M. Public Graveside Services and Burial will be held 11 A.M., Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Coggon, Iowa Cemetery.

Maxine Elizabeth Egger was born on July 19, 1928 in Central City, Iowa, to Fred and Lena (Boss) Egger. She grew up in Central City and graduated from Central City High School in 1946. She married Dean E. LeClere on November 20, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Maxine was a homemaker and had first farmed with her husband and worked at the City State Bank in Central City for nine years. In 1977, she and her husband purchased the Gamble's Store in Maquoketa where she worked as the bookkeeper for 15 years until retirement.

Maxine was a past Worthy Matron and 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, reading, cross-stitching, quilting, cooking and volunteering. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Maxine's memory include her husband, Dean LeClere of Bellevue, IA; children, Kristi LeClere of Maquoketa, IA, and Kirk (Margaret) LeClere of Midland, MI; two granddaughters, Katie LeClere and Annie LeClere; a brother, Paul Egger of Cedar Rapids, IA; and sisters, Ruth Boyse of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dorothy (LeRoy) Brashears of Alta, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa or the Salvation Army.

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

 



Lorraine R. Baumann

Lorraine R. "Lorrie" Baumann 96 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 25, 2013 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Private family services will be held with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Dubuque, Iowa on April 18, 1917 the daughter of Bertram and Rose (Ward) Lyttle.

Lorrie belonged to Nativity Church and was a former Senior Citizen President. She was involved with her children's activities, and enjoyed her bowling leagues. She was considered the best cook and seamstress ever. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed working on her genealogy.

She is survived by two daughters; Sharon Rose "Bunnie" (Al "Fritz") Loewen and Karen Lee Nickolas. Two grandchildren; Lori Lee (Randy) Childers and Arnold E. Nickolas Ill. Four great grandchildren: Lindsay Lee (Jake) Majerius, Adam J. Childers, Kristin Nicole and Raymond "Ricky Lee" Nickolas, two great great grandchildren; Landon and Reese Majerius, a nephew and niece.

She was preceded in death by her spouse; Leo Louis Baumann; her parents; Bertram and Rose (Ward) Lyttle, son-in-law, Arnold E. Nickolas JR., two sisters and brothers - in - law; Mary (Art) Lehrman and Clara (Earl) Klaas



Robert J. Robbins

Robert J. Robbins, 76, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Sunday, October 27, 2013, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will take place in the Philippines at a later date. Friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangement.

Robert was born on July 8, 1937, in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Clifford L. and Lenora L. (Hocking) Robbins. He married Milagros "Mila" Ty Querol on February 25, 1999, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Benton.

Robert attended elementary and secondary school in the village of Benton. He is a graduate in trumpet performance graduating from the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. in 1957. He obtained a B.S. Degree in instrumental and vocal music from UW-Platteville in 1964 and an M.M.Ed in music from North Texas University in Denton, Texas, in 1967. Robert pursued a doctorate in the Field of Adult Education at UW-Madison from 1972-1974. He entertained audiences as lead trumpet in many ballroom dance bands and performed on trumpet doing radio broadcasts working both in Europe and the United States.

Survivors include his wife, Mila, of Benton; one daughter, Robyn Leigh Robbins, and Daniel Webb, Robyn's fiancé, both of Capron, Illinois; a son, Jon Christopher Robbins, of Waynesville, North Carolina; and three grandchildren, Nicole Marie Robbins, Nicholas Robert Robbins, and Emily Marie Legrand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford L. and Lenora L. Robbins, and a 43 year old son, Jed Robert Robbins.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, friends, and relatives for their care, compassion and visits during Robert's illness.

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

 



Marie F. Wick

Marie F. Wick, age 75 of Darlington, WI passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013. She was born January 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA to DeLoss S. and Idella B. (Garvey) Kringle. Marie graduated in 1956 from St. Columbkille High School. She was united in marriage to Alfons A. Wick on August 22, 1959 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Marie lived and farmed in Willow Springs Township with her husband until retiring to Darlington in 1986.

Marie is survived by her husband: Alfons at home; daughter: Irene (James) Stietz of Gratiot, WI; two sons: Alfons (Hanh) Wick and Carl (Cindy) Wick both of Darlington; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Oliver (Janice) Kringle and Leo Kringle both of Dubuque, IA; sister: Irene Balk of Dubuque; special nephew: Leo Kringle of NE; and God Child: Janice Rosenstiel of South Wayne, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: DeLoss "Chris" Kringle; and one sister: Idella Kringle; one brother-in-law: Reuben Balk; two sisters-in-law: Ann Kringle and Mary Kringle.

Marie was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington, and its Council of Catholic Women. She was also a 50 year member of VFW Auxiliary Post #508 of Dubuque, IA. Marie was known for helping other people in any way that she could. She also enjoyed riding her motorcycle, loved playing Euchre and Yaas, and was an avid magnet collector.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington, WI (508 Main Street) with Father Bosco Pudotha officiating. Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Darlington with a luncheon to follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (104 E. Harriet St., Darlington). A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 3:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marie's name.

 



Nettie E. Wathen

Nettie E. Wathen, age 87, of 4025 Mount Alpine St. and formerly of 620 Clarke Dr., passed away at 4:50 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Nettie's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Nettie was born on December 25, 1925, in Columbus, GA, daughter of Thomas M. and Amanda C. (Smith) Jacobs.

Nettie married Jack Wathen on November 19, 1946, in Phenix City, AL. She was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. In her spare time Nettie enjoyed crocheting, doing crossword puzzles and listening to country music. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.


Nettie is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Jack Wathen, Dubuque, IA; her children, Jackie K. (Fred Nesler) Wathen, Dubuque, IA, Jerry L. (Marilyn Roling) Wathen, Dubuque, IA, Jan M. (Kathryn Griffin) Wathen, East Dubuque, IL; her 3 grandchildren, Jamie M. Wathen, Stacia S. Wathen, Tracy James (Lisa) Powers, her 5 great-grandchildren; Hannah Danielle Wathen, Emily Jade Almanzo, Emma Rose Powers, William James Powers and Brady Ronald Powers; her sister, Jenny (James) Howard, Yulee, FL; her brother, Robert Jacobs, GA; her former daughter-in-law, Sue Hinderman; her former son-in-law, James W. Powers; her sister in law, Lois Wathen; and many nieces and nephews.

Nettie was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Mary, her 2 sisters, Lucille Kemp and Ailene (Clyde) McDaniel, her mother-in-law and fathers-in-law, Edith Wathen Smock, Clyde Wathen and Claude Smock, her sisters-in-law, Ruth Wathen and Janie Tueke and her brothers-in-law, Jim Wathen and Clayton Wathen.

A Nettie E. Wathen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend many thanks to the staff at ManorCare Health Services for all of the wonderful care they provided for Nettie.

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

 



Barbara A. Trowbridge

Barbara A. Trowbridge, 73 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Stonehill Care Center. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday October 29th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Funeral Services will be at 11:00a.m. Wednesday October 30th, at the funeral home.

She was born on July 23, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Howard and Lucille (Nauman) Beau.

She owned and operated the Ten Pen Tap, and worked in the kitchen at the Tollbridge Inn and Nana's Cafe. She loved to cook and bake for all her family and friends. She enjoyed playing slots, bingo, cards and going fishing. But most of all loved spending time with her family and friends especially on the Holidays.

She is survived by her five children; Tammy (John) Hammel, of Dubuque, Roger Trowbridge Jr., of Des Moines, Daniel "Fudd" Trowbridge, Terry (Ellis) Schwartz, Teresa (Troy) Sparks, all of Dubuque. Thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Her former husband and friend Roger Trowbridge Sr. Three siblings; Donna Hartmann, Lois (Troy) Reid, and Lynne "Dolly" (Wayne) Millman, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Mary French, a grandson Roger Trowbridge III, and a special friend Ginny Willis.

In lieu of flowers a Barbara Trowbridge memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Chadwick Nachtman, his nurses and staff and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care. And a very special thank you to all of Barb's wonderful friends she made at Stonehill Care Center, she loved you all.

 



Wayne L. Laird

Wayne Laverne Laird, 78, of Bell Tower Retirement, formerly of 5400 Old Highway Road, died Friday, October 25, 2013.

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 31, at 10:00 a.m., at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road with the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may call from 4- 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Wayne was born on June 22, 1935 in Benton, Wisconsin, the son of Hubert and Reta Laird. He was employed as an inspector at John Deere until retirement in 1985. Wayne loved to play softball and played until the age of 60. He enjoyed bass fishing at his family farm in Wisconsin and was an avid Packers fan. He was a member of the United State Tennis Association.

Surviving are his sons, Steve (Arlisa) Laird, of Omaha, NE., Michael Laird and Mark (Shelley) Laird, both of Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Brian Laird, Cassandra (Menelaos) Hantzeas, Nicole Laird, Kayla Laird, and Zach Laird; one great- grandson, Dimitri Hantzeas; and his former wife, Janaan Kleinstiver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Charles Laird.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Arlene A. Huber

Arlene A. Huber, 83, of Dubuque, formerly of Menominee, IL, died Friday, October 25, 2013.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 28, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. The burial ceremony will be 2 p.m. Monday at Nativity BVM Cemetery, Menominee, IL.

Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road in Dubuque. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Arlene was born on March 21, 1930 in Otter Creek, IA, the daughter of Vince and Loretta (Barnable) Anglin.

She attended St. Lawrence Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1947. Arlene worked at Montogomery Ward for a year and then taught at the Kemp School for 3 years.

She married Vince Huber on October 9, 1951 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. They farmed together for over 50 years near Menominee.

Arlene taught 3rd & 4th grade at Nativity BVM school in Menominee and worked for the Dominican Villa for 13 years before retiring. She was a member of the St. Ann Society and the Nativity BVM Mothers Club for 40 years.

Surviving is her husband, Vince; 5 children: Lois Beyer (Gary) of Stockton, Evelyn Dolan (Paul) of Dubuque, Tom (Karen) Huber of Orlando, FL, John (Anne) Huber of Menominee, and Jeff (Laura) Huber of Menlo Park, CA; 13 grandchildren: Shaun (Melissa) Dolan, Erin (Nick) Sessler, Kelli Dolan, Lori Beyer, Julie (Ben) Nankee, Michael (Leanne) Beyer, Kayla Huber, Samuel Huber, Jack Huber, John Huber, Katherine (Peter) Schmidt, Max Huber and Grace Huber; 7 great- grandchildren: Hailie and Zack Dolan, Thad Nankee, Hanna, Adelyn, and Blake Dolan, and Anneliese Sessler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul Anglin; two sisters, Celine Burke and Grace Anglin; and grandchildren, Bobby, Kevin, and Kurt Dolan.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the caregivers of Luther Manor Home Care.

 



Phillip Lambe

Phillip Lambe, 67, of Dubuque, and formerly of Hazel Green, WI, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Gary Mayer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Otter Creek, IA. Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Phillip was born April 3, 1946 in Bernard, the son of Francis and Pauline (Shanahan) Lambe. He married Audrey Nemmers on July 6, 1968 at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. He served his country with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
In his younger years, Phillip was employed at Edwards Concrete and Becker Stone. He then went to work at Flexsteel for the next 36 years, retiring in 2004.
He was a member of Resurrection Parish, and formerly a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sinsinawa.

Phillip had a passion for raising and training paint horses, and was a member of the Benton Saddle Club. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan, and loved to dance and enjoy a good time.
Phillip was a proud and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and loved his dog, Fred.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 45 years, Audrey; his children, Vickie (Chad) Specht of Maquoketa, IA, Michael (Tessa) Lambe of Verona, WI, Marty (Emily) Lambe of Pekin, IL, and Stacie (John) Weber of Cashton, WI; his grandchildren, Brian, Nate, Paige, Connor, Andrew, Allison, Devin, Audrey, Evelyn, and Elise; his siblings, Ann (Ron) Kibler of Hiawatha, IA, Arthur (Chris) Lambe of Asbury, Beth Hilkin of Dubuque, Mark Lambe of Dunkerton, IA, and Maureen (Tom) McCarthy of Sherrill; and a sister in law, Georgia Lee Lambe.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Brian; and his brother, Patrick Lambe.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Chris Stille; and Elizabeth and Peggy of Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

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

 



Wayne C. Young

Wayne C. "Wiener" Young, 80, of Epworth, formerly of Dubuque died Thursday October 24, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Monday October 28, 2013 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with the Priest and Brothers of New Melleray officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by The American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2 to 5 at the funeral home.

Wayne was born on March 11, 1933 in Dubuque the son of Andrew and Emma (Rolli) Young. He is a US Army Veteran and served during the Korean War. He married Virginia (Sefzik) Mueller on Feb 10, 1989 in Tempe, AZ.

He farmed in the Epworth area for many years and worked at Dubuque John Deere in the experimental dept. He also ran the Bar in Centralia and later worked at New Melleray Abbey for 20 years.

Wayne was a well known Stock Car Driver in The Dubuque Area for many years. He raced at many race tracks including the old "Dubuque Sports Bowl" the Dubuque County Speedway, Farley Race Track, Independence, West Union, and Waterloo. He also followed NASCAR and was a great Jeff Gordon fan.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, and children Ken (Patti) Mueller, of Dubuque Don (Sandra) Mueller, of Epworth, Dale (Bev) Mueller, of Dubuque and Sharon (Jim) Meyer, of Epworth, nine grandchildren Tanner, Evan, Jared, MacKenzie, Kalli, Macy, Holly, Hannah and Ella, a great grandchild Remington and his extended family at New Melleray.

He was preceded in death by two grand daughters Shannon and Morgan Mueller.

In lieu of flowers a Wayne Young memorial fund has been established.



Charles L. Baule

Charles "Charlie" L. Baule, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 25 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, where there will be a 4 p.m. American Legion Past Commanders ritual and a wake service at 7 p.m.

He was born on July 24, 1933, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, second son of Joseph M. and Marguerite (Kriebs) Baule. Charles attended St. Mary's Grade School and Loras Academy. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was commissioned as an engineer officer and served 17 years in the US Army and Reserves. He commanded Company C, 173d Engineer Bn from 1963-1964. His last assignment was on the 1st Army Engineering Staff as a major.

In his civilian career, he was a licensed land surveyor and professional engineer. He was the director of public works for Prairie du Chien, WI, from 1962-1964. He then worked for Ford Motor Company designing dealerships including Ernie Banks' south Chicago dealership in 1967. He served as the Dubuque County Engineer from 1973 to 1985. After 1985 he worked for several Chicago area firms and was involved in designing interchanges on I-355, also known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway and several Chicago area bike trails. Later in his career, he served as a forensic traffic engineer to reconstruct accidents.